Gausman stung by long ball in solid outing

O's righty allows 2 solo shots as offense comes up empty

Gausman stung by long ball in solid outing

HOUSTON -- Orioles starter Kevin Gausman pitched well. The Astros were just better.

Through Gausman's 6 2/3 innings, he held the Astros to eight hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts and zero walks in a 2-0 loss at Minute Maid Park. Both runs came on homers, the first by Houston's No. 9-hole hitter Jake Marisnick and the second to Carlos Beltran, who connected on his second career homer against Gausman.

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O's offense silenced by Musgrove, Astros

O's offense silenced by Musgrove, Astros

HOUSTON -- Coming off perhaps the worst start of his young career, Astros right-hander Joe Musgrove delivered his best Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Musgrove allowed four hits and didn't walk a batter in seven scoreless innings and got some clutch relief pitching in the eighth inning from Chris Devenski to lead the Astros to their fourth win in five games, 2-0, over the Orioles.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston and covered the Orioles on Friday.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV will be offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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Asher replacing Ubaldo in Orioles' rotation

Showalter hopes Jimenez can find form working out of 'pen

Asher replacing Ubaldo in Orioles' rotation

HOUSTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter figures Ubaldo Jimenez will find a beneficial chance to recalibrate pitching success from the bullpen.

Jimenez has allowed 15 earned runs in his last three starts, provoking Showalter and the Orioles to send him to the bullpen and swap Alec Asher in as Sunday's starter against the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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Miley, Orioles set to face Astros ace Keuchel

Miley, Orioles set to face Astros ace Keuchel

After 10 days on the disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck, the Astros' ace lefty, Dallas Keuchel, is expected to return Saturday against the Orioles in Minute Maid Park, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. CT.

Keuchel's catcher, Brian McCann, will also be activated from a stint on the seven-day concussion disabled list, retroactive to last Saturday.

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Quartet of O's exceeding expectations

Castillo, Mancini, Asher, Castro making impact this season

Quartet of O's exceeding expectations

BALTIMORE -- Despite the Orioles losing 10 of their past 13 games, there's still been plenty to feel good about regarding the season's first two months.

Here are four guys who are exceeding expectations and looking at whether they can keep it up over the 162-game grind.

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Mountcastle belts trio of homers for Frederick

Orioles' No. 4 prospect follows teammate Hays' feat two days later

Mountcastle belts trio of homers for Frederick

The Class A Advanced Frederick Keys have been busy updating the record books this week.

Just two days after Austin Hays became the first Keys player to hit three homers in a game, Ryan Mountcastle became the second as he finished 4-for-4 with three homers, four runs scored and three RBIs in Frederick's 9-5 win over Buies Creek.

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O's fan caught a foul ball, gave it to his son

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O's fan caught a foul ball, gave it to his son

Parents always say that a transformation occurs once they have a child -- their entire existence, suddenly, takes place in the service of their kid.

During his team's 4-3 loss to the Twins, this Orioles fan showed that he would go to great lengths for his son:

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O's look to bounce back after tough homestand

Baltimore swept by Twins to conclude 2-4 stretch at Camden Yards

O's look to bounce back after tough homestand

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have been in a funk the past two weeks, and the team's frustrating stretch was on full display in Wednesday's 4-3 series-sweeping loss to the Twins.

The loss, the O's 10th in 13 games, marked Baltimore's first losing homestand (2-4) this year. It also continued to highlight the team's trouble to get both the offense and pitching clicking in the same game. After a 15-8 April that exceeded most people's expectations, May has been a month full of challenges.

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Hays hits three straight homers for Frederick

Orioles' No. 7 prospect goes deep in first three trips to the plate

Hays hits three straight homers for Frederick

Austin Hays entered Class A Advanced Frederick's record books on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first player in Keys history to hit three homers in a single game.

