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Adam Jones: “I earned this and it’s my decision”

NEW YORK - Adam Jones emerged from the shower area tonight, dressed and waved over the group of media members who were hovering near his locker. Jones is still with the Orioles and still the guy who attracts the most attention, especially on a day when two teammates were traded and the full rebuild really hit home with the club on the road. The Orioles

Duquette on today’s trades (O’s lose 6-3)

NEW YORK - The newer version of the Orioles is losing to the Yankees tonight 6-0, with Miguel Andújar breaking open the game in the fifth inning with a three-run homer off Yefry Ramírez after Greg Bird’s sacrifice fly. Ramírez allowed a two-out RBI single to Gleyber Torres in the first inning and Didi Gregorius’ run-scoring single in the third after Tim Beckham’s error. Making

Schoop, Gausman talk about trades and their time in Baltimore

NEW YORK - Jonathan Schoop is taking his 12-game hitting streak and red-hot July to the Brewers. Kevin Gausman is taking his blazing fastball and enormous potential, which showed itself in spurts, to a Braves team loaded with familiar faces. Both players had reddened eyes as they stood outside the clubhouse and talked to the media. Gausman choked up a few times and finally used

Showalter talks about today’s trades

NEW YORK - The smoke still hasn’t cleared from today’s trade activity. The Orioles are fortunate that they didn’t set off the sprinkler system at Yankee Stadium. In an impressive late flurry of moves, the Orioles sent starter Kevin Gausman and reliever Darren O’Day to the Braves for right-hander Evan Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catcher Brett Cumberland and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann. The Orioles also

Orioles deal Gausman, O’Day, Schoop in pair of trades (with new lineup)

NEW YORK - The Orioles dove deeper into their rebuild this afternoon, making a pair of significant trades ahead of the 4 p.m. non-waiver trading deadline. First, the Orioles sent right-handers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to the Braves in exchange for four players - right-hander Evan Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnación, catcher Brett Cumberland and left-hander Bruce Zimmermann - along with $2.5 million in

Orioles have agreement to send Gausman to Braves (with lineup)

NEW YORK - The Orioles are digging much deeper into their rebuild. Starter Kevin Gausman is on the verge of being traded to the Braves, a source has confirmed. The non-waiver trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. No word yet on the return, but an agreement is in place the medicals are being reviewed. The Orioles made Gausman the fourth overall pick in the 2012

Thoughts on closer, Carroll’s arrival and non-waiver deadline

The Orioles concluded their homestand by winning three straight games over the Rays by scores of 15-5, 11-2 and 11-5. No save situations with Zach Britton off the roster. Showalter won’t name a replacement closer, his hesitancy before Sunday based in part on the expected departure of right-hander Brad Brach, who eventually was traded to the Braves. Mychal Givens and Tanner Scott profile as potential

Schoop chosen as AL Player of the Week

Challenged to accept the torch passed to him by Manny Machado, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has run with it. Schoop was named the American League’s Player of the Week for the period of July 23-29 after registering a .379/.379/.931 slash line with one double, five home runs, 13 RBIs and six runs scored in six games. He collected 11 hits in 29 at-bats. The

More thoughts on the trade deadline and the rebuild

The Orioles will attempt to strike another deal or two before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline. However, the biggest trades have been completed as long as center fielder Adam Jones is resistant to waiving his 10-5 rights. Manny Machado is playing for the Dodgers. Zach Britton is coming out of the Yankees’ bullpen. Brad Brach will be pitching for the Braves after he reports. Jones has

Orioles trade Brach to Braves for international bonus slot

The Orioles are breaking down their roster while also spinning their organizational philosophy. Reliever Brad Brach has been traded to the Braves this afternoon, but the Orioles aren’t obtaining prospects in return. They’re pocketing $250,000 in international signing bonus slot money, putting them in the unusual position of being on the receiving end of such a transaction. Executive vice president Dan Duquette has promised that

Orioles tune out trade talk while winning third in a row

The Orioles made it through today’s game without a trade. Adam Jones stayed in the lineup, and likely will continue to do so through the season unless swayed to revoke his 10-5 rights. Brad Brach remained in the bullpen, inactive since Tuesday except for conversation and munching sunflower seeds. The games still matter to this crew despite the constant chatter surrounding a rebuild. Their opponent

Orioles outright Chris Lee, latest on Brad Brach (O’s up 9-3)

The Orioles reduced their 40-man roster to 38 players today by outrighting left-hander Chris Lee to Double-A Bowie after he cleared waivers. Lee returned to Triple-A Norfolk’s roster a few days ago after being on the disabled list with an injury to his left shoulder. He began the season on the DL with a right oblique injury suffered while facing one batter in an exhibition

Jones likely to remain with Orioles past deadline (O’s up 4-1)

Less than 72 hours before the non-waiver trade deadline and the Orioles remain in talks with several clubs. However, they’ve been given no indication that center fielder Adam Jones will waive his 10-5 rights and approve a deal. The Phillies, Indians and Giants have shown their interest in Jones, but a source confirmed earlier today that the five-time All-Star has expressed his desire to remain

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

The Orioles wrap up their four-game series against the Rays today by keeping Joey Rickard in right field. Thirteen of Rickard’s 18 RBIs this season have come against the Rays and he’s 8-for-19 with three doubles and three home runs against them this season. Rickard’s eight RBIs in the last two nights are the most in back-to-back games in his career. Adam Jones is in

More trade deadline chatter and today’s game

The days are melting away before the non-waiver trade deadline that usually creates a late flurry of moves. I’ll always liken it to Sugar Ray Leonard peeking at his corner while in a clinch, waiting for the signal that 10 seconds remained before the bell so he could rain punches on Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Steal a round in boxing, try to steal a prospect in

Orioles double their pleasure again in 11-2 win (with quotes)

Two straight wins won’t turn the Orioles from sellers into buyers, but they can rebuild their self-esteem while also plotting how to tear down the roster. Trey Mancini celebrated his bobblehead night with his second home run since July 1, Joey Rickard delivered his second three-run double in 24 hours and tied his career high with five RBIs, and the Orioles trounced the Rays 11-2

Notes on Bundy, Mancini, Q&A with fans and more (O’s up 11-2)

