Oriole Park at Camden Yards was conceived from a humble idea: build an old-fashioned ballpark with modern amenities. Little did the Orioles know their modest home would become an icon of baseball, a revitalizer of downtown Baltimore and the model for a massive building boom in sports. Even at 25, Camden Yards is still a treasure.
Alex Cobb to start Baltimore Orioles’ opener at Yankees
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb has been picked by new Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde to start the Orioles' opener on March 28 at the New York Yankees.
Orioles’ Davis goes 1 for 2 in return from hip injury
TAMPA, Fla, (AP) — Chris Davis went 1 for 2 in his return from a strained left hip flexor as the designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles against the New York Yankees on Tuesday...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.
Jones is likely to start in center field between Steven Souza Jr....
AP source: Adam Jones, D-Backs agree to $3M, 1-year deal
Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the Toronto Blue Jays for international signing bonus pool allocation.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Hyde's style is totally different from his Baltimore Orioles' predecessor.
Under Buck Showalter, who had managed the Orioles for more than eight seasons until...
Rangers acquire outfielder Zack Granite from Twins
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Zack Granite from Minnesota for right-hander Xavier Moore and $50,000, and the Twins dealt Moore to the Baltimore Orioles for $750,000...
Orioles again claim INF Hanser Alberto on waivers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Hanser Alberto on waivers from San Francisco, a week after they lost him on a waiver claim to the Giants.
Orioles veterans Cashner and Cobb looking to rebound
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — In the new world of the Baltimore Orioles where youth and inexperience are the rule, there are two veteran pitchers hoping to prove they still have some skills.
Orioles claim LHP Josh Osich from Giants off waivers
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed left-handed pitcher Josh Osich on waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.
In the last four seasons with San Francisco, the...
Orioles have many open infield jobs, and several candidates
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have many jobs up for grabs, and nowhere is the competition less defined than in the infield.
As the team held its first full-squad workout on Monday, only one infield position is secured — first base. Chris Davis is entering the fourth year of a seven-year, $161 million contract.
Besides Davis, there are 13 players on the roster competing for the three starting positions, and a utility job or two.
Orioles agree to terms with SS Alcides Escobar
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Baltimore has been looking to increase its infield depth, and Escobar is expected to challenge for the starting shortstop spot.
The 32-year-old Escobar has played 11 seasons with Milwaukee and Kansas City and has a .258 lifetime average. In 2018, he hit .231 with four homers and 31 RBIs.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde says several positions open
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The sun wasn't shining on Brandon Hyde's first workout as Baltimore Orioles' manager.
Rain delayed the start of workouts Wednesday for about an hour. But eventually, 15 pitchers threw bullpens and the Orioles rolled out some new cameras to help the team evaluate them.
Eric Young Jr. agrees to minor league deal with Orioles
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Eric Young Jr. has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles and will report to major league spring training.
The 33-year-old hit .202 with one home run and eight RBIs in 41 games for the Los Angeles Angels last year.
Young has a .245 average in 10 big league seasons with Colorado, the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta and the Angels and Atlanta. He led the NL with 46 stolen bases in 2013.
New Baltimore leadership hoping for better Orioles’ future
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — When pitchers and catchers reported to the Baltimore Orioles camp on Tuesday, they met a new administration.
There is a manager in the dugout other than Buck Showalter for the first time in nine years, and a new general manager replacing Dan Duquette, who spent seven years with the Orioles.
New man: Zach Britton to be known as Zack
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Britton will be a different pitcher for the New York Yankees this year — at least in name.
Known throughout his baseball career as Zach, the 31-year-old reliever said Thursday going forward his name should be spelled Zack.
Britton tweeted "I will be going by my legal name 'Zack' instead of my stage name 'Zach.'
He added: "everyone continue to breath normally."
Britton said of his reason for not changing the spelling earlier: "It's a long story. It never bothered me though."
Mussina will not have team logo on Hall of Fame plaque’s cap
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Mussina will not have a team logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque.
The Hall announced the decision Friday, three days after Mussina was elected.
Mussina spent his first 10 major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and his last eight with the New York Yankees.
The Hall said the decision was made after consultation with Mussina and his family.
Mussina had said he needed time to make up his mind.
Orioles hire Long as hitting coach, Brocail for pitchers
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have hired Don Long as hitting coach and Doug Brocail as pitching coach under first-year manager Brandon Hyde.
Long spent the past five seasons as the hitting coach of the Cincinnati Reds.
Brocail was the Texas Rangers' pitching coach for the past three years. He was the Astros' pitching coach from June 2011 through 2013.
No hat logo for Halladay’s Hall plaque; Mussina uncertain
NEW YORK (AP) — Roy Halladay won't have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes the final decision.
