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Baseball Archive: April / May 2006

Frustration Continues for Lopez
You've got to feel for Javy Lopez. There's no way he could have envisioned that his season would take so many wrong turns down so many roads of uncertainty.

Orioles Need Help From Minor-League Hurlers
With a combined 1-12 record in 19 games pitched, Orioles pitchers Rodrigo Lopez and Bruce Chen are the black eyes of a pitching staff that has Baltimore fans lamenting this season's difficult start.

Mora Signs Three-Year Extension
After months of frustrating dead-ends and mired negotiations, the Orioles sign Melvin Mora to a three-year extension.   | Mr. A and Mr. Mora Both Win

Benson Believes Best Is Yet to Come
At the age of 31, Benson finally could be on the verge of becoming the pitcher that many expected of him when the Pirates made him the first overall selection in the 1996 First Year Player Draft.

O's - Nats: Battle of the Beltways
The Orioles face the Nationals this weekend for the first time since the former Expos arrived in Washington, D.C. 

O's Reeling After Fenway Flop
Last weekend's Boston massacre puts the Orioles in one of the most dismaying positions they've faced in years. And that's saying a lot for a team that has had eight consecutive losing seasons.

AL East Rivalries Begin to Take Form
This time last year, Baltimore's Birds were baseball's biggest surprise soaring to the top of the American League's Eastern division after pulling out to a 22-11 start. Not so this year.

For Bedard, The Time Is Now
What will it take for Erik Bedard to solidify himself at baseball's highest level? That's a question Orioles' fans have been asking ever since the lefthander's premature major league debut four years ago.

Orioles Speedsters Hampered By Injuries
With Brian Roberts, David Newham and Luis Matos on the DL, Corey Patterson is the only speedy baserunner the Orioles have.

Mora Shines With or Without Contract
Until the ink is actually put to paper, each new Melvin Mora home run and clutch RBI will continue to thrust a dagger into the hearts of the Orioles' most loyal advocates.

Minor League Baseball Report

Check out your guide to the local minor league action – from key prospects to watch to the parks and promotions that you don’t want to miss.

Baltimore’s Ultimate Homer
Anyone who’s ever played fantasy sports has come across one of those players who always picks too many players from his hometown team. Well, we here at PressBox decided to be that guy and then some. Catch up on the adventure so far.