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Gentry single in ninth gives Orioles 2-1 win (with quotes)

The non-waiver trade deadline passed this afternoon and the Orioles played their first game as confirmed buyers, with the pending arrival of infielder Tim Beckham following Friday night’s acquisition of starter Jeremy Hellickson. No one is being flipped for prospects. The bullpen is intact. The only stripping takes place before showering. The newbies couldn’t impact tonight’s game. Beckham isn’t on the 25-man roster and Hellickson

Duquette: “There’s still hope for 2017” (tied 1-1)

The Orioles have placed outfielder Mark Trumbo on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right ribcage and transferred shortstop J.J. Hardy to the 60-day disabled list. They placed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson on the 25-man roster and optioned pitcher Yefry Ramírez to Double-A Bowie. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said today that he spoke to the majority of contenders as the non-waiver trade deadline approached.

Orioles acquire Tim Beckham from Rays, Trumbo may go on DL

The Orioles completed a trade this afternoon that sends short-season Single-A Aberdeen pitcher Tobias Myers to the Rays for shortstop Tim Beckham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. The deal was completed just prior to the 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline and announced 40 minutes later. Manager Buck Showalter declined to comment on the trade during his session with the media because it

Orioles acquire Yefry Ramírez from Yankees, Trumbo out of lineup

Though it doesn’t quality as huge non-waiver trade deadline news, the Orioles have acquired right-hander Yefry Ramírez from the Yankees today in exchange for international signing bonus slots. Ramírez, 23, is 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA and two complete games in 18 starts with Double-A Trenton. He’s walked 38 batters and struck out 91 in 92 1/3 innings. Ramírez has gone 30-26 with a 3.43

Does Britton make it past today’s deadline?

The non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. today, the last chance for teams to deal players without first passing them through waivers. Nothing has really changed with Zach Britton’s situation. There are numerous teams checking on him and the Orioles want a hefty return. No one is certain whether he’s going to be traded. It could go either way, depending on the offers. Does any

Orioles bring back Gentry (plus lineups)

The Orioles have selected the contract of Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Craig Gentry to fill out their 25-man roster. They were down to 24 players with outfielder Hyun Soo Kim traded to the Phillies. New pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won’t report to the team until Monday. The 40-man roster had a couple of openings before today’s transaction. The Orioles are listing Ubaldo Jiménez, Dylan Bundy and TBD

Miley vs. Perez in series finale in Texas

Manager Buck Showalter remains noncommittal about Jeremy Hellickson’s debut with the Orioles and whether he’s going with a five- or a six-man rotation. Reporters in Texas couldn’t pry the answer from him. Hellickson will join the club Monday in Baltimore. In the meantime, the rotation received another boost last night from Kevin Gausman, who came within an out of a complete-game shutout and has allowed

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Caleb Joseph is behind the plate tonight as Kevin Gausman takes the mound at Globe Life Park and the Orioles try to stop a three-game skid. Seth Smith is in right field again, with Trey Mancini in left. The Orioles aren’t listing their starters beyond left-hander Wade Miley on Sunday afternoon. No word yet on Jeremy Hellickson’s debut following last night’s trade with the Phillies.

More from Duquette on Hellickson trade

Last night’s trade with the Phillies that brought Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles was born out of need and frustration. The Orioles need someone to give them a chance to win every five days and they’re frustrated with a rotation that keeps providing early deficits and is lugging a 5.98 ERA. Executive vice president Dan Duquette sent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, Double-A Bowie left-hander Garret

Givens giving Orioles more reasons to consider bigger role

If you’ve paid close attention to the rundown of available Orioles at the non-waiver trade deadline, you’ve noticed how reliever Mychal Givens is nowhere to be found. He doesn’t enter the conversation. The door to that room seems to be locked and bolted. It would take a special offer to pry away Givens, who may be the closer-in-waiting as the Orioles remain open to moving

Orioles acquire Hellickson from Phillies

The Orioles lost another game tonight, but they gained a veteran starter for their rotation. Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson was acquired from the Phillies along with cash for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, Double-A Bowie left-hander Garrett Cleavinger and international signing bonus slots. Hellickson was scratched from tonight’s start. He’s 6-5 with a 4.73 ERA 1.255 WHIP in 20 starts and has struck out only 65 batters

Orioles and Rangers lineups

The Orioles begin a three-game series tonight against the Rangers with a pretty standard lineup. Trey Mancini is in left field and Seth Smith is in right against Rangers right-hander Andrew Cashner. Welington Castillo is catching. Jonathan Schoop is hitting .333 (30-for-90) this month with three doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBIs. His RBI total ranks second in the American League, his home runs

Latest on DL Hall’s debut

As the Orioles continue to talk about finding another starter to upgrade their rotation, they’ve got a schedule set up for left-hander DL Hall to begin his professional career. Hall can’t provide immediate assistance to the Orioles, but he has to start somewhere. It’s happening, as expected, in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Hall will make his debut on Aug. 4 at noon against the

More Britton and tonight’s game

The Orioles will have a locker set up today for closer Zach Britton in the visiting clubhouse at Glove Life Park. He’s still with the team. The Orioles still haven’t jumped into the trade activity as the non-waiver deadline nears. Scouts are following the Orioles - you’ll find them in every ballpark - and Britton has proven to be a difficult read. There are lingering

Leftovers for breakfast

There’s something almost sinful about wasting a quality start from Ubaldo Jiménez, who’s registered five of them this season among his 16 outings. It’s like the canteen scene in “Three Amigos” with Chevy Chase gargling and spitting out his water and dumping the rest in the desert sand while Steve Martin and Martin Short are practically dying of thirst. (YouTube it if the reference is

