ARLINGTON -- The Rangers maintained their grip on the second Wild Card playoff spot in the American League on Saturday night, while the Orioles continued to slide in the other direction.
Bobby Wilson's RBI double put the Rangers ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Globe Life Park. The Rangers, with their third straight win, have a 1 1/2-game lead for that second spot; the Orioles, with their ninth loss in the last 10 games, are now 4 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race.
ARLINGTON -- Three has been a troublesome number for the Orioles, with all nine of their losses in the past 10 games coming when the offense has scored three runs or fewer.
That offensive frustration was on full display in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Texas, in which Baltimore went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, dropping to 9-50 when they score three runs or fewer.
ARLINGTON -- Dariel Alvarez collected his first Major League hit in the fifth inning of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, delivering a one-out double off Texas starter Martin Perez. His double came in his second at-bat on Saturday as part of a three-run fifth that saw Baltimore tie the score.
Alvarez, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
ARLINGTON -- A good portion of the Orioles' clubhouse was captivated on Saturday afternoon as they watched Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pa. -- about 70 miles north of Camden Yards -- complete a 3-2 victory over Texas to advance to the Little League World Series championship.
Baltimore has been eagerly following the York County club, sending the players messages of encouragement throughout their playoff run. Manager Buck Showalter and third baseman Manny Machado spoke with the team on Friday.
Orioles send Gonzalez to hill for finale vs. Rangers
By Brittany Ghiroli
The Orioles and Rangers will conclude their three-game series on Sunday afternoon as Texas tries to stay hot and Baltimore looks to end an already sub-.500 road trip on a positive note.
Left-hander Derek Holland will get the start for the Rangers, his fourth start since coming off the disabled list. He missed four months with a strained muscle in his left shoulder, and is 4-2 with a 3.60 ERA in seven games (six starts) against the Orioles for his career.
ARLINGTON -- There was that arm everyone had raved about.
Outfielder Dariel Alvarez, who made his Major League debut for the Orioles in Friday's 4-1 loss to Texas, has critics when it comes to his offense. But his defense -- particularly that fantastic arm -- has gotten raves at every level from inside the organization and out, and he wasted no time showing why.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels had one shaky inning of control issues but was otherwise brilliant, holding the Orioles to two hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory on Friday night.
The Rangers' victory was their 11th in their last 15 games, and they remain a half-game ahead of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race. The Orioles have lost eight of their last nine and are now 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers.
ARLINGTON -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was with the team in Texas on Friday, joining reliever Chaz Roe as the two rehabbing Orioles move closer to a return.
Hardy, sidelined with a strained left groin, received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in Baltimore earlier in the week and is doing light baseball activities for now. He will try to test things without doing too much and risking a setback. Running will be one of the biggest obstacles.
KANSAS CITY -- Adam Jones exited Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Royals in the top of the third inning after running into the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium and suffering some concussion-like symptoms.
"His vision was a little [blurred]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. " … Most of it was whiplash. I don't think there's any head trauma concussion-wise. Dr. [Keith] Meister will take a look at him in Texas tomorrow, and we'll see where we are with it. Any time Adam says anything is bothering him, you better multiply it times two, because he's a tough nut."
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Brittany Ghiroli
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist's double in the bottom of the first.
KANSAS CITY -- Paul Janish didn't start Thursday's game, but he was still one of few Orioles' bright spots in Thursday's 5-3 series loss to the Royals.
Janish, who entered the game in the top of the third inning to bat for the injured Adam Jones, gave Baltimore its first hit off starter Yordano Ventura. He also had a leadoff single in the sixth, accounting for both of the O's hits over Ventura's six innings.
KANSAS CITY -- Nolan Reimold has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced Thursday.
Reimold was designated for assignment on Monday and is a candidate to be added to the O's roster for September expansion. The 31-year-old outfielder was batting .227/.306/.340 in 108 plate appearances this season with Baltimore.
KANSAS CITY -- Jonathan Schoop has hit some big home runs for the Orioles this season.