Dylan Bundy threw a light bullpen session and remains scheduled to start Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Rays. Bundy will be working on three days’ rest after throwing 30 pitches in Wednesday’s rain-shortened start against the Red Sox. The three home runs he surrendered were washed away. In his last three starts that count, Bundy has allowed 15 earned runs (16 total) and 19

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

Danny Valencia gets the start at third base today and Joey Rickard is in right field while the Orioles continue their series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Nothing of real interest pertaining to the lineup. Adam Jones is the center fielder, so he hasn’t been traded. Jonathan Schoop is the second baseman, so he hasn’t been traded. Kevin Gausman has allowed nine runs and

Brach wondering if he’s next to be traded

Brad Brach glanced to his right and saw the empty locker that belonged to closer Zach Britton. He looked to his left and saw the empty locker that still belonged to set-up man Darren O’Day, who hadn’t been using it much since undergoing season-ending surgery on his hamstring. Brach feels a tad lonely and like the last man standing, but also one who could be

Eight-run seventh inning propels Orioles to 15-5 win (with quotes)

Jonathan Schoop is trying to carry the torch, as instructed by friend and former teammate Manny Machado. Schoop also is attempting to carry a team. A fifth home run in five games kept Schoop on a serious July roll and he delivered two RBI singles in the seventh inning while the Orioles broke open a close game and claimed a 15-5 victory over the Rays

Updating Brach trade talks and O’s interest in Mesa (O’s up 12-3)

As the Orioles focus on trying to move the rest of their pending free agents following trades this month that sent shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers and reliever Zach Britton to the Yankees, they are talking to multiple teams about reliever Brad Brach while attempting to complete a deal by Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline. The Cubs, Rockies and Indians are maintaining interest in Brach,

Orioles and Rays lineups

Danny Valencia gets the start at third base tonight and Joey Rickard is in right field as the Orioles continue their series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate again. Andrew Cashner has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts, but is 0-1 with two no-decisions. He faced the Rays on May 26 and

This, that and the other

While the Orioles are fielding calls from numerous teams on a variety of players, they still seem more intent on moving their veterans who are pending free agents, a stance they’ve taken since early in the process. There’s been interest in second baseman Jonathan Schoop, starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy and reliever Mychal Givens. Only Schoop can leave via free agency after 2019. Again,

Cobb can’t catch break and Orioles can’t rally past Rays (updated)

This is Alex Cobb’s pitching life with the Orioles. Winless at home and trying to divert his eyes from the 13 losses attached to his record, Cobb retired the first eight batters tonight and faced the minimum through three innings. The split-changeup was working for him, but the Orioles couldn’t give him a lead. The Rays scored twice in the fourth on ground balls through

Showalter on Jones and last night’s controversy (O’s down 4-3)

The drama surrounding Adam Jones extends beyond the possibility of a trade by Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline and whether he’d be willing to re-sign with the club over the winter. Would he remain in center field this season if he isn’t dealt? The Orioles have Cedric Mullins waiting in the wings - or actually at Triple-A Norfolk. “I think Adam’s always willing to do what’s best

Rotation adjustment and injury updates

By throwing only 30 pitches last night before rain washed away his start, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy will come back on short rest Sunday in the series finale against the Rays at Camden Yards. Rookie Yefry Ramírez will be pushed back to Tuesday night against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bundy surrendered three home runs to the Red Sox last night in only 1 2/3

Orioles and Rays lineups

Jace Peterson gets the start at third base tonight as the Orioles open a four-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. Chris Davis is batting fifth. Alex Cobb is facing his former team for the third time this season. He’s allowed eight earned runs (nine total) and 17 hits in 10

No longer necessary to question O’s willingness to deal with Yankees

The time has come, and it’s long overdue, to bury the narrative that the Orioles won’t consummate trades with the Yankees. Dig the hole until you strike oil. The Orioles were willing to do it at the Winter Meetings despite reports to the contrary. Executive vice president Dan Duquette made the declaration in his suite at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in a room

Orioles-Red Sox game postponed due to rain (Aug. 11 doubleheader)

Ten batters into tonight’s start and it became apparent that relief would come to Dylan Bundy only via the weather or the bullpen. Bundy surrendered three home runs and fell behind by five runs before the latest storm hammered the Baltimore area. The game finally was postponed after a delay lasting 2 hours, 33 minutes, also washing away the statistics. The makeup date will be

Orioles hire Murray as special advisor (O’s down 5-0, delay)

Less than two weeks after Brooks Robinson informed the media of his hiring by the Orioles as a special advisor, another Hall of Famer is back in the fold. Eddie Murray has been named special advisor to John and Lou Angelos, the organization again reaching into its past while also moving forward with its rebuilding effort. Standing on the track next to the home dugout

Hess on returning, Showalter on Britton leaving

The Orioles announced today that they recalled right-hander David Hess from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s headed to the bullpen, filling the roster spot that belonged to closer Zach Britton. And Chris Tillman has been released, which allows him to become a free agent and attempt to latch on with another team. Left-hander Donnie Hart wasn’t eligible to rejoin the Orioles because he hadn’t been down

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox (Hess recalled)

Danny Valencia and his .600 career average against left-hander David Price are in tonight’s lineup as the Orioles close out their series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Valencia, who’s 15-for-25 versus Price, is batting fourth as the designated hitter. The Orioles continue to audition Renato Núñez at third base. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Second

Chris Tillman to elect free agency

Given the option of staying in the organization and resuming his career in the minors, right-hander Chris Tillman has declined the Orioles’ offer and will become a free agent. An official confirmed Tillman’s decision, which allows the veteran right-hander to sign with any club later this week. The Orioles designated Tillman for assignment on Friday following the All-Star break and selected the contract of third

Brach on Britton: “It’s going to be sad to see him leave”

The Orioles will need to make another roster move after last night’s trade of closer Zach Britton to the Yankees. They can replace the name on the lineup card, but the intangibles supplied by the longest-tenured player in the organization aren’t as easily transferrable. Darren O’Day was the bullpen leader, but he’s out for the season following hamstring surgery. Britton has been mentoring the younger

Zach Britton: “It’s been a great 12 years”

Zach Britton started to say his goodbyes to teammates tonight during the rain delay, his trade to the Yankees not official but the certainty undeniable. He checked his cell phone and knew exactly what was transpiring. Standing at his locker late tonight, his eyes reddened, Britton tried to sum up the feelings coursing through him after meeting with manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president