Orioles lose game and series to Rays (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - This one can’t be laid entirely on Ubaldo Jiménez’s shoulders. The home run was costly, but Jiménez offered quality. He was the good version of himself. But the offense didn’t reach the same level. Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer off Jiménez with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Orioles were rationed to Jonathan Schoop’s solo

Notes on rotation, Flaherty, Santander and Davis (O’s down 3-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are starting Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley in the three-game series against the Rangers that begins on Friday at Globe Life Park. The Rangers are listing Andrew Cashner for Friday and left-hander Martin Perez for Sunday. They haven’t announced Saturday’s starter. Manager Buck Showalter also confirmed that Dylan Bundy will be pushed back to Tuesday night against

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - First baseman Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup after missing the last two games with a stomach virus. Seth Smith is in right field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate as the Orioles try to win the series against the Rays. The Orioles are 4 1/2 games back for the second wild card and six games behind the first-place

Updating Britton situation and Jiménez’s next chance

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have one game remaining today against the Rays before flying to Dallas and inching closer to the non-waiver trade deadline that arrives on Monday. They’re not conceding the 2017 season or the one that follows. They’re not going to do a full teardown of the club like the great roster purge of 2000. They remain in the market for

One bad inning for Miley leads to loss (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Wade Miley retired the side in order in the first inning tonight on only nine pitches. He made two-out walks insignificant in the third and fourth, and did the same with a one-out walk and hit batter in the fifth. No one reached in the sixth. No hits were surrendered, and most important, no runs. There are no do-overs or mulligans,

More on Davis, Hardy, Machado and Tejada (O’s down 5-4)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t certain whether first baseman Chris Davis will stay at Tropicana Field for tonight’s game or head back to the team hotel, as he did last night because of a stomach virus. “Still weak,” Showalter said. “It was a lot better today. Hopefully, he’ll be able to start tomorrow. “He’s lost a lot of fluids. You can

Davis out of lineup again with “little viral bug”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis remains out of tonight’s lineup because of a viral infection that has bothered his stomach for the past few days. “From what I got from the doctor yesterday, it’s just kind of a little viral bug,” he said. “You want the details?” I don’t know. Do I? “Um ... I woke up two nights ago feeling

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight due to an illness. Davis didn’t play last night and was examined by a Rays physician. Trey Mancini is starting at first base and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Seth Smith is in left field, with Joey Rickard playing right. Ryan Flaherty joined a few teammates taking early batting practice today.

Miley’s start, Jones atop the order and Gausman’s grit

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Is it possible for a pitcher to better locate the strike zone after he’s settled into his comfort zone? The Orioles are banking on Wade Miley to carry on his success against the Rays and inside Tropicana Field as they continue their three-game series. Miley is 4-3 with a 2.60 ERA and 1.075 WHIP in 10 career starts against the Rays

Gausman and three relievers team for 5-0 win (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kevin Gausman had no real margin for error tonight against the Rays. Bending was permitted as long as he snapped back into shape without even the tiniest of breaks. All of those meltdowns with a lead and with runners on base had to stay in the past. And that’s precisely where Gausman kept them. Gausman navigated through a bases-load\ed jam in

Davis out of lineup, Schoop on Player of Week honor (O’s up 4-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is out of tonight’s lineup due to an illness. One of the Rays physicians is examining Davis, who could be available later tonight. Left-hander Blake Snell’s splits apparently don’t factor into the decision to sit Davis, who was held out of batting practice today. “Obviously, he’s under the weather,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Hopefully, he’ll be

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles return to Tropicana Field tonight only 3 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot. They’re starting both of their catchers against Rays left-hander Blake Snell, with Welington Castillo serving as designated hitter. Mark Trumbo is playing first base and Chris Davis is on the bench. Snell is 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA and 1.625 WHIP in 11

Schoop named AL Player of the Week

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The hot bat of second baseman Jonathan Schoop earned him recognition beyond the Orioles. Schoop has been named the American League’s Player of the Week after batting .433 in seven games. Schoop went 13-for-30 with two doubles, three home runs, 16 RBIs and eight runs scored, as the Orioles try to at least stay in the wild card hunt. This is

Caleb Joseph talks about his offensive resurgence

Caleb Joseph has a tendency to choke up at the plate and he doesn’t care who notices. He’s secure in his masculinity. There are no tears from the Orioles catcher, though his injury last summer would make anyone’s eyes water. Joseph suffered through a miserable 2016 season, and not just the foul ball that put him on the disabled list for a month. He crafted

Showalter catching on to backstop rotation

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wrote Caleb Joseph’s name into Wednesday night’s lineup against the Rangers, then switched to Welington Castillo on Thursday. He went back to Joseph Friday night in the series opener against the Astros and selected Castillo last night. An early afternoon game today most likely will put Joseph behind the plate. No quick turnaround for Castillo. For Showalter, it’s nice to have

Orioles and Astros lineups

Hyun Soo Kim gets a rare start today, serving as the designated hitter as the Orioles try to avoid being swept by the Astros. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Caleb Joseph is catching. Adam Jones is 9-for-23 with two doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and nine runs scored in his last five games. The Astros placed rookie Colin Moran on the 10-day

Orioles can’t hold three-run lead in 8-4 loss (with quotes)

On the same night that executive vice president Dan Duquette told season-ticket holders at Camden Yards that the Orioles still could make a run at a playoff berth, two home runs by the Astros in the sixth inning delivered the loudest message. Marwin Gonzalez’s pinch-hit three-run shot off Darren O’Day completed a bizarre series of events in the inning and pointed the Astros toward an

Weather update and Showalter on Wright (O’s down 6-4)

The tarp remains on the field today at Camden Yards as a light rains falls, the kind that sent fans scurrying and cut short the annual “State of the Orioles” event for season-ticket holders. No word on whether the game will be delayed at the start. Update: It’s delayed at the start. The Orioles already have endured 12 games delayed by inclement weather or the

Duquette: “I still have hope for this year’s club”

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette painted the Orioles today during at Q&A session with season ticket holders as a team that’s trying to improve its starting pitching and make a playoff run in 2017. Duquette, sitting on top of the visiting dugout with manager Buck Showalter during the annual “State of the Orioles,” seemed to challenge reports that the Orioles are in sell mode.

