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Markakis homer gives Orioles another lead (free baseball!)

Seriously, let's forget everything I said and wrote about tonight's game being a low-scoring affair, a duel between Chris Tillman and Jered Weaver, a struggle for runs. Ain't happening. Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer off Weaver in the bottom of the fourth, the ball slamming off the right field foul pole, to give the Orioles a 6-4 lead over the Angels. Markakis has eight ... read more

Jones reaches 20-home run mark again (we're tied)

Adam Jones homered off Angels starter Jered Weaver tonight with two outs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game 1-1. Jones has hit 20-plus homers in four consecutive seasons. The Orioles weren't done. Nelson Cruz, walked, Delmon Young singled and J.J. Hardy followed with an RBI single to break the tie. Young entered the night batting .359 versus right-handers. Weaver was ... read more

Duquette on trade deadline

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told reporters today that nothing is imminent on the trade front, though he anticipates a flurry of activity among clubs leading up to Thursday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Duquette said he's focused on improving the team's pitching depth, which indicates that the Orioles aren't in the running for a big-name starter such as Jon Lester or Cole Hamels. "I ... read more

Davis out of lineup due to illness

The Orioles are beginning a six-game homestand tonight without their starting first baseman. Chris Davis was sent home today due to flu-like symptoms that may be contagious. Manager Buck Showalter wasn't taking any chances. Steve Pearce is starting at first base, with Nelson Cruz in left field and Delmon Young serving as the designated hitter. Davis was sick "all day yesterday," according to Showalter. "It ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

Exactly four years ago today, the Orioles hired Buck Showalter as the 19th manager in franchise history. No regrets. Showalter's team is 12 games above .500 and 2 1/2 ahead of the second-place Blue Jays in the American League East. Delmon Young is serving as the Orioles' designated hitter for the third time in five games. He's 5-for-9 with a three-run homer in his last ... read more

This, that and the other

Don't be alarmed by the bright lights and the noise emanating tonight from Camden Yards. There's a baseball game scheduled between the Orioles and Angels. Continue to breathe normally. It's been a while - July 13, to be exact. The Orioles are 26-23 in Baltimore this season, compared to 32-23 on the road. Time to reclaim the home-field advantage, especially with the Blue Jays climbing ... read more

Updating Orioles' interest in Rusney Castillo

The Orioles are in the process of arranging a private workout for Rusney Castillo following Saturday's showcase at the University of Miami, another sign of their growing interest in the Cuban outfielder. Castillo reportedly worked out for 28 major league teams over the weekend and made a solid impression. He's been compared to the Yankees' Brett Gardner with power. The Orioles first scouted Castillo five ... read more

Orioles recall Guilmet

The Orioles made a roster move today while waiting to begin a six-game homestand Tuesday night. Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been placed on the bereavement list, and the Orioles recalled reliever Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk. McFarland's grandmother passed away Sunday. He's eligible to return to the bullpen Thursday night. McFarland, 25, is 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games (one start) for the ... read more