Ramírez gets first major league win as O’s defeat Red Sox 7-6

Yefry Ramírez picked the night that the Orioles were finalizing a Zach Britton trade to earn his first major league win. He may be overshadowed, but it’s still a nice achievement. Give the young man a hand and maybe a shaving cream pie. Orioles manager Buck Showalter can’t promise Ramírez a set number of starts through the remainder of the season. He won’t base his

Orioles close to dealing Britton to Yankees (updated)

The Orioles and Yankees have made substantial progress tonight toward a trade that would send left-hander Zach Britton to the Bronx and finally close out a sweepstakes that has taken on various forms over the past few weeks. A source confirmed that talks have escalated quickly and a deal is nearing completion that would bring back three players to the Orioles, including Double-A Trenton right-hander

Latest on Britton trade talk (O’s lead 2-1)

The tarp has been peeled off the infield at Camden Yards while the grounds crew rakes the dirt and applies the drying compound. Dark clouds are hovering, but the rain has stopped. The tarp hasn’t been rolled up. It’s just folded in the outfield. The gates opened about 30 minutes later than usual as head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry continued to monitor the radar. As always,

Injury updates and Showalter talks about Jones’ latest award

The light rain that’s been falling at Camden Yards finally has stopped, but the tarp remains on the field due to an ominous forecast. Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays, who hasn’t played since May 24 due to an ankle injury, continues to do baseball activities and is expected to begin a rehab assignment at short-season Single-A Aberdeen within the next day or two. Manager Buck

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

The Orioles are going with another outfield alignment tonight while continuing their series against the Red Sox, with Mark Trumbo in right field while Danny Valencia serves as the designated hitter against left-hander Drew Pomeranz. Trey Mancini is in left field. Chris Davis is batting seventh as the first baseman. Renato Núñez continues to play third base. Yefry Ramírez is making his fifth major league

Morning notes on Schoop, Brach and Scott

While the Orioles seem to be more focused on engaging in trade talks related to their pending free agents, with closer Zach Britton leading the pack and likely to be gone before the end of the homestand, they also are hearing from teams expressing interest in players who remain under control beyond 2018. Starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, reliever Mychal Givens and second baseman

Orioles absorb two rain delays and 5-3 loss (with quotes)

Kevin Gausman opened the first homestand tonight following the All-Star break by throwing seven pitches and heading back to the clubhouse. No injury or ejection. Just the latest round of rain showers. Two outs in the bottom of the third inning and another storm drenched the ballpark, forcing the second interruption while the grounds crew stood on the field and waited to remove the tarp.

Showalter on Britton, Jones, left side of the infield (O’s down 5-2)

The tarp is off the field again at Camden Yards after more rain fell in the afternoon. The sun comes out, dark clouds return, the sun comes back out and rain starts and stops. It’s been a maddening pattern. The forecast isn’t favorable, but the Orioles as always will try to play tonight and avoid a doubleheader or losing an off-day. They’ve checked the schedule

Orioles injury updates

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has relocated to the locker formerly used by Manny Machado at the end of the row, with third baseman Renato Núñez setting up next to him. Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Brad Brach are at their same lockers. They still haven’t been traded. Reliever Darren O’Day returned to Camden Yards today to begin treatment following his hamstring surgery. He’s out

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Jace Peterson moves over to right field tonight and Adam Jones returns to center field for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini is in left field and Chris Davis is at first base. Renato Núñez continues to play third base. He’s 2-for-11 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored since the Orioles

Latest on the trade market

The Orioles are ready to kick off their first homestand of the second half and the first without Manny Machado on the roster. How much longer will it include closer Zach Britton? There’s widespread interest in Britton on the trade market, of course, and while the Dodgers recently came up again as a potential partner with the Orioles, I’ve heard that the Astros, Red Sox

Hart optioned again, Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

The Orioles activated Andrew Cashner from the 10-day disabled list to make today’s start in Toronto that wraps up the three-game series. They optioned left-hander Donnie Hart for the eighth time this season to create room on the 25-man roster. The bullpen is down to eight relievers, including left-handers Zach Britton, Tanner Scott and Paul Fry, and the Orioles continue to carry a three-man bench.

This, that and the other

Outfielder Yusniel Díaz was the jewel in the package of players that the Orioles acquired from the Dodgers for shortstop Manny Machado. No other suitor offered up anyone of that caliber. But scouts like the potential of reliever Zach Pop, a 21-year-old right-hander assigned to Double-A Bowie. Pop, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft out of the University of Kentucky, registered a 0.93 ERA

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Renato Núñez remains at third base today as the Orioles continue their series in Toronto. Joey Rickard is in right field and Austin Wynns is behind the plate. Jonathan Schoop’s game-tying home run last night was the 100th of his career. He’s batting .355 (22-for-62) this month. Former Orioles shortstop and current MASN analyst Mike Bordick is celebrating his 53rd birthday today. For the Orioles

Trumbo: “I don’t think the morale is shattered by any means”

Don’t do the math. It’s the best piece of advice for Orioles players who will stay on the roster in the second half and finish out a season that’s exceeded their worst fears. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was digging for a positive nugget while a couple of reporters stood at his locker in Minnesota. Just as easily as the team has lost, he said, it

Orioles DFA Chris Tillman, Renato Núñez in tonight’s lineup

With Chris Tillman’s injury rehab assignment completed and the Orioles needing a spot on their 40-man roster, they chose to designate the veteran right-hander for assignment today while selecting the contract of infielder Renato Núñez from Triple-A Norfolk. Tillman returned to the organization after testing free agency, agreeing to a $3 million contract in spring training that included a possible $7 million in bonuses based

Núñez set to join the Orioles

The first move following Manny Machado’s departure from the Orioles will be selecting Renato Núñez’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk as part of a restructuring of the left side of the infield. Núñez, 24, is batting .289/.361/.443 in 565 games with the Tides, including 14 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 25 RBIs. He’s a career .265/.321/.466 hitter in 757 minor league games and belted

