September 2012

Orioles vs. Rays lineups & pregame notes

*The Orioles have designated reliever Kevin Gregg and infielder Ryan Adams for assignment, selecting the contract of outfielders Endy Chavez and LJ Hoes in their place. With Nick Markakis undergoing thumb surgery this morning in Sarasota, Chavez and Hoes will add outfield depth.

*Chris Tillman threw a bullpen session this afternoon, his first since being diagnosed with right elbow inflammation, and said everything felt great. The Orioles don’t have a rotation after Wednesday and Tillman could be in line to make a start later this week.

*The Rays are without outfielder Desmond Jennings, who will sit out a third consecutive game with lower back soreness, although the expectation is he will play on Wednesday.

*Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) threw a light side session in Sarasota today and will throw another side Wednesday and, assuming all goes well, live batting practice on Friday.

*Pretty cool gesture by manager Buck Showalter in his pregame media session as he was joined by Triple-A manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin who he wanted to publicly thank for all their hard work this year.

RAYS LINEUP

B.J. Upton CF
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Ben Zobrist SS
Evan Longoria DH
Matt Joyce RF
Ben Francisco LF
Luke Scott 1B
Ryan Roberts 2b
Jose Molina C

Matt Moore LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Lew Ford RF
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

Orioles vs. Yankees lineups and pregame notes

*Chris Tillman has been cleared to do long toss and the 24-year-old righty, who has been dealing with inflammation in his elbow, said he also played some catch yesterday after seeing team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens. Tillman is on some anti-inflammatory medication and the team will monitor his progress he next few days before penciling him in for a start.

*Speaking of elbows, Jason Hammel’s right elbow is fine after being struck with Robinson Cano’s liner in the fourth inning of last night’s game.

*Troy Patton (right ankle sprain) did half his work on a flat mound half and on a half mound today in Saraosta, Fla. and he will proceed to the full mound on Monday.

*Jim Thome has been taking dry swings, also in Sarasota, and manager Buck Showalter said he remains a possibility for the team this season.

*Jason Berken has been claimed by the Cubs. A right-handed pitcher, Berken was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for lefty Zach Phillips.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP
YANKEES LINEUP

Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Russell Martin C
Curtis Granderson CF
Andruw Jones LF
Steve Pearce 1B
Casey McGehee 3B

Phil Hughes RHP

Orioles vs. Yankees, Cal statue

Plenty of coverage coming soon on Cal Ripken Jr’s statue ceremony today, but here are your lineups…
YANKEES LINEUP
Derek Jeter SS
Nick Swisher 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
Raul Ibanez LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF

David Phelps RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Jason Hammel RHP

Legg Mason going orange for O’s

The lights at the top of the Legg Mason building in Baltimore will glow orange beginning tonight in conjunction with the O’s vs. Yankees game and the unveiling of the Cal Ripken, Jr. statue at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The orange lights will be lit at dusk tonight and remain orange through the remainder of the Orioles season.

As a Baltimore corporate citizen, we want to show our support for the Orioles as they enter the home stretch,” Legg Mason CEO Mark Fetting said in a statement. “Legg Mason and our Baltimore-based employees are rooting for them to do well this season. We’re challenging the corporate community and the citizens of Baltimore to join us in showing their support for the Orioles and to turn the city orange.”

On Friday, Legg Mason will celebrate “Orange Friday” with employees encouraged to wear something orange to support the Orioles.

Angelos statement on Modell

The Baltimore Orioles released a statement just now from principle owner Peter Angelos on the passing of former Ravens owner Art Modell. Here’s what it said…
“Art Modell was a National Football League visionary and pioneer whose impact on the game continues to this day. He and his late wife Pat were as committed to philanthropy as they were to professional football in Baltimore and beyond. On behalf of the Orioles organization, I extend my condolences to his sons, John and David, and the rest of his family.”

Ripken to debut as an in-game analyst Sunday

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. will be joining Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst) in the broadcast booth to serve as a game analyst for the first time in his career on Sunday afternoon on TBS. The trio will call a match-up of American League postseason contenders when the Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The booth appearance will conclude a special week for Ripken, who will have a statue unveiled in his honor on Thursday, September 6, the 17th anniversary of becoming baseball’s “Iron Man.”

Orioles @ Blue Jays

*The Orioles officially recalled Zach Britton, who is starting tonight, this afternoon.

*As a reminder, the Orioles will be featured in a new national TV series called Caught Looking, produced by Major League Baseball Productions and airing on NBC Sports Network.  It will center on this past weekend’s series between the Orioles and the Yankees, as crews from MLB Productions will be embedded behind the scenes with both teams, producing a one-hour show debuting this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

Caught Looking will give viewers an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes during a pennant race including an in-depth look at each game from different angles and perspectives than fans are used to seeing.  A different series with playoff implications will be featured each week for the rest of the season.

*On September 8, Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards is hosting a number of events in culmination of the Orioles vs. Yankees series, including a block party with an all-you-can-eat food package and a ticket to the game. Ticket options include $65.00 for a ticket to the game and an all you can eat drink food package or $36.00 for an all you can eat drink food package if you already have your game ticket.

