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Offense comes alive and O’s take series with 10-4 win (updated)

The Orioles know how to take a lead. It’s holding a lead - and that’s really the most important part of the game - that tends to challenge them. They can raise blood pressure like a salt-based diet. Kevin Gausman lasted only 5 1/3 innings tonight, throwing 106 pitches before manager Buck Showalter turned to his bullpen, but the Orioles navigated through the tense moments

Welington Castillo goes on disabled list (O’s lead 9-4)

The Orioles have placed catcher Welington Castillo on the 10-day disabled list with a testicular injury and selected catcher Francisco Peña’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The 40-man roster is full. Castillo spent much of last night in the emergency room after being hit in the groin by a pitch that first struck Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and caromed. “Most of the times, the ones that

Castillo may be headed to disabled list again

The Orioles may place catcher Welington Castillo on the 10-day disabled list later today. Castillo spent last night in the emergency room after he was hit in the groin by a deflected pitch that initially struck Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius on the arm. The head athletic trainers for both teams raced onto the field to attend to the injured players. Castillo stayed in the game,

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (Wright recalled)

The sun is shining at Camden Yards this afternoon, the field is dry and Adam Jones is in the lineup. He’s expected to remain in it rather than be scratched for a third consecutive day. Trey Mancini is in left field. He’s batting .362 (25-for-69) in May. Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo

Machado first among AL third basemen in All-Star voting

The slump that’s lowered Manny Machado’s average to .210 isn’t preventing fans from placing him first among American League third basemen in balloting for the All-Star Game. Machado is the only Orioles to hold the top spot as the first round of results are released today by Major League Baseball. He’s received 369,069 votes to lead the Twins’ Miguel Sanó 363,607 and the Indians’ José

This, that and the other

The Rangers rallied to beat the Rays last night, allowing the Orioles to stay in third place in the American League East. They won’t be covering the lockers in plastic. This is nothing to celebrate. Keep the champagne on ice. Chris Tillman insisted after last night’s 8-3 loss that his right shoulder is fine. He gave up three home runs in 2 2/3 innings and

Tillman surrenders three home runs in 8-3 loss (with quotes)

Chris Tillman went four starts and faced 95 batters this season without allowing a home run. Some streaks end. Other are obliterated. Yankees leadoff hitter Brett Gardner homered tonight on the third pitch thrown by Tillman, a 90 mph fastball. Matt Holiday, the third batter in the order, drove Tillman’s 86 mph slider into the left field seats. And so it went. Holliday got Tillman

Showalter on Machado, the order and retaliation (O’s down 8-3)

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado enters tonight’s game batting .216/.299/.426 in 48 games. However, manager Buck Showalter reminded the media that Machado leads the club with 25 RBIs and is tied with Chris Davis for the home run lead with 10. Showalter doesn’t think the slash line should fully define the three-time All-Star. “I’m really impressed by the way he’s handling some of his challenges

Jones scratched from lineup for second straight day

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has been removed from the lineup again tonight. However, the club said it’s due to the wet field conditions. Jones tested his left ankle and hip again this afternoon before batting practice and was scratched from the lineup for the second consecutive day, though this time for precautionary reasons. He didn’t play in the last two games in Houston. A

Notes on Jones, Hart, Flaherty, Britton and Harvey (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter will reveal the identity of Friday night’s starter following today’s batting practice session at Camden Yards. “We want to make sure that a couple things to well today,” Showalter said. Showalter indicated yesterday that the choice came down to Alec Asher or Ubaldo Jiménez. Asher lasted only two innings Sunday in Houston and gave up six runs. Jiménez relieved him, allowed

Orioles and Yankees lineups

Adam Jones is in the Orioles lineup tonight and manager Buck Showalter sounded confident that his center fielder will stay in it after being scratched yesterday. Trey Mancini is in left field. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter, with Chris Davis at first base and batting fifth. Seventeen of Mark Trumbo’s 24 RBIs have come with two outs. He’s batting .282 (22-for-78) with two outs

What’s happening in Sarasota?

Orioles director of player development Brian Graham headed down to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota this week to check on a few players who remain at extended spring training. Closer Zach Britton ranks first if we’re listing them in order of importance. Nothing against the others, of course. It’s just hard to compete against a guy who was 47-for-47 in save chances last

Asher and Jiménez candidates to start Friday (plus other notes)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated today that he’s choosing between Alec Asher and Ubaldo Jiménez to make Friday night’s start against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Showalter said the decision will be made Tuesday to let everyone know and prepare accordingly. “We’ll decide what direction we’re going to go tomorrow, take everything in, see how everybody’s feeling, see how we get through today,” he

Jones scratched from lineup

Orioles manager Buck Showalter warned the media today to write out its lineup in pencil. He needed to check on a few players, including Adam Jones, who’s been bothered by soreness in his left ankle and hip since the Tigers series May 16-18 in Detroit. Jones worked out in the outfield this morning and he’s been scratched from the lineup. Joey Rickard has moved to

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Adam Jones has returned to the Orioles lineup for today’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Jones missed the last two games with soreness in his left ankle and hip. Chris Davis is the designated hitter against left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Trey Mancini is playing first base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo RF Chris Davis

Can Bundy bring what’s needed again today?

Imagine that it’s January and you’re counting down the days until spring training, totally unaware that injuries would rob the Orioles of their No. 1 starter and closer. Or that Kevin Gausman would get off to a slow start and Ubaldo Jiménez would be headed back to the bullpen. Perhaps you were braced for Jiménez’s latest removal from the rotation, but he also may have

Chris Davis: “I’m just not picking up the ball”

HOUSTON - With three more strikeouts today, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis raised his season total to 74 in 47 games. Mark Reynolds, later a teammate in Baltimore, holds the major league record with 223 in 2009. Davis isn’t the sole issue with the Orioles, not when they’ve lost seven games in a row and 13 of their last 16. There’s lots of blame to

Asher’s short start leads to longer losing streak

HOUSTON - Now what? The Orioles lost another lead this afternoon, and it happened again in alarming fashion. Alec Asher threw 42 pitches in the second inning, surrendered six runs to the Astros, and didn’t return for the third. A golden opportunity went unclaimed. Ubaldo Jiménez made his 2017 bullpen debut and the Orioles continued their losing ways with an 8-4 defeat that completed another

Jones close to lineup return, and other notes (O’s down 8-4)

HOUSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter sounded confident today that Adam Jones will return to the lineup for Monday afternoon’s series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Jones remains out of the lineup with soreness in his left ankle and hip. “He’s doing well. He’s getting better,” Showalter said. “Could have pushed the envelope today if we wanted to. I expect him to be

Orioles and Astros lineups

HOUSTON - Adam Jones remains out of the Orioles lineup today due to soreness in his left ankle and hip. He also missed last night’s loss, the sixth in a row. Joey Rickard is playing center field and batting eighth. Jonathan Schoop moves up to second in the order. Paul Janish is playing shortstop, with J.J. Hardy taking a seat next to Jones. Hyun Soo

