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Orioles settle on minor league trade at deadline (updated again)

Of the needs that encompass a rebuilding club, a ninth inning specialist is significantly low on the priority list. So is a middle infielder due to get another raise in arbitration that could push his salary above $5 million. The Orioles tried but were unable today to reach agreement on trades involving Mychal Givens or Jonathan Villar. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias

Deadline day has arrived

The countdown to baseball’s trade deadline has gotten serious. Teams have until 4 p.m. to make deals. They’re on the clock. Here’s a final reminder, since no one wants to be lectured, that executives taking calls on a player isn’t news. Executives pushing to move a player or at least showing a willingness is news. No one is going to screen calls and refuse to

Orioles claim José Rondón off waivers

The roster moves keep coming from the Orioles, adding another layer of intrigue as the trade deadline approaches. Infielder José Rondón has been claimed off waivers from the White Sox. He’s expected to join the team Thursday at Camden Yards following the return trip from San Diego and off-day. Rondón, 25, is a career .202/.260/.337 hitter in a combined 105 games with the Padres and

Orioles and Padres lineups (Smith goes on injured list)

Chris Davis makes it back into the Orioles lineup this afternoon as they close out their road trip against the Padres and try for a split of the two-game series. Davis struck out last night as a pinch-hitter and stranded three runners. He’s 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts since July 21. Anthony Santander is in center field and Renato Núñez is playing third base. Jace Peterson

Orioles set to add Shepherd to staff

The Orioles are prepared to make another roster move later today after pitcher Chandler Shepherd joined them in San Diego last night while they were losing to the Padres 8-1. The corresponding move could involve David Hess, who started last night. Or they could hold onto Hess and keep him in the rotation. Another pitcher could be optioned or the move could involve outfielder Dwight

Is Bundy still a trade chip? (Shepherd joining O’s)

Another day passed without the Orioles making a trade, and they aren’t in desperation mode to beat the deadline. They’ll continue to make and receive calls, with a handful of players on the roster drawing varying levels of interest. And they’ll have an entire offseason to revisit talks and open new lines of communication. Dylan Bundy has been described as one of the trade chips,

Orioles lineup vs. Padres

Chris Davis is on the bench again tonight as the Orioles open a two-game series against the Padres in San Diego. Renato Núñez is playing first base and the Orioles lose their designated hitter in a National League ballpark. Davis has made one start since July 24 and twice has come off the bench in the late innings. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop tonight with

Hess recalled to start tonight in San Diego

David Hess is getting another chance in the Orioles rotation. For however long it lasts. Hess has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start tonight’s series opener against the Padres in San Diego. Reliever Evan Phillips was optioned to create room on the 25-man roster. The Orioles needed someone to replace rookie John Means, who’s on the 10-day injured list with a left biceps strain.

Latest on Orioles as trade deadline nears

The baseball weekend featured multiple trades consummated by teams that aren’t based in Baltimore. So what, if anything, is happening with the Orioles? They have two days until they reach the deadline. They’re trying to follow up on the Andrew Cashner deal on July 13. And Mychal Givens remains the biggest chip. The Orioles are in talks with multiple clubs regarding Givens, who earned the

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles go for the four-game sweep this afternoon as they close out their series against the Angels in Anaheim. Dylan Bundy is making the start. The Orioles have never swept the Angels in four games in California. The last three-game sweep was 2010. The team’s last sweep of any kind was Aug. 27-29, 2018 against the Blue Jays. The last road sweep came on

Wondering about Monday’s starter (and Aberdeen leftovers)

While the Orioles downplay John Means’ second stop on the injured list, this time with a left biceps strain, they need to find a starter to take his next turn. Means is expected to miss only one start, but who’s making it? Someone has to take the mound Monday night in San Diego, and manager Brandon Hyde isn’t ready to announce his choice. Probably because

Rutschman already fitting in with IronBirds (updated with quotes)

Adley Rutschman just wanted to blend. The first overall pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft just wanted to be one of the guys inside the Aberdeen IronBirds clubhouse and while on the field for batting practice prior to his first game with the Orioles’ short-season Single-A affiliate. He’s going to keep trying. No matter how hard. Rutschman walked past a team store at Ripken

Broxton update and Orioles lineup in Anaheim

The Orioles won’t be keeping center fielder Keon Broxton in the organization after designating him for assignment last weekend. Broxton has been claimed off waivers by the Mariners, allowing him to stay in the majors. Broxton is out of minor league options and would have needed to clear waivers and be outrighted. Acquired from the Mets on May 22 for international signing bonus slots, Broxton

Talking about Rutschman, Karns, Wilkerson and Ortiz

The day has arrived. And so has Adley Rutschman. The first overall pick in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft has ditched the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and is moving up one level to short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Florida couldn’t hold the kid. Time to get him in Maryland. Rutschman would have reported a day earlier, but only for batting practice, if not for Thursday’s rainout. The

Rutschman update, new relievers and lineup (updated with moves)

