Found May 13, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
The Baltimore Orioles perched alone atop the AL East may come as a surprise to many, but not to them. Now, they'll try to get a rare home win against James Shields before hosting another divisional challenger. The Orioles look to continue proving they're not a fluke by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards for the first time in almost five years on Sunday. Baltimore (22-12) has been a mostly moribund franchise since winning the East and reaching the AL championship series in 1997, the last time the club finished with a winning record. For that reason, today's Orioles stand out as of the biggest surprises of 2012, currently tied with Texas for the best record in the AL. They've opened a two-game lead in the division by winning the first two games of this series, beating Tampa Bay 5-3 on Saturday after opening the three-game set Friday with a 4-3 victory. "We found people that we can play with and we can win (with)," reliever Pedro Strop said. &qu...

Rib injury sends Orioles' Reynolds to DL

The Baltimore Orioles have placed third baseman Mark Reynolds on the team's rapidly expanding 15-day disabled list. Reynolds has a pulled muscle in his rib cage. He is batting .191 with two homers and nine RBI. The injury occurred during batting practice Friday, manager Buck Showalter said. Reynolds said Saturday, ''It's not too bad, but it's one of those things...

Orioles Acquire Mike Belfiore From D'Backs For Josh Bell

The Orioles traded third-baseman Josh Bell over to Arizona last month, and the Diamondbacks now have sent over left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to complete that deal. Bell was mostly a disappointment in Baltimore after coming over from the Dodgers in the George Sherrill trade. His plate discipline went south, as he hit just .200/.221/.264 when he got a chance in the Majors and posted...

Sloppy defense dooms Rays against Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles capitalized on five errors by the Tampa Bay Rays and got two hits and two RBIs from Adam Jones in a 5-3 victory Saturday night. The Orioles were outhit 7-6 and struck out 12 times but scored three unearned runs to forge their second straight win in this series between the two top teams in the AL East. Baltimore leads second-place Tampa Bay...

Orioles win second in a row, defeat Rays 5-3; Jones and Hall lead the way, Matusz solid on the mound

The Baltimore Orioles continue to roll as they are one-fifth through the season, and it is one great thing to see. They won their second straight game and downed the Rays, 5-3, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in front of an announced 32,862 fans on a wonderful night for a ballgame. It’s good to see the fans come back to the park, as the Orioles got a huge walkup crowd for Saturday’s...

Designated for assigment: Matt Antonelli and Travis Blackley

– The Baltimore Orioles have designated for assignment infielder Matt Antonelli according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Antonelli was hitting .204/.357/.280 with 1 HR and a .636 OPS in 93 AB's with the Orioles' Triple-A team. – The San Francisco Giants designated left handed pitcher Travis Blackley for assignment according to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea...

Daily Notes: Hammel’s Performance Is Kosher

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. Featured Game: New York AL at Baltimore, 19:05 ET 2. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 3. Today’s Complete Schedule Featured Game: New York AL at Baltimore, 19:05 ET Of Particular Note Regarding This Game Of particular note regarding this game is that right-hander Jason Hammel...

Yankees vs. Orioles: You need to beat the birds

The New York Yankees are in Baltimore to face the first-place Orioles for two quick games starting tonight. New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles April 24, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The O’s have been playing some great baseball lately but the Yankees have won four of the six times the two AL East rivals have faced each other. Can the Orioles make the playoffs for the first...

True Believer

That’s it. I can’t deny it anymore. The Orioles are real; to deny it at this point is to deny math, logic and reality. The Birds did get beaten up by the Rangers a bit, but who hasn’t. The Orioles still have the second-best record in the American League, lead the league in homers, are getting solid starting pitching and shut down bullpen work. This is not a fluke. Repeat...

Daily Notes: Say Hi to Your Mother for Us

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes. 1. A Note for the Mothers 2. Featured Game: Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 13:35 ET 3. Other Notable Games (Including MLB.TV Free Game) 4. Today’s Complete Schedule A Note for the Mothers Please, if you would, say hello to your mother for FanGraphs. And for Mark Wahlberg, too, if you have time: Featured...
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