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Gentry designated for assignment (plus lineups)

The Orioles have designated veteran outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment and recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk. Another spot was cleared on the 40-man roster, taking it down to 38, with reliever Jhan Mariñez outrighted to Norfolk after clearing waivers. Teams can begin expanding their 25-man rosters on Saturday and the Orioles have created spaces for players who aren’t on the 40-man. Gentry batted

Hardy resumes life without baseball but doesn’t rule out return

J.J. Hardy is bound to lose cell phone reception as he drives on a stretch of Montana highway. He’s headed back to his ranch, where his family has been living for almost two months. The conversation cuts out and returns, which could mimic his playing career. Though he didn’t hook on with a team this season as a free agent, the former Orioles shortstop still

Hays and Wilkerson included on Glendale roster in AFL

Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays and Triple-A Norfolk infielder Steve Wilkerson are the only confirmed Orioles assigned to the Glendale Desert Dogs roster in the Arizona Fall League. The Orioles have four spots saved for pitchers and one for a catcher, who will be announced at a later date. As I wrote yesterday, Bowie catcher Martin Cervenka would have to re-sign as a minor league

Orioles remain quiet as next trade deadline approaches

With the second trade deadline arriving on Friday, the Orioles aren’t poised to make other moves after doing the heavy lifting last month. Players must pass through waivers before a deal can be struck - most of them clear - and Friday marks the last day that they’re eligible for inclusion on a team’s playoff roster. Everything can change with a single phone call or

Orioles complete first three-game sweep of 2018 (with quotes)

The Orioles had their hottest pitcher on the mound tonight and a chance to secure their first three-game sweep of the season. The opponent was sending out a rookie with only 12 starts in the majors and much better splits at home than on the road. What could go wrong? Stars that are aligned can scatter like a kindergarten class. But they also can be

Trumbo chooses knee surgery (plus other notes, O’s lead 7-5)

The latest examination of Mark Trumbo’s right knee today brought the same recommendation for surgery, which the veteran will undergo while ending his 2018 season. The Orioles passed along the information this afternoon, saying that Trumbo will decide on a date and location for the procedure within the next few days. Trumbo flew out to Northern California for the latest consultation. He was shut down

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Rookie Cedric Mullins is out of the lineup for the third time in four games as the Orioles attempt to complete their sweep of the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Jonathan Villar remains in the leadoff spot and John Andreoli is playing center field. Craig Gentry remains in left field after collecting three hits last night, including his first home run. Trey Mancini is the

Orioles announce 2019 spring training schedule

The Orioles will open and close their 2019 exhibition schedule with home games at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota. The first Grapefruit League game in spring training will be played on Feb. 23 against the Twins. The Orioles finish up against the Mets on March 25. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13, with the full squad required to be at the complex

Orioles monitoring pitching innings

While the Orioles set their September roster by deciding on the number of call-ups, they also will continue to chart the innings accumulated by various pitchers while determining which ones eventually will be shut down to eliminate any risk of injury or fatigue. Manager Buck Showalter stated yesterday that no one in the current rotation besides Josh Rogers, who made his major league debut last

Josh Rogers wins major league debut, O’s win series (updated)

The Orioles assigned Josh Rogers one of the lockers closest to the entrance that allows the media inside, and he already was planted in his seat today at 3:10 p.m. as the door swung open. He made eye contact with a reporter and began to rise before realizing that there wouldn’t be an introduction. Never talk to the pitcher on the day that he’s starting.

Showalter on Mullins, Rogers and more (O’s lead 9-4)

The Orioles are withholding Cedric Mullins from tonight’s lineup as a precaution after the rookie complained of soreness in his hip that led to his benching Sunday night. Manager Buck Showalter said Mullins is available tonight. John Andreoli gets the start in center field, his first since joining the Orioles. “He’s OK, he’s available,” Showalter said of Mullins. “Just, we want to get a look

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Left-hander Josh Rogers had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk and gets tonight’s start against the Blue Jays, becoming the 53rd player used by the Orioles this season and the 12th to make his major league debut. The club record is 14, in 1955. The Orioles placed Tides catcher Andrew Susac on the restricted list to create room for Rogers on the 40-man roster. Susac

Orioles announce two international signings

The Orioles announced two more international signings today following yesterday’s trade of bonus slots to the Phillies. They’re working both sides of the international street. The club has agreed to terms with Dominican infielder Moises Ramirez, 16, and right-hander Carlos del Rosario, 19, to bring the number of their confirmed signings to three players. “Today’s signings are part of a coordinated plan for the Orioles

Morning leftovers on Akin, Núñez and Maríñez

The Orioles will announce their minor league award winners next month, and the top pitcher, while expected to be Double-A Bowie left-hander Keegan Akin based on his run toward the Eastern League’s “Triple Crown,” won’t be an easy choice. That’s tremendously good news for an organization that absolutely must develop its own pitching, especially through the rebuilding process. Stock the rotation with homegrown arms or

Orioles option Carroll and announce Rogers as Tuesday starter

The Orioles have optioned reliever Cody Carroll to Triple-A Norfolk and announced that left-hander Josh Rogers, as reported earlier today, will make his major league debut by starting Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. Rogers arrived in Baltimore tonight and will be the first left-hander to start for the club this season. The roster moves are a swap of players obtained from the Yankees for