The Orioles announced today that catcher Adley Rutschman is joining short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Saturday, as reported earlier this week. There’s your confirmation. Rutschman caught today and went 0-for-3 with an RBI, walk and throwing error. He’s 3-for-14 with a home run, three RBIs and a stolen base in five Rookie-level Gulf Coast League games. The IronBirds are hosting Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium, with

Orioles need more relievers after Anaheim marathon

The Orioles are going to make a change to their bullpen later today. At least one. Manager Brandon Hyde used eight relievers and a position player last night after Jimmy Yacabonis, who earned the title of “opener” because Tom Eshelman followed with 4 1/3 innings. Otherwise, it’s just a bullpen game. Well, it actually became both because the game stretched through 16 innings before the

Expecting the unexpected with Orioles (updated)

The unpredictability of a team in a rebuild and its willingness to try just about anything should leave few surprises. Anything is possible in 2019. Always be ready for the unexpected. Unless you’re me. I wasn’t ready to see Anthony Santander become a regular in center field. Or in any spot after a lost 2018 season. I wasn’t ready to see Renato Núñez back at

Orioles lineup vs. Angels

The Orioles decided to shift gears tonight and go with an opener, or a bullpen game, depending on how it plays out. Jimmy Yacabonis has been named the starter after the club listed Tom Eshelman to begin the series against the Angels. Eshelman could follow Yacabonis. Manager Brandon Hyde will explain the move later to reporters in Anaheim. Yacabonis has made two starts among 23

Orioles select Jace Peterson’s contract

Jace Peterson’s strange journey since last season has brought him to Anaheim. The Orioles selected Peterson’s contract today from Triple-A Norfolk and he’s available for tonight’s series opener against the Angels. He’s wearing No. 23. He might be surprised to be wearing orange and black again. Peterson, 29, is taking the roster spot vacated by third baseman Rio Ruiz. The Orioles optioned Ruiz following yesterday’s

Armstrong’s adjustment adds to ability to attack hitters

PHOENIX - Shawn Armstrong’s solution began as a lengthy heart-to-heart pitching conversation with teammate Jimmy Yacabonis on the night that the Orioles flew into Arizona. Armstrong didn’t have a clean outing in his last six appearances. Didn’t feel right for much longer. A “three-to-four week inconsistent patch,” as he calls it. “I felt like at times I had the shape to my pitches and kind

Means can’t escape fourth inning in 5-2 loss (Ruiz optioned)

PHOENIX - John Means retired the first five batters today, getting strikeouts with his changeup and curveball. But something wasn’t right. He wasn’t particularly sharp and the Diamondbacks were chipping away at him. Means came tumbling down in the fourth, turning in his shortest start since his rotation debut back on April 9. Nine batters came to the plate in the inning, Carson Kelly hit

Updating Rutschman’s Aberdeen debut and more (O’s down 5-2)

PHOENIX - Catcher Adley Rutschman is expected to make his Maryland debut Saturday evening with the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds. The Orioles haven’t made an official announcement and schedules always are subject to change, but Saturday appears to be the target date for Rutschman to leave the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Aberdeen began a six-game homestand Tuesday that carries through the weekend. The IronBirds host

Orioles and Diamondbacks lineups

PHOENIX - Renato Núñez is sticking at third base this afternoon after homering again last night in a 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Rio Ruiz stays on the bench despite another opposing right-handed pitcher. Manager Brandon Hyde is staying with the hot hand. Anthony Santander is in center field, Pedro Severino is catching a day game following a night game and Richie Martin is playing

Recapping last night’s Orioles win and looking ahead

PHOENIX - Dwight Smith Jr. used to be hitless in 33 at-bats and looking every bit like a player in a deep funk. Smith is a changed man. Hits in his last four games. A single and three-run homer last night in a 7-2 win. A hot streak that seemed to come out of nowhere. “I just kept working hard,” he said. “It’s just baseball.

Homers by Núñez, Santander, Smith power O’s to win (updated)

PHOENIX - Renato Núñez can belt home runs as the designated hitter, first baseman or third baseman. He can launch baseballs in his sleep, though rounding the bases is harder to do if you tuck the sheets. Manager Brandon Hyde will pick a position or a role and let Núñez feast. It’s become one of his easiest decisions. Just keep the guy in the middle

Hyde on Bundy, Núñez, Kline and Trumbo (O’s lead 7-2)

PHOENIX - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will pay close attention as usual to Dylan Bundy’s work on the mound tonight. However, it’s the at-bats that might draw the closest scrutiny. And bring the most anxiety. Bundy sprained his ankle last summer in Atlanta while running to third base and he’s coming off a stint on the injured list with tendinitis in his knee. The risk

Núñez on his return to third base

PHOENIX - It’s taken 100 games into the 2019 season for Renato Núñez to make his return to third base. Núñez started at first base last night at Chase Field and is moving across the diamond tonight. The motivation for manager Brandon Hyde likely centers on the lack of a designated hitter in a National League park and the desire to keep Núñez’s power bat

Orioles and Diamondbacks lineups

PHOENIX - Renato Núñez is making his first start at third base this season as the Orioles continue their series against the Diamondbacks. Núñez has played one inning at third this year. Rio Ruiz usually gets the start versus a right-hander. The lack of a designated hitter has forced manager Brandon Hyde to find ways to get Núñez’s bat in the lineup. Dwight Smith Jr.