Asher’s latest start could be his most important

HOUSTON - This isn’t Alec Asher’s first start with the Orioles. So, why does it feel that way? Asher made his Orioles debut on April 15 in Toronto because they needed a fifth starter. He got another chance on May 2 in Boston. Manager Buck Showalter kept sorting through his options - Asher, Jayson Aquino, Gabriel Ynoa, Tyler Wilson - while hoping that a six-man

Orioles’ losing streak reaches six games (with quotes)

HOUSTON - The center fielder is hurting, the closer is still playing catch in Sarasota, the losses are piling up and a team that once resided in first place in its division is more within reach of the cellar than the penthouse. No one said “seller.” It’s only May and the Orioles are above .500. But their losing streak grew to six games tonight and

Jiménez: “I have a lot of faith that things change” (O’s down 5-2)

HOUSTON - Ubaldo Jiménez is back in the Orioles bullpen tonight, unsure if his latest demotion will bring better results when he’s on the mound. Unsure exactly when he’ll get on a mound. This is a confusing time for Jiménez, who says that his mechanics aren’t an issue this season. If not, where did he go wrong? Asked whether he can work on anything specific,

Jones out of lineup with sore ankle and hip

HOUSTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of tonight’s lineup due to a sore left ankle and hip. Jones jammed the ankle during a game in Detroit. He felt the discomfort while chasing a ball in the outfield and compounded the issue on the bases. Manager Buck Showalter said no tests are planned at the moment, but Jones could be examined when the

Orioles recall Hart, Jones out of starting lineup

HOUSTON - The Orioles added and subtracted a left-hander from the bullpen before tonight’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Donnie Hart has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and Jayson Aquino has been optioned to the Tides. Hart was optioned on May 17. He became eligible today to return following the required 10-day period. Hart is 1-0 and a 3.95 ERA in 19

Close losses, Machado doubles up and tonight’s matchup

HOUSTON - The Orioles used to be a team that won the close games. They had a knack, but now it’s a knock against them. Eleven of their last 12 losses have been by two runs or fewer. They were 8-1 in one-run games, but now are 8-8. And they’re no longer in second place, with the Red Sox passing them last night. In their

Orioles waste Gausman quality start, scoring chances (updated)

HOUSTON - Kevin Gausman made it through the third inning tonight with only one run allowed despite a couple of hits and an error. A solo home run by Jake Marisnick was the only damage on the scoreboard. The inning had the potential to hurt him in other ways. Gausman threw 33 pitches to raise his total to 64. An Orioles starter was piling up

More on Asher and Jiménez, plus injury updates (O’s down 2-0)

HOUSTON - Ubaldo Jiménez is moving to the bullpen beginning tonight, as the Orioles shake up their rotation by inserting Alec Asher for Sunday’s series finale against the Astros. Manager Buck Showalter said his decision was made Wednesday while Asher worked two scoreless innings on 24 pitches. He just wasn’t making it public. “We could have put him out there for a third inning, but

Asher replacing Jiménez as Sunday starter

HOUSTON - The Orioles are listing Alec Asher as Sunday’s starter against the Astros. Asher is closing out the series. Whether the Orioles remain open to giving Ubaldo Jiménez another opportunity is unknown at the present time. Asher is 1-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 1.069 WHIP in 29 innings in his 11 appearances this season. In his two starts, he’s allowed four runs and

Orioles and Astros lineups

HOUSTON - Hyun Soo Kim returns to the Orioles lineup tonight for the opener of a three-game series against the Astros. He’s playing left field and batting seventh. Because the Orioles have been regularly facing left-handed pitchers and Trey Mancini has been productive, Kim has found playing time hard to come by. Kim’s last start came May 20 and he’s made only six starts in

Orioles outright Luis Sardiñas

HOUSTON - Only a few days after claiming infielder Luis Sardiñas off waivers, the Orioles were able to outright him to Triple-A Norfolk to improve their depth while Ryan Flaherty remains on the disabled list. Sardiñas, who turned 24 earlier this month, made it through waivers on a second attempt and was assigned to the Tides. The Orioles claimed Sardiñas on Wednesday while wrapping up

Will Houston be a problem for Orioles?

A team that’s lost 10 of its last 13 games also can’t catch a break from the schedule. The Orioles, fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Twins, are now subjected to the Astros, another first-place team that also owned the best record in baseball heading into last night. The memories at Minute Maid Park still can make a clubhouse cringe. The

Orioles release Henry Urrutia

The Orioles have released Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, the final chapter to a feel-good story that didn’t bring a happy ending. Urrutia was batting .175/.243/.254 with two doubles and a home run in 20 games with Triple-A Norfolk after reporting from extended spring training. He came off the 40-man roster last summer and fell further out of the Orioles’ long-term plans. Urrutia, who turned 30

Asher’s value, Janish’s return and more

The Orioles have reached another off-day on their schedule and are flying to Houston later today to start a weekend series. My flight isn’t until Friday, if anyone cares. And I prefer pretzels over peanuts if those are my only choices. Still a few more days before the Orioles have to commit to their Sunday starter. Jayson Aquino warmed twice yesterday without being used, but

Orioles come close again and come up empty (with quotes)

A streak of one-run losses for the Orioles has morphed into something less quirky and more concerning. The Twins jumped Chris Tillman early today, another misstep by a maligned rotation, and completed their three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 32,267 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (25-20) have dropped four in a row and 10 of their last

Orioles claim Sardiñas off waivers (plus game update)

The Orioles filled the last open spot on their 40-man roster today by claiming shortstop Luis Sardiñas off waivers from the Padres. The roster is now full, but the Orioles must create a spot for Sardiñas on the 25-man. Paul Janish could be designated for assignment after the Orioles selected his contract on Sunday. The Padres designated Sardiñas for assignment on Sunday after he batted

Orioles release Bourn again (O’s down 4-1)

The Orioles released outfielder Michael Bourn from his minor league contract today, making him a free agent who can sign with any team. Bourn reached the opt-out date on his deal and the Orioles didn’t have a spot for him on their four-man bench. He was batting .220/.373/.317 in 11 games. Bourn re-signed with the Orioles on Feb. 22, was released on March 27 after

Showalter on weekend rotation: “See how today goes”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has decided on his rotation for the weekend series in Houston. He’s just not sharing it. Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley are lined up for the first two games following Thursday’s off-day. Ubaldo Jiménez’s next turn is Sunday, but it’s evident that Showalter is prepared to make a change. Showalter confirmed this morning that he’s set his rotation for the series,

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate this afternoon, as the Orioles try to end their losing streak at three games. Trey Mancini stays in left field. Jonathan Schoop has drawn nine walks before June for the first time in his career. The game notes today don’t list the starters for the weekend series in Houston. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny

