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Baltimore Orioles Close to Breaking Home Run Record for June

The Baltimore Orioles after 75 games of the regular season are sitting in first place in the American League East by four games over the Boston Red Sox. One of the big reasons why is their powerful offense up and down their lineup that now has in its sights a home run record for June. The Orioles hit three home runs Sunday, which gave them 51 for June, just four, shy of the record in June for Major League Baseball. The team has three games still to play in June in its attempt to break the record. Baltimore began Sunday’s game versus Tampa Bay... 
 

Orioles DFA Delmon Young, Trade Possible

The Baltimore Orioles will attempt to trade Delmon Young after designating the veteran outfielder for assignment, general manager Dan Duquette told the media on Wednesday. The move was made to clear a roster spot for 25-year-old right-handed pitcher Tyler Wilson. Young, who is in his second season with Baltimore after inking a one-year, $2.25 million contract last offseason, has a .270 average with two home runs, 16 RBI and just a .628 OPS in 180 plate appearances this season. In 2014, the right-handed hitting corner outfielder batted .302 with... 
 

Ryan Lavarnway Designated for Assignment by Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have designated catcher and former Boston Red Sox prospect Ryan Lavarnway for assignment,  a move necessitated to make space on the 40 man roster after the team signed  Delmon Young to a new one-year deal.  The team also signed  catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor-league deal. Lavarnway,  27, spent seven years in the Red Sox system and has posted impressive numbers in the minor leagues but has never been able to maintain those numbers at the major-league level. In 301 plate appearances at the major-league level, Lavarnway... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Nelson Cruz

Major League Baseball’s reigning home run king is on the free agent market. Nelson Cruz is reportedly seeking a five year deal. After declining the qualifying offer tendered by the Baltimore Orioles, the 34 year-old Cruz is looking to cash in on an excellent season. Cruz saw his stock plummet last offseason after the Texas Rangers tagged him with the qualifying offer. He started out looking for a five year deal worth around $75 million, and ended up settling for a one-year deal with the Orioles for $8 million. The prospect of surrendering... 
 

Chris Tillman, James Shields Match Up in Game 1 of ALCS

After two days off, baseball is returning Friday night with the first game of the ALCS. The Baltimore Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the mound while the Kansas City Royals will counter with James Shields. It’s a matchup of postseason unbeatens, as the Royals beat the Oakland Athletics in the wild card game before sweeping the top seeded Los Angeles Angels, while the O’s knocked off the Detroit Tigers in three straight. Shields, who has been one of the steadiest starting pitchers in the American League since his first full... 
 

Orioles Agree to Three-Year Extension with J.J. Hardy

The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a three-year contract extension with shortstop J.J. Hardy worth $40 million. Hardy was set to become a free agent after the season. The Orioles are set to host the first game of the ALCS against the Kansas City Royals Friday night. The Orioles acquired Hardy in a trade with the Minnesota Twins that took place during the 2010 offseason. His first year with the Orioles was his best offensive season since 2008 when he was a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Over the last three years, he’s earned a relatively... 
 

Orioles Use Eight Run Eighth to Pull Away from Tigers

The Baltimore Orioles downed the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards in the first game of the ALDS. A solid outing from Chris Tillman, four good innings from the bullpen, key home runs from Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy and a huge 8th inning led to a 12-3 victory. Cruz started the scoring with a two run shot against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Leadoff hitter Nick Markakis singled, and Alejandro de Aza was hit by a pitch. After Adam Jones bounced into a double play, Cruz blasted a first-pitch heater over the center field fence. That lead wouldn’t... 
 

Adam Jones Leads Baltimore Orioles Towards October

2014 wasn’t supposed to be the Baltimore Orioles year. The Boston Red Sox were coming off a year in which they won the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays returned a very strong roster, and the New York Yankees went on a spending spree over the offseason. However, the Rays suffered an early season collapse and the Red Sox quickly fell apart and subsequently made a series of trades at the deadline. Meanwhile the Yankees infield has been predictably unproductive and they were dealt a major blow as ace Masahiro Tanaka was lost to an elbow... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy, Brandon McCarthy

Jeff Samardzija and David Price are the two best pitchers on the trade block. However, for teams not looking to sell the farm, Jason Hammel, Ian Kennedy and Brandon McCarthy are attractive options. While these pitchers have an up and down history, they have been very good this year and could make a significant impact in the stretch run. Jason Hammel was signed by the Chicago Cubs this offseason to a modest one year deal worth $6 million. After a strong 2012 season where he established a career-best 22.9 percent strikeout rate, his 2013 campaign... 
 

