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Melvin Mora Elected to Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, Very Deserving

April 21st, 2015 at 1:21 PM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles announced on Monday that former third baseman Melvin Mora has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame. In addition, the Veteran's Committee has also selected John Lowenstein and Gary Roenicke to be elected as well.

Also important to note, long-time Orioles' scout Fred Uhlman Sr. will be inducted as this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner.

The four will be honored at a luncheon at Oriole Park, which is sponsored by Oriole Advocates who founded the Orioles Hall of Fame, on Friday, August 14 at noon. Lowenstein will be unable to attend either the luncheon or the on-field ceremony prior to the O's game due to a previous engagement.

Acquired from the Mets in July of 2000, Mora started at six different defensive positions in his first four seasons with the Orioles before moving to third base in 2004. In 2004, Mora set the Orioles' single-season record with a .340 batting average, while also posting career-highs in home runs (27) and RBI (104). A two-time All-Star, Mora also won a Silver Slugger Award and was twice named AL Player of the Month.

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Reason to Be Concerned with Baltimore Orioles’ LHP Wei-Yin Chen’s Slow Start?

April 21st, 2015 at 10:37 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles saw their starting rotation flourish for the majority of the 2014 season and it helped the Birds capture the AL East crown for the first time since 1997. Wei-Yin Chen was a big part of that having a career year in 2014, but he has gotten off to a very shaky start in 2015. Is there reason for concern?

Chen had a great year in 2014 posting a 16-6 record with a 3.54 ERA, 1.228 WHIP and walking just 1.7 batters per nine innings. In addition, he started 31 games for the O's and averaged just under six innings per start at 5.99 innings per start.

He is being counted on by the O's for a big year, and he also needs a good year for himself since he is set to hit the free agent market at the conclusion of the season, but so far, not so good.

Chen has gotten off to a very rocky start in 2015.

He has started three games for the Birds thus far and while his ERA of 3.07 appears good, if you have watched his starts, the ERA is a little misleading.

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Minor League Rundown: 4/20 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 3-1, Mike Wright Dominant

April 21st, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

Four of the five of the Orioles' major affiliates are underway in 2015, while the Aberdeen Ironbirds opening their season in June.

'Camden Yards 3rd base replacement' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

AAA Norfolk Tides (8-4)

Tides win 1-0

  • Chris Parmelee went 1-3 with a double
  • Michael Almanzar went 1-3 with a RBI
  • Mike Wright tossed six shutout innings while allowing five hits, zero walks and striking out three. Now 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA this season

AA Bowie Baysox (6-6)

Baysox win 5-3

  • Quincy Latimore went 2-4 with two doubles
  • Glynn Davis went 2-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored
  • Andrew Triggs tossed three shutout innings in relief while allowing two hits, one walk and striking out five

High-A Frederick Keys (8-4)

Keys win 6-4

  • Drew Dosch went 3-4 with a double, triple, home run and four RBI
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News and Notes: O’s Set for Three Against Toronto Blue Jays, Jimmy Paredes Hot, and More

April 21st, 2015 at 8:06 AM
By Josh Michael

In today's edition of Baltimore Orioles news and notes, we take a look ahead at the O's three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays, Jimmy Paredes hot at the plate since returning, and Ryan Flaherty is swinging a hot bat as well.

O's set for three against Toronto

The Birds are coming off of a series split with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway, and frankly, that is really the best you can ask for in a four-game series, but of course a series win is always the hope. Baltimore now turns their attention to another AL East foe in the Blue Jays for a three-game set north of the border.

The Jays will look a little different than the last time the O's faced them last week as Toronto Shortstop Jose Reyes is now on the DL, thus his bat will obviously not be in the lineup.

Here is what the pitching matchups look like for the series:

  • Bud Norris (0-1, 12.38 ERA) vs Mark Buehrle (2-0, 3.75 ERA)
  • Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Aaron Sanchez (0-2, 6.23 ERA)
  • Chris Tillman (2-1, 5.52 ERA) vs Drew Hutchison (1-0, 7.20 ERA)
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Wei-Yin Chen Struggles, Defense Falters in Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Loss Monday

April 20th, 2015 at 3:09 PM
By Josh Michael

On a day that felt like a crisp autumn morning, the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox got things started at 11 a.m. in some cold, wet weather, but it was Wei-Yin Chen and the Orioles' defense that looked cold. The game was called after six and a half innings due to rain.

Having already secured a series split, the Orioles were looking to take three of four from the Red Sox in their four-game set at Fenway, but that idea did not come to fruition thanks to some untimely errors for the Birds, and Chen's struggles on the mound.

It didn't take long for defense to play a key role in the game. After a leadoff single by Mookie Betts in the bottom of the first, Betts stole second and advanced to third thanks to a throwing error by Orioles' catcher Ryan Lavarnway to put a runner at third with no outs. After Dustin Pedroia struck out, David Ortiz drove in Betts with a sacrifice fly to give Boston a 1-0 lead and their first unearned run of the inning.

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