Showalter on Jiménez, today’s pitching matchup

What did we learn yesterday about the Orioles’ plans for Ubaldo Jiménez? Not a whole lot beyond how they weren’t going to release him less than 24 hours after his latest failed start. There’s no way it was happening. Skipping Jiménez without a replacement starter doesn’t seem as likely after manager Buck Showalter said he wants to use Thursday’s off-day to provide an extra day

Santana goes distance to shut out Orioles 2-0 (with quotes)

This is how it’s supposed to be and how the Orioles need it to be if they’re going to remain in contention. Not the final score, but the performance of their starting pitcher. Dylan Bundy retired the Twins in order tonight in the first inning on only 12 pitches, striking out two batters. Twelve pitches, doubling the amount thrown by Ervin Santana in the bottom

Jiménez’s spot in rotation, alternatives (O’s down 2-0)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew it wouldn’t take long today for reporters to deliver the first question about Ubaldo Jiménez’s status in the rotation and on the roster. Asked whether he might tweak his rotation by skipping a starter due to Thursday’s off-day, Showalter replied, “Are you talking about Jiménez?” Well, as long as you mention him ... “You brought it up, really, because that’s

Notes on Jiménez, Asher, Verrett and more

Ubaldo Jiménez is tentatively scheduled to make his start Sunday afternoon against the Astros in Houston. Whether he actually takes the mound remains in question. Manager Buck Showalter said he wants to use Thursday’s off-day to provide extra rest for his starters, including Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, which means he won’t do much tweaking with the rotation. “Ubaldo’s next start is Sunday,” Showalter said,

Orioles lineup and update on Bourn (updated with Aquino)

Trey Mancini is getting another start in left field tonight, as the Orioles continue their series against the Twins at Camden Yards. The club hasn’t announced any roster moves, but reliever Stefan Crichton is packing up his clothes at his locker after throwing 59 pitches last night. Jayson Aquino, meanwhile, has returned to the Orioles clubhouse. Also, I’m hearing that outfielder Michael Bourn has exercised

Francisco Peña outrighted to Norfolk

The Orioles’ catching depth didn’t take a hit this week. Francisco Peña cleared waivers today and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles designated him for assignment on May 17 to create a spot for reliever Stefan Crichton on the 25-man roster. In the process, they also freed up another spot on the 40-man roster, which now stands at 39 after they selected

More roster moves likely, more Jiménez and Davis’ strikeouts

It would be a tremendous upset if the Orioles don’t make at least one change to their pitching staff today after Stefan Crichton threw 59 pitches last night and Tyler Wilson threw 31. However, they may not be ready to settle the Ubaldo Jiménez debate. As I wrote last night, the Orioles simply could skip his next turn and make him available in long relief.

Struggles continue for Jiménez in 14-7 loss (with quotes)

The first batter that Ubaldo Jiménez faced tonight worked the count full and singled up the middle. The next batter was ahead 3-1 and flied out. The third batter also worked the count full and walked. Jiménez got back-to-back strikeouts to escape the jam, but the tone again had been set. It wasn’t going to be his night. And it wasn’t going to be pretty.

Showalter on Castro, Ynoa and more (O’s down 12-6)

Manny Machado took batting practice this afternoon and remained in the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Twins at Camden Yards. Machado still had to test his left hand after yesterday’s X-rays came back negative. “Keep in mind there’s three levels of X-rays, it seems like to me,” said manager Buck Showalter. “There’s the one local in the locker room and there’s the

Flaherty receives PRP injection in shoulder (plus other notes)

Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty will have a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder today and head down to Sarasota to rehab. Flaherty figures to be out at least two weeks. He won’t make the 10-day disabled list period. Flaherty said earlier today that doctors were determining whether the strain was in his rotator cuff or lat. “There’s something going on,” he said. “Hopefully, it

Orioles recall Wilson, Machado in tonight’s lineup

The Orioles have recalled right-hander Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s available in the bullpen for tonight’s series opener against the Twins at Camden Yards. Wilson takes the spot vacated by Miguel Castro, who was optioned following yesterday’s 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. Also, Manny Machado’s hand is fine and he’s in tonight’s lineup. X-rays taken yesterday came back clean. Trey Mancini is

Brach leans on support system to straighten out problems

We see the dugout celebrations after a home run, with the complicated handshakes and sunflower seed showers. We see what transpires at the plate following a walk-off win, with coolers of water dumped over the hero’s head and enough aggressive slaps delivered to the body to leave prints. There also used to be the occasional pies to the face, again in full view of anyone

Orioles option Miguel Castro

The Orioles made two roster moves today sandwiched around their 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. After placing utility infielder Ryan Flaherty on the disabled list this morning and selecting Paul Janish’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced late this afternoon that they optioned pitcher Miguel Castro to Double-A Bowie. A corresponding move apparently will be announced on Monday afternoon. Castro

Orioles can’t complete sweep of Jays (with quotes)

Left-hander Wade Miley will never know what might have transpired today if he retired the side in order in the first inning. If there weren’t a two-out error, a soft single and some hard luck. Miley shut out the Blue Jays over the next six innings, didn’t give up an earned run all day and couldn’t prevent the Orioles from losing to the Blue Jays

Showalter on Flaherty, roster move, Castillo & more (O’s down 3-1)

The Orioles didn’t adjust their bullpen and recall right-hander Tyler Wilson after he was scratched from last night’s start with Triple-A Norfolk. They’re sticking with the same seven pitchers. They couldn’t stand pat in the infield. Ryan Flaherty’s shoulder is barking again and he’s on the 10-day disabled list. My guess is it’s going to take longer than 10 days to get him back on

Flaherty goes on DL, Janish starting at shortstop

The Orioles placed Ryan Flaherty on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Friday with a strained right shoulder, and they purchased Paul Janish’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk. A decision is pending on whether Flaherty receives a platelet-rich plasma injection. He underwent an MRI yesterday. The discomfort in in the lat/rotator cuff area and it’s impacting Flaherty’s throws. He’s been bothered by it since spring training

While waiting for the lineup ...

