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O's Chris Davis Snaps MLB 0-For-54 Record

Apr 13, 2019 4:59 PM

Baltimore's Chris Davis ended an MLB-record 0-for-54 skid with his first hit of the season Saturday, dropping in a two-run single in the first inning off Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.

Davis clapped his hands and called for the ball after reaching base to end the longest hitless streak by a non-pitcher in major league history. It began last season on Sept 15, 2018.

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Still Hitless, Chris Davis Is 'Trusting The Process'

Apr 12, 2019 7:43 AM

Chris Davis is hitless in his first 53 at-bats this season, but the Baltimore Orioles' first baseman is trying to remain patient.

Davis is in the fourth season of a seven-year, $161 million contract. He hasn't recorded a hit since Sept. 14, 2018.

"I feel like I'm seeing the ball a lot better," he said. "I mean, I lined out again and drew a walk a little bit later. Just continue to work.

"For me I can't focus on the result as much as I want to. As much as I want to see some type of return for all the work I'm putting in. I gotta stay focused on the process."

His hitless streak is a Major League record.

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O's Chris Davis Sets Mark With 47th Hitless At-Bat

Apr 9, 2019 12:17 AM

Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis went 0-for-3 in his first three plate appearances in a 12-4 win over the Oakland A's on Monday night, extending his hitless streak to 47 consecutive at-bats. In doing so, he broke Eugenio Velez's record for the longest hitless streak by a position player in major league history, according to data from the Elias Sports Bureau.

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O's Chris Davis Now 0-For-44

Apr 8, 2019 12:00 AM

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is nearing a record streak for futility.

Davis was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 15-3 loss to the Yankees. He is 0-for-23 with 13 strikeouts this season and is hitless in 44 at-bats since a second-inning double off James Shields of the White Sox last Sept. 14.

Davis is two shy of the record for consecutive hitless at-bats by a position player, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Orioles Fans Out Of Patience With Chris Davis

Apr 6, 2019 8:50 PM

The new regime of the Orioles inherited a costly problem in slumping slugger Chris Davis, who's working with a $161 million contract yet can't buy a hit.

After batting .168 last year, Davis opened this season going 0 for 17 with 11 strikeouts. Combined with an 0-for-21 finish in 2018, he's looking for his first hit since Sept. 14.

Orioles fans have run out of patience waiting for Davis to get into a groove. Many in the sellout crowd at Thursday's home opener booed him during each at-bat, then cheered when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

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O's, Dan Strally Agree To One-Year Deal

Apr 5, 2019 8:00 PM

Seeking to boost a thin starting rotation, the Baltimore Orioles agreed to a $575,000, one-year contact with Dan Straily.

The 30-year-old right-hander's deal was announced Friday. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded.

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Longshot Orioles Getting Bets To Win World Series

Mar 27, 2019 7:49 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are coming off a 115-loss season and Las Vegas has set their World Series odds at 2,000-1.

Despite those odds, a few risk-takers have been willing to back Baltimore.

At William Hill sportsbooks in Nevada, New Jersey and West Virginia, there have been more bets on the Orioles to win the World Series than 10 other teams.

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Orioles Name Alex Cobb Opening Day Starter

Mar 14, 2019 8:14 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have named Alex Cobb their Opening Day starter.

Cobb had a 4.90 ERA in 28 starts in 2018.

"We feel like he's earned it," Brandon Hyde said. "His track record speaks for itself, and we're just excited about naming him Opening Day starter."

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Manny Machado: Orioles Didn't Show Me Love

Feb 28, 2019 8:37 AM

It's been seven months since the Baltimore Orioles traded Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the shortstop hasn't forgotten.

Machado agreed to a $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres as a free agent last week.

"The Dodgers last year, they showed me some love," he says. "The Orioles drafted me. I did a lot for that community, I did a lot for the state, and they didn't show me a little bit of love. It is what it is. But going over to L.A., L.A. giving up a lot of prospects for me, that kind of shows you what I meant to them, which is amazing."

The Orioles drafted Machado with the third overall pick in 2010.

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Orioles Set To Name Brandon Hyde As Manager
The Orioles will name Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde their next manager, according to reports.

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O's Hire Mike Elias As New GM
The Orioles have also given former Astros assistant GM Mike Elias the title of executive vice president.

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Orioles Expected To Hire Mike Elias As GM
The Astros are looking for a new lead executive and Mike Elias is the leader to be named the club's general manager.

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Orioles Will Move On From Dan Duquette
The Orioles continue to clean house.

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Buck Showalter Won't Return To Orioles
The Orioles lost a franchise-record 115 games this season.

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First-Round Order For 2019 MLB Draft
With the playoff bracket set, the full first-round draft order for 2019 has been confirmed as well.

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Adam Jones Vetoed Trade To Phillies To 'Maintain' Value As Free Agent
The Orioles attempted to trade Adam Jones to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this year, but he blocked the deal using his 10-and-5 no-trade protection.

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Orioles Tie Franchise Record With 107th Loss
The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays on Monday night, dropping their record to 43-107.

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Orioles Tried To Extend Manny Machado
The Orioles attempted to extend Manny Machado "several years ago," according to a report.

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Adam Jones Has Cleared Waivers, Now Eligible To Be Traded
The Orioles attempted to trade him to the Phillies before the non-wavier deadline, but he used his 10-and-5 veto rights to decline the deal.

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Chris Sale Throws Five Shutout Innings, Fans 12
Chris Sale returned from the DL on Sunday, and helped pitch the Red Sox to a 4-1 win over the Orioles.

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Adam Jones Covers Travel Costs For Little League Team
Adam Jones has agreed to donate $8,500 to cover the travel costs for Washington, D.C.'s Mamie Johnson Little League team.

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Orioles Send Brad Brach To Braves For International Bonus Slot
The Braves have acquired Brad Brach from the Orioles for $250,000 of international signing bonus allocation money.

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Yankees Send Three Prospects To O's For Zach Britton
The Yankees send pitchers Dillon Tate, Josh Rogers, and Cody Carroll to the Orioles.

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Astros, Cubs, Yankees Pursuing Trade For Zach Britton
The market for Zach Britton has intensified over the last week and it's unlikely he'll be a member of the Orioles past the trade deadline.

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Market Expanding For Zach Britton
The Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees, Braves, Rockies and Brewers are among those in the mix.

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Dodgers Acquire Manny Machado From Orioles
Yusniel Diaz is the centerpiece of the Dodgers' package for Manny Machado.

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Dodgers On Verge Of Acquiring Manny Machado
The Dodgers are believed to be offering the Orioles a package that includes outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz.

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Orioles Have Deal In Place To Trade Manny Machado
The Orioles have the framework in place for a Manny Machado trade and are working through specific aspects of a trade, according to sources.

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Orioles Have Narrowed Focus In Manny Machado Talks
The Orioles continue to make progress on a Manny Machado trade and have narrowed their focus to a smaller group of teams, according to sources.

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