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Wrapping up Jones’ day and 4-0 win

Adam Jones headed back out to right field today in the top of the ninth inning, but he didn’t stay there. He didn’t see another pitch thrown from that vantage point. Joey Rickard was sent out to replace him and Jones turned to the fans behind him who spent the day holding up “Cap10” signs in his honor and waved his cap to them. He

On Jones’ final game, Showalter’s uncertain future (O’s win 4-0)

Adam Jones sprinted out of the dugout this afternoon before the playing of the national anthem, the center fielder always leading his teammates. Except when they stay back and leave him alone. The Orioles lined up in front of the railing and applauded Jones, who tipped his cap to the crowd, his first display of emotion on the homestand. The umpires also clapped for Jones

Showalter on decision to put Jones back in center field

Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Adam Jones to discuss today’s lineup and where the outfielder wanted to play. Showalter had his own idea and ran it past Jones, who agreed to start in center. It just seemed right. Cedric Mullins has been the center fielder since making his debut on Aug. 10, but he’s moved to left this afternoon in the last game of

Jones in center field for final game of 2018

Adam Jones is playing his 1,613th and likely final game with the Orioles this afternoon to close out the 2018 season and manager Buck Showalter is putting him in center field. Cedric Mullins is in left for the first time and DJ Stewart is in right. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter. Steve Wilkerson gets another start at second base. Jimmy Yacabonis makes his seventh

The season reaches its conclusion today

The end is here. Of the worst season in franchise history. Of Adam Jones’ days as an Oriole unless something unforeseen happens. And perhaps of Buck Showalter’s tenure as manager, which began in the summer of 2010. Some players had large boxes in front of their lockers yesterday. Tim Beckham joked that Joey Rickard was blocking his path during the packing process. Rickard countered that

Jones on Showalter: “It’s the end of an era”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been complimenting Adam Jones at every opportunity this week as the outfield approaches what’s expected to be his final game in the organization. Tonight gave Jones the chance to return the favor as Showalter’s status remains in question. Jones didn’t sound like someone who anticipates Showalter being back next season. “I think for the franchise it’s just meant accountability,” Jones

Orioles swept in doubleheader with 5-2 loss in Game 2

The sixth doubleheader of the season for the Orioles resulted in the third sweep against them. Two more losses to toss on the pile. The Orioles have grown accustomed to peering through the defeats to find positive strands. It’s one way to maintain their sanity and stay optimistic as the worst season in franchise history sputters to a stop. Rookie Yefry Ramírez made his 13th

Wrapping up Game 1 loss (O’s down 5-2)

The Orioles are trying to avoid being swept in today’s doubleheader and also are seeking their first win against the Astros this season. The process is complicated, of course, by the opponent rolling out ace after ace. It seems unfair, as if the deck is stacked. Myles Straw hit his first major league home run, a solo shot to center field in the first inning

Orioles and Astros Game 2 lineups

Adam Jones is in right field for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader, as the Orioles try to gain a split. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop and Steve Wilkerson is playing second base. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter and John Andreoli is in left field. For the Orioles Cedric Mullins CF Jonathan VIllar SS Adam Jones RF Trey Mancini 1B Tim Beckham DH Renato Núñez

Orioles drop Game 1, 4-3, after rallying to tie

Getting a baserunner against Justin Verlander today eased some of the pressure on the Orioles. An Adam Jones double with two outs in the fourth inning, an infield hit for Renato Núñez with one out in the fifth. A little something to break the strikeout monotony. Dylan Bundy was working on a three-hit shutout through the fifth and happened to be the second-best pitcher in

Adam Jones on charity work and baseball decisions (tied 3-3)

Adam Jones has two standing ovations today and the Orioles didn’t have a baserunner until he doubled off Astros starter Justin Verlander with two outs in the fourth inning. Verlander retired the first 11 batters with seven strikeouts before Jones lined a ball into left-center field. Dylan Bundy has blanked the Astros on three hits in five innings. The game remains scoreless. The Orioles didn’t

Castro won’t pitch this weekend as Orioles conclude season

Orioles reliever Miguel Castro confirmed today that he won’t get back on a mound during the final series and his season has drawn to a close. Castro wanted to make the attempt despite some swelling in his right knee, but was advised to shut it down. “Thankfully, the knee feels better,” he said through interpreter Ramón Alarcón. “At the same time I don’t think there’s

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Adam Jones is the Orioles’ designated hitter today for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Astros. DJ Stewart is in right field and Joey Rickard is in left. Jonathan Villar has moved back to second base while Tim Beckham handles shortstop. Caleb Joseph is catching. Justin Verlander faced the Orioles on April 3 in Houston and allowed three earned runs (four total) with nine

Mancini on Jones: “That only comes around once in a blue moon”

The sixth and final doubleheader of the 2018 season will be played today, giving fans perhaps twice as many chances to cheer Adam Jones before he hits free agency. Jones could start in right field and later serve as designated hitter. He also could sit out one of the games, his presence in the lineup a certainty on Sunday. Teammates tend to fumble for words

Astros interrupt Jones celebration with 2-1 win (updated)

The first chance for fans to bathe Adam Jones in applause tonight came with two outs in the bottom of the first inning. The Most Valuable Oriole for 2018 focused on his pending at-bat rather than an ovation that gained momentum as Astros starter Gerrit Cole stepped behind the mound and plate umpire Bill Miller held up his hand to signal for time. Jonathan Villar

Updating Davis and injuries, Jones as MVO (O’s down 2-1)

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis isn’t expected to play this weekend, which shuts him down over the final week of the season and ensures that he’s going to finish with the worst average among qualifiers in baseball history. Davis has a .168/.243/.296 slash line in 522 plate appearances, his last start coming on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Rob Deer and Dan Uggla shared the record

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

The sun is shining at Camden Yards and the Orioles are sticking with the same lineup that wasn’t used last night due to the postponement. DJ Stewart is in left field and Adam Jones is in right. Corban Joseph is the designated hitter. Jace Peterson is the third baseman and Austin Wynns is catching. Steve Wilkerson gets another start at second base while Jonathan Villar