The Orioles are prepared to put infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 10-day disabled list. They haven’t made an announcement and we’re still waiting for the lineup. Infielder Paul Janish has a locker set up in the clubhouse and he met earlier with manager Buck Showalter. Showalter is scheduled to meet with the media in a few minutes. Flaherty is batting .233/.324/.267 in 13 games. He

Orioles deciding whether to recall Janish

The Orioles made it through yesterday without a roster move, leaving their bullpen intact despite playing 10 innings the previous night. However, they have Tyler Wilson nearby if they decide to add a fresh arm - manager Buck Showalter indicated last night that it probably won’t be necessary - and infielder Paul Janish is a candidate to be recalled. Janish is on the taxi squad

Quality from Gausman, homer from Castillo in win (updated)

Rather than let another start get away from him tonight, Kevin Gausman needed to fine-tune his damage-control skills. To remember how to shimmy out of a tight spot. To get back into the dugout without draping a towel around his neck, lowering his head and wondering again where it all went wrong. Gausman loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and allowed

Showalter on Kim, Gausman, Asher and Brach (O’s up 7-5)

The Orioles’ lineup includes Hyun Soo Kim, who’s starting on consecutive nights for the first time since May 4-5. It led to a humorous exchange between manager and player. Kim singled last night, smoked a ball to center field that was caught and made a couple of nice plays in left field. “I asked him the day before yesterday, ‘You remember how to get out

Duquette on Katz, Jackson, Bourn, Britton and more

The Orioles continue to use their international signing bonus slots to acquire pitchers for their system. In a move announced earlier this afternoon, the Orioles obtained left-hander Alex Katz from the White Sox in exchange for bonus slots No. 45 and No. 75. Katz was assigned to Single-A Frederick, where he’ll be used as a reliever. Katz has appeared in 62 career minor league games

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Seth Smith is back in the Orioles’ lineup tonight and Hyun Soo Kim is staying in it. Smith didn’t play last night after being hit on the left cheek by a foul ball in Detroit, but he was available late in the game. Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter. Welington Castillo is behind the plate after his

Joseph’s offensive game got healthy while Castillo was hurt

Caleb Joseph probably will have to wait until Sunday to get back into the Orioles’ lineup, his regular duty interrupted by Welington Castillo’s return from the disabled list. Day games after night games are his best friend. Joseph accepts his role. Embraces it, actually. Sure beats playing in the minors. If there’s a silver lining to Castillo’s absence from the lineup due to right shoulder

Showalter speaks after 5-3 10-inning win

The Orioles and Blue Jays waited 29 minutes to begin tonight’s game, with the threat of rain keeping the tarp on the field. They were interrupted for 58 minutes after the top of the 10th inning because of a heavy storm that swept through Camden Yards. Welington Castillo wasn’t taking any chances on hail or another weather-related disruption. He let the game carry through four

Machado glad to be off the bench (O’s win 5-3 in 10 innings)

Manny Machado sat on the bench yesterday while the Orioles were losing again in Detroit to close out their road trip, a strange vantage point for a player who felt like he could have played. Machado’s previous absences from the lineup were caused by injuries or suspensions that kept him out of the dugout. But manager Buck Showalter excluded Machado yesterday, citing a sore right

Smith out of Orioles lineup

Seth Smith is out of the Orioles lineup tonight after being hit yesterday on his left cheek by a ball he fouled off the plate. Smith took some fly balls from first base coach Wayne Kirby earlier today while the tarp covered the infield. The swelling affected his vision yesterday. Jonathan Schoop is leading off while Smith moves to the bench. This is Schoop’s second

While waiting for the lineup ...

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t posted his lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Blue Jays. He’s waiting on three players who are “banged up.” Manny Machado and Seth Smith are two of the players. Machado said his finger is much better today and joked that he “was benched” for yesterday’s game in Detroit. Smith took a foul ball off his left cheek and

Orioles trying to heal from brutal road trip

DETROIT - The Orioles came home from a nine-day road trip with a black eye. Losing six games by one run is bound to leave a mark. The offense wakes up and the rotation regresses, placing a strain on the bullpen, impacting performances and forcing the club into making more roster moves. The Orioles need to find their center, to regain their balance. They can’t

Orioles come up one run short again (with quotes)

DETROIT - Dylan Bundy’s streak of quality starts ended today at eight games. It went down with a loud crash, the only salvageable part being that the bullpen wasn’t overused. Bundy allowed a career-high six runs in six innings, with J.D. Martinez and Victor Martinez homering off him, and the Orioles fell to the Tigers 6-5 at Comerica Park. Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Seth

Showalter on health, Mancini and more (O’s down 6-5)

DETROIT - The Orioles were slow to post today’s lineup for their series finale against the Tigers because manager Buck Showalter wanted to check the health of a couple players. “Some little banged-up things,” Showalter said. “Want to make sure if we decide to give somebody a day, who we’d give it to. Got enough people to choose from, that’s for sure.” Shortly after the

Machado out of Orioles lineup for series finale

DETROIT - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is out of today’s lineup due to a sore right index finger. The discomfort in the finger apparently was caused by Machado fouling off a couple of pitches. Machado has started all 38 games this season. He’s batting .224/.308/.441 with six doubles, nine home runs and 23 RBIs. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at third base today. This

Can Bundy overcome Bucknor and extend quality streak?

DETROIT - A rotation that receives its rightful share of criticism for its abbreviated outings can point to Dylan Bundy as a shining exception. Bundy will try this afternoon to extend his streak of quality starts to nine. Not bad considering that Bundy is making his ninth start. The Tigers have limited exposure to Bundy - his one relief appearance when he retired all four

Orioles come up short in latest Tigers tale (with quotes)

DETROIT - The warning signs were there, as plainly in view as the huge tigers perched atop the scoreboard in left field. Except only the tigers are fake. Ubaldo Jiménez ran the count full tonight to three of the first four batters, issued two walks and threw 28 pitches in a scoreless first inning. He needed another 20 to complete the second inning while allowing

Orioles recall Castro and option Hart (O’s down 5-4)

DETROIT - The Orioles had another roster move in them before tonight’s game against the Tigers. Pitcher Miguel Castro has been recalled from Double-A Bowie, with left-hander Donnie Hart optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Castro will wear No. 50. Castro made one relief appearance with the Baysox after leaving extended spring training and allowed one run and six hits over four innings. He didn’t walk a

Schoop on hamstring, Crichton on latest return

DETROIT - Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop made sure to hydrate after leaving last night’s game with cramping in his right leg. A simple task that should keep him on the field. Schoop tested the leg before batting practice by running in the outfield and moving side to side under the watch of assistant athletic trainer Brian Ebel. “Everything’s good,” Schoop said. “There was a

Orioles DFA Peña (plus tonight’s lineups)

DETROIT - The Orioles designated catcher Francisco Peña for assignment this afternoon to create a spot for reliever Stefan Crichton on the 25-man roster. So far, that’s the only move announced by the Orioles. Peña went 4-for-7 in three games and homered twice on Saturday to double his major league total. The Orioles outrighted Peña on Feb. 15 after trading for Gabriel Ynoa, and he

Pitching in with ideas for the bullpen (updated with Crichton)

DETROIT - Without a pair of cheaters in my laptop bag, it was a little more difficult yesterday to read between the lines as the Orioles made another roster move. The Orioles are holding onto three catchers, but not for long. They’re expected to part with Francisco Peña today - later than anticipated - and add a seventh reliever after carrying an expanded bench through

Orioles fight back for 13-11 13-inning win over Tigers (updated)

DETROIT - The Orioles can’t seem to avoid testing the resiliency of their short bullpen. Even if it means running out of arms. Wade Miley became the latest starter tonight who didn’t work into the late innings, coming out after failing to retire a batter in the sixth, and the bullpen fumbled two more leads. A game stretched to 13 innings before the Tigers convinced

