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Orioles avoid shutout but lose again, 4-3 (with quotes)

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - The Orioles weren’t going to get a deep start tonight from Miguel Castro. They knew it was going to be a bullpen game. The only question was how long it would take for the phone to ring. Castro escaped jams in back-to-back innings before Brad Miller broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a three-run homer, and the Orioles lost

Showalter on resting players, Jones rejects rebuild (O’s down 4-2)

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the usual rounds earlier today to check on the health of certain players and the availability of his relievers. Shortstop Tim Beckham’s hamstring tightened on him again last night, and he isn’t likely to play again this weekend. Center fielder Adam Jones is resigned to sitting out the entire road trip that wraps up the 2017

Adam Jones on his season, his future and the club’s needs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones remains out of the lineup tonight and won’t play again in 2017. Jones hasn’t been on the field since Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, when he received two at-bats before exiting again with soreness in his legs. He left on a roll with eight hits in 18 at-bats over his last five games, but he didn’t

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jonathan Schoop is leading off tonight while Tim Beckham is on the bench with a sore hamstring. The Orioles’ lineup doesn’t include Adam Jones. Austin Hays remains the center fielder. Pedro Álvarez is the cleanup hitter tonight. Chance Sisco is catching Miguel Castro. For the Orioles Jonathan Schoop 2B Trey Mancini LF Manny Machado 3B Pedro Álvarez DH Chris Davis 1B

Coolbaugh on Santander: “I like what I see from him”

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander cooled off last night inside Tropicana Field, where it’s always 72 degrees and able to withstand heavy rains like the kind that pummeled it for much of the game. Santander had five hits in his last eight at-bats, including three doubles, before going 0-for-4 in the Orioles’ 7-0 loss to the Rays. The Orioles were held

Orioles walk toward their 17th loss in 21 games (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Through four innings of tonight’s game against the Rays, Orioles left-hander Wade Miley had struck out six batters and also issued five walks. He kept missing bats and the strike zone. He kept playing good pitcher, bad pitcher, but in a solo act. Miley was making his final start in 2017 and quite possibly his last with the Orioles, who hold

Castro’s first start, Santander’s latest start and more (O’s down 7-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t made a roster move today. Infielder Steve Wilkerson stopped by Tropicana Field to work out before heading to the Arizona Fall League. He isn’t on the bench. A pitcher could be added Saturday with manager Buck Showalter deciding to give Miguel Castro his first major league start. “We were leaning that way,” Showalter said. “Roger (McDowell) and I

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Tim Beckham returns to the Orioles lineup tonight, giving him a chance to play against his former team. Pedro Álvarez remains the designated hitter, with Mark Trumbo on the bench. Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander is in right field. Adam Jones remains out of the lineup with leg soreness. Double-A Bowie infielder Steve Wilkerson has joined the team, but he isn’t

September struggles and the final season series

The Orioles are down to their last three games of the season and it can’t be said that they’re stumbling to the finish. To stumble would require a semblance of footing. They’ve lost 16 of their last 20 games and are 7-18 this month. A nasty and abrupt reversal from their 17-11 August record that raised false hopes. This is more like crawling to the

Miguel Castro listed as Saturday starter

The Orioles apparently will close out their season this weekend with a new member in their rotation. The Rays are listing Miguel Castro and Chris Archer as Saturday’s starters at Tropicana Field. Manager Buck Showalter hinted yesterday that Castro could get the ball despite earlier indications that the Orioles preferred to keep the young right-hander in the bullpen. Tampa Bay’s game notes provide confirmation. Never

This, that and the other

PITTSBURGH - While the Orioles continue their evaluation of Austin Hays as a potential starting outfielder on opening day, they also must decide whether he should play left or right. Hays has made nine starts and 14 appearances in right with the Orioles and four starts and five appearances in center, but there’s been talk of Trey Mancini switching sides with him. It certainly isn’t

Orioles fall 5-3 for 16th loss in 20 games (with quotes)

PITTSBURGH - The games still count for the Orioles, but so do the impressions made by young players who are getting an opportunity to compete with nothing on the line beyond pride. The Orioles can distract themselves from another defeat by focusing on the production offered tonight by catcher Chance Sisco and outfielders Anthony Santander and Austin Hays. They can peer into the future while

“An inconsistent two months” for Hellickson (O’s lose 5-3)

PITTSBURGH - Jeremy Hellickson confirmed this afternoon that he’s not expecting to make a start this weekend. The Orioles are shutting him down. Hellickson has some tightness in his back that surfaced on Sept. 16 in New York. He turned in a quality start in his last outing against the Rays at Camden Yards, allowing three runs over six innings in a 9-6 loss. Wade

Gausman expected to start Sunday (and other notes)

PITTSBURGH - So much for Kevin Gausman making his final start last night. Gausman is expected to pitch Sunday against the Rays at Tropicana Field to wrap up the 2017 season. He’d be working on regular rest after allowing six runs last night in four innings. “He’d like to pitch one more time,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We’ll see how we get through. That’s one

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Pedro Álvarez is playing first base tonight as the Orioles close out their two-game series against the Pirates. Chris Davis is on the bench. Adam Jones and Tim Beckham also are missing from the lineup. Austin Hays remains the center fielder and leadoff hitter. Chance Sisco continues to catch and Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander gets another start in right field. The all-rookie

Possible roster addition and Ynoa’s latest opportunity

PITTSBURGH - The Orioles may bring up a pitcher from their minicamp before tonight’s game against the Pirates, which closes out their brief interleague series. The candidates include Alec Asher, Stefan Crichton, Chris Lee and Yefry Ramirez, the latter having made six starts at Double-A Bowie after the Orioles acquired him from the Yankees on July 31 for international signing bonus pool money. All four

McCutchen’s 8 RBIs lead Pirates over Orioles 10-1 (with quotes)

PITTSBURGH - The Orioles broke out a lineup tonight that included three rookie outfielders for the first time in 44 years. A veteran outfielder on the other side struck the biggest blows. Andrew McCutchen hit his first grand slam in nine major league seasons and finished with eight RBIs, and Kevin Gausman’s final start of 2017 ended with the Orioles losing to the Pirates 10-1