Leftovers for breakfast

The run that left-hander Tanner Scott allowed Wednesday in Game 2 of the doubleheader in Boston marked the third time in 11 outings that he was scored upon and the fourth in 15. He didn’t surrendered more than one run in those games spanning 16 innings. Chipping away at the ERA has been a tedious process, but he’s lowered it from 6.57 on Aug. 15

Orioles-Astros game postponed due to rain (updated)

Rain and an ominous forecast lacking in a window to play has forced the postponement of tonight’s game between the Orioles and Astros at Camden Yards. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, with Game 1 at 4:05 p.m. The nightcap will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener. The Orioles are subjected to their eighth postponement of the season

Showalter unwilling to grow sentimental over last homestand

The season is down to four games, which could be the countdown for Buck Showalter as Orioles manager. He hasn’t been told of his status beyond this season and said he isn’t worrying about it. There’s an opponent to prepare for and personal feelings that must be stifled. “No. I shouldn’t know,” Showalter said. “I’ve got a contract through the end of October, so nobody

Orioles lineup vs. Astros

Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup tonight as they open the final homestand of the season. Davis hasn’t played since Saturday in New York. Corban Joseph is the designated hitter. Steve Wilkerson is at second base and Jace Peterson is at third base. Renato Núñez is bothered by some soreness in his knee. Miguel Castro remains unavailable because of some swelling in his

Stewart waiting for more chances against left-handers

BOSTON - Marked absent in the lineup for yesterday’s doubleheader against a pair of Red Sox left-handed starters, Orioles rookie outfielder DJ Stewart should resurface in the final homestand that also brings the 2018 season to a merciful conclusion. The Astros are starting right-handers Gerrit Cole tonight and Justin Verlander on Friday. The last two spots could be bullpen games. The Orioles certainly can relate.

Orioles gain split with 10-3 win in nightcap (updated)

BOSTON - The Orioles squeezed a combined 3 2/3 innings out of their starters in today’s doubleheader, with Jimmy Yacabonis doing the heavy lifting. Yacabonis worked into the fourth inning in the nightcap, leaving with runners on the corners and one out in a tie game. Manager Buck Showalter would have to mobilize his relievers again while still keeping an eye on the next two

Wrapping up a 19-3 loss in Game 1 (O’s lead 6-3)

BOSTON - Today’s 16-run defeat in Game 1 of a doubleheader is the largest for the Orioles since their 30-3 loss to the Rangers back in 2007. Also the first game of a doubleheader. Also hard to digest. Manager Buck Showalter never wants to use a position player to pitch, but he’s done it twice this summer, with Danny Valencia and Jace Peterson. Peterson is

Orioles Game 2 lineup

BOSTON - Adam Jones is the designated hitter for Game 2 of today’s doubleheader, and Chris Davis stays on the bench against left-hander Chris Sale. Steve Wilkerson stays at second base and Jonathan Villar stays at shortstop. John Andreoli will patrol right field. Jimmy Yacabonis is starting for the Orioles. For the Orioles Cedric Mullins CF Jonathan Villar SS Trey Mancini 1B Adam Jones DH

Orioles surrender 22 hits and use Peterson to pitch in 19-3 loss

BOSTON - The opener of today’s doubleheader became an elimination game for the Orioles. Candidates to start the nightcap were narrowed like a two-lane road winding through a construction zone. Ryan Meisinger faced only six batters in his first major league start, retiring one, and the wheels were in motion. Donnie Hart came in and let three inherited runners score. John Means entered in the

Updating the Orioles rotation (O’s down 14-3)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows who’s supposed to start Game 2 of today’s doubleheader. However, he won’t reveal the name until he’s certain that the pitcher won’t be needed out of the bullpen for the opener. Ryan Meisinger gets his first major league start in Game 1. “He was going to pitch anyway,” Showalter said. “They’re all probably going to pitch today, so

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Chris Davis is on the bench today for the third consecutive game as the Red Sox send left-hander David Price to the mound for Game 1 of the doubleheader. Rookie DJ Stewart also is out of the lineup. Adam Jones gets another start in left field, and Joey Rickard is in right. Tim Beckham continues to serve as the designated hitter, with Jonathan

Thoughts on Meisinger and Yacabonis heading into doubleheader

BOSTON - The rain washed away Jimmy Yacabonis’ scheduled start last night and manager Buck Showalter snapped off a sharp curve by naming rookie Ryan Meisinger as the starter for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader. He’s waiting until his bullpen is settled to reveal his plans for Game 2. Meisinger has made 16 relief appearances and will become the 14th starter used by the Orioles

No structural damage in Harvey’s elbow (updated)

BOSTON - An examination on Hunter Harvey’s right elbow Monday in Baltimore didn’t reveal any structural damage, with his latest bout of discomfort related to tendinitis. Harvey will remain shut down after his latest round of flat ground sessions in Sarasota were halted on Sept. 18. He’s basically been prescribed rest. The Orioles no longer are sending Harvey to the Arizona Fall League, where he

Orioles postponed tonight, split twinbill Wednesday

BOSTON - The Orioles won’t need a starting pitcher tonight. The rotation shuffling and bullpen mining will carry over to Wednesday’s split doubleheader at Fenway Park. Rain and a forecast with no window conspired to force the postponement of tonight’s game, which will be made up Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. The nightcap is set to begin at 7:10 p.m. The Orioles will confirm their starters

Cervenka, Lee and Ripken among Orioles’ minor league signings

BOSTON - The rain continues to fall at Fenway Park and the forecast remains ominous. However, there’s been no word so far on a postponement and split doubleheader on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Orioles announced that they’ve signed right-handers Cristian Alvarado and Francisco Jiménez, left-hander Chris Lee, catchers Martin Cervenka and Daniel Fajardo, infielder Anderson Feliz, and first basemen Ryan Ripken and Wilson García to minor

Roberts a big hit with baserunning tips in instructional league

BOSTON - As the Orioles plow through the last six games of the 2018 season, continuing their final road series tonight at Fenway Park, their fall instructional league is humming along and attracting former All-Stars. I wrote earlier about the separate camps in Sarasota that divide players into traditional baseball activities, strictly hitting and strength-and-conditioning. Former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, inducted this summer into

