O's aim to boost rotation behind Bundy for '18

O's aim to boost rotation behind Bundy for '18

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' September slide gave way to a finish in the American League East basement and an entirely different feel around Baltimore baseball for the season's final few weeks.

"It's been a long time since I've been through this the last two weeks of September. It's different. Actually been the first time in a long time a lot of us have been through it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his team's slide and first last-place finish since 2011. "It's something that you don't want to do again. You realize how many teams have gone through it. It's painful. You may not think it is, but it's painful, trust me. It's not fun."

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O's impressed with Draft picks at instructs

O's impressed with Draft picks at instructs

After selecting college players with their first Draft pick in back-to-back years, the Orioles shifted their focus toward younger, more high-ceiling talent in 2017, selecting a pair of prep standouts in DL Hall and Adam Hall.

The Orioles were thrilled to find DL Hall, ranked 14th on MLBPipeline.com's list of the Top 200 Draft Prospects, still on the board ahead of their first pick, No. 21 overall.

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Santander making up for lost time in AFL

Santander making up for lost time in AFL

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After a season marred with injury, Anthony Santander is looking to make up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League, and he showed off some of his offensive ability on Friday night.

Santander, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and led Salt River to a 6-4 win over Scottsdale.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's led by Mancini, Bundy breakouts in '17

Schoop's career year, Hardy's farewell also among top highlights

O's led by Mancini, Bundy breakouts in '17

BALTIMORE -- It's easy to chalk up the 2017 season as a disappointment for the Orioles, who were eliminated from postseason contention in mid-September after opting to be buyers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and putting together a solid August.

But there were still some positive developments that shouldn't go without notice. So before you go counting down the days until 2018's Spring Training, let's appreciate some of the positives. Here are five things worth remembering from this season.

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Hays, Wells named Prospects of the Year

Hays, Wells named Prospects of the Year

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have given fans reason for hope for the future in September and Austin Hays is one of the biggest reasons why. Hays, who was called up to Baltimore as part of roster expansion, was honored as the Orioles' MLB Pipeline Hitting Prospect of the Year. Alex Wells, named Baltimore's Jim Player Minor League Pitcher of the Year last month, was also selected as Pipeline's Top Pitching Prospect.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLBPipeline.com staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors, appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list and played the entire year in the organization.

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Showalter, Duquette reflect on 2017 season

Showalter, Duquette reflect on 2017 season

ST. PETERSBURG -- While the Orioles will undoubtedly reflect on what went wrong in 2017, the plan for '18 remains pretty clear.

"This is the big leagues. I don't know who rebuilds in the American League East," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "In the American League East you reload, OK? And then you try to have as good a team as you can the next season, as you did the past season. Everybody has a certain level of talent, and our talent base here is still pretty good."

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O's fall in season finale despite Gausman's gem

O's fall in season finale despite Gausman's gem

ST. PETERSBURG -- Blake Snell gave the Rays a quality start and the offense put away the game late as the Rays ended the season on a high note, defeating the Orioles, 6-0, Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field.

The win completed the Rays' three-game weekend sweep, giving the team a third-place finish in the American League East with an 80-82 record, which matched Kevin Cash's best season as the team's manager. The Orioles finished at 75-87, losing 19 of their last 23 to end the season in last place in the AL East for the first time since 2011.

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Davis talks offseason plan after frustrating year

Longtime trainer Bancells announces retirement

Davis talks offseason plan after frustrating year

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis needed to vent. The slugger, who had one of the most frustrating seasons he can remember in 2017, was candid with the media as he discussed plans to revamp his swing by next spring.

"I just feel like as a veteran player you have to be able to make an adjustment, and I did not do a good job of that this year on a day-to-day basis and it showed," said Davis, who entered Sunday's season finale batting .216 with 193 strikeouts in 127 games.

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Jonathan Mayo

Draft order set; O's to pick 11th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; O's to pick 11th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castro holds his own in first MLB start

Castro holds his own in first MLB start

ST. PETERSBURG -- Saturday night was about evaluating Miguel Castro while taking his first career big league start with a grain of salt. Good or bad, Orioles manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday afternoon, the outcome was not going to be a definitive evaluation of what the righty could be for the O's come spring.

Still, Castro held his own in the 4-3 loss to the Rays, working out of several early jams before surrendering a three-run homer to Brad Miller in the fourth. His final line of 3 1/3 innings included six hits and a walk, with three strikeouts and a wild pitch in the 59-pitch outing.

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O's come up short vs. Rays despite late rally

O's come up short vs. Rays despite late rally

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brad Miller accounted for most of the Rays' offense and Chris Archer ended the season on a high note as the Rays defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

The win gave the Rays a series win heading into the final day of the season, when the teams will meet again in a 3:10 p.m. ET contest.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2004.