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Rubén Tejada continues to play shortstop for the Orioles and he continues to rake. Tejada, in tonight’s lineup again, has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats for a .429 average. Welington Castillo is catching. Seth Smith is in right field. Chris Davis is 4-for-30 with a double, three home runs, eight RBIs and 13 strikeouts since coming off the disabled list. Manny Machado is

More on Jiménez, the rotation, Britton’s market, tonight’s game

The Orioles have lost four games since the All-Star break and they’ve fallen behind 8-0, 7-0, 6-0 and 5-0. My advice is to stop doing it. The plan clearly isn’t working. Putting Ubaldo Jiménez back in the bullpen isn’t really a solution for the reasons previously stated. He needs extra time to get loose, he tends to struggle in his first inning and he requires

Orioles unable to maintain roll in 8-7 loss to Astros (with quotes)

The Astros hit for the cycle nine batters into tonight’s game and led by five runs after the second inning. A season didn’t die, but the buzz from a four-game sweep was killed. Ubaldo Jiménez turned in another unsatisfactory performance, raising questions about his status in the rotation and the organization for the umpteenth time, and the Orioles opened their weekend series with an 8-7

Notes on lineup, catchers and a “semi-deadline” (O’s down 8-2)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will accompany the team to Tampa and Arlington during the upcoming road trip. He’ll be reexamined by a hand specialist upon the club’s return home and most likely cleared for strengthening exercises. Infielder Ryan Flaherty and Rule 5 outfielder Anthony Santander remain scheduled to start their injury rehab assignments in six days. Seth Smith is 9-for-20 with three home runs in

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Joey Rickard gets the start in right field tonight as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Astros at Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. The Orioles have hit at least four home runs in 10 games this season, which is tops in the majors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Orioles have three other seasons with four home runs or

Showalter: “You really think the trade rumors will get quieted?”

The question came across as innocent, though it’s not always clear when delivered by Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Showalter usually knows the answer and seems to be testing his audience. Maybe that was the intent yesterday afternoon during his pregame media session. We took the bait. Before delving into the latest dissection of Trey Mancini’s season, Showalter asked, “Who’s the Rookie of the Year frontrunner?”

Orioles complete sweep of Rangers with 9-7 win (with quotes)

The Orioles’ streak of quality starts ended tonight in the top of the fifth inning. They settled for tacking on another win. Seemed like a better plan. Down by four runs in the middle innings, the Orioles again rode their rejuvenated offense to a 9-7 victory over the Rangers before an announced crowd of 14,691 at Camden Yards that completed a four-game sweep. Jonathan Schoop,

Showalter ignoring the standings again (O’s lead 9-5)

With the Red Sox losing this afternoon, the Orioles already gained a half-game in the division race to leave them 7 1/2 back as they get ready to finish their series against the Rangers. They’re also 3 1/2 behind in the wild card chase, but manager Buck Showalter isn’t interested. Showalter makes it appear that he’s not even a casual observer. “I haven’t (looked) in

Santander and Flaherty to begin rehab assignments July 27

The Orioles are skipping batting practice today due to the heat index. They’re taking their hitting act indoors. “It didn’t make a whole lot of sense,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Hoping it clears.” The offense already is hot with 25 runs scored in the first three games of the series. The Orioles hit 2,490 home runs at Memorial Stadium from 1954-1991. They’ve hit 2,490 at

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Welington Castillo is behind the plate tonight and Joey Rickard remains in right field, as the Orioles attempt to complete a four-games sweep of the Rangers. Adam Jones’ 15 home runs against the Rangers are his highest total against a team outside the American League East. Jonathan Schoop’s next double will be the 100th of his career. Caleb Joseph is batting .307 (23-for-75) in 28

Notes on rumors, tonight’s game, Joseph and minor matters

The Orioles are doing a lousy impression of a team that’s focused on the future. Players hear and read the rumors. They’re aware of the vulnerability of their top relievers. They, too, wonder how they can remain competitive if the bullpen, the team’s undisputed strength, is torn down at the back end. One player told me yesterday that he’d be surprised if Zach Britton or

Orioles score in double digits again in 10-2 win (with quotes)

If this is how the Orioles are going to respond to trade rumors and the notion that they’re sellers, the front office should plant the idea a few days after they break camp. Kevin Gausman turned in the rotation’s third consecutive quality start and the Orioles batted around in the seventh inning and assured themselves of a series win with a 10-2 victory over the

Tejada trying to extend hot streak into tonight’s game (O’s win 10-2)

With Johnny Giavotella on the roster strictly as a second baseman, Rubén Tejada has settled into a role as the everyday shortstop for the Orioles. Paul Janish was designated for assignment and again outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The only alternative in J.J. Hardy’s absence seems to be moving second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the left side of the infield, which has happened only twice in

Notes on Britton, trade rumors, Harvey, Flaherty and Castro

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has declared left-hander Zach Britton ready to resume closing at the next opportunity. Britton has entered games in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings since coming off the disabled list again, and he hasn’t been used in a save situation. He finished up last night’s 12-1 win over the Rangers. The last of Britton’s five saves came on April 14 in

