I know the offense has been frustrating, but the pitching hasn't been much better. Do you see any changes coming?
-- Tom S., Crofton, Md.
There will be at least one addition, as Miguel Gonzalez won't make his scheduled start this weekend. Mike Wright, the club's No. 7 prospect who threw six scoreless innings for Triple-A Norfolk, is an option to pitch Saturday in Toronto on short rest. They could also pitch a guy out of the bullpen, like Steve Johnson or T.J. McFarland. With roster expansion, they can cover for a short start. Other than that, there's not a whole lot the O's can do other than hope their current staff can turn things around.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles snapped a six-game losing streak with Wednesday's 7-6 walk-off win over the Rays. And they put on a defensive show early on.
Baltimore's Steve Pearce robbed Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer of a first-inning home run, executing a perfectly-timed leaping catch over the left-field wall. The sensational play saved O's righty Kevin Gausman a run and was just the second out of the game.
BALTIMORE -- With the Orioles down 11 runs in Tuesday night's game, manager Buck Showalter began removing some of the starters prior to the ninth inning and Chris Davis was one of the guys he had in mind. If it's OK with you, Davis said, I'd like to finish this thing.
And when the slugger hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, he gave Showalter a look before trotting the bases.
BALTIMORE -- A day after getting positive results on an MRI on his right shoulder and elbow, Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez was optimistic he would pitch again this season.
"Yeah, I'm excited because things like this you never know what can happen," said Gonzalez, who has tendinitis and inflammation. "But once we got the results back and were able to see what was wrong, it was definitely a positive and a plus there, for sure."
BALTIMORE -- Dariel Alvarez will not accompany the team to Toronto as the Cuban outfielder does not have his work visa and thus cannot travel to Canada for the Orioles' three-game weekend series against the Blue Jays.
"Dariel Alvarez will be optioned to [Class-A Advanced] Frederick," manager Buck Showalter said after Wednesday's 7-6, 11-inning win over the Rays. "That will keep him available to us after their season is over on Monday-ish, or we could option him to Norfolk the way I understand it [after that]. This keeps all of our options open."
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will host the LUNGevity Foundation's Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer in memory of the Orioles' late public relations director, Monica Pence Barlow, on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Camden Yards.
The walk will begin at 9 a.m. ET and end on the field, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments and registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children four and under.
BALTIMORE -- For Cal Ripken Jr., Tuesday was yet another opportunity to take the field at Camden Yards, despite whatever was physically ailing him.
Ripken -- on hand for the ceremonial first pitch as the Orioles paid tribute to his iconic moment in playing in his Major League-record 2,131st consecutive game -- had a biking accident earlier in the day and flipped over his handle bars, jamming his right shoulder. As he relayed the story to the large group of media on hand for the 20th anniversary celebration of Sept. 6, 1995, the Iron Man couldn't help but quip: "I still would have played."
Few held themselves to a higher standard than the legendary infielder
By Richard Justice
Twenty years later, it remains the sweetest and most surreal scene I've witnessed in sports -- the night Cal Ripken played in his 2,131st consecutive game to break Lou Gehrig's seemingly unbreakable iron man record.
I watched it in the press box at Camden Yards alongside Shirley Povich, one of the great sportswriters and gentlemen of our time. He'd turned 90 a few months earlier and had known Gehrig personally.
BALTIMORE -- J.P. Arencibia drove in six runs, including his first homer of the season, and the Rays beat up on a struggling Orioles club in Tuesday's 11-2 series-clinching win.
Arencibia, who joined Tampa Bay on Wednesday, single-handedly kept the Rays nipping at the heels of the Rangers and the Twins in the American League Wild Card race, going 3-for-4 out of the No. 9 spot. Brandon Guyer went 4-for-5 as part of the 15-hit onslaught, while Logan Forsythe went 3-for-3 before leaving the game with left groin tightness.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles used the first day of September callups to beef up their pitching, promoting right-hander Oliver Drake and Steve Johnson. They also reinstated Chaz Roe from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game against the Rays.
While Johnson was on the taxi squad and arrived in Baltimore on Monday, Drake didn't find out until Monday night that he was being recalled to the Majors. It shouldn't have been a surprise. Drake went 23-for-23 in save opportunities and posted a 0.82 ERA in 42 games with Triple-A Norfolk this season.
BALTIMORE -- At least five Orioles Minor Leaguers will play for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League: pitchers Jon Keller and Donnie Hart, catcher Chance Sisco, infielder Adrian Marin and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski.