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Jones to meet with O's owner, talk future

Jones to meet with O's owner, talk future

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones plans to meet with principal owner Peter Angelos this winter, though the longtime Oriole -- a free agent after 2018 -- said he will not lobby for a contract extension.

"I'm not going to advocate for anything. I just don't think you can go to the owner and say, 'Mr. Angelos, I would like this.' Nah, that doesn't work," said Jones, who joins several Orioles, including Manny Machado and Zach Britton, as pending free agents after the 2018 season. "Everybody would do that if it worked that way. I think the thing is [that] they know I'm here throughout next year. There's nothing I can do about that part, but beyond that, it's up to them."

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O's get unlucky break with Tropicana catwalk

Infield single opens door to two runs in the 4th

O's get unlucky break with Tropicana catwalk

ST. PETERSBURG -- Baseball luck has certainly not gone the Orioles' way for the past few weeks as Baltimore -- once a Wild Card hopeful -- has struggled mightily in September. And while there were plenty of other runs scored and opportunities lost in Friday's 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay, a fourth-inning ruling showed manager Buck Showalter's frustration and was indicative of the team's tough luck the final month.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cesar Puello gave the Rays a leadoff runner on a high popup over by third base that ricocheted off of the Tropicana Field catwalk. The ball, which came off of O's starter Wade Miley, hit the stairway between two rings and was ruled to be an infield single.

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Miley, 'pen struggle as catwalk comes into play

Miley, 'pen struggle as catwalk comes into play

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays played like a team still in the playoff hunt while taking a 7-0 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

Both teams were recently eliminated from playoff contention, leaving the American League East rivals to play a three-game series this weekend with little on the line other than pride. That seemed to be ample motivation for the Rays, who played one of their better games of late.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Machado, rotation among offseason questions

Machado, rotation among offseason questions

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will wrap up 2017 with plenty of questions surrounding their rotation, lineup and even front-office personnel, making '18 an intriguing -- and potentially game-changing -- year for an organization that is nearing a crossroads.

While this list is by no means exhaustive and subject to change in the offseason, here are five of the biggest questions for the O's right now looking ahead to next spring.

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O's can't slow Bucs despite 3-run 2nd frame

O's can't slow Bucs despite 3-run 2nd frame

PITTSBURGH -- During their home finale on Wednesday night, the Pirates and fans at PNC Park recognized parts of Pittsburgh's past and present. There were video tributes for former infielder Pedro Alvarez and retiring broadcaster Kent Tekulve, and extended ovations for Andrew McCutchen. But their first baseman of the future made his mark, too, as Josh Bell went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Bucs to a 5-3 win over the Orioles.

Bell singled in a run in the first inning off O's right-hander Gabriel Ynoa and crushed his 25th homer to right-center field in the third, a two-run shot that gave the Pirates a one-run lead. Gregory Polanco also homered, and Starling Marte legged out an infield single to secure a seventh-inning insurance run. Bell is one shy of Jason Bay's franchise home run mark for a rookie (26 in 2004).

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Bob Cohn is a contributor to MLB.com based in Pittsburgh and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Alvarez enjoys ovation in return to PNC Park

Orioles first baseman logs 2 hits, receives tribute in 1st AB

Alvarez enjoys ovation in return to PNC Park

PITTSBURGH -- Throughout the years of long home runs, the streaks and slumps, Pedro Alvarez had a complicated relationship with Pirates fans.

"El Toro" returned to PNC Park for the first time on Tuesday with the Orioles, but he did not play. In Wednesday night's 5-3 loss, Alvarez started at first base and hit cleanup, logging two singles in four at-bats with a run scored. On defense, he started a nifty 3-6-3 double play that wiped out a potentially big first inning for the Bucs.

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Davis homers, but O's drop opener to Bucs

Davis homers, but O's drop opener to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- For all Andrew McCutchen has accomplished the last nine years as the face of the Pirates' franchise, he had never had a night like Tuesday.

McCutchen hit his first career grand slam and homered again in the sixth, driving in a career-high eight runs as the Pirates cruised to a 10-1 win over the Orioles at PNC Park. McCutchen received two curtain calls, a separate standing ovation as he left the game and a pair of showers as outfielders Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte emptied coolers over his head after the game.

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Paul Hagen

'Streak' takes in-depth look at Gehrig, Ripken

'Streak' takes in-depth look at Gehrig, Ripken

It's been more than 20 years since Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game. That, in turn, was a mark that had stood for nearly six decades.

After all this time, then, what more is there to say about two of the most iconic players in baseball history? What's left to be written about two of the sport's most scrutinized Hall of Famers?

