MASN commemorates Father's Day with special correspondent Caylee Kirby

For many players across Major League Baseball, family continues to come first on and off the field. Father's Day is typically a day when many coaches and players get a chance to reflect on their fondest memories and what the day dedicated to dads truly means to them. MASN commemorated this year's holiday with a heartfelt Father's Day segment on "O's Xtra" before Sunday's ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Baseball as a family bond

I had the pleasure of visiting Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tenn., this week. With Father's Day approaching, the wonderful independent bookstore had a display of books for dad that, as you might expect, included titles celebrating the father-son bond as expressed through baseball. I'm fortunate to share that bond with my father and to be developing that bond with my son. However, the bookstore display ... read more

Opposite dugout: As two hot teams clash, Blue Jays still rely on strong bats to back up poor pitching

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 36-32 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.307/.363/.559 with 17 HR, 46 RBIs), DH Jose Bautista (.252/.388/.524 with 13 HR, 43 RBIs), C Russell Martin (.277 with 10 HR, 35 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (13 HR, 38 RBIs), LHP Mark Buehrle (7-4, 4.01 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (7 holds, 2.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: ... read more

Zach Wilt: Machado flourishing as O's leadoff hitter

We often underestimate the importance of the leadoff hitter. He's the guy that gets things started, sets the table for the rest of the order and ends up with the most plate appearances at the end of the season. A struggling hitter atop a lineup can doom an inning or, at the very least, limit the damage against an opposing pitcher. One of my biggest ... read more

Domenic Vadala: Crab cakes, cheesesteaks and forced rivalries

This week could be called "forced rivalry week" in Major League Baseball with lots of teams playing two-game home-and-home series against regional or natural rivals. Admittedly, some of these so-called rivalries are more forced than others. This would normally be O's vs. Nats week; however, those two teams will play two three-game series later this summer and into the autumn. So the Orioles ended up ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: Another scrap heap success story for O's

The Orioles currently have three relief pitchers who have thrown more than 10 innings and posted sub-2.00 earned run averages. The first two, Zach Britton and Darren O'Day, are names you'd expect. But the third isn't, because his name is Chaz Roe. As's Steve Melewski wrote in May, Roe thought his career was coming to an end a few years ago. A career minor ... read more

Opposite dugout: Struggling Phillies are ripe for the picking, ready for rebuilding

Manager: Ryne Sandberg (3rd season) Record: 22-42 Last 10 games: 2-8 Who to watch: 3B Maikel Franco (.282 with 6 HR, 16 RBIs), LF Ben Revere (.277 with 15 SB), 1B Ryan Howard (11 HR, 28 RBIs), RHP Aaron Harang (4-7, 3.04 ERA), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (12 saves, 1.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (1-2 in 2012) Pitching probables: June 15: RHP Aaron ... read more

Andrew Stetka: On Buck Showalter's Baltimore legacy

Buck Showalter created another milestone this weekend by moving into third place on the Orioles' managerial wins list. The skipper now has 408 wins and passed Hank Bauer, who helped lead the Orioles to their first World Series title in 1966. If he sticks with it, Showalter will have a chance to pass Paul Richards for second place on the list. Showalter has a long ... read more