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Minor League Spotlight: Bowie Baysox Third Baseman Buck Britton Turning Heads This Season

April 22nd, 2014 at 9:36 AM
By Josh Michael

As we will do here at Orioles101 throughout the season, today in our latest installment of our Minor League Spotlight, we highlight a guy who has a brother in the organization, has three different All Star accolades in the Minor Leagues, and has made a name for himself despite being a 35th round selection. That guy is AA Bowie Baysox third baseman Buck Britton.

'Bowie Baysox vs. New Britain Rock Cats - New Britain, Connecticut' photo (c) 2012, Doug Kerr - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Britton, who of course is the brother of Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton, was the 35th round draft pick by the Orioles in the 2008 MLB Draft out of Lubbock Christian University, and compared to your average 35th round pick, Britton has made quite a name for himself.

So far in 2014, Britton has been one of the hottest hitters in the organization as a whole as he currently leads all players in the Orioles' Minor League system with three home runs, is third with 11 RBI, and has scored 16 runs already this season. His .351 average ranks fourth among Orioles Minor Leaguers thus far, and Britton has been one of the five bashers in the potent Baysox lineup that is hitting .295 as a team to lead all Orioles' Minor League affiliates.

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Tough Stretch to Begin Schedule Passed, Baltimore Orioles Should Be Happy with Start

April 22nd, 2014 at 7:02 AM
By Josh Michael

When the 2014 MLB schedule was released, immediately we here at Orioles 101 looked at how tough the Baltimore Orioles' first 19 games were to open the year. One rainout, and 18 games later, the Orioles should be happy with their start against such a tough stretch to begin the season.

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You may be scratching your head a little bit and asking, "the Orioles should be happy with a 9-9 start?"

To that we say absolutely, especially when you look at the schedule they faced and the troubles they had as a team.

If you exclude the rainout against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles played 12 of their first 18 games against playoff teams from the year before, including seven against the defending World Series Champions and three against the team they beat in the American League Championship series in the Detroit Tigers. In addition, the combined records of the teams the Birds have faced over their first 18 games is 48-45, which is slightly above league average thus far.

Baltimore still has three games in Toronto beginning tonight as the final stretch of a 16 consecutive game streak against the AL East, which is expected to happen, but is still a tough way to begin the season.

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Baltimore Orioles Survive Scare, Beat Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Patriot’s Day

April 21st, 2014 at 2:41 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles blew a five run lead on Sunday, and held a six run lead on Monday and nearly gave that one away, but held on to secure a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Patriot's Day and split the four game series in Boston.

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Wei-Yin Chen (3-1) was very good through his first four innings and held a 6-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, but that's when things started to look eerily familiar to Sunday. Chen proceeded to allow three runs in the fifth on three hits and one walk, and escaped futher damage when he retired David Ortiz with a runner on second.

The bullpen took over in the sixth and Ryan Webb struck out the side to calm the nerves of Orioles fans a little bit, but Zach Britton allowed a solo home run to David Ross in the seventh to see Baltimore's lead shrink to 6-4. After the O's added an insurance in the top of the eighth, Darren O'Day allowed a solo home run to Mike Napoli to cut the lead back to two at 7-5, and Brian Matusz came on and that's when the Orioles got a huge break. Matusz got the strikeout and Xander Bogaerts was caugh in no-man's land by Clevenger and the Orioles tagged him out and got out of a big jam.

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Defense Let’s Down Baltimore Orioles in 6-5 Loss to Boston Red Sox; JJ Hardy Strains Hamstring

April 21st, 2014 at 7:21 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles had a record setting defense in 2013 as they committed fewer errors than any team ever had in MLB history, but on Sunday Night it was the O's defense that ultimately cost them the game.

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In the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at five and the bases loaded, Mike Carp hit a ball to left fielder David Lough, who caught it on the run and fired home incase the runner at third was tagging up, but third baseman Jonathan Schoop was out of position and could not cut the throw off and the errant throw got past catcher Matt Wieters allowing the winning run to score.

"I should have caught the throw," said Schoop. "When the line drive went, I went to the base. As soon as he hit it, everybody was thinking it was a hit, and then I ran to the base, because I thought maybe we could catch him [off the bag] and get a double play there. And when he made the catch, I saw Pedroia make the tag. I wasn't able to react to the cutoff."

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Despicable That MLB Allowed Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox Ridiculous Sunday/Monday Schedule

April 20th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

We are halfway through the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox four game series with game three set to take place tonight on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, but both teams will have to turnaround and play tomorrow morning at 11:05 a.m. which is ridiculous.

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On their own, playing Sunday Night Baseball is a great thing for both teams as they will play on the National stage, while the 11:05 a.m. start time on Monday is a Patriot's Day tradition in Boston as it will be Marathon Day and both teams, especially this year being the first Boston Marathon since the horrible bombings at last year's race, are honored to be playing the game.

“I think this year, especially with what that day means to our country, to Boston and to everybody . . . it’s an honor to be there,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said. “For what that day represents to Boston and all our country, we all consider it an honor to be lucky enough to have the schedule fall that way. I think we are all looking forward to paying the respect due.”

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