Updating Rutschman, roster move, Martin, Alberto and more

PHOENIX - The latest Adley Rutschman update finds him as the designated hitter today in his third game with the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Rutschman batted cleanup against the GCL Braves in Sarasota and went 0-for-2 with a walk. An intentional walk. Word is spreading. The teams are playing a second game later today, and Rutschman is out of the lineup. Rutschman is 2-for-10 with

Wondering how the Orioles intend to use Scott

PHOENIX - One important aspect of the job as a baseball beat writer is reading too much into everything. Ignore the warnings, lower your head and run with it. Left-hander Tanner Scott works a career-high three innings in relief Saturday night and I’m going to assume that the Orioles are stretching him out rather than viewing him as only a back-end power arm and matchup

Jones gets three hits against former team, O’s lose 6-3 (Kline optioned)

PHOENIX - An Orioles starter carried a no-hitter through six innings yesterday afternoon. Tonight’s starter faced nine batters in the first and allowed three runs. Manager Brandon Hyde’s satisfaction with the rotation tends to fluctuate. Adam Jones’ ability to get the last word is consistent. Aaron Brooks had a tough act to follow in Asher Wojciechowski and the Diamondbacks made his life much harder by

Hyde on Bundy, National League play and Jones (O’s down 6-3)

PHOENIX - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde can stick with his planned rotation for the next two games with Dylan Bundy’s knee no longer causing discomfort. Bundy remains the scheduled starter for Tuesday night after throwing two bullpen sessions and reporting that his knee is fine. “Just talked to him,” said Hyde. “Feels good and should be good to go.” Hyde is back in the National

Importance of playing Orioles is about wins for Adam Jones

PHOENIX - The television cameras and assorted media were stationed in front of Adam Jones’ locker this afternoon in the home clubhouse at Chase Field. Barely room for the former Orioles outfielder to squeeze past and conduct his interview. “Adam, why does everyone want to talk to you today?” a teammate deadpanned. Jones pretended that he had no idea. “Some unfortunate reason, I guess,” he

Orioles and Diamondbacks lineups

PHOENIX - Renato Núñez is playing first base tonight as the Orioles open their series against the Diamondback without the use of a designated hitter. Chris Davis sits against left-hander Robbie Ray. Anthony Santander is in left field and Stevie Wilkerson is playing center. Aaron Brooks is making his third start for the Orioles after allowing one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Rutschman makes catching debut in GCL

PHOENIX - The hype over Adley Rutschman isn’t going to subside or slow as long as he continues down this path. And that’s fine with the Orioles, who are enjoying every step of it. Rutschman made his catching debut today in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League after serving as the designated hitter on Saturday in his first game. He went 1-for-4 with a stolen base

What’s next for center field after Broxton’s removal?

PHOENIX - The Orioles have two openings on their 40-man roster after yesterday’s decision to designate outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. The decision actually came on Saturday at the latest, and it was announced yesterday. But I digress ... In past years it was an indication that they intended to fill those spots via non-waiver deadline trades. Create room and strike some deals. Former executive

Wojciechowski takes a no-hitter into seventh in 5-0 win (updated)

The pleasantries were held during batting practice two days ago. Andrew Cashner with football in sweaty hand standing behind the cage as former Orioles teammates gathered around him. Today was about beating a friend. Not man-hugging him. Today was about Asher Wojciechowski stating his case a lot louder to stay in a rotation that Cashner has vacated. Announcing it from the top of the warehouse,

Wilkerson dealing one-liners after allowing one run in relief (O’s up 4-0)

As Orioles manager Brandon Hyde sifts through his bullpen options, steady roster activity changing names, he can remain confident that Stevie Wilkerson will take the ball anytime. Wilkerson doesn’t need much warning. Just a teammate’s glove. Wilkerson has joked that he owns 10 of them based on his super-utility status, but he’s used a loaner in his two relief outings this month that represent the

Hyde on Broxton, center field, bench and more

The removal of Keon Broxton from the roster this morning has left center field available to Anthony Santander and Stevie Wilkerson. A corner outfielder and an infielder are going to share the position. Santander is making his fifth start today and Wilkerson has made 32. They’re newbies learning on the fly ball. “Both guys have done a nice job out there when they’ve had the

Orioles DFA Broxton and recall Kline (with lineups)

The Orioles have brought in a fresh bullpen arm today by recalling right-hander Branden Kline from Triple-A Norfolk and are going with a short bench by designating outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. Broxton homered Friday night for the first time since June 4, but he’s slashing .204/.261/.350 (21-for-103) with three doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs and 49 strikeouts in 112 plate appearances over 37