The team, with Triple-A Norfolk's Sean Berry serving as hitting coach, also has two "to be announced" spots for Baltimore. One of those could be Hunter Harvey, one of the organization's top pitching prospects who is rehabbing back from an elbow injury.
BALTIMORE -- Rays hitters backed Chris Archer's quality start with three home runs to lead a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.
The win widened the Rays' (65-66) lead over the Orioles (63-68) in the race to claim the second American League Wild Card spot, though both teams still have a tall mountain of teams to climb to earn the spot.
ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.
"He was terrific," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of Holland. "He was spotting his fastball in and out, his breaking ball was absolutely magnificent, he was making the guys chase, he was ahead in the count the whole game. It was huge for us."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and listen to her podcast.
Dave Sessions is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ARLINGTON -- An Orioles club that won the American League East by 12 games last year now sits 11 out of the division. Baltimore completed a dismal two-city road trip 1-6, with Sunday's 6-0 loss loss to the Rangers, and has lost 10 of its last 11 games to fall 5 1/2 games back in the race for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Nothing has gone right lately for an Orioles team that has already exceeded its loss total (67) from 2014 and faces a daunting schedule in the season's remaining five weeks.
Adam Jones strikes pose, invents new baseball dance
By Gemma Kaneko |
Anyone who's ever been to a wedding or a middle-school dance knows about the cultural phenomenon that is the instructions dance. It's a dance made for people who want to move around to music but have no interest in learning actual steps. All you have to do is listen to what the singer tells you.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers maintained their grip on the second Wild Card playoff spot in the American League on Saturday night, while the Orioles continued to slide in the other direction.
Bobby Wilson's RBI double put the Rangers ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Globe Life Park. The Rangers, with their third straight win, have a 1 1/2-game lead for that second spot; the Orioles, with their ninth loss in the last 10 games, are now 4 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race.
ARLINGTON -- Three has been a troublesome number for the Orioles, with all nine of their losses in the past 10 games coming when the offense has scored three runs or fewer.
That offensive frustration was on full display in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Texas, in which Baltimore went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, dropping to 9-50 when they score three runs or fewer.
ARLINGTON -- Dariel Alvarez collected his first Major League hit in the fifth inning of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, delivering a one-out double off Texas starter Martin Perez. His double came in his second at-bat on Saturday as part of a three-run fifth that saw Baltimore tie the score.
Alvarez, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
ARLINGTON -- A good portion of the Orioles' clubhouse was captivated on Saturday afternoon as they watched Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pa. -- about 70 miles north of Camden Yards -- complete a 3-2 victory over Texas to advance to the Little League World Series championship.
Baltimore has been eagerly following the York County club, sending the players messages of encouragement throughout their playoff run. Manager Buck Showalter and third baseman Manny Machado spoke with the team on Friday.
ARLINGTON -- There was that arm everyone had raved about.
Outfielder Dariel Alvarez, who made his Major League debut for the Orioles in Friday's 4-1 loss to Texas, has critics when it comes to his offense. But his defense -- particularly that fantastic arm -- has gotten raves at every level from inside the organization and out, and he wasted no time showing why.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels had one shaky inning of control issues but was otherwise brilliant, holding the Orioles to two hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory on Friday night.
The Rangers' victory was their 11th in their last 15 games, and they remain a half-game ahead of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race. The Orioles have lost eight of their last nine and are now 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers.
ARLINGTON -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was with the team in Texas on Friday, joining reliever Chaz Roe as the two rehabbing Orioles move closer to a return.
Hardy, sidelined with a strained left groin, received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in Baltimore earlier in the week and is doing light baseball activities for now. He will try to test things without doing too much and risking a setback. Running will be one of the biggest obstacles.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Brittany Ghiroli
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist's double in the bottom of the first.
KANSAS CITY -- Paul Janish didn't start Thursday's game, but he was still one of few Orioles' bright spots in Thursday's 5-3 series loss to the Royals.
Janish, who entered the game in the top of the third inning to bat for the injured Adam Jones, gave Baltimore its first hit off starter Yordano Ventura. He also had a leadoff single in the sixth, accounting for both of the O's hits over Ventura's six innings.
KANSAS CITY -- Nolan Reimold has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced Thursday.
Reimold was designated for assignment on Monday and is a candidate to be added to the O's roster for September expansion. The 31-year-old outfielder was batting .227/.306/.340 in 108 plate appearances this season with Baltimore.