Orioles Reach Agreement With Nelson Cruz On One Year Deal

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz on a one-year deal with a  base salary of $8 million, plus $750K in incentives. The deal represents a 43% pay cut essentially over what Cruz declined from the Rangers in a qualifying offer of $14.1 million. In Cruz, the Orioles get a 33-year-old right-handed bat who hit .266/.327/.506 with 27 home runs in 456 plate appearances in 2013 before he was suspended 50 games for a connection to Biogenesis. Cruz is represented by the Wasserman Media Group. Cruz will... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Sign Ubaldo Jimenez

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Terms of the agreement, which is pending a physical, are believed to be in the range of four years and $48 million. As a penalty for signing Jimenez, the Orioles will forfeit the 17th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, and the Cleveland Indians will add a sandwich-round compensation pick. The 30 year-old Jimenez was one of baseball’s best pitchers from 2008-2010. Pitching at Coors Field, he posted a 3.43 ERA with strikeout... 
 

Orioles Reach Agreement With Suk-Min Yoon, Pending Physical

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement with South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, pending a physical, on a three-year deal worth $5.75 million. With the Orioles passing a physical in not a rubber stamp proposition. The Orioles’ offseason have reached agreements with two players this offseason, with reliever Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin that were voided following physicals. The organization intends to make sure everything is squared up with Yoon before it announces the deal. He went 3-6 with a 4.00 ERA and seven saves... 
 

Where is the Market for Nelson Cruz?

Like Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, Nelson Cruz‘ value has been hurt by the Qualifying Offer. At this point, it appears that all three of the above players should have accepted the one-year, $14 million deal extended to them by their teams, as their markets don’t look too strong. Each of the above players have their flaws, and most teams appear unwilling to surrender a draft pick in order to sign one of them. Early on, Cruz appeared to have a strong market, and he reportedly turned down a five year, $75 million deal from the Seattle... 
 

Six Hitters That Could Bounce Back in 2014

Every year there are a handful of hitters, whether the young and talented or the formerly successful, that most people want to give up on. In 2013 we saw outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino have impressive seasons at the plate after mediocre 2012 campaigns. Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki returned to top form after spending most of 2012 on the DL. Marlon Byrd rebounded from a horrific 2012 year to post career-best numbers in 2013. The fortunate (or prescient) fantasy owner or General Manager reaped the benefits of seeing these... 
 

Orioles Cancelled Balfour Deal over Knee and Wrist Issues

The Baltimore Orioles are in the final stages of what surely has to be described as a disappointing offseason, the low point being when it balked on a Grant Balfour contract to replace Jim Johnson. Balfour is widely considered one of the top three relievers on the Free Agent market, with Fernando Rodney and Joaquin Benoit, the latter of which already signed in San Diego. The Orioles traded its former closer, Jim Johnson, earlier this offseason to sign Jemile Weeks, who will compete for the second base spot, adding depth left by the departure of... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Review and Preview Heading into Spring Training

A year after reaching for the postseason for the first time since 1995, the Baltimore Orioles plummeted to 85-77 and a third place finish in the American League East in 2013. Based on the current state of their roster, the Orioles look like a team in transition that will have trouble contending in a tough division this year. Editor’s Note: This “New Year, New Season” post on the Baltimore Orioles is part of a series where Baseball News Source columnist Jeff Louderback chronicles each Major League team as spring training draws nearer. Dave... 
 

Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman Comparison

Young hurlers Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman all got their first taste of the big leagues in 2013. All three are college pitchers and former first-round draft picks. Gray was selected 18th overall out of Vanderbilt in the 2011 Draft. Gausman was the fourth overall pick from LSU in the 2012 Draft, and Wacha went 18th from Texas A&M in that same draft. Gray and Wacha were very successful in their limited regular season innings. Over 64.0 innings and 10 starts, Gray pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 2.70 FIP, striking out 25.7 percent... 
 