Pedro Álvarez on his return to Pittsburgh (O’s down 10-1)

PITTSBURGH - The Orioles begin tonight’s game against the Pirates with four rookies in their lineup - center fielder Austin Hays, left fielder Trey Mancini, catcher Chance Sisco and Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander, who’s starting in right field. An all-rookie outfield? Doesn’t happen every night. We go back to the balancing act between putting your best foot forward and evaluating younger players who might

Hellickson latest to come out of rotation (plus other notes)

PITTSBURGH - The rotation for the final series of the year at Tropicana Field probably won’t include Jeremy Hellickson. The veteran right-hander, who’s posted a 6.97 ERA in 10 starts with the Orioles, is bothered by tightness in his back and could be shut down. “He’s been fighting through it,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s kind of fought through a lot of different things that

Hamstring keeps Beckham out of the lineup

PITTSBURGH - Shortstop Tim Beckham classifies himself as “day-to-day” after sustaining a hamstring injury Saturday night at Camden Yards. He may have to sit out the Pirates series, but he isn’t conceding the rest of the week. Beckham felt the hamstring grab while running to first base in the ninth inning. J.J. Hardy started on Sunday afternoon, as planned, and Beckham remains on the bench

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup tonight due to soreness in his legs. Tim Beckham, who recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and suffered a hamstring injury, also is on the bench. Austin Hays is playing center field and leading off. Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander is in right field, making his first start since Aug. 19. Chance Sisco is behind

Competing and evaluating in the season’s final week

The Orioles are down to the last five games. Where’s their focus? Wins still matter, no matter how the standings read. Don’t try to sell them on the notion that 80-82 and 75-87 are the same in the grand scheme. That third place is insignificant if it doesn’t come with an invitation to the wild card game. The latest nosedive, with only four wins in

Thoughts and notes on Beckham, Tillman, rotation and Sisco

A season that’s never allowed the Orioles to straighten out their problems offers another weird twist this week. They get two off-days before heading home for the winter. The Orioles are idle today, play two games in Pittsburgh and are idle again before a weekend series at Tropicana Field. Tim Beckham will receive treatment today on his injured hamstring and the Orioles will determine whether

Hardy homers and singles in Orioles’ 9-4 win (with quotes)

J.J. Hardy placed his hand on the bill of his batting helmet today as the ovation grew louder and stronger, his feet still outside the batter’s box. Rays pitcher Chris Archer, aware and respectful of the moment, stood between the mound and second base. The occupants of both dugouts lined the railings and applauded. Always a player who shunned the spotlight, Hardy finally relented and

Orioles down 1-0 after one pitch (Hardy homers, O’s lead 8-4)

Shortstop J.J. Hardy embraced teammates Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop in right field while warming up before today’s final home game of the 2017 season. Likely the last for Hardy in an Orioles uniform as free agency approaches. It’s an emotional day for Hardy and his teammates, and not only because the club has been eliminated from the wild card chase and can’t finish .500.

Bundy update, Britton and Davis on failure to make playoffs

Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy was scratched from today’s start against the Rays due to a strained left hamstring. The club made the announcement about an hour before first pitch at Camden Yards Chris Tillman will make the start to close out the last homestand of the 2017 season. Bundy’s status for next week is uncertain. The Orioles are off Monday and Thursday and make trips

Bundy scratched from today’s start

The Orioles have scratched Dylan Bundy from today’s start against the Rays. Chris Tillman will take his place. No reason has been given for the switch. The Orioles said they will provide more information later this afternoon. Bundy is 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 28 starts over 169 2/3 innings. He would have been working on an extra day of rest. Manager Buck Showalter

Orioles and Rays lineups

Trey Mancini is leading off today, Chance Sisco is catching and J.J. Hardy is playing shortstop for the Orioles’ final home game of the season. Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter. For the Orioles Trey Mancini LF Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Austin Hays RF Pedro Álvarez DH J.J. Hardy SS Chance Sisco C Dylan Bundy RHP Update:

Flaherty on Hardy: “He’s the rock of the whole team”

The Orioles are playing their final home game of the 2017 season today, and shortstop J.J. Hardy is going to find his name in the lineup. Tim Beckham’s hamstring injury isn’t a factor. Hardy was expected to start anyway. Don’t let the moment go unnoticed if you’re sitting in the stands. It’s Fan Appreciation Weekend, but that sentiment can extend to a veteran player. Lots

Orioles eliminated from race, assured of losing record (with quotes)

The Orioles won’t post another winning record in 2017. They won’t finish at .500. The last flicker of hope for a berth in the wild card game has disappeared. The remaining goal is to stay out of last place and stay healthy. Jeremy Hellickson retired the first eight batters he faced before surrendering a three-run homer to Lucas Duda in the third inning, the bullpen

Castro and Givens’ innings, Hays in right and more (O’s down 6-1)

Kevin Gausman will start the first game against the Pirates on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the latest rotation revelation for the Orioles as they weigh all of their pitching options in the final week of the season. Manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday was “a little up in the air.” “We’ve got on our board five options, depending on who we have to use out of

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Mark Trumbo is back in the Orioles lineup tonight as the designated hitter. Austin Hays continues to play right field. Welington Castillo is catching. Left-handers are hitting .216 against Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi this season and .222 in his career. He’s a reverse-splits guy and the lineups against him reflect it. Adam Jones is 13-for-40 (.325) with a double and two home runs lifetime

Seven games left for Trumbo and Davis to heat up

Orioles manager Buck Showalter sat Mark Trumbo for last night’s game against the Rays and gave Chris Davis another start at first base. He’s tried rest and repetition, but nothing has worked to ignite the two sluggers. Time is fast running out. Trumbo is 12-for-64 (.188) this month, including a current 0-for-16 stretch with seven strikeouts that’s dropped his season average to .235. His .290

Jiménez lasts only three innings in 8-3 loss (with quotes)