Bundy lasts only three innings in 6-2 loss (updated)

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn’t announce his starter for Tuesday without knowing how Dylan Bundy fared tonight. Without knowing how deep into the game Bundy would pitch and how many times the bullpen phone rang. As more jackets came off relievers, fewer possibilities existed for Showalter. Only in a historically bad season can an expanded September roster stretch thin a manager’s patience. Bundy

Notes on rotation, Means, Tate, Jones and more (O’s down 6-2)

BOSTON - The Orioles are challenged again to come up with a suitable number of starters to get through the last week of the season. The Tuesday vacancy remains and a replacement for Yefry Ramírez is needed for Wednesday’s series finale due to a cut on the rookie’s right thumb. Ramírez could pitch again this week, but he needs more time for the cut to

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles have recalled outfielder Austin Hays, who is recovering from ankle surgery, and placed him on the 60-day disabled list to create a 40-man spot for left-hander John Means. They selected Means’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Means will wear No. 67. Adam Jones is playng left field tonight and Chris Davis is on the bench. For the OriolesCedric Mullins CFTrey Mancini 1BJonathan

Orioles summon John Means to Boston

BOSTON - With the Orioles scrambling to fill out their pitching staff over the final week of the season, injuries and innings limits conspiring to leave them shorthanded, the decision has been made to select left-hander John Means’ contract from Triple-A Norfolk. Means has joined the team in Boston for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox. How the Orioles intend to use Means is

Jones assisting Orioles in right field

NEW YORK - Adam Jones didn’t play yesterday in the series finale at Yankee Stadium, but he contributed by bringing out the lineup card. The idea hit him and he reached out to manager Buck Showalter, who shared the same thought. “He can have it any day he wants, trust me,” Showalter said after a 6-3 win. “It just enhances my relationship with umpires. “No,

Wrapping up a 6-3 win

NEW YORK - Alex Cobb knew his finger was going to flare up today while he warming in the bullpen. It wasn’t a sudden occurrence. He didn’t have visions of a lengthy start. The signs pointed toward an early exit and non-blistered fingers crossed. Cobb was done after four pitches, but the bullpen covered nine innings in a 6-3 victory that gave the Orioles five

Bullpen handles nine innings and Beckham homers twice in 6-3 win

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter always talks about having to prepare for the what-ifs. As in, what if the starting pitcher gets nailed on the shin by a line drive in the first inning? How will the bullpen cover the rest of the game? Showalter sits down with pitching coach Roger McDowell and bullpen coach Alan Mills to ascertain the availability of their

Cobb exits after four pitches and O’s down early (O’s lead 6-3)

NEW YORK - Alex Cobb’s season has ended today after four pitches. The blister on Cobb’s right middle finger flared up again while the veteran was facing Yankees leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen. Cobb threw four fastballs between 90 and 92 mph, getting ahead 0-2 in the count before missing with the last two. Cobb looked down at his finger after the fourth pitch, swiped at

Pregame notes before series finale in the Bronx

NEW YORK - Yefry Ramírez will get the start Wednesday night in Boston. Dylan Bundy pitches the opener Monday night. What happens on Tuesday is largely dependent on which relievers are needed today with Alex Cobb returning to the rotation. Another blister flare-up could tax the bullpen and leave manager Buck Showalter scrambling for a Tuesday starter. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin and Jimmy Yacabonis are two

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Adam Jones is out of the lineup today for the series finale at Yankee Stadium. John Andreoli is in right field and Joey Rickard is in left. Breyvic Valera is batting second and playing second base. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter. Chris Davis goes to the bench. Before Steve Wilkerson yesterday, the last Orioles player to

Showalter on Jones setting “a great example for future players”

NEW YORK - The last road trip of the 2018 season includes today’s finale in the Bronx before the Orioles board their charter to Boston. The Adam Jones checklist has room for what’s expected to be his final appearance with the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. There won’t be a ceremony. Fans in the bleachers won’t chant his name. But pretty much everything relating to Jones

Hicks double off Fry in 11th hands Orioles 3-2 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said no one is smart enough to have a complete read on a pitcher in only one season. He won’t pronounce the book on David Hess complete after 18 starts and 20 appearances. Hess has dazzled and disappointed. He’s been a rookie surviving on location and mixing his pitches. He could be a starter, reliever, Triple-A depth or

Davis: “I’m just honestly trying to get to the finish line” (tied 2-2)

NEW YORK - The season is down to nine games. Chris Davis has at least one more to play by serving today as the designated hitter. What happens next is unknown beyond how he’ll sit Sunday against Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ. Davis’ average has sunk to .170 with a .545 OPS after he went 0-for-4 with a walk and four strikeouts last night. One hit

Updating Cashner, Harvey and Davis

NEW YORK - Andrew Cashner continues to have some pain running from his left knee to his shin and there are no plans for him to start again. Cashner’s status could change if there’s sudden improvement, but the club won’t push him back on the mound and he won’t pitch with the discomfort and risk a more serious injury that could impact 2019. “He’s been

Orioles and Yankees lineups

NEW YORK - Chris Davis remains in the lineup today as the Orioles continue their series against the Yankees. Davis is the designated hitter and batting sixth. He’s 1-for-32 with 17 strikeouts in his last nine games and 1-for-34 going back to his last 10. DJ Stewart is playing left field and batting second. Breyvic Valera is the second baseman and Steve Wilkerson is the

Looking back on Lynn as Orioles continue series vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - While Alex Cobb has convinced the Orioles that he’s ready to start Sunday following two bullpen sessions, the other pitcher that they pursued simultaneously in spring training takes the mound today for the Yankees. The Orioles were negotiating with the agents for Cobb and Lance Lynn, driven to sign one more pitcher before breaking camp. An impactful addition to the rotation. They

Orioles spoil chance to hurt Yankees in 10-8 loss (updated)

NEW YORK - Two teams with separate agendas met tonight in the Bronx, the Yankees trying to clinch a playoff berth and home wild card game, the Orioles trying to impose their influence from last place. The word “spoiler” wasn’t uttered in the visiting clubhouse, but it fit. Be the fly swirling around in the ointment. Burrow under the skins of the Yankees, Red Sox