Orioles Deal with Grant Balfour May Fall Through

Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the Baltimore Orioles deal with Grant Balfour is in jeopardy. Balfour’s physical revealed issues that need to be resolved. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that the Orioles would look at other closer options on the open market if Balfour’s health issues are a deal-breaker. Balfour previously missed significant time with Tommy John and shoulder surgeries. Balfour, who will turn 36 by the end of the month, agreed to a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Orioles on Tuesday. The... 
 

Royals Make Trade With Orioles to Acquire Danny Valencia

The Kansas City Royals and the Baltimore Orioles completed a trade today swapping outfielder David Lough for third baseman Danny Valencia. Lough has a career slash line of  .278/.308/.396 over two major league seasons and 400 plate appearances.  The left-handed hitting Lough can play all three outfield positions. Among all outfielders that played 500 or more innings in 2013, Lough ranked 9th overall with a +14.5 UZR. Valencia has a career line of .263/.302/.412  in four major league seasons. The former Minnesota Twins prospect had a good... 
 

Grant Balfour Signs With Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a deal with free-agent closer Grant Balfour for two years and $15 million according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. The deal is pending a physical and calls for $500,000 to be deferred each year. Balfour, 35, was 38-of-41 in save chances in 2013 with a 2.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 72 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings and 24-of-26 the year before that. His combined 62-of-67 those two years produces a save percentage of 92.5 percent and has only five blown saves over that time. The team traded Jim Johnson to the Athletics... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Are Interested in Nelson Cruz

After trading closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jemile Weeks, the Baltimore Orioles freed up about $11 million for their 2014 payroll. The Orioles already have two solid outfielders in Adam Jones and Nick Markakis. However, Nate Mclouth is likely to depart via free agency. With Steve Pearce, Jason Pridie, and Nolan Reimold, the in-house options aren’t very promising. That trio totaled -0.4 fWAR in 288 plate appearances in 2013. The salary dump resulting from the Johnson trade gives them room for an... 
 

Oakland A’s Acquire Jim Johnson From Orioles For Jemile Weeks

The Oakland A’s have acquired  right-hander Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a player to be named later. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The deal works for both clubs. The A’s lost closer Grant Balfour to free agency and the Orioles have had a hard time keeping Brian Roberts on the field and healthy. Johnson, 30, is projected to earn more than $10 million in 2014 making him a prime candidate to be moved. Johnson lead MLB in both saves (50) and blown saves... 
 

Orioles Manny Machado Suffers Serious Left Leg Injury

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury after running through the first base bag awkwardly on Monday afternoon in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Machado spent several minutes on the field in obvious pain before being carted off by the Orioles training staff. In 155 games coming into Monday, Machado has hit .282/.313/.431 (99 OPS+) with 14 home runs and a league-leading 51 doubles. He also leads the league in at-bats (663) and plate appearances (706), another testament to his... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Acquire Michael Morse From Seattle Mariners

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder/DH Michael Morse from the Seattle Mariners. In exchange, the Mariners will receive minor-league outfield prospect  Morse had one of the worst seasons of his career and did not develop into the player the club hoped it was getting in that three-way trade that brought to Seattle from Washington. Morse, age 31, is batting .226/.283/.410 with 13 homers in 76 games. Avery  has batted .259/.340/.345 with three homers and 29 stolen bases for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. The former second-round... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Acquire Astros Bud Norris for L.J. Hoes

The Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros have agreed to a trade that will send Bud Norris to Baltimore for L.J. Hoes , left-hander Josh Hader and a 2014 Competitive Balance pick. Norris, the 28-year-old slider specialist, has pitched to a 3.93 ERA (104 ERA+), 1.41 WHIP and 2.09 K/BB ratio this season and fills a huge need for Baltimore’s rotation. Hoes had more walks (58) than strikeouts (56) for the  Norfolk Tides and was batting .304 with a .406 on-base percentage. Against left-handers, he had a .442 on-base percentage. He was ranked... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline: Francisco Rodriguez Trade Analysis

