J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce Have Major Handshake Issues

It’s been a rough first 44 games for the Orioles’ J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce. Combined, both players combine for a WAR of just 0.2 (via FanGraphs) and seven home runs, which probably isn’t what Orioles were hoping for when Nelson Cruz packed up his boomstick and jetted over to Seattle. However, what’s even more concerning is that the duo’s struggles have apparently followed...
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Davis hits 2 homers, Orioles beat Astros 5-4

BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis hit two homers, including a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth inning, to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Jimmy Paredes had two hits and stole home for the Orioles, who took the three-game series after winning 4-3 on Monday. Steve Pearce hit his sixth home run for Baltimore. Ubaldo Jimenez started strong...
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Chris Davis, Adam Jones talk Orioles superlatives

Remember high school yearbooks with their superlatives? Best Dancer, Best Dressed, Best Jokester, etc.? Well Baltimore Orioles stars Chris Davis and Adam Jones answered all of those questions (as it applies to their teammates) and more:  
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Orioles sign Cuban left-hander Miranda

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda to a minor league contract Wednesday. The 25-year-old Miranda will report to the team's minor league facility in Sarasota, Florida, then join either Single-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. Miranda had a 22-25 record with a 3.78 ERA...
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Orioles designate De Aza for assignment; Flaherty in lineup

BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore outfielder Alejandro De Aza was designated for assignment Wednesday before the Orioles' game against the Astros. Infielder Ryan Flaherty was activated from the 15-day disabled list after a right groin strain. Flaherty was back in the starting lineup Wednesday, playing second base and batting eighth. De Aza, 31, batted .214 with three home runs and seven...
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The Gas House Gang, Part I

This is the first part in what will be a very special mini-series covering the fascinating history of "The Gas House Gang". Join Paulie over the next few weeks to uncover not just a story about baseball, but one about ourselves... -Jay There have been many memorable teams in the storied history of baseball: McGraw’s feisty Baltimore Orioles squads of the Gay 90's; his NY Giant...
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Despite Tillman’s Efforts, Orioles Fall to Astros 4-1

Baltimore Orioles’ Steve Pearce, left, Adam Jones and Manny Machado, right, watch from the dugout in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Baltimore. Houston won 4-1. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The Baltimore Orioles managed just five hits on Tuesday at Camden Yards, and they fell 4-1 to the Houston Astros. Scott Feldman, a former...
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Ubaldo Jimenez Dials up the Past

I understand the phrase “playing with house money.” I’ve used it myself a fair amount of times. So as I’m about to suggest the Baltimore Orioles are playing with house money regarding the current Ubaldo Jimenez, I stop. Quite literally they are playing with their own. They have been since February 2014 when they signed him to a four-year contract totaling $50 million. ...
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Baltimore Orioles fan snags foul ball with his hat

During yesterday's game against the Houston Astros, a Baltimore Orioles fan made a fantastic snag with his hat:
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Matt Wieters in rehab start: 'I feel good right now'

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has been on the road to recovery since Tommy John surgery last season.The former All-Star took a step forward (after a few setbacks earlier this season), appearing in a game for Double-A Bowie. Wieters went 2-for-4 at the plate and threw out a runner trying to steal.Following the game, he told Steve Melewski of MASN Sports that he thinks he...
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Baltimore Orioles: Matusz suspension presents dilemma for MLB

This past weekend was not a pleasant one for the Baltimore Orioles as they lost two of three to the lowly Marlins. Watching the Orioles trying to score runs was painful, as they put up a goose egg in a 13-inning game Saturday. However, the Orioles pitching staff was in the spotlight during that particular game when relief pitcher Brian Matusz was ejected in the extra inning affair...
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Feldman, Astros defeat Orioles 4-1

BALTIMORE (AP) Scott Feldman outpitched Chris Tillman, Chris Carter keyed a seventh-inning rally and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 13 games. Luis Valbuena had two hits and two RBIs for the Astros, who scored all their runs with two outs. Feldman (4-4) gave up one run and four hits in six innings against his former team....
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The Baltimore Orioles Need Clarity in the Outfield

Entering the 2015 season, the most worrisome position — make that two positions — for Baltimore Orioles fans were the corner outfield spots. That’s to be expected when the club loses a 40-home run bat in Nelson Cruz and a franchise cornerstone in Nick Markakis. Unlike most Orioles fans, however, I remained pretty positive when looking at the Orioles’ outfield options to replace...
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Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway for assignment

BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the backup to Caleb Joseph. Clevenger replaced Ryan Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment. Clevenger hit .352 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 27 games with Norfolk. He played in 35 games with Baltimore last year and in 118 major league games overall. The seldom-used Lavarnway...
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Buck Showalter takes shot at Marlins over management

The Miami Marlins have gone 2-6 since general manager Dan Jennings took over as the team’s field manager, and already there have been some questions about decisions he has made. The Marlins beat the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday to snap an eight-game losing streak and had a pool party to celebrate. Miami ended up taking...Read More
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The Matt Wieters Conundrum: What Should the Orioles do with their Soon-to-Be Free Agent Catcher?

BALTIMORE, MD – APRIL 11: Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles waits to bat against the Toronto Blue Jays in the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) The Baltimore Orioles could be facing a difficult decision this offseason. Matt Wieters, the coveted switch-hitting catcher taken fifth overall...
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Dan Duquette comments on Matusz suspension, gripping enhancements

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz has been suspended for eight games (which he is appealing) for using a gripping enhancement.President Dan Duquette offered his two cents regarding the suspension and the legalization of gripping agents for pitchers:"Pitchers, they're trying to grip the ball so they can make an effective pitch and I think Brian Matusz's intent was pure, that...
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J.J. Hardy exits game early, expects to play Tuesday

During their game against the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy exited the game with back tightness.Following the game, Hardy told reporters it was a precautionary move:"I was going at 100 percent of what I had and I think he saw it and he just took me out. I think it was the way I was running. If anything, I was just kind of protecting my back and apparently...
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Chen, Orioles Hand Astros’ Keuchel First Loss

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce (28) celebrates his two-run home run with Delmon Young, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Home runs from Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce powered the Orioles to a 4-3 victory over Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros...
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Orioles hand Astros' Dallas Keuchel his first loss of 2015

  Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and Pearce went...
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Orioles beat Astros 4-3, hand Keuchel 1st loss

BALTIMORE (AP) Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run homers off Dallas Keuchel, and the Baltimore Orioles dealt the left-hander his first loss in a 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. Keuchel (6-1) came in with a 1.67 ERA and had won three straight starts. He allowed just one home run in nine appearances this season before Joseph connected in the second inning and...
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Orioles’ Matusz to Appeal Eight-Game Ban for Foreign Substance

BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 10: Brian Matusz #17 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after Mike Moustakas #8 of the Kansas City Royals hit a two run home run to right center field in the tenth inning during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 10, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Major League Baseball...
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Brian Matusz suspended eight games for substance on arm

For the second time in less than a week, a Major League Baseball pitcher has been handed an eight-game suspension for using a “foreign substance” while pitching. BAL pitcher Brian Matusz has received an 8-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm during Saturday night's game at Miami. — MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) May 25, 2015   Baltimore Orioles reliever Brian...
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Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz suspended 8 game, appeals

BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami. Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game Monday against the Houston Astros. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard. Matusz entered Saturday's game against the Marlins...
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Orioles' Matusz suspended eight games for foreign substance

Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for using a foreign substance. Matusz was ejected during Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins when it was discovered that he had a foreign substance on his arm. With two outs in the 12th inning of a 0-0 game, Marlins manager Dan Jennings approached plate umpire Jordan Baker...
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