Showalter on Cobb, Cashner and more (O’s down 10-8)

NEW YORK - As Alex Cobb threw in the bullpen again today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the right-hander is a candidate to start Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Yankees. Cobb said earlier today that he was hoping to start again before the season ends. The Orioles are in the process of figuring out his availability and whether the cut on his right middle

Cobb hoping to get another start

NEW YORK - Alex Cobb is throwing in the bullpen today to determine whether he’s ready to make another start before the 2018 schedule no longer holds any games. Cobb threw a couple of days ago and planned on a lighter session this afternoon to check whether the cut caused by a blood blister would reopen on his right middle finger. “I’ll see how it

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

NEW YORK - Rookie Austin Wynns gets another start behind the plate tonight and Chris Davis is back at first base as the Orioles open a three-game series against the Yankees. Joey Rickard is in left field, Tim Beckham is starting at shortstop and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Yefry Ramírez is making his third start and fourth appearance against the Yankees. He’s allowed

Because You Asked - Full Throttle

The last 10 games of the season can’t pass without another dive into the ol’ “mailbag,” which requires actual quotation marks because air quotes won’t work here. I tend to gravitate toward the duplicates, hoping that an answer will eliminate the repetition. But I’ve learned over the years that it doesn’t really work. At least we’re having fun, right? Right? I’m running low on movie

Leftovers for breakfast

A 44th win in the 152nd game of the season can only hold so many positives. The rest may seem forced. However, manager Buck Showalter could appreciate last night how a team with so many inexperienced and unproven components played such a crisp game in defeating the Blue Jays 2-1. The long walk down the hallway that leads to the interview room didn’t seem like

Yacabonis goes four scoreless, Stewart homers in win (updated)

The choice came down to Jimmy Yacabonis and Mike Wright Jr. for tonight’s start that would close out the penultimate homestand of the 2018 season. Manager Buck Showalter weighed his options, checking rest days, and chose Yacabonis. Wright would back him up. It was a tag-team affair on a night when the Orioles were promoting World Wrestling Entertainment. How appropriate. Yacabonis shut out the Blue

Davis on bench while hit with latest struggles at plate (O’s up 2-1)

Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup tonight while mired in his latest slump. Davis has collected only one hit in 28 at-bats in his last eight games, with 13 strikeouts raising his season total to 185. His average is back down to .171. Manager Buck Showalter is playing Trey Mancini at first base again and using DJ Stewart as the designated hitter to

Notes on rotation, Bundy, Rogers and Sisco

David Hess is getting another start for the Orioles on Saturday, completing two-thirds of the rotation for the weekend series in the Bronx. Yefry Ramírez starts the opener. Manager Buck Showalter said he wants to push back Dylan Bundy to Monday in Boston, providing an extra day of rest. The vacancy on Sunday isn’t likely to be filled by Dillon Tate or left-hander John Means,

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

DJ Stewart is the designated hitter tonight as the Orioles close their series against the Blue Jays, and Chris Davis is on the bench. Davis is 6-for-36 with three home runs and 12 strikeouts lifetime against right-hander Marco Estrada. Joey Rickard is in left field and Adam Jones is in right. Rookie Austin Wynns is catching. Jimmy Yacabonis makes his first start since Game 1

Adam Jones on final home games

The modest gathering of fans during the current homestand generate the most noise when Adam Jones is introduced and steps to the plate. He hears it and provides an amusing explanation. “I think they’re cheering louder because they don’t know anybody else,” he said with a laugh while sitting at his locker before last night’s 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays, the club-record 108th of

Four unearned runs lead to club-record 108th loss (updated)

Cedric Mullins clubbed his first home run in Baltimore tonight and DJ Stewart picked up his first major league hit and later stole his first base. Two of the potential rebuilding blocks contributing to a lead that carried into the seventh inning. It was squandered in stunning fashion, with the Jays scoring four unearned runs for a 6-4 win before an announced crowd of 9,096

Showalter on leadership inside clubhouse (O’s down 6-4)

Given the chance to remain in his current role, Orioles manager Buck Showalter would make defense one of his points of emphasis in spring training. Defending at a level that they need get back to or the losses will continue to mount. “There are some things offensively,” he added, “without delving into it too deeply.” Establishing leadership within the clubhouse also could aid the process,

Notes on Harvey setback, rotation, Cobb, Cashner and Ortiz

Hunter Harvey had another setback today in the fall instructional league. He felt some discomfort in his right elbow while throwing on flat ground and has been shut down again. Harvey underwent an MRI on Aug. 22 that didn’t reveal any structural damage in the elbow and he was allowed to resume throwing a week later. He initially had been cleared on Aug. 6 to

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Steve Wilkerson is getting the start at third base tonight for the Orioles, who will try to avoid a club-record 108th loss. Adam Jones is in right field. Breyvic Valera is the second baseman. DJ Stewart is in left field. Jonathan Villar is 28-for-32 in stolen base attempts and 14-for-16 since joining the Orioles. His 14 steals since Aug. 1 are the third-most in the

Notes on rotation, Cervenka, tonight’s game and more

While the Orioles were deciding to start Evan Phillips last night and monitoring the weather in case their rotation plans had to be altered again, they had John Means and Dillon Tate throwing side sessions down in Sarasota to remain options for Wednesday night. Lots of balls in the air, lots of moving parts. “We’ve got that well underway,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Trying to

O’s shut out for 15th time and tie club record for losses (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t decide to become trendy and go with an “opener” instead of a traditional starter against the Blue Jays. It was done out of necessity with injuries and innings limits forcing his hand. And he avoided the term as if it were contagious. A reliever stood on the mound tonight after the playing of both anthems. Call it what you want.

