O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce each hit two-run home runs to send Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to his first loss since last August in the Orioles' 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Joseph lined a 1-1 pitch in the second inning into the first row of left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0, and Pearce sent the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the wall in right-center to put Baltimore on top, 4-3.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hardy says back feeling better after early exit

O's shortstop was lifted as a precaution due to tightness

Hardy says back feeling better after early exit

BALTIMORE -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy exited the O's 4-3 win against the Astros on Monday after the seventh inning with back tightness, but it doesn't appear to be anything serious.

Hardy said that his back was tight from the bed he slept on during the team's three-game series in Miami, and he was removed from the game after manager Buck Showalter saw how he was moving on the basepaths. Hardy hit a one-out single in the seventh, then he was out at second when Caleb Joseph hit into an inning-ending double play.

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Matusz gets 8-game suspension, opts to appeal

Matusz gets 8-game suspension, opts to appeal

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz has been suspended eight games for having a foreign substance on his arm in Saturday's game against the Marlins, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.

Matusz has appealed the suspension, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter is unsure of when the process will take place. Brewers pitcher Will Smith was suspended eight games for the same offense on Friday, but he has yet to get a verdict on his appeal.

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Orioles capitalize on pair of big swings

Home runs by Joseph, Pearce secure series-opening victory vs. Astros

Orioles capitalize on pair of big swings

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles only scored two runs in the final two games of the series against the Miami Marlins over the weekend.

On Monday, the O's scored four runs on two swings in their series-opening victory over the Houston Astros. Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce hit two-run home runs off Dallas Keuchel in the team's 4-3 win at Camden Yards.

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Tillman takes hill opposite Astros' Feldman

Tillman takes hill opposite Astros' Feldman

Chris Tillman heads to the mound when the Orioles continue their series against the Astros on Tuesday.

After missing one start due to a slight strain in his lower back, Tillman returned against the Mariners on Thursday, only to pitch three innings due to a lengthy rain delay.

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Norris building up strength following illness

O's right-hander to make another rehab start

Norris building up strength following illness

BALTIMORE -- Bud Norris got a visit from his parents recently that included some of his mother's homemade chicken noodle soup, but he wished it was under better circumstances.

After feeling the sickest he ever has in his life, the Orioles pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 18, and he said he lost about 14 pounds during the illness.

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Orioles' bats crash in loss to Marlins

Orioles' bats crash in loss to Marlins

MIAMI -- In the sixth inning of Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Marlins in the series finale, the Orioles' offense finally ended its 19-inning scoreless streak on Jimmy Paredes' sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to four.

The O's had their scoring chances in the next two innings, too, but failed to capitalize.

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Gonzalez, Orioles can't find rhythm in Miami

Gonzalez, Orioles can't find rhythm in Miami

MIAMI -- The Marlins capped one of their most agonizing homestands in years with a 5-2 victory over the Orioles on Sunday, which enabled them to take two of three in the series at Marlins Park. Miami went 2-8 on its homestand, and went through a managerial change.

Tom Koehler gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings, and Martin Prado, the day after delivering a walk-off single in the 13th inning in Saturday's 1-0 win, connected on a home run off Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez.

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Roe tosses two scoreless in O's debut

Roe tosses two scoreless in O's debut

MIAMI -- Baltimore right-hander Chaz Roe, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Sunday's 5-2 loss against Miami, logged two scoreless innings in his Orioles debut.

The 28-year-old came on facing a 5-0 deficit in the fifth inning. He relieved starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed five runs in four-plus innings, and struck out two while not allowing a hit.

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Showalter addresses Matusz's ejection

Showalter addresses Matusz's ejection

MIAMI -- In light of Orioles reliever Brian Matusz's ejection from Saturday night's game against Miami for having a foreign substance on his arm, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter discussed the issue prior to Sunday afternoon's series finale.

"We all understand the crux of the problem is gripping the ball," Showalter said. "Someone may say -- I believe [Hall of Fame pitcher] Jim Palmer said today -- you alter the flight of the ball by being able to grip it better. Why do we put mud on the ball? Which I think is a pretty archaic ploy."

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O's can't keep scoreless duel going, fall in 13

O's can't keep scoreless duel going, fall in 13

MIAMI -- The Orioles opted to avoid Giancarlo Stanton in the 13th inning Saturday night, intentionally walking the slugger to load the bases. Martin Prado made them pay with a two-out RBI single off lefty T.J. McFarland, lifting the Marlins to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles in 13 innings at Marlins Park.

Prado's heroics snapped Miami's eight-game losing streak and gave manager Dan Jennings his first victory after five losses. Each team left 10 on base. Carter Capps struck out six in three innings of relief to collect the win in a game that lasted three hours and 51 minutes.

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Wright extends career-opening scoreless streak

Wright extends career-opening scoreless streak

MIAMI -- Asked his thoughts on the performance of his starter Mike Wright, who logged seven scoreless innings in Saturday night's 13-inning, 1-0 loss to the Marlins, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had just one word.

"Special," he said.

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Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm

Matusz ejected for foreign substance on arm

MIAMI -- After getting two quick outs in the bottom of the 12th inning on Saturday night, Orioles reliever Brian Matusz had his arm checked by umpires for a foreign substance and was ejected from Baltimore's 13-inning, 1-0 loss.

"We're not going to address the issue right now," Matusz said. "Obviously I have my own personal opinions about the issue, but right now with emotions running high, we're going to let this settle and address questions at a later time."

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After long road, Drake debuts with 'proud moment'

2008 Draft pick earns first callup after injury-plagued Minors career, goes three scoreless

After long road, Drake debuts with 'proud moment'

MIAMI -- Seeking bullpen help, the Orioles called up righty reliever Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Saturday night's contest against the Marlins, and he certainly provided plenty of help in his Major League debut.

