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The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals MASN Issue: How It Affects the Normal O’s Fan

July 30th, 2014 at 8:38 AM
By Josh Michael

If you have followed it at all over the last couple of years, the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals have been in a large dispute over MASN rights for broadcasting games in terms of money paid to both teams for broadcasting rights. The battle has been brutal, but kept largely in secret, that is until Tuesday.

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Of all places, the Hollywood Reporter, released a letter from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, addressed to Orioles owner Peter Angelos and Nationals owner Ted Lerner.

You can read the Hollywood Reporter's article here.

While everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this dispute, but in the end, this all comes down to the decision Selig made to have the Montreal Expos move to Washington and the deal he made with Angelos in regards to MASN. We are not here to dissect the battle as there are so many factors in it, that if you are not a skilled lawyer, you likely wouldn't understand them and we certainly do not understand all the aspects, nor do we expect to.

The bigger question is, how does the entirety of the battle really affect the normal Orioles fan?

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Orioles101 Daily Minor League Rundown: 7/29 3-2 Day for Baltimore Orioles Affiliates

July 30th, 2014 at 7:18 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 (52-59)

Tides win 7-3

  • Dariel Alvarez went 2-4 with a double and run scored, hitting .313 since promotion
  • Ivan De Jesus went 3-3 with a home run, two runs, and three RBI
  • Josh Stinson picked up the win after allowing just one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings

AA Bowie Baysox (56-54)

Baysox win 5-1

  • Buck Britton went 2-3 with a double, RBI, run scored 
  • Mike Yastrzemski had a double and run scored, hitting .315 since promotion to AA
  • Zach Davies tossed six innings of one run ball to pick up 7th win of season

High-A Frederick Keys (48-56)

Keys lose 4-0

  • John Ruettiger went 2-4 with a double
  • Jerome Pena went 2-3 with a double
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Hakuna Machado: Manny Machado Walks Off for Baltimore Orioles 7-6 Victory in 12 Innings

July 30th, 2014 at 6:51 AM
By Josh Michael

After seeing three consecutive breaking ball, the fourth one, coming on a 1-2 pitch hung up in the zone and Manny Machado crushed a leadoff, walk off, solo home run to give the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 12 innings on Tuesday Night.

 

The home run marked the 11th of the season for Machado, but it was his first career walk off home run as an Oriole and it could not have come at a better time. Baltimore was down to just one reliever in the bullpen, and they knew that the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays had all won already, thus a win was desperately needed to keep their AL East leads intact, and Machado delivered.

It was Machado's second RBI of the game as he delivered a game tying RBI double in the second inning as well. The Orioles offense was on fire to begin the game as they score six runs in the first four frames, including a solo home run by Adam Jones in the first, a RBI single by JJ Hardy in the first and a three run home run from Nick Markakis in the fourth to go along with Machado's second inning double. Unfortunately, it would be another eight innings before the offense would break through again with Machado's walk off.

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More Baltimore Orioles Trade Talks, Should Team Make Move for C Kurt Suzuki?

July 29th, 2014 at 9:06 AM
By Josh Michael

The MLB Non-waiver trade deadline is this Thursday, and the Baltimore Orioles are among several contenders that have been rumored to be linked in trade talks for several different players, including Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki. Of course the question is, should the Orioles even be looking to make a move for the All Star catcher.

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At age 30, Suzuki made his first All Star team this season and is currently hitting .309 with two home runs, 41 RBI, 19 doubles, 26 runs scored and has a .367 on base percentage. All those numbers sound pretty good don't they?

Other than the lack of power, Suzuki would certainly be an offensive upgrade over the current tandem of Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley as neither are hitting above .210 and both have an on base percentage under .275.

Combined, Orioles catchers have hit .242 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 21 doubles and have an on base percentage of .291. Of course that includes contributions from both Matt Wieters and Steve Clevenger, but outside of the power numbers, Suzuki brings an offensive upgrade.

What about defensively?

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Orioles101 Daily Minor League Rundown: 7/28 .500 Day for Affiliates

July 29th, 2014 at 7:37 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.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (51-59)

Tides win 6-5

  • Dariel Alvarez went 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored
  • Christian Walker hit his second AAA home run
  • Steve Johnson allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings

AA Bowie Baysox (55-54)

Baysox win 12-4

  • David Adams went 4-5 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored
  • Glynn Davis went 3-4, hitting .545 since promotion
  • Anthony Vasquez allowed four runs, six hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings pitched

High-A Frederick Keys (48-55)

Off Day

Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds (55-52)

Shorebirds lose 3-2

  • Josh Hart went 2-4
  • Conor Bierfeldt had the lone RBI
  • Steven Brault allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings pitched and tied a career high with nine strikeouts

Short-Season A Aberdeen Ironbirds (14-29)

Ironbirds lose 1-0

  • Austin Anderson went 2-4
  • Riley Palmer reached base three times (single, two walks)
  • Stephen Tarpley allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings for tough luck loss
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