Orioles move into second half without Machado

The reality that Manny Machado no longer played for the Orioles hit them hardest yesterday as they boarded their charter flight to Toronto and gathered for a workout. It will strike them again today as they convene inside the visiting clubhouse at Rogers Centre to begin a three-game series against the Blue Jays. When the lineup card lists somebody else at shortstop. Imagine how fitting

Scouts offer their opinions on Díaz

The Orioles don’t necessarily have a screaming need for an outfielder as they set about the task of starting their rebuild process, but they listened when the Dodgers offered Yusniel Díaz as part of the five-player package for shortstop Manny Machado. Alex Verdugo was off the table, as were a few of the top young pitchers in the Dodgers system, which threatened to curtail trade

Duquette on today’s trade and the plan moving forward

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spent about 19 minutes tonight on a conference call with the local media and provided details on how the Orioles will proceed through the stages of their rebuilding process, with emphasis placed on a truer commitment to international scouting and analytics. They also will increase their front office staff and deepen the farm system in an attempt to gain

Machado’s tenure with Orioles comes to an end

The inevitable finally became a reality. Resigned to losing shortstop Manny Machado through free agency after the season, the Orioles ended their eight-year relationship by trading him to the Los Angeles Dodgers today for a five-player package headlined by Double-A outfielder Yusniel Díaz, according to sources. The Orioles also will receive third baseman Rylan Bannon, second baseman Breyvic Valera, and right-handers Dean Kremer and

Machado trade to L.A. in final stages without medical concerns

The Orioles are in the final stages of completing a trade that will send shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers in exchange for five players, according to an industry source. They’re in the home stretch. The Dodgers have agreed on the players and there are only some “final points to review,” per the source. Reports surfaced earlier today, including a tweet from MLB Network Radio’s

Waiting for the Machado trade to become official

The interleague portion of the Orioles schedule after the break doesn’t include the Dodgers. If you want to see Manny Machado, you’ll need to head out West. Or make the drive to Philadelphia for the three-game series that begins on Monday. There’s no “Hug Watch” today because Machado isn’t with his Orioles teammates, but everyone is braced for the trade with the Dodgers to be

Machado plays five innings in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON - The introduction was more meaningful tonight than in past All-Star Games. Manny Machado stood on the top step of the dugout and waited to hear his name. Batting seventh and playing shortstop ... from the Baltimore Orioles ... It won’t happen again. And not just because he hits higher in the order. Machado will be traded later this week, perhaps as early as

Machado unaware of pending trade

WASHINGTON - Manny Machado had to squeeze past a crowd of reporters this afternoon to reach his locker and address his status for the final time. The session lasted close to three minutes and he was gone. Still representing the Orioles at the All-Star Game, still waiting to find out where he’s playing later this week. Asked what he’s heard from the Orioles or his

Latest on Machado, Hader makes it hard for O’s to forget (updated)

The Orioles haven’t changed their stance that Manny Machado will represent them tonight at the All-Star Game. There’s no way he’s going to be traded before first pitch. However, it still seems likely that he’s wearing another uniform by Friday’s start to the season’s second half. A source confirmed again today that Machado probably will be moved by the end of the week. I wrote

More Machado before tonight’s All-Star Game

Manny Machado will be introduced at tonight’s All-Star Game in D.C., maybe tip his cap to the crowd, and try not to think about the possibility that he’s playing shortstop for the last time while representing the Orioles. They aren’t moving him back to third base. They could be moving him to another team later this week, with the Phillies, Dodgers and Brewers deemed again

Machado fields questions before All-Star ground balls

WASHINGTON - The starting shortstop for the American League in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game spent about 45 minutes this afternoon covering the same ground. Manny Machado sat at a table during the AL media session on the second level of Nationals Park and repeated how he’d prefer to play shortstop, but has no control over it if traded. Only in free agency does he wield

Machado hitting seventh for AL in All-Star Game

WASHINGTON - We don’t know where Manny Machado will be playing this weekend. But we do know he’ll be in an Orioles uniform on Tuesday night when the American League battles the National League in the All-Star Game at Nationals Park. Machado will hit seventh and play shortstop, having been elected by the fans. Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs, 64 RBIs and

All-Star break brings more at-bats and questions for Machado

The All-Star break officially begins today. Players can relax at home or, for a few, in Toronto before opening the second half at Rogers Centre. Eliminates the travel day. It’s a veteran move. Manny Machado is on a different schedule, of course. He’s the one with the obligations, including today’s media session at Nationals Park, where at least he’s assured of finding a parking spot.

Wrapping up Machado’s day and a 6-5 win

The mock crying from one of Manny Machado’s teammates on the other side of the clubhouse following today’s game was meant to lighten the mood, though the shortstop already was smiling and ready to represent the Orioles in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. That part was real. Did Machado play his final game as an Oriole at Camden Yards? Let everyone else speculate and stress over it.

Machado homers in last game before break in 6-5 win

The applause for Manny Machado today as he walked up to the plate in the first inning had a familiar sound to it. But also a slightly different feel. Maybe it’s just imaginations at work with Machado likely to be traded later this month, but there seemed to be an air of farewell. If Machado played his last game at Camden Yards as an Oriole,

The rotation, health updates and the break (O’s up 6-5)

As manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Roger McDowell line up the post-break rotation, they’re cognizant of the need to give right-hander Kevin Gausman an extended break before his next outing. Gausman won’t pitch again until July 23 against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. His most recent start came in Thursday night’s makeup game against the Phillies, when he allowed five runs and a

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Miguel Castro gets the start today for the Orioles as they close out the first half against the Rangers. Mike Wright Jr. also is expected to pitch behind Castro. Trey Mancini is on the bench, but he’s fine. Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to get Joey Rickard in the lineup. Danny Valencia is the designated hitter. Mark Trumbo is in right field. Showalter is

More trade talk

The teams jockeying for position in the Manny Machado sweepstakes aren’t hanging in one spot. The Braves, for example, seem less inclined to make a serious run at him as the days pass. They were Top 5 a few weeks ago, but the list didn’t include the Yankees. And the Phillies, who were fourth, have moved past the Diamondbacks due to an increase in recent

Wrapping up a 1-0 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to announce his starter for Sunday’s series finale against the Rangers, which also closes out the season’s first half. He’s going to let everyone know in the morning, with the likely choices Miguel Castro and Mike Wright Jr. Showalter seems intent on taking someone out of the bullpen and leaving Chris Tillman at Triple-A Norfolk. Wright logged 1 1/3

