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Baltimore Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel still thinks he can improve.
His record outside Camden Yards can't be any better.
Hammel will try to match the MLB lead in victories and become just the third Oriole in 54 years to win his first six road starts Friday night, when he makes his first appearance against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Hammel (5-1, 4.10 ERA) has been consistent through seven starts, lasting between five and 6-23 innings while allowing no more than four runs. The right-hander, though, realizes he has one of the majors' best run-support averages at 8.42. It's 9.62 on the road.
"I still haven't really gotten it going, and I haven't been as good as labeled, I guess. So I still have some work to do," Hammel said after yielding four runs in six innings of Sunday's 8-4 road win over the Los Angeles Angels. "I'm a (beneficiary) of a lot of run support right now, and the bullpen's been awesome. It's that simpl...
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MINNEAPOLIS Depending on who you asked, Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey's start Friday was either pretty good or pretty disappointing.
The first opinion belongs to Pelfrey's manager, Ron Gardenhire. The latter is Pelfrey's take on his latest outing in Friday's 9-6 loss in extra innings to the visiting Baltimore Orioles. The loss can't be chalked up to Pelfrey...
Tom Willis was born without any arms, but that did not stop him from throwing out the first pitch at a recent Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards.
MINNEAPOLIS It's hard to tell which tough situation Ryan Pressly has handled better: facing big league batters or wearing a pink backpack before every game.
As the least experienced member of Minnesota's pitching staff, it's Pressly's job to tote the backpack to the Twins' bullpen as the relievers make their way out before each game. In this case, it's a...
It was a pretty good 22nd birthday for Minnesota Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia on Thursday night.
One day after Arcia had four hits in a big Twins win in Boston, he tallied his first career triple and also hit a two-run home run (his third of the season) as Minnesota won 5-3 in Thursday's series finale at Fenway Park. Thanks in part to the birthday boy Arcia, the Twins took...
Glen Perkins knows his FIP. He also knows his HR/9, Z-Swing% and O-Swing%. More importantly, he understands what they mean. As the Minnesota Twins left-hander says, “I like baseball and I like math.”
Perkins is more than a stat geek. The 30-year-old converted starter is one of the better closers in the American League [despite his skepticism of modern-day closer usage]. Six weeks...
The Baltimore Orioles have placed right-handed starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb blister, according to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun.
Gonzalez developed a blister on the thumb of his throwing hand recently. He was initially pushed back from his regularly scheduled start for tonight, as the team was hoping the additional time off...
The scoreboard Wednesday at Fenway Park resembled a football score, but it was indeed the score from a baseball game. That was thanks in large part to the first two innings the Minnesota Twins put together in Wednesday's 15-8 win over Boston.
In the first two innings combined, the Twins scored a total of 11 runs on nine hits. That included four doubles and two home runs a two...
Ryan Doumit homered, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each had three hits, and the Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-5 Saturday night.
Vance Worley (1-4) struggled through 5 1-3 innings, but a strong performance by Minnesota's bullpen enabled him to earn his first win in 13 starts dating to Aug. 1, 2012.
Matt Wieters connected for the Orioles, who lost for just the second...
The Baltimore Orioles boldly ran the bases without fear of being caught, and Kansas City couldn't do a thing about it.
A comedy of errors ensued, and the Orioles escaped with a 5-3 victory Thursday night despite allowing two home runs and getting only five hits.
J.J. Hardy homered and Manny Machado scored a run and hit an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high fourth...
The Baltimore Orioles are successful. They are a successful baseball team. They are winning consistently, honestly, and they are doing it with ease. I sit here on a beautiful overcast Baltimore morning and the Orioles are currently tied with the Boston Red Sox with the best record in the American League.
How do I process this?
How does a long suffering Orioles fan...
If the Baltimore Orioles can get Jair Jurrjens to pitch like he did for the Atlanta Braves from 2008-2011 they will have a serious shot at winning the American League East. His numbers in the minors are a very positive sign! Do the Los Angeles Angels have any other choice than to call up either Billy Buckner and/or Matt Shoemaker? I know its the bats fault that they are not...
In August of 2012, the Baltimore Orioles were in the wild card hunt and desperate to solve a problem – third base.
As we all know from last season, former Oriole Mark Reynolds despite his power was struggling at the hot corner, and executive vice president Dan Duquette, the front office, along with manager Buck Showalter were looking for a solution.
In the middle of that...
The Minnesota Twins took advantage of a John Lackey throwing error in the 6th inning which led to four runs and a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night at historic Fenway Park.
For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over...
Kyle Gibson picked a good time for a complete game shutout.
The Minnesota Twins' pitching prospect went the distance Wednesday for Triple-A Rochester in a 3-0 win over Toledo. Just one day earlier, the Red Wings used nine pitchers in a marathon 16-inning 3-2 win, so Gibson helped preserve Rochester's bullpen.
Gibson's best game of the year also followed up his worst...
Let me start off by saying that I am sorry that I have not been able to get out the 3 stars of the game for the last 2 games. I am currently in the last week of school for the semester for myself and I haven't had much time to write anything other than research papers and review notes for my finals. With that being said the recent games have been awful, absolutely abysmal. This...