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Miguel Gonzalez was credited with the win yesterday and Tommy Hunter recorded the save, but Zach Britton garnered lots of attention following the Orioles' 3-0 win over the Rays. His three scoreless innings raised his total to 11 1/3, with only four hits allowed in six outings. His sinker and renewed confidence are the talk of the clubhouse. "He's been phenomenal," Gonzalez said. "I'm happy ... read more

Quick update on Machado

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado ran the bases earlier today in Sarasota and did fine, according to a team official. Machado will be cutting the bases again on Thursday. Assuming there are no setbacks, he will be cleared to begin playing extended spring training games. Manager Buck Showalter estimated that Machado would play two or three games before going on an injury rehab assignment, which ... read more

Britton stays on a roll

Left-hander Zach Britton gave the Orioles three more scoreless innings today, raising his total to 11 1/3 this season and creating more discussion over whether he should be starting. Manager Buck Showalter likes Britton in his current role. He's become quite a weapon out of the bullpen. "The first weapon is he can get right-handed and left-handed hitters out. That's huge for a reliever," Showalter ... read more

Showalter speaks after 3-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter covered a variety of topics in his post-game interview following today's 3-0 win over the Ray. For example: The weather "That's why the whole pine tar thing and about gripping the ball and stuff ... to have as good a breaking ball, it amazes me that guys can throw a breaking ball at all in these type of temperatures. It all ... read more

Hearing from Hunter, Wieters, Gonzalez and Jones

In his first outing today since blowing a save over the weekend against the Blue Jays, Tommy Hunter stranded a runner in the ninth inning and closed out the Orioles' 3-0 win over the Rays. Hunter said the game-tying home run by Toronto's Colby Rasmus wasn't on his mind today. "Still, I feel like I made pitches the other night," he said. "I feel like ... read more

Gonzalez goes five scoreless, Jones soaks up the sun (O's win 3-0)

Miguel Gonzalez didn't have a clean inning today. He also didn't give up a run. Gonzalez allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six over five scoreless innings for the Orioles, who continue to lead the Rays 3-0 at Camden Yards. He came out of the game only because of his pitch count, which stood at 98. That's what happens when the opponent puts ... read more

Game update and more notes (O's lead 2-0)

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, working on six days rest this afternoon and braving a game-time temperature of 39 degrees, has tossed three scoreless innings against the Rays. Gonzalez has stranded a runner in each inning while allowing one hit, walking two and striking out three. He's thrown 63 pitches, 40 for strikes. Nick Markakis has the only hit for the Orioles in three innings, a ... read more

Jones switched to designated hitter

Adam Jones no longer is listed as the Orioles' center fielder today. Manager Buck Showalter switched Jones to designated hitter, put David Lough in center and moved Nelson Cruz to left. Jones ran in the outfield earlier to gauge how much he's recovered from his virus. Jones, of course, wanted to play in center. "I want him to run around and see if he fatigues ... read more

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