Orioles and Rangers lineups

The Orioles will try tonight to build their first three-game winning streak since June 24-27. Another quality start tonight from Kevin Gausman would give the Orioles three in a row for the first time since May 19-21. The Orioles are alone in fourth place, eight games behind the first-place Yankees and 4 ½ out for the second wild card. Joey Rickard is in right field

This, that and the other

Not that more examples are required to drive home the point that the Orioles’ rotation has been a mess, but Kevin Gausman’s 71 earned runs allowed ranked highest in the majors before last night, followed by Ubaldo Jiménez and the Giants’ Matt Moore with 68. Gausman’s 20 starts were tied for first. It’s a large sample size. Gausman brings a 6.39 ERA and 1.790 WHIP

Bundy with another quality start in 12-1 romp (with quotes)

The Orioles are a streaky little bunch. And that includes little streaks. They won the last two games before the break, were swept by the Cubs in a three-game series to start the second half and have beaten the Rangers twice in a row. These are small-sample-size streaks, but they’ve again put the Orioles five games below .500 and intensified the debate over buyers versus

Duquette weighs deals for “this year and future years”

The Orioles suddenly are playing again like a club that hasn’t conceded the 2017 season, no matter its placement in the standings and the wild card race. The optimism comes and goes, just like the run production that resurfaced in the first inning. To be determined is how many of the current players will be part of any attempts to make another run at contention.

Showalter on Wright, Britton, Givens and Bundy

Slow news day this afternoon at Camden Yards. Nothing in the way of significant injury updates. Utility infielder Ryan Flaherty may not be ready to begin a rehab assignment later this week, but there haven’t been any setbacks. Mike Wright remains with the Gulf Coast League team and will get another start after pitching yesterday and allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning. Manager

Orioles and Rangers lineups

No surprises in the Orioles’ lineup tonight. Seth Smith continues to bat seventh, with Adam Jones in the leadoff spot. Trey Mancini continues to play left field, with Hyun Soo Kim on the bench. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Orioles and Nationals are tied for the major league lead with 11 games won while scoring three runs or fewer. The Major League Baseball

Bundy set up to top last year’s innings total

If anyone chose July 18 as the date that Dylan Bundy surpassed last year’s innings total, go directly to the window and wait to collect your money. Shake your head in amazement if you’re denied. Question your luck. Change hobbies immediately. It’s not a sure thing with two innings required, but your chances are pretty solid. Take your place in line. Bundy has amassed 108

Orioles find recipe for first second-half win (with Showalter quotes)

This is how it looks when a starting pitcher is largely effective and the offense perks up at the exact right moment. This is how a team tumbling out of control finally regains its footing. Chris Tillman offered up a rare quality start for the Orioles tonight and Seth Smith’s home run in the seventh inning broke a tie and sparked a 3-1 victory over

Harvey set to join GCL team on Wednesday (O’s lead 3-1)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed to reporters this afternoon at Camden Yards that former first-round pick Hunter Harvey will pitch Wednesday in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Harvey, 22, is beginning an injury rehab assignment one year after undergoing ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. He recently threw a two-inning simulated game and convinced the Orioles that he was ready to join an affiliate. “I

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers (updated)

Adam Jones remains the Orioles’ leadoff hitter and Seth Smith continues to bat seventh as the Orioles begin a four-game series against the Rangers at Camden Yards. Nothing unusual about the lineup. Jonathan Schoop still is batting third and has returned to second base, and Trey Mancini remains in left field. Left-handers are batting .366/.482/.538 against Chris Tillman this season. According to MLB Statcast, Manny

Available Orioles and Tillman’s return to the mound

There are varying levels of “sellers” in baseball. The Orioles are in the process of seeking their level. They must get approval from ownership before making any significant deals. In the meantime, they’d definitely be willing to move outfielders Seth Smith and Hyun Soo Kim and catcher Welington Castillo. Those are the smaller pieces that don’t get as much media attention. Executive vice president Dan

Orioles swept by Cubs in first post-break series (with quotes)

The All-Star break didn’t fix the Orioles’ starting rotation. It’s still broken. Rest must not have been the answer. Ubaldo Jiménez lasted only 3 2/3 innings this afternoon and the Orioles lost to the Cubs 8-0 before an announced crowd of 31,105 at Camden Yards. The Orioles were swept in the opening series of the second half and fell to 42-49, putting them seven games

Notes on Schoop and Giavotella (O’s down 8-0)

Jonathan Schoop is making his second start and third appearance at shortstop today, with Johnny Giavotella playing second base in the series finale. As I wrote this morning, Giavotella is 4-for-8 lifetime against Cubs left-hander Jose Quintana. “I want to get Johnny in there,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “He’s only second base, so to get him in there and to not sit Jon, unless

Flaherty on the frustration of injury and Orioles’ struggles

Infielder Ryan Flaherty hasn’t been given an exact date for beginning his injury rehab assignment, but he’s hopeful that he can start playing later this week. And just briefly before the Orioles activate him from the disabled list. The Orioles cleared Flaherty to begin throwing again and he’s been taking ground balls and swinging in the cage. “I’ve been throwing now for about a week

Orioles and Cubs lineups

Jonathan Schoop is starting at shortstop today as the Orioles try to avoid a three-game sweep by the Cubs. Johnny Giavotella is starting at second base. Adam Jones remains the leadoff hitter, with Trey Mancini in left field and Joey Rickard in right. For the Orioles Adam Jones CF Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop SS Mark Trumbo DH Chris Davis 1B Trey Mancini LF Welington

Outside interest in Brach and today’s game

In case anyone missed it on Twitter, I’ll pass along that teams like players who might be able to help them, but there may not be active discussions between the two sides. Also, everyone likes Zach Britton. There may actually be more inquiries about Brad Brach than Britton. I’m hearing that there’s heavy traffic on Brach, who was dangled at the Winter Meetings for the

