Adam Jones on donation to Boys & Girls Clubs (plus other notes)

Earlier this week we saw yet another example of how Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is a leader for the team not only on the field, but off the field as well.

The Orioles Charitable Foundation and Jones, along with his wife Audie, made a $75,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore for the fourth consecutive year. The donation will include $10,000 to fund Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards and $65,000 to help to renovate the O’Donnell Heights Club gymnasium.

“I love to give to the youth,” Jones said Wednesday in the Orioles clubhouse. “The youth is our future and I am a strong believer in that. Helping kids fulfill their dreams, like people did for me, just paying it forward and passing the love along.”

Jones has provided money to the Boys and Girls clubs, but he gives more than that.

“Money is great and a lot of people can write a check. But I think the kids appreciate me being there more. Now my wife is very involved. With her influence, this can go a long way,” he said.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is so very proud and honored to have been able to partner with Adam, Audie and the Orioles,” said Kenneth R. Darden, president & CEO. “The partnership overall has had a phenomenal impact on our members and their families. We can never thank Adam, Audie and the Orioles enough for what they have done on behalf of the children of Baltimore City.”

jones-smile-orange-close.jpgJones has been recognized for his extraordinary commitment to giving back to youth in Baltimore as the winner of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award, the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, the Governor’s Service Award and the Oriole Way Award (three times), as well as being named the Orioles’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award (three times) and for the Heart and Hustle Award (four times). Over the last four years, Jones, a former Boys & Girls Clubs member, has teamed up with the Orioles to help renovate four Boys & Girls Clubs in Baltimore while jointly donating more than $300,000 to the organization.

Jones is a father of two sons. But it didn’t take him becoming a father to lead him to help local youth.

“No, I’ve always felt the same way about kids,” he said. “I always knew that if you help out a kid and fulfill their dreams, they should be able to turn it around and do something positive. I was in the same boat. Just needed a pick-me-up and I was fortunate to get it.

“Just trying to help out more and more kids. If you help one succeed, you are doing more than what you bargained for. These kids are not looking for handouts, just someone to believe in them. I believe in them.”

More notes on the Orioles and the farm:

When Dylan Bundy got the victory on Wednesday night against Toronto, it was his ninth win in 15 career starts for the Orioles.

That ties Bundy with three other pitchers for the most wins in a pitcher’s first 15 major league starts in club history. Here are the other three pitchers and the dates they won nine of their first 15 starts:

* Miguel Gonzalez from 7/6/12 to 10/2/12
* Jim Hardin from 7/23/67 to 4/13/68
* Wally Bunker from 9/29/63 to 7/13/64

Bundy is now 9-5 with a 4.23 ERA in those 15 starts, allowing 67 hits with 30 walks and 80 strikeouts over 78 2/3 innings.

The Orioles’ Triple-A Norfolk team is a club with a lot of experience - major league experience. The Tides have seven position players with over 300 games of major league experience: Pedro Álvarez (851), Chris Johnson (839), Robert Andino (481), Paul Janish (459), Chris Dickerson (355), Johnny Giavotella (353) and Logan Schafer (318).

Norfolk’s position players have combined for 3,799 big league games played, which is more than three major league clubs (Padres, Brewers and Reds) opened their 2017 season with. Members of Norfolk’s opening day roster have hit 289 career big league homers, 88 more than the Padres began the season with (201).

As the Orioles begin a home series with the New York Yankees tonight, they will face right-hander Luis Severino (3-8, 5.83 ERA in 2016) in the series opener.

Few pitchers have ever likely had a greater disparity of results in one season as a starter and a reliever.

When Severino pitched in 11 games in relief in 2016, he went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.39 and did not allow a homer over 23 1/3 innings. He gave up a batting average of just .105 with an OPS against of .367 and a 0.771 WHIP.

But in 11 starts, the 23-year-old from the Dominican went 0-8 with an ERA of 8.50 and allowed 11 homers over 47 2/3 innings. He gave an average of .337 with an OPS against of .976 and with a 1.783 WHIP. The Yankees went 2-9 in his 11 starts last season.

About last night: On opening night in the minors, outfielder Cedric Mullins had a sensational Double-A debut and continued to torment opposing pitchers. Mullins had four hits and led off the game with a homer as Bowie won 13-7 at Akron. The game was halted by snow - yes, snow - in the eighth inning and called after a short delay as the Baysox took their opener.

Mullins went 4-for-5 with a triple, homer, four runs and two RBIs as the center fielder and leadoff hitter in his first Eastern League game. Mullins had three games with four hits last season for Single-A Delmarva. Outfielder DJ Stewart, the Orioles’ 2015 top draft pick, went 1-for-5 with a homer in his Double-A debut. Drew Dosch had a triple and four RBIs, Adrian Marin three hits, Austin Wynns two hits and two runs, and Garabez Rosa two RBIs.

Single-A Delmarva lost 3-2 in the last of the ninth at Greenville when Roldani Baldwin hit a walk-off homer off the Shorebirds’ Jake Bray. Cole Billingsley went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Shorebirds. Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal went six innings allowing five hits and one unearned run with no walks and four strikeouts.

Triple-A Norfolk lost 9-8 in 11 innings at Charlotte. Tides right fielder Álvarez hit two homers and drove in five runs in his first game in the minors since the 2011 season. Alvarez hit a two-run homer, drew a walk and hit a three-run homer in his first three plate appearances over the first four frames.

Chance Sisco went 0-for-2, but walked three times and added an RBI. Tides starter Mike Wright went three innings, allowing six hits and five runs (two earned) while throwing 70 pitches, 44 for strikes. Norfolk made three errors, matching its season high from 2016. The Tides have now lost 10 consecutive season openers.

Single-A Frederick was rained out at home against Carolina. Keegan Akin is scheduled to pitch tonight as the Keys try again to open their 2017 season.

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