The Baltimore Orioles lost the first game of their three-game series against the Houston Astros Friday night. Here's the latest news and notes.
1B Chris Davis cleared the air with first-year manager Brandon Hyde Friday prior to the matchup against the Astros. The two got into a heated verbal altercation during Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
SP Dylan Bundy had a fair start in Friday's loss to the Astros, only giving up two runs on five hits over his six frames.
OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, Mid August?
RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, Out indefinitely
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, September?
Saturday 8/10: Orioles vs. Astros, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Sunday 8/11: Orioles vs. Astros, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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Baltimore television station WBAL's Puppy with a Purpose from America's Vet Dogs will be named after Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, 18-time All-Star that spent his entire 23-year career with Birdland.
WBAL opened up the pup's naming rights to the public online, and the final choices were between Brooks or Tucker, referring to the most accurate kicker in NFL history, Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker.
Name ideas also included Domino, after the sugar factory based in Locust Point, and Marshall, specifically for Thurgood Marshall, Baltimore-born and first Black Supreme Court justice.
The Orioles lobbied hard on social media, and enthusiastically brought puppy Brooks to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to meet and play with real-life Brooks in celebration.
Presented without comment, perhaps the cutest thread that's ever existed:
WBAL will help socialize and train Brooks before he commences a career of helping veterans and first responders.
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The Orioles announced significant changes to their regular-season schedule Thursday, making it more family-friendly during non-summer months.
According to Joe Trezza, the Orioles will start at 6:35 p.m. ET for games that occur before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Home games during the summer will retain their 7:05 p.m. ET start time.
Major League Baseball saw a record 3:05:35 average run time for games in 2019 despite changes made before 2018 to cut mound visits without pitching changes.
With the average length of a game longer than ever and the fact that the Orioles have finished last in the AL East in three consecutive seasons, this is seemingly a smart move to get more fans out to Camden Yards.
John Means finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after a surprising season, so the Orioles days as the butt of most baseball-related jokes could be nearing an end.
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