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Injury updates on Hardy, Flaherty, Wieters and Schoop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles remain hopeful that shortstop J.J. Hardy and infielder Ryan Flaherty will begin an injury rehab assignment Monday night at Double-A Bowie. The Baysox begin a four-game series against Akron, and manager Buck Showalter joked that he'd need to break the news to Hardy and Flaherty that Thursday's first pitch is slated for 11 a.m. Hardy did some early hitting ... read more

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Pearce worked out again today at second base and gets the start tonight against the Rays in the second game of their relocated series. Pearce made his professional debut at second base last night. Manny Machado is leading off for the third time in his career. He's 2-for-10 atop the order. Center fielder Adam Jones led the American League in ... read more

A few notes before tonight's game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles' last two games have been completed in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 2 hours, 19 minutes. The crowds have been under 10,000, including Wednesday's no-fan zone. The explanation probably has more to do with pitching changes made between innings instead of the middle. No interruptions in the action. And the Orioles rotation has produced four consecutive quality starts, which ... read more

Looking back on last night

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles and Rays played their 300th game against each other last night and the all-time series is tied 150-150. There's a lot on the line tonight. Tension hangs heavy beneath the dome. The season series is knotted at 2-2. The Orioles are batting .171 and the Rays are batting .185. The Orioles have been shut out twice this season - ... read more

Wrapping up a 2-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles got the final at-bats tonight in the bottom of the ninth inning, a reminder that they were the home team at Tropicana Field. They just couldn't give their cluster of fans a walk-off win. The Orioles struck out 13 times and lost to the Rays 2-0 before 9,945, an attendance figure they will carry back to Baltimore. Caleb Joseph ... read more

Sights and sounds from the Orioles' home game on road (O's lose 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Oriole Bird led fans in the familiar chant of "O-R-I-O-L-E-S" before players jogged onto the field for the anthem. The "home" team wore black jerseys, making it a typical Friday night in only one sense. And we said it wouldn't get weird. I've heard that the expected crowd is around 10,000 for tonight's game. They're averaging 17,545 in 12 home ... read more

Showalter: "White pants, gray pants, it's still baseball between the lines"

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays are going out of their way to make the Orioles and media feel right at home, including the shipment of Bergers cookies from Baltimore to Tropicana Field. Boxes are stacked in the press dining room for dessert. That's the icing on the cookie. The Orioles took batting practice first at Tropicana Field, the usual order for the home team. ... read more

Hardy on today's workout

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted that this is a big day for shortstop J.J. Hardy, who worked out at Tropicana Field this afternoon and joined Group 4 for batting practice. Showalter is hoping that Hardy (shoulder) and infielder Ryan Flaherty (groin) will begin injury rehab assignments Monday at Double-A Bowie. Hardy took about 15 swings in early batting practice, fielded ground ... read more