Scott and Yacabonis with opposite outings last night

Tanner Scott stood at his locker late last night and wondered why anyone would want to talk to him before he headed home. He didn’t feel like he had much impact on a game that the Orioles lost 17-6. Scott earned praise and the extra attention for stopping the bleeding with his three scoreless innings - a career high - and only one hit allowed

Orioles can’t live up to last night’s standard in 17-6 loss (updated)

The Orioles played one of their most complete games of the season last night, much to the delight of manager Brandon Hyde. A quality start, scoreless relief, hits from everyone in the lineup, smart baserunning and tight defense. The hard part is duplicating it. The pitching component was lacking in a big way, with Tom Eshelman surrendering three home runs in four innings and Jimmy

Updating Karns, Scott’s return, catching and more (O’s down 16-6)

Reliever Nate Karns threw a 20-pitch simulated game this afternoon in the intense heat at Camden Yards, sweat pouring off his face later as he sat at his locker and tried to recover in the air conditioning. He mimicked one inning and headed indoors. Karns hasn’t pitched for the Orioles since April 8 due to stiffness in his right forearm and multiple rehab assignments have

Rutschman homers in pro debut (Scott recalled and lineup)

The long-awaited debut of catcher Adley Rutschman unfolded today in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and he again lived up to the hype. Chosen first overall by the Orioles in last month’s First-Year Player Draft, Rutschman served as the designated hitter against the GCL Pirates in Bradenton and homered to right field in his third professional at-bat. Rutschman lined to shortstop and flied to deep

Is it Smith’s turn to break out of slump?

The presence of left-hander David Price on the mound last night for the Red Sox drove Dwight Smith Jr. to the bench. Or maybe it was a slump that’s gotten control of him. More likely a combination of the two. Right-handers Rick Porcello and Andrew Cashner start the last two games of the series and Smith could get back in the lineup if manager Brandon

Means rebounds and Orioles rout Red Sox 11-2 (with quotes)

While Andrew Cashner provided a reminder today of what the Orioles lost in their rotation as he chatted with teammates behind the batting cage, they remained confident that Dylan Bundy will rejoin it next week on the West Coast. The experimenting and auditioning will only cover two-thirds of the group, with John Means remaining in his role as unlikely ace. Means completed six innings, Anthony

Notes on Severino, Alberto, Cashner’s return, more (O’s up 11-2)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said catcher Pedro Severino has been ill for the last three or four days and might not be available for tonight’s series opener against the Red Sox. Catcher Austin Wynns has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and is on the bench tonight. Severino would have started against left-hander David Price. Left-hander Tanner Scott is on the taxi squad and likely will

Orioles recall Wynns (plus lineups)

The Orioles have recalled catcher Austin Wynns from Triple-A Norfolk, giving them an extra position player after they optioned reliever Tayler Scott following Wednesday night’s game. Catcher Pedro Severino is ill and presumably unavailable tonight. The Red Sox are starting left-hander David Price, but Chance Sisco gets the start behind the plate. The bullpen had a chance to freshen up with yesterday’s off-day and left-hander

This, that and the other

The Orioles managed to go three days between transactions, ending their streak late Wednesday night by optioning reliever Tayler Scott to Triple-A Norfolk. Scott’s disappointment at leaving the Orioles is softened by his inclusion earlier that day in the team photo. That’s right. Years from now you’ll scan the photo and find Tayler Scott. Alex Cobb and Nate Karns aren’t in it. Andrew Cashner missed

Is Alberto becoming a trade chip?

The Orioles don’t have an official order for trade chips. They don’t put out power rankings each week. The top four won’t square off to determine a winner and corporate sponsorship is nonexistent. Trey Mancini would be the undisputed No. 1 for the Orioles if they were motivated to move him. He’s on a large table with everyone else - the untouchable bin is empty

Orioles offense perks up in 9-2 win (Scott optioned, quotes)

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has been waiting for his offense to ignite. Trying various combinations, sitting certain guys, seeking out favorable matchups if they exist. It takes some digging. Twelve runs were scored in the first five games following the All-Star break. Multiple players have been fighting slumps and losing the battle. The Nationals recalled two pitchers from Triple-A to start in the series and

Hyde on Alberto, Smith, Bundy, rotation and more (O’s up 4-2)

The Orioles are going with a short bench tonight against the Nationals while Hanser Alberto is with his wife Olga for the birth of their daughter. Manager Brandon Hyde said he wants to give Alberto a few days, including Thursday with an open date on the schedule. Alberto is expected back Friday and the Orioles won’t put him on the paternity leave list. “Big day

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

Aaron Brooks makes his second start with the Orioles tonight as they try for a split of their two-game series with the Nationals. Brooks worked 2 2/3 scoreless and hitless innings in his debut Saturday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Rays. He was removed after 32 pitches. Brooks has never faced the Nationals. Adam Eaton is 2-for-4 against him and Yan Gomes