Following the announcement that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun would be suspended for the remaining 65 games of the 2013 season on Monday, the Brewers went ahead and made a deal for a future big bat on Tuesday. The Brewers traded spot closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for third base prospect Nick Delmonico. For Baltimore, the 2013 season has been a pleasant surprise, as the Orioles boast one of the most potent offenses in either league and have been serious contenders in the American League East for the majority... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Dylan Bundy to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The Baltimore Orioles will not see an expected callup of its top pitching prospect in 2013. Dylan Bundy, the phenom expected to help boost a struggling rotation or average bullpen at some point this year, will now miss the remainder of it when he undergoes Tommy John Surgery. Bundy entered 2013 as the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, and a tear in his elbow will delay his MLB appearance by at least one season. Due to the poor timing of the necessary surgery, this knocks Bundy out for at least the first half of 2014, likely sidelining him... 
 

Orioles Kevin Gausman Optioned to Triple-A Norfolk

The Baltimore Orioles will option rookie starter Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk, following his outing against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night, a game in which the Orioles would win 5-4 in 13 innings. The third-overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of LSU, Gausman has moved quickly throughout the Baltimore organization and was the first player from last year’s first round to make his big league debut. In five starts this season, Gausman has posted an 0-3 record and 7.66 ERA, along with a 20/6 strikeout to walk ratio in 24.2... 
 

Chris Dickerson Walk Off Homer Caps Comeback for Orioles (Video)

Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde took the mound in the bottom of the ninth, looking to close out the game and cement a 5-3 victory. However, Baltimore’s offense had other plans on Friday night. On the third pitch of the inning, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis launched a solo home run to right field, pulling the Orioles within one run of Detroit. Adam Jones and Chris Davis would follow with singles, leaving runners on the corners with no outs. Matt Wieters would pop out to first, followed by a a pop up to short by J.J. Hardy, leaving... 
 

Chris Davis Outduels Ryan Zimmerman in Slugfest

The Baltimore Orioles would get the best of the Washington Nationals in a game that witnessed eight home runs, grabbing a 9-6 victory. Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman would launch three home runs Wednesday evening, a solo shot in the first and fourth innings, capped by a two-run shot in the fifth. Zimmerman would add to his impressive offensive performance a pair of gold-glove worthy plays at third, both bare-handed charges that resulted in outs. Despite his performance, Zimmerman would be bested by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis‘... 
 

Pedro Strop to The DL for Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles reliever Pedro Strop  was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a lower back strain in the team recalled right-hander Steve Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk. Johnson is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in one appearance with the Orioles this season. The move is retroactive to May 24. Strop has  struggled this year going 0-2  with a 6.11 ERA over 22 games. He has walked 14 batters and 17 2/3 innings. Strop  pitched in 70 games last year for Baltimore when he went 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA and played a large role in the Orioles success for 2012.  Read More »
 

Chris Davis Helps Orioles Win With League-Leading 16th Home Run

Sean Nolin started his first game in the major leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays  and lasted an inning and a third surrendering six earned runs and seven hits. Nolin lost for the first time since Aug. 27, 2011, when he was pitching for Class A Lansing. Chris Davis launched his major league-leading 16th home run  and the Baltimore Orioles scored nine runs in the first three innings to beat the Blue Jays 10-6. Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBI and J.J. Hardy, Danny Valencia and Adam Jones  all hit home runs for Baltimore, who lead... 
 

Kevin Gausman Debut Spoiled By Toronto

The Toronto Blue Jays’ bats came out ready to swing on Thursday, scoring 12 runs and spoiling Baltimore Orioles rookie starter Kevin Gausman‘s major league debut in a 12-6 victory. Gausman worked five innings in his debut, surrendering four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. In five innings, Gausman tallied a pitch count of 89, 58 of which were strikes. Of the 24 batters that he faced, Gausman registered first-pitch strikes to 15 of them. Despite the loss, Gausman displayed flashes of greatness early in the game,... 
 

Kevin Gausman to Make Big League Debut on Thursday

The Baltimore Orioles have found a solution to their recent pitching woes, calling up Kevin Gausman from Double-A Bowie who will make his first start Thursday in Toronto. As BNS reported earlier Gausman has been solid in his time at Double-A Bowie this season. In eight starts for Double-A Bowie this season, Gausman has posted a 3.11 ERA and solid 49/5 strikeout to walk ratio in 46.1 innings of work. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports was the first to report the news. The Orioles have lost seven of their last ten games and amidst injuries to an already mediocre... 
 

