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After the Baltimore Orioles dropped the first two games of a four game series with the Minnesota Twins this week, many fans were wondering how much long this team was going to miraculously stay above the .500 mark. With back to back wins to earn a series split, the answer looks like its going to be at least the through the weekend.
The Orioles used late inning heroics from much maligned first baseman Mark Reynolds to capture the come from behind win. In the top of the 8th inning, Reynolds came up with men on second and third with two outs and delivered a two RBI flare single to center field scoring Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit who both walked giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead. Reynolds came up with the big hit for the first time in recent memory and propelled the Orioles to their 48th win of the season. The Birds didn't earn their 48th win of the season last year until August 22, coincidentally also against the Minnesota Twins. So with all the struggles the Bir...
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The Baltimore Orioles have recalled left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk to fortify their overworked bullpen.
Eveland arrived Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after manager Buck Showalter used five relievers in a 10-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Starter Miguel Gonzalez didn't make it out of the third inning, leaving Showalter in need of a long man for Thursday's afternoon...
The Orioles have added veteran sluggers before. Eddie Murray returned and hit No. 500 as an Oriole in 1996. Sammy Sosa already had 500 when he hit 14
homers for Baltimore in 2005. Jim Thome was acquired June 30 from Philadelphia sitting in a tie with Sosa for seventh all-time with
609 homers. No. 610 came Friday -- his first homer with the Orioles coming in the city where...
J.J. Hardy won’t run this town any longer. After hitting seven home runs and posting a tremendous .922 OPS in May, Hardy’s followed with an abysmal .498 OPS in June, and an awful .329 OPS in July. Yes, some of this variance is due to fluctuations in his BABIP and home run to fly ball rate, but when you have an OPS that low it is hard to simply dismiss it as bad luck. J.J., can...
There was plenty of speculation when Twins center fielder Denard Span exited Saturday's game in Kansas City in the eighth inning. Span has frequently been named as one of Minnesota's most valuable trade chips leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Was he taken out because he was traded?
As it turned out, Span just wasn't feeling well after playing in the stifling...
Yesterday, the Orioles got a well-needed victory as Tommy Hunter’s arm and Adam Jones’ propelled them over the Minnesota Twins, 2-1.
Baltimore snapped a painful three-game losing streak and finally got a stellar performance from a starting pitcher. Hunter, who was demoted back to the minors again this season for the second time, was brought back up to the majors to stop the...
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Baltimore’s Jim Thome hit his 610th home run to pass Sammy Sosa and move into seventh place on the Major League Baseball all-time list.
The 41-year-old Thome led off the fourth inning for the Orioles Friday night and connected off Cleveland's Derek Lowe.
Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome blasted a home run in the fourth inning of off Cleveland Indians pitcher Derek Lowe and passed Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list with his 610th career homer.
The homer was Thome sixth of the season and his first since joining the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the month in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
It seems fitting that Thome hit...
MINNEAPOLIS Cole De Vries' major league career is just seven starts old, and so far it's hard to get a read on what the right-hander can offer to the Minnesota Twins' rotation. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native and former Golden Gopher has had several impressive starts since making his MLB debut on May 24, but he's also had several forgettable outings.
Jim Thome's two-run homer in the seventh inning led the Baltimore Orioles to their fourth straight victory, a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night.
Thome, who passed Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the all-time home run list on Friday, hit his 611th and second with Baltimore since being acquired from Philadelphia on July 1 off Zach McAllister (4-2).
Jim Thome hit his 610th career homer to move into seventh place on the career list and the Baltimore Orioles pounded out a 10-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Thome passed Sammy Sosa on the career list with a towering 418-foot shot off Derek Lowe (8-8) to open the fourth inning.
Ryan Flaherty had a three-run homer and Mark Reynolds doubled home two runs in...
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Scott Diamond began the season in the minors, but now has the most wins of any Minnesota pitcher.
The left-hander looks to win a fourth consecutive decision and help the visiting Twins to a fifth straight victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
After going 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA in seven starts last year, Diamond opened 2012 with Triple-A Rochester, where...