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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 by a week. Hanser Alberto was with his wife for the birth of their second daughter. But Scott, Asher Wojciechowski, Tom Eshelman and Aaron Brooks made it.

Scott appeared in two games and allowed five runs in two innings. He also surrendered two of the staff’s 183 home runs.

The Tides used three relievers yesterday behind Tyler Herb. Matt Wotherspoon worked three innings. Branden Kline handled the next 1 1/3 innings and surrendered a three-run homer to Ronald Torreyes. Josh Lucas registered the last two outs in a 9-4 loss to Rochester.

Evan Phillips worked two scoreless innings Wednesday night.

The 40-man roster is one player below capacity.

* Mychal Givens is happy in Baltimore and pitching like he’s trying to get out.

Givens-Sisco-After-Save-White-Sidebar.jpgGivens impressed again Wednesday night with a four-out save that raised his total to eight. He’s allowed only one run and three hits in his last seven appearances covering 8 1/3 innings, walking two batters and striking out 11.

A 5.70 ERA on May 29 is down to 4.34.

Manager Brandon Hyde said the biggest difference in Givens is “aggressiveness in the strike zone, getting ahead of hitters.”

“I just like when Mike gets guys out early in the count and attacks guys early in the count with his stuff,” Hyde said. “He is not a guy you want to face and be down in the count early. He’s a guy you want to be able to see pitches.”

The Nationals saw his four-seamer, slider and changeup. The fastball sat at 95 mph, and he’s capable of hitting 97. And he’s demonstrating that he can be a weapon again in the late innings.

The Phillies scouted Givens, as I reported earlier in the week, and they weren’t alone. The teams represented at Camden Yards included the Diamondbacks, Padres and Braves, though there’s advance work to be done, too.

* Third baseman Rio Ruiz has quietly gotten hot, collecting nine hits in 28 at-bats this month.

Ruiz singled twice, had a sacrifice fly and drove in two runs Wednesday night. He also committed an error and was picked off first base, but let’s focus on the good.

A rare opportunity was presented to Ruiz when he faced left-hander Tony Sipp in the seventh inning. A platoon has often put him on the bench in such situations, but he produced a sacrifice fly as the Orioles built a 4-2 lead.

Alberto was gone for the day, and a short bench kept Ruiz in the game.

Ruiz is 12-for-49 (.245) against left-handers and 48-for-201 (.239) with seven of his eight doubles and all five home runs against right-handers.

* DJ Stewart was out of Norfolk’s lineup again yesterday and hasn’t appeared in a game since Sunday, the day before the Orioles activated him from the injured list and optioned him.

Stewart was placed on the active roster yesterday and he’ll likely play tonight. Nothing to see here.

* The Diamondbacks are shopping a few of their players, including outfielder Adam Jones, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Don’t even think it.

* Red Sox left-hander David Price is making his 30th career start against the Orioles tonight.

Price is 16-5 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.051 WHIP in 190 1/3 innings. He won all three starts last season, with five runs allowed and 24 strikeouts in 20 innings.

Nothing changed in the first matchup this season, with Price tossing seven scoreless innings on April 14 at Camden Yards. He allowed three hits, walked none and struck out seven in a 4-0 win.

Trey Mancini is 5-for-19 with two doubles and two home runs against Price. Chris Davis is 11-for-45 with two home runs and 20 strikeouts.

* The 10th annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 in Port Covington. Note the new location and start stretching those hamstrings.

I’m more of a walker myself, but it’s nice to have options.

People can register up until race day, but Saturday is the deadline to receive a free race T-shirt.

Davis and wife Jill return as race ambassadors. Proceeds will support programs for families with critically ill children.

Casey Cares serves families in eight states and in Washington, D.C.

* The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is celebrating its 45th anniversary today.

It’s a must-stop for area sports fans and tourists.

The museum displays all sorts of artifacts, from Ruth’s rare Baltimore Orioles rookie card to his posthumously awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s also become the official museum of the Orioles and official archives of the Baltimore Colts, and has expanded its collection to include the Ravens and Maryland Terrapins, as well as local and regional sports at all levels.

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