Kevin Gausman Dominant in Minors, Could Help Orioles Soon

The Baltimore Orioles starting rotation has been exposed for its true composition, that of a struggling core of pitchers who have been unable to counter and support the production of the club’s solid offensive lineup, in the wake of injuries to starters Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez. Veteran journeyman Freddy Garcia and former-Braves starter Jair Jurrjens have joined the rotation in recent weeks to sustain the staff in the absence of the aforementioned injured starters; however, neither starter has contributed much of any proactive significance... 
 

Miguel Gonzalez Returns From DL For Orioles

Miguel Gonzalez will return from the disabled list for the Baltimore Orioles and will start against the New York Yankees.  The Orioles have lost six straight games and three of four to the Yankees in 2013. The Orioles have also dropped seven straight at home for the first time since an 11-game slide Aug. 22-Sept. 7, 2007. Last season, Gonzalez was 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts against New York.Gonzalez, has been on the disabled list since May 9 (retroactive to May 4) with a blister on his right thumb. Phil Hughes will start for New York. Hughes... 
 

Jim Johnson Struggles Continue, Yanks Top O’s 6-4

After a 2012 season that saw Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson save 51 games, the last three games for the Baltimore “fireman” have been uneventful. Coming into the ninth-inning with a 4-3 lead over the New York Yankees on Monday, Johnson would surrender a solo home run to Travis Hafner, which would tie the game 4-4 and force extra-innings where the Orioles would eventually lose 6-4 in 10 innings. Monday night’s performance was Johnson’s third straight blown save of the season, matching his total from all of last season. On... 
 

Wei-Yin Chen To The DL, Jair Jurrjens Called Up For Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles placed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen  on the 15 day disabled list with the right oblique strain. In  his last start chanting left after five shutout innings with the pain in his right side.  he was evaluated and an MRI revealed the strain. Chen, who is 3-3 with a 3.04 ERA Becomes a second member of the Orioles starting rotation to go on the disabled list in the past week. Miguel Gonzalez  was placed on the DL last Thursday with a slow healing blister on his thumb. Jair Jurrjens will be called up and make his Orioles debut against... 
 

Orioles’ Dylan Bundy Avoids Surgery, Shut Down for Six Weeks

Dylan Bundy will not be able to resume baseball activity for six weeks, but the Orioles are likely relieved the number two prospect in baseball will not require surgery. Bundy made his major league debut in 2012 for the Orioles, throwing just 1.2 innings as part of a September callup. The 20-year-old felt tightness in his forearm and elbow pretty much since the beginning of the year, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. While Bundy does not require surgery, he did undergo a platelet-rich plasma injection administered by Dr. James Andrews, an... 
 

Orioles Demote Jake Arrieta, Add Depth to Overworked Bullpen

Jake Arrieta has yet to figure it out at the Major League level and now he’s left the Orioles with some decisions to make. Arrieta has yet to have a full season or an ERA under 4.66 for Baltimore and his biggest woes of his career forced the Birds to send him back to AAA Norfolk. The 27-year-old righty was dreadful to start the season, tossing 19 innings over four starts and surrendering: 14 runs, 16 walks and a 6.63 ERA. His final stat line on Sunday excluded anything beyond 4+ innings but allowed for four walks and a hit batter in his first... 
 

Orioles Walk Off With Win Over Rays With Matt Wieters Grand Slam

The Baltimore Orioles won their 17th straight extra innings game, including 16 last season when Matt Wieters hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-6. Reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price was handed the lead by the Rays offense three times, only to give it right back to Baltimore. Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce also homered for the Orioles, who took two of three from their AL East rivals. Desmond Jennings opened the game with his second leadoff homer of the series – he also led of Tuesday’s... 
 

