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Could We See Some Movement from Baltimore Orioles Before Today’s Trade Deadline?

August 31st, 2015 at 11:13 AM
By Josh Michael

The latest trade deadline comes to fruition today as it is the last day a player can be added in order to be eligible to be on a team's playoff roster. In order to be traded, a player must pass through waivers first, but several big names have and could we see the Baltimore Orioles make a move?

The Orioles are in the midst of a downward spiral that appears to be leaning towards missing the playoffs. They have lost four straight, 10 of 11 and 11 or 13 and are now 5 1/2 games out of the second AL Wildcard spot and 11 back in the AL East.

Obviously the AL East is now essentially unattainable with just 32 games to go and three teams in front of them, but the team holds a glimmer of hope in the wildcard race, but it's a small glimmer.

So could the O's make a deal or two today? It's possible, but what kind of move? An addition or a fire sale?

MASN's Roch Kubatko stated that Orioles' Executive VP/GM Dan Duquette is engaged in talks in an attempt to add a bat or pitcher.

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Minor League Rundown: 8/30 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 4-1, David Lough Has Big Day

August 31st, 2015 at 9:42 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.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (75-60)

Tides win 4-3

  • David Lough went 2-5 with a RBI and a run scored. Hitting .310 since accepting outright to Norfolk
  • Nolan Reimold went 1-4 with a double, RBI and walk
  • Terry Doyle allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits, zero walks and struck out five over 7 2/3 innings

AA Bowie Baysox (75-58)

Baysox lose 9-8

  • Tucker Nathans went 4-5 with a double, RBI and two runs scored
  • Corban Joseph went 2-5 with a double and two runs scored
  • Ariel Miranda allowed seven runs on six hits, five walks and struck out three over 3 1/3 innings

High-A Frederick Keys (62-71)

Keys win 4-3, scored three runs in the top of the ninth for the win

  • Jay Gonzalez went 1-4 with a walk and a run scored
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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Get Swept, Offense Cold in Heat of Summer, and More

August 31st, 2015 at 7:56 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the O's getting swept in Texas, the ice cold offense for the Orioles, and we preview the pitching matchups against the Tampa Bay Rays.

O's lose 6-0, get swept by Texas Rangers

A series that saw the Orioles enter trailing the Rangers for the second wildcard spot by just 2 1/2 games, saw Baltimore leave trailing by 5 1/2 games thanks to a three-game sweep by the Rangers.

On Sunday, the Orioles collected just three hits as Derrick Holland stifled the O's offense and tossed a complete game shutout. Baltimore struck out 11 times at the plate and didn't walk once.

On the mound, Miguel Gonzalez struggled once again allowing four runs on seven hits, two walks and striking out three over just 5 1/3 innings pitched. He is now 9-11 and his ERA has climbed all the way up to 4.85.

Zach Britton came on in the eighth to get some work in and proceeded to allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits, one walk and he struck out two.

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Orioles101 Mailbag: Baltimore Orioles’ Playoff Chances, Dariel Alvarez, and Darren O’Day

August 30th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and you know what that means here at Orioles101, it's Mailbag day! This week we received questions on the Baltimore Orioles Playoff Chances, Dariel Alvarez and Darren O’Day.

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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 response as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

Can the Orioles make the playoffs?

Can they? Yeah it’s possible, but it’s hard to believe that they have a run in them the way they are playing right now.

They are now 4 1/2 games back for the second AL Wildcard and their offense cannot find any consistency as of late.

So yes, it’s possible the O’s could make the playoffs, but it’s looking less likely than we would have hoped.

What does Dariel Alvarez bring to the O’s?

Well we saw on Friday what he can bring defensively. He has a cannon for an arm. There’s a reason why most rank Alvarez with the best arm in the organization.

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Minor League Spotlight: Recapping the Baltimore Orioles’ Dominican Summer League 2 Season

August 29th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight. This week, we have a two-part series for you as we recap the O's Dominican Summer League affiliates seasons.

Baltimore, like some other organizations, actually have two teams in the Dominican Summer League, which were uniquely named DSL Orioles1 and DSL Orioles2. We know, original.

In part two, we are recapping the DSL Orioles2's season. It should be known that the DSL is considered a Rookie-League affiliate, and they play a 72-game schedule.

The DSL Orioles2 finished the season with a 27-45 record, which was good for 8th in the ten-team Dominican Summer League Boca Chica South division. The division was won by the DSL Giants who finished with a 53-19 record.

Unlike their counterpart in the DSL Orioles1, the DSL Orioles2 did much better at home (18-18) than they did on the road this season (9-27).

Despite their poor record, the team did have some standout performers, both offensively and on the mound. Let's take a look at some of those top performers.

DSL Orioles2 Top Offensive Performers
PlayerPOSGABRH2BHRRBISBAVGOBPOPS
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