10:51 AM EDT, Thu April 27, 2017
16 hours ago

Orioles' Jonathan Schoop's physical maturation stands out as power continues to show

In recalling his earliest memories of second baseman Jonathan Schoop — and how far he’s come since then — manager Buck Showalter remembers being struck by Schoop’s frame. “Jon, for a while there was like one of those — you’ve seen the new fawns whose legs don’t quite support the body and they kind...
17 hours ago

Orioles notes: Activation imminent for Joey Rickard; routine day off for J.J. Hardy

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard is on track to be activated from the disabled list Friday, a move that would give the Orioles their full complement of bench players back but could shorten the pitching staff in the process. Rickard played designated hitter in both halves of a seven-inning doubleheader...
Apr 26, 2017

Orioles' home run reliance keeping them afloat again offensively in April

At no point in the last few years has anyone in the Orioles clubhouse — especially manager Buck Showalter — apologized for the fact that their team’s primary source of offense is the home run. This year is no different. These two days against the Tampa Bay Rays have illustrated that more than anything...
Apr 25, 2017

Orioles deny Tampa Bay's starting pitcher change offset them in 2-0 shutout loss to Rays.

Buck Showalter didn’t give validity to the notion that the Tampa Bay Rays’ 11th-hour starting pitcher switcharoo just before the first pitch of Tuesday night’s game caught the Orioles offense off guard in their 2-0 loss at Camden Yards. Showalter said he received a call from Tampa Bay manager...
Apr 25, 2017

Notes: Orioles call up reliever Fry from Triple-A Norfolk, optioning reliever Crichton to Tides

After long reliever Vidal Nuno went 2 2/3 innings in the Orioles’ 6-3 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, the club summoned an extra left-handed reliever from the minor leagues before Tuesday night’s game, recalling Paul Fry from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning right-hander Stefan...
Apr 25, 2017

Magical home run elixir? No, that was just coconut water in the Orioles dugout

When MASN cameras caught Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop and center fielder Adam Jones drinking a clear liquid from a green bottle after both players homered Monday night in the team’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, curiosities flowed on social media about what the players were drinking...
Apr 24, 2017

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes suspended four games for throwing pitch near Manny Machado's head

Major League Baseball was swift in its decision to discipline Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes for his dangerous pitch near Orioles third baseman Manny Machado’s head Sunday, passing down a four-game suspension Monday evening. In an announcement by the MLB’s chief baseball office, Joe Torre,...
Apr 24, 2017

Orioles notes: Britton resumes throwing, Tillman pacing himself, Showalter on Red Sox suspension

Closer Zach Britton threw for the first time since going on disabled list with a left forearm strain last Sunday, playing catch from 90 feet on flat ground before Monday’s game, and his next step will be throwing a full bullpen session off a full mound on Wednesday. “I felt good,” Britton said....
Apr 24, 2017

What they're saying about the tense weekend between Orioles' star Manny Machado and the Red Sox

There's not much nuance to find in a weekend like the Orioles and Red Sox had surrounding their stars, Manny Machado and Dustin Pedroia, especially, when one team eliminates most of the grey area. But clearly, Boston's anger toward Machado for a reckless slide that injured Pedroia's knee didn't...
Apr 23, 2017

After forgettable start, Orioles' Kevin Gausman owns up to his April: 'Not very good'

Who would have thought Kevin Gausman would be the problem? The 26-year-old right-hander entered the season toeing the chalk line between good and great, with his ascendant end to 2016 suggesting a full year of success in the Orioles rotation this season. If Gausman reaches that level again this...
Apr 23, 2017

Orioles' Kevin Gausman admits to 'scuffling along' after another rough start

Who would have thought Kevin Gausman would be the problem? The 26-year-old right-hander entered the season toeing the chalk line between good and great, with his ascendant end to 2016 meaning the only certainty the Orioles could count on in their rotation this year would be a full year of that...
Apr 23, 2017

The Red Sox want you to believe that Machado head ball was just a terrible coincidence

Since there are no lie detectors in baseball, it's impossible to know with complete certainty whether a pitcher is lying when he says he never intended to throw at a player. So everyone's going to form their own opinion about the pitch that reliever Matt Barnes sizzled behind Manny Machado's head...
Apr 23, 2017

Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes ejected after pitch near head of Orioles' Manny Machado

Boston Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected from Sunday’s game at Camden Yards after a 90-mph pitch went behind the head of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and hit his bat. Machado found himself in another firestorm this week after a perceived late slide into second base Friday night that...
Apr 23, 2017

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop on his defense: 'I've just got to be better'

Over the first month of this young season, the sight has been more familiar than ever before: Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop trying to hide his frustration with himself after a ground ball or line drive dinks off his glove and goes for a base hit. While his range at second base has always...
Apr 23, 2017

Morning briefing: Buck on Jayson Aquino's roster status, Joey Rickard hitting and more

Orioles rookie Jayson Aquino made quite an impression on Saturday night against a tough Boston Red Sox lineup, but he probably would have been optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk by now under normal circumstances. He's still here because of the vagaries of MLB option rules. There's still a possibility...