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Paul Hagen, a reporter for MLB.com, won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2013 for a lifetime of excellence in baseball writing. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs' Bradley, O's Bundy share unique bond

Friendship of pitchers from Oklahoma has evolved alongside MLB careers

D-backs' Bradley, O's Bundy share unique bond

Archie Bradley wasn't sure if this moment would ever come.

You see, all his life Bradley has been a winner. He was the starting quarterback, the baseball star at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High School, an All-America selection after his junior season and a University of Oklahoma commit to play football and baseball.

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Brittany Ghiroli has worked for MLB.com since 2010. Steve Gilbert contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Baltimore spend in the offseason?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli fields Orioles fans' questions

Inbox: Will Baltimore spend in the offseason?

BALTIMORE -- As the 2017 regular season winds down, the Orioles have a lot of looming questions heading into '18. Let's look at some of the biggest ones right now …

Is this team going to go out and spend this offseason?
-- Tim H., Baltimore

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Last hurrah? Hardy heralded in home farewell

Last hurrah? Hardy heralded in home farewell

BALTIMORE -- To evaluate what shortstop J.J. Hardy has done for the Baltimore Orioles, you have to go beyond the box scores. You have to look past Hardy's sure glove, his place in the club's all-time rankings -- which has him second in homers among shortstops and third in RBIs and games played -- and take an even closer look.

He is the captain of the infield, the inquisitive mind that pipes up in team meetings and makes even the ultra-prepared Orioles manager Buck Showalter wonder if he's missed something. He is giving Showalter his thoughts on the Gold Glove candidates' seasons, telling Most Valuable Oriole Jonathan Schoop a few years back to focus more on playing every day than on individual stats. He is showing then-rookie third baseman Manny Machado to make tough plays look easy, and to never let his defense go into a slump.

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Hardy, O's close at Camden on a high note

Hardy, O's close at Camden on a high note

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy hit a two-run home run in what was likely the last home game of his seven-year Orioles career, and rookie Chance Sisco added a two-run shot to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 9-4 win over the Rays on Sunday.

With the loss, the Rays fell six games back in the American League Wild Card race with six games to play.

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Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Orioles on Sunday.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Rays on Sunday.

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Hellickson holds his own against former team

Hellickson holds his own against former team

BALTIMORE -- For five seasons, Jeremy Hellickson was a mainstay in the Tampa Bay Rays' starting rotation. After the 2014 season, despite going 40-36 wtih a 3.78 ERA and pitching in two postseasons, Hellickson was traded to the Diamondbacks.

Two trades later, the 30-year-old is back in the American League East, and on Saturday pitched against the Rays for the first time in the Orioles' 9-6 loss.

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O's eliminated despite 9th-inning rally vs. Rays

O's eliminated despite 9th-inning rally vs. Rays

BALTIMORE -- Jake Odorizzi tossed the Rays' sixth consecutive quality start and the bullpen survived a late scare in a 9-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night at Camden Yards.

The Rays' win, combined with a Twins' victory earlier in the night, mathematically eliminated the Orioles from postseason contention. The Rays remain five games back from the second American League Wild Card spot.

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O's Baby! Tiny tot steals limelight

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O's Baby! Tiny tot steals limelight

If you've ever wondered what you look like during a frenzied moment of action on the field -- your face going from nervous trepidation to over-excited exuberance -- wonder no more. For we have this Orioles baby: 

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Davis hits 25th, but Jimenez struggles in loss

Davis hits 25th, but Jimenez struggles in loss

BALTIMORE -- Led by Wilson Ramos' grand slam and Evan Longoria's homer -- which tied the club record for home runs -- the Rays powered their way to Friday's 8-3 series-evening win over the Orioles.

After loading the bases on struggling Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, Ramos clobbered the first pitch he saw in the top of the second inning to put Tampa Bay up 4-0. Ramos' blast had an exit velocity of 108.7 mph and sailed 439 feet, according to Statcast™. The homer was his hardest-hit ball of the season and his longest homer.

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After good start, inconsistency hits Jimenez

Friday's outing a microcosm of tenure with club

After good start, inconsistency hits Jimenez

BALTIMORE -- Whether it was the last game Ubaldo Jimenez ever starts for the Orioles, no one was certain. But Friday's 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays -- the home finale for the inconsistent righty -- was a microcosm of Jimenez's entire four-year stretch in Baltimore.

He was completely lights-out in the first inning, breezing through a nine-pitch 1-2-3 frame. In the second, Jimenez loaded the bases and served up a grand slam to Wilson Ramos. By the time the third inning had finished, the wheels had come off: Jimenez had allowed six runs to end his night.

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