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Sunday lineup delivers 8-5 win (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The lineup may not have been the most conventional, with manager Buck Showalter choosing right-handed hitters Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry to handle the outfield corners against a right-hander. He started Paul Janish at shortstop for the second consecutive day and put Caleb Joseph behind the plate despite a turnaround that didn’t really qualify as quick. Fans on social media mocked ... read more

Showalter on Britton, bunting and more (tied 5-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton remains scheduled to come off the disabled list on July 5 as he moves smoothly through his injury rehab assignment. Britton tossed another scoreless inning last night at Single-A Delmarva, walking a batter and throwing 11 pitches. He’s allowed one hit in three scoreless innings on his assignment, the first at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Britton will pitch ... read more

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is going with a right-handed heavy lineup this afternoon against the Rays. Right-handers are batting .199 against Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi this season, but .249 in his career. Left-handers are hitting .268 this season, but .228 over his career. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field and Craig Gentry is batting eighth and playing ... read more

Tillman vs. Odorizzi in series finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Tillman wouldn’t concede that today’s start against the Rays held more importance than previous outings due to his continuing struggles. He wasn’t influenced by the jump in ERA from 5.59 to 8.39 over his past three games. He could distance himself from any perceived separators. “Not at all,” he said. “A start is a start is a start. I’ve made ... read more

Orioles defeat Rays 8-3 to end streak at 20 games (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dylan Bundy finished his warmup tosses and headed into the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field, waiting for the top of the first inning to be completed and his latest start to officially unfold. It was meaningful on various levels. Bundy’s schedule moving forward might have been influenced by his performance. Of far greater importance, he could play stopper for a club ... read more

Showalter on roster move, rotation and streak (O’s lead 8-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Reaching the majors hasn’t been an issue for reliever Stefan Crichton. The goal now is to avoid the call into manager Buck Showalter’s office and his travel papers. The Orioles recalled Crichton today for the sixth time this season. They needed a fresh arm and optioned Miguel Castro to Double-A Bowie. Crichton threw a scoreless inning Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk. He ... read more

Orioles and Rays lineups (Crichton up, Castro down)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Stefan Crichton has arrived at Tropicana Field, meaning he’s the latest in a series of moves by the Orioles to freshen a tired bullpen. How the Orioles will accommodate Crichton on the 25-man roster remains to be seen. Update: Crichton has officially been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. To make space on the 25-man roster, Miguel Castro has been optioned to Double-A ... read more

Mancini continues assault on right-handed pitching

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were fed a steady diet of opposing left-handed starters early in the season. As they draw closer to the break, there’s been a pronounced shift to the right side, where each series seems to lack a southpaw. It doesn’t really matter to Trey Mancini. He’s going to be in the lineup no matter who’s facing them. Mancini destroyed the ... read more