Hess duplicates success, Mancini has five RBIs in 7-0 win

One way for the Orioles to learn more about David Hess tonight was to observe whether the Blue Jays figured out the rookie starter. Hess was facing the Jays for the third time this season, but in back-to-back outings following last week’s series at Rogers Centre. Can’t sneak up on a team under these circumstances. Familiarity didn’t breed a beating for Hess, who tossed six

Showalter on Mullins, Mancini, trade deadline and more (O’s up 7-0)

The Orioles were able to get Cedric Mullins back into their lineup tonight for the series opener against the Blue Jays. However, manager Buck Showalter can’t be certain that Mullins’ hip flexor won’t become an issue again. Roll out the rookie and keep a close eye on him. There’s only the assumption right now that Mullins is healthy again. “You’re familiarizing yourself with players,” Showalter

Rogers coming up, O’s acquire Zoellner, Maríñez stays on DL

The Orioles are prepared to select left-hander Josh Rogers’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk and give him Tuesday night’s start against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. A corresponding 40-man roster move is coming to accommodate Rogers, 24, who’s 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in five starts with the Tides over 30 1/3 innings. He’s allowed seven earned runs (nine total) and 26

Mullins leading off tonight for Orioles

Rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after missing last night’s game with a hip flexor. The Orioles open their three-game series against the Blue Jays with Chris Davis batting cleanup, Trey Mancini the designated hitter and Jace Peterson in left field. Rookie David Hess also faced the Blue Jays in his most recent start at Rogers Centre and held them

Orioles renovating their fall instructional league

The Orioles are in the late stages of deciding which players will represent them with the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. The only confirmation from the AFL is that minor league infield coordinator Dave Anderson will serve as manager. The Orioles brought him back to the organization in December 2015 after he left to manage Triple-A Salt Lake for one season. Outfielder

O’s swept in four-game series for fifth time in 2018 (with quotes)

The velocity was up a tick tonight and the first inning didn’t provide any real challenges for Dylan Bundy. Optimism began to spread over a club waiting for him to again resemble a young starter on the verge of ace-dom. Luke Voit hit a two-out, two-run homer in the second on a 93 mph heater that stayed over the middle of the plate. The old

Roster expansion and Showalter expanding on rebuild (O’s down 5-3)

The Orioles can expand their roster in less than a week and names continue to be discussed inside the warehouse and manager’s office. Manager Buck Showalter said they’re not necessarily close to solidifying the choices and he’s checking on Triple-A Norfolk’s bid for a wild card spot in the International League playoffs. “We haven’t really gotten there yet,” he said. “It’s a few days away.

Mullins out of lineup with hip flexor

Orioles rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins is out of tonight’s lineup with a sore hip, removing him from the national stage for the ESPN broadcast. Manager Buck Showalter termed the injury as a “hip flexor” and wouldn’t comment whether Mullins could play later tonight, but he’s likely day-to-day with the earliest return possible Monday night against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Mullins might have

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Rookie Cedric Mullins is on the bench tonight as the Orioles try to prevent the Yankees from sweeping them in a four-game series for the first time at Camden Yards since 2003. Jonathan Villar is leading off and Craig Gentry is batting second and playing center field. Adam Jones and Tim Beckham return to the lineup after sitting out Game 2 last night. Jace Peterson

Bundy gets another chance to shake slump

The curious case of Dylan Bundy gets reexamined today as he readies for his latest start to close out the four-game series against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Bundy went 3-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 0.988 WHIP in four June starts. Opponents batted .186/.255/.289. He surrendered only two home runs compared to 13 in his six May outings. Bundy found his stride and built

Mariñez rejoining O’s, Yankees complete sweep (with quotes)

The Orioles are prepared to activate right-hander Jhan Mariñez from the disabled list Sunday as a fresh bullpen arm for their series finale against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Mariñez was on the DL retroactive to Aug. 3 with a strained right hamstring. He’s been pitching at Triple-A Norfolk, working a scoreless inning Friday night against Durham. Mariñez has registered a 2.72 ERA and 1.36

Jones and Beckham rested in Game 2 (O’s trail 4-0)

The Orioles lineup for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader doesn’t include Adam Jones and Tim Beckham. Craig Gentry is in right field and Jonathan Villar moves over to shortstop. Jace Peterson gets the start at second base. Trey Mancini is playing first base while Chris Davis serves as the designated hitter and bats cleanup. John Andreoli remains in left field and Renato Núñez stays at

Orioles drop Game 1 of doubleheader for 92nd loss (with quotes)

The Orioles were sorting through their pitching options and making arrangements to have a fresh arm ready today in case they needed to adjust their bullpen between games of their doubleheader against the Yankees. Jimmy Yacabonis gave them 3 1/3 innings in the opener, which is why a contingency plan is necessary. The Orioles briefly held a lead that the Yankees ripped from their grasp,

Pregame notes on Yacabonis, Wynns and Araujo (O’s down 9-2)

Jimmy Yacabonis seems to be enjoying his new role as starter and his designation as 26th man for doubleheaders. Yacabonis drove to Camden Yards yesterday, leaving behind his 3.93 ERA, 1.16 WHIP in .208 average-against in 20 starts with Triple-A Norfolk. “He embraces it and he loves it compared to the alternative,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He knows what his role is and what he’s

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Jimmy Yacabonis has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk as today’s 26th man and is starting Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Yankees. Yacabonis is making his third appearance and second start against the Yankees this season. He allowed three runs and walked two batters in one relief inning in his season debut on April 7 and permitted three runs and six hits in five

