Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

BALTIMORE -- A struggling Orioles offense got a huge lift from Chris Davis Wednesday night as the slugger homered twice to power Baltimore to a 5-4 victory and a series win over the Astros.

Davis turned in his first multi-homer game of the season, going deep for a two-run homer in the fourth and a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Houston reliever Tony Sipp after the Astros had rallied to tie the game with three runs in the seventh.

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Brian McTaggart and Brittany Ghiroli are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lightning strikes as O's Paredes steals home

Lightning strikes as O's Paredes steals home

BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Paredes made a mad dash for the plate on Wednesday and slid headfirst with the Orioles' first steal of home since Aug. 28 of last season.

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Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

Orioles slugger swings at better pitches, and it shows

Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

BALTIMORE -- Following Tuesday's loss, Chris Davis chided himself for swinging at balls outside of the zone and said one of the keys to getting the offense back on track was to be selective.

Davis heeded his own advice Wednesday night, connecting for a pair of homers to power the O's 5-4 win and a series victory over the Astros.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles, White Sox set for makeup doubleheader

Orioles, White Sox set for makeup doubleheader

The Orioles and White Sox will play a doubleheader on Thursday to make up for the games that were postponed in April because of the civil unrest going on in Baltimore at the time.

Three rookie pitchers will be showcased at Camden Yards, as the Orioles will go with starters Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50 ERA) and Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00), and Chicago will counter with Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) and Chris Beck (0-0, 0.00). Sale is the only non-rookie on the bill. The doubleheader will likely be taxing on both team's pitching staffs, but each will be awarded an extra player for the games, making it a 26-man roster.

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Orioles announce signing of Cuba's Miranda

Veteran left-hander heads to Minors, could appear in Baltimore later this season

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-14, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

Quicken sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at $1,500

Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

At this rate, you can expect to have a chance for a free mortgage payment in the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program at nearly the exact same time every Wednesday night for the rest of this season.

Remarkably, Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes stole home on a double steal in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Houston at almost the same time during an East Coast game that A.J. Pollock stole home for Arizona during a double steal the previous Wednesday at Miami.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule features a staggered rollout of 15 games from lunchtime specials through late West Coast night action, and you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since that first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league here in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

Full-time duties far off following Tommy John surgery

Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was at Camden Yards on Wednesday, a day after making his rehab debut, and said he will continue to catch on an an every-other-day basis for the foreseeable future.

Asked when he might start to progress toward being behind the plate consecutive days, Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last June and will be activated from the disabled list around June 4, said that will be based off feel.

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Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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O's designate De Aza as Flaherty returns from DL

O's designate De Aza as Flaherty returns from DL

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles reinstated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and, to clear a roster spot, designated outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

Baltimore will now have 10 days to trade, release or outright De Aza. The 31-year-old batted .214/.277/.359 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Orioles this season.

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Orioles' offense still looking for answers

Baltimore scratches across just one run in loss to Astros

Orioles' offense still looking for answers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had hoped scoring four runs in Monday's Memorial Day win would be enough to push the struggling offense over the hump. But Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros saw the bats go right back into hiding.

Baltimore had five hits, three of which belonged to Jimmy Paredes, on Tuesday and have now scored just seven runs over its last 40 innings. Take away Paredes and the O's, who have scored two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, were 2-for-25 off Houston starter Scott Feldman.

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Orioles' bats come up short against Astros

Orioles' bats come up short against Astros

BALTIMORE -- The Astros have won 30 games and May isn't over yet.

Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.

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Wieters picks up 2 hits in rehab debut

Catcher plays all 9 innings behind the plate for Double-A Bowie

Wieters picks up 2 hits in rehab debut

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters played in his first rehab game since March 17 on Tuesday in Double-A Bowie after participating in extended spring games since April.

Wieters, who went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, is tentatively set to return to the Orioles on June 4 or 5.

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Jones in tight race to earn start in AL outfield

Machado, Joseph also among leaders in All-Star voting

Jones in tight race to earn start in AL outfield

BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans can help send Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph to this summer's All-Star Game, as the trio were among the American League leaders released on Tuesday.

Jones ranks fourth among AL outfielders with 981,926 votes and Machado is also fourth among third baseman with 266,746. Joseph, who is vying for his first All-Star selection, ranks fifth among catchers in the first week of published results with 205,568.

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Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway

Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment on Tuesday.

Clevenger played in 35 games with the Orioles last season, batting .225 with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. The 29-year-old played in 27 games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2015, and hit .352 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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O's lend helping hand at Maryland Food Bank

O's lend helping hand at Maryland Food Bank

BALTIMORE -- When someone stops Brenda Scott on the sidewalk and asks for some money to get food, she generally provides them with it.

Scott, a local West Baltimore resident, has needed assistance in the past and received help from others, so she tries to reciprocate whenever possible. On Tuesday, it was the Orioles who were giving back when they paired with the Maryland Food Bank to host a food distribution event at William Pinderhughes Elementary in West Baltimore.

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Bundy's shoulder structurally sound

Bundy's shoulder structurally sound

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles got good news on one of their top pitching prospects on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy -- who was shut down with tendinitis -- does not have any structural damage in his right shoulder.

O's manager Buck Showalter said Bundy won't need an MRI or any other tests, though he will take some time off. Bundy was originally slated to start for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, but he was scratched. The Orioles are being cautious with the 22-year-old Bundy, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2013.

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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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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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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.