Miley hoping to reclaim early success vs. Rays

Miley hoping to reclaim early success vs. Rays

Rays rookie righty Jacob Faria (4-1, 2.52) and O's veteran lefty Wade Miley (4-8, 5.58) will meet at Tropicana Field on Tuesday.

Despite his rookie status, Faria has had limited struggles this season. When he gave up four runs to Oakland over five innings his last time out, it was his first non-quality start in eight Major League appearances.

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O's turn dazzling DP, blank reeling Rays

O's turn dazzling DP, blank reeling Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- If the Orioles are going to continue to march up the standings in the American League East and Wild Card races, they'll need to do exactly what they did on Monday. A strong start from Kevin Gausman, a big night from Adam Jones, and most spectacularly, some highlight-reel defense from Manny Machado propelled Baltimore to a 5-0 win against the reeling Rays at Tropicana Field.

With the game scoreless in the bottom of the first, Evan Longoria hit a ball down the third-base line. Machado ranged to his right to field the ball, making a tremendous throw while falling in the opposite direction. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop made the difficult turn at second and threw out Longoria to end the inning.

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Machado showcases range on double play

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Machado showcases range on double play

Though it took until July for Manny Machado's bat to start coming to life, his glove never went to sleep. He showed that off from the start in Monday's game against the Rays. When Evan Longoria hit a ground ball down the third-base line, the Rays third baseman surely thought he had a single, if not more as the ball looked destined for the corner. 

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O's C Sisco lands on Top 100 Prospects list

For first time, top 11 on list are all hitters; top eight are international signees

O's C Sisco lands on Top 100 Prospects list

A year ago at this time, Alex Bregman of the Astros had ascended to the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. He had just been called up to the big leagues, and he graduated off the list before the season was over.

Fast forward to the official re-rank of the Top 100 in 2017. This time, it's a familiar face in the top spot: Yoan Moncada. But much like Bregman in '16, the fact that Moncada is holding on to the No. 1 slot in the Top 100 is overshadowed a bit by having been called up to the White Sox for the first time. One has to think he's going to follow a Bregman-esque path and play his way off of this list before the year is over.

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Jones' move to leadoff aids O's Wild Card push

Jones' move to leadoff aids O's Wild Card push

ST. PETERSBURG -- The O's are gaining ground, having won six of their last eight games including Monday's 5-0 win over the Rays. It should come as no surprise that Adam Jones has picked up steam at the same time.

Baltimore began the second half with Jones penciled in at the leadoff spot for the first time all year. He went 1-for-12 in his first three games in the role as the Cubs swept Baltimore, but has clicked since then. During his past seven games, he's 16-for-33 (.485) with four homers and 11 RBIs, including a 411-foot shot off Blake Snell on Monday.

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Stomach bug keeps Davis from starting lineup

Stomach bug keeps Davis from starting lineup

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Davis had a stomach ailment Monday that kept him from the starting lineup against the Rays, but O's manager Buck Showalter didn't expect his starting first baseman to miss much time because of it.

"Obviously he's under the weather," Showalter said. "Hopefully he'll be OK by game time. Let's let the doctor figure it out."

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Surging Schoop named AL Player of the Week

O's second baseman hit .433 with three HRs and 16 RBIs in past two series

Surging Schoop named AL Player of the Week

Jonathan Schoop, who leads the Orioles in all three Triple Crown categories with a .307 batting average, 21 home runs and 70 RBIs, took home American League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Schoop hit .433 in Baltimore's seven games against the Rangers and Astros, crushing three homers and driving in 16 runs. His 16 RBIs in that span were six more than Adam Jones', the next closest hitter on the team.

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Britton sets AL mark with 55th straight save

Rumored to be on trading block, O's closer trails only Gagne's 84

Britton sets AL mark with 55th straight save

BALTIMORE -- Few would dare question Zach Britton's dominance, even as he's missed most of this season with a left forearm injury. He's not yet putting up the kind of record-breaking numbers he did last year as he's worked his way back into the Orioles' closer role, but Sunday he reminded fans why he's one of the best relievers in baseball when healthy.

In his first save opportunity since returning from his injury, Britton set the American League record for consecutive saves with No. 55 in a 9-7 victory over the Astros at Camden Yards, a streak that began Oct. 1, 2015. The record previously was held by Tom Gordon, who saved 54 straight for the Red Sox in 1998-99. Sunday's save also marked Britton's first since April 14.