Kirby and Showalter share messages behind “thank you” patches

Hall of Famer Eddie Murray participated in the Players’ Weekend last night by appearing at Camden Yards, which should be a more common occurrence with his new role as special advisor, and holding up a bright orange jersey when shown on the video board with “Steady Eddie” across the back. The fans ate it up, of course. First base coach Wayne Kirby chose Murray’s name

Carroll surrenders two homers in 10th in 7-5 loss (updated)

The Orioles are intent on becoming a faster, more athletic team as they move through the rebuilding process. Less reliant on the longball and better equipped to manufacture runs. It can’t happen overnight, but manager Buck Showalter has the freedom to sprinkle speed into his lineups. Rookie Cedric Mullins led off again tonight, with Jonathan Villar batting second and John Andreoli hitting eighth. “Andreoli looks

Showalter expects nice ovation for Britton (tied 4-4)

Tonight’s series opener against the Yankees provides reliever Zach Britton with a chance to visit friends and former teammates and at some point over the weekend receive an ovation from appreciative Orioles fans who didn’t get the chance to honor him prior to the July 24 trade. Britton showed up at Camden Yards around 2:30 p.m. today and made his first walk to the visiting

Trumbo leaning toward surgery on right knee

Mark Trumbo hasn’t made a final decision on whether to undergo surgery on his right knee. However, he’s likely to have it done following another appointment next week. Trumbo is flying to Northern California for his latest examination on Wednesday. He’s already undergone an MRI and received opinions for Dr. James Andrews and team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leigh Ann Curl. “I don’t have anything totally

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

John Andreoli starts in left field tonight and Chris Davis is at first base for the Orioles’ series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini is batting fourth as the designated hitter. Davis is batting fifth. Austin Wynns is catching Alex Cobb. Cobb will try to notch his sixth quality start in a row. He held the Yankees to one run and struck

Waiting on Trumbo decision and Britton’s return

Before the first pitch is thrown tonight to open a four-game series against the Yankees, it’s possible that the Orioles finally know whether Mark Trumbo has opted for surgery on his sore right knee or will try rehabbing it and perhaps extend his season. Trumbo flew back to Baltimore after Sunday’s game instead of accompanying the team to Toronto. He’s on the 10-day disabled list

Thoughts on yesterday’s game, Castro, Andreoli, Núñez, Davis and more

How many pieces of a season can fit into a nutshell? The Orioles put runners on second and third base yesterday with no outs in the top of the seventh inning of a scoreless tie in Toronto and came up empty. Two ground balls and a pop up. Couldn’t get the ball out of the infield. David Hess, cruising along with a one-hitter, served up

No structural damage in Hunter Harvey’s elbow

The Orioles received good news today on pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who was shut down again yesterday from his throwing program. The discomfort in Harvey’s right elbow is due to a mild case of tendinitis, according to an industry source. Harvey had been cleared on Aug. 6 to resume flat-ground throwing after experiencing some stiffness in his right forearm that removed him from the mound.

Orioles open 2019 season on March 28 at Yankee Stadium

The Orioles will begin their 2019 season on the road, visiting two cities before playing the Yankees in the home opener on April 4. It’s never too early to look ahead, especially with the current season such a disappointment. Major League Baseball just released the schedule, which includes the first Orioles game on March 28 at Yankee Stadium. The series resumes on the 30th after

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is out of the lineup today in Toronto after striking out four times last night. Davis has fanned 33 times in 66 at-bats over his last 18 games. Trey Mancini is at first base and John Andreoli is the designated hitter as the Orioles try to avoid the sweep and finally win a game at Rogers Centre. They’ve gone 0-9

The impact of losing Harvey and Sedlock

The following is in no way intended to bash two young pitching prospects - as opposed to the old and crotchety prospects - or blame them for issues out of their control or dump a historically bad season squarely in their laps. It’s simply a statement of fact: Hunter Harvey and Cody Sedlock have really hurt the Orioles. To be more precise, their absences while

Wilkerson update and lineups

The Orioles activated infielder Steve Wilkerson from his injury rehab assignment this afternoon and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. New outfielder John Andreoli gets his first start with the Orioles tonight and becomes the 52nd player they’ve used in 2018. He’s in left field. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter with Mark Trumbo on the disabled list. Cedric Mullins continues to lead off and Adam

This, that and the other

Announcements on the Orioles’ international signings should be trickling out now that they revealed their agreement yesterday with 16-year-old switch-hitting outfielder Isaac Bellony of the Dominican Republic for $220,000. That’s one. There are believed to be at least eight others, from what I’ve been told, including 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Moises Ramirez for $225,000, as reported by Baseball America (and confirmed here) but still not announced

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (updated)

The Orioles will try to win their first game at Rogers Centre in 2018 as they continue their road trip in Toronto. The Blue Jays swept a four-game series in June, winning twice in 10 innings, and a three-game series in July after the All-Star break. They won again in the 10th inning in the opener. Andrew Cashner is 0-1 in three starts against the

The roster move, bullpen notes and utility talk

CLEVELAND - The Orioles will be making another roster move later today in Toronto with outfielder Adam Jones coming off the bereavement list, Mark Trumbo headed to the disabled list with inflammation in his right knee and Joey Rickard optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Outfielder John Andreoli, claimed off waivers Saturday from the Mariners, will be Trumbo’s replacement and become the latest player to make his

Rickard optioned to Norfolk (updated)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles threw a curveball more than four hours after their game ended. Joey Rickard has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, which creates an opening on the 25-man roster for Adam Jones’ return from the bereavement list. Jones is supposed to join the team later tonight in Toronto. The surprising element involves Mark Trumbo, who is expected to be placed on the disabled

Trumbo appears headed to disabled list

CLEVELAND - The Orioles apparently will be able to make room for Adam Jones on the 25-man roster without optioning or designating a player. Mark Trumbo will return to Baltimore tonight rather than accompany the team to Toronto. The pain in his right knee has intensified again and he’s expected to undergo an MRI and be placed on the 10-day disabled list. Team orthopedist Dr.