Making the Orioles' No. 7 prospect's feat was even more impressive was that he accomplished it in his first three at-bats in Game 1 of a doubleheader, a seven-inning contest, against Potomac. However, not even Hays' big game could keep Frederick from falling to the P-Nats, who scored seven runs in the fifth inning en route to an 11-7 victory.

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Trio of HRs not enough as O's fall in finale

Trio of HRs not enough as O's fall in finale

BALTIMORE -- The Twins scored four runs in the first two innings and held on for a 4-3 win, completing an impressive series sweep over the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon at Camden Yards.

The victory keeps Minnesota (25-18) in first place in the American League Central as it cruises along with four consecutive wins and its second three-game sweep of the season. Baltimore, which suffered its first losing homestand at 2-4, has dropped 10 of its past 13 games.

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

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O's claim Sardinas off waivers from Padres

O's claim Sardinas off waivers from Padres

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Wednesday afternoon that they claimed infielder Luis Sardinas off waivers from the Padres.

Sardinas, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, has a .163 average and one RBI in 49 at-bats. He was bumped off the Padres' roster when they claimed infielder Chase d'Arnaud from the Red Sox. The 24-year-old switch-hitter, who is from Venezuela, is a career .229 hitter in parts of four seasons in the Majors.

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Bundy's consistency a boon to Orioles

Starter fans 7 over 7 frames in ninth quality start of season

Bundy's consistency a boon to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- A year ago, Dylan Bundy wasn't even in the Orioles' starting rotation. Now, it's tough to imagine where they'd be without him.

Sure, the O's weren't able to capitalize on the righty's latest quality start, a seven-inning outing that ended as a loss in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by the Twins. But on the heels of a bullpen-crushing four-inning outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, plus the O's pitching scuffles as a whole this month, Bundy remains rock solid.

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O's offense can't back Bundy's 7 K's

O's offense can't back Bundy's 7 K's

BALTIMORE -- The Twins used a dominating shutout effort from road warrior Ervin Santana to keep rolling, edging the Orioles, 2-0, in Tuesday's series-clinching win at Camden Yards for their fifth win in six games.

Minnesota, which improved to 13-5 on the road this season and entered the day trailing only Houston for the best road winning percentage in baseball, ensured it would remain alone atop the American League Central with the win. The O's -- who entered the day with an MLB-best .750 home winning percentage -- suffered their third consecutive loss at Camden Yards.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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O's keeping rotation options open

Jimenez scheduled to start Sunday, but Showalter planning to re-evaluate

O's keeping rotation options open

BALTIMORE -- Ubaldo Jimenez's next scheduled start is Sunday, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will continue to go day by day with the rotation. They will evaluate where they are when the struggling righty's turn comes up next.

"I'm going to give these guys an extra day with the off-day [on Thursday] every chance we get," Showalter said of the rotation. "We will see what happens when we get there [to Sunday]. That's when he's scheduled to start again. But I'm going to keep [Kevin] Gausman and Dylan [Bundy] on that extra day with the off-day."

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#ASGWorthy Jones hammers historic HR

O's slugger sets Camden Yards record with 125th round-tripper

#ASGWorthy Jones hammers historic HR

BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is the new home run leader at Camden Yards.

In a 14-7 loss to the Twins on Monday night, Jones' two-out, three-run homer off Kyle Gibson capped a five-run second inning and gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead, solidifying the outfielder's spot up top.

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Hardy doubles after ball lands on top of bag

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Hardy doubles after ball lands on top of bag

At first, J.J. Hardy's fourth-inning at-bat against the Twins on Monday night didn't seem particularly impressive. Facing Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, Hardy chopped one softly down the third-base line. Miguel Sano easily got behind the ball, and it looked like an easy out.

Ah, but that was exactly what Hardy wanted them to think.

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Jones homers, but pitching can't stop Twins

Jones homers, but pitching can't stop Twins

BALTIMORE -- The Twins roared back from a five-run deficit, led by Max Kepler's homer and four-RBI night, en route to totaling a season-high 21-hit output and cruising past the Orioles, 14-7, on Monday night at Camden Yards.