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O's outslug Astros in wild, seesaw finale

O's outslug Astros in wild, seesaw finale

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado knocked in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, then Zach Britton set an American League record with his 55th consecutive save to lift the Orioles to a thrilling 9-7 victory over the Astros on Sunday afternoon. The win snapped Baltimore's eight-game losing streak against Houston, including a five-game skid at Camden Yards.

In his first save chance since returning from a left forearm strain, Britton struck out the first two batters before walking Marwin Gonzalez, but forced pinch-hitter George Springer to ground out to short to record the save. Britton moved into sole possession of second place in Major League history, passing Tom Gordon and trailing only Eric Gagne, who converted 84 in a row.

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Wells makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Wells makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Orioles' two homers don't hold up vs. Astros

Orioles' two homers don't hold up vs. Astros

BALTIMORE -- Marwin Gonzalez dug into the batter's box against Orioles reliever Darren O'Day in an incredibly unfortunate circumstance Saturday night. And then he did something the first-place Astros haven't been able to do all year.

Gonzalez, taking the place of an injured Colin Moran, worked an 0-1 count for eight more pitches and delivered a decisive three-run, pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning to lift Houston (65-32) to an 8-4 series win over the Orioles.

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Wells extends scoreless streak to 30

Wells extends scoreless streak to 30

Max Schrock took full advantage of Double-A Midland's doubleheader, collecting a total of five hits and six RBIs in the two wins over Corpus Christi on Sunday.

The Athletics No. 18 prospect got off to a fast start in the first game, a 12-2 Midland win, as he doubled in the first, singled in the third and fifth and capped his perfect day with a two-run homer in the sixth.

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Consistent Schoop homers in 3rd straight game

Consistent Schoop homers in 3rd straight game

BALTIMORE -- All-Star hangover? What All-Star hangover?

While this Orioles team has undoubtedly had its ups and downs, second baseman Jonathan Schoop shows no signs of slowing down. Schoop homered for the third consecutive game in Saturday's 8-4 loss to Houston, as the infielder continues to prove himself as the O's most consistent offensive threat.

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O's seek to bolster club for run at postseason

O's seek to bolster club for run at postseason

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles certainly didn't sound like sellers Saturday afternoon. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, addressing the team's season-ticket holders in the annual "State of the Orioles" address, said he believes this year's club can still contend for a postseason spot.

"I got a lot of confidence in the guys that we have that we can put it together. This is a tough division. Day in, day out, we have to compete against the toughest teams in the league," Duquette said of an Orioles team that entered Sunday's series finale against the Astros 4 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Hays stays hot with another homer for Bowie

Hays stays hot with another homer for Bowie

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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O's 9th-inning rally falls just short vs. Astros

O's 9th-inning rally falls just short vs. Astros

BALTIMORE -- Yuli Gurriel had a career-high four hits, including a two-run homer, and the Astros held off a furious ninth-inning rally by the Orioles in Friday's 8-7 series-opening win at Camden Yards. The Astros, winners of seven straight against Baltimore, improved their American League-best record to 64-32.

Down 8-2, Baltimore made a valiant comeback attempt, with Adam Jones doubling in a pair of ninth-inning runs with one out. Two batters later, Jonathan Schoop -- who drove in Baltimore's first run -- hit a three-run homer off reliever Chris Devenski to bring the O's within one. But Astros closer Ken Giles was able to strike out Mark Trumbo to pick up the save and secure the win.

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Ubaldo's struggles coming at bad time for O's

Ubaldo's struggles coming at bad time for O's

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound on Friday with a chance to keep Baltimore's four-game winning streak rolling. Instead, the erratic righty allowed double-digit hits for the second consecutive start, as Jimenez is smack dab in the middle of a tough stretch when perhaps his club needs him most.

"I guess I'm leaving a couple pitches up and they're making me pay for it," he said of an Astros team that recorded six runs on 10 hits and a walk in his 5 1/3 innings. "I don't get any breaks, even when they hit it soft, they find the hole."

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O's 4 HRs secure 4-game sweep of Rangers

O's 4 HRs secure 4-game sweep of Rangers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles completed a four-game sweep by overcoming the Rangers' four-run lead and rallying for a 9-7 victory on Thursday night at Camden Yards. The Orioles hit four home runs, including three off losing pitcher Cole Hamels.

The Rangers led, 5-1, going into the bottom of the fifth before the Orioles struck for three runs in that inning on home runs by Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo, and four more in the sixth to take the lead.

