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Is Parker Bridwell latest former Orioles pitcher on his way to success?

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Is Parker Bridwell latest former Orioles pitcher on his way to success?

The Jake Arrieta saga is well known throughout the MLB.

Arietta struggled while apart of the Orioles pitching staff, going 20-25 with a 5.46 ERA throughout 69 appearances in the MLB.

Arrieta was ultimately traded to the Chicago Cubs where he became a Cy Young winner and one of the best pitchers in baseball. 

The reason we bring this up?

The Orioles selected 6-5 Texas native Parker Bridwell in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. The team was hoping Bridwell's high upside and potential would shine through in the Orioles minor league system. But it never did, and the organization eventually moved him to the bullpen before trading him to the Los Angeles Angels on April 17th of this year. 

The trade clearly infused Bridwell with new life.

In Triple-A Salt Lake, Bridwell dazzled as he posted a 0.92 ERA in three starts before being called up due to injuries to the pitching rotation.  

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On Tuesday night, Bridwell made his first career MLB start for Angels against the Atlanta Braves. 

The 25-year old had an impressive outing as he went six innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts.

Most importantly, he earned a win as the Angels would go on to rout the Braves, 9-3.

Year after year, Baltimore's pitching remains a glaring weakness as the O's currently hold the 11th worst team ERA in the league. 

Will the Orioles be kicking themselves for trading another young talent away?

It was only Bridwell's first career start and by no means does this mean he will go on to become a Cy Young winner like Arietta.

For the Orioles and their pitching staff, lets hope not. 

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

MORE ORIOLES: GAUSMAN CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO HONOR ROY HALLADAY

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.