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Five Orioles ready to step forward in 2013

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Five Orioles ready to step forward in 2013

Two weeks into the off-season, the Orioles are beginning to make plans for their winter training. Some will stay in Baltimore, a few work out in Sarasota, Fla. Others will play winter ball.

Here are five Orioles, who could make a big step forward in 2013

1) Manny Machado

Machado was much better than expected in 2012. Most observers were surprised Machado stayed in Double-A as long as he did. They were expecting a promotion from Bowie to Norfolk. Instead he got a call to Baltimore and outperformed everyone’s expectations.

He was terrific at third base, a position he’d hardly played before and his offense was strong, too.

Machado has things to work on. He struck out more than four times as often has he walked. He tied for the team lead in triples with three, but stole only two bases.

Look for a huge first complete season from Machado in 2013.

2) Dylan Bundy

It was a surprise that both Machado and Bundy spent any time at all with the Orioles in 2012. It will be a surprise if Bundy starts the season in Baltimore, but he should be there by June.

He needs to work on his control. “Four walks in Bowie are more walks up here,” manager Buck Showalter noted in late August.

Bundy should be a dynamic addition to the rotation, which is still lacking a No. 1 starter.

3) Brian Matusz

After all he’s been through, Matusz is still under 25. After two seasons of unsuccessful starting, Matusz quickly turned into a most effective left-handed reliever.

It’s not often that the fourth overall pick is converted to a left-handed specialist this early in his career. However, Matusz seemed uncomfortable starting and very comfortable relieving.

The Orioles say he’ll get a chance to start next spring training, but they seem to have plenty of starters and few alternatives to him as a lefty specialist.

4) Steve Johnson

Buck Showalter seemed reluctant to use Johnson, but he came through when called upon. Johnson was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA in 12 games, four of them starts.

He was used sparingly and not on the roster for the Division Series. Johnson could fit in the bullpen or as a starter, but he has lots of competition for starting.

5) Zach Britton

Britton was another pitcher Showalter seemed reluctant to use late in the season. He was the Orioles’ biggest winner in 2011, but won only five in 2012. If he’s healthier in 2013, he should have a better shot at getting a spot.

He probably has a lot of trade value, but look for him to go to spring training with the Orioles.

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L.J. Hoes

The young outfielder hasn’t yet gotten a real shot at the major leagues. He’s got speed and some pop. If there are outfield injuries in 2013, Hoes should get a shot.

Ryan Flaherty

Flaherty needs to work on his defense and learn how to take a walk. Showalter predicted last season Flaherty would be a regular in the major leagues in 2013. There’s an opening at second base.

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Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Summer Guide: The top restaurants and bars for before and after Baltimore Orioles games

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that detailed the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we gave you some spots around Nationals Park too.

With summer 2019 halfway through and baseball in full swing, it's time to highlight the go-to spots to eat and drink around the ballpark that forever changed baseball. 

In no particular order, consider these: 

Pickles Pub, 520 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • Always packed, it's the number one go-to bar for Orioles fans before and after the games 
  • A dozen beers on tap, both local and national brands
  • Great deals throughout baseball season

Sliders Bar and Grille, 504 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another bar adjacent to Camden Yards
  • Less crowded than Pickles, but just as good when it comes to snacks and drinks
  • Bottle, canned, and draft beer options
  • Gameday specials built around the Orioles season

Abbey Burger Bistro, 1041 Marshall St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • A bit further (about a mile walk) but well worth it
  • Famous for, you guessed it, their wide selection of crafted hamburgers
  • Endorsed by Oriole legend Adam Jones, who even created a burger for their menu
  • Also make spiked milkshakes for adults looking to cool off with a tasty treat

The Yard, 110 S Eutaw St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Inside the Marriott Inner Harbor 
  • Quieter, less-crowded option compared to more popular pregame locations
  • Crab-based breakfast options for fans looking for an early start

Camden Pub, 647 W. Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Two blocks from Camden Yards
  • Special discounts with game tickets
  • Variety of food options, including well-known wings

Quigley's Half Irish Pub, 633 Portland St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Federal Hill location, a block away from the stadium
  • Another less-crowded option, with standard bar fare
  • Just as likely to host baseball fans and neighborhood regulars alike

Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Three blocks from Oriole Park at Camden Yards 
  • Dozens of beer options, plus signature cocktails and wine choices aplenty
  • Well-known nightlife spot for postgame celebrations

Seafood Options:

L.P. Steamers, 1100 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Have to drive instead of walk (9 minutes by car)
  • Considered a go-to spot for Maryland-style seafood 
  • Mentioned specifically by Manny Machado upon his return to Baltimore

Phillips Seafood, 601 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minute walk to Camden Yards, right in the heart of the Inner Harbor
  • Huge letters outside the building a part of the local skyline
  • Famous for their crabcakes, but serve all kinds of seafood and non-seafood options

Rusty Scupper, 402 Key Highway, Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • Another slightly further, pricier option for local seafood
  • Beautiful view right on the water
  • Live patio entertainment
  • Happy hour from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday

Postgame Dessert Options:

Insomnia Cookies, Federal Hill, 1059 S Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21230

  • 20-minute walk from the stadium
  • Wide variety of deluxe cookie options, plus brownies, ice cream, cake and dessert sandwiches
  • Open until 3 a.m. every night

Polar Roll Creamery, 600 E Pratt St Suite 105, Baltimore, MD 21202

  • 20-minutes from Camden Yards, on the Inner Harbor 
  • Rolled ice cream
  • Watch yourserver roll the ice cream in front of you

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

Player Updates:

Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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