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  1. Brian Matusz makes a special connection with a fan who shares his peanut allergy

    Apr 18, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Over two million Americans have peanut allergies. This story is about two of them.

  2. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  3. Orioles will tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players

    Nov 25, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    orioles logo

    MLB teams have until December 2 to decide whether to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, but there won’t be any intrigue with the Orioles. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed this evening that the club plans to tender contracts to all nine players in question.…

  4. Rather Be Lucky

    Sep 12, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Buck Showalter

    The Baltimore Orioles are, in most ways, a better baseball team than they were last year. – Last year, they scored 712 runs. This year, they are on pace to score 760. – Last year, they gave up 705 runs. This year, they are on pace to give up a similar 712. – Last year,…

  5. Terrible in the rotation and excellent in the bullpen, Brian Matusz still wants to start

    Aug 26, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    After going 21-33 with a 5.51 ERA in 68 career starts Brian Matusz shifted to the bullpen in the middle of last season and has fared very well as a reliever, throwing 57 innings with a 2.84 ERA, 57/17 K/BB ratio, and .202 opponents’ batting average. However, the 26-year-old left-hander told Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com…

  6. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  7. Brian Matusz underwent abdominal surgery last month

    Nov 7, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    brian matusz getty

    From MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli comes word that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz had surgery last month to repair a torn muscle in the lower part of his abdomen, officially termed a rectus abdominis tear. Matusz pitched with the injury for the final three months of the regular season and was fully aware that some kind of…

  8. Oh look, someone is forcing the “A-Rod is an ego-driven diva” narrative

    Oct 11, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Yankees' Jeter and Rodriguez celebrate a solo home run by teammate Ibanez against the Baltimore Orioles during Game 3 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoff series in New York

    It’s obvious that, for years, Alex Rodriguez‘s ego caused him trouble. He often came off as vain and self-centered in the media. Usually in ways that had little if anything to do with baseball, it should be noted. More as it relates to his public image and the like. But we haven’t seen that for…

  9. Jim Johnson bounces back as Orioles even ALDS with Yankees

    Oct 9, 2012, 12:14 AM EDT

    Jim Johnson Getty

    Jim Johnson took the loss in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees last night by giving up five runs (four earned) in the ninth inning while retiring just one batter. But he redeemed himself tonight. Johnson, who led the majors with 51 saves during the regular season, pitched a perfect ninth inning for…

  10. Derek Jeter drives in run to cut into Orioles lead

    Oct 8, 2012, 11:18 PM EDT

    Jeter Getty

    UPDATE: The Orioles got out of it. Darren O’Day struck out Alex Rodriguez swinging for the second out before Buck Showalter made another change, this time bringing in Brian Matusz. The southpaw issued an intentional walk to Robinson Cano before getting Nick Swisher to fly out to left field to end the inning. The Orioles…

  11. Orioles’ Jason Hammel set for knee surgery

    Jul 15, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Jason Hammel

    Jason Hammel, who has lost four straight starts trying to pitch with a sore right knee, will undergo surgery and miss at least three weeks, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports. Hammel has loose cartilage floating around in the knee that he needs taken out. “Where it was before it was kind of uncomfortable,”…

  12. Jason Hammel undergoing surgery on right knee, out at least four weeks

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

    jason hammel ap

    The Orioles celebrated a walkoff victory over the Tigers on Saturday, but they’re struggling to cling to an American League Wild Card spot and could be without one of their best starters for a while. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that Jason Hammel has cartilage “floating” in his right knee that gives him pain…

  13. Brian Matusz gets demoted after loss to Indians

    Jul 1, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    The final week before the All-Star Game usually features a few demotions of starting pitchers with the idea that they can get a start in the minors during the break and then come back up afterwards. We’ll see if that’s the case with Brian Matusz here. The Orioles demoted their left-hander Sunday after he gave…