Ubaldo Jiménez would like to get back two pitches thrown tonight in the second inning. Both of them 92 mph fastballs. Both ending up in bad locations. Both causing a lot of pain. One fastball was planted in the back of leadoff hitter Logan Morrison with the count 0-2. The other was launched to left field by Wilson Ramos for a grand slam. If Jiménez

Schoop’s award, Britton’s injection and more (O’s down 7-3)

Jonathan Schoop credited his selection as Most Valuable Oriole to the consistency he’s gained through hard work, and he vows to be an improved player in 2018. He won’t rest on the honor. Schoop batted .295/.347/.536 with 23 doubles, 18 home runs and 54 RBIs in 86 games in the first half. He’s batting .295/.332/.487 with 10 doubles, 14 home runs and 51 RBIs in

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Tim Beckham returns to the Orioles lineup tonight, leading off and playing shortstop. Austin Hays drops to seventh as the right fielder. Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb. Caleb Joseph is catching. Ubaldo Jiménez has registered a 10.80 ERA and 2.057 WHIP in three starts against the Rays this season. He’s allowed 14 runs and 13 hits, with 11 walks

Jonathan Schoop named Most Valuable Oriole

Jonathan Schoop is assured of receiving votes this year for Most Valuable Player in the American League. In the meantime, he’s being honored as the top player on his team. Schoop has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. He will be recognized

Wondering if Jiménez is making his final start with Orioles

Is Ubaldo Jiménez making his last start tonight for the Orioles? This isn’t a question regarding 2018. The Orioles won’t re-sign Jiménez as a free agent. I have no idea what kind of offers he’s going to field over the winter, but this team won’t jump into the bidding. The rotation over the remaining eight games is mostly a riddle. The only confirmed starter moving

Ynoa goes career-high eight innings in 3-1 win (with quotes)

The Orioles broke their streak tonight of consecutive innings without a run at 26. Busted it, jumped on it, grinded it in their heels. Then they started a new one and relied on Gabriel Ynoa to make an early lead stand up. Manny Machado hit a two-run homer to put the Orioles ahead just two batters into the bottom of the first inning and Ynoa

Notes on Machado, Beckham, Britton and more (O’s lead 3-1)

The Orioles completed their batting practice session and the lineup hasn’t changed. Unless there’s a late switch, Manny Machado will play third base and bat second. Machado is recovering from an illness that kept him out of last night’s game. Showalter advised the media earlier today to avoid copying the lineup in ink. “Want to see if he gets to feeling better moving around or

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Manny Machado is in the Orioles lineup tonight after missing last night’s game with an illness. However, manager Buck Showalter said it’s “50-50” whether Machado stays in it. The Orioles will check on Machado during batting practice. Tim Beckham is still recovering from having a wisdom tooth extracted and won’t play tonight. Austin Hays remains the leadoff hitter. Closer Zach Britton will receive a stem

Hays chosen as Orioles minor league Player of the Year

The Orioles have chosen Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays as their Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, a selection that seemed obvious for a long time. Hays, 22, batted a combined .329/.365/593 with 32 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs and 95 RBIs in 128 games at Bowie and Single-A Frederick. The Orioles selected his contract on Sept. 5, and last year’s third-round

More on Britton’s knee and Ynoa’s latest opportunity

The news that closer Zach Britton isn’t expected to require a surgical procedure on his left knee can be taken two ways. The obvious one is with glee. Who roots for surgery? However, I’ve continued to wonder why another MRI didn’t show anything structurally wrong, but he’s continued to pitch through the discomfort since 2014. What’s the cause and why should the club be confident

Updating Britton and Showalter speaks after 9-0 loss

Orioles closer Zach Britton will receive a stem cell injection in his left knee on Thursday afternoon and is expected to be shut down for the last nine games of the season, which continued to turn sour with tonight’s 9-0 loss to the Red Sox at Camden Yards. The Orioles will monitor how Britton responds to the injection, but also where they stand as they

Orioles shut out again while Red Sox complete sweep

Wade Miley escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning tonight and walked straight into an ambush in the fourth. No one could save him. No one can save this season. Miley served up two-run homers to the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero in the fourth and the Orioles lost for the 12th time in 14 games, 9-0, before an announced crowd of

Showalter on Machado, Beckham, Hays and Britton (O’s down 6-0)

Manny Machado is absent from the Orioles lineup tonight and manager Buck Showalter is considering whether to send him home due to an illness that’s also struck a few other players in the clubhouse. “It’s something that we’ve been dealing with for, I guess, two weeks,” said Showalter. “He’s pretty sick. So that’s what that’s about. “He’s got total body ... his body’s aching all

Britton may be shut down (plus Machado and Beckham updates)

The Orioles may shut down closer Zach Britton for the last 10 games of the season due to lingering concerns about his knee. Britton underwent his exit physical and team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs will discuss the results of an MRI with manager Buck Showalter before the club makes a decision. Surgery isn’t considered a possibility at the moment. Showalter said whatever is causing the

Machado and Beckham out of Orioles lineup

Manny Machado and Tim Beckham are missing from the Orioles lineup for tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Machado is sick and may not be available. Manager Buck Showalter will discuss the statuses of both players later today. Rookie Austin Hays is leading off. J.J. Hardy is at shortstop and Ryan Flaherty is at third base. Adam Jones stays in the lineup

Tonight’s game and more on the instructional league

The Orioles will need to go 8-2 over their final 10 games to avoid their first losing season since 2011. They’re only 1 1/2 games ahead of the last-place Blue Jays in the American League East. I could bore you with details of the wild card chase - the Orioles remain 5 1/2 games behind the Twins - but the focus should be on smaller

Orioles lose 1-0 in 11th on wild pitch (updated and quotes)

Kevin Gausman pretty much did everything he could tonight except cross home plate for himself. Gausman shut out the Red Sox over eight innings, but the Orioles couldn’t reward him. One night after the teams combined for 18 runs, played for 4 hours, 24 minutes and weren’t done until the 11th inning, they were in a rush to do nothing. And they still managed to

Notes on Bundy, Miley, bullpen and young players

One sure sign that a season is winding down is the start of exit physicals for the players. The Orioles began the process, as they usually do on this date. You may recall that reliever Brad Brach underwent a minor procedure on left his knee on Oct. 11 that involved the repairing of a slight tear in his meniscus. Manager Buck Showalter was asked again

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Orioles rookie Austin Hays stays in right field tonight against Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Pomeranz is 13-2 with a 2.73 ERA in his last 22 starts. For the Orioles Tim Beckham SS Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Trey Mancini LF Mark Trumbo DH Chris Davis 1B Austin

Orioles announce fall instructional league roster and schedule

Hurricane Irma delayed the start of the Orioles’ fall instructional league. The storm couldn’t deny it. Games will be held at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota beginning on Monday and running through Oct. 10. They’re free and open to the public. The instructional league program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.

