Os announce ALCS roster

BALTIMORE— The Orioles added left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz to their American League Championship Series roster, removing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to clear a spot. The rest of the roster, which includes 11 pitchers again, remains unchanged from the AL Division Series.

Matusz, part of the Opening Day roster, was removed last series given how well Detroit hits against lefties and since the Royals splits are even it was expected that the O’s would add a lefty back to the bullpen. T.J. McFarland is not on the roster for the second consecutive series with Jimenez, who was inconsistent all season, also off for the best-of-seven set.

The rotation will be the same four guys: Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez. Though the exact order is still to be announced. Tillman is the Os Game 1 starter again and he’s is 2-2 with a 6.21 ERA in five starts against the Royals. He also tossed his first career shutout in Kansas City, a five-hit game, in May. Starter Kevin Gausman will once again be a weapon out of the bullpen, as a late-inning righty or a multi-inning guy.

Catchers Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph are back, as are infielders Kelly Johnson and Jimmy Paredes. The O’s considered speedy outfielder Quintin Berry, who joined reliever Ryan Webb and infielder Chris Davis as players who will remain with Baltimore although they are not on the active roster.

More coming shortly on Orioles.com.

Os reach extension agreement with Hardy

BALTIMORE— The Orioles have reached a multi-year contract extension with shortstop J.J. Hardy that could be announced as early as Thursday, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com.

It’s believed that Hardy’s deal is three years and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal tweeted out that it’s expected to land north of the $40 million range. The Orioles and Hardy, who would have been a free agent this winter, had some contract talks this spring that stalled and the shortstop stopped talking about any progress —of lack thereof— during the season. Of all of the Orioles pending free agents, a group that also includes Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, Hardy was the one manager Buck Showalter pushed for the most as the Gold Glover captains the team’s infield and has been a rock at shortstop.

Hardy, acquired in the offseason by former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, signed a three-year, $22.5 million extension with Baltimore in 2012 which included incentives for being an All-Star, Gold Glover and Silver Slugger. Considered one of the League’s best defensive shortstop, Hardy would have command a hefty price tag on the open market but has made it no secret that he wanted to stay in Baltimore and play for the O’s.

Hardy has a .259/.301/.420 slash line in four regular seasons with Baltimore. The deal was first reported by 105.7 The Fan.

Game 3 lineups

Greetings from Comerica Park, where downtown Detroit is jamming given the Lions 1 p.m. game and the Tigers-Orioles matchup slated for 3:45 p.m. The O’s are trying for their first playoff sweep since the 1971 ALCS (best of 5) against Oakland and will send Bud Norris to the mound opposite David Price. Rajai Davis, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury, is not starting for Detroit but manager Brad Ausmus said he is eligible off the bench.

In case you missed it, I wrote about Orioles manager Buck Showalter yesterday, making all the right moves so far in this series. You can read more on that here.

Here are the lineups for Game 3….

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Hundley C
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Bud Norris RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine SS
Don Kelly CF

David Price LHP

ALDS Game 2

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter CF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Alex Avila C
Andrew Romine SS
Rajai Davis CF

Justin Verlander RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

ALDS Game 1 lineups

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will host the Detroit Tigers for Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

*Wei-Yin Chen has officially been named the Game 2 starter and Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris are in the bullpen tonight in case they are needed. It’s basically all hands on deck in the postseason.

*Relievers T.J. McFarland and Brian Matusz, who were both left off the postseason roster, will stay with the team and be sitting out there in the bullpen. Evan Meek and Ryan Webb are down in Sarasota, Fla., along with Christian Walker, and Quintin Berry and Alexi Casilla will stay in Baltimore for Games 1 & 2 before heading down there. Joe Saunders went home to Virginia. All of these guys are still in play for the AL Championship series roster, should the O’s advance.

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez LF
Alex Avila C
Nick Castellanos 3B
Andrew Romine SS
Rajai Davis CF

Max Scherzer RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles release roster

Per a team release, here is the Orioles ALDS roster.

