Sore left knee may end Britton's season

Sore left knee may end Britton's season

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton's season has been riddled with injuries, and due to concern over his left knee, it could end early.

"He's felt it all along, really, the last three years," manager Buck Showalter said of Britton's lingering knee problems. "It's nothing that we think is going to require any kind of surgery. It should heal itself in the offseason."

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Joshua Needelman is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gausman hitting his stride down stretch

Gausman hitting his stride down stretch

BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles' playoff hopes fade to a flicker, there haven't been many bright spots over the past two weeks. However, the resurgence of right-hander Kevin Gausman is one of them.

Gausman, the Orioles' best starter down the stretch last season, continued his strong march to the finish line this year, holding Boston scoreless over eight innings in Baltimore's 1-0 loss in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

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Orioles edged out by Sox in 11 innings

Orioles edged out by Sox in 11 innings

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox have won every which way in extra innings this season. And on Tuesday, they didn't even need a ball to leave the infield in the rally that propelled them to a 1-0, 11-inning victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Orioles reliever Brad Brach, who had pinned his team in a bases-loaded situation by walking Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts, uncorked a wild pitch. Jackie Bradley Jr. raced home with the first -- and only --- run of the game. The Red Sox improved to 15-3 in extras and tied a franchise record set in 1943 for the most extra-inning wins in one season.

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O's not planning to shut Bundy down for '17

Young righty endures 2nd rough outing in past 3 starts

O's not planning to shut Bundy down for '17

BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy said he let one inning slip away in Monday's 10-8, 11-inning loss against the Red Sox. And that could very well be the case.

Still, as the Orioles righty hits 169 2/3 innings in his first full season in a big league rotation, it's fair to wonder how many more starts the O's plan on giving Bundy.

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Orioles on losing end of wild, 11-inning affair

Orioles on losing end of wild, 11-inning affair

BALTIMORE -- First, there was the comeback. Then there was the letdown. And then there was one last surge back by the Red Sox, who once again demonstrated their resilience with a 10-8, 11-inning victory over the Orioles on Monday night at Camden Yards.

Andrew Benintendi belted a two-out, two-run single to right off Orioles reliever Miguel Castro for the go-ahead hit -- the one that finally stood up in this back-and-forth contest.

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O's mourn death of farmhand Gonzalez

O's mourn death of farmhand Gonzalez

The Orioles announced the passing of Minor League pitcher Miguel Gonzalez on Monday. The 21-year-old died from injuries sustained in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday evening.

The team will honor Gonzalez with a moment of silence before Monday's home game against the Red Sox.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. Follow him on Twitter at @benweinrib. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Beckham's homer lifts O's over Yanks in finale

Beckham's homer lifts O's over Yanks in finale

NEW YORK -- After watching Aaron Judge thump his pitching staff all season, Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided that he wanted no part of him with the game on the line on Sunday afternoon, intentionally walking the rookie slugger to bring the potential winning run to the plate in the ninth inning.

Showalter's gamble paid off. Zach Britton struck out Gary Sanchez to pin two runners on, closing out the Orioles' 6-4 victory over the Yankees as Baltimore salvaged the finale of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

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Ubaldo plays stopper with 10-K effort

Ubaldo plays stopper with 10-K effort

NEW YORK -- Ubaldo Jimenez, the oft-maligned Orioles starter, came through to help Baltimore break its hex in the Bronx.

Jimenez, the only O's arm to go a full five innings in the series, struck out 10 and picked up his first win since Aug. 6 in Sunday's 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium. It marked just the second win in 11 games for the Orioles, who have dropped out of the top of the American League Wild Card race with a 2-8 road trip.

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Scott excited for next chapter after call to O's

Scott excited for next chapter after call to O's

NEW YORK -- With Double-A Bowie's season over, Tanner Scott was hanging out at home and gearing up for the upcoming Arizona Fall League when he got a phone call. It was Orioles director of player development Brian Graham telling Scott to pack his bags -- he was joining the big league club in New York.

"I was like, 'Wow, I wasn't expecting that,'" Scott said Sunday from his locker at Yankee Stadium. "I was just finishing the season and getting ready for Arizona. And the next minute I got a call, so I'm glad to be here."

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Jonathan Mayo

Sisco, Hays on list of rising prospects

Sisco, Hays on list of rising prospects

The prospect landscape is always changing, with players seeing their stock rise and fall over the course of any season. The 10 hitters listed below made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 Prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down. On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the pitchers who moved up the most.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves' No. 1/MLB No. 6
Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in the early stages of the 2017 season. He then proceeded to make the Minor Leagues look easy, going from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way up to Triple-A, all at the age of 19. After finishing with a .325/.374/.522 line to go along with 21 homers and 44 steals, Acuna should hit Atlanta at age 20.

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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.

Hays' 1st hit, HR give O's reason to smile

Outfielder follows fellow rookie Sisco with milestone knocks vs. Yankees

Hays' 1st hit, HR give O's reason to smile

NEW YORK -- As the Orioles' postseason hopes dwindle, the team's young prospects have given them something to feel good about amid a tough weekend series in the Bronx.