Santander staying with Orioles

Anthony Santander was the chosen one on May 1 when the Orioles needed a 26th player in Chicago, and he responded by hitting a home run. He was the chosen one again on June 7 after the Orioles placed Dwight Smith Jr. on the concussion injured list, unsure how long he’d stay but pretty confident that he’d surpass one game. It was safe to unpack,

Nationals pull away from Orioles in 8-1 win (updated)

The Orioles missed Nationals ace and perennial Cy Young Award candidate Max Scherzer, who’s on the injured list. They missed Stephen Strasburg, who’s pushed back to Thursday and keeps alive his streak of never pitching in Baltimore. Tonight’s matchup between right-handers Asher Wojciechowski and Austin Voth didn’t necessarily send shivers up and down the spine, but the Orioles are trying to plug holes in their

Notes on Bundy, Trumbo, Mancini and more (O’s down 6-1)

The cortisone injection in Dylan Bundy’s right knee is having the desired effect and he remains confident that he’ll be ready to come off the injured list when he’s eligible. Bundy played catch and ran earlier today and said he’ll throw a light bullpen session on Wednesday if the knee responds favorably. “It feels as good as it’s felt since spring training,” he said. The

Orioles and Nationals lineups

Anthony Santander is in center field tonight and Chance Sisco is batting third, as the Orioles open a two-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field and trying to snap an 0-for-26 slump. Hanser Alberto is playing second base with Jonathan Villar at shortstop. Asher Wojciechowski is making his third start with the Orioles and his fourth appearance.

Orioles trying to bust a few slumps

Failing to put a runner on base through eight innings of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays allowed fans and media to redirect their attention from a disheveled rotation. Tom Eshelman was passable. Four runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings but better than the line indicated. He struck out seven, the last five with his curveball, and retired 11 in a row before the Rays

Who’s the next Orioles player to be traded?

Once the Orioles completed and announced their trade with the Red Sox Saturday afternoon, swapping Andrew Cashner for Rookie-level Dominican Summer League outfielder Elio Prado and infielder Noelberth Romero, the logical question hung in the air like a mile-high pop up. Who’s next? Waiting for the next shoe to drop has become its own sport. And you don’t sweat as much. Executive vice president and

Orioles wait until ninth for first baserunner in 4-1 loss (updated)

The pain that’s inflicted on a rebuilding club threatened to run especially deep this afternoon at Camden Yards. The wins and losses aren’t supposed to matter, but being on the wrong side of an historical moment does more than just sting. It embarrasses and again tests the resolve of players who wonder just how much worse it can get for them. The Rays retired 24

More on rotation, Bundy’s knee injury and Cashner trade (O’s down 4-0)

The Orioles have set their rotation for the two-game series against the Nationals at Camden Yards. Asher Wojciechowski starts Tuesday night, followed by Aaron Brooks in the finale. Manager Brandon Hyde is unable to project much further down the road. Off-days on Monday and Thursday factor into his decisions, but it’s mostly about finding replacements for Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy - one of them

Orioles and Rays lineups

Dwight Smith Jr. is on the bench today as the Orioles close out their series against the Rays, with Anthony Santander getting the start in left field. Smith is hitless in his last 26 at-bats, a career-high streak and the longest in the American League. Trey Mancini sat out Game 2 last night while in an 0-for-20 slump, but he’s starting in right field today.

Orioles recall Eshelman and give him today’s start

The Orioles have recalled right-hander Tom Eshelman from Triple-A Norfolk as the logical replacement for Andrew Cashner on the 25-man roster. Eshelman also is taking Cashner’s turn in the rotation today. Someone has to start after the Orioles traded the veteran to the Red Sox yesterday afternoon. The pairing between Eshelman and the Rays is a familiar one. Eshelman made his major league debut against

Reviewing the list of injured Orioles

The Orioles must be expanding on their relaxed facial hair policy. They can’t seem to shave their injured list. Reliever Josh Lucas was activated, optioned, designated for assignment and outrighted. He probably felt safer on the IL. John Means was reinstated back on June 28, the collective sigh of relief from the organization causing the flags to flutter above the bullpen area. But the rotation

Means struggles and Orioles settle for split (updated)

While Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wonders how he’s going to piece together his rotation following today’s Andrew Cashner trade, he must rely even more on left-hander John Means to anchor the staff. It’s a lot of weight to place on the rookie’s shoulders, but who else is going to step up? How is Means going to hold up? Means allowed six runs and surrendered three

Cashner on trade: “It’s a shocking moment” (O’s down 9-3)

Andrew Cashner felt that a trade was coming. He could sense it. He could pick up on clues via the text messages on his phone. It’s the timing that surprised him. Rather than make his scheduled start Sunday afternoon against the Rays, Cashner is packing his belongings and joining the Red Sox following today’s deal that sends 17-year-old outfielder Elio Prado and infielder Noelberth Romero

Orioles trade Cashner to Red Sox

The Orioles have made their first significant trade as the deadline approaches. Starter Andrew Cashner is headed to the Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Elio Prado and infielder Noelberth Romero. Prado and Romero are both 17 and natives of Venezuela. Prado will be assigned to the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Orioles 1 and Romero to the DSL Orioles 2. Cashner was supposed to start