Ramirez throws five scoreless innings in Orioles’ 1-0 win

The Orioles didn’t plan on sending down Yefry Ramírez after tonight’s game, no matter how he pitched. They need a starter for Sunday and were ready to recall Jimmy Yacabonis before an illness nixed those plans, but Ramírez wasn’t going to be the corresponding move. Filling out the rotation after the All-Star break includes keeping Ramírez in it, a byproduct of the team falling out

Brooks Robinson hired by Orioles as special advisor (O’s up 1-0)

Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson never lost his love for the Orioles. He’s now been given more avenues to show it. The Orioles have hired Robinson, 81, as a special advisor to the team, bringing him back to Camden Yards and in the community. Robinson walked into the press box and announced that he won’t be playing or managing. He won’t be offering

Yacabonis won’t start Sunday (and other notes)

The Orioles need a starter for Sunday’s series finale. Jimmy Yacabonis is unavailable due to an illness - he was tested yesterday for strep throat - and manager Buck Showalter might resort to a bullpen game against the Rangers. His options depend on which relievers are needed tonight to back up rookie starter Yefry Ramírez. Showalter mentioned Chris Tillman again as a “possibility,” but the

Orioles lineup vs. Rangers

Catcher Austin Wynns has his locker set up in the clubhouse, and his return will be made official later today. Wynns is replacing Chance Sisco on the roster, as I mentioned last night. Instant update: The Orioles just announced the move. Tim Beckham remains the leadoff hitter tonight against the Rangers. Caleb Joseph is catching. Nothing much to talk about. Rangers left-hander Martin Pérez is

Jones remains unsure of destination or his decision

While reports have surfaced that the Indians are expressing interest in Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, the first real buzz attached to the five-time All-Star and pending free agent, he still hasn’t been approached by the club regarding his 10-5 status. Jones has earned the right to refuse a trade based on his 10 years in the majors and five with the Orioles. Could they

Orioles option Sisco, Yacabonis illness jeopardizes Sunday start

The Orioles are swapping out catchers again tonight by returning rookie Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk. They made the announcement following a 5-4 loss to the Rangers at Camden Yards. The corresponding move will become official on Saturday with rookie Austin Wynns recalled from Norfolk. Sisco also was sent down on June 17, and returned 11 days later. He’s batting .195/.306./.289 with eight doubles, two

Orioles rally but again fall short in 5-4 loss

Alex Cobb never imagined that he’d have 12 losses before the All-Star break. Not while he waited to sign with a club after spring training camps opened, not after agreeing to a four-year, $57 million deal with the Orioles, not after getting off to a sluggish start based on his limited work prior to opening day. Though a pitcher’s record shouldn’t define him - considering

Notes on rotation, Ramírez’s next chance, Gilmartin (O’s down 5-4)

Jimmy Yacabonis appears to be the choice to start Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers, which closes out the first half. The Orioles are keeping him available and intend to recall him before the game. Meanwhile, Chris Tillman remains the starter at Triple-A Norfolk. The assignment will mark Yacabonis’ third major league start. He’s allowed a combined five runs and 12 hits over nine innings,

Orioles and Rangers lineups

Danny Valencia is in right field tonight and Trey Mancini is in left for the Orioles’ series opener against the Rangers. Chris Davis is batting seventh against left-hander Cole Hamels. Alex Cobb returns to the mound after leaving Sunday’s start in Minnesota with a blister on his right index finger. He’s made five career starts against the Rangers and gone 1-0 with a 2.91 ERA

About last night ...

Zach Britton began to warm in the Orioles’ bullpen last night as they tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. Manny Machado singled with one out and his club down by a run, and a save situation loomed. And then it was gone. Adam Jones flied to center field, the Phillies brought in left-hander Adam Morgan and Chris Davis struck out for

Rally falls short, O’s are 42 games below .500 (with quotes)

As Manny Machado walked to the plate tonight with two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the first inning, a couple of visiting fans yelled, “Come to Philly!” Their club is doing just fine without him, completing a delayed sweep of the Orioles with a 5-4 victory before an announced crowd of 20,100 at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman allowed five runs

Orioles lament defensive shortcomings (O’s down 5-4)

Whatever the return for shortstop Manny Machado in the coming hours, days or weeks, the Orioles will be focused in part on improving a defense that has been in steady decline for the past three seasons. It’s become a familiar refrain, but executing the plan has proven to be as challenging as stringing together wins. Team officials vowed again to make defense a priority over

Injury updates on O’Day, Hays and Cashner

Orioles reliever Darren O’Day underwent his hamstring surgery today in Baltimore and manager Buck Showalter said the procedure “went great.” “There were no surprises,” Showalter said, adding that he’s looking forward to O’Day “returning to form.” Head athletic trainer Brian Ebel spoke with O’Day earlier today. Double-A Bowie outfielder Austin Hays had an injection in his ankle on Monday and will be shut down for

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

Trey Mancini’s absence from the Orioles lineup lasted one game. He’s starting at first base for tonight’s makeup game against the Phillies. Chris Davis is the designated hitter and Mark Trumbo is in right field. Jace Peterson’s knee must be feeling better because he’s in left field. Adam Jones is batting cleanup, with Jonathan Schoop moving up to second in the order. Kevin Gausman is

Joseph on Britton: “He’s getting really, really close”

To gain a more complete understanding of the improvement in reliever Zach Britton’s sinker, count the bruises on catcher Caleb Joseph. I didn’t do it - we’re friendly, but the relationship has its limits - but he wore a few more Tuesday night after knocking down multiple pitches in the dirt in the ninth inning to keep the game tied and set up Jonathan Schoop

Bundy lasts four innings and O’s shut out for ninth time (with quotes)

Dylan Bundy can’t seem to regain his footing after a hamstring injury. Bundy served up Greg Bird’s grand slam tonight in a five-run third inning, his pitch count soaring to 78, and the Orioles settled for a split of their four-game series with a 9-0 loss to the Yankees before an announced crowd of 17,808 at Camden Yards. The Orioles were shut out for the

Showalter on Mancini, Cashner, Tillman and more (O’s down 8-0)