Two-out trouble tells story in Orioles’ 10-3 loss to Cubs (with quotes)

Two feel-good victories for the Orioles to close the first half have lost their value, erased by two losses coming out of the break that shove them further out of the playoff picture. Jake Arrieta held his former team to one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, Wade Miley couldn’t avoid two-out trouble and the Orioles lost to the Cubs 10-3 before an announced crowd

Schoop on All-Star experience (O’s down 9-2)

The Orioles continue to bat Jonathan Schoop third, with his 18th start coming tonight against the Cubs at Camden Yards. It seems to agree with him. Schoop is hitting .299/.351/.507 with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs in 67 at-bats. He enters tonight’s game with a .296/.347/.537 slash line with 24 doubles, 18 home runs, 54 RBIs and 19 walks. Schoop has hit

Gausman, rehab assignments, Britton and Bleier roles

With Kevin Gausman recording only five quality starts among his 20 outings this season, his ERA climbing to 6.39 in 100 innings, the Orioles aren’t resistant to the idea of sending him down to the minors. They just haven’t reached that point. Whether an assignment at Triple-A Norfolk would benefit Gausman is open to debate. “That’s a matter of, you can get a lot of

Orioles and Cubs lineups

Adam Jones remains the Orioles’ leadoff hitter for tonight’s game against the Cubs, who are starting right-hander Jake Arrieta. Seth Smith, who normally bats first against right-handers, is moved down to seventh. Caleb Joseph is catching left-hander Wade Miley. Mark Trumbo is batting .313 (10-for-32) with two doubles, four home runs, eight RBIs, five walks and eight runs scored. Manny Machado is batting .419 (13-for-31)

Arrieta and Strop at Camden Yards, Miley’s success vs. Cubs

Jake Arrieta will get the bulk of the attention this weekend because he’s returning to Camden Yards for the first time since the Orioles traded him to the Cubs on July 2, 2013. The two no-hitters and the Cy Young Award are the likely reasons. No need to overthink it. However, let’s not forget about reliever Pedro Strop, who was included in the deal. He

Orioles battle back from eight-run deficit and lose (with quotes)

The Orioles may not be sellers, but they were ready to trade tonight’s game. Maybe for an outcome to be named later. Kevin Gausman allowed a career-high four home runs through the third inning and the Cubs built an eight-run lead before the Orioles stormed back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. A miserable night took a dramatic turn for the better.

Machado on trade speculation, Arrieta on return (tied 8-8)

The tarp is on the field at Camden Yards as a light rain began to fall during batting practice, and the start of tonight’s game will be delayed. This will be the 12th game delayed for the Orioles this season due to inclement weather or the threat of it. The Orioles took BP without interruption. They made a roster move earlier today by activating first

Showalter on Flaherty, Jones leading off, trade deadline and more

Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty remains with the club and could go on an injury rehab assignment next week. Flaherty, on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder, did some early hitting this afternoon and he continues to take ground balls and throw. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s hopeful that Flaherty will be able to join an affiliate within the next five to seven days.

Orioles and Cubs lineups (Gentry outrighted)

The Orioles’ first lineup following the All-Star break includes Adam Jones in the leadoff spot, where he spent the majority of the 2016 season. Jones is batting first against Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery. Manny Machado is hitting second, following by Jonathan Schoop, Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis, who’s off the disabled list. The Orioles haven’t announced a corresponding roster move for Davis, but outfielder Craig

Orioles set to begin second half with series against Cubs

The Orioles begin the official second half of the season tonight, not the mathematical version, with a three-game series against a unique opponent. The Cubs are visiting Baltimore for only the second time, taking two of three games in 2003. It was so long ago, Rick Helling and Travis Driskill covered nine innings for the lone win on June 12. Driskill allowed one run in

Workout day provides updates on rotation, Davis, Hardy and more

Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed his rotation today for the next five games, including the previously unidentified starter for Sunday. Kevin Gausman, Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jiménez will work the three-game series against the Cubs that begins Friday night at Camden Yards. Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy will face the Rangers on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, as the homestand continues. Bundy was shoved to the

More on Davis’ pending return and Mancini’s impressive first half

SALISBURY, Md. - Chris Davis wished that he could have hit a home run last night to reward the fans at Perdue Stadium who greeted each of his at-bats with a rousing ovation. He settled for no longer having pain in his right oblique and being ready to come off the disabled list. Going 0-for-4 with Single-A Delmarva, including a strikeout and double play, didn’t

Chris Davis finishes rehab assignment and is ready to rejoin O’s

SALISBURY, Md. - Chris Davis completed his brief injury rehab assignment tonight with four at-bats with the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League. Serving as the designated hitter and batting second, Davis struck out swinging in the first inning, grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the third inning, bounced to second base leading off the sixth and bounced to first base

Orioles still in buyers mode ... for now

The Orioles remain in buyers mode as they wait for the season to resume on Friday, when they begin a 10-game homestand. However, it’s subject to change depending on what happens over the next three weeks. Here’s what won’t change: The Orioles continue to hold onto hope that the pitchers and position players currently on the 25-man roster and in the organization will provide the

Schoop doubles and scores in first All-Star Game

Jonathan Schoop proved tonight that he also can double in games that don’t count. Schoop entered tonight’s All-Star Game at second base in the bottom of the fourth inning and batted in the top of the fifth against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood. Schoop grounded a double down the left field line with two outs and two strikes, and he scored on a bloop single inside