Orioles and Rays Game 2 lineups

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is keeping Stevie Wilkerson in the lineup tonight for Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Rays. The Orioles are trying for their first sweep since June 25, 2016 versus Tampa Bay. Wilkerson hit the decisive two-run homer off left-hander Colin Poche in a 2-1 victory in Game 1 and he’s in center field for the nightcap. Wilkerson has eight home

Brooks opens twinbill with effective outing in 2-1 win (updated)

The first part of the plan worked to near perfection for manager Brandon Hyde, who had to resist joining the crowd in applauding Aaron Brooks as the right-hander walked off the mound in the third inning. Getting eight outs from Brooks in his Orioles debut, in his first start since late April, was cause for celebration. Who’s got the laundry cart? Also factor in the

Wilkerson recounts his pitching debut (O’s lead 2-1)

Stevie Wilkerson couldn’t come up with a new nickname after making his pitching debut last night. He was open to suggestions. “Stevie Slider” wouldn’t work because he doesn’t have one in his limited arsenal. The super-utility player might settle on “Stevie Strike-thrower.” No one can argue that it doesn’t fit after he located the zone on seven of his 10 pitches in the ninth inning

Bundy could be headed to IL with right knee tendinitis (updated)

The Orioles are preparing for the possibility that starter Dylan Bundy is headed to the 10-day injured list after a medical exam this morning revealed tendinitis in his right knee. Bundy lasted only one inning and 37 pitches last night, allowing a season-high seven runs and revealing afterward that he felt discomfort while throwing in the outfield and in the bullpen and throughout his abbreviated

Orioles Game 1 lineup vs. Rays

David Hess is the 26th man for today’s doubleheader against the Rays, making his latest stop with the Orioles. Hess could back up Aaron Brooks, who isn’t stretched out to work deep into the opener. The Orioles also could make another roster move before the nightcap. Trey Mancini is starting at first base and Anthony Santander is in right field. Santander is 17-for-48 (.354) in

More on today’s doubleheader and Mancini’s All-Star break

Back in the city where he’s employed and no longer mingling with All-Stars, Orioles left-hander John Means can be certain that he’s going to pitch tonight. The manager won’t withhold him in case he’s needed in extra innings. Means is returning to a normal routine that includes plenty of games against the Rays. Today marks his third appearance, his first half closing with two earned

Bundy leaves tonight’s game with right knee soreness

Dylan Bundy began to notice some soreness in his right knee today while long tossing in the outfield and again throughout his bullpen session. He didn’t say anything about it until after the first inning. After giving up seven runs and eight hits, throwing 37 pitches and watching someone else work the second. Bundy received treatment on the knee and the Orioles, coming off an

Orioles open second half with 16-4 loss

The All-Star break enabled the Orioles to enter tonight’s game with a rested bullpen. They reached a point where it appeared that they might need every reliever - and at least one position player. Dylan Bundy lasted only one inning and allowed a season-high seven runs and every Rays batter collected a hit by the second in a 16-4 victory over the Orioles before an

Means on his All-Star experience: “It was a blast” (O’s down 16-2)

John Means wasn’t surprised that he didn’t pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, the lone Orioles representative unable to get back on the field until the final out of the American League’s 4-3 win. He knew how his night would play out. AL manager Alex Cora kept Means in the loop as well as the bullpen. “I knew before the game I was extra innings,” Means

Brooks is the opener for Game 1 (and other notes)

Aaron Brooks is in uniform tonight for the Orioles but he won’t be in the bullpen. Brooks is tabbed to serve as the opener Saturday in Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards. Gabriel Ynoa could back him up, with Brooks needing to be stretched out before he can be viewed as a starter. “He hasn’t thrown in a while and

Orioles and Rays lineups

The Orioles open the second half tonight with Anthony Santander in center field. Chance Sisco is batting cleanup to begin a four-game series against the Rays at Camden Yards. Jonathan Villar is the shortstop and Hanser Alberto is playing second base. Chris Davis is batting seventh. He’s 6-for-12 this month with a double and two home runs and his .189 average is its highest since

Brooks latest to enter Orioles bullpen

The 2019 season starts up again tonight with the Orioles inserting Aaron Brooks into their bullpen as the latest adjustment to a unit that’s trying to gain more consistency in the second half. The Orioles are carrying a four-man bench and seven relievers - Brooks, Mychal Givens, Richard Bleier, Paul Fry, Miguel Castro, Jimmy Yacabonis and Shawn Armstrong. But two open dates on the schedule

Mullins moves down to Double-A Bowie (and other notes)

The Orioles’ center fielder on opening day has moved down to Double-A Bowie. Cedric Mullins has been transferred to the Baysox after batting .205/.272/.306 in 66 games with Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles optioned him after he started the season with only six hits in 64 at-bats. Mullins, 24, broke camp with the Orioles despite going 8-for-53 in exhibition games and he’s never been able to

