Jeter's special moment; Orioles headed to the playoffs

tales from orioles nation cover Ok I will admit it if I was a Yankees fan, Derek Jeter would be cool. Kind of like Cal Ripken cool.

Lost in all that history last night was the incredible comeback the champion Orioles made last night in the ninth inning. All but left for dead, the O’s were down 5-2 with three outs to go in the ninth. And Yankees closer, David Robertson would have  an easy save. Read more about Jeter's special moment; Orioles headed to the playoffs

Baltimore's Bats Come Alive in 9-3 Victory Over Toronto

wpid-724px-bud_norris.jpgThe Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3 Tuesday night to extend their division lead over their Canadian foes to five games. Bud Norris picked up the victory for the O’s, as the Oriole starter threw 5 1/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 ER, 2 walks, and striking out 6 batters. While the Orioles offense has been a bit anemic as of late, the bats came out in full force Tuesday night. Every Baltimore starter in the lineup picked up at least one hit in the game.
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Player Profiles: Bud Norris

wpid-724px-bud_norris.jpgHave yourselves some Buds because it is Bud Norris player profile time.  The Baltimore Orioles acquired Bud Norris from the Houston Astros in 2012 before the trade deadline, so far it has been a good trade for the Orioles.  The Orioles did have to give up one of their top local prospects in Josh Hader for Norris and L.J. Hoes.  The Orioles traded for Norris because he still had years left on his contract and the Orioles were in need of some solid starting pitching. Norris while he may not be flashy is almost always solid.  Read more about Player Profiles: Bud Norris

Orioles midseason report card: The starting pitchers

gausman-pitching-glasses-orange-sidebarComing into the season the starting pitching was a bit in question, I actually liked all our starters but they have had their ups and downs.  The Baltimore Orioles for the most part have had six starters this season which is unlike the past few seasons in which it seemed like the Orioles rotation was changing every week.  This is my report card for the Orioles starting pitching staff.

Chris Tillman: Tillman was the Orioles opening day starter and has very well for the most part but had a rough few games.  Tillman went through a groin injury but still started all his games.  Tillman’s numbers would be outstanding if not for that groin injury.  Look for Tillman to have a strong second half.  Tillman has a 4.11 era and a seven and five record.  Grade B Read more about Orioles midseason report card: The starting pitchers

Norris leaves early with groin injury, to pitch Friday

wpid-724px-bud_norris.jpgThe Baltimore Orioles starting rotation is finally hitting it’s stride and dodged a huge blow today.  Bud Norris left the game early today with what looked like a pulled groin which is usually a short-term injury but you never know.  Norris is a bulldog on the mound and will likely try to pitch even if the injury is a little sore.  Buck Showalter said Norris is set to pitch Friday in one of the games of the double-header.  Read more about Norris leaves early with groin injury, to pitch Friday

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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