Not ready to close shop after acquiring a starting pitcher and reliever this month, the Orioles continue to check on available hitters and have talked to the Phillies about Michael Young, according to an industry source.
Young could serve as a right-handed designated hitter and a backup at the corner infield positions.
Young, 36, is batting .278/.344/.404 with 18 doubles, three triples, seven homers and 32 RBIs in 96 games with the Phillies. He’s making $16 million this season, his last before free agency, with the Rangers responsible for $10 million.
The Orioles aren’t looking to add much more payroll. It’s also unknown what the Phillies want in return, but they have a scout here tonight.
Young played for Orioles manager Buck Showalter in Texas, so there’s an obvious connection. I ran Young’s name and the trade talks past Showalter earlier today, but he couldn’t confirm it.
The Boston Globe’s Gordon Edes reported tonight that the Rangers, Red Sox and Orioles are in on Young.
Henry Urrutia is getting another start as the designated hitter tonight, and he’s lined to shortstop and singled to right field, making him 9-for-26 with the Orioles.
J.J. Hardy led off the fifth with a single, making him 3-for-32 against Ryan Dempster. Urrutia and Brian Roberts also singled - Roberts slammed a ball off the out-of-town scoreboard - to reduce Boston’s lead to 4-1.
Nate McLouth struck out and Manny Machado bounced into a 6-4-3 double play. A wasted opportunity.
Scott Feldman allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, with two walks, one strikeout and one home run. He threw 90 pitches, 56 for strikes.
Troy Patton has replaced Feldman in the sixth. The Orioles won’t get their 12th quality start in 14 games.
Tonight’s attendance: 44,765. That’s the sixth sellout at Camden Yards this season.
Update: Stephen Drew has his second career two-homer game, and the Red Sox have a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Nick Markakis slammed into the right field fence while trying to make the catch and stayed on one knee on the warning track while Drew got caught in a rundown between third and home. Drew managed to score, the Red Sox appealed the inside-the-park home run for no apparent reason, and umpires ruled that it was a traditional home run.
Still counts as a two-run shot.
The official scorer here said it was an inside-the-park home run before the review, not a triple.
Update II: The Orioles scored in the bottom of the sixth on singles by Markakis and Chris Davis, and Matt Wieters’ fielder’s choice grounder. But Shane Victorino homered on the first pitch thrown by Jairo Asencio in the top of the seventh to give Boston a 7-2 lead.
Asencio could lose his roster spot when LJ Hoes is recalled.
David Ortiz had a major tantrum after striking out, smashing the dugout phone with his bat to earn an ejection from plate umpire Tim Timmons. He needed to be restrained after coming back onto the field.
A MASN camera showed his meltdown in the dugout. It was epic.
I’ve also smashed a phone with a baseball bat, but it was because Verizon kept me on hold for too long.
Update III: The Orioles reduced the lead to 7-3 in the eighth when Adam Jones scored with two outs on J.J. Hardy’s infield hit. Jones had singled with one out.
Francisco Rodriguez will pitch the ninth for the Orioles and Brian Matusz allowed a hit and struck out a batter in a scoreless eighth.
Update IV: Nate McLouth doubled off former Oriole Koji Uehara in the ninth, but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox.
The Orioles are 4 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the American League East.
Now we’re waiting for an official announcement that LJ Hoes has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.