Notes and quotes on Castro’s control and Hays’ hustle

Last night’s game at Camden Yards was September baseball at its most obnoxious. The Red Sox used 26 players, including four second basemen and nine relievers. The Orioles used eight relievers. It’s no longer baseball as we know it while teams are fighting for playoff spots. Makes no sense to me. Miguel Castro took the loss last night, retiring the side in order with two

Orioles run out of extra-inning magic in 10-8 loss (with quotes)

Coming off a 2-8 road trip that pushed them 5 ½ games back for the second wild card, the Orioles jumped on the first-place Red Sox early tonight and built a five-run lead through four innings. They got rid of Doug Fister, who didn’t retire a batter in the third. They seemed to get back a little of their swagger. They were determined to win

Early notes on Jones, defense and Britton (O’s lose 10-8)

The rain has stopped at Camden Yards, the sun is shining and the tarp is peeled back off the infield. It remains folded in the outfield. I’d feel better if it were rolled up. Adam Jones is back in the lineup tonight after missing two of the last three games with “general soreness,” as manager Buck Showalter put it. Mostly in his legs. “Better,” Showalter

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Pedro Álvarez is the designated hitter tonight and Austin Hays is in right field, as the Orioles begin their final homestand with a three-game series against the Red Sox. Adam Jones has returned to the lineup and is batting cleanup. Xander Bogaerts is 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles and a home run against Dylan Bundy. Doug Fister had allowed two runs or fewer in four

Orioles keep reaching down to Double-A for reinforcements

The Orioles just concluded a road trip that only felt like it lasted a month. The game count was 10 with no off-days. But it was the ultimate grind. Sausage could be made out of this trip. Players won’t concede the season. They’re just not wired that way. Being 5 ½ back for the second wild card and four below .500 spells October vacation, but

Wrapping up a 6-4 win

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to pick his poison today. The club lived to tell about it. Showalter ordered an intentional walk to rookie slugger Aaron Judge in the bottom of the ninth inning with Jacoby Ellsbury on third base, two outs and the Orioles clinging to a 6-4 lead over the Yankees. Gary Sánchez batted as the potential winning run against

Orioles avoid sweep in Bronx with 6-4 win

NEW YORK - Tim Beckham was slumping, the Orioles were sinking, and their shortstop figured he just needed to keep swinging. It felt good to get back to winning. Beckham’s three-run homer off Sonny Gray in the top of the fourth gave the Orioles a little breathing room and Ubaldo Jiménez struck out 10 batters in five innings in a 6-4 victory over the Yankees

Scott promoted: “Wow, I wasn’t expecting that” (O’s up 6-4)

NEW YORK - Tanner Scott had returned to his home in Ohio following the Eastern League playoffs, figuring that his next pitch would come in the Arizona Fall League. He never expected to receive a phone call informing him of his promotion to the Orioles. Director of player development Brian Graham delivered the news, which led to Scott’s placement yesterday on the taxi squad. The

Orioles DFA Richard Rodriguez (plus notes and lineups)

NEW YORK - The Orioles selected the contract of left-hander Tanner Scott this morning, removing him from the taxi squad, and designated pitcher Richard Rodriguez for assignment. The club will know by 1 p.m. whether Rodriguez cleared waivers. He posted a 14.29 ERA in five relief appearances this month. Adam Jones is out of the lineup again today due to some soreness in his legs.

Showalter says Tillman still “in the options” to start

NEW YORK - As another game in the Bronx spiraled out of control for the Orioles, Chris Tillman rose from his seat in the visiting bullpen in the bottom of the eighth inning and began to warm up. Tillman didn’t pitch in Friday night’s 8-2 loss, but he came close. Manager Buck Showalter was getting ready to make the move. Richard Bleier served up a

More bad times in Bronx for Orioles in 9-3 loss (with quotes)

NEW YORK - Jeremy Hellickson walked Chase Headley today with two outs in the bottom of the third inning and received a group visit from head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Roger McDowell. Only three of them returned to the dugout. Hellickson stayed on the mound without throwing a single warmup pitch. Whatever happened to initiate the meeting must have

Orioles’ young pitchers lectured this morning (O’s down 9-0)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Showalter and pitching coach Roger McDowell met with four of their young pitchers before today’s game to stress the importance of holding runners and increasing times to the plate. Miguel Castro was in the group after Aaron Judge stole second base off him in Friday night’s 8-2 loss. Rookie Jimmy Yacabonis also attended the meeting. “I said, ‘You’re not going

Showalter on Scott’s arrival and today’s lineup

NEW YORK - Left-hander Tanner Scott had a work day this morning and will come off the taxi squad before Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Yankees. The Orioles are discussing the corresponding 40-man roster move necessary to create a spot for Scott, 23, who went 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A Bowie. He allowed 45 hits, walked 46 batters and

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Left-hander Tanner Scott has arrived at Yankee Stadium, though he’s expected to be on the taxi squad today before the Orioles select his contract from Double-A Bowie on Sunday. J.J .Hardy is in today’s lineup, his first appearance since coming off the disabled list Sept. 8. He hasn’t started since June 18. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter against left-hander Jordan Montgomery

