Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Week: Dariel Alvarez (Again)

Bowie Baysox outfielder Dariel Alvarez played in seven games for the AA outfit last week, hitting .333 (10 for 30), while collecting 8 runs, 4 doubles, 3 HRs, and 10 RBIs. The 25-year-old Cuban is no stranger to my Baltimore Orioles organizational player of the week, as he won the award a month ago.

Alvarez has not only been one of Bowie’s most consistent hitters this season, but he has also been one of the Eastern League’s best players during the 2014 campaign. So far this season Alvarez is hitting .335 (7th in the league), with 30 runs (8th in the league), 9 HRs (5th in the league), and 42 RBIs (tops in the league).
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Orioles Fall to the Tigers 4-1

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Detroit Tigers 4-1 Monday night, as starter Bud Norris pitches his longest outing as an Oriole (7 2/3 innings). Norris started off the game pitching extremely well. The 6’0” right-hander struck out four out of the first nine batters he faced in the game.

Norris, however, quickly ran into trouble in the fourth inning. The Orioles starter gave up a leadoff walk to Ian Kinsler, a single to Miguel Cabrera, a double to Victor Martinez, and finally a sacrifice fly to Austin Jackson in the inning.
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Orioles Minor Leaguer of the Week: Alexi Casilla

While Norfolk Tides infielder Alexi Casilla may not be a “prospect” anymore, the 29-year-old is still producing at the Triple-A level. Casilla hit .563 (9 for 16), had five runs scored, one double, one RBI, and one stolen base in four games for the Tides last week.

Casilla is no stranger to Baltimore Orioles fans, as the middle infielder featured in 62 games for the Orioles during the 2013 season. Although the Dominican only hit .214 on the season for the O’s, Casilla is usually known for his defense. Casilla did not record an error in 170 chances in the field last season (169 of them at second base).
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Player Profile: Wilson Ramos

Wilson Ramos

The Washington Nationals have a plentiful group of outstanding young talent that litters their rotation and their batting order. With such talents as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon, Gio Gonzalez, and Ian Desmond leading the strong youth movement that has taken the Nationals into playoff contention and hopefully World Series contention but of the youth movement none could have as great of an impact on the Nationals than catcher Wilson Ramos. Read more about Player Profile: Wilson Ramos

Johnny Football to the Browns is worst case scenario

800px-Johnny_ManzielThe Cleveland Browns selected Johnny Manziel last night with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. As I said here I think that Manziel will be a huge draft bust, now I am really sticking with my gut. The Ravens will get to play the great “College” quarterback twice a year.  Going to the Browns has to be a worst case scenario for Manziel who still needs to learn how to be a potcket passer and will play in the hard nose AFC North.

The AFC North is a tough division, it is where the big boys play and I do not think Manziel is big enough to play six games a season against the Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. The quarterbacks in the AFC North have to be big to withstand the hits that come in the division. Manziel is only 210 pounds, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger are both about 240 pounds and still have come away with injuries.

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Orioles Grind Out 5-3 Win Over Rays

The Baltimore Orioles took game one of a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday night. Orioles starter Chris Tillman picked up his first quality started since beating the Toronto Blue Jays on April 11th. The team’s Opening Day starter threw 6+ innings, while only giving up five hits and three runs. Nelson Cruz, Matt Wieters, and Ryan Flaherty all contributed offensively with two hits apiece in the victory.
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Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead

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Randy Wittman joins Pat Riley and Mike Dunleavy, no not the Chicago Bull his father, to be the only three coaches to win their first four playoff road games. Yes Randy Wittman as in the same Randy Wittman that was the interim head coach of the Wizards after Flip Saunders was fired after a 2-15 start to the 2011-2012 season. Yes the same Randy Wittman who the Washington Post asked for to be fired before this year’s All-star break. He then went onto lead the Wizards to 19-11 after the break and then an easy first round series win over the bulls and now coaching the Wizards to a 1-0 series lead against the 1st seeded Indiana Pacers.

Starting with the combination of John Wall and Trevor Ariza to give them a 13 point lead at the half and then closing it out with a combination Bradley Beal and Drew Gooden that gave the Wizards a 102-96 win. While the Wizards offense was timely and operated in their usual spurts, it was all about the Wizards defense and the lack of the Indiana Pacers offense. With Trevor Ariza shutting down Paul George for the whole game and which resulted in him shooting 4 for 17 from the field and then making life even worse for the former Georgetown Hoya, Roy Hibbert as he started the game and finish it with 18 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 5 fouls and a plus/minus of -17. Read more about Wizards Take a 1-0 Series Lead