Orioles' untimely slump damages their playing hopes

  The Baltimore Orioles were right in the middle of the AL playoff race until plummeting into an inexplicable nosedive that negated everything they accomplished over the first 4 1/2 months of the season. Baltimore was 62-57 and a trailed Los Angeles by a half-game for the second wild-card spot on Aug. 19. Since that time, the defending AL East champions have dropped 12 of 14 to...
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Orioles' untimely skid severely damages their playing hopes

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles were right in the middle of the AL playoff race until plummeting into an inexplicable nosedive that negated everything they accomplished over the first 4 1/2 months of the season. Baltimore was 62-57 and a trailed Los Angeles by a half-game for the second wild-card spot on Aug. 19. Since that time, the defending AL East champions have dropped...
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Showalter: 'In this division, you better have a good third-base coach'

There's nothing quite like the quirkiness of a baseball stadium.Stuffed into cramped cities, existing buildings becoming stadium walls, adding quirks just because, no two stadiums are the same.Nowhere is that more apparent than in the American League East.Fenway Park with its Green Monster, Camden Yards with a right field nook, Yankee Stadium with a short porch, Rogers Centre and...
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Machado gets 1st major league start at SS for struggling O's

BALTIMORE (AP) Manny Machado will start at shortstop for the first time in his major league career when the Orioles host Tampa Bay on Monday night. Machado played shortstop in the minors, but has been at third base since making his debut with Baltimore in 2012. He won a Gold Glove at third in 2013. Manager Buck Showalter made the switch in an effort to shake up a club that has lost...
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Wilson hit helps Rangers match 2014 win total

ARLINGTON, Texas –€“ The Texas Rangers are getting offensive production from the catching spot regardless of who's behind the plate. Saturday night it was Bobby Wilson's chance to shine. Wilson delivered the game-winning double in the sixth inning after Baltimore manager Buck Showalter opted to walk Will Venable to get to Wilson. That move proved to be key as the Rangers made...
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Orioles CF Jones in lineup a day after running into wall

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones was in the starting lineup Friday night, a day after he ran into a wall and exited early. Jones was examined before the game at Texas by Rangers team doctor Keith Meister. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Jones passed all of the exams, including a concussion test. Jones was hurt Thursday while chasing a fly ball in Kansas...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles should consider moving Machado out of leadoff spot

For most of the 2015 season, the Baltimore Orioles have utilized their best player, Manny Machado, as the leadoff hitter. In the midst of a breakout season, Machado has batted .304 with 22 of his 26 home runs and 52 of his 64 RBI’s in the 100 games that Buck Showalter has penciled him in atop the order. Machado has truly blossomed when given the crucial responsibility of setting...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

If Cal Ripken wants to manage, it could get awkward for Orioles

In an interview with ESPN 980 last week, Cal Ripken Jr. made it fairly clear that he is more than interested in the possibility of returning to a Major League dugout. The 55 year-old was strongly considered for the Washington Nationals’ job back in 2013 before he and Mike Rizzo decided it wasn’t the best time for Ripken to make his managerial debut. Now, with the Nationals underachieving...
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Orioles make flurry of roster moves before Royals series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Orioles placed shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list and designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment before opening a four-game series Monday night in Kansas City. Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster its taxed bullpen. Hardy has been...
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Baltimore Orioles may have help waiting in the wings

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Baltimore Orioles. There’s no denying that fact. At 58-56, the team has struggled to break loose from the clutches of the .500 level. Thanks to a myriad of factors — inconsistent offensive production, spotty starting pitching, injuries, and just plain old bad luck — the Orioles are nowhere close to duplicating 2014’s 96-win season...
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Baltimore places RHP Chaz Roe on 15-day DL

SEATTLE (AP) Right-hander Chaz Roe has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles with right shoulder tendinitis. Roe flew back to Baltimore to be examined on Monday and manager Buck Showalter was hopeful of Roe rejoining the team in Seattle on Tuesday. Instead, Roe was placed on the disabled list after being looked at by Baltimore's team doctors. Baltimore...
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Sunday’s loss a microcosm of 2015 season for Orioles

Say it with me one time, “That’s so Orioles.” The Baltimore Orioles took one on the chin yesterday, losing 5-4 to the Los Angeles Angels on a walk-off single by David Murphy in the bottom of the 11th inning. The loss dropped them 3.0 games back of the Angels in the chase for the American League’s second Wild Card spot. It was a heart-breaking loss, and one that serves perfectly...
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Orioles manager Showalter unfazed by division rivals making big trades

