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Positive news on Pearce MRI

I'm told that the MRI on Steve Pearce this morning didn't reveal an injury to his oblique or intercostal. The original diagnosis of a strained right abdominal muscle stands after a long review. The Orioles won't protest it. Pearce is considered day-to-day for now. Manager Buck Showalter will provide more information later today when he meets with reporters, but the news appears to be favorable. ... read more

Showalter on his relievers: "They've been a rock for us"

While wondering if I'd really get upset if someone sent me an ice cream sandwich while I was working ... I won't attempt to predict the result of Steve Pearce's MRI this morning, but as long as we don't hear "oblique" or "intercostal," it should be fine. It's been that kind of season for the Orioles. Pearce unexpectedly has emerged as one of the more ... read more

Showalter on Pearce, Davis and a 9-1 victory

The Orioles are thriving at home these days, going 19-6 since June 30 and outscoring opponents 124-72. They're now 21 games above .500, tying their season high, and continue to lead the Yankees by seven games in the American League East. In addition, the Orioles have won 11 of their last 13 series openers. They ran away with this one tonight. The joy was tempered ... read more

Pearce will undergo MRI in morning

The Orioles have scheduled an MRI for first baseman Steve Pearce, who left tonight's game after three innings with a strained right abdominal muscle. Pearce will undergo the MRI at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. "He's been swinging the bat well," said manager Buck Showalter. "Hopefully, we'll get some good news tomorrow and it will be short-term." Pearce apparently has been bothered by some discomfort for ... read more

Pearce leaves game with abdominal injury (Davis hits slam, O's win 9-1)

Infielder Jimmy Paredes is making his Orioles debut tonight, but not as manager Buck Showalter planned it. Paredes has replaced Steve Pearce, who left the game with a strained right abdominal muscle. Paredes was on deck to bat for Pearce as Nick Markakis struck out to end the bottom of the third. He went to third base, with Chris Davis shifting across the diamond. Can ... read more

Game update and Wright's latest no-hit bid

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez hasn't fallen into the trap of laboring in the early innings tonight, keeping the Twins scoreless through the second. Gonzalez threw 12 pitches in the top of the first and stranded Brian Dozier, who singled with one out. He struck out Joe Mauer. The right-hander retired the Twins in order in the second, striking out Oswaldo Arcia. Nelson Cruz struck out ... read more

Notes on Gonzalez, the bullpen, the rotation and more

Miguel Gonzalez has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts heading into tonight's game against the Twins. However, he's picked up only two wins in his last nine outings. Gonzalez has worked into the seventh inning in 13 of his 20 starts. Manager Buck Showalter will take that kind of length tonight, knowing he's got a red-hot bullpen to ... read more

Early notes on rotation, Wieters, Machado and Cruz

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, responding today to his daily question about the rotation, confirmed that Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman remain scheduled to start Sunday and Monday, respectively, against the Twins at Camden Yards. It's not etched in stone, but it's printed on the game notes. Showalter repeated that he's focused on tonight's game. He's left himself some wiggle room if he decides to make ... read more