Ramírez rocked in 8-0 loss

CLEVELAND - The Orioles will keep giving Yefry Ramírez starts, and the rookie will continue to be limited as long as he can’t harness his pitch count. Twenty-six pitches in the first inning, 44 through the second and 66 though the third. The Indians already had collected four hits and three walks, and Ramírez hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Ramírez faced 17

Notes on Beckham, Villar, Jones and Wynns (O’s down 8-0)

CLEVELAND - Tim Beckham is getting a rest day, nothing related to a health issue, which also allows the Orioles to take another look at Jonathan Villar at shortstop. “He’s fine,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s just been playing a lot. Get some different looks, moving people around. You’ll see some more of that before the year’s over, especially when we do the September call-ups.

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop today for the series finale against the Indians at Progressive Field. The Orioles’ bench includes Tim Beckham, who gets the day off. Trey Mancini is batting second behind Cedric Mullins. Craig Gentry gets another start in right field. Jace Peterson is playing second base. Mullins is 10-for-28 (.357) since the Orioles selected his contract from Triple-A Norfolk, and

Leftovers for breakfast

CLEVELAND - If we’re warned not to be fooled by spring training and September numbers, what about August performances in a rebuild? Jonathan Villar has looked pretty good in the field since coming over from the Brewers, and he can run and steal bases. I separate the two because other players - Felix Pie and David Lough come to mind - have been fast and

Wrapping up a 4-2 win and Cobb’s complete game

CLEVELAND - Alex Cobb had no idea about his pitch count today as he sat in the dugout after the seventh inning. He only knew that it felt light. Pitching coach Roger McDowell checked on him. Cobb said he was good and asked for the total more out of curiosity than any signs that his day was ending. Barreling toward his fourth career complete game,

Villar and Mullins homer, Cobb tosses complete game

CLEVELAND - Cedric Mullins has heard in the past that he’s the prototypical leadoff hitter, probably because there aren’t prototypical cleanup hitters who are measured at 5-foot-8. It’s more than his size, however, as Mullins demonstrated this afternoon while pushing a bunt past the mound in the third inning. Austin Wynns drew a one-out walk against Indians rookie Adam Plutko and Mullins reached on his

Showalter on Thome: “I could talk about him for hours” (O’s up 4-2)

CLEVELAND - The addition of outfielder John Andreoli earlier today on a waiver claim has filled the Orioles’ 40-man roster. They optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. Andreoli’s father, also named John, played linebacker for the NFL’s New England Patriots and USFL’s Boston Breakers in the 1980s. The younger Andreoli is cousins with former major league pitcher Daniel Bard. Today’s game will begin after the Indians

Orioles claim John Andreoli off waivers

CLEVELAND - The Orioles have claimed outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from the Mariners today and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. The announcement came during batting practice before today’s game against the Indians at Progressive Field. The Mariners designated Andreoli, 28, for assignment on Friday after he batted .287/.397/.401 with 18 doubles, five triples, three home runs, 36 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 89

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - Cedric Mullins is back in the leadoff spot for this afternoon’s Orioles game against the Indians. Craig Gentry is playing right field and hitting eighth, while Austin Wynns is catching and batting ninth. Indians rookie right-hander Adam Plutko is making his seventh major league start and 12th appearance. He’s never faced the Orioles. Left-handers are batting .313/.385/.638 against him during his brief career.

Cobb on 3-15 record: “It’s just ugly, it’s just bad”

CLEVELAND - The losses hurt like line drives hit up the middle. And Alex Cobb just can’t seem to avoid them. A pitcher’s record doesn’t provide the most accurate read on a season. The Mariners’ Felix Hernandez was voted the American League Cy Young Award in 2010 and he was one game above .500. One of Kevin Gausman’s parting gifts earlier this summer was a

Orioles move 50 games below .500 with 2-1 loss (updated)

CLEVELAND - The Orioles are starting two rookies in their weekend series against the Indians, who continue to lead the American League Central by a wide margin and ran their winning streak to six games tonight. David Hess took the mound for the opener and Yefry Ramírez closes out the series on Sunday afternoon. There will be moments that encourage and reminders that the jump

Mullins meets Lofton, Gentry and Meisinger return (O’s down 2-1)

CLEVELAND - Though the timing is coincidental, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Cedric Mullins will bat leadoff in the majors for the first time tonight after meeting Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton, who’s in town for Saturday’s ceremony honoring Hall of Famer Jim Thome. Mullins is slotted first in the lineup against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco. He’s batted seventh, eighth and ninth since the Orioles

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

CLEVELAND - Trey Mancini moves up to third in the order tonight and Cedric Mullins is leading off as the Orioles begin their three-game series at Progressive Field, where a light rain is falling and the tarp’s on the field. Mancini has hit safely in 17 of 24 games since the All-Star Break and posted a .309 average (29-for-94) with four doubles, five home runs