Brian Roberts Will Miss 2-4 weeks with Ruptured Knee Tendon

Brian Roberts who injured his knee while trying to steal second base in the ninth inning yesterday in a game with Tampa Bay is expected to miss 2 to 4 weeks with a ruptured tendon in the back of his right knee. Roberts has battled injuries over the past few seasons having played 17 games in 2012, 39 games in 2011 and 59 games in 2010. Roberts said after the game he heard a pop behind  his knee.  Roberts was helped off the field noticeably favoring his right leg. Roberts was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Infielder Yamaico Navarro was recalled... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Avoid Arbitration with Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson

The Baltimore Orioles reached agreements with right-hander Jason Hammel and reliever Jim Johnson on one-year deals to avoid arbitration according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The two deals leave only reliever Darren O’Day as the only player the Orioles are at risk of going to an arbitration hearing with, although that is not likely. Hammel requested $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million by the Orioles when arbitration figuit’sres were exchanged last month. Hammel can earn an additional $300,000 in incentives. Hammel will... 
 

American League: Projected Platoons for 2013

With the ever rising cost of offense, more and more teams are looking to platoons as a low-cost, high-reward alternative. Even though penny-pinching organizations like the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays have long been using the platoon, now even bigger market teams–like the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Boston Red Sox–are beginning to join the fray. Below is an in-depth, projected list of the organizations and their respective platoons for 2013. Baltimore Orioles: LEFT FIELD – Nate McLouth quickly went from a hot... 
 

Baltimore Orioles: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

A season removed from winning 93 games and capturing their first playoff berth since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles made few changes to their 2012 roster heading into spring training. Considering that the Orioles were 29-9 in one-run games in 2012 – which was the third-best mark for that category in Major League history – they will need a lot to go right to duplicate last season’s success. The lineup features core players like center fielder Adam Jones, right fielder Nick Markakis and catcher Matt Wieters. Shortstop J.J. Hardy (22... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Reach Agreement with Jair Jurrjens

The Baltimore Orioles reached into the bargain bin for starting pitching and agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens. The deal will be worth $1.5 million and incentives to bring the total to $4 million. Jurrjens had a miserable 2012 with the Atlanta Braves and was 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA. Jurrjens spent most of the year in AAA. Jurrjens was 13 six with a 2.96 ERA in 2011 and made the All-Star team. The Orioles have had interest in Jurrjens  in the past. The Braves non-tendered Jurrjens after the season. The Colorado Rockies... 
 

Earl Weaver: Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles Manager Dies at 82

Legendary Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver passed away last night. He was 82. Weaver died early Saturday morning of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. Weaver collapsed in his compartment on the ship at 2 AM and was unable to be revived by the ship’s doctor’s. His wife, Maryanne, was at his side. Weaver guided the Orioles to six division titles, four American League pennant, five 101 seasons and one World Series championship from 1968-86. Weaver ranks seventh all-time in winning... 
 

Adam Jones Will Play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

When Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was invited to represent the U.S. in the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic, Jones didn’t take the decision lightly, nor did he take time to think it over. He accepted the invitation immediately. Team USA manager Joe Torre contacted Jones before Christmas and extended the invitation. “I said, ‘You’re damn right. Of course I want to play for my country,'” Jones said of the inquiring phone call  from Team USA manager Joe Torre. “I take pride in something like that.”... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Top 10 Prospects for 2013

With Manny Machado being promoted to the major leagues last season Dylan Bundy establishes himself as the number one prospect in the Orioles system. After Bundy right-hander Kevin Gausman and infielder Jon Schoop should be next in line for an opportunity at contributing at the major league level over the next two years, but Bundy clearly is the top prospect in the Orioles system. At No. 2 on the Baseball News Source Top 10 Prospects List entering the 2013 campaign, right-handed starting pitching phenom Bundy had a memorable debut season last... 
 

Baltimore Orioles: Repeat Contenders in 2013?

Buck Showalter is reportedly nearing a multi-year agreement with Baltmore The 2012 Baltimore Orioles were good for Baseball The emergence of a once proud franchise back into playoff contention after a 15 year hiatus helped transition the American League East and the MLB landscape in general. The Tampa Bay Rays have discovered how to contend year to year and do it in a prominent baseball division on a minimal payroll. Baltimore figured out the formula last year, but just like the 2009 Rays, 2013 will be met with a lot of skepticism for the Birds... 
 
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