| May 13, 2012
| 4:54 PM
The Orioles had a chance to earn their first three-game sweep of the Rays at Camden Yards since 2007 on Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, they could have gone up three games on division rival Tampa Bay — a monumental accomplishment considering...
| May 24, 2012
| 5:32 PM
Xavier Avery could have excelled in any sport, but he chose baseball because he saw it as a game his talents could grow into with hard work. He enjoyed the challenge of playing a sport in which there's always room for improvement — where getting...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 5:50 PM
James Shields took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, leading Tampa Bay over the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Wednesday for the Rays' 16th win in 21 games.
Shields (12-7) retired 12 in a row after Alcides Escobar's two-out single in the third and allowed...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 2:13 PM
Seeing Roger Clemens on the verge of becoming a 50-year-old big league starter makes me feel bad for Jamie Moyer.
While not blessed with Clemens' powerful build or pitching repertoire, Moyer got the absolute most out of his career — and he didn't...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 8:55 AM
[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
Closers Johnson and Rodney make case for Cy Young
| Jun 18, 2012
| 5:40 PM
Statistics through Sunday (last week's ranking)
1. Rangers (1): There have many issues, including a lack of production since early in the season from Michael Young and the highly regarded lineup, but a soft schedule has kept those issues from showing...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 8:11 PM
Suspended Tampa Bay reliever Joel Peralta served up a tiebreaking, two-run double to Danny Espinosa in the sixth inning Thursday night, sending the Washington Nationals over the Rays 5-2.
Earlier in the day, Peralta learned that he had been penalized...
| Jun 23, 2012
| 6:32 PM
Jim Thome knows the routine. Hit a game-ending homer, circle the bases, get mobbed by teammates.
It never gets old.
Thome hit a pinch home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on...
| Feb 14, 2012
| 7:11 PM
No. 4 Rays: 27th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Rangers.
Who is crazier? Joe Maddon or Andrew Friedman?
Or do the two men running baseball's best operation — without question the most efficient — know something that...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 6:10 AM
SARASOTA, Fla -- We'll have a late start today because the Orioles' first full squad workout doesn't begin until noon. That's because most of the position players have to take their physicals beforehand.
I wrote a story for today's Sun about left-...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 2:38 PM
For all the flashes of promise that Chris Tillman has shown the Orioles, up until now they've been just that, shimmers of brilliance in between chapters of unfulfilled potential. Since making his major league debut three years ago at the age of 21,...