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  1. The Orioles are playing Nelson Cruz in center field today

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:44 AM EST

    Nelson Cruz AP

    Well, this is fantastic. The Orioles will be a must-watch in their Grapefruit League game against the Yankees this afternoon, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that Nelson Cruz will make the start in center field. Oh, but that’s not all. He’ll be flanked by Delmon Young in right field and Steve Pearce…

  2. Michael Young and the chase for 3,000 hits

    Jan 30, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Michael Young

    Michael Young led the American League in hits for the second time in his career in 2011, finishing with 213. That brought his career total to 2,061 through age 34, and despite a late start — he didn’t collect his first hit in the majors until age 24 — he appeared to have some shot…

  3. Orioles sign Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal

    Jan 10, 2014, 7:25 PM EST

    Alexi Casilla

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed middle infielder Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Casilla spent the 2013 season with the Orioles after they selected him off of waivers from the Twins in November 2012. In 125 plate appearances, Casilla posted a…

  4. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EST

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  5. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

    gold glove

    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  6. Alexi Casilla to undergo tests for possible concussion

    Sep 23, 2013, 8:58 PM EST

    Alexi Casilla AP

    Today was a painful day for the Orioles. In addition to being swept by the Rays and losing third baseman Manny Machado due to a scary leg injury, Alexi Casilla was forced to exit after he collided head-first into Nick Markakis‘ leg while attempting to make a diving catch in the seventh inning. Casilla nearly…

  7. Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi have to be restrained after first inning

    Sep 9, 2013, 7:41 PM EST

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter is held back by umpires while challenging Yankees manager Girardi following an unknown incident in the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    Things got feisty Monday night, Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi both wanted a piece of one another after the first inning of Yankees-Orioles game in Baltimore. It appears that the incident started when Girardi started yelling out of the dugout towards Orioles third-base coach Bobby Dickerson, either to perhaps accuse him of sign-stealing or to…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 26, 2013, 6:10 AM EST

    David Nied

    Rockies 4, Marlins 3: The Rockies won this game but the Marlins took the 1993 Expansion Cup for this season, closing out the year with a 4-3 record against Colorado. What — you don’t keep track of the 1993 Expansion Cup? There’s a great ceremony at the end of the series each year in which either…

  9. Bruce Bochy Walked Adam Jones to get to Chris Davis. It didn’t work.

    Aug 10, 2013, 11:40 AM EST

    Bruce Bochy

    There are all kinds of ideas that, when looked at up close in objective terms, seem to make a lot of sense. Many of these ideas, however, don’t look so good from 10,000 feet. And certainly don’t look good in hindsight. And yes, this is hindsight. But there is no escaping the fact that, ultimately,…

  10. The Rangers are even open to trading Matt Garza

    Jul 31, 2013, 1:13 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    That’s according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers will consider just about anything as they attempt to improve before the deadline. That means Elvis Andrus. It means Joe Nathan. And it means the newly acquired Matt Garza, who was just picked up from the Cubs for four prospects nine days ago. Garza is 1-0 with…

  11. All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EST

    2013 All Star Game Logo

    Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch: AMERICAN LEAGUE FIRST BASE 1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703 2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681 3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420 4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281 5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675 SECOND BASE 1. Robinson Cano, Yankees,…

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

    Jun 12, 2013, 6:22 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The losing team scored two runs in eight of last night’s fifteen games. I have no idea if that’s uncommon or not, but I noticed it and I’m going to pretend it’s a sign or portent or something. Anyway: Pirates 8, Giants 2: Welcome to the big leagues Gerrit Cole. The 2011 number one pick…

  13. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:49 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Cardinals 11, Reds 4: I’ll take “Improbable scores for an extra-inning game for $200, Alex.” It was already 7-4 in the top of the 10th when Matt Holliday came to the plate but he hit a grand slam off Curtis Partch to truly ice the game. J.J. Hoover was charged with six of the seven…

  14. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Jun 1, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

    Chris Dickerson Getty

    There’s no stopping the Orioles’ offense. After Max Scherzer appeared poised to improve to 8-0 last night, the Orioles came roaring back for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning against Jose Valverde to secure a dramatic 7-5 walk-off victory. Nick Markakis led off the inning with a solo homer and was followed…