Halladay, who died in November 2017, spent 12 of his 16 seasons pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays and four for the Philadelphia Phillies. Mussina was with the Baltimore Orioles for his first 10 seasons and the New York Yankees for his final eight.
Phillies hire infield coach and first base coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff by hiring infield coach Bobby Dickerson and first base coach Paco Figueroa.
Dickerson spent the past six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as third base coach and worked closely with Manny Machado, an All-Star free agent the Phillies are pursuing.
Figueroa will oversee outfielders and baserunning in addition to coaching first base. He replaces Jose Flores, who joined Baltimore's staff.
Giants acquire utility player Valera from Orioles for cash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants have acquired switch-hitting infielder and outfielder Breyvic Valera from the Baltimore Orioles for cash, adding another former Dodgers player Saturday who new San Francisco president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi had in Los Angeles.
Valera batted .234 with eight RBIS while playing in 32 games between the Dodgers and Orioles last season while also playing for both clubs' Triple-A affiliates. He was traded to Baltimore in the Manny Machado deal last July 18.
Orioles claim RHP Brice off waivers from Angels
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-handed reliever Austin Brice off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
Brice was designated for assignment by the Angels last week. He appeared in 33 games for Cincinnati last season, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA.
The 6-foot-4 Brice started his career in Miami in 2016 and was with the Reds in 2017. Over his career, the 26-year-old is 2-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 70 games.
Orioles hire Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde as new manager
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles hired Brandon Hyde to be their new manager Friday, hoping his experience as Cubs bench coach will help the team move forward while in rebuilding mode.
Hyde takes over for Buck Showalter, who was fired after Baltimore finished 47-115 — the worst record in the majors. This will be Hyde's first stint as a major league manager.
Braves INF Rio Ruiz claimed off waivers by Orioles
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves infielder Rio Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles.
The 24-year-old Ruiz played sparingly with the Braves the last three seasons and had little future with the team after the emergence of Johan Camargo and the signing of free agent Josh Donaldson.
Ruiz played a total of 72 games with Atlanta, hitting .189 with four homers and 21 RBIs. He spent most of 2018 with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he batted .269 with nine homers and 72 RBIs.
Slugger Pedro Alvarez signs minor league deal with Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — Former home run champion Pedro Alvarez has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee.
The 31-year-old Alvarez hit 30 homers for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012, 36 in 2013 and 27 in 2015. He led the majors in homers in 2013. Alvarez batted .180 with eight homers in 45 games last year for the Baltimore Orioles.
Former NASA engineer Mejdal leaves Astros for Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — New Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias called upon a familiar face to help rebuild the club, hiring former NASA engineer Sig Mejdal from the Houston Astros to be assistant general manager for analytics.
Mejdal will report to Elias and will oversee all aspects of the club's growing analytics effort and serve as an adviser to Elias, the Orioles said Wednesday. Mejdal had been a special assistant for process improvement to Houston GM Jeff Luhnow since October 2015.
Orioles, Nats finish arguments in TV dispute rehearing
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles finished their arguments in a two-day rehearing before a committee of baseball executives in their long-running dispute over television rights fees.
Orioles hire Mike Elias from Astros as executive VP, GM
BALTIMORE (AP) — Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias was hired Friday to rebuild the Baltimore Orioles, who traded many of their star players last season before finishing with the worst record in the majors.
Elias will carry the title of executive vice president and general manager. He will "oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters," the Orioles said in a statement.
Orioles-Nats TV dispute back before baseball committee
NEW YORK (AP) — The dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees returned to a committee of baseball executives Thursday after a lengthy court fight.
The sides began arguing their cases before the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee, which now includes Milwaukee Brewers chairman Mark Attanasio, Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather and Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro.
Rays agree to $2.61M bonus with Cuban prospect Gaston
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a $2.61 million signing bonus with 16-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Sandy Gaston, pending a physical.
The hard-throwing right-hander is considered one of the top international free agent prospects and had attracted interest from several major league teams, including the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles.
The Rays agreed to the deal on Tuesday and hope to finalize the agreement within a few days.
Orioles fire Showalter, Duquette after dismal 47-115 season
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles will continue their rebuilding project without manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who were fired Wednesday after the team finished with the worst record in the major leagues.
With Duquette procuring the talent and Showalter making it work on the field, Baltimore snapped a run of 14 straight losing seasons and made the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Orioles fire boss Duquette after 2nd straight losing season
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have fired executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who launched a belated rebuilding effort in July after the team failed miserably from the start.
The announcement came Wednesday night, hours after manager Buck Showalter was told by the club he would not return in 2019.
Baltimore went 47-115, the worst record in Orioles' history. Both Duquette and Showalter had contracts that expired at the end of this season.