The Toronto Blue Jays shocked the baseball world by acquiring Colorado Rockies superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.Some might think that the move puts pressure on the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles to make a move. Not so fast, my friend.In speaking with reporters, manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't upset by his team's lack of moves:“It doesn’t upset me. There’s not...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Lesson learned: Minor leaguer hits HR but misses plate

BALTIMORE (AP) When a player hits a home run, there's really only one overriding rule when running the bases: Touch `em all. Elier Levya of the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds failed to do so after hitting a clutch home run Sunday, and his mistake proved costly in a 5-4 loss. Levya hit the ball over the wall in the ninth inning to apparently give visiting Delmarva a 5-4 lead over Augusta...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter finds comic relief in your trade rumors

You know that cute little rumor you just heard? The one about a young player being dealt, possibly for a rental player?Well, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter finds it funny:Kevin Gausman has been one of the Orioles' top prospects for a while and is finally getting a chance to pitch steadily in the big leagues.It's safe to say he's off the trading block this July.
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles unveil their very-Maryland Oriole Bird bobblehead

After the success of the Buck Showalter gnome, the Baltimore Orioles' giveaways had big shoes to fill.While this Oriole Bird giveaway might not have the same clout as Showalter, it will definitely have some fans in the state of Maryland:Complete with a hammer, bib and Old Bay, the only thing that would make this thing more Maryland would be if it was dressed in Under Armour.
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB Network’s Buck Showalter documentary hits all the right spots

On Wednesday, MLB Network Presents returns with the first of two features this week. The first film is entitled Buck Showalter: A Life in Baseball, and is a deep dive into highly-respected Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The film is narrated by Bob Costas, and features an in-depth interview between Costas and Showalter. The pair talk about Showalter growing up (he might...
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July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Machado puts up big numbers as unorthodox leadoff hitter

BALTIMORE (AP) In his return from two straight seasons cut short by injury, Manny Machado is at the top of his game as the No. 1 hitter in the Baltimore Orioles' lineup. The 6-foot-3 third baseman bats right-handed and swings for power, qualities not usually found in a leadoff hitter. Though manager Buck Showalter never has been one to follow standard baseball procedure, he acknowledged...
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July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles 2B Schoop to return to rehab

There was some hope that Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop would be back with the team this week, but manager Buck Showalter revealed that isn't the case."He can be optioned to a lot of [Minor League affiliates] there for us," Showalter told MLB.com. "Jonathan will benefit from every day he can get, keeping that knee that much stronger. It's a pretty significant injury...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Showalter: 'I can't imagine an All-Star team without Adam on it'

Despite being ranked seventh in the American League among outfielders in the latest All-Star Game voting update, manager Buck Showalter "can't imagine" him not making the team.“We would like for him to go if he is deserving, and I think he is,” Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. “I can't imagine an All-Star team without Adam on it.”Jones, a four-time All-Star, is certainly...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Buck Showalter gnome gets pied on souvenir’s giveaway night (pics/vid)

The Baltimore Orioles endured a doubleheader on Sunday and following the team’s sweep of the Cleveland Indians in the day’s baseball action, a Buck Showalter gnome — which just so happened to be the promotional giveaway item for the second game — received a pieing as part of the celebratory revelry. Orioles outfielder played the...Read More The post Buck Showalter gnome...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Gnome-mania takes over Baltimore

This wasn't the first gnome giveaway ever. It certainly won't be the last. But for some reason, this Buck Showalter gnome captivated the entire city of Baltimore. There was a large social media build up to revealing the gnome, with the Baltimore Orioles showcasing the hashtag #SHOWtheGnome. It all came to a head on Sunday. It started with lines around the block: Then the gnome was...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles trade rumors: On the block

With trade season looming, the Baltimore Orioles will most likely be buyers instead of sellers. But with every action comes an opposite reaction. If the Os wish to snag a skilled player at the trade deadline, they must be willing to give something up and certain players on the current Baltimore roster are more likely to be involved in these trades than others. The first player that...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles record franchise win No. 5,000, Showalter weighs in

The Baltimore Orioles recorded win number 5,000 (since moving to Baltimore in 1954) with a win in the first game of their double-header on Sunday:Ubaldo Jimenez tossed eight shutout innings in their 4-0 victory. After the game, things got a little real in the postgame press conference with Buck Showalter:Since it took 61 years to accomplish this milestone, he may be right.Photo credit...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Orioles trade rumors: Cole Hamels edition

Over the past few seasons the media has highlighted the concern that the Baltimore Orioles lack an ace on the starting staff. Buck Showalter has ignored these claims and kept a balanced staff with solid but not great pitchers. However, in a year with underperforming pitchers and a competitive division, it seems the Os need to make a move to stay in the playoff hunt. The current season...
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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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