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Baltimore Orioles Set to Host Cincinnati Reds in Rare Three Game Series

September 2nd, 2014 at 12:54 PM
By Josh Michael

When the Houston Astros made the move from the National League to the American League to even the two leagues at 15 teams a piece, one of the consequences became spread out and continuous Inter-league games. Whether good or bad, it does present fans with rare opportunities to see a team they haven't in years and that is the case beginning tonight as the Baltimore Orioles play host to the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati will enter the series with the Birds grasping on slim hopes for a playoff spot, while the Orioles are cruising with a 8 1/2 game lead in the AL East and four games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the top seed in the AL.

Here are the pitching matchups for the three game series:

  • Bud Norris (11-8, 4.00 ERA) vs Mat Latos (5-3, 3.15 ERA)
  • Miguel Gonzalez (7-7, 3.61 ERA) vs Dylan Axelrod (1-0, 1.64 ERA)
  • Chris Tillman (11-5, 3.36 ERA) vs Mike Leake (10-11, 3.38 ERA)
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Orioles101 Minor League Rundown: 9/1 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 2-3 on Final Day of Season

September 2nd, 2014 at 7:11 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

Yesterday marked the end of the 2014 Minor League season for all five of the Orioles major affiliates, with none of them making the playoffs this season.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (65-79)

Tides lose 5-1

  • Christian Walker went 2-4 with a double
  • David Freitas went 2-4 with a solo home run
  • Tyler Wilson allowed five runs over six innings of work

AA Bowie Baysox (72-70)

Baysox lose 6-5

  • Mike Yaztrzemski went 2-4 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored
  • Sharlon Schoop hit a solo home run
  • Zach Davies allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work

High-A Frederick Keys (65-72)

Keys lose 6-1

  • John Ruettiger went 2-4
  • Jason Esposito went 2-4 with a double and run scored
  • Steven Brault allowed just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings
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JJ Hardy Injury not Serious, Light Back Spasms, Expects to Be in Lineup Tonight

September 2nd, 2014 at 6:46 AM
By Josh Michael

Baltimore Orioles fans began to hold their breath as Orioles Gold Glove shortstop JJ Hardy left Monday afternoon's game against the Minnesota Twins. The news is good however, as Hardy only experienced some light back spasms.

Baltimore has already dealt with numerous injuries this season, including the loss of both Matt Wieters and Manny Machado for the season, so the idea of losing a third Gold Glover was not one that fans or the team wanted to face.

Fortunately, it was simply a case of the team and Manager Buck Showalter being cautious,

“He kind of wanted to continue, but I didn’t want to take a chance of him getting any worse,” Showalter told reporters after Monday's game. “I’m hoping it was just a sticky, hot day, and it caught up with him a little bit. I just wanted to be on the safe side and see what tomorrow brings. His last at-bat, I noticed he looked a little different. He said it had just tightened up on him a little bit.”

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Should Manny Machado Injury Affect Baltimore Orioles Pursuit to Re-sign JJ Hardy?

September 1st, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

Baltimore Orioles Platinum Glove third baseman Manny Machado is out for the season following another knee surgery, and with Gold Glove shortstop JJ Hardy entering free agency at the end of this season, should Machado's injury affect the Orioles pursuit to re-sign Hardy this offseason?

First off, happy Labor Day to everyone and we hope you are fortunate enough to be enjoying a three day weekend!

Now to the topic at hand, Machado has now had two knee surgeries in the last 12 months, and while his talents on the field are undeniable, his ability to stay healthy is becoming a real concern, to the point that some of our readers have suggested that Manny could be the next Nolan Reimold.

The thought all along has been that Machado would move to his natural position of shortstop once Hardy's contract was up, but that idea is growing more and more unlikely due to Machado's health. This is our first point towards the Orioles needing to strongly pursue re-signing Hardy in the offseason.

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Ubaldo Jimenez Questions Frequent, Baltimore Orioles Lineup a Focus

August 31st, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and that means it's time for another edition of Orioles101 Mailbag and this week we were flooded with questions regarding Ubaldo Jimenez, and the Baltimore Orioles lineup was a focus.

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As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general answer as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Will the Orioles keep Ubaldo Jimenez on the Playoff roster?

As we close in on the final month of the regular season, this question has become more frequent and it is understandable why so many Orioles fans would be curious about Jimenez's roster status for the playoffs. Incase you are unaware, a team is allowed what the norm is in the regular season, to have a 25-man roster.

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