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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... 
 
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