Paul Janish and David Washington outrighted to Norfolk

The Orioles announced today that infielder Paul Janish and first baseman David Washington are staying in the organization. Janish and Washington cleared waivers and were assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, leading to more roster moves for the Tides after play resumes. The International League All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday in Tacoma. Janish has been outrighted multiple times again this season and could have refused the

Bullpen set up nicely for Orioles

While the majority of the pitching focus rightly falls upon the Orioles rotation and an ERA that’s approaching 6.00, the bullpen is rounding into shape. Manager Buck Showalter finally may have the unit in place that he’s desired, beginning with closer Zach Britton, twice removed from the active roster with a strained left forearm. Britton’s third appearance Sunday since his return easily was his most

Quick update on Chris Davis

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis completed his first injury rehab game today after eight innings at Single-A Frederick. Davis batted second and had five plate appearances against Myrtle Beach. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored. Keys manager Keith Bodie removed Davis for a pinch-runner after a double in the eighth inning. Davis walked in the first inning against Pelicans starter Scott Effross

A few thoughts on the first half

MINNEAPOLIS - When does four games below .500 at the All-Star break feel like a positive development? When the Orioles were six below with two left. Too bad there’s really no such thing as momentum in baseball based on games won. The next day’s starting pitcher dictates it. And four days will pass before the Orioles resume play. They need Kevin Gausman to come out

Wrapping up an 11-5 win

MINNEAPOLIS - The fire alarm didn’t sound at Target Field today. It only looked like a drill as the Orioles rushed to get out of the ballpark and catch their flights home for the All-Star break. Stragglers were in danger of being left behind. The Orioles ended the first half with two consecutive wins, including today’s 11-5 romp over the Twins to leave them 42-46

Orioles close first half with 11-5 win and series split

MINNEAPOLIS - Whose idea was it to stop the season? The Orioles have closed the first half with back-to-back victories, jumping out to an early lead today and defeating the Twins 11-5 to gain a series split before an announced crowd of 25,848 at Target Field. Adam Jones homered twice and drove in five runs, Caleb Joseph had three RBIs and Ubaldo Jiménez was scored

Updating Davis, the rotation and Santander (O’s lead 11-5)

MINNEAPOLIS - Chris Davis took batting practice again this morning and he remains scheduled to begin a short injury rehab assignment Monday afternoon at Single-A Frederick. Davis will get three or four at-bats with the Keys in his first game since going on the disabled list retroactive to June 13 with a strained right oblique. “It went fine,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Ready to go

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNEAPOLIS - Jonathan Schoop is back at second base today as the Orioles conclude their road trip and the first half. Rubén Tejada is starting at shortstop. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Mark Trumbo DH Trey Mancini 1B Hyun Soo Kim

Last game before the break

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles understand that they can’t make up all of this lost ground in one or two games. With one or two swings. With a few quality starts. You spend that much time digging a hole, you don’t climb out of it in a couple of seconds. “One game at time, don’t think about yesterday,” said Jonathan Schoop, who enabled the Orioles to

Orioles end losing streak at five games with 5-1 win (with quotes)

MINNESOTA - Wade Miley wanted the starting assignment today. He didn’t beg for it. He didn’t stand on top of manager Buck Showalter’s desk and pound his chest. But he didn’t want to give the appearance that he was hiding from his slump. Give him the ball and another chance. Why stagger into the break when you can strut? Miley came within an out of

Tillman on his view from the bullpen (O’s ahead 5-1)

MINNESOTA - Chris Tillman is sitting in a major league bullpen today, and not at an All-Star Game or to visit friends and teammates. He’s listed with the relievers after returning from paternity leave. Tillman hasn’t pitched in relief in a major league game and can’t remember the last time it happened in the minors. It was one game at Triple-A Norfolk in 2012 after

Orioles DFA Paul Janish

MINNESOTA - Infielder Paul Janish is back in limbo. But at least it’s close to home. The Orioles designated Janish for assignment this afternoon to create room for pitcher Chris Tillman on the 25-man roster. Tillman came off the paternity list and is available in the bullpen. Janish has multiple outrights and can refuse the assignment if he clears waivers. However, he’s likely to stay,

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNESOTA - Jonathan Schoop will make his first major league start at shortstop in this afternoon’s game against the Twins. The Orioles have not announced a corresponding roster move for Chris Tillman’s return from the paternity list. As I wrote this morning, with Johnny Giavotella starting at second base and Schoop moving to short, the Orioles can remove one of their shortstops. For the OriolesJoey

Miley gets another chance before the break

MINNESOTA - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a decision to make. Keep Wade Miley in the rotation and in turn, or reinsert Chris Tillman following his separation from the team for the birth of his daughter. Go with the cold hand or a guy who hadn’t been around in almost a week and would be flying into Minnesota late the night before his assignment. Showalter

Orioles acquire Aaron Myers from Brewers

MINNESOTA - The Orioles continue to move their international signing bonus slots in exchange for young players. The latest trade came late tonight when they acquired right-hander Aaron Myers, 23, from the Brewers and assigned him to Single-A Delmarva. The Brewers signed Myers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 out of Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He’s 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 41

Orioles lose big lead and another game (with quotes)

MINNESOTA - A game that started with back-to-back home runs for the Orioles, that began with such promise that a six-run lead was attached to it like ribbon, deteriorated into one of the worst losses of the season. The fact that it doesn’t immediately vault to No. 1 without debate speaks volumes. Kevin Gausman failed to record an out in the fifth inning, another sizeable

Miley starting on Saturday (O’s down 7-6)

MINNESOTA - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has chosen left-hander Wade Miley to start Saturday afternoon’s game against the Twins at Target Field. Miley is taking his regular turn. It was in doubt as Showalter debated whether to start Chris Tillman, who returns on Saturday from paternity leave. Tillman is flying into Minnesota late tonight. “I just didn’t like the idea of ... he hasn’t really