Prior to the Block Party, Sports Legends Museum will also be hosting a book signing and program with Marty Appel. Fans can learn insider history within the New York Yankees from the time he began his tenure with the Yankees handling fan mail for Mickey Mantle, to his career as Public Relations Director of the team. Appel’s newly released book, Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, will be available for purchase.

Following the Mary Appel program, fans will have the opportunity to meet the Great Bambino’s daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, as she shares stories about her “Daddy” with the audience and signs autographs. Julia is 96 years young and sharp in her memories of her father, Babe Ruth.  The Appel book signing and Julia Ruth Stevens’ appearance are free with standard museum admission.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nate McLouth LF
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Chris Davis DH
Mark Reynolds 1B
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Zach Britton LHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Rajai Davis LF
Colby Rasmus CF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Adam Lind 1B
Yunel Escobar SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Moises Sierra RF
Jeff Mathis C
Adeiny Hechavarria 3B

Carlos Villanueva RHP

Os announce throwback tickets prices

The Orioles announced a new ticket promotion to celebrate the team’s push for the postseason in this 20th Anniversary season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In an effort to encourage fans to “BUCKle Up!” and Back the Birds, the team will offer 1992 throwback pricing for select locations during the Orioles’ series against the Tampa Bay Rays September 11-13.

For all three games of the series, while supplies last, Eutaw Street Bleacher seats are $4.00 (regularly $19) and all Left Field Lower Box seats are just $8.00 (regularly $32). Fans can take advantage of this 75% discount online at http://www.orioles.com/buckleup or by stopping by the Oriole Park Box Office.

Fans who already purchased regularly priced seats in the Eutaw Street Bleachers or Left Field Lower Box will receive a refund for the difference in ticket value. A refund check will be automatically issued, and fans should allow up to four weeks for processing and delivery.

“We are looking forward to a September to remember and encourage all Orioles fans to ‘BUCKle Up!’ and support the club,” said Orioles Director of Communications, Greg Bader.  “Orioles ticket prices are already the most affordable of any professional sports team in the region, and we hope this extra incentive will allow even more fans the opportunity to demonstrate that they ‘Back the Birds.’”

Orioles fans are encouraged to utilize the hashtag #BUCKleUp throughout the remainder of the season to promote the Orioles’ push for the postseason.

Orioles take series in NY behind Reynolds, Wolf

NEW YORK– The Orioles have waited a long time for this; for a winning record, relevant September baseball, and a playoff push that could result in the organization’s first postseason game in 15 years.

And while that remains the end goal, Baltimore certainly doesn’t mind rewriting a little history along the way. For the first time since 1976, the Orioles claimed their third series win in New York in a single season, using a pair of homers from Mark Reynolds to propel them to an 8-3 win Sunday afternoon that cuts the Yankees’ American League East lead back to two games.

The message, in taking six of nine games in the Bronx, is simple. These O’s will no longer be bullied.

Click here to read the rest of the game recap on Orioles.com

Tillman exits with right elbow stiffness (updated with MRI)

An already unstable Orioles rotation took a hit Sunday afternoon when pitcher Chris Tillman exited after three innings with right elbow stiffness.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a pain [in the area],” said Tillman, who will travel back to Baltimore to undergo an MRI. “It just feels achy and dead. I’ve dealt with it before in bullpens and you kind of manage it and kind of get your work in. But during a start, you’ve got to go out there and give it your best. It’s one of those things where you don’t want to make it worse. I’ll go get it checked out just in case.”

Featuring a fastball in the upper 80s, a dip in his typical velocity, Tillman looked out of sorts from the onset and issued a walk in each of the first two innings, with Chris Dickerson belting a two-run homer two outs into the second.

“He has been so consistent with his velocity early in the game and you could tell early on that he was really laboring,” manager Buck Showalter said of Tillman. “I talked to him after the third inning and  didn’t like what I was seeing…hopefully it was just a one-time thing.”

Tillman said his elbow stiffness started from the beginning of the game and the area gradually got tighter. He entered Sunday’s game with 150 2/3 innings pitched, well under a career-high 175 innings thrown in 2010, and said he didn’t think the issue would keep him  out of the team’s rotation.

“We did a couple tests with the trainers and they said it looked really good,” he said.  “But I’ll head to Baltimore tonight and get an MRI hopefully tomorrow. It’s just kind of a ‘just in case’ thing.”

Tillman entered Sunday’s start 6-1 with a 3.67 ERA in his last eight starts, posting five quality outings over that stretch, including Tuesday’s seven-inning start in which he held the White Sox to just one hit.  He exited after throwing 44 pitches, 21 strikes, with the Orioles in a 2-0 hole. Baltimore rallied back to an 8-3 series win with reliever Randy Wolf replacing Tillman and going 3 1/3 innings.

“I was kind of down on myself coming out of that game, but Randy picked me up huge,” Tillman said. “And what a series Mark [Reynolds] had. That was fun to watch. I’m just glad we got the win today.”

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