J.J. Hardy on sitting, mentoring and final homestand

NEW YORK - The first sign that Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ready to empty his bench Thursday night came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Austin Hays headed out to center field as the replacement for Adam Jones. Showalter would step out of the dugout again before the top of the seventh to alert plate umpire Brian O’Nora of more changes. As

Orioles fall four games below .500 with 8-2 loss (with quotes)

NEW YORK - The leash on Gabriel Ynoa tonight stretched only into the fifth inning, giving him enough slack to throw 64 pitches. He came out of a tie game at Yankee Stadium following a one-out walk. Miguel Castro got busy again. Castro also got burned. Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer off Castro to put the Yankees in front, and the Orioles continued their

Showalter on Jones, Hays, Hardy and Ynoa (O’s down 4-2)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to rest Adam Jones tonight. Or more specifically, the center fielder’s legs. Austin Hays is playing center field in his first major league start. Jones is expected back in the lineup on Saturday afternoon. “The turf bit him pretty good over in Toronto, and the couple pickoff plays at second that kind of made him wince a

Tanner Scott likely to have contract selected over weekend

NEW YORK - The Orioles aren’t done bringing up their top prospects over the final weeks of the season. Left-hander Tanner Scott is expected to join the club in New York this weekend, according to an industry source. Scott would join catcher Chance Sisco and outfielder Austin Hays as additions to the expanded roster. Scott, 23, went 0-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 starts

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Austin Hays is making his first major league start tonight, replacing Adam Jones in center field. Manager Buck Showalter wants to give Jones a night off before the two day games that follow. Pedro Álvarez is serving as the designated hitter in his first start of 2017. Trey Mancini leads all rookies with 42 multi-hit games. Tim Beckham is 10-for-54 (.185) this

Wondering what’s next and a look at tonight’s matchup

NEW YORK - Last night’s 13-5 victory assured the Yankees of their first season series win over the Orioles since 2013. Must be all those runs. Aaron Judge has hit 11 home runs against the Orioles, the most by a Yankees player versus any opponent in a single season since Roger Maris had 13 against the White Sox and Mickey Mantle had 11 against the

O’s take beating in the Bronx with 13-5 loss (with quotes)

NEW YORK - If a starter falls on hard times in the Bronx and doesn’t make a sound, did it really happen? Left-hander Wade Miley turned in the shortest outing of his career tonight, allowing six runs and retiring only one batter, and the Orioles suffered another embarrassing defeat to the Yankees, 13-5, before an announced crowd of 37,128. The PA system was on the

Jiménez starting on Sunday (O’s down 13-2)

NEW YORK - Ubaldo Jiménez is expected to start Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Yankees after the Orioles had listed the spot as TBD. Manager Buck Showalter wants to give Dylan Bundy extra rest again, pushing back the right-hander to the home series against the Red Sox that begins Monday night. The choice basically came down to Jiménez or Chris Tillman. “We’ve got really

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - The Orioles are sticking with their standard lineup tonight as they begin a four-game series against the Yankees. Seth Smith is in right field again and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Welington Castillo is catching. The Orioles have scored 12 runs in the last seven games, losing the first six before last night’s 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Orioles trying for better results in the Bronx

No longer bogged down by a lengthy losing streak, the Orioles close out their road trip at Yankee Stadium, where they’ve lost five of six games. Their only win came on April 30 and it required 11 innings, the last two covered by Logan Verrett, who has since been designated for assignment and outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles were swept in a three-game series

Faulkner outrighted, Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Left-hander Andrew Faulkner cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Faulkner joins Logan Verrett, Tyler Wilson and Jayson Aquino as pitchers who were outrighted since Sept. 5 after the Orioles designated them for assignment. Faulkner, 24, was 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 34 games with Triple-A Norfolk. He allowed only one home run in 38 2/3 innings and opponents were batting .216.

Ynoa included in rotation for four-game series in Bronx

Gabriel Ynoa is getting another chance in the rotation. The Orioles are listing Ynoa as their starter for Friday night’s game against the Yankees in the Bronx. Left-hander Wade Miley opens the four-game series Thursday night. Jeremy Hellickson is pitching Saturday afternoon, but the Orioles haven’t named a starter for Sunday afternoon. The Yankees are countering with Masahiro Tanaka, Luis Severino and left-handers Jordan Montgomery

Rotating some thoughts about starting pitching in 2018

The mind can’t erase what happened last night, but it can skip ahead again. Upon first glance of the 2018 schedule, I have to wonder why the Orioles are forced to play in Seattle between trips to Kansas City and Tampa. Not that I expect logic from Major League Baseball, but this is beyond ridiculous even by its standards. A Thursday opener is a bit

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (Gentry activated)

Joey Rickard gets the start in right field tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Blue Jays and attempt to halt their losing streak at five games. Manager Buck Showalter apparently sought a defensive upgrade and turned to Rickard. Caleb Joseph is catching tonight. Welington Castillo was taken to the hospital last night after being hit in the groin area by a foul

Orioles reveal 2018 schedule

The Orioles will open the 2018 season at home against the Twins on March 29, with their first road trip to follow in Houston and the Bronx. The schedule includes two trips to the West Coast, as opposed to one this year. The Orioles play in Anaheim and Oakland May 1-6 and fly to Seattle in September for three games wedged between trips to Kansas

Act like contenders or play the kids?

I’m in the process of dividing up the Orioles fan base, putting the “we’re still alive” crowd on one side of the room and the “start playing prospects because the season’s over” crowd on the other. No fighting, please. There’s a special section for the “it’s over” crowd that started up in June. I’m roping them off and tossing them snacks. At what point should

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Mark Trumbo is starting in right field tonight and Seth Smith is the designated hitter for the Orioles’ series opener against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Tim Beckham remains at shortstop. J.J. Hardy hasn’t played since coming off the disabled list. Welington Castillo is catching tonight. Opponents are batting .351 against Ubaldo Jiménez in the second inning this season and he’s allowed 22 runs.

Can Jiménez repeat his success against the Blue Jays?