Questions and curiosities about the Orioles’ second half

The Orioles open the second half of their season Friday night against the Rays and host two more teams, the Nationals for two games and the Red Sox for three, before going back out to the West Coast. (Quick, when is the last time they’ve played consecutive series of four, two and three games? Someone contact STATS or the other Elias.) There are some lingering

Hyde looking back and ahead

The All-Star Game is over and baseball’s idle time stretches to Friday night, when the Orioles host a four-game series against the Rays. They have a doubleheader on Saturday. The 2019 season isn’t about wins and losses, but it’s still a hard sell for the manager, his coaching staff and his players. They understand the plan and support the direction, but they aren’t going to

Brooks added to roster (and other notes)

The Orioles completed their pending roster move today by adding right-hander Aaron Brooks to the 25-man roster. Brooks will wear No. 38 and he’s set to become the 47th player used by the Orioles this season. Reliever Josh Lucas was designated for assignment Saturday to make room for Brooks on the 40-man roster. Lucas cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, news

Manto means much to Orioles

Trey Mancini would have spent a portion of the All-Star Game media session this week tallying how many people he had to thank for assisting in his climb to established major league hitter. So many of them, whether within his own family or the baseball community. Though he’s home for the break, he’s still able to express his gratitude without making the trip to Progressive

This, that and the other

The Orioles close out the first half with an open spot on their 25-man roster that’s going to be filled by new pitcher Aaron Brooks. David Hess was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday without appearing in a game. Sort of like Josh Lucas, except he was designated for assignment over the weekend to make room for Brooks on the 40-man roster. Brooks’ role with the

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

The Orioles will close out the first half of the season by attempting to complete a three-game sweep in Toronto. Anthony Santander is in left field and Stevie Wilkerson is in center. Chance Sisco is batting cleanup again. Chris Davis moves up to sixth in the order. Asher Wojciechowski makes his second start with the Orioles. For the Orioles Jonathan Villar SS Anthony Santander LF

More on Mancini missing All-Star Game (plus a few notes)

The Orioles have reached the end of their first-half schedule, with today’s series finale in Toronto followed by an All-Star break that provides rest for everyone except left-hander John Means. Trey Mancini hasn’t been added to the American League team as a reserve. Baseball is sustaining the snub. Let’s be clear that Means is a deserving representative. There shouldn’t be outrage at his inclusion, though

Orioles claim Brooks off waivers from Athletics

The Orioles have claimed right-hander Aaron Brooks off waivers from the Athletics in the latest pitching-related move from the club today. Reliever Josh Lucas, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk last night, has been designated for assignment to create room for Brooks on the 40-man roster. Brooks was 2-3 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.252 WHIP in 15 games this year, including six starts, and he could

Orioles lineup vs. Jays (Ynoa scratched for Sunday)

Today’s matchup with the Blue Jays starting a left-hander is keeping Chris Davis out of the lineup. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Anthony Santander is in right field. Steve Wilkerson is in left instead of Dwight Smith Jr. Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing third base. Davis had an RBI single and two-run homer last night for his first multi-RBI game since

Orioles recall David Hess

The latest shuffling in the Orioles bullpen has slid David Hess back to the majors. The Orioles recalled Hess from Triple-A Norfolk this morning. He replaced Josh Lucas, who was optioned after last night’s 4-1 win in Toronto. Manager Brandon Hyde will explain to the media at Rogers Centre how he envisions using Hess, but it’s likely to be in long relief and other in-game

Will Cashner continue with Orioles?

Andrew Cashner is making his final start today before the All-Star break and it’s interesting to consider whether there’s another countdown to his last days with the Orioles. Not the last guaranteed year on his contract. His status as trade chip, perhaps the biggest on the club. Trey Mancini would rank first if we could determine his availability. The Orioles certainly would move Cashner, though

Santander gets the start in center field for Orioles

Anthony Santander is making his first start in center field tonight as the Orioles play the Blue Jays in Toronto. Santander’s experience in center consists of one inning in the Venezuelan Winter League and two with the Orioles this season. Keon Broxton is on the bench. He’s struck out 46 times in 93 at-bats. Chris Davis is playing first base and batting seventh, one spot

Bundy agreeable to adjustment in rotation

Dylan Bundy didn’t ask for the rest. He had it thrust upon him. And he’s fine with it. Bundy was supposed to start Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., but his spot suddenly became marked as TBD, leading to media speculation that he was hurt. And leading to some fan speculation that he was traded. Manager Brandon Hyde offered an explanation later that already had

Closer look at Orioles’ roster usage

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles made it through last night’s game without calling upon a 47th different player. They managed to get by with the current group, covering nine innings and heading to Toronto for the final series before the All-Star break. Are 46 players a lot over the course of a season? How about in the first half? Spoiler alert: The first-half number

Orioles score six runs in ninth and win 9-6 (with quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - John Means tied his career high tonight by working seven innings, pounding the strike zone as if he’s angry at it. Ninety-eight pitches and 71 strikes for Means, who held the Rays to two earned runs and three total, didn’t walk a batter and left with the score tied. His 2.50 ERA didn’t change. The game did after he left. The