Notes on lineup shuffling, Sisco, Phillips and Fry (O’s down 4-0)

The Orioles are expected to stick with their latest lineup, the third posted today, if the weather allows them to play. It’s pouring at Camden Yards. Breyvic Valera was removed from the original one due to some shuffling that began with Adam Jones going from right field to the designated hitter role. Joey Rickard was inserted into right field, but he’s been removed while Chris

Early notes from Camden Yards (another lineup change)

The Orioles may post a third lineup today, with manager Buck Showalter hinting at another change. Adam Jones moved to designated hitter because of the wet field. The switch forced Breyvic Valera out of the lineup. He’s a healthy scratch. Chance Sisco isn’t available tonight after suffering a deep gash on his chin yesterday on a foul tip. He’s also under concussion protocol. Sisco underwent

New Orioles lineup

The Orioles have changed their lineup tonight, subtracting second baseman Breyvic Valera and adding Joey Rickard. Rickard is playing right field and Adam Jones has moved to the designated hitter role. Tim Beckham goes to shortstop and Jonathan Villar switches to second base. For the Orioles Cedric Mullins CF Jonathan Villar 2B Adam Jones DH Trey Mancini 1B Tim Beckham SS Renato Núñez 3B Joey

Phillips starting tonight for Orioles

The Orioles have chosen right-hander Evan Phillips as tonight’s starter against the Blue Jays in the series opener at Camden Yards. Phillips has made one career start and it came last year with Triple-A Gwinnett. Chris Davis is out of the lineup again. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter and Jonathan Villar gets another start at shortstop. John Andreoli is in left field. Austin Wynns

Notes on tonight’s starter, Meisinger’s roll and Stewart’s DH duty

The Orioles will reveal their starter for tonight’s game before the anthem. Hopefully, before the media gains access to the clubhouse at 3:10 p.m. It’s an unwritten rule that pitchers don’t talk on the day that they’re starting. I’d hate to approach the wrong guy. The choice would seem to come down to left-handers Sean Gilmartin (my guess) and Donnie Hart and right-hander Evan Phillips.

Orioles avoid sweep and record-tying loss with 8-4 win (updated)

On the four-year anniversary of the Orioles clinching their first division title since 1997, they managed to avoid tying the club record for most losses in a season. No champagne on ice, no plastic covering the lockers. An Orioles flag wasn’t trotted around the warning track, fans didn’t stick around to share in a celebration and Adam Jones didn’t pie anyone. It was just a

Early notes on Ortiz, rotation, Jones and more (O’s lead 7-4)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated today that rookie Luis Ortiz isn’t close to being available to pitch and likely will undergo an MRI on his left hamstring early this week “On anybody that there’s some possible questions on, they do exit MRIs on to make sure they’ve got a baseline to compare anything with and not be surprised during the offseason,” Showalter said. “And there’s

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Orioles rookie DJ Stewart is serving as designated hitter today, while searching for his first major league hit. Breyvic Valera is the second baseman and Jonathan Villar is the shortstop. Joey Rickard is in left field and Adam Jones is starting in right. Chance Sisco is catching. On this date in 2014, the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays 8-2 at Camden Yards to win the

Hess gets another turn, thoughts on Villar and Valera

The second series of the homestand concludes today with the Orioles starting another rookie, right-hander David Hess, for his first career outing against the White Sox. Hess is back in the rotation after being put in the bullpen to provide insurance as a long reliever. It’s done out of necessity with Alex Cobb pushed back due to the blister/cut on his right middle finger. Hess

Orioles lineup vs. White Sox

Adam Jones is batting third tonight and playing right field for the Orioles, and hot-hitting Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Tim Beckham returns to the lineup at shortstop while Jonathan Villar moves back to second base. DJ Stewart is in left field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Yefry Ramírez is making his first start since Aug. 19 in Cleveland, when he allowed

Leftovers on newcomers, Fry, baserunning blunders

With reliever Evan Phillips’ return to the Orioles yesterday, the active roster holds six of the 15 players acquired in non-waiver deadline trades. Phillips is joined by Luis Ortiz, Jonathan Villar, Breyvic Valera, Cody Carroll and Josh Rogers. What does it tell manager Buck Showalter that six of the players are in Baltimore this weekend? Anything significant or just the media’s attempt to unearth a

Updating Ortiz’s injury, 8-6 loss and O’s interest in Mesa brothers

Orioles rookie pitcher Luis Ortiz tweaked his left hamstring tonight and could undergo an MRI in the morning to determine the severity of the injury and whether he’ll become the latest starter to leave the rotation. Ortiz lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his first major league start before limping to the clubhouse. “He’s had some issues with it before,” said manager Buck Showalter following

Ortiz leaves game with injury (O’s lose 8-6)

Luis Ortiz’s first major league start tonight didn’t carry through the second inning. Ortiz came out of the game with an injury, perhaps sustained while trying to avoid a collision with Chris Davis. He faced one more batter, walking Yolmer Sánchez, and limped off the mound with assistant athletic trainer Mark Shires and pitching coach Roger McDowell. Manager Buck Showalter waited for Jimmy Yacabonis, who

Cashner on knee injury, Showalter on rotation (updated)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes that Andrew Cashner could make his next start, which falls on Monday against the Blue Jays if the veteran stays in turn. However, it depends on how Cashner gets through Saturday’s workday at Camden Yards. Cashner received a cortisone injection in his left knee around 5 p.m. yesterday and needed 24 hours of inactivity before testing it. He underwent an

Orioles and White Sox lineups

Adam Jones returns to the Orioles lineup tonight and Tim Beckham remains out of it. Jonathan Villar gets another start at shortstop and Breyvic Valera is playing second base. Chris Davis also is back in the lineup at first base, with Trey Mancini the designated hitter. DJ Stewart is in left field and Austin Wynns is behind the plate for Luis Ortiz’s first major league

Orioles recall Phillips and Hart

The Orioles have beefed up their bullpen while trying to piece together a rotation that’s become heavy in rookies. Right-hander Evan Phillips and left-hander Donnie Hart have been recalled today from Triple-A Norfolk to bring the active roster to 35 players. The pitching staff has grown to 18. Manager Buck Showalter has saved rookies Josh Rogers and David Hess to back up rookies Luis Ortiz

Ortiz on importance of conditioning and tonight’s start

Rookie right-hander Luis Ortiz takes the mound tonight for his first major league start still trying to slay a couple of early impressions that he’s left since joining the Orioles. He won’t be able to drop significant weight in the last few weeks, so cross that one off the list. This is how he’s built and the Orioles won’t be the first team to suggest

Bundy’s quality start and early runs produce 5-3 win (updated)