Showalter on roster moves, O’Day and more (we’re still tied)

DETROIT - The Orioles aren’t expected to carry three catchers through the rest of the road trip that concludes Thursday afternoon. Earlier today, the Orioles outrighted outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Norfolk after he cleared waivers and they activated catcher Welington Castillo from the disabled list. They held onto backups Caleb Joseph and Francisco Peña as part of their five-man bench. Asked about having three

Gentry outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, O’Day says he’s fine

DETROIT - The Orioles have outrighted outfielder Craig Gentry to Triple-A Norfolk to create a spot for catcher Welington Castillo on the 25-man roster. Gentry is out of options and he passed through waivers. It’s a surprising move from the Orioles, who valued Gentry’s contributions off the bench and didn’t seem inclined to carry three catchers. However, they’re holding onto Francisco Peña, who’s also out

Castillo in tonight’s lineup

DETROIT - Welington Castillo will be activated from the disabled list and start tonight in the series opener against the Tigers. Castillo is batting seventh against Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd and catching left-hander Wade Miley for only the second time. He’s currently taking earlier batting practice with a group that also includes Trey Mancini and Ryan Flaherty. Mancini is in left field tonight, Joey Rickard

Tonight’s game, prospect updates and former Orioles

The Orioles’ road trip continues tonight with a stop in Detroit, where they won two of three games last season while taking the season series 5-2. Adam Jones was 13-for-26 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs in the seven games. The Orioles haven’t swept the Tigers in a three-game series in Detroit since 2004. The Tigers’ last home three-game sweep of the

Castillo ready to return to active roster

The Orioles are expected to activate catcher Welington Castillo from the disabled list prior to Tuesday night’s series opener against the Tigers at Comerica Park. A team official said it sounds like Castillo will be ready, which will lead to another roster move. Castillo was eligible to return on Thursday while the Orioles were in D.C., but they decided to send him on a short

More on Mancini

When Orioles manager Buck Showalter posts his lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers in Detroit, Trey Mancini won’t be the first name listed. His leadoff days are, at the least, put on hold. Mancini hadn’t hit first at any stage of his life, from Little League to professional ball, until April 19 in Cincinnati. No designated hitter in a National League ballpark, limited

Orioles recall Bleier (plus today’s lineups)

The Orioles have recalled left-hander Richard Bleier from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-hander Vidal Nuño to the Tides in the latest attempt to freshen up the bullpen. Nuño has posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.750 WHIP in nine relief appearances over 12 innings. Bleier allowed one earned run (three total) over four innings in his only appearance with the Orioles. Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy

Kendall on Mullins: “There hasn’t been any glaring weakness”

Outfielder Cedric Mullins, who’s emerged as an elite position prospect in the organization, continues to perform light baseball activities in Sarasota as he recovers from a left hamstring injury. Mullins strained the hamstring on April 20 and the initial projection had him missing two weeks. He’s batting .367/.406/.683 with five doubles, a triple, four home runs, 11 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 14 games.

Can Orioles sustain a six-man bullpen?

The Orioles head into tonight’s game in Kansas City maintaining their six-man bullpen, which isn’t always going to be fully stocked. There have been empty spaces of late, which is impacting games and bringing into question how much longer the Orioles can go with their expanded five-man bench. Manager Buck Showalter indicated to reporters last night that he didn’t want to use two relievers and

Orioles lineup vs. Royals

First baseman Chris Davis returns to the Orioles lineup tonight after sitting out last night’s 3-2 loss in Kansas City. Trey Mancini is in left field against Royals right-hander Nate Karns. Francisco Peña is catching Chris Tillman again. The Orioles are trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak. They’ve dropped back-to-back games for the fourth time. Reliever Mychal Givens is celebrating his 27th birthday

Hart warming to idea of broader role

Losing Zach Britton to another left forearm strain has given the Orioles an altered bullpen look in multiple ways. It’s not just about having someone else close. Going with six relievers also factors into it, of course. There are times when someone is warming in a certain situation, like Alec Asher in the eighth inning or Vidal Nuño in the ninth, and a second peek

Orioles and Royals lineups

Craig Gentry is in the Orioles’ lineup tonight for the first time since April 30, as the Royals send left-hander Danny Duffy to the mound. Gentry is in right field and batting ninth. Trey Mancini is starting at first base and Chris Davis is on the bench. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. The Orioles lead the American League and rank third in the majors

Orioles left with another opposing southpaw

The Orioles ranked last in the American League and 29th in the majors last season with a .234 average against left-handed starters. They’ve bumped it up to .247 this year, seventh in the league and 14th in the majors. The opportunities keep coming. It’s like the baseball gods keep testing them. When the Royals’ Danny Duffy toes the rubber tonight, the Orioles will be facing

O’s-Nats finale rescheduled for June 8 (updated)

WASHINGTON - The Orioles and Nationals will lose their June 8 off-days in order to make up tonight’s postponed game. The clubs will play at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park, and tonight’s tickets will be honored. This is the Orioles’ first postponement of the season. They experienced four of them in 2016. The rain has let up considerably tonight, but the tarp never came off

Joseph’s expanded role, Jones’ smaller strike zone (game postponed)

WASHINGTON - Tonight’s game won’t start on time due to continuing rain, which picked up in intensity around 6 p.m. Caleb Joseph is using Welington Castillo’s stint on the disabled list to work his way back into the lineup and raise his average. It climbed to .240 on Monday after his 4-for-4 night, a significant gain after going 0-for-12 in his first three starts. Joseph

The weather, Castillo’s adjusted rehab schedule and more

WASHINGTON - The forecast is improving to the point where the Orioles are more optimistic about playing the series finale against the Nationals. Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Washington manager Dusty Baker earlier this afternoon and said “it looks like we might have a shot tonight.” Two mutual off-days that were discussed in the event of a postponement don’t work for both sides. “One’s

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON - The Orioles are trotting out the same lineup tonight as the one they featured last night, with the exception of the pitcher batting ninth. Seth Smith is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate for Dylan Bundy. Jonathan Schoop has reached base in 25 consecutive games, a career high and tied for the longest active

Britton, the bullpen and Bundy’s start

Zach Britton received treatment on his left forearm yesterday in Sarasota and took a nap. Manager Buck Showalter offered confirmation, his phone call around 4 p.m. waking the closer. The voice on the other end always gives it away. Showalter pointed out that Britton never would have slept in the afternoon back in Baltimore. Another good reason to send him to the spring training complex.