The Orioles’ lineup has taken on many forms in the first half, and tonight it doesn’t include Trey Mancini, who’s 2-for-25 this month to lower his season average to .220 with a .657 OPS. It’s a startling drop for a player who finished third in Rookie of the Year balloting in the American League last season after batting .293/.338/.488 with 26 doubles, four triples, 24

Cashner returns to DL

Andrew Cashner is making his second stop on the disabled list this season. The Orioles placed Cashner on the 10-day DL today with a strained muscle in his neck and recalled right-hander Yefry Ramírez from Triple-A Norfolk. Ramirez is eligible to return because he’s replacing an injured player. Cashner worked 6 1/3 innings last night, his second-longest outing of the season, but he received a

Cashner questionable to make next start

Andrew Cashner is receiving a trigger point injection in his neck this afternoon due to spasms, a procedure he’s undergone in the past around the All-Star break. The latest one puts Sunday’s start in jeopardy. Cashner could go on the disabled list and return immediately after the break. The Orioles’ options for Sunday’s starter include Yefry Ramírez, who would be eligible to return if replacing

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Joey Rickard is in left field and Danny Valencia is in right for tonight’s game against the Yankees at Camden Yards that closes out the series. Caleb Joseph is catching Dylan Bundy. Bundy is making his first start against the Yankees in 2018. He’s 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA and 1.582 WHIP in seven career games (five starts) over 30 1/3 innings. Brett Gardner is

Orioles extend agreements with five affiliates

The Orioles announced today that they’ve extended their working agreements with their five minor league affiliates through the 2020 season. Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, high Single-A Frederick, low Single-A Delmarva and short-season Single-A Aberdeen will remain part of the Orioles’ system for at least two more years. Perhaps most noteworthy is the deal with Norfolk, since the Nationals no longer will have Syracuse as their

Machado keeps stating his position preference for free agency

In case anyone has been looking the other way or dealing with a severe case of clogged eardrums since, oh, around the first day of spring training, Manny Machado views himself only as a shortstop and doesn’t want to go back to third base unless he tripled. Here’s a partial list of other things Machado doesn’t want to do: * Keep answering questions about whether

Machado homers twice and Schoop delivers walk-off single (quotes)

How many times can Manny Machado prove to the world, or at least baseball’s portion of it, that he isn’t distracted by all of the trade talk and the obsession over his pending free agency? He offers denials at his locker and in the batter’s box. Machado collected three more hits tonight, including game-tying home runs in the bottom of the fifth and seventh and

Orioles option Yefry Ramírez (and other notes, tied 5-5)

The Orioles announced their roster moves this afternoon, recalling left-hander Donnie Hart and selecting right-hander Jhan Maríñez’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning right-handers Yefry Ramírez and Ryan Meisinger to the Tides Ramírez started Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader and wasn’t going to be available. The Orioles are back down to four starters and have nine relievers and three bench players on the roster. Ramírez

Donnie Hart also joining Orioles

The Orioles aren’t done making bullpen moves. They’re also recalling left-hander Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk today to join right-hander Jhan Mariñez. Hart has posted a 3.68 ERA and 1.909 WHIP in eight games with the Orioles this season, his seat reserved on the shuttle. He’s allowed three earned runs (four total) and 12 hits in 7 1/3 innings, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Orioles select Jhan Mariñez’s contract

The Orioles needed a fresh bullpen arm after yesterday’s doubleheader and selected the contract of right-hander Jhan Mariñez from Triple-A Norfolk. Mariñez replaces right-hander Ryan Meisinger, who worked three scoreless and hitless innings last night in Game 2. The move will be announced later today. Meisinger’s locker already has been emptied. Mariñez, 29, signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Nov. 28, joining

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Joey Rickard is in right field tonight and Adam Jones returns to center after last night’s break during Game 2 of a doubleheader. Tim Beckham remains the leadoff hitter. Trey Mancini is playing left field and batting seventh. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Andrew Cashner has registered three consecutive quality starts and five in his last six outings, the exception coming after a long

Beckham staying ready at shortstop, Yankees enter Machado fray

While craving young pitching talent in any trade involving Manny Machado, the Orioles also could use a replacement for him at shortstop, or at least a temporary plan for filling the position. They aren’t going to shift the rest of the season and leave the spot empty. Cadyn Grenier, the second-round pick last month out of Oregon State, is playing at low Single-A Delmarva and

Game 2 Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (quotes added)

Chris Davis is in the Orioles lineup for Game 2 of the doubleheader, but Adam Jones heads to the bench. Joey Rickard is in center field, Jace Peterson is in left and Danny Valencia stays in right. Trey Mancini joins Jones on the bench. Chance Sisco will catch Yefry Ramírez, as the Orioles go for the sweep over the Yankees. For the Orioles Tim Beckham

Valencia’s three-run homer powers O’s past Yankees 5-4

CC Sabathia fielded a comebacker in the fifth inning today, threw to second base to start a double play and raised both arms triumphantly as it unfolded. He kept them in the air while the ball began its journey around the infield. The image of a heavyweight who had just delivered the knockout punch. The Orioles are in a much lower class in 2018, but

Injury updates and more on Machado (O’s lead 5-4)

Most of today’s pregame media session with manager Buck Showalter centered on injury updates and pointing out again that shortstop Manny Machado is really good and hasn’t let distractions ruin his game. Showalter remains confident that Alex Cobb will make his next start after leaving yesterday’s game in Minnesota with a blister on his right index finger. “It’s more of a deep callus underneath,” Showalter

Game 1 Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Trey Mancini is playing first base today for Game 1 of the Orioles’ doubleheader against the Yankees. Chris Davis is on the bench. He’s 12-for-54 (.222) with two home runs and 22 strikeouts lifetime against left-hander CC Sabathia. Joey Rickard is in left field and Danny Valencia is in right. Jimmy Yacabonis was called up as the 26th man to make the start. Sabathia is

More challenges and Machado trade talk await Orioles this week

MINNEAPOLIS - Because the 2018 season hasn’t burrowed deeply enough under the Orioles’ collective skin, they are forced to play a doubleheader today against the Yankees due to a rainout on May 31, and also lose Thursday’s off-day after rain washed away a May 15 game versus the Phillies. When did this club become a human dart board? Catching a break will necessitate the arrival