The series-opening win ensured the Twins would remain atop the American League Central for another night.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Ubaldo, 'pen giving O's cause for concern

Righty yet to get on track, gives up big lead in loss

Ubaldo, 'pen giving O's cause for concern

BALTIMORE -- Ugly. There was no other way to put Monday night for the Orioles, who watched a five-run second inning lead over the Twins morph into a 14-7 series-opening loss -- one of their largest margins of defeat this season -- that put their pitching woes on full display.

While the O's pitching exceeded expectations most of April, Monday's game was another reminder of their issues, both in the rotation and bullpen, at a time when the offense is starting to come alive.

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Wilson replaces Castro in O's bullpen

Wilson replaces Castro in O's bullpen

BALTIMORE-- Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's game against the Twins, adding a fresh arm to the bullpen.

Scratched from his most recent Triple-A game, Wilson is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six games (one start) with the O's this season. He had a 4.87 ERA in four starts with the Tides.

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In loss, Miley still finds one of his best outings

In loss, Miley still finds one of his best outings

BALTIMORE -- Despite a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Sunday, Orioles starter Wade Miley had one of his best outings of the 2017 season.

Miley went seven innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs. The lefty's only mistake of the afternoon followed a two-out error in the first inning by Jonathan Schoop, when Devon Travis drove the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats for a three-run home run.

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Hays makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Hays 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 features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Jones, Miley strong, but O's fall short vs. Jays

Jones, Miley strong, but O's fall short vs. Jays

BALTIMORE -- Marco Estrada demonstrated pure dominance in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. The Blue Jays' righty struck out a career-high 12 batters in Toronto's 3-1 victory.

Estrada (3-2) held the red-hot Baltimore offense to five hits, allowing just one run through 7 2/3 innings. It was the first time the Orioles have been held to less than two runs since May 7.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Flaherty heads to DL; O's call up Janish

Flaherty heads to DL; O's call up Janish

BALTIMORE -- Paul Janish joined the Orioles on Sunday to replace Ryan Flaherty, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis prior to the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Flaherty played in two games at Detroit last week, but did not see the field Friday or Saturday. The infielder is hitting 233 with three RBIs this season.

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Castillo seals O's win with another late HR

Castillo seals O's win with another late HR

BALTIMORE -- The "beef" chants at Camden Yards are unmistakable. And at this point, they're hard to stop.

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Friday night's hero with a walk-off homer, delivered the big blow again for Baltimore with a three-run go ahead shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Showalter comfortable with one lefty in 'pen

Bleier is only southpaw available in relief vs. Blue Jays

Showalter comfortable with one lefty in 'pen

BALTIMORE -- An overused bullpen has led to a lot of transactions for the Orioles in the first quarter of the season. Baltimore now is left with just one left-handed reliever on the active roster, but manager Buck Showalter is fine with that, for now, given the club's upcoming matchups.

"We did it because the teams we are playing," Showalter said. "The team we just got through playing, how right-handed [the Tigers] are and how right-handed [Toronto] is. We are in a position to make some adjustments if we get into more left-handed dominated teams."

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O's acquire pitcher Katz from White Sox

O's acquire pitcher Katz from White Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Alex Katz from the White Sox on Saturday afternoon in exchange for international signing bonus slots Nos. 45 and 75.

Katz has posted a 3.09 ERA -- allowing 35 ER over 102 innings with 114 strikeouts -- over 62 career Minor League games. He will be assigned to Class A Advanced Frederick.

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Castillo on an #ASGWorthy tear since return

Castillo on an #ASGWorthy tear since return

BALTIMORE -- Perhaps the rest did him well. Or maybe he's been able to channel the nerves of being with a new team. Whatever the cause, Welington Castillo has been on fire since returning from the disabled list.

The Orioles' backstop, signed this winter to replace longtime catcher Matt Wieters, homered twice and delivered the first walk-off homer of his career -- at any level -- in Friday's 5-3, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays.

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