Rogers undergoes elbow surgery (and more notes, O’s win 9-6)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Josh Rogers underwent a procedure on his left elbow today known as an ulnar collateral ligament “revision,” the name given for a second Tommy John surgery. Rogers had the first procedure as a high school senior. Dr. Keith Meister performed today’s surgery in Arlington, Texas and the Orioles said it was successful. The timetable is the same, with Rogers missing the

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chance Sisco is batting third and catching tonight as he tries to extend his power run and the Orioles try to avoid being swept at Tropicana Field. Sisco has homered in three of his last four games. Jonathan Villar is playing shortstop with Hanser Alberto at second base. Keon Broxton is in center field. Chris Davis is at first base after

Santander’s catch, Wojciechowski’s start and Davis’ home run

The play tends to get lost in a game where the Orioles again fall on the wrong side of the score. A catch that’s marked in the book as exceptional and is minimized later because it didn’t influence the outcome. Manager Brandon Hyde will remember it. So will first base coach Arnie Beyeler, who also serves as the outfield instructor. Anthony Santander charged Kevin Kiermaier’s

Wojciechowski goes 5 1/3 innings in 6-3 loss (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have an opportunity to relax their rotation following tonight’s 6-3 loss to the Rays. The next four starters are known and already with the team. No one is coming up from the minors or outside the organization. Asher Wojciechowski made his debut with the club tonight and worked into the sixth inning. He walked off the mound just as

Hyde on Lucas, Kline, Wojciechowski and more (O’s lose 6-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The bullpen has changed again for the Orioles tonight with Josh Lucas activated from the injured list and Branden Kline optioned last night to Triple-A Norfolk. There’s less shuffling in a casino. Lucas hasn’t pitched since working three innings on June 13 and trying to ignore the tightness in his shoulder. He didn’t require an injury-rehab assignment. It isn’t unprecedented, of

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chris Davis is playing first base tonight and Trey Mancini is the designated hitter as the Orioles continue their series against the Rays. Chance Sisco is catching and batting cleanup. Anthony Santander is in right field. Stevie Wilkerson is the center fielder. Asher Wojciechowski makes his Orioles debut tonight. Right-hander Charlie Morton was named to the All-Star team after going 8-2

Orioles select Wojciechowski contract, activate Lucas

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles no longer have Asher Wojciechowski on their taxi squad. He’s in the rotation. Wojciechowski will become the 14th pitcher to start for the Orioles this season when he takes the ball tonight against the Rays at Tropicana Field. His contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk after he joined the team yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla. Pitcher Matt Wotherspoon has

This, that and the other

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are poised to begin announcing a batch of international signings today as they move into a new era for the organization and try to gain ground on teams that have been doing this for a lot longer. The spectators are becoming serious participants. You won’t recognize them. The total impact won’t be felt overnight, but the July 2 market

Mancini moves past snub while Orioles lose 6-3 (Kline optioned)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Trey Mancini just wanted to get back to playing baseball tonight. No more sadness, no more painful conversations with family and friends. Push it aside, grab a bat and mitt, and resume his professional life. Mancini started at first base for the series opener against the Rays, but a crowded outfield is the reason why he didn’t make the American League

Bundy pushed back in Orioles rotation (O’s down 6-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are making another adjustment to their rotation that involves Dylan Bundy, but isn’t due to an injury or other physical issue. Manager Brandon Hyde explained this afternoon that he wants Bundy to start the series opener Friday night in Toronto and be on the mound immediately after the break July 12 against the Rays at Camden Yards. The latest

Wojciechowski joins Orioles at Tropicana Field

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles assigned right-hander Asher Wojciechowski to Triple-A Norfolk after today’s trade with the Indians, but he never made it. Wojciechowski is in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field, with the Orioles placing him on the 24-hour taxi squad. Dylan Bundy has been scratched from Tuesday’s start against the Rays and Wojciechowski apparently is with the Orioles in case a roster

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are breaking out their right-handed lineup tonight in anticipation of Rays left-hander Ryan Yarbrough following opener Ryne Stanek at Tropicana Field. Trey Mancini is playing first base while Chris Davis goes to the bench. Pedro Severino is catching. An exception is Dwight Smith Jr. in left field and batting cleanup. But Hanser Alberto is at third base instead of

O’s call up Eshelman, scratch Bundy, acquire Wojciechowski

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are ready to name their starting pitcher for tonight’s game against the Rays. Tom Eshelman had his contract selected today and is going to open the series at Tropicana Field in his major league debut. He’s also going to become the 45th player used by the Orioles this season. In order to make room for Eshelman on the 40-man

Orioles critiquing their young catchers

While the Orioles are transparent about their primary goals for the 2019 season, outlining the importance of development and talent infusion and devoting a substantial amount of energy toward auditioning players for various roles, they’re in a unique position regarding their catching situation. It’s common for a rookie or player with limited major league experience and no real track record to be paired with an

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