CLEVELAND - Being swept by the Indians for the first time since 2011 is no way to stay in the playoff hunt. The Orioles are mathematically alive. The numbers don’t lie. But no one inside the visiting clubhouse last night at Progressive Field pretended that a four-game losing streak wasn’t harmful. Going 27-42 on the road is no way to push past the teams ahead

Indians complete sweep of Orioles with 3-2 win (with quotes)

CLEVELAND - Jeremy Hellickson let the first two batters reach against him tonight and got stingy. Ground balls, fly balls, pop ups. A couple of bouncers to the mound. One strikeout thrown in for good measure. He retired 15 batters in a row and the Orioles finally pushed across the tying run in the top of the sixth inning. Maybe this would be the night

Pregame notes on Gentry, Gausman, Davis and more (O’s lose 3-2)

CLEVELAND - Outfielder Craig Gentry will visit a hand specialist on Monday and could come off the disabled list the following day while the Orioles are in Toronto. Manager Buck Showalter wants to use Gentry as a pinch-runner and the specialist will determine whether the fractured right middle finger has healed properly and there’s no risk of tearing the ligament. Gentry will wear a protective

Orioles lineup vs. Indians

CLEVELAND - A pretty standard lineup for the Orioles tonight as they try to end the Indians’ winning streak at 17 games. Tim Beckham remains the shortstop. Welington Castillo is catching and Seth Smith is in right field instead of Austin Hays. Tonight marks the Orioles’ first appearance on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” since Sept. 13, 2015 versus the Royals. According to the Elias Sports

Can the reeling Orioles avoid a sweep? (and other notes)

CLEVELAND - Having lost another series over the weekend, the Orioles can hope only to salvage a game tonight on ESPN and try to convince the world that the wild card remains within their reach. It feels like one. A reach. But the math says it’s still a possibility. Let the math play the Yankees and Indians. See how it feels. No one is quitting

Indians run win streak to 17 games with 4-2 win over O’s (with quotes)

CLEVELAND - One streak ended today for the Indians. They didn’t score first, as they had done in the previous 16 games. There was a brief moment when they actually appeared to be human. To be vulnerable. But it didn’t last long. The Orioles lost their lead by the third inning, fell behind in the fourth and again were limited offensively by the mighty Indians

Notes on Hays’ start, Sisco’s at-bat, Castillo and more (O’s down 4-2)

CLEVELAND - Austin Hays didn’t know that he’d in today’s lineup for his first major league start, batting ninth and playing right field, until he arrived this morning at Progressive Field and checked the lineup card. No advance warning, no whispers. “I wasn’t sure what was going to be going on. I’m excited to get out there and play,” he said. “I knew there was

Orioles and Indians lineups

CLEVELAND - Austin Hays will make his first major league start this afternoon when the Orioles attempt to halt the Indians’ 16-game winning streak. Hays is batting ninth and playing right field. Welington Castillo is behind the plate after being a late scratch from Friday’s lineup. A reminder: Today’s game is on FOX. For the OriolesTim Beckham SSManny Machado 3BJonathan Schoop 2BAdam Jones CFTrey Mancini

Gabriel Ynoa gets a turn today

CLEVELAND - If Gabriel Ynoa is going to make his first start for the Orioles, and only his sixth appearance, why not pitch him in September with his team badly in need of a quality outing? His team going in the wrong direction in the wild card chase. It has the feel of a reverse lock, with the Indians carrying a franchise-record 16-game winning streak

Orioles can’t slow Indians in 5-0 loss (with quotes)

CLEVELAND - Ambushing the Orioles early is becoming the game within the game. Starters can’t get away clean. The Indians are especially prone to leaving streaks. Wade Miley surrendered a three-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning and the Orioles couldn’t solve right-hander Mike Clevinger, who pointed the Indians toward their 16th consecutive victory, 5-0, before an announced crowd of 30,090 at Progressive

Castillo scratched from lineup (O’s down 5-0)

CLEVELAND - Catcher Welington Castillo has been scratched from the Orioles lineup and replaced by Caleb Joseph, who’s batting ninth behind right fielder Seth Smith. Castillo had been eighth. The Orioles will provide an explanation later. Manager Buck Showalter wanted to speak with J.J. Hardy earlier today, but he had to wait until the veteran shortstop was done conferring with Tim Beckham. Hardy continues to

Hardy on his return to the active roster

CLEVELAND - J.J. Hardy rounded a corner in the visiting clubhouse this afternoon and stared at the lineup card posted on a wall near his locker. Hardy pretty much knew that he wouldn’t be starting on his first day off the disabled list, but at least he found his name within the batch of reserves. It beats the disabled list. The Orioles activated Hardy earlier

Orioles and Indians lineups (updated)

CLEVELAND - Tim Beckham remains the starting shortstop tonight for the Orioles in their series opener against the Indians. J.J. Hardy is off the disabled list and on the bench. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter and Seth Smith is in right field. Welington Castillo is catching. For the Orioles Tim Beckham SS Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Trey Mancini LF

Orioles activate Hardy and DFA Faulkner

CLEVELAND - The Orioles reinstated shortstop J.J. Hardy from the 60-day disabled list today and designated left-hander Andrew Faulkner for assignment. Hardy hasn’t played for the Orioles since being hit by a Lance Lynn pitch on June 18 at Camden Yards and sustaining a fractured bone in his right wrist. He’s batting .211/.248/.308 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs in 64 games.