Manny Machado voted into All-Star Game as AL shortstop

MINNEAPOLIS - His destination unknown while the center of major trade talks with several teams, Orioles shortstop Manny Machado at least can be sure that he’s starting for the American League in the upcoming All-Star Game in D.C. Machado received the most votes (1,740,645) among AL shortstops, his position in 2018 following J.J. Hardy’s departure from the Orioles, and will appear in his fourth All-Star

Blister on right finger ended Cobb’s day in 10-1 loss

MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles couldn’t avoid another loss today, but they dodged a serious injury involving Alex Cobb, who left the game in the sixth inning with a blister on his right index finger that shouldn’t impact his next start. It wasn’t a hamstring or knee after he made a move toward Logan Morrison’s bunt in the sixth. Cobb said he noticed the blister near

Cobb leaves game with injury in latest Orioles loss

MINNEAPOLIS - Alex Cobb needed a sensational diving catch today from Manny Machado to avoid a run from scoring in the second inning. He needed to avoid a leadoff walk in the fifth and the fastball he grooved to Mitch Garver with the count full to have any chance of winning. Falling behind by two runs can feel like a death sentence. Just imagine the

More on Monday’s doubleheader (Cobb leaves with injury)

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to name his Game 1 starter for Monday’s doubleheader against the Yankees at Camden Yards, though Jimmy Yacabonis was pulled from today’s assignment with Triple-A Norfolk and must be regarded as the favorite. Miguel Castro pitched in relief yesterday and likely is removed from consideration. Mike Wright Jr. is a possibility if he isn’t needed today, but

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNEAPOLIS - Trey Mancini returns to left field today for the Orioles, who are trying to avoid the first four-game sweep in Minnesota in club history. Danny Valencia is in right field. Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Tim Beckham 3B Adam Jones CF Manny Machado SS Mark Trumbo DH Chris Davis 1B Jonathan Schoop 2B Danny Valencia RF Trey Mancini LF Caleb Joseph

Fry forcing Orioles to keep him on roster

MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has wanted to go with an eight-man bullpen and join a growing trend in baseball. It isn’t always feasible, whether due to injuries or other roster complications, but they will continue to carry an extra reliever today while closing out their road trip. They’ve gone with three left-handers on occasion, and with Richard Bleier out for the season following

More on Machado sweepstakes and today’s 5-4 loss

MINNESOTA - The losses don’t need to keep piling up for the Orioles to remain engaged in trade discussions involving their highest-profile free agents. They’re motivated to strike a deal involving shortstop Manny Machado, and the Dodgers are viewed as the most serious suitor, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Phillies, Braves and Cubs are, in that order,

Orioles implode in middle innings and lose 5-4

MINNESOTA - The Orioles scored three runs in the first inning today and shut down. Kevin Gausman cruised through the fourth and spun out of control. A season that can’t get any worse keeps finding ways. Light-hitting Bobby Wilson’s two-out, bases-loaded double in the sixth off Miguel Castro broke a 3-3 tie and the Twins rallied past the Orioles on their way to a 5-4

Showalter deciding Monday doubleheader starter (O’s down 5-3)

MINNESOTA - The Orioles haven’t settled on the second starter for Monday’s doubleheader against the Yankees at Camden Yards. The only confirmation involves Yefry Ramirez’s start in the other game. Jimmy Yacabonis has been pulled from Sunday’s start with Triple-A Norfolk and could join the Orioles. However, manager Buck Showalter also will consider relievers Mike Wright Jr. and Miguel Castro. “We’ll see how things go

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNESOTA - Trey Mancini is on the bench today and Jace Peterson is in left field as the Orioles continue their series against the Twins. Peterson is batting ninth. Tim Beckham continues to lead off. Danny Valencia is in right field and Chance Sisco is behind the plate. Kevin Gausman makes his second start against the Twins this season. He allowed six runs and seven

Wondering where Tillman’s rehab starts eventually lead him

MINNESOTA - The next step in Chris Tillman’s injury rehab assignment takes him down to the Carolina League, his fourth level of the minors, while the Orioles figure out exactly what to do with him. There doesn’t appear, at least on the surface, to be a clear plan with Tillman beyond deciding the location of his starts. He’s pitched for short-season Single-A Aberdeen, low Single-A

Short start and costly error factor into 6-2 loss (with quotes)

MINNESOTA - Put the first inning of tonight’s game in a time capsule for future generations to study. For them to gain a better understanding of how a season can unravel so easily like a ball of yarn. How breaks keep eluding teams that are unable to create their own good fortune and anything that can go wrong is bound to happen. Tim Beckham wallops

Yacabonis could be joining Orioles on Monday (O’s down 6-2)

MINNESOTA - David Hess will make his next start for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday afternoon in Durham, the turn that belonged to Jimmy Yacabonis before today’s roster maneuvering. With Yacabonis no longer scheduled to take the mound, the Orioles have made him an option to join the club for Monday’s doubleheader against the Yankees at Camden Yards. He could be the 26th player. Hess was

Hess: “I learned a ton on and off the field”

MINNESOTA - Of all the lessons that were thrust upon rookie pitcher David Hess this season, perhaps the clearest and most valuable to him was the idea that he deserved his spot on the 25-man roster and in the rotation, no matter how fleeting. The Orioles optioned Hess this afternoon to Triple-A Norfolk to create room for starter Dylan Bundy, who came off the disabled

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNESOTA - Joey Rickard gets the start in right field tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Twins at Target Field. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching Dylan Bundy, who came off the disabled list this afternoon. Chris Davis is batting fifth. His next strikeout will give him 1,306 to pass Cal Ripken Jr. for the most in club

Orioles option David Hess

MINNESOTA - Dylan Bundy has come off the 10-day disabled list and is starting tonight’s game against the Twins at Target Field. He was unable to stay on the active roster after spraining his left ankle in Atlanta while running the bases. In a corresponding roster move, the Orioles optioned pitcher David Hess to Triple-A Norfolk after giving him nine starts among 10 appearances. Hess

Mountcastle and Wells chosen to All-Star Futures Game

MINNESOTA - The Orioles will have two representatives in the All-Star Futures Game to be played July 15 at Nationals Park. Double-A Bowie third baseman Ryan Mountcastle has been chosen to represent the U.S. team and Single-A Frederick left-hander Alex Wells will pitch for the World Team. One of the top position prospects in the system, Mountcastle, 21, is batting .313/.363/.498 with 10 doubles, three