Andrew Cashner underwent an MRI on his left knee, is expected to receive a cortisone injection and might not be ready to make his next start. Alex Cobb has a cut on his right middle finger that needs more time to heal, perhaps pushing him back to next weekend in the Bronx. Rookies Josh Rogers and David Hess have been moved to the bullpen and

Cashner undergoes MRI on knee (O’s lead 4-3)

Andrew Cashner underwent an MRI on his left knee today at noon and likely will receive a cortisone injection after being charged with eight runs in two-plus innings last night in a 10-0 loss to the Athletics. The examination didn’t reveal any structural damage in the knee, but Cashner could miss his next start. “It was good news,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Structurally, he’s in

Orioles lineup and Hays update

The Orioles close out their series tonight against the Athletics with Adam Jones on the bench for the fourth time in six games. Joey Rickard is in right field tonight. John Andreoli is in left field. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop, with Breyvic Valera at second base. Tim Beckham is the designated hitter and Chris Davis joins Jones on the bench. An Orioles rotation that’s

This, that and the other

The only certainties in the Orioles rotation moving forward are Dylan Bundy starting tonight to close out the Athletics series and rookies Luis Ortiz and Yefry Ramírez for the first two games of the weekend series against the White Sox. Alex Cobb won’t stay in turn Sunday and could be held back until next weekend’s series in the Bronx. The blister needs more time to

Orioles held to one hit in 10-0 loss (updated)

The Orioles allowed runs in only one inning tonight. However, 10 proved to be 10 more than they could handle. Four Athletics pitchers combined for the shutout in a 10-0 victory over the Orioles before an announced crowd of 10,480 at Camden Yards. Trey Mancini had the only hit for the Orioles with a two-out single off Liam Hendriks in the first inning. Chris Davis

Hays undergoing ankle surgery, O’s down 10-0

Outfielder Austin Hays, one of the top-rated prospects in the Orioles system who made his major league debut last September, will undergo surgery Thursday morning to repair a fractured ankle. Hays was limited to 75 games this season, 66 at Double-A Bowie, due to the injury. However, he finished the season with the Baysox and was ticketed to play in the Arizona Fall League. The

More on the rotation and plans for Rogers

The Orioles are closing out the last few weeks of their season with a patchwork rotation, providing a few of their younger pitchers with an opportunity while also monitoring their innings and deciding who might be next in line. They also aren’t certain when Alex Cobb will be ready to start again after working only two innings last night, the blister on his right middle

Luis Ortiz joining rotation (and other notes)

Luis Ortiz will make his first major league start Friday night against the White Sox after debuting for the Orioles in relief. Ortiz allowed three runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning in Friday night’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Yefry Ramírez will start against the White Sox on Saturday, with Sunday’s spot listed as TBD. The rotation is adjusted with

Stewart making debut tonight for Orioles

DJ Stewart will make his major league debut tonight as the Orioles continue their series against the Athletics. Stewart is starting in left field and batting seventh. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Stewart will be the club-record 55th player to appear in a game with the Orioles this season. He’s the 14th to make his major league debut, which ties the record set in

Stewart finds unique bond with Mullins

DJ Stewart sat next to Cedric Mullins in the Orioles’ clubhouse yesterday, two guys who have to keep reminding their critics how it’s unwise to judge a book by its cover. Or a player by his measurements. They’re on opposite ends of the size spectrum, with Mullins listed at 5 foot 8 and 175 pounds - some gamblers might take the under on his height

Showalter on Cobb and wrapping up a 3-2 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter noticed tonight how Alex Cobb was checking a finger on his right hand with two outs in the top of the second inning and knew instantly that pitching plans would have to be adjusted. That what appeared to be the makings of another solid start for Cobb would deteriorate into a bullpen game. Cobb had to be replaced in the third

Cobb exits game after two innings (Orioles lose 3-2)

Alex Cobb lasted only two innings tonight, his shortest start with the Orioles, and it wasn’t due to ineffectiveness or a soaring pitch count. Cobb has been receiving treatment for a blister on his right middle finger and the cut must have opened up again. Mike Wright Jr. began to warm in the Orioles bullpen after Cobb retired the side in order in the second

Notes on Stewart, Jones, Rogers and Carroll

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder DJ Stewart will be in the lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Athletics at Camden Yards. Stewart’s contract was purchased earlier today and he met with reporters in front of his locker before batting practice. “He’s been out a little bit,” Showalter said. “He worked out yesterday. I’m going to let him have a day here. I have

Jones returns to Orioles lineup

Adam Jones has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight after missing the last three games of the road trip. Jones is in right field and batting cleanup. Cedric Mullins continues to lead off and play center field. Joey Rickard is in left. Jonathan Villar is starting at shortstop, with Breyvic Valera at second base. Chris Davis is the designated hitter. DJ Stewart isn’t in the

Stewart and Carroll joining Orioles (updated)

The Orioles are prepared to add two more players to their expanded roster this afternoon, selecting the contract of outfielder DJ Stewart and recalling reliever Cody Carroll. Stewart, a first-round pick in 2015 out of Florida State University, will become the 55th player used by the Orioles this season to establish the club record. He also will be the 14th to make his major league

Notes on Jones, Hays, Carroll and tonight’s pitching matchup

The Orioles are down to their last 13 home games, giving fans 13 more chances to salute their captain, Adam Jones, before he’s gone. And more if they’re willing to travel to New York or Boston. How many times will they find him in the lineup? Jones will play this week. Manager Buck Showalter made it clear over the weekend that he isn’t sitting Jones

Leftovers for breakfast

Alex Cobb has one more day to let the middle finger on his pitching hand heal before he starts Tuesday night’s series opener against the Athletics at Camden Yards. If the weather allows it, of course. Cobb had a “touch and feel” session Saturday and completed a bullpen session yesterday without any concerns about the finger or the status of his start, which has been

Wrapping up an 8-3 loss and series sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The growing pains can be excruciating. Left-hander Josh Rogers made his third major league start today and retired only four batters. Eight of them reached base. The final walk back to the dugout was slowed by the six-run deficit attached to him. Jimmy Yacabonis regained control of the game, leaving the bases loaded in the second inning, but the Rays completed

Notes on rotation, impact of losing and mistakes (O’s lose 8-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wondered today whether the media would offer up another question about the lineup. We didn’t go there. What else is there to ask about Adam Jones’ exclusion from it? Jones is expected to play in the series against the Athletics that starts Tuesday night at Camden Yards. He’s got to feel rested after sitting out the current

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles lineup today for the third consecutive game, with Joey Rickard again in right field. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Chris Davis is the designated hitter. Jace Peterson is in left field. Rookie left-hander Josh Rogers makes his third major league start today as the replacement for Alex Cobb, who’s pushed back to

Should Orioles punt on idea of tossing a football?

