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 spends 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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Jimenez set to square off vs. McHugh in rubber match

Jimenez set to square off vs. McHugh in rubber match

The Orioles and Astros will play their last game at Camden Yards this season on Wednesday before Houston hosts Baltimore for a four-game series next week.

Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 2.82) will be on the mound for the Orioles and is coming off a start against the Marlins where he pitched only four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and one walk in a no-decision. Jimenez will go for his second win in May.

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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.

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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