Rasmus, Hunter, Kottaras agree to deals

Rasmus, Hunter, Kottaras agree to deals

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore pitcher Tommy Hunter and Oakland catcher George Kottaras agreed to one-year contracts, leaving 133 players eligible to file for salary arbitration Tuesday.

Rasmus gets $4,675,000 under Monday's agreement, Hunter $1.82 million and Kottaras $1 million.

San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward, Boston outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence are among those eligible to file.

Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries Friday, and hearings before three-arbitrator panels will take place next month in Phoenix.

Most cases will settle before they go to hearings, and some players eligible for arbitration already have agreed to contracts. Tampa Bay pitcher David Price, the AL Cy Young Award winner, reached a one-year agreement for $10,112,500.

Orioles tie team record with 18 strikeouts in 4-3 loss


Orioles tie team record with 18 strikeouts in 4-3 loss

Astros 4, Orioles 3 

Winner: Neshek (2-0)
Loser:    Wilson (2-3)   
Save: Gregerson 10 

WHAT WENT WRONG: The Orioles equaled their single game record for most strikeouts in a game, 18. They struck out 19 times in 13 innings on Tuesday night. 

WHAT WENT RIGHT: The Orioles came from behind to tie the score at 3 in a two-run sixth. Unfortunately, they gave the lead away in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Wilson allowed a home run to Luis Valbuena, his second in as many nights. 

OOPS: The Orioles committed four errors, two by Manny Machado and two by Wilson, all in the first four innings. The last time the Orioles made four errors was on Sept. 30, 2015.

MACHADO ERRS: Machado made two errors for the fourth time in his career. 

MORE BAD STATS: The Orioles were just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners on base. 

LOSING: The Orioles are in the midst of their second three-game losing streak. 

SHAKE IT UP: Machado was put in the leadoff spot and Jonathan Schoop batted second for just the second time in his career. The move immediately paid off when they began the game with doubles. 

WIETERS HITS: Matt Wieters had two more hits. He’s had five consecutive multi-hit games—two three-hit games and three two-hit games. 

KIM DOUBLE: Hyun Soo Kim, who started for the first time in 11 days, had his first game with multiple extra-base hits. He had two doubles a single. It was his second three-hit game. 

THERE HE GOES: Joey Rickard, who didn’t start ran for Kim in the eighth inning and stole second. He has three of the Orioles’ eight stolen bases. 

UP NEXT: Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.70) faces Lance McCullers (0-1, 5.91) on Thursday night in the final game of the three-game series.  

McFarland recuperating from knee injury at Norfolk


McFarland recuperating from knee injury at Norfolk

The Orioles’ summoning Ashur Tolliver to the major leagues may have taken some by surprise. They may have wondered why the Orioles didn’t bring T.J. McFarland back from Norfolk.

McFarland injured his knee in Saturday’s game for Norfolk, but had he been healthy, he would have likely gotten the call. 

Manager Buck Showalter likes McFarland’s versatility, and while he’s not a matchup left-hander, he can throw multiple innings, which is always a plus. 

The injury to McFarland’s left patella tendon was sustained when he tried to cover home plate on a wild pitch, and he told the Virginian- Pilot that he’s already going through drills to strengthen the knee. 

McFarland returned to Baltimore over the weekend for an MRI on the knee, but no structural damage was found. 

In other Norfolk news, veteran major league pitcher Brian Duensing, another left-hander has reported to the Tides. He opted out of a minor league deal with Kansas City, and reportedly could opt out of his Orioles contract next month if he’s not added to the major league roster.

Last year, the Orioles added Chris Parmelee to the major league roster in mid-June, and in 2013, briefly brought Travis Ishikawa up to the team after he invoked his opt-out clause. Ishikawa was released by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. 

Veteran infielder Steve Tolleson, who played for the Orioles in 2012 and returned on a minor league contract this spring, was released by the Tides earlier this week. 



Orioles pitchers imitate bullpen coach in pregame prank


Orioles pitchers imitate bullpen coach in pregame prank

BY ERIC GARLAND, CSNmidatlantic.com 

If the saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is true, Orioles bullpen coach Dom Chiti must be feeling really honored. 

Before Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros, the Orioles bullpen went through their normal pregame routine. However, something was very different this time around. 

Each pitcher wore fake mustaches to imitate Chiti, who sports a thick gray mustache himself. 

The Orioles tweeted out proof of the prank, with two photos showing the pitchers posing in the clubhouse and warming up in the outfield while doing their best Chiti imitation. 

Were they able to pull off the look? You be the judge.