Wrapping up a 7-6 loss

WASHINGTON - The challenge was immense and hardly discreet. To beat the Nationals, the Orioles would have to go through Gio Gonzalez, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg in the first three games. This is baseball’s equivalent of swimming through the shark cage with a salami hanging from your neck. With three outs to go tonight, the Orioles appeared to have made it to the other

Castillo set for rehab assignment at Bowie (O’s lose 7-6)

WASHINGTON - Orioles catcher Welington Castillo won’t get his wish to skip a minor league rehab assignment. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Castillo will throw to bases on Saturday and report to Double-A Bowie the following day. Castillo is likely to play in one game before the Orioles activate him from the 10-day disabled list. The Baysox have a 2 p.m. game Sunday versus

Castillo: “I think this weekend would be good”

WASHINGTON - Catcher Welington Castillo anticipates that the Orioles will activate him from the disabled list over the weekend, only a few days past the date that he became eligible. Castillo technically could come off the DL for Thursday’s series finale against the Nationals, but the Orioles want him to continue with his throwing progression and make certain that the discomfort doesn’t return to his

Orioles and Nationals lineups; Nuño recalled, Verrett optioned

WASHINGTON - The Orioles lose their designated hitter tonight in D.C., which puts Mark Trumbo in right field and Seth Smith in left. Manny Machado and Chris Davis are a combined 2-for-17 with six strikeouts in the last two games, but the Orioles swept the short series against the Nationals at Camden Yards. The Orioles have won six games in a row, the longest active

Miley on the mound, more from Britton, roster rumblings

Left-hander Wade Miley gave up three hits in his last start and was hit twice, which explains the 12 total pitches and the inability to complete one inning. Miley is taking his regular turn tonight in D.C. after the White Sox used him for target practice. His bruised left wrist has healed. So has his pride after the second line drive knocked him on his

Showalter on a 5-4 12-inning win

The Orioles’ streak of scoring in the first inning ended tonight at four games, but they had much bigger issues. They couldn’t buy a hit off Nationals ace Max Scherzer, the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Walks were cause for celebration, the only way that the Orioles could get on base. Seth Smith walked to lead off the bottom of the first and Scherzer retired

Britton on exam and expectations for return (O’s win 5-4 in 12th)

Orioles closer Zach Britton said he expects to be back on the active roster no later than 45 days following yesterday’s examination in Los Angeles. Britton flew down to Sarasota and will begin his throwing progress in about 10 days, the only timeline that’s been presented to him. “Go from there and feel my way through it,” said Brittton, who returned to the disabled list

Britton could miss two months with forearm injury

Orioles closer Zach Britton is reporting to the Sarasota complex to begin rehabbing his strained left forearm. However, he will be shut down for an extended period and may not return before the All-Star break, according to a source. Britton underwent an MRI yesterday in Los Angeles as part of an examination performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The elbow is fine, with no structural damage

Santander shut down six weeks (and other injury updates)

Orioles Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander underwent an MRI arthrogram on his right elbow today and has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his ulner collateral ligament. He’s going to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be shut down from throwing for six weeks. Santander has been on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow. The Orioles could choose to move him

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

Trey Mancini remains in the Orioles lineup tonight with Hyun Soo Kim relegated to the bench. Mancini is in left field as the Orioles face Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Seth Smith is in right field. The Orioles have scored in the first inning in their last four games and have held the lead for 42 straight innings dating to the fourth Thursday in Boston. According

Last night’s gamble and thoughts on Bourn, Kim and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t certain last night whether the Orioles would regret leaving their bullpen intact with the Nationals in town. Alec Asher wasn’t available after working 3 1/3 innings the previous day and another early exit from Kevin Gausman could bring serious complications. It’s not like the Nationals have many soft spots in their lineup. They led the majors in average, on-base percentage,

Orioles swat Nats in Wieters’ return (with quotes)

The first standing ovation for Matt Wieters tonight came as the Orioles played a video tribute on their scoreboard set to the theme song of the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Wieters was warming up starter Gio Gonzalez before the bottom of the first inning and couldn’t acknowledge it. He’d get another chance as he walked to the plate in the top of the third.

Wondering what Gausman can bring into this start (O’s up 6-2)

There are no splits online to determine how Kevin Gausman has fared after throwing 20 pitches and being ejected for hitting a batter with a curveball. And I searched everywhere for it. Gausman is working on “normal” rest tonight, if that’s the appropriate word for it. He hasn’t started since Wednesday night in Boston, when a 77 mph bender smacked Xander Bogaerts on the backside

Schoop returns to Orioles lineup

Jonathan Schoop passed all the pregame tests on his right hand and he’s in tonight’s lineup against the Nationals. Joey Rickard is leading off again tonight against Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez, and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Schoop is 1-for-8 with four strikeouts lifetime against Gonzalez. Chris Davis is 2-for-15 and Trumbo is 3-for-16 with eight strikeouts. Manny

Notes on Schoop, Tillman, Britton, Peña, Asher and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter won’t post his lineup today until second baseman Jonathan Schoop takes batting practice. Schoop has missed the last two games with swelling and discomfort in his right hand after being hit by a pitch Friday night against the White Sox. He played catch with Manny Machado this afternoon and will hit and perform infield drills. Showalter said Chris Tillman feels good

Wieters on his return to Camden Yards

Former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters took a seat on the visiting bench this afternoon at Camden Yards, surrounded by television cameras and assorted microphones while wearing his red Nationals jacket and cap. The surroundings were familiar to him, but also strange. He may as well get used to it. That’s how it’s going to be for Wieters as he returns to the city that embraced

Former teammates looking forward to Wieters’ return

Just as the Orioles seemed to be regaining a sense of normalcy in their baseball lives, along comes Matt Wieters to create another storyline. And we said it wouldn’t get weird again. This distraction will be greeted more warmly than the others that preceded it. Wieters is making his first trip to Camden Yards since signing with the Nationals as a free agent, a moment

Tillman wins in season debut as O’s shut out White Sox (with quotes)

Chris Tillman’s debut with the Orioles today after a prolonged stint on the disabled list included walks to the first two batters he faced and only one strike among his first 10 pitches. Let the guy settle in before judging him. Tillman escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and blanked the White Sox through the fifth, and the Orioles completed their sweep with

Showalter on Tillman, Miley, Trumbo, Davis and Wieters (O’s up 4-0)

The Orioles are playing their 2,000th game today at Camden Yards, which also marks Chris Tillman’s return to a major league mound after starting the season on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis. Tillman will be evaluated by today’s performance, of course, but also how his shoulder responds in the ensuing days. “You know when he’s feeling good about himself and his stuff, but

Crichton optioned to Norfolk, updating Schoop’s hand

The Orioles optioned Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk this morning to make room for Chris Tillman on the 25-man roster. Tillman came off the disabled list to make today’s start against the White Sox. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop remains out of the lineup with some swelling his right hand. “A little better,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We have to do some things with the lineup

Schoop remains out of Orioles lineup

Jonathan Schoop is out of the Orioles lineup today for the second straight game after being hit on the right hand Friday night. Ryan Flaherty gets another start at second base. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Francisco Peña is behind the plate. Manny Machado has tied his career high with five home runs in a

Tillman taking the mound for first time in 2017

The Orioles lost two pitchers to the disabled list yesterday, but they get back their ace this afternoon. Perhaps there will come a day when everyone is together on the roster. Dare to dream. Chris Tillman is making his first start since Sept. 28, 2016 in Toronto. The right shoulder bursitis that forced him onto the disabled list on March 30 has cleared and he’s

