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Means' gem for naught: 'He was nasty'

Orioles held to five hits and no runs in series finale loss to Rangers
@ladsonbill24
April 18, 2021

The Orioles and Rangers found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Field. When it was over, it was the Orioles who came up on the short end of the score, losing 1-0 in 10 innings. • Box score The good news was that Baltimore was

30 teams, 30 stats that stand out

1:12 AM EDT

It's still early in the 2021 season, but some of the numbers we're seeing are definitely real. MLB.com's beat reporters sat down to figure out which ones to trust. For all 30 clubs, these are the stat lines that are a real indicator of what's to come over the course

Kremer optioned, O's still think 'highly of him'

@ladsonbill24
April 18, 2021

After Saturday’s 6-1 victory over the Rangers, the Orioles optioned right-hander Dean Kremer to the alternate site in Bowie, Md., and recalled reliever Cole Sulser from the alternate site. The news came a few hours after Kremer allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings against the Rangers. In three starts

Stat of the Day: Mean, mean ERA machine

April 18, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Orioles this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

O's rally back, mash vs. Rangers 'pen in win

@ladsonbill24
April 18, 2021

It looked like it was going to be a long night for Baltimore offensively with Texas right-hander Dane Dunning dealing through the first six innings. But the bats came alive in the late innings as the Orioles defeated the Rangers, 6-1, on Saturday night at Globe Life Field. Baltimore has

Hyde talks all-around patience for Mancini

Hays (hamstring) on comeback trail, likely back Tuesday vs. Miami
@ladsonbill24
April 18, 2021

Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini is off to a slow start to the 2021 season, going 8-for-53 (.151) entering Saturday’s action against the Rangers. So manager Brandon Hyde decided to drop Mancini down a notch in the lineup from cleanup to the fifth hole and swapped him to become the

Kremer dominates on hill, K's 6 Rangers

@MavalloneMiLB and @RobTnova24 and @JoshJacksonMiLB
April 17, 2021

A pair of former top prospects and another well on his way took their turns in the spotlight Saturday. The trio did not disappoint. Tristan McKenzie struck out seven over five innings while Dane Dunning and Dean Kremer -- squaring off against each other -- combined to allow a run

López dials it up, strikes out 8 vs. Texas

@ladsonbill24
April 17, 2021

Go figure. The chances of right-hander Jorge López giving the Orioles length on Friday night seemed slim. Not only was he off to a slow start this season, but he had an 11.88 ERA over his past four starts, dating back to 2020. But López authored a different story against

Notes: Outlook for offense; Hays on mend

@ladsonbill24
April 16, 2021

One of the reasons the Orioles lost eight out of 10 games entering Friday is because of a sputtering offense. The Orioles entered the weekend 25th in the Major Leagues in batting average (.218) and 28th in OPS (.641). They were 23-for-100 with runners in scoring position. Orioles manager Brandon

Hole in one? Mancini's glove betrays him

@JoeTrezz
April 15, 2021

As even baseball’s best fielders will tell you, physical errors happen. They are simply part of the game, unavoidable over a 162-game season. But in rare cases, it’s the glove that should be charged with the error -- just ask Trey Mancini. The Orioles first baseman had only his mitt

The filthiest secondary pitch in each system

April 15, 2021

Velocity, velocity, velocity. It’s all the rage these days. But pitching is an art, and what makes it so isn’t just the reading of the radar gun. It’s what else you can add to the mix. Bob Gibson and Randy Johnson had the slider. Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw leaned

Galvis homers, but O's bats continue struggle

@JoeTrezz
April 15, 2021

If there is a silver lining to the slumps that seem to be spreading through the Orioles' clubhouse in the early going, it’s that they can’t possibly last forever. Probability forbids it. Trey Mancini isn’t going to hit .163 all summer. A decade of history says Freddy Galvis should close

Harvey brings heat, but O's drop DH opener

@JoeTrezz
April 15, 2021

In his heyday with the Mets, Matt Harvey was one of the game’s elite power pitchers, thriving with a fastball that lived in the high 90s and a wipeout slider. That arsenal fizzled in the years since, with injuries and inconsistency landing Harvey, now 32, in Baltimore this winter, with

O’s Martin didn’t know JR, but grandpa did

They were teammates with the Negro Leagues’ Kansas City Monarchs
@JoeTrezz
April 14, 2021

A version of this story was originally published in April of 2020 One day soon, when Richie Martin gets his man cave in order, he plans to line the walls with framed jerseys from his high school, college and big league days, alongside priceless connections to his family’s past. Those

Urías caps big day with walk-off hit for split

@JoeTrezz
April 13, 2021

When the Orioles optioned Pat Valaika to their alternate training site to make roster space for DJ Stewart earlier this week, it created a sizeable opportunity for rookie Ramón Urías as the lone infielder on Baltimore’s three-man bench. He’s taking advantage of it. The most glaring example came Tuesday, when

Each club's last player to wear iconic No. 42

April 15, 2021

In 1997, Major League Baseball honored Jackie Robinson by making his No. 42 the first uniform number to be retired across the sport. That said, players who were wearing No. 42 at the time could choose to continue wearing it until they retired. Thus, some teams have had a player

Mountcastle's move pays quick dividends 

@JoeTrezz
April 13, 2021

Though more static so far than in years past, Brandon Hyde’s lineup featured a significant change Tuesday: Ryan Mountcastle, the Orioles' everyday cleanup hitter early in the year, dropped to sixth. The shakeup was purposeful, with Hyde saying he hoped to help Mountcastle hit himself out of the difficult early-season