Wheelchair users sue Orioles over Camden Yards accessibility
BALTIMORE (AP) — Three wheelchair users are suing the Baltimore Orioles over accessibility at Camden Yards.
News outlets report the lawsuit filed Friday against the team and the Maryland Stadium Authority says each plaintiff has been stuck in a wheelchair lift while trying to get to their seats. And the view from lower-level wheelchair-accessible seats is obstructed whenever fans stand up.
Rebuilding White Sox keep eyes on future, payoff for rebuild
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox lost 100 games, struck out more times than any other team in major league history and had several key prospects suffer serious injuries.
They missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year, too.
Still, the White Sox hope the worst of the rebuild is behind them and general manager Rick Hahn expects to see more signs of a turnaround next season with the young players on the roster continuing to mature and promising prospects in the pipeline.
Jones, Showalter preside over Orioles’ 4-0 win over Astros
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones began the season by hitting a game-winning home run in the 11th inning. He ended it by walking off the field to a standing ovation.
In between opening day and the season finale, there was a whole lot of anguish for Jones and the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles closed out a trying season Sunday with a salute to Jones and a 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros that could end up serving as a parting gift to manager Buck Showalter.
Verlander helps Astros roll to doubleheader sweep of Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros will head into the playoffs coming off the best regular season in franchise history and with an ageless right-hander who's gunning for his second AL Cy Young Award.
Justin Verlander struck out 10 in the opener of a doubleheader, and the Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday before completing a sweep with a 5-2 victory.
The twin wins gave Houston a franchise-record 103 for the season, surpassing the record set by the 1998 club.
Cole tunes up for playoffs, helps Astros beat Orioles 2-1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Gerrit Cole knows the 2018 season will ultimately be judged on how he performs in the playoffs.
So for at least a week, the Houston Astros right-hander will savor what he accomplished from April through September.
Cole went over 200 innings with a sharp outing against the Baltimore Orioles, and Houston got a home run from Josh Reddick in a 2-1 victory Friday night.
Cole tunes up for playoffs, helps Astros beat Orioles 2-1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Gerrit Cole tuned up for the postseason by pitching six sharp innings for the Houston Astros, who got a home run from Josh Reddick in a 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
The Astros close out the regular season at Camden Yards this weekend after clinching the AL West title on Tuesday night. Houston opens the playoffs at home against Cleveland on Oct. 5.
Astros-Orioles MLB’s 54th ppd of year, most since ’89
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Houston Astros aren't going to simply go through the motions while closing out the regular season.
Houston's game against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night was postponed by rain, meaning the Astros will squeeze in four games over the final three days, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
The 54 postponements in the major leagues this year are the most since 58 in 1989, the commissioner's office said.
After club-record 112th loss, Orioles beat Red Sox for split
BOSTON (AP) — Now that he's rebuilt his pitch count, Chris Sale has to fix his mechanics before his next start in the AL Division Series.
Sale struck out eight over 4 2/3 innings in his final tuneup before the Baltimore Orioles salvaged a split of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader with a 10-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Orioles-Red Sox postponed by rain; doubleheader Wednesday
BOSTON (AP) — The game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed because of rain.
The teams were rescheduled for a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.
David Price (15-7, 3.53 ERA) is set to start the first game for the Red Sox and Chris Sale (12-4, 2.00) the second game.
Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox were still shaking hands on the field when the "106" went up in the win column of the AL East standings that are posted on the Green Monster.
Scoreboards flashed "106 Wins." Fans waved signs to celebrate breaking a record that has stood as long as Fenway Park itself.
Gregorius hurt; A’s wait; Phils, Pirates, D-Backs out
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has torn cartilage in his right wrist and is unsure whether he will be able to play in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3.
Gregorius, who has 27 homers and 86 RBIs, got injured Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth for New York, which disclosed the injury after a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Bad day in the Bronx: Didi hurt, Yankees lose to lowly O’s
NEW YORK (AP) — The playoff-bound Yankees blew a three-run lead against the worst team in the majors Sunday — and then came the really bad news.
New York shortstop Didi Gregorius has torn cartilage in his right wrist and is unsure whether he will be able to play in the AL wild-card game on Oct. 3. Gregorius, who has 27 homers and 86 RBIs, got injured Saturday when he slid headfirst on Aaron Hicks' 11th-inning double to score the run that clinched a postseason berth for the Yankees.
Bad day in the Bronx: Didi hurt, Yankees lose to lowly O’s
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees' Didi Gregorius tore cartilage in his right wrist while scoring the run that clinched a wild card berth for New York, manager Aaron Boone said after his team wasted a three-run lead in a 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.
Hicks, Yanks earn wild card with 11-inning win over Orioles
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks and the New York Yankees reached the playoffs the same way they played the regular season: They got hurt, stood up and kept on going.