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Miguel Gonzalez expects to start again this month

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez expressed relief today at the results of his MRIs and hopes to start throwing in the next couple of days. Gonzalez was diagnosed with tendinitis in his right shoulder and elbow. He received a cortisone injection in his shoulder on Monday. "The results, I was pretty happy," Gonzalez said. "It's just a little bit of inflammation, tendinitis, on my elbow and ... read more

Dariel Alvarez won't make trip to Toronto

Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez won't accompany the Orioles to Toronto this weekend because he's still waiting for the necessary paperwork to obtain his work visa. Alvarez may be optioned to Single-A Frederick following tonight's game, since the Keys won't make the Carolina League playoffs and he could return after their final game. The Orioles could choose to place pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list ... read more

Early notes and Rays lineup (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Mike Wright is a candidate to start Saturday afternoon in Toronto on three days' rest. Wright threw 65 pitches in six scoreless innings last night at Triple-A Norfolk. He's on the disabled list with a strained calf muscle. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is expected to start Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles will make another roster move before Friday's series ... read more

Manny Machado starting at shortstop tonight

The Orioles are closing their brief homestand tonight and trying to avoid their first seven-game losing streak in four years. Manny Machado is making his second major league start at shortstop tonight, with Ryan Flaherty playing third base. Gerardo Parra is in right field and Steve Pearce is playing left. Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. Matt Wieters will be behind the plate ... read more

As the season turns ...

The Orioles truly believe they're going to get on a roll this month. Hope arrives with each new day. The rotation will need to perform better. The offense will need to perform better. Runners on base will need to exhibit better judgment. That's a good starting point. Mike Wright allowed two hits over six scoreless innings last night at Triple-A Norfolk and could soon return ... read more

Buck Showalter: "We're going to have to get hot in order to get in this thing"

Kevin Gausman is the confirmed starter for Wednesday night's series finale against the Rays that also closes the abbreviated homestand. Manager Buck Showalter said he may adjust the rotation Saturday night in Toronto. The Orioles still prefer to have Wei-Yin Chen pitch in New York. "Yeah, Kevin's going to start tomorrow," Showalter said. "Like I said before, let's see how we come through tonight's game. ... read more

Dan Duquette: "We've got to get out of our rut here" (O's lose 11-2)

There's a touch of irony tonight that baseball's Iron Man is playing hurt. Cal Ripken Jr. said he flipped over the handlebars of his bicycle today and landed on his right shoulder. It's barking now and he warned reporters that he might have to throw the ceremonial first pitch from halfway between the mound and home plate. He wasn't kidding. Ripken stood in that spot ... read more

Hardy on his health, Showalter on Ripken and more

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to his locker before batting practice today covered in sweat. He joked about sitting outside and watching catcher drills in the heat, but he actually took ground balls to make sure he didn't experience any discomfort in his groin. "I feel fine," he said. "Just took a bunch of ground balls and really wasn't holding back at all and I ... read more