Orioles will try to stay in wild card chase in Cleveland

The Orioles are dragging their 27-39 road record to Progressive Field tonight to begin a three-game series against the Indians, their wild card hopes still alive but the rotation fighting them again. Wade Miley gave the team six innings in his last start against the Blue Jays, offering four scoreless before allowing a run in the fifth and sixth. Quality has eluded the Orioles since

Updating the rotation and wrapping up 9-1 loss

The Orioles are making more adjustments to their rotation for the upcoming series in Cleveland. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Gabriel Ynoa will start Saturday afternoon’s game against the Indians, with Jeremy Hellickson closing out the series on Sunday night. Left-hander Wade Miley already was the listed starter for Friday night. Ubaldo Jiménez will start Monday night in Toronto, with Dylan Bundy expected to pitch

Gausman goes three, Hays makes debut in 9-1 loss to Yanks

The Orioles lost their off-day and an important series. Forced to play this afternoon after yesterday’s postponement, the Orioles fell behind by three runs in the first inning and seven in the fourth and never threatened the Yankees in a 9-1 loss before an announced crowd of 14,946 at Camden Yards. So much for Manny Machado’s dramatic walk-off home run Tuesday night somehow creating momentum

O’s trade Keller, Showalter reflects on Michael (O’s lose 9-1)

The Orioles traded minor league right-hander Jon Keller to the Rockies today to complete their April 7 trade for pitcher Miguel Castro, who’s evolved into a valuable bullpen piece. Keller, 25, is a former 22nd-round draft pick in 2013 who went 10-14 with a 3.98 ERA in 125 games. He was 2-2 with a 5.80 ERA and 1.65 WHIP this summer in a combined 24

Orioles and Yankees lineups

The Orioles have recalled pitcher Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s available in relief today. Yesterday’s postponement didn’t alter the Orioles’ lineup for their series finale against the Yankees at sunny Camden Yards. Seth Smith remains in right field and Caleb Joseph is catching Kevin Gausman. Austin Hays’ major league debut will have to wait. Trey Mancini is in left field and batting fifth.

The rest of the schedule and more from Hays

The Orioles will hit the road later today for a 10-day trip after finishing their series against the Yankees. It’s the last three-city excursion of the season. Three games in Cleveland, three in Toronto and four in the Bronx. Come back under .500 and perhaps fall out of the wild card chase. The Orioles were a game behind in the morning for the second wild

Hays on “unbelievable” rise to the majors, and other notes

Kevin Gausman will remain the Orioles starter Thursday afternoon as they close out their series against the Yankees, the weather creating the first home postponement of the season. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Austin Hays will get a chance to play at some point after last year’s third-round draft pick had his contract selected yesterday from Double-A Bowie. Hays would have been getting his

Orioles and Yankees postponed due to rain

The Orioles and Yankees are unable to play tonight due to rain. The makeup game will be held on Thursday at 1:35 p.m. at Camden Yards. This is the first home postponement for the Orioles this season despite 18 delays. They had a May 11 game in D.C. postponed. Tickets for tonight will be honored on Thursday. No exchange is necessary. All ballpark gates will

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Seth Smith is in right field tonight and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate as the Orioles and Yankees attempt to conclude their series at rainy Camden Yards. Manny Machado leads the majors with three walk-off home runs, all of them since Aug. 18. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s tied the franchise single-season record shared by Eddie Murray in 1978, Fred Lynn in

Orioles to open 2018 season at home vs. Twins

The 2018 schedule will be released later this month, as usual. It’s never too early to glance ahead in the middle of a playoff push. Also as usual. The particulars are scarce, but the Orioles will open at home against the Twins. That much has been confirmed. The Orioles are paired up with the National League East in interleague play. The schedule includes home series

Wrapping up the O’s 7-6 walk-off victory over the Yankees

Orioles manager Buck Showalter lamented the 10 walked batters in Monday afternoon’s loss to the Yankees, though he noted how one was intentional. Just to be fair while frustrated. Showalter ran out of patience with Jeremy Hellickson tonight after a fourth walk in 2 1/3 innings. Hellickson also hit a batter. Another bad game from the rotation. Another chance for the Orioles to overcome it.

Orioles DFA Aquino, Showalter talks about Hardy (O’s win 7-6)

The Orioles selected outfielder Austin Hays’ contract from Double-A Bowie today and designated left-hander Jayson Aquino for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Hays will wear No. 18. Aquino went 1-2 with a 7.43 ERA in four games (two starts) with the Orioles. He was 3-10 with a 4.24 ERA in 21 starts with Triple-A Norfolk. In case you missed it, here’s what

Orioles adding Austin Hays to expanded roster

The Orioles won’t wait to start outfielder Austin Hays’ service clock. Hays is headed to Camden Yards to join the Orioles, according to multiple sources. They’ll need to place him on the 40-man roster. The organization figures to choose Hays as its minor league Player of the Year after he batted a combined .329/.365/.593 with 32 doubles, five triples, 32 home runs and 95 RBIs

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

With the Orioles facing another left-hander tonight, Yankees veteran C.C. Sabathia, they’re starting Joey Rickard in right field and Trey Mancini in left and using Mark Trumbo as their designated hitter. Pedro Álvarez will have to wait. Tim Beckham remains the leadoff hitter and shortstop. No word on J.J. Hardy being removed from the 60-day disabled list. Welington Castillo is catching. He’s hit three home

Orioles outright Wilson and Verrett

Pitchers Tyler Wilson and Logan Verrett have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles announced the moves earlier today. The Orioles designated Verrett and Wilson for assignment on Friday, the same day that they purchased reliever Richard Rodríguez’s contract from Norfolk. Verrett went 2-6 with a 5.10 ERA in 40 games with Norfolk, including two starts. He won both decisions with the

Hardy’s return, tonight’s game, Frederick’s feat and good call by umps

The Orioles’ latest roster move should come today and involve shortstop J.J. Hardy, who’s been throwing and hitting without any issues following a cortisone injection Friday in his right elbow. Hardy is expected to be activated from the disabled list. The popular response to this news from fans on Twitter goes something like this: “Why?” As in, why do the Orioles need Hardy while Tim

Orioles take early lead and lose 7-4 to Yankees (with Showalter quotes)

After playing 12 innings the previous day, regulation eluding them again, the Orioles really needed a typical Dylan Bundy start this afternoon against the Yankees. He didn’t have to twirl a one-hit shutout. Just offer the usual quality and limit the number of relievers. It didn’t work out that way. Bundy matched his shortest start of the season, leaving with no outs in the fifth

Pregame notes on division race, Gentry, Hardy and Asher (O’s down 7-3)

The Orioles begin today trailing the Twins by 1 ½ games for the second wild card and the Yankees by 3 ½. They’re seven behind the first-place Red Sox, the team that they consider their ultimate target. They’re not conceding the division and home field. And they’re not obsessing over the standings. “We’re chasing ourselves. That’s what we’re chasing,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We know

