Baltimore Orioles Daily: Floundering Birds fly west to Windy City

BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Manager Buck Showalter
BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 26: Manager Buck Showalter /

The Baltimore Orioles struggled in Boston, but a four-game slate against the hapless White Sox could be just what they need to turn things around.

It was a weekend to forget for the Baltimore Orioles, who dropped three out of four games to the Red Sox. With the Birds floundering at 14-32, the only team in all of baseball with fewer wins happens to be their next opponent: the Chicago White Sox.

After flipping most of their established players over the past two years, the White Sox are in the midst of a full-scale rebuild. The Orioles figure to follow suit this summer, but at 12th in the AL in runs per game and 13th in ERA, they seem to have gotten a head start on losing prolifically, even as they pay millions of dollars to players like Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo.

We’ll see if that star power can carry the Birds to victory against one of the worst teams in baseball. The series will get underway tonight at 8:10 p.m. Until then, here’s what you might have missed yesterday.

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