Orioles lineup game one versus the Tigers

Photo: Greg Mac
Photo: Greg Mac

The Baltimore Orioles are starting a three game series with the Detroit Tigers tonight. The weather looks like it could rain but this game will probably get played. The Orioles lost for the first time in three games against the Houston Astros last night and look to get back on the winning track. The Tigers will not be easy for the Orioles.

The Orioles have Bud Norris on the mound tonight and he has pitched very well for the Orioles this season, with a two and two record and 3.82 era.

Here is the lineup card from Baltimore Orioles tweet.

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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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Washington might have lost the season but they have not lost hope

 

Dynamic Backcourt DuoThe Washington Wizards were on their way to tying up the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series at two wins apiece Sunday night, but a man by the name of Paul George got in their way. George rallied the Indiana Pacers back from 19 points down to give them a 95-92 win, while going 12/20 from the field and 7/10 from long-range ending the day with 39 points and 12 rebounds. Roy Hibbert has started to show up as well, scoring 14 points or more in each of his last three game. With the Wizards down 3-1 in the series, should we lose all hope? Read more about Washington might have lost the season but they have not lost hope

Glenn Davis was good back then: Orioles/Astros review

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It’s fun to compare teams from different years. Sure the Orioles were World Champions in 1983, but the teams before that (1979 and 1980) were better tclubs than the O’s team that won it all.

Now on to that team from Houston. Out here in Chicago, White Sox fans rejoiced over the 2005 World Champion team.

But that White Sox club couldn’t have stood a chance against the 1986 Astros. That team was loaded. Glenn Davis hit 31 homers and drove in 101 runs. Yes, he was the subject of one of the worst trades in Orioles history. We gave up great pitching in Pete Harnisch and Curt Schilling and every day outfielder Steve Finley for Davis. And Davis showed up injured and never panned out. I did see him pinch-hit in Chicago and he hit a rocket to the seats for a homer. He could have been a big star in Bird Land. Read more about Glenn Davis was good back then: Orioles/Astros review

Wizards loss gives a lesson in perspective

DC rising
DC rising

What would your reaction have been if I told you the Washington Wizards would be down three games to one to the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs at the All Star break? Most likely what would have jumped out at you was that the Wizards were in the second round. It would not have been a surprise that they were trailing in a series to the Pacers, because the Pacers looked like the best team in the league at that point and the Wizards were really just starting to put things together. Read more about Wizards loss gives a lesson in perspective

Why the Orioles Are Winning, Part 2

Harry Grove Stadium (the Farm)  Source: Wikipedia, public domain
Harry Grove Stadium (the Farm) Source: Wikipedia, public domain
Part 2, A Good Farm System

Note:  OK, so the Baltimore Orioles lost today.  But winning 5 of their last 6 and sweeping the Rays — in Tampa — is nothing to sneeze at.

Ever since Baltimore exchanged the Ottawa Lynx for the Norfolk Tides, all the minor-league affiliates are within a few hours’ drive of each other.  Each has a loyal fan base that does more than attend games; they are part of the family.
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Orioles option McFarland again

TJ McFarlandThe Baltimore Orioles have optioned T.J. McFarland to triple-A Norfolk today.  McFarland pitched three innings for the Orioles today and ate up a lot of innings while the rest of the bullpen rested.  McFarland has been optioned before and seems to be one of the Orioles swing players.  The Orioles have yet to make a corresponding move but will likely add another pitcher.

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