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

    May 23, 2013, 6:57 AM EST

    Star Trek into Darkness

    Phillies 3, Marlins 0: Cliff Lee shuts out the Marlins on three hits. Granted, it doesn’t take anyone as good as Lee to shut out the Marlins, but that’s nothing that Lee could help. He was dominant. Just like Benedict Cumberbatch in that scene when he killed all those [alien race redacted to avoid spoilers]…

  16. MLB won’t approve pink-label MaxBats on Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EST

    from @MaxBatBaseball

    It seems Louisville Slugger has a monopoly on the pink labels for Mother’s Day bats permitted by MLB. The Orioles’ Nick Markakis, the Nationals’ Jayson Werth and the Twins’ Trevor Plouffe were among the players informed by the league Friday that they won’t be able to use their custom label MaxBats on Sunday. Of course,…

  17. Chris Davis leaves game in fifth, needs an MRI

    May 4, 2013, 10:17 AM EST

    Orioles Rays Baseball

    AL Player of the Month for April, Chris Davis, left last night’s O’s-Angels game in the fifth inning with a knee injury. The injury happened as he ran out a ground ball, with Davis hobbling as he crossed first base. His comments after the game: “[I] hit the bag funny, obviously,” Davis said. “My knee kind…

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

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:46 AM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox 9, Athletics 6: Just yesterday Mike Napoli was named player of the week for last week. He’s making a bid for a repeat now, hitting a grand slam and driving in five runs here. Overall he has 25 RBI in 19 games. Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1: Chris Tillman had a one hitter…

  19. Yankees turn triple play against Orioles

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:47 PM EST

    New York Yankees' Sabathia reacts after being called for a balk against the Baltimore Orioles during their American League game in New York

    The Orioles appeared to be mounting a rally in the top of the eighth after surrendering three runs to the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh. Alexi Casilla and Nick Markakis both singled to put runners on first and second with no outs, but after a lengthy battle between starter C.C. Sabathia and third…

  20. Chris Davis becomes fourth player in MLB history to homer in first four games of season

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:27 PM EST

    Chris Davis Getty

    It’s official: Chris Davis is the hottest hitter on the planet right now. Davis’ early season rampage continued in the Orioles’ home opener this afternoon, as he delivered a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the club to a 9-5 comeback win over the Twins. The opposite-field blast capped…

  21. 2013 Preview: Baltimore Orioles

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles' Johnson pitches against the Boston Red Sox during a MLB spring training baseball game in Sarasota, Florida

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Was last season a fluke? Wanna make an Orioles fan mad? Tell them that…

  22. Nick Markakis expected to return to action Tuesday as designated hitter

    Mar 25, 2013, 6:31 PM EST

    Nick Markakis DH

    Nick Markakis hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since March 1 due to a small disc herniation in his neck, but all signs are pointing toward him being ready for Opening Day next Tuesday against the Rays. According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Markakis was cleared to return to games after he took batting…

  23. Nick Markakis diagnosed with disc herniation in his neck

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:49 AM EST

    nick markakis getty

    Nick Markakis underwent an MRI exam on his injured neck yesterday and has been diagnosed with what the Orioles are calling a “small disc herniation.” That’s another way of saying a small tear and means Markakis will be on the sidelines for at least another week and maybe two, but manager Buck Showalter told Brittany…

  24. Nick Markakis to get MRI on neck

    Mar 9, 2013, 7:14 PM EST

    Orioles' Markakis hits a RBI-single off Yankees' Mitchell during the third inning of their MLB spring training game in Sarasota

    Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis just can’t seem to stay healthy. MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli reports that Markakis will get an MRI on his bothersome neck on Monday. “Just to be on the safe side on Monday,” manager Buck Showalter said of Markakis, who last played March 1 and was improving until reaggravating the area on…

  25. Brian Roberts putting together impressive showing in camp

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Brian Roberts

    Essentially a non-factor the last 2 1/2 years, Brian Roberts is giving hope that he could reemerge as the Orioles’ starting second baseman this season. Roberts went 3-for-3 with a homer against the Pirates on Friday. He’s 6-for-11 with two doubles in the early going this spring. While the Orioles did little to upgrade their…

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