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At long last, Britton back in 9th-inning role

At long last, Britton back in 9th-inning role

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have had a long wait for their lights-out closer to return to his role. But after a 60-day stint on the disabled list and six relief appearances, Zach Britton returned to the ninth inning, where he belongs, on Thursday.

For the first time since April 14, the Orioles were able to set up the back end of their bullpen the way they envisioned at the start of the season with Darren O'Day in the seventh, Brad Brach in the eighth and Britton in the ninth.

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Orioles set pitching plan for Harvey

Orioles set pitching plan for Harvey

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' No. 3 prospect, right-hander Hunter Harvey, is making strides in his rehab process, and has been scheduled to pitch once a week through at least the end of August.

Harvey made his first competitive start of the season on Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2016.

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Mancini highlights 7-run inning in victory

Mancini highlights 7-run inning in victory

BALTIMORE -- Trey Mancini proved yet again in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Rangers why his bat is essential for the Orioles to have long-term success.

Mancini sparked a seven-run seventh inning with an infield single. The Orioles batted around, and Mancini came up to the plate again with the bases loaded. He delivered a 109.8-mph bullet, according to Statcast™, to right-center for a bases-clearing triple to give him a team-high two triples on top of his team-best .309 batting average.

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Gausman, offense guide O's past Rangers

Gausman, offense guide O's past Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman delivered the Orioles' third straight strong start, helping guide his team to a three-game winning streak with a 10-2 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday night at Camden Yards. The Rangers have now lost four consecutive games, including three to the Orioles.

Gausman did exactly what Chris Tillman and Dylan Bundy did to the Rangers in the first two games of the series, holding them to one run in six innings. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight before turning it over to the bullpen.

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Castro has potential to start next season

Castro has potential to start next season

BALTIMORE -- Current reliever Miguel Castro has caught Orioles manager Buck Showalter's eye as a potential starter for next season.

Throughout his time in the Majors, Castro has been strictly working out of the bullpen. But, the righty began his Minor League career as a starter, which bodes well for an easier transition to the starting role. In his 16 relief appearances for the Orioles this year entering Wednesday, Castro had posted a 3.32 ERA through 21 2/3 innings. In Tuesday night's 12-1 win against the Rangers, the righty threw two innings of no-hit baseball.

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Davis has grand night in O's win vs. Rangers

Davis has grand night in O's win vs. Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice -- including a grand slam -- during a career-high six-RBI game as the Orioles' offense overwhelmed the Rangers during a 12-1 win on Tuesday night.

Baltimore, trying to climb out of the American League East basement, is still in the mix for a playoff spot along with a Texas (45-48) team that has now dropped three in a row.

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O's starters trending up, Bundy the latest star

O's starters trending up, Bundy the latest star

BALTIMORE -- Are the Orioles' starters mounting a turnaround?

Perhaps. After closing a disappointing first half of the season, the O's rotation watched its ERA creep above 6 following Sunday's loss. But the starters have gotten consecutive quality starts since, with Dylan Bundy's effort in Tuesday's 12-1 win over the Rangers the latest encouraging sign.

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Jones named Heart and Hustle Award winner

Jones named Heart and Hustle Award winner

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones once again proved this season that he can bring some serious contributions with his efforts. Jones was named Baltimore's recipient of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday afternoon, marking the fifth time he's taken home the honor.

The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

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Sisco collects three doubles for Norfolk

Sisco collects three doubles for Norfolk

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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Tillman wipes slate clean with strong outing

Righty delivers six innings of two-hit, one-run ball in first start since June 30

Tillman wipes slate clean with strong outing

BALTIMORE -- This is the Chris Tillman the Orioles have been waiting for.

The righty -- who entered the game with a 7.90 season ERA -- turned in one of his best outings of the season on Monday night at Camden Yards, tossing six innings and holding the Rangers to one run in the Orioles' 3-1 win.

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Smith's late smash, solid Tillman lift O's

Smith's late smash, solid Tillman lift O's

BALTIMORE -- Backed by Seth Smith's go-ahead, seventh-inning homer, the scuffling Orioles took a late-game lead and held on to take Monday's opener over the Rangers, 3-1, at Camden Yards.

Fresh off being swept by the Cubs this weekend, Baltimore took its first lead since July 9 on Smith's solo blast, which came on the first pitch of his at-bat against Rangers starter Andrew Cashner. Ruben Tejada tacked on an RBI -- one of three runs charged over Cashner's 6 2/3 innings -- off of reliever Jeremy Jeffress to give the O's some insurance.

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Wells dominates for Delmarva

Wells dominates for Delmarva

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

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