Meisinger replacing Phillips in Orioles bullpen

CLEVELAND - The Orioles are recalling Ryan Meisinger from Triple-A Norfolk and putting him in the bullpen for tonight’s series opener against the Indians at Progressive Field. Meisinger worked a scoreless inning last night at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, throwing 20 pitches, allowing two hits and striking out two batters. The Orioles had an opening on their 25-man roster after optioning reliever Evan Phillips to Norfolk following Wednesday

More on Gentry rejoining O’s, tonight’s game, Kline’s candidacy

The Orioles begin their three-game series in Cleveland tonight with Craig Gentry replacing Adam Jones on the 25-man roster while the latter goes on the bereavement list. Gentry is out of minor league options, however, which brings uncertainty to the length of his stay. Jones will miss the entire series because he’s required to be gone for a minimum of three days. He’ll rejoin the

Orioles deciding on reliever to fill out 25-man roster (updated)

The Orioles will do a little more tweaking with their 25-man roster before Friday night’s series opener in Cleveland. They need another reliever after optioning Evan Phillips following Wednesday night’s 16-5 loss to the Mets. There isn’t an obvious choice, especially with left-hander Donnie Hart ineligible after the Orioles optioned him on Saturday. He’d have to replace an injured player to return in fewer than

Hitting a few Orioles topics on an off-day

A few random questions and thoughts as the Orioles enjoy another off-day before beginning a three-game series in Cleveland: * Is Joey Rickard’s stock on the rise? He’s making it hard for the Orioles to put him back on the Triple-A shuttle, collecting six hits in 20 at-bats this month - he was robbed of a hit to end last night’s game - with a

Orioles option Phillips, wrapping up 16-5 loss

The Orioles are making another adjustment to their beleaguered bullpen. Right-hander Evan Phillips has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk and a corresponding move will be announced before Friday night’s series opener in Cleveland. Phillips faced four batters tonight without recording an out. He let two inherited runners score in the sixth inning after replacing Tanner Scott, walked two batters and served up a grand slam

Bundy and bullpen with bad nights in 16-5 loss

The Orioles’ Dylan Bundy and the Mets’ Zack Wheeler were the starters in a June 6 game at Citi Field and posted almost identical lines. Three hits and five strikeouts over seven scoreless innings. They met again tonight at Camden Yards and both right-handers allowed leadoff singles in the first inning on the eighth pitch of the at-bat. There had to be a separator or

Notes on Valencia, Wynns, Sisco and more (O’s down 14-5)

The news is light this afternoon at Camden Yards. I reported earlier that the Orioles released infielder Danny Valencia from his contract. He becomes a free agent. A team will sign Valencia now that he won’t require any sort of compensation in return. “I’d be surprised if they don’t,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I’m sure there will be some interest now that that’s kind of

Orioles lineup vs. Mets

Rookie Austin Wynns is behind the plate tonight and Renato Núñez continues to bat second as the Orioles close out their two-game series against the Mets, as well as their latest homestand. Wynns has thrown out five of 12 runners attempting to steal. He also has five hits in 14 at-bats this month. Cedric Mullins is batting eighth tonight. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter.

Orioles release Danny Valencia

Unable to find a trade partner, the Orioles have released infielder Danny Valencia from his contract and he’s free to sign with another team. Executive vice president Dan Duquette was trying to work out a deal for Valencia, 33, but couldn’t make it happen. Valencia was designated for assignment on Friday to create a roster spot for center fielder Cedric Mullins. He batted .263/.316/.408 with

Trumbo plays through pain in right knee

The right knee soreness that kept Mark Trumbo out of the lineup for back-to-back games and led to him receive an injection has been an issue since late May and has required various treatments. It might slow him around the bases, but his bat seems to be fine. Trumbo posted a .388 average during a 12-game hitting streak that tied his career high. He has

Cashner offers more quality, Davis breaks tie in 6-3 win (with quotes)

Andrew Cashner has been sneaky good. It’s easy to get overlooked on a team with 84 losses and the worst record in baseball, but Cashner posted his sixth quality start tonight in his past nine outings. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts and three or fewer in 10 of 12, including the rain game in D.C. that

Notes on Trumbo, Jones, rotation, rehabs and Davis (O’s lead 6-2)

Mark Trumbo received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right knee yesterday and made it into tonight’s lineup against the Mets at Camden Yards. The knee has bothered Trumbo for most of the season, but his 17 home runs are tied with Trey Mancini for the team lead among players who weren’t traded last month. “Feels better today like we thought it would and he’s

Orioles lineup vs. Mets

Andrew Cashner makes his 23rd start of the season tonight as the Orioles begin a two-game series against the Mets at Camden Yards. Cashner has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last six starts and three or fewer in nine of 11. He’s facing the Mets for the 10th time in his career, making only his fifth start. He’s 0-3 with

Duquette on Jones: “I respect the right that the player earned”

While Adam Jones continues his transition to playing right field for the Orioles, executive vice president Dan Duquette denies that the organization carries a feeling of animosity toward the five-time All-Star over his refusal to approve a trade. Jones stated in a podcast earlier this month, co-hosted by Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, that he sensed it based on Duquette’s remarks following a July 29 trade

Leftovers for breakfast

Cedric Mullins is aware of the comparisons to Al Bumbry. Manager Buck Showalter referred to Bumbry as the first “comp” that came to mind after watching Mullins. It’s out there. It led me to wonder whether Mullins heard of the former Orioles center fielder. Bumbry is 71, Mullins 23. Bumbry was chosen as the American League’s Rookie of the Year in 1973. Mullins was born