Davis remains encouraged by health as activities increase

MINNESOTA - Whether Chris Davis is ready for more baseball activities won’t be clear until the Orioles first baseman wakes up on Saturday and determines that the soreness hasn’t returned to his right side. Davis took batting practice, threw and fielded ground balls earlier today and said he responded favorably to it. Still no setbacks as he tries to return from a strained oblique. “I

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNESOTA - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis took live batting practice this afternoon and fielded ground balls while increasing the intensity of his baseball activities. Davis hadn’t hit live pitching since going on the disabled list with a strained right oblique. He’s expected to play Monday afternoon at Single-A Frederick and Wednesday night at low Single-A Delmarva, work out with the Orioles on Thursday and

Updating Hardy and tonight’s game

MINNESOTA - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy flew back to Baltimore yesterday morning and will see a hand specialist on Wednesday. Hardy could be cleared to begin light activities as he recovers from a fractured bone in his right wrist. (Why don’t you hear about players seeing a wrist specialist?) The Orioles placed Hardy on the disabled list retroactive to June 19, putting his appointment around

Orioles undone by one inning in 6-4 loss (with quotes)

MINNESOTA - The unraveling happens so quickly and with such force that it creates sparks. Players should be required to wear protective goggles. The Orioles took a two-run lead into the third inning tonight and watched the Twins bat around while scoring six times, and the final series before the All-Star break began with a 6-4 loss before an announced crowd of 19,706 at Target

More on Saturday’s starter and Giavotella’s arrival (O’s down 6-4)

MINNESOTA - The Orioles will remove Chris Tillman from the paternity list on Saturday, but manager Buck Showalter could put him in the bullpen before the break. Showalter seems to be leaning toward starting Wade Miley in the third game of the series, keeping the left-hander on his normal turn. Tillman had a work day this afternoon at Double-A Bowie under the guidance of pitching

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

MINNESOTA - Johnny Giavotella is on the bench for tonight’s series opener against the Twins at Target Field. The Orioles selected Giavotella’s contract earlier today from Triple-A Norfolk, and he’s among five reserves available to manager Buck Showalter. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and batting eighth ahead of shortstop Paul Janish. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B

Orioles purchase Giavotella’s contract and DFA Washington

MINNESOTA - The Orioles selected the contract of Triple-A Norfolk second baseman Johnny Giavotella today and optioned left-hander Jayson Aquino to the Tides, giving them an extra position player. First baseman/outfielder David Washington was designated for assignment to make room for Giavotella on the 40-man roster. Giavotella is batting .306/.368/.441 with 22 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 45 RBIs in 83 games. His

Orioles need more starter choices to bloom down on the farm

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles knew that Chris Tillman wouldn’t make last night’s start due to the pending arrival of his first child. He didn’t accompany the team to Milwaukee. A replacement had to be found. This is where we’re confronted with one of the organization’s biggest issues, a prime reason why the Orioles are below .500 approaching the break and fans are ordering them to

Adam Jones: “We’re just not playing good baseball”

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles ate and dressed inside another quiet clubhouse tonight, the televisions and music turned off as usual following a loss. It’s becoming a common scene, especially with a 15-28 record on the road. The sounds of silence. Center fielder Adam Jones wasn’t looking for or offering excuses for the latest failure, a 4-0 defeat that allowed the Brewers to complete a three-game

Orioles swept by Brewers to fall four games below .500

MILWAUKEE - The bases are loaded and the rookie pitcher is due up with his first major league at-bat. The rookie first baseman smokes a line drive up the middle with two on and two outs, and the second baseman, scrambling to get back in position, knocks it down with his chest and records the out. The shortstop makes a diving attempt, the ball deflects

Orioles acquire Milton Ramos from Mets (O’s down 4-0)

MILWAUKEE - Wanting to improve their shortstop depth in the minors, the Orioles acquired 21-year-old Milton Ramos from the Mets this afternoon for international signing bonus slots and assigned him to Single-A Delmarva. Ramos stays in the South Atlantic League, where the Colombian native was batting .227/.272/.276 with seven doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs in 57 games. A third-round pick in 2014 out of

Roster moves and the lineups

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles transferred infielder Ryan Flaherty to the 60-day disabled list today to make room for closer Zach Britton on the 40-man roster. Britton came off the disabled list, Chris Tillman went on paternity leave and left-hander Jayson Aquino was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to make tonight’s start against the Brewers. Mark Trumbo remains in the lineup tonight after leaving yesterday’s game with

Aquino’s start and some familiar faces on the other side

MILWAUKEE - Get ready for more roster moves today, with Zach Britton coming off the disabled list and Chris Tillman going on paternity leave. Tyler Wilson was optioned one day after the Orioles recalled him from Triple-A Norfolk to provide a long reliever. Left-hander Jayson Aquino is taking Tillman’s spot in the rotation for the series finale against the Brewers. Ryan Flaherty could be transferred

Trumbo update and wrapping up a 6-2 loss

MILWAUKEE - Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo received an X-ray on his left calf today that came back negative, the only positive development at Miller Park. Trumbo fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning of the Orioles’ 6-2 loss to the Brewers. He singled into center field, but was replaced by Joey Rickard in the bottom of the sixth. “He fouled a ball

Orioles’ slide continues with 6-2 loss to Brewers

MILWAUKEE - Ubaldo Jiménez couldn’t duplicate the magic. Jiménez served up three home runs to the Brewers in five innings and the Orioles lost again today 6-2 before an announced crowd of 31,818 at Miller Park. The Brewers finished with four home runs, the second from Eric Thames coming off reliever Tyler Wilson in the seventh inning. Fireworks seemed appropriate on this day. The Orioles