Showalter speaks after 6-5 win

The Orioles got back to their series-winning ways this weekend after a loss and split in their two previous tries. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini hit home runs, and Dylan Bundy ran his streak of quality starts to seven in a 6-5 victory over the White Sox before an announced crowd of 28,718 at Camden Yards. Machado delivered a solo shot in the second inning

Castillo’s shoulder, Britton’s MRI and more notes (O’s win 6-5)

Catcher Welington Castillo remains confident that he can come off the disabled list when eligible on Thursday. Castillo took batting practice today and will play catch on Sunday. He’s no longer experiencing the same discomfort in his right shoulder that surfaced in spring training. “I feel better every day,” he said. “I feel way, way better. I think that’s going to be the last test,

Orioles acquire Kipper from Angels, Ynoa may go on DL

The Orioles acquired right-hander Jordan Kipper from the Angels this afternoon for pitcher Damien Magnifico, who was designated for assignment last week to make room for catcher Francisco Peña on the 40-man roster. Kipper, 24, will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. He was 2-1 with 1.74 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 18 strikeouts in 31 innings at Double-A Mobile. Kipper is 23-22 with a 4.02 ERA

Britton headed to DL, Asher recalled (plus O’s lineup)

The Orioles are returning closer Zach Britton to the disabled list today with a strained left forearm, the same ailment that removed him from the bullpen last month. Alec Asher has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s allowed to return before the mandatory 10 days because he’s replacing an injured player. Britton left the ballpark yesterday before the first pitch and underwent an MRI that

The oddity of Miley’s start, the concern over Britton’s arm

Wade Miley needs to get the line drive magnet out of his pocket, especially because it doesn’t direct the baseball to just one spot. Miley exited last night’s game with two outs in the first inning after being hit twice within three pitches. Just in case you were running short on lunacy. The Yankees put a reliever on first base and then back on the

Orioles recall Crichton and option Wilson

The Orioles made their roster move this afternoon, recalling reliever Stefan Crichton from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning Tyler Wilson to the Tides. The shuttle will need to be gassed up. Wilson held the Red Sox to three runs over six innings last night in an 8-3 win. He threw 84 pitches and wouldn’t be available until Tuesday. Chris Tillman is joining the rotation on Sunday

Orioles contemplating another roster move

The Orioles may be on the verge of another roster move before tonight’s series opener against the White Sox at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter said there was a “better than 50 percent chance” that the Orioles add another pitcher to their roster. They apparently have someone in place if they decide to again freshen up the bullpen. “But don’t hold me to it,” Showalter

Orioles and White Sox lineups

After reaching base five times in last night’s game, Seth Smith remains atop the Orioles lineup for tonight’s opener of a weekend series against the White Sox. Hyun Soo Kim is starting in left field. Former Orioles pitcher Miguel González pitches for the White Sox, opposing left-hander Wade Miley. In case you’re counting, there are three Garcías in the starting lineup for the White Sox.

Orioles back home and out of their division

BOSTON - The Orioles are changing Sox this weekend and the timing couldn’t be better. Out goes the nastiness that unfortunately defined the last series at Fenway Park. In come the non-division White Sox and all-around good guy Miguel González. May peace be with us. González returns to Baltimore, where he pitched for four seasons, and I’m confident that he won’t be hunting for heads

Orioles rally to gain split over the Red Sox (with quotes)

BOSTON - The Orioles left the bases loaded in the first inning last night and came up empty after working Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz for 34 pitches. They had two runners in scoring position in the first inning tonight and again couldn’t put a run on the board. If the lack of clutch hitting wasn’t enough of an irritant, the Orioles allowed three straight

Injury updates, roster moves and Hardy’s slump (O’s lead 8-3)

BOSTON - Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday as he recovers from ligament-reconstructive surgery in his right elbow. “It will be good to get him back out there,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We had hoped he’d make it back by June, so he’s right on schedule.” Outfielder Michael Bourn played nine innings today at extended spring training

Jiménez on his outing, Ynoa on his promotion

BOSTON - Ubaldo Jiménez will take a seat in the visiting dugout tonight and watch Tyler Wilson make the start that belonged to him. Jiménez should have closed out the series against the Red Sox, but the Orioles needed him to pitch in relief following Kevin Gausman’s ejection in the second inning. Richard Bleier covered the next four innings and was optioned today to Triple-A

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles also have called up Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned Alec Asher to the Tides. Both moves are official. Hyun Soo Kim gets the start tonight in left field as the Orioles close out their four-game series against the Red Sox and complete their road trip. Nothing else of interest here. Seth Smith is leading off, Mark Trumbo is the

Wilson and Ynoa joining the Orioles in Boston (Wilson recalled)

BOSTON - Last night’s early ejection of starting pitcher Kevin Gausman has forced the Orioles to make multiple roster moves for tonight’s series finale against the Red Sox. Pitchers Tyler Wilson and Gabriel Ynoa will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Wilson will get the start, with Ynoa going to the bullpen. Wilson has posted a 2.61 ERA in five career games against the Red Sox.

Revisiting last night’s ump show and the impact on pitching

BOSTON - Fans who paid last night to watch plate umpire Sam Holbrook sure got their money’s worth. They must have gone home happy. Memories to last a lifetime. Kids today are demanding two Angel Hernandez cards and a Laz Diaz for one Sam Holbrook. Holbrook put on a show, ejecting Kevin Gausman and Adam Jones within the first five innings. He jumped out of

Showalter, Gausman and Joseph on ejections and 4-2 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles already have a pitcher in place who could make Thursday night’s start against the Red Sox. He was summoned to Boston tonight, with the intent of possibly using him in relief. Richard Bleier and Ubaldo Jiménez were needed to cover the last seven innings after Kevin Gausman’s shocking ejection. Plate umpire Sam Holbrook tossed him for hitting Xander Bogaerts with a

Orioles lose game and listed starter for Thursday

BOSTON - In another unexpected development for a team that can’t get through a night undisturbed, the Orioles will need a starter for Thursday’s series finale against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Ubaldo Jiménez worked three scoreless innings of relief tonight in a 4-2 loss to the Red Sox, no longer making him available on Thursday. He was supposed to oppose Kyle Kendrick, who

Gausman ejected in second inning (Jones ejected in fifth)

BOSTON - Plate umpire Sam Holbrook ejected Orioles starter Kevin Gausman tonight for hitting Xander Bogaerts leading off the bottom of the second inning, bringing a heated protest from a team that’s been on the receiving end of purpose pitches. Gausman’s first pitch was a 77 mph curveball that hit Bogaerts on his left side. Holbrook immediately moved around the plate and tossed Gausman, a