Trumbo sidelined with sore right knee

Mark Trumbo is out of the Orioles lineup for the second consecutive game due to a sore right knee that might require an anti-inflammatory injection. Trumbo pinch-hit last night in Game 2 of the doubleheader and drew a walk in the eighth inning. Catcher Austin Wynns pinch-ran for him. He struck out three times in the opener. “Mark’s knee’s barking on him a little bit,”

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Joey Rickard stays in left field and bats leadoff today as the Orioles try to avoid a four-game sweep in their series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter, batting fourth, and Cedric Mullins moves back down to ninth in the order. Mark Trumbo is out of the lineup. Tim Beckham returns to shortstop after sitting out Game 2

Cobb vs. Sale in series finale

The Orioles close out their four-game series against the Red Sox today by sending their hottest pitcher to the mound. Alex Cobb has gotten on a nice roll and it seems like no one is noticing. Fourteen losses have a way of sticking to a guy like no-pest strips. Cobb has strung together three consecutive quality starts with five earned runs allowed in 19 innings,

Orioles’ bullpen falters again in Game 2 loss (with quotes)

The Orioles can’t win their division. They can’t finish above .500. They can’t seem to avoid weather-related delays. They can’t slow down the Red Sox. There’s always the task of avoiding a four-game sweep at home before jumping into the arms of another off-day. Yefry Ramírez followed his shortest career start last weekend in Texas with one of his finest tonight in Game 2 of

Orioles and Red Sox lineups and notes (tied 3-3)

Jace Peterson is starting at second base and Jonathan Villar has moved over to shortstop for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. Villar is batting second behind Peterson. Manager Buck Showalter has made a few other tweaks to his lineup, including Trey Mancini starting at first base and Chris Davis serving as the designated hitter. Mancini is batting cleanup ahead of Davis,

Orioles suffer shutout for 10th time in 5-0 loss in Game 1 (updated)

Because baseball tends to repel any form of logic, Jimmy Yacabonis joined the Orioles today as the 26th man and starter in Game 1 of a doubleheader after back-to-back duds with Triple-A Norfolk and plowed through a Red Sox lineup through four innings as if it were made of straw. Because baseball also can be incredibly fickle and elite teams have a tendency to counterpunch

Orioles option Hart to make room for Gilmartin (O’s down 4-0)

The Orioles optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk today to make roster room for southpaw reliever Sean Gilmartin, the former first-round pick whose contract was selected from the Tides. Gilmartin joins Tanner Scott and Paul Fry as lefties in an eight-man bullpen. Hart has registered a 5.79 ERA and 2.286 WHIP in 15 appearances this season. He’s allowed nine earned runs (10 total) and

Orioles selecting Gilmartin’s contract

The Orioles are selecting the contract of left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s going to be in the bullpen for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Red Sox. The corresponding move could involve left-hander Donnie Hart, who last night allowed three inherited runners and three of his own to score in only one-third of an inning. He’s been recalled eight times this

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Red Sox

The Orioles recalled Jimmy Yacabonis this morning as the 26th man for their doubleheader and he’s starting Game 1. Yacabonis faced the Red Sox twice last year in relief and allowed one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Cedric Mullins remains in center field and is batting eighth ahead of catcher Austin Wynns. Adam Jones continues to play right field. Mark Trumbo has

Bumbry on Mullins: “He can run, he can field, he can throw”

The two biggest foolers in baseball tend to be spring training and September stats. What you see isn’t necessarily what you get outside the confines of a small sample size. Manager Buck Showalter has issued the warning on multiple occasions. Not to keep picking on Jake Fox, but he was Babe Ruth in exhibition games. The media created an imaginary award in his honor. The

Mullins’ debut a bright spot in 19-12 loss (with quotes)

As the Orioles ran onto the field tonight for the anthem at Camden Yards, Adam Jones found his mark and stood next to Trey Mancini with his back to the infield. Cedric Mullins trailed them, despite Jones’ urging that he leave the dugout first, and stepped in between, finding his niche as the new center fielder. He wasn’t too bad as the No. 9 hitter.

More on Mullins’ arrival and outfield plans (O’s down 14-10)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects to keep rookie Cedric Mullins in center field and Adam Jones in right beyond tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Showalter won’t go back and forth unless circumstances force him to adjust the plan. “Adam will play right and Cedric will play center,” Showalter said. “That’s the way I perceive it. Something happens with Cedric, we’ll

Mullins in center field tonight, Jones in right

Cedric Mullins is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight to make his major league debut, and he’s starting in center field. Adam Jones is shifting to right field for the series opener against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Mullins said they’ve been in constant contact and Jones is supportive of the change. Mullins is batting ninth. Jonathan Villar is leading off. Jones sent out a

Cedric Mullins summoned to Camden Yards (updated)

Outfielder Cedric Mullins is at Camden Yards today and the Orioles are expected to select his contract from Triple-A Norfolk in a roster move that’s been anticipated for much of the summer. Mullins has missed the last three games with Triple-A Norfolk due to an illness. He’s batting a combined .288/.346/.465 in 108 games with Double-A Bowie (49) and Norfolk (59). The Orioles promoted Mullins

Chris Davis on struggles, false theories and whether he’d quit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis walked up the left field line at Tropicana Field before batting practice this week, found a box seat in the second row and joked about becoming the guy whose name was etched in a tiny gold plate. If only it were that simple for Davis to escape his own skin. He isn’t looking for pity, which rarely comes to