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Welington Castillo remains behind the plate today and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter, as the Orioles keep two hot bats in the lineup for their series opener against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Joey Rickard is in right field against Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery. Trumbo’s four walk-off RBIs this season tie the Orioles record shared by Dick Kryhoski in 1954 and Nick Markakis in

The bullpen, Rodriguez, Sisco, Castillo and Stewart

The Orioles begin the next series of their homestand tonight only 1 ½ games behind the Twins for the second wild card. They keep getting to that point, moving back a game and pushing forward again. Perhaps they can bust through the wall tonight against the Yankees. They’re going to need more cooperation from the teams in front of them. I roamed the ballpark yesterday

Asher optioned, updates on Gentry and Hardy, and more

The Orioles have recalled pitcher Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk and are putting him in the bullpen for today’s series finale against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Pitcher Alec Asher was optioned to Double-A Bowie, with the Baysox’s season extending into the Eastern League playoffs. Ynoa appeared in four games with the Orioles this season and was 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA and 1.500

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa has joined the Orioles at Camden Yards. Outfielder Craig Gentry confirmed that he’s seeing a hand specialist later today. Gentry fractured the middle finger on his right hand Friday night while attempting to bunt, but he hopes to come off the disabled list later this month as a pinch-runner. Gentry probably would have been in the lineup today against Blue Jays left-hander

Machado, Beckham, Bundy, Tillman and today’s game

Major League Baseball may announce its monthly awards for August later today, and Manny Machado and Tim Beckham figure to have generated plenty of votes. Do you prefer power or the higher batting average? Machado crafted a .341/.348/.690 slash line. His 35 RBIs led the American League and his 12 home runs were tied with the Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson and the Yankees’ Gary Sánchez.

Orioles bats chilled again in 7-2 loss to Blue Jays (with quotes)

The Orioles defeated the weather tonight, with rain unable to interrupt their game. The forecast took a beating. The Blue Jays were a much more stubborn foe. Don’t be fooled by the standings or the number of players making their major league debuts in this series. Kevin Pillar broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff home run in the top of the fifth, and the

Early notes from rainy Camden Yards (Gentry to DL, O’s down 7-1)

The tarp was peeled back at Camden Yards to allow the grounds crew to do some work on the infield. It’s back on while a light rain continues to fall. Manager Buck Showalter said the status of the game is “iffy.” The Orioles want to play tonight and avoid a Sunday doubleheader with an afternoon game on Labor Day. Outfielder Craig Gentry, who fractured the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Relievers Alec Asher and Donnie Hart are in the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon. Hart can be recalled if outfielder Craig Gentry goes on the disabled list with a fractured right middle finger. Welington Castillo is catching tonight and Seth Smith is in right field. Jonathan Schoop is batting .309 (17-for-55) against the Blue Jays this season. He has the same average in 256 at-bats at

Showalter on Rodriguez: “He’s a guy that’s really graduated”

The three non-roster players who arrived yesterday at Camden Yards received the bulk of the attention. Each brought his own equipment bag and storylines. Pedro Álvarez had to spend most of the summer at Triple-A Norfolk before finally making it back to the majors, his power bat and track record unable to entice another team into take advantage of the opt-out clause in his contract.

Gentry fractures finger in 1-0 13-inning win

The Orioles will get Adam Jones back in the lineup on Saturday after tonight’s ejection, but they won’t be able to count on Craig Gentry for a while. Gentry suffered a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger while attempting to bunt in the third inning. He’s scheduled to see a hand specialist over the weekend and appears headed to the disabled list. The injury

Schoop double in 13th gives Orioles 1-0 walk-off win

The Orioles were challenged tonight by Blue Jays pitcher Joe Biagini, a procession of relievers and whatever curse was bestowed upon their center fielders. Plate umpire Pat Hoberg ejected Adam Jones in the bottom of the first inning for arguing balls and strikes. Jones’ replacement, Craig Gentry, exited in the top of the fourth inning with a laceration on his right middle finger. Meanwhile, a

Adam Jones ejected from game

The Orioles lost their center fielder after one inning tonight and it had nothing to do with an injury. Plate umpire Pat Hoberg tossed Adam Jones from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Jones stood in the dugout when Hoberg turned toward it and signaled for his removal. Jones struck out on three pitches, all fastballs, from Blue Jays starter Joe Biagini. He fouled

Hearing from Álvarez, Sisco, Rodriguez on promotions (Jones ejected)

Pedro Álvarez walked to the back of the clubhouse this afternoon, his locker in the same spot as last season, and immediately felt right at home. Manny Machado got a huge smile on his face upon seeing Álvarez and threw his arms around the veteran slugger. Jonathan Schoop rose from his chair and did the same. Kevin Gausman walked over and continued the hugfest. In

Notes on Hardy, roster moves, bullpen, Álvarez, Sisco and more

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy arrived at Camden Yards early this afternoon and likely will receive a cortisone injection in his right elbow to combat the soreness that developed from hitting. He’s waiting to meet with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. Manager Buck Showalter likened the sensation to “tennis elbow” and said Hardy could be activated from the 60-day disabled list by Monday. A corresponding move

Orioles DFA Logan Verrett and Tyler Wilson (plus Orioles lineup)

The Orioles have selected the contract of reliever Richard Rodriguez from Triple-A Norfolk as part of their September call-ups. Needing two openings on the 40-man roster, they designated pitchers Logan Verrett and Tyler Wilson for assignment. The club also announced that it selected the contracts of catcher Chance Sisco and designated hitter Pedro Álvarez and recalled outfielder Joey Rickard and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. Rodriguez is

Leftovers for breakfast

The clubhouse will be a little more crowded today with catcher Chance Sisco, designated hitter Pedro Álvarez, outfielder Joey Rickard and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. The most fuss will be made over the two non-roster players. Sisco is the top prospect who, though unlikely to appear in many games while the Orioles are in contention, is a terrific story based on his stature and how he’s

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