INFIELDERS/OUTFIELDERS (12)
23 Cruz, Nelson
12 De Aza, Alejandro
3 Flaherty, Ryan
2 Hardy, J.J.
14 Johnson, Kelly
10 Jones, Adam
9 Lough, David
21 Markakis, Nick
38 Paredes, Jimmy
28 Pearce, Steve
6 Schoop, Jonathan
27 Young, Delmon

CATCHERS (2)
40 Hundley, Nick
36 Joseph, Caleb

PITCHERS (11)
35 Brach, Brad RHP
53 Britton, Zach LHP
16 Chen, Wei-Yin LHP
39 Gausman, Kevin RHP
50 Gonzalez, Miguel RHP
29 Hunter, Tommy RHP
31 Jimenez, Ubaldo RHP
48 Miller, Andrew LHP
25 Norris, Bud RHP
56 O’Day, Darren RHP
30 Tillman, Chris RHP

Orioles @ Yankees series finale- Jeter Day

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles and Yankees will (hopefully) get this game in despite the rainy forecast. It’s Derek Jeter’s final home game and both sides will wait it out as long as necessary to get this thing in. No one wants to come back for a makeup game on Monday.

As expected Steve Pearce has returned to the O’s lineup, after entering late in yesterday’s game.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 2B
Jimmy Paredes 3B

Kevin Gausman RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 3

*The Orioles announced two options for fans to purchase American League Division Series tickets (ALCS and World Series tickets will be made available for sale at a later date, as necessary) and here they are…

Option 1 – Guaranteed ALDS tickets
Fans are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase Postseason tickets by placing a minimum $250 per seat deposit on a 2015 Full or Partial Season Ticket Plan, including the popular and convenient 13-game plan. Fans who place a deposit by midnight tonight will be guaranteed the chance to buy Game 1 of the American League Division Series, and other future Postseason games, via an exclusive online-only pre-sale on Thursday, September 25 at 10 a.m. Beginning Thursday, 2015 deposits will no longer guarantee fans an opportunity to participate in the ALDS pre-sale.

Option 2 – No Guarantee
A public sale for American League Division Series tickets will take place on Monday, September 29 at 10:00 a.m. exclusively online at http://www.orioles.com/postseason. Ticket availability is expected to be extremely limited, and tickets – which will be primarily scattered single seats, limited view seating, and standing room only – will sell out quickly. A maximum of six tickets per ALDS game may be purchased.

*Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he’s still undecided about Sunday’s regular season finale starter, but he is leaning toward Ubaldo Jimenez. The O’s are also leaning toward 11 pitchers in the postseason but that’s still TBD. A lot of their roster decisions will depend on who they play, which includes the ALDS rotation after Game 1 starter Chris Tillman.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
David Lough LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Clevenger 1B
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Kelly Johnson 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Caleb Joseph C

Bud Norris RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter DH
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young LF
Antoan Richardson RF
Brendan Ryan SS

Shane Greene RHP

Tillman officially Game 1 starter

NEW YORK—Chris Tillman started the Orioles season. And now the 26-year-old, a large part of the American League East Champions success, will get the chance to usher them into the playoffs.

Manager Buck Showalter officially named Tillman his Game 1 starter for the ALDS, an announcement that was a foregone conclusion given how the right-hander has become the rock of the O’s rotation.

Tillman is 13-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 33 starts this year. The way the O’s rotation is set up, it would seem like lefty Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez would be in line for Games 2 and 3, though Showalter said they will likely wait to announce the rest of the rotation until they know their opponent.

Orioles @ Yankees Game 2

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for the second of the four game set. In case you missed it, the O’s released their spring training schedule earlier today and you can view the whole schedule here.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Kelly Johnson 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Ryan Flaherty 1B
Nick Hundley C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Brian McCann C
Chase Headley 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chris Young LF
Stephen Drew 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Jose Pirela DH

Brandon McCarthy RHP

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