Rickard makes another statement but Rays get last word (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - While the buzz continues surrounding Triple-A center fielder Cedric Mullins and his anticipated arrival in Baltimore, perhaps on the upcoming homestand, maybe as early as the weekend, Joey Rickard is fighting to hold onto his roster spot. He’s gotten used to it, his minor league options always placing him on the bubble. But give him more games against the Rays and

Notes on Jones, Roberts, rotation and more (O’s down 5-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the usual reason at Tropicana Field or Rogers Centre in Toronto. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to get Jones off the artificial surface and allow him to rest his legs. It’s become a common practice. “We kind of talked about that long before we came in here,” Showalter said. “We talked about

Orioles break out nicknames for “Players’ Weekend”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Major League Baseball is holding another “Players’ Weekend” on Aug. 24-26, and one of the perks is the unveiling of more nicknames that will appear on the backs of game jerseys. The Orioles made so many trades last month, fans need a program to learn the real names. But they can take a break and maybe learn a little more about

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles conclude their road trip tonight with Adam Jones out of the lineup. Joey Rickard is playing center field and batting eighth. Jace Peterson is leading off and playing right field. Jonathan Villar moves down to third in the order. Austin Wynns is catching. David Hess gets another chance to solidify a spot in the rotation. His ERA is up

Leftovers for breakfast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Whatever plans the Orioles made or at least discussed to select outfielder Cedric Mullins’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk remain on hold as long as he’s unable to play due to a stomach virus. Mullins was kept home last night and missed the Tides’ 1-0 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Harbor Park. Meanwhile, Adam Jones started in center field as usual and homered

Wrapping up a 5-4 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson will show up at Tropicana Field on Thursday and slip into his uniform and his second role with the club. As the infield instructor, he’s going to want answers. Review the tape from tonight’s game and figure out who’s responsible for the various breakdowns and how they can be prevented in the future. The Orioles

Orioles overcome defensive breakdowns to rally past Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A couple of the Orioles’ relievers ditched the bullpen bench after the bottom of the sixth inning tonight and began to get loose. No throwing was involved with Andrew Cashner at 83 pitches and cruising, but arms began to flap and rotate. Hamstrings were stretched. A one-run lead might be passed along and there are no longer the predictable choices awaiting

Showalter on Gentry, Davis on throwing error (tied 3-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The news was light again today as manager Buck Showalter sat in the visiting dugout at Tropicana Field for his pregame media session. Three of the four starters have been confirmed for the Red Sox series at Camden Yards. Dylan Bundy takes the mound in Friday night’s opener, Yefry Ramírez starts one of the doubleheader games on Saturday and Alex Cobb

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jonathan Villar leads off again tonight as the Orioles try to even the series with the Rays. Danny Valencia makes another start in right field Andrew Cashner is making his third start against the Rays this season. He allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings at Tropicana Field, and two runs and five hits in six innings at Camden

Notes on Givens, Jones, Cobb and opposing starters

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles couldn’t carry a lead into the ninth inning last night and suffered their seventh walk-off loss of the season, their highest amount since totaling eight in 2014. There was no save situation after two unearned runs in the eighth tied the game. Mychal Givens didn’t warm up and we’ll never know whether he would have been used with a

Rays rally past Orioles 4-3 on Adames’ walk-off home run (with quotes)

ST. PETERSON, Fla. - Tim Beckham made a detour into the Rays’ clubhouse this afternoon, visiting with old friends and teammates before heading back over to the other side. He didn’t get lost, just a bit nostalgic. Alex Cobb started for the Orioles and didn’t do as much socializing, but tonight’s game also represented a “domecoming” for Cobb, who spent his first seven major league

Showalter provides pitching and injury updates (tied 3-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles rookie David Hess will start Thursday night’s series finale against the Rays. Dylan Bundy is pushed back to Friday night against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. “I don’t want David to get too far away from being out there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Also, I didn’t want to necessarily have those three young guys lined up in a row,

Araujo remains shut down with elbow injury

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - An Orioles’ trip to The Trop enables rehabbing players to make the drive from the Ed Smith Stadium complex, rejoin the club and be evaluated by the medical staff. Infielder Steve Wilkerson, on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is feeling much better and could begin an injury rehab assignment on Thursday. Meanwhile, Rule 5 pick Pedro Araujo is

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jonathan Villar is leading off tonight for the Orioles, who open a three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field, and Chris Davis returns to the lineup after sitting out the last two games in Texas. Jace Peterson is in right field. Mark Trumbo is batting fourth as the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching. The Orioles are leading the American

This, that and the other

No one can judge a trade after only four games and no one is ready to anoint Jonathan Villar as an ideal successor to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles don’t know whether he’s starting at the position for the remainder of the season and into 2019 and whether he’s the top choice to bat leadoff based on his ability to swipe bags. But the

Now that you mention it ...