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles close out their three-city, triple time zone road trip this afternoon with rookie left-hander Josh Rogers on the mound while Alex Cobb is pushed back to Tuesday night at Camden Yards. A blister can only be filed down so far and so many times. Cobb had a “touch and feel” throwing session yesterday to make certain that he could

Early unearned runs are Orioles’ undoing in 10-5 loss (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter can more easily accept the losing, though he’s nowhere near embracing it, if the effort is strong, the play is crisp and the ultimate goal is within sight. If it’s all for the good of the rebuild. What transpired in the first inning tonight at Tropicana Field is unacceptable, much like the 11 walks issued by Orioles

Jones on finishing out the season “with a smile” (O’s down 10-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Adam Jones to explain the outfielder’s absence from the lineup, which is expected to continue through Sunday’s series finale against the Rays. Showalter indicated that Jones will play again this month. Jones, meanwhile, said he’s going to handle the situation “with a smile.” “It’s a great opportunity for some guys to get some big league

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones is out of the Orioles’ lineup again for the second game of their series against the Rays. He also didn’t play last night. Chris Davis returns and is the first baseman, with Trey Mancini serving as designated hitter. Joey Rickard is in right field and Chance Sisco is catching. David Hess will make his start after a football nailed

More on Jones lineup intrigue and Rogers’ expected Sunday start

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. - There may not be a more interesting moment today than the posting of the Orioles’ lineup for their game against the Rays. Adam Jones sat out last night’s 14-2 loss, an unusual occurrence in a series opener and with a left-hander on the mound for the opposition. Joey Rickard started in right field and hit a two-run homer off Blake Snell

Hess on football mishap and wrapping up 14-2 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rookie David Hess will make his start on Saturday night against the Rays, with only a slight discoloration in the corner of his left eye. He let a football smack him in the face, but he caught a break. Hess is taking anti-inflammatory drops for his eye, but he’s fine except for the kidding that comes from such a mishap. He

Bundy’s struggles continue in O’s 100th loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were bound to reach 100 losses this season. They couldn’t run the table after No. 99. Too big of a task. One more home run allowed and Dylan Bundy would have sole possession of the club’s single-season record. The two dubious milestones collided tonight. Nick Ciuffo hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot off Bundy in the

More on Hess, Cobb, Joseph and Trumbo (O’s down 14-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are waiting to get the results of David Hess’ eye examination and will decide whether they need to find another starter for Saturday night’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Hess is the victim of another dreaded football-related injury, though he didn’t fracture a finger like Michael Bourn last spring training. The rookie pitcher was struck in the

Hess and Cobb could miss starts this weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles rotation for the rest of the weekend series against the Rays could undergo major changes. Rookie David Hess was hit in the eye today while trying to catch a football during batting practice and was sent to a local specialist for an examination. Hess is supposed to start on Saturday, but may have to be skipped. Candidates to replace

Updates on Wilkerson and Trumbo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Wilkerson is inside the Orioles clubhouse and still in their plans for the future. It’s the lineup and game action that are placed in doubt. Wilkerson is continuing his recovery from a hamstring injury despite the Orioles recalling him from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. He hasn’t played since Aug. 22 with the Tides. “It’s coming along well,” he said this

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones and Chris Davis are out of the Orioles lineup for tonight’s series opener against the Rays. Joey Rickard is in right field and batting second against left-hander Blake Snell. We’ll find out later why Jones is absent. Trey Mancini is at first base and Tim Beckham is the designated hitter. Breyvic Valera is starting at shortstop. John Andreoli is

Orioles select Corban Joseph’s contract

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have expanded their active roster today and created more versatility by selecting Corban Joseph’s contract from Double-A Bowie. Joseph has joined the Orioles for their weekend series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He’s been assigned uniform No. 64. The younger brother of catcher Caleb Joseph, Corban was 1-for-9 in four games with the Orioles in June before they

This, that and the other

A few observations, thoughts and random musings - they tend to have the same characteristics - while waiting for the start of a three-game series at climate-controlled Tropicana Field in the third-to-last road series of 2018: * The Orioles didn’t bring back a major haul for second baseman Jonathan Schoop and pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day at the non-waiver trade deadline. It was more

Pointless to predict future roster, leftovers from last night

SEATTLE - Put away the hammer and nails if you’re trying to construct an opening day roster in 2019. Build a shelf. Or, if you’re really ambitious and own the lumber, a gazebo is a nice touch and comes in handy for backyard entertaining. The Orioles don’t know who’s playing right field with Adam Jones a pending free agent and perhaps too expensive for a

Orioles spoil scoring chances in 5-2 loss

SEATTLE - Andrew Cashner’s mission tonight was to gain control of his pitch count, work through the middle innings and keep the Orioles within striking distance. Don’t let the game get away from him. Don’t become the grand marshal for a parade of relievers. The Mariners were trying to make it through the fifth inning without setting the major league record for errors. Provided with

Notes on Wilkerson, Hays, Ortiz, Mullins and more (O’s down 5-2)

SEATTLE - Infielder Steve Wilkerson is meeting up with the Orioles in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the weekend series against the Rays. However, the plan is to ease him into competition. Wilkerson was on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A Norfolk with a hamstring injury and he won’t be rushed back onto the field. He hasn’t played since Aug. 22. The Orioles were hoping that

Orioles and Mariners lineups

SEATTLE - Cedric Mullins is leading off tonight as the Orioles close out their series against the Mariners. Trey Mancini is at first base again while Chris Davis serves as the designated hitter. Tim Beckham is the starting shortstop. Joey Rickard gets the start in left field and Caleb Joseph is catching. Andrew Cashner faced the Mariners on June 25 and allowed three runs and