Drake, the 28-year-old former Navy pitcher and Baltimore's 43rd-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, notched three scoreless frames from the ninth through the 11th innings on 36 pitches in the O's 13-inning, 1-0 loss. He allowed just two hits and struck out two.

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Machado stars for O's in Miami homecoming

Third baseman returns to hometown for first time to open series with Marlins

Machado stars for O's in Miami homecoming

MIAMI -- Coming into Manny Machado's return to his hometown of Miami on Friday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew it would go one of two ways.

"Is it going to be a distraction to him or is he going to [rise to the occasion]?" Showalter said.

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Birds break out with big inning after slow start

Birds break out with big inning after slow start

MIAMI -- After a slow start, the Orioles scored eight runs from the fifth inning on as they defeated Miami, 8-5, in the series opener at Marlins Park on Friday. It was the eighth straight loss for the Marlins, while Baltimore has won four of its last five.

The Marlins jumped ahead early thanks to RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez, but Baltimore began its comeback in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Delmon Young's double brought home two runs, and Caleb Joseph delivered two more on a single after the O's capitalized on an error by Alvarez in a four-run sixth inning. More >

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O's said to agree with Cuban lefty Miranda

The Orioles have agreed to a Minor League contract with Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda, a source confirmed to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The deal is pending a physical. The team has not commented.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-13, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts).

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Orioles come through in clutch opportunities

Young, Joseph and Machado deliver huge run-scoring hits in victory over Marlins

Orioles come through in clutch opportunities

MIAMI -- Trailing by three runs in the fourth inning of Friday's contest, Baltimore squandered a golden opportunity and left the bases loaded when J.J. Hardy flied out to center against Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez.

However, the Orioles didn't let those chances pass in the later innings of their 8-5 win at Marlins Park. The O's scored all eight of their runs after the fourth inning, keyed by a pair of two-run scoring hits and a key pinch-hit double.

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Wieters targets early June for return to Majors

Rehabbing catcher joins O's to work out during series against Marlins

Wieters targets early June for return to Majors

MIAMI -- With the finish line near on his rehabilitation, all things are going according to plan for Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.

The 29-year-old, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had on June 17, 2014, joined the team in Miami on Friday as the O's open a three-game weekend series with the Marlins.

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O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

MIAMI -- Prior to Friday's contest in Miami, the Orioles reinstated infielder Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

Cabrera went to the DL on May 7 with a left foot contusion. He recently completed a rehab assignment with Norfolk, which began on May 15, and he said he feels good to go.

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Hits from Pearce, Hardy may signify step forward

O's contributors have started slow, but both came through in series-clinching victory

Hits from Pearce, Hardy may signify step forward

BALTIMORE -- Steve Pearce had a career year in 2014, amassing a .293 batting average, 21 home runs and 49 RBIs.

The converted second baseman came into Thursday's game with a .193 average on the season, but he pulled through in a big way during the Orioles' 5-4 series-clinching victory over the Mariners at Camden Yards.

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Hardy delivers winner to cap O's marathon

Hardy delivers winner to cap O's marathon

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy delivered the decisive hit with a single up the middle in the eighth to give the Orioles a 5-4 win and series victory over the Mariners on a cold and rainy Thursday at Camden Yards.

Steve Pearce got Baltimore started in the first inning with a grand slam, the first of his career, but the game was halted due to rain in the middle of the third inning. Upon returning, the Mariners' bullpen held the Orioles hitless for five innings while tying the game at 4, thanks to Rickie Weeks' pinch-hit two-run single in the fourth and Logan Morrison's bases-loaded walk in the seventh.

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O's to host Casey Cares 5K at Camden Yards

Matusz will serve as race ambassador for sixth annual race on Aug. 1

BALTIMORE -- Brian Matusz will serve as the race ambassador when the Orioles and OriolesREACH partner again with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the sixth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Camden Yards on Aug. 1.

For the past several years, Matusz has visited Casey Cares patients at local hospitals and attended Casey Cares Extra Innings events, helping critically ill children and their family learn how to play baseball alongside other Orioles players. The relief pitcher also hosts Casey Cares patients at the ballpark, letting the children experience batting practice, tour the clubhouse and meet players. The race/walk will begin at 8 a.m. ET at Oriole Park and will end on the field. Race winners will be announced in a pregame ceremony that night in the Orioles' 7:05 p.m. game against the Tigers.

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Wilson excited to pitch on big league stage

After being recalled, rookie pitches scoreless ninth in debut vs. M's

Wilson excited to pitch on big league stage

BALTIMORE -- Buck Showalter sought out Darren O'Day in the Orioles' workout facility after Baltimore's 9-4 victory on Tuesday.

He wanted to inquire about Tyler Wilson, who had warmed up alongside O'Day in the bullpen, as the rookie pitcher readied for his first ever appearance at the Major League level.

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O's lose momentum in ninth, fall to M's

Despite starting inning with two singles, Baltimore rally falls short

O's lose momentum in ninth, fall to M's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles came up short in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Mariners despite a pair of singles to start the frame.

Down three, Adam Jones and Delmon Young each delivered hits off Mariners closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney proceeded to get a pair of strikeouts, starting with Chris Davis, who watched a ball on the inside corner of the plate go down as strike three.

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O's late rallies fall short vs. Mariners

O's late rallies fall short vs. Mariners

BALTIMORE -- Roenis Elias was dominant over 7 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles to one run in Seattle's series-tying 4-2 win Wednesday night.

Elias, who took a shutout into the eighth, struck out four and scattered six hits to pick up his first win this season. Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to back his effort.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.