The Orioles are honoring Baltimore native and part owner of the team Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October and other military thrillers, with various sleeve patches.
The outfielders will also pull Crazy Ivans every odd inning.
Courtesy @PhilHecken of UniWatch

The Orioles are honoring Baltimore native and part owner of the team Tom Clancy, author of The Hunt for Red October and other military thrillers, with various sleeve patches.

The outfielders will also pull Crazy Ivans every odd inning.

Courtesy @PhilHecken of UniWatch

Orioles 60th anniversary patch.
They moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season after spending half a century as the St. Louis Browns.
Courtesy @TylerKepner who believes the stars represent the O’s 3 World Series wins - very World Cup of them.

Orioles 60th anniversary patch.

They moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season after spending half a century as the St. Louis Browns.

Courtesy @TylerKepner who believes the stars represent the O’s 3 World Series wins - very World Cup of them.

The Orioles’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Coming into Monday the Orioles were hanging on by a thread to their 2013 playoff chances…the thread may have snapped today. 
Over the weekend the O’s had lost three in a row to the Wild Card leader Tampa Bay Rays, including an 18-inning loss on Saturday morning.
So with the first pitch at 3:20 EDT, the Orioles knew that they needed to begin the week with a strong start. And they did. They were leading 4-2 going into the top of the 7th.
Then everything fell apart:
Top of the 7th - Manny Machado appears to blow out his knee, while simply running to first on a single. He’s carted off.
Bottom of the 7th - Darren O’Day relieves Brian Matusz and walks Evan Longoria, loading the bases. Then Wil Myers hits a blooper to short right field. O’s second baseman Alex Casilla runs out to catch the ball….dives and this happens:

Machado was literally knocked out cold. Casilla would show “grit” and play until the middle of the 8th after waking up - probably with a serious head injury.
At this point you had to know this would not end well for the Orioles and in the bottom of the 9th James Loney hit his 13th home run of the year giving the Rays their 13th last at-bat win of the season. Oh and to make matters worse it was their first pinch-hit homer of 2013.
The Rays swept the Orioles in four games.
So now the Orioles will travel back to Camden Yards to face the Blue Jays. But we know who the actual blue birds will be.

The Orioles’ Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Coming into Monday the Orioles were hanging on by a thread to their 2013 playoff chances…the thread may have snapped today. 

Over the weekend the O’s had lost three in a row to the Wild Card leader Tampa Bay Rays, including an 18-inning loss on Saturday morning.

So with the first pitch at 3:20 EDT, the Orioles knew that they needed to begin the week with a strong start. And they did. They were leading 4-2 going into the top of the 7th.

Then everything fell apart:

  • Top of the 7th - Manny Machado appears to blow out his knee, while simply running to first on a single. He’s carted off.
  • Bottom of the 7th - Darren O’Day relieves Brian Matusz and walks Evan Longoria, loading the bases. Then Wil Myers hits a blooper to short right field. O’s second baseman Alex Casilla runs out to catch the ball….dives and this happens:

  • Machado was literally knocked out cold. Casilla would show “grit” and play until the middle of the 8th after waking up - probably with a serious head injury.
  • At this point you had to know this would not end well for the Orioles and in the bottom of the 9th James Loney hit his 13th home run of the year giving the Rays their 13th last at-bat win of the season. Oh and to make matters worse it was their first pinch-hit homer of 2013.
  • The Rays swept the Orioles in four games.

So now the Orioles will travel back to Camden Yards to face the Blue Jays. But we know who the actual blue birds will be.

Manny Machado blew out his knee running to first in the top of the 7th. Likely out for the rest of 2013…hopefully not longer.

By the way Brian Roberts is OK

and he’s hitting grand slams like it’s 2009*.

* The last time he hit a grand slam was 2009.

Bud Norris will start for the Orioles tomorrow

against the Astros.

Buck Showalter White was quoted as saying, “We are not in danger. We ARE the danger.” 

(The above quote and name change are not true. But it was the only way to slip in a Breaking Bad reference to be Tumblr Cool.)

Bud Norris Heading to Orioles

For O’s prospect LJ Hoes and another unnamed player. Hoes’ splits at AAA Norfolk in 99 games - .304/.403/.405.