Orioles release Gentry and recall Wilkerson

SEATTLE - The Orioles have released outfielder Craig Gentry after designating him for assignment over the weekend. Gentry becomes a free agent and can sign with any team. The Orioles couldn’t find a trade partner and removed him from the active roster while recalling outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Steve Wilkerson has been recalled from Norfolk after coming off the seven-day minor league

Mulling over the use of Mullins (and more from last night’s win)

SEATTLE - Cedric Mullins will return to the Orioles lineup tonight with the Mariners starting right-hander Mike Leake. Manager Buck Showalter already confirmed it yesterday when pressed for reasons why the rookie was missing again from last night’s lineup. Mullins continues to sit against left-handers even though he bats from both sides of the plate, and fans on social media are growing more agitated. They

Orioles rally in seventh and defeat Mariners 5-3

SEATTLE - Alex Cobb gave up a run only three batters into tonight’s game and nothing else through the sixth inning. One measly run. His seventh quality start in his last eight outings brought down his ERA and threatened to bring up more concerns and frustrations over an offense that failed to make the road trip. It showed up late, announced its presence with authority

Ortiz on promotion: “I was not anticipating anything” (O’s up 4-3)

SEATTLE - Pitcher Luis Ortiz said he wasn’t expecting the Orioles to contact him. He was prepared to go home after the minor league season and was glad to have his plans interrupted. One phone call and Ortiz was poised to make his major league debut. “I was not anticipating anything,” he said this afternoon. “I was just going about my business and everything fell

Orioles and Mariners lineups

SEATTLE - Chris Davis is back in the Orioles lineup tonight after being scratched last night with an illness. He’s serving as the designated hitter. Tim Beckham is on the bench, with Jonathan Villar moving to shortstop and Breyvic Valera playing second base. Rookie Cedric Mullins also is on the bench against Mariners left-hander Wade LeBlanc. Joey Rickard is in center and John Andreoli is

Orioles select Ortiz’s contract (plus notes)

SEATTLE - The Orioles expanded their roster to 29 players today by selecting the contract of right-hander Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Norfolk. The 40-man roster still has one open spot. Ortiz, 22, was acquired from the Brewers with infielder Jonathan Villar and shortstop Jean Carmona in exchange for second baseman Jonathan Schoop. He went 2-1 with a 3.69 ERA in six starts with Norfolk, and

Updates on Harvey, Akin and Kline

SEATTLE - Hunter Harvey will remain shut down for one more week before resuming a throwing program that was interrupted due to some discomfort in his right elbow. Harvey underwent an MRI on Aug. 22 that didn’t reveal any structural damage in the elbow, a huge relief to the young pitcher and an organization that’s counting on him to become an integral part of

Rogers works into the sixth in Orioles’ 2-1 loss (updated)

SEATTLE - The rookie pitcher watched the rookie center fielder chase triples in the left-center field and right-center field gaps tonight, with the rookie designated hitter waiting for his next turn at the plate. The rookie starter-turned-reliever warmed in the bullpen before the rookie reliever-turned- starter switched back to his previous role and entered in the sixth inning. There’s nothing to see in the standings

Davis out of lineup due to illness (plus other notes, O’s down 2-1)

SEATTLE - First baseman Chris Davis has been scratched from the Orioles’ lineup due to an illness. Chance Sisco will serve as the designated hitter, with Trey Mancini moving to first base. Davis is batting .316 (12-for-38) in his last 10 games to raise his average to .177, but he felt sick on the team charter Thursday. Manager Buck Showalter indicated that Davis would play

Orioles and Mariners lineups

SEATTLE - Joey Rickard is in left field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate as the Orioles begin their three-game series in Seattle. Cedric Mullins is leading off, followed by Jonathan Villar. Adam Jones is back in right field and Tim Beckham is the shortstop. Pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis and catcher Chance Sisco are in the clubhouse and happy to be back in the majors.

Orioles recall Yacabonis and Sisco

SEATTLE - The Orioles have increased their active roster to 28 players as they continue their road trip with three games against the Mariners at Safeco Field. Pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis and catcher Chance Sisco were recalled from Triple-A Norfolk this morning and are available for tonight’s game. Yacabonis has made four starts among six appearances with the Orioles this season and registered an overall ERA

Notes on Araujo, tonight’s game and bad start to trip

SEATTLE - If the Orioles really like reliever Pedro Araujo, they keep him for at least the first 17 days of the 2019 season. Araujo’s Rule 5 status will carry over, as it did this year with outfielder Anthony Santander. Manager Buck Showalter told the media in Kansas City yesterday that Araujo won’t pitch again this season after going on the disabled list June 11

Orioles and Royals lineups

Joey Rickard is starting in right field and Jonathan Villar is the shortstop as the Orioles try avoid a three-game sweep in Kansas City. Adam Jones and Tim Beckham are on the bench. Breyvic Valera is starting at second base with Villar changing positions. Trey Mancini is the first baseman and Chris Davis is the designated hitter. Jace Peterson is starting at third base. The

About last night and today ...

The Orioles have fallen 4 ½ games behind the Royals in the race for the second pick in next year’s amateur draft. Isn’t that the race we’re tracking here? With last night’s walk-off win for the Royals, the Orioles have dropped to 1-7-2 in their last 10 series. They’re 0-83 when trailing after seven innings and have lost 12 of the last 14 games at

Valera recalled, tonight’s lineups

The Orioles have expanded their roster by one player today, recalling infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Norfolk. They still have two openings on the 40-man roster. Valera, acquired from the Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade, was 1-for-4 with an RBI in his only game with the Orioles. He was batting .229/.310/.364 in 38 games with the Tides. The Orioles have an extra utility infielder

A few thoughts on expanded roster

The speculation can slow today as the Orioles and the rest of the teams in baseball can begin expanding their September rosters like waistlines at Thanksgiving. The Orioles won’t stuff themselves. Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t want a huge crowd in the clubhouse and dugout. A few players are expected to officially join the Orioles this afternoon in Kansas City, while others will trickle onto the

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