On Wednesday night, Schoop once again came through in the clutch, hitting a towering two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead -- in an eventual 8-5 win over the Royals -- and also put him second among baseball's leaders in home-run distance.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Brittany Ghiroli
KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen threw 6 2/3 serviceable innings, giving up just three runs, and the Orioles' offense belted five home runs in an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
The Orioles snapped a season-long six-game losing streak, while the Royals lost for just the third time in 12 games.
KANSAS CITY -- Orioles top prospect Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen on Thursday as the right-hander continues to rehab back from a series of injuries that have kept him from appearing in a Minor League game all year.
Harvey sustained a fractured fibula after taking a ball off his right ankle in late March. He worked his way back to extended spring after that, but elbow tightness in a rehab outing in May shelved him again. He threw his first bullpen last Thursday and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the hope is Harvey will be healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
Robinson, Hoiles, Martinez attend Baltimore Play Ball event
By Andrew Simon
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles were playing on the road on Wednesday, but about a mile west of Camden Yards, the sounds of baseball were in the air.
More than 300 local children were hitting, pitching, running and fielding at Baltimore's Carroll Park as part of the city's Play Ball Month event. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were in attendance, and the participants received instruction from the likes of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and fellow former Orioles Chris Hoiles and Tippy Martinez.
KANSAS CITY -- The frustrating season for Miguel Gonzalez continued on Tuesday night.
The right-hander turned in an all-too-familiar short start, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and giving up an early tone-setting homer in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Royals, which saw his season ERA climb to 4.78 in the process.
KANSAS CITY -- Former All-Star closer Chris Perez has retired from baseball.
Perez, whose retirement was listed on Triple-A Norfolk's transaction page a few days ago, was working out at the Orioles' spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., as he served a 50-game suspension for use of a drug of abuse.
KANSAS CITY -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will not join the team in Kansas City. He will instead stay in Baltimore to receive a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Thursday for his left groin injury.
Hardy could meet the team in Texas this weekend, but that's uncertain as manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that Hardy will "be pretty sore" after the injection. The news does not change Hardy's timeline and the Orioles are still hoping he will be ready when his 15-day disabled list period is up on Sept. 8.
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Tuesday night's game against the Royals, placing catcher Steve Clevenger on the paternity list for the next three days.
Clevenger left the team after Monday night's 8-3 loss and welcomed a baby girl, Peyton Lee, with his wife Tiffany at 1:09 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It is the couple's first child together.
Orioles No. 10 prospect allows one hit in seven frames for Class A Advanced Frederick
By Alex M. Smith
It took him 31 pro starts, but Orioles No. 10 prospect David Hess worked through his first career complete game on Tuesday afternoon.
The 22-year-old right-hander out of Tennesssee Tech delivered seven innings of one-hit ball for Class A Advanced Frederick in the first game of the Keys' doubleheader. Hess' near perfect performance included one walk and five strikeouts as Frederick took down Potomac, 4-0.
By Jeffrey Flanagan and Brittany Ghiroli
KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Kris Medlen, making his first regular-season start since Sept. 27, 2013, threw six strong innings and the Royals' offense rose up to score seven runs in the sixth inning -- all with two out -- en route to an 8-3 win over the slumping Orioles on Monday night.
The Royals, whose lead in the American League Central is now 13 games, won for the third straight time while the Orioles lost their fifth in a row, matching a season high. The Royals' magic number dropped to 26.
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves before Monday's game against the Royals, most notably placing shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list.
Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the 15-day DL and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. To create a roster spot, the O's designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
Machado boots costly play at shortstop in loss to Twins
By Ben Standig
Special to MLB.com |
BALTIMORE -- Entering Sunday, the Orioles had not been swept at home during a four-game series since 2008, and Manny Machado had never played shortstop in the Majors. Those two random items intersected nastily for the reeling club.
BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy toughed out another nine innings Saturday night despite lingering groin discomfort. On Sunday, the Orioles shortstop was given rest -- until the ninth inning.
Hardy, who was out of the starting lineup for the finale of a four-game series against the Twins, entered as a defensive replacement with the Orioles holding a one-run lead. After closer Zach Britton allowed a game-tying run to force extras, Hardy notched an infield single to shortstop in the 11th, giving way to pinch-runner Jimmy Paredes.