A few random questions as the Orioles reach another off-day on their schedule: What will the Orioles do in free agency this winter while committing to a rebuild? They could stay away from it and focus on trading a few more veterans in exchange for younger players or more international signing bonus slots. Perhaps check whether there’s a market for Mark Trumbo as he enters

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Adam Jones and Chris Davis are both out of the starting lineup today as the Orioles try to avoid a four-game sweep in Texas. Joey Rickard takes Jones’ customary position in center field. Trey Mancini is playing first base again today. Jace Peterson is leading off and starts in left field. Jonathan Villar, who has been batting in the leadoff slot since he came over

More on international intentions and today’s game

Armed with more than $8 million in international signing bonus slots, the Orioles are poised to dive head-first into a market where they previously wouldn’t dip a toe. They’ve already secured six players who have gone through the process of having medicals reviewed, including 16-year-old Dominican shortstop Moises Ramirez. An announcement is expected early next week and will involve prospects from the Dominican and Curaçao,

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Trey Mancini is starting at first base tonight as the Orioles attempt to win a game in Texas. Joey Rickard is in left field against Rangers left-hander Mike Minor. Danny Valencia is in right field and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching Dylan Bundy. Bundy is making his fifth career appearance tonight and third start against the Rangers. He’s allowed only

Updating Hunter Harvey’s throwing progression

Double-A Bowie pitcher Hunter Harvey will resume his throwing program on Monday in Sarasota after being shut down due to some stiffness in his right forearm. Harvey, 23, has recovered from an injury to his right shoulder that he sustained while trying to avoid a line drive headed for the Baysox’s dugout back in late May. Harvey was leaning on the railing, jumped back and

Checking back with scouts on recent acquisitions

Multiple scouts who have chimed in on the Orioles’ return for their July trades use the term “up and down guys,” labeled for their lower ceilings but usefulness on a major league club. Guys who may be riding the Triple-A shuttle but can serve a purpose. Reliever Evan Phillips joined the club yesterday in Texas while the Orioles placed Jhan Mariñez on the disabled list

Orioles recall Evan Phillips

The Orioles are ready to debut another player for the 2018 season. Reliever Jhan Mariñez was placed on the 10-day disabled list today with a strained right hamstring and the Orioles recalled right-hander Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk. Phillips will wear No. 58. The Orioles acquired Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnación, catcher Brett Cumberland and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann - along with $2.5 million in international

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Jonathan Villar is batting leadoff again tonight after collecting two hits in his Orioles debut. Tim Beckham is again slotted second in the order. Renato Núñez is at third base, Jace Peterson is in right field and Caleb Joseph is catching. David Hess is back in the rotation as Kevin Gausman’s replacement and makes his first start since June 29. He pitched twice in relief

Villar given leadoff spot, Duquette on series of moves

As the Orioles rid themselves of veterans and salary while beginning their rebuild, they’re also making adjustments to a lineup that’s been lacking a true leadoff hitter. Jonathan Villar, part of the package obtained earlier this week from the Brewers for second baseman Jonathan Schoop, owned a career .324 on-base percentage before last night’s game against the Rangers. In the Orioles organization, that’s a step

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Infielder Jonathan Villar has joined the Orioles after they acquired him from the Brewers on Tuesday in the Jonathan Schoop deal. He’s leading off and playing second base against the Rangers. The Orioles are expected to option infielder Breyvic Valera to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Villar. Update: Valera has been optioned to Norfolk and Villar has been added to the 25-man roster. Andrew

Tillman signs minor league deal with Rangers

Former Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers and will report to Triple-A Round Rock, the team announced earlier today. Tillman declined the Orioles’ offer to stay in the organization and pitch for Triple-A Norfolk. He was released on July 25. The Orioles had to make a decision on Tillman after he completed an injury rehab assignment. He posted

Leftovers for breakfast

The non-waiver trade deadline passed Tuesday afternoon with Danny Valencia an innocent bystander. A spectator from his seat inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Valencia didn’t attract serious interest, but he could be moved by the Aug. 31 deadline for players to be included on a postseason roster. He’d have to pass through waivers. Have bat, will travel. “I’ve been traded in the middle

Orioles push aside their losses to post win over Yankees (with quotes)

NEW YORK - A sense of loss stayed glued to the Orioles this morning, hours before they registered a rare win on the road. Dylan Bundy spoke of how much he’s going to miss Kevin Gausman, his former teammate and a close friend who was traded yesterday to the Braves. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson wiped tears from his cheeks, fought to regain his composure

Valera and O’Day with opposite opportunities (O’s up 7-1)

NEW YORK - The Orioles’ roster makeover includes Breyvic Valera’s first start with them today to close out a two-game series at Yankee Stadium. Valera appeared in 20 games with the Dodgers this season before the Orioles acquired him in the Manny Machado trade and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. He was summoned yesterday with Jonathan Schoop headed to the Brewers at the non-waiver deadline.

Showalter on roster additions, O’Day’s departure and more

NEW YORK - Infielder Jonathan Villar, acquired from the Brewers yesterday in the Jonathan Schoop trade, is joining the Orioles on Thursday in Texas. Villar has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a thumb injury. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t crafted a set plan for how he’s using Villar, who can play second base, shortstop and third base. “I’m going to look at

Orioles and Yankees lineups (Hart recalled)

NEW YORK - The Orioles filled their open roster spot this morning by recalling left-hander Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk. He serves as the replacement for starter Kevin Gausman, who was traded yesterday to the Braves. Hart has been recalled nine times this season. Alex Cobb is seeking his third win and the first since June 5. His 14 losses lead the majors. Cobb is

More on yesterday’s moves, Bleier with post-surgery update

NEW YORK - The Orioles started last night’s series opener against the Yankees with only 23 players on their active roster. They subtracted starter Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop, and infielder Breyvic Valera didn’t show up from Triple-A Norfolk until after the first pitch. A pitcher will be added before today’s game and another move is anticipated Thursday with infielder Jonathan Villar joining

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