Bundy’s return signals another roster move

MINNESOTA - Get ready for the next Orioles roster move, which will be announced later this afternoon while Dylan Bundy comes off the disabled list to make tonight’s start against the Twins. The Orioles are down to a three-man bench, so a pitcher will be subtracted to make room for Bundy. They could option Yefry Ramirez and bring him back Monday as the 26th man

Cashner error overshadows another quality start in 5-2 loss (updated)

MINNESOTA - Andrew Cashner notched his third consecutive quality start tonight and his fifth in the last six outings, the exception unavoidable after a long rain delay in D.C. The return, however, has been miniscule. Similar to the support he received again tonight. The Orioles managed only one run off Andrew Slegers in six innings and Cashner had a costly fielding error in the third

Update on O’Day surgery, Ramirez starts Monday (O’s down 3-2)

MINNESOTA - Orioles reliever Darren O’Day will undergo surgery on his left hamstring on June 12 in Baltimore, with Dr. Leigh Ann Curl handling the procedure. O’Day won’t pitch again in 2018. Chris Davis’ next strikeout will be his 1,305th with the Orioles to tie him with Cal Ripken Jr. for the all-time club record. Ripken played 3,001 games in 21 seasons with the Orioles.

Orioles and Twins lineups

MINNESOTA - Danny Valencia is in right field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate tonight, as the Orioles open their four-game series against the Twins. Trey Mancini is batting eighth and Tim Beckham continues to lead off. Andrew Cashner posted four quality starts in five outings last month and went 0-2 with three no-decisions. The Orioles went 1-4. Cashner faced the Twins in his

A few thoughts on Rasmus and a logical replacement

I’m rejoining the Orioles later this afternoon in Minnesota and will experience the Colby Rasmus void up close and personal for the first time since he left the team. Rasmus’ comeback lasted 18 games. It started with him going 2-for-21 with 13 strikeouts, continued with a stop on the disabled list and ended with him batting .133 and informing manager Buck Showalter that he was

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

The Orioles made the anticipated move this afternoon and recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk as the roster replacement for Colby Rasmus, who left the team yesterday and went on the restricted list. Rickard is 16-for-79 (.203) with five home runs and eight RBIs in 29 games with the Orioles.r The two-game series in Philadelphia closes with Tim Beckham leading off again, Mark Trumbo

Because You Asked - “Back to the Minors”

The non-waiver trade deadline alone can fill up a mailbag. When the Orioles are connected to it, we’re talking about a major overflow. You could paper the streets. The same five or six questions, but still ... There’s a burning desire to separate fact from fiction, which is as complicated as splitting the atom - or knowing whether the Orioles will split from Adam. Let’s

Orioles recall Ramirez and put Wilkerson on DL (with lineups)

The Orioles haven’t confirmed a starter for Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia, but they made right-hander Yefry Ramirez a candidate earlier today. Ramirez has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and infielder Steve Wilkerson went on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle. The timing works for Ramirez and the Orioles, since he was scheduled to start Wednesday for Triple-A Norfolk. Ramirez tossed five

More thoughts on the bullpen and roster

The Orioles broke camp with two Rule 5 picks in their bullpen. Nestor Cortes Jr. and Pedro Araujo are gone, the latter still in the organization but on the disabled list. The dip in experience now comes from rookies Ryan Meisinger and Paul Fry, who made their major league debuts on the same night. Miguel Castro has appeared in 110 games with three teams, but

Machado continues to lead AL shortstops in All-Star voting

The Orioles still have only one player whose vote total for the All-Star Game shows up in the latest balloting update provided by Major League Baseball. Manny Machado leads all American League shortstops with 1,272,233 votes to keep him ahead of the Astros’ Carlos Correa (1,135,152). Adam Jones isn’t in the top 15 among outfielders. No one else would warrant consideration and it’s no surprise

Tale of the tape makes Britton feel closer to his previous self

Zach Britton’s professional life can be tracked by the tiniest advancements since undergoing Achilles surgery in December. Shedding the protective boot, walking on an underwater treadmill, throwing off flat ground, getting back on a mound, participating in fielding drills without worrying about another blowout, starting an injury rehab assignment, leaving the disabled list. Pitching on consecutive days in Atlanta was another noteworthy achievement, earning his

Six-run inning and Gausman’s mastery end losing streak (updated)

A simple popup can leave the biggest mark on a game. Especially when it slams into the infield dirt instead of a glove. Who knew that Adam Jones would reach to lead off the fourth inning on a ball arcing above the area between first and second base? Certainly not Jones, who spiked his bat in disgust and headed up the line, expecting to take

O’Day agrees that surgery is proper course (O’s up 8-1)

Succumbing to the recommendation of undergoing hamstring surgery was made a little easier for Orioles reliever Darren O’Day because he no longer should live in fear of a reoccurrence of the injury. Get it done and get on with the rest of his professional career. O’Day said he’ll have the procedure “as soon as possible” in Baltimore, the location a necessity because his leg will

Showalter on Schoop: “He’s got a pure heart and there’s a lot of empathy”

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop didn’t lobby to be included in today’s lineup because he already knew the plan. Manager Buck Showalter talked to Schoop, whose average is down to .197, about sitting out a few games and getting an additional break with Monday’s off-day. Schoop will play Tuesday night in Philadelphia. “We had a long conversation yesterday about what he and I ... he

Orioles and Angels lineups

Jonathan Schoop is out of the Orioles lineup again today, but manager Buck Showalter said the second baseman will start Tuesday night’s series opener in Philadelphia. Rookie Steve Wilkerson gets another start at second base. Outfielder Colby Rasmus is out of the lineup due to illness. Reliever Darren O’Day said he’ll undergo surgery on his left hamstring “as soon as possible” in Baltimore. Making his

Does Schoop stay out of today’s lineup?

The Orioles are in a race to finish the season with more wins than reset buttons. First baseman Chris Davis sat out eight games while trying to work through his offensive issues, taking early batting practice and advice from hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh and vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. Yesterday’s lineup didn’t include second baseman Jonathan Schoop, whose average dipped to .197, its

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