Fresh off a 5-3 home stand, the Baltimore Orioles will return to the road with a weekend series at Fenway Park.
After finishing their eight-game home stand with a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Baltimore Orioles are back on the road. The Birds have come a long way over the past week, but with their road losing streak still alive at 12 games, they’ll ship up to Boston with something to prove.
Their destination is the stadium that started it all: Fenway Park. Not only is Fenway the oldest stadium in the majors — it’s also where the O’s were handed the first defeat of their losing streak, falling to the Red Sox 7-3 on April 13.
Since then, the Birds have been swept by the Tigers, Angels and Athletics, going 0-12 on the road against an 8-9 mark at home. That split should eventually even out, but it might not happen this weekend — at 29-14, Boston has one of the two best records in baseball, trailing the Yankees by a mere half-game in the AL East.
Whatever happens, the Orioles will be glad to escape the rainy skies of Baltimore for a couple of days. The series will get underway tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.
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Best of Orioles news and analysis across the web from 5/16/18
Orioles’ Zach Britton Ramps Up His Rehab: The left-handed closer threw live batting practice on May 15, a significant step forward in his recovery from a torn right Achilles tendon. In this encouraging update, Rich Dubroff of PressBox includes quotes from both Britton and Buck Showalter.
Which Orioles pitching prospects are close to contributing?: With Memorial Day fast approaching and the Birds 15.5 games adrift in the AL East, the front office could initiate a sell-off at any moment. Here, Alex Church of Camden Chat provides the lowdown on six pitching prospects who could see increased playing time as the season wears on.
Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey’s four-inning stint in Bowie shows promise, work left to be done: Harvey, the Birds’ first-round pick in 2013, made his sixth minor-league start of the year on Tuesday, recording five strikeouts and three earned runs over four innings. Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun breaks down the best and worst from the injury-prone pitcher’s latest showing.
Orioles notes: Despite rainout, Miguel Castro could receive starting opportunity: Tuesday’s rainout robbed the 23-year-old Castro of a chance to start, but he could get the ball for Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox — David Hess is the other candidate. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun has this and more in his daily notebook.
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