More on the O's losing streak, plus Jones and Machado on tempers flaring in MLB

So the 2015 Orioles now have a five-game losing streak, something that never happened to the 2014 O's. It was another night where the Orioles made mistakes in the field and on the bases, and their pitching staff gave up too many runs. The Orioles lost 7-5 to Boston on Friday night and have been outscored 38-20 during their longest losing streak since they dropped ... read more

Minor league notes on Norfolk's pitching, Dosch, O'Brien and more

The Triple-A Norfolk Tides are off to an 8-4 start after beating Gwinnett 1-0 at Harbor Park last night. Right-hander Mike Wright pitched six scoreless innings and is 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA. After allowing three runs in his first 2015 outing, Wright has put together 12 scoreless innings over his past two starts. Tides pitchers have been good all year. Their starters have worked ... read more

Remembering Keith Lupton and his distinguished career in minor league baseball

Longtime Baltimore baseball fans may remember the 1993 season. Baltimore was home for a season to two baseball teams. The Orioles played at shiny, new Camden Yards, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox played at old Memorial Stadium. It was the first year for the Baysox franchise and, despite horrendous weather on the eve of the season and a big league team taking attention away from ... read more

Dan Duquette on Ryan Webb trade, Chris Tillman and more in radio interview

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette was my guest Sunday on the "Orioles Baseball Tonight" radio show on the O's flagship station, 105.7 The Fan. Among the topics we discussed was the recent trade between the Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. On Thursday, the O's sent pitcher Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance draft pick (No. 74 overall) to the ... read more

Checking in with Britton, Garcia and more as opening day in Baltimore arrives

With a 2-1 record after the season-opening series against Tampa Bay, the Orioles play their home opener this afternoon at 3:05 p.m. against Toronto at Camden Yards. Right-hander Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65 ERA in 2014) gets the start against Blue Jays lefty Mark Buehrle (13-10, 3.39 ERA). Norris had an excellent record last year against Toronto, going 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA and a .239 ... read more

Kevin Gausman on the pitch he has started to throw again and his bullpen role

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman mentioned today that he is throwing a pitch that he hasn't thrown in several years. There is a new addition to his repertoire. "I'm actually starting to throw my curveball right now and that is what I threw in the game (against Tampa Bay)," he said. "I feel really good about it, talking with Caleb (Joseph) and other guys that caught ... read more

Mike Yastrzemski: "I think it is important to play with a chip on your shoulder"

If he had any doubters, Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski must have proved a lot of them wrong last year. He was not selected until round 14 in the 2013 First-Year Player Draf. There were 428 players selected before the Orioles drafted Yastrzemski, a senior from Vanderbilt. But the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski didn't play like a 14th-round pick in 2014, ... read more

Orioles minor league pitcher Jesse Beal is having Tommy John surgery (plus other notes)

Orioles minor league right-hander Jesse Beal is undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery today in Baltimore. The procedure is being performed by Dr. Derrick Papp, one of the O's team physicians.A 14th-round draft pick by the Orioles in 2008 out of South County (Va.) High School, Beal went 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 41 1/3 innings last summer at Single-A Frederick. He was a ... read more