Hearing from Davis, Britton and Wilson (O’s down 6-1)

MILWAUKEE - Ubaldo Jiménez tossed a scoreless first inning today, striking out a batter and issuing a walk, but Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer in the second and Orlando Arcia delivered an RBI single to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead. There won’t be a repeat of Jiménez’s eight scoreless innings in Toronto. Meanwhile, the Orioles are trying to get back their injured players

Notes on Tillman, Aquino, Britton, Davis, Yacabonis and more

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles will place Chris Tillman on paternity leave before Wednesday’s series finale against the Brewers and recall left-hander Jayson Aquino, who’s on the taxi squad after arriving today from Triple-A Norfolk. Paternity leave lasts a maximum of three days. Aquino was chosen to replace Tillman in the rotation. He’s 2-7 with a 4.46 ERA in 12 starts with Norfolk. “We looked at

Orioles and Brewers lineups (Wilson recalled, Aquino note)

MILWAUKEE - Caleb Joseph is catching and Paul Janish is starting at shortstop for today’s game against the Brewers. Joseph was behind the plate for Ubaldo Jiménez’s gem in Toronto. Makes sense to keep them together. Seth Smith is making his third start this season in left field. Mark Trumbo is in right. Jonathan Schoop continues to bat third between Manny Machado and Adam Jones.

Orioles hoping for a repeat performance from Jiménez

MILWAUKEE - It’s a tale as old as time. Song as old as rhyme. Ubaldo Jiménez takes the mound and the Orioles again have no idea which version they’re going to get. The Jiménez who shut out the Blue Jays on two hits over eight innings in his last start - it was a real beauty - or the Jiménez who lasted only 2 1/3

Miley exits early again in 8-1 loss (with quotes)

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles didn’t need further proof that momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher. They’ve lived and died with the inconsistencies. Kevin Gausman spins the rotation in a positive direction yesterday with seven scoreless innings against the Rays and Wade Miley throws 44 pitches in the first inning today while the Brewers bat around and tally four runs. Just because this happens doesn’t

Showalter on injuries and Schoop’s All-Star honor (O’s down 8-1)

MILWAUKEE - Chris Davis showed up at Miller Park today with a “good face,” as manager Buck Showalter called it. And he wasn’t referring to Davis’ mustache, the latest selection on the first baseman’s facial hair playlist. Davis threw yesterday and woke up this morning without any discomfort in his right side. He was scheduled to take batting practice this afternoon, giving the Orioles another

Orioles and Brewers lineups

MILWAUKEE - No roster moves so far today for the Orioles as they begin their three-game series against the Brewers. Joey Rickard is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Rubén Tejada continues to start at shortstop. Wade Miley is 12-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 28 career interleague games. He’s 3-1 with a 5.17 ERA in five starts versus the Brewers and

How should Britton be used? (and other notes)

MILWAUKEE - The Orioles haven’t reached the All-Star break, but they’re halfway through their schedule with a 40-41 record. Eighty-one games are left in the regular season. And no, they aren’t going to be sellers. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has made it clear in multiple interviews. They’re going to check on available pitchers while also keeping their collective fingers crossed that the in-house crew

Jonathan Schoop selected to first All-Star team

Jonathan Schoop saw his infield coach in the parking lot this morning and became suspicious. Why was Bobby Dickerson arriving at this time? Why did Schoop need to stop inside manager Buck Showalter’s office, per Dickerson’s instructions, as if he were about to be reprimanded? This is how Schoop found out that he was chosen to his first All-Star Game, the only Orioles representative unless

Orioles and Rays lineups (updated)

The Orioles are prepared to make a roster move today with reliever Jimmy Yacabonis in the clubhouse. They could option Alec Asher to Triple-A Norfolk after he threw 32 pitches yesterday and allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Update: The Orioles have made that roster move official. As for the lineup, Joey Rickard remains the left fielder and has moved down to ninth in

How many Orioles will make the All-Star team?

The Orioles will find out tonight how many of their players are headed to the All-Star Game in Miami. Or at least they can talk about it publicly, with the news embargoed until after 7 p.m. They already know that they won’t have any starters. There wasn’t much drama in the voting, with third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Welington Castillo losing ground each week

Bundy turns in shortest start of season in 10-3 loss (with quotes)

The Orioles viewed last night’s brutal 10-inning loss as just one game and vowed to move on from it. They won a few this season when the opposition also wondered what the heck happened. There isn’t much time to dwell on it. Regroup and embrace a new day. Just try not to fall behind by three runs in the first inning and surrender four homers

Notes on Britton, Hardy, Davis, Tillman and Bundy (O’s down 10-3)

Closer Zach Britton said he felt great during last night’s appearance at Single-A Frederick, when he got two ground balls and a strikeout in the ninth inning. Britton was referring to his left forearm, which has been pain-free for an extended period, and the command of his pitches. If he was calling the shots, Britton would skip Monday’s outing at Triple-A Norfolk and come off

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Joey Rickard has moved to the top of the order this afternoon against Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Craig Gentry is starting in right field for the Orioles. Rubén Tejada is at shortstop instead of Paul Janish. Rickard is 7-for-17 in his last five games. He’s a career .302 hitter (16-for-53) against the Rays. Dylan Bundy is tied for third in the American League and fifth

Wynns on Britton: “He’s ready to get back up there to help”

Closer Zach Britton is about to end his tour of the Orioles’ minor league affiliates. Britton has pitched once in the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League, twice in the Single-A South Atlantic League and Double-A Eastern League, and once in the Single-A Carolina League, where he retired the side in order last night on 11 pitches at Single-A Frederick. Somehow, he managed to skip the

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