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Taking another look at Matt Harvey’s situation with Orioles

If the Orioles stick with their five-man rotation through a grueling stretch that doesn’t bring an off-day until July 1, Matt Harvey would take his next turn Friday night in Buffalo. He’ll be opposed by Josh Allen. But seriously, Harvey is lined up to face the Blue Jays in the second game of the series while a segment of the fan base - impossible to ... read more

Orioles avoid no-hitter but not a 10-2 loss (updated)

The only stickiness for Keegan Akin tonight was a third-inning jam. A worse mess for the Orioles was their inability to get a hit until the eighth inning. Three Astros pitchers beginning with Jake Odorizzi combined for only a walk and hit batter before Maikel Franco’s two-run homer off reliever Brandon Bielak in the Orioles’ 10-2 loss before an announced crowd of 7,414, a potential ... read more

Valdez on injured list, Santander updates ankle and more

The Orioles have placed reliever César Valdez on the 10-day injured list with a strained muscle in his lower back and recalled reliever Travis Lakins Sr. from Triple-A Norfolk. Valdez lost his closer’s job and is carrying a 5.74 ERA and 1.650 WHIP in 25 appearances and 26 2/3 innings. He surrendered two more runs yesterday in the eighth inning and has allowed six runs ... read more

Orioles and Astros lineups

Anthony Santander is out of the lineup tonight to ease the strain on his sore left ankle, though he’s available to come off the bench for the series opener against the Astros at Camden Yards. DJ Stewart is in right field and Austin Hays is in left. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Ryan Mountcastle is the designated hitter. Pedro Severino is behind the ... read more

Mullins moves to ninth in All-Star voting

As Cedric Mullins climbs up the hits chart in the majors, he also has risen to ninth among American League outfielders in the latest All-Star voting. This is a significant bump from 10th because the top nine outfielders advance to Phase 2. Mullins has collected 86 hits to lead the league, one ahead of Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. He’s received 366,555 votes ... read more

More from minors, Santander and Hays ailments, and Mancini

The Orioles are perfecting the technique of announcing their latest minor league promotions in huge waves. Not a splash or two. Shortstop Gunnar Henderson was included yesterday afternoon in a 10-player news drop following the Orioles’ 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays. The biggest name of the batch. Henderson, a second-round pick in the 2019 draft, is making the jump from low Single-A Delmarva to ... read more

Mancini homers twice, but Harvey can’t finish fifth in 7-4 loss

Matt Harvey stood on the mound after the final out was recorded in the third inning, a frozen posture he’s struck in previous starts while watching a fly ball land in the seats. Except this time he was pausing to congratulate Pat Valaika on a nice defensive play, with the infielder ranging beyond second base to make the backhand stop and long throw. The day ... read more

Franco on getting hit: “It shouldn’t be like that”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said today that he hasn’t spoken or reached out to Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo since yesterday’s heated exchange on the field after Alek Manoah appeared to be aiming at third baseman Maikel Franco in the fourth inning and benches and bullpens emptied. Manoah nailed Franco on the shoulder with a 93.8 mph sinker after surrendering back-to-back home runs to Ryan ... read more