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2012, 6:15 AM EDT

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    Reds 4, Brewers 3: Bronson Arroyo had a no-hitter through seven and then ended up with a no-decision. Guess that happens when you ask a starter who usually throws less than seven innings a start to go eight, eh?  Still a nice game until that eighth, and a win for the Redlegs. Giants 2, Dodgers…

  15. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 14, 2012, 6:22 AM EDT

    Matt Cain, Buster Posey

    Giants 10, Astros 0: A simply unbelievable night for Matt Cain.  As we noted last night, this was among the best games ever pitched in the history of baseball. Perfection is one thing. Doing it while striking out 14 is dominant perfection.  And don’t try to diminish it by saying “hey, it was the Astros.”…

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 23, 2012, 5:59 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    Cardinals 4, Padres 0: Tough break for San Diego to have Adam Wainwright figure it out and throw a four-hit shutout while they were in town, but I really do need them to go on a bad skid right now. I’m taking my kids to their first major league game when we go to San…

  17. Red Sox lineup: Adrian Gonzalez in RF, Kevin Youkilis at 1B, Will Middlebrooks at 3B

    May 22, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies

    With six outfielders on the disabled list and Kevin Youkilis coming off the shelf the Red Sox have gotten creative for tonight’s game against the Orioles, shifting Adrian Gonzalez to right field so Youkilis can play first base and Will Middlebrooks can remain at third base. Gonzalez, Youkilis, and Middlebrooks are batting 4-5-6 in Boston’s…

  18. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2012, 6:07 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays

    Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7:  We hear a lot about Bryce Harper, but Brett Lawrie is a more fully formed version of “young, confident dude who can be a difference maker.”  Toronto fought back from an early 5-0 deficit, took the lead, then blew the lead before Lawrie hit a leadoff homer that just barely cleared…

  19. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:50 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen

    Rays 4, Angels 3: Pinch hit walkoff bomb from Brandon Allen to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Albert Pujols got a hit but he was thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double. I think that’s what the fancy commentators on those evening baseball television programs call “pressing.” The Angels…

  20. Brian Matusz is “angry and frustrated” after latest loss

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    There was a lot of optimism surrounding Brian Matusz based on his strong spring training, but unfortunately so far he’s looked more or less like the guy who posted a historically awful 10.68 ERA last season. Matsuz threw 25 innings with a 3.65 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio during spring training, but through two regular…

  21. This doesn’t bode well: Jake Arrieta is Baltimore’s Opening Day starter

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jake Arrieta

    “This is Birdland” - the Orioles’ 2012 slogan. Jake Arrieta had a 5.05 ERA in 22 starts before requiring elbow surgery and missing the final two months of last season. This spring, he has a 6.14 ERA in his four starts. Incredibly, it was a good enough showing to earn him the Opening Day assignment against…

  22. Brian Matusz no longer looking like the worst pitcher ever

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    When last we saw Orioles hurler Brian Matusz, he was setting a major league record. A bad one. He ended last year with a 10.69 ERA in 49 2/3 innings, the highest ERA ever for a pitcher to throw at least 40 innings. Matusz, though, appears to have shaken off that disaster. He was terrific…

  23. Orioles hire sports psychologist “to provide mental performance services”

    Feb 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Baltimore Orioles

    Dan Duquette’s latest move as the Orioles’ new executive vice president of baseball operations is hiring a sports psychologist who, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com will “provide mental-performance services.” Ghiroli reports that the sports psychologist, Seth Kaplan, will focus on working with pitchers and Duquette noted that he’ll attempt to improve “mental toughness.” Kaplan, who’s…

  24. Running down the rosters: Baltimore Orioles

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Adam Jones

    After sitting out the chase for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the Orioles are staring down a fifth straight last-place finish and a seventh consecutive 90-loss season. Such is life in the AL East. Rotation Jason Hammel – R Zach Britton – L Jake Arrieta – R Wei-Yin Chen – L Tommy Hunter – R…

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