Notes on Tillman, Castillo and tonight’s game

BOSTON - Chris Tillman will fly into Baltimore on Friday, throw a bullpen session and wait for confirmation that he’s starting Sunday afternoon against the White Sox at Camden Yards. The Orioles are listing the starter as TBD, but Tillman is expected to take the mound for his 2017 debut. Tillman served up four home runs last night in five innings at Triple-A Charlotte, but

Duquette says Machado “shouldn’t have to fear for his livelihood”

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he thought about removing third baseman Manny Machado from last night’s game against the Red Sox after the first inning due to concerns about the All-Star’s safety in the growing feud between the teams. Showalter considered the idea after a Chris Sale pitch zipped behind Machado’s knees. Machado talked him out of it and homered in the seventh

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Trey Mancini is in left field tonight for the Orioles, while Joey Rickard gets the start in right. Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter. Kevin Gausman is fighting to get on a roll, with only one quality start in six outings and a 7.50 ERA and 1.967 WHIP in 30 innings. His 42 hits allowed are tied for first in the

Wondering what’s in store tonight as series continues

BOSTON - The Orioles and Red Sox shouldn’t be allowed to play together for a while. They have other friends. Separate the two teams and see if they start to miss each other and make up. The ugliness won’t leave this series, just as it lingered in Baltimore like body odor. Bad slides, hit batters, pitches thrown behind hitters, racial slurs in the stands, more

Machado: “I’ve lost all respect for that organization”

BOSTON - The plate umpire issued a warning tonight. The FCC may do the same. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado boiled over outside the visiting clubhouse following tonight’s 5-2 loss to the Red Sox, his anger directed at left-hander Chris Sale and a fastball in the first inning that zipped behind his knees. With cameras and digital recorders rolling, Machado went on a profanity-laced tirade

Benches warned, a triple play executed and a game lost

BOSTON - Adam Jones heard his name announced tonight over the public address system at Fenway Park and the polite round of applause that accompanied his stroll to the plate in the first inning steadily grew into a standing ovation, fans reaching out to a rival player who was subjected last night to racial taunts and a bag of peanuts thrown in his direction. Red

Showalter: “It’s unfortunate and it’s non-tolerable” (O’s down 5-2)

BOSTON - On the list of reasons for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to be upset about what transpired last night at Fenway Park, marring a 5-2 victory over the Red Sox, included is how he didn’t know Adam Jones had taken such verbal abuse in center field. He saw the bag of peanuts that flew near the visiting dugout, aimed at Jones but hitting a

Orioles place Castillo on disabled list

BOSTON - The Orioles have placed catcher Welington Castillo on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and purchased the contract of catcher Francisco Peña from Triple-A Norfolk. Pitcher Damien Magnifico was designated for assignment to create a 40-man spot for Peña, who was outrighted in spring training. Castillo underwent an MRI this morning and no structural damage was found in the shoulder. He

Adam Jones: “I thought we moved past that a long time ago”

BOSTON - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones spent about 16 minutes this afternoon standing outside the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park and talking about incidents last night that included racial slurs and a bag of peanuts thrown at him. A hostile environment toward an opponent that turned especially ugly. Here’s a sampling of what he said. I’ll pass along more of the interview later: Asked

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles activated closer Zach Britton from the disabled list today and optioned right-hander Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk. Wright didn’t pitch after being recalled yesterday. Caleb Joseph is catching again, with Welington Castillo out of the starting lineup with neck spasms. For the OriolesJoey Rickard RFAdam Jones CFManny Machado 3BMark Trumbo DHChris Davis 1BJonthan Schoop 2BTrey Mancini LFJ.J. Hardy SSCaleb Joseph C

Britton’s return and tonight’s game

BOSTON - The Orioles are back in first place and ready to activate their closer from the disabled list. A strong bullpen is adding more muscle. We’ll find out how much flexing it does tonight with Alec Asher making his second start for the Orioles. Zach Britton will be available to the Orioles for the first time since allowing his only run in six appearances

Jones again the target of racial abuse (updated)

BOSTON - Manny Machado had to deal with a booing crowd last night and more questions about a series against the Red Sox in Baltimore than turned ugly following his late slide into Dustin Pedroia. Who knew that the real ugliness was playing out in the stands at Fenway Park? That Adam Jones was subjected to much harsher treatment? Jones clearly was agitated with fans

Machado answers critics in 5-2 victory (with quotes)

BOSTON - Manny Machado was greeted with a chorus of boos tonight as he stepped to the plate in the first inning, cast again as the villain for his slide into Dustin Pedroia when the Orioles and Red Sox met in Baltimore. Machado heard the same noise in his next at-bats. America’s most beloved ballpark doesn’t come with a mute button. He turned a hostile

Britton: “I feel like I’m ready to go” (Orioles lead 5-0)

BOSTON - Orioles closer Zach Britton will be activated before Tuesday night’s game, necessitating another roster move to clear a spot for him. The Orioles want to keep their five-man bench and probably will send out a reliever. Britton made two rehab appearances at Double-A Bowie and was much sharper yesterday, throwing 11 pitches in one inning. “I feel like I’m ready to go,” he

Castillo removed from lineup with neck spasms

BOSTON - Orioles catcher Welington Castillo was scratched from the lineup tonight due to a reoccurrence of the neck spasms that surfaced in spring training. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate for Dylan Bundy’s third start against the Red Sox. Manager Buck Showalter said Castillo’s neck has been bothering him “off and on” and the Orioles decided to sit him. “Obviously, the last three games

Castillo scratched from lineup (plus notes)

BOSTON - The Orioles have scratched catcher Welington Castillo from tonight’s lineup and replaced him with Caleb Joseph, who’s batting ninth. Manager Buck Showalter will provide an explanation later this afternoon. Seth Smith RF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Mark Trumbo DH Chris Davis 1B Jonathan Schoop 2B J.J. Hardy SS Ryan Flaherty LF Caleb Joseph C Dylan Bundy RHP Alec Asher has gotten

Orioles recall Mike Wright (plus lineups and notes)

BOSTON - The Orioles are taking advantage of the maneuverability of their bullpen, the latest example coming today with Mike Wright recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and Logan Verrett optioned to the Tides. Verrett was called up yesterday, earned the win in his Orioles debut with two scoreless innings and now heads back to Norfolk. Wright is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in five starts at

Trey Mancini included on All-Star Game ballot

BOSTON - Orioles rookie Trey Mancini is listed among the designated hitters on the All-Star Game ballot released today by Major League Baseball. Mancini has appeared in 15 games this season after making his debut in September and hitting three home runs in five games. He’s batting .216/.245/.549 (11-for-51) with two doubles, five home runs and 12 RBIs. The ballot also includes first baseman Chris

Leftovers for breakfast

NEW YORK - The Orioles made it through the month of April with a 15-8 record, their best start since the 2005 season. Didn’t have their No. 1 starter, lost their closer and tied with the Yankees for the best winning percentage in the American League. Only one day without at least a share of the division lead. Six wins, one loss and one tie

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