Source: @Ken_Rosenthal

3

The number of All Star starters for the Baltimore Orioles (Chris Davis*, JJ Hardy, Adam Jones) and the number of times the O’s have had three starters on the AL squad: 1971, 1997.

Manny Machado is a reserve.

* Chris Davis received more votes than any other AL player with over 8 million. (Oh, and he’s the first-ever Oriole with more than 30 HRs at the All Star Break.)

Orioles acquire Scott Feldman and Tony Clevenger from the Cubs for Jake Arrietta, Pedro Strop, and int’l bonus slots.

via @keithlaw

Chris Davis is 1st player with HR and 3+ RBI in 4 str games at any point in season since Bill Dickey in 1937 (via )

Orioles Didn’t Have a 1st Pitch at Their Home Opener

They just placed the ball on the mound in honor of the late Earl Weaver.

h/t @masnRoch

The Orioles DH for game 5 of the ALDS is Lew Ford. Earlier in the year he was playing for the independent Long Island Ducks.
The O’s have had quite. a. season.
Image courtesy of nodaktwinsfan.com

The Orioles DH for game 5 of the ALDS is Lew Ford. Earlier in the year he was playing for the independent Long Island Ducks.

The O’s have had quite. a. season.

Image courtesy of nodaktwinsfan.com

Here are the most interesting pieces of info:

  • If the Yankees lose and the Orioles win, one-game playoff tomorrow (Thursday). So, yes.
  • If the Yankees lose the and A’s win the A’s are the number one seed. The. A’s. are. the. number. one. seed.
  • If the A’s beat the Rangers they win the AL West. Only the fifth team to win a division after being back by at least 13 games (June 30) in a season. (1914 Braves, 15 games; ‘78 Yanks, 14; ‘51 Giants, 13; & ‘95 M’s, 13) Three of those four went to the World Series, two won it.
  • Neither the Tigers nor the Orioles can be the number one seed.

via Wahoo Sam

While the Baltimore Orioles are getting all sorts of love for their impressive extra-innings winning streak (14 wins in games that extended past 9 innings), culminating in last night’s 19-inning victory over the Mariners, the Pirates would like to avoid playing unscheduled double-headers.
2011:
July 26 - Pirates are 53-48. Lose in 19 innings to the Braves. Go 19-42 (.311 winning percentage) for the remainder of the season
2012:
August 19 - Pirates are 67-54. Win in 19 innings over the Cards. Go 7-19 (.269) through September 18.
Coincidence? Totally. But we love a good coincidence.
Sources: retrosheet.org and baseball-reference.com
(Image courtesy of The “Mc” Effect, a Pirates blog)

While the Baltimore Orioles are getting all sorts of love for their impressive extra-innings winning streak (14 wins in games that extended past 9 innings), culminating in last night’s 19-inning victory over the Mariners, the Pirates would like to avoid playing unscheduled double-headers.

2011:

July 26 - Pirates are 53-48. Lose in 19 innings to the Braves. Go 19-42 (.311 winning percentage) for the remainder of the season

2012:

August 19 - Pirates are 67-54. Win in 19 innings over the Cards. Go 7-19 (.269) through September 18.

Coincidence? Totally. But we love a good coincidence.

Sources: retrosheet.org and baseball-reference.com

(Image courtesy of The “Mc” Effect, a Pirates blog)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. (AL edition)

Schedules for the AL playoff contenders:

Yankees

12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning % (as of 9/4): .497 

Orioles

13 home, 14 away - opponents’ winning %: .512

Rays

15 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .529

Tigers

12 home, 16 away - opponents’ winning %: .487

White Sox

16 home, 12 away - opponents’ winning %: .483

Rangers

13 home, 15 away - opponents’ winning %: .502

A’s

11 home, 17 away - opponents’ winning %: .546

Angels 

16 home, 11 away - opponents’ winning %: .530

In one of those great baseball coincidences, the Yankees (2), Rangers (3), Tigers (7), and Angels (8) are all in the top ten in per game attendance. While the Orioles (23), White Sox (24), A’s (29), and Rays (30) are in the bottom ten.