On the heels of catching prospect Chance Sisco collecting his first Major League hit and homer on Thursday, outfielder Austin Hays followed suit in Saturday's 9-3 loss. Hays broke through for a third-inning single and went deep for his first big league homer in his final at-bat in the ninth. The homer put the O's, who have lost nine of their last 10, on the board as part of a three-run ninth.

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Hays' big day can't bail out Hellickson, O's

Hays' big day can't bail out Hellickson, O's

NEW YORK -- Blending their rejuvenated power-hitting offense with some strong pitching, the Yankees clinched their 25th consecutive winning season while continuing to keep the heat on the Red Sox in the American League East race.

Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird hit a pair of three-run homers to support Jordan Montgomery's scoreless outing as New York secured a 9-3 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, its 11th win in 14 games.

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Ynoa handles big stage, helps case for future

Ynoa handles big stage, helps case for future

NEW YORK -- While manager Buck Showalter was clear before Friday's game that the main priority is still to win games this season, the Orioles got a good look at their potential future at Yankee Stadium.

In that vein, starter Gabriel Ynoa made a solid impression in the 8-2 loss, going 4 1/3 innings and holding the Yankees to three runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts.

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Orioles' bats can't back bullpen in Bronx

Orioles' bats can't back bullpen in Bronx

NEW YORK -- As far as the Yankees are concerned, the American League East race is far from over. New York, which manager Joe Girardi has repeatedly said is not content with the top AL Wild Card spot, used a four-RBI night from Didi Gregorius and another dominant eight-inning start from Luis Severino to win for the sixth time in seven games with Friday's 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

The win -- Girardi's 900th as Yankees manager -- kept the Yanks from losing ground on the first-place Red Sox as they try to pull off a late surge. New York remained three games behind Boston, which beat Tampa Bay in 15 innings Friday night.

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Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Top prospect Sisco notches first MLB hit, HR

Double in 7th, homer in 9th provide O's with spark in loss to Yankees

Top prospect Sisco notches first MLB hit, HR

NEW YORK -- On a night the Orioles would mostly rather forget, top prospect Chance Sisco provided a welcome glimpse of the future.

Sisco, ranked Baltimore's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, collected his first Major League hit and followed it with his first career homer in Thursday's 13-5 series-opening loss to the Yankees.

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O's outslugged after Yanks chase Miley in 1st

O's outslugged after Yanks chase Miley in 1st

NEW YORK -- The Yankees settled back in at home Thursday night. With 14 of their final 17 regular-season games set to be played at Yankee Stadium, it was time to get comfortable. It was time, as manager Joe Girardi said, to take advantage of the schedule.

"It starts tonight," Girardi said before the game.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Yankees on Thursday.

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Orioles add Santander to Fall League crew

Showalter excited to see top prospects in extended action

Orioles add Santander to Fall League crew

NEW YORK -- The Orioles want Rule 5 Draft pick Anthony Santander to extend his season, as the outfielder will play in the Arizona Fall League, manager Buck Showalter confirmed on Thursday.

"I talked to Santander today about the shoulder, elbow, how everything is going around," Showalter said of Santander, who had been on the 60-day disabled list after right shoulder surgery this spring. "Try to get my arms around that with [outfield coach Wayne Kirby] and the interpreter. 'Kirb' lives in Nevada, he's going to go out there for the Fall League.

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Gausman stops the bleeding with stellar outing

Righty strikes out six over seven innings of one-run ball vs. Blue Jays

Gausman stops the bleeding with stellar outing

TORONTO -- Kevin Gausman has made a habit of turning in shutdown outings since the midseason point. With some in-game adjustments on Wednesday night in Toronto, the right-hander halted the Orioles' six-game losing streak and continued to demonstrate the potential he offers Baltimore down the stretch.

Gausman leaned on his effective four-seam fastball for nearly two-thirds of his pitches, but it was the patience with his offspeed stuff that paid off through the middle innings.

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Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Hot (corner) topic: Arenado or Machado?

Hot (corner) topic: Arenado or Machado?

PHOENIX -- Now that D-backs right fielder J.D. Martinez and manager Torey Lovullo have worked in both leagues, they have seen third basemen Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Manny Machado of the Orioles up close and personal.

And that begs the question, which young star do they prefer: Arenado or Machado?

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's unveil '18 slate, host Twins in opener

O's unveil '18 slate, host Twins in opener

BALTIMORE -- For the second time in three years, the Orioles will host the Twins to kick off a new season. Baltimore will open the 2018 campaign at Camden Yards against Minnesota on March 29 before embarking on a seven-game road trip to Houston and New York.

Orioles' 2018 regular-season schedule

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O's snap skid behind Gausman, first-inning runs

O's snap skid behind Gausman, first-inning runs

The Orioles halted their losing streak at six games and avoided the sweep in Toronto on Wednesday night with a well-pitched 2-1 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

With the win, Baltimore remained 4 1/2 games of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race after Minnesota's victory over San Diego, and still need to leap over the Mariners, Royals, Rangers and Angels after its recent skid.

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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.

Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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O's bats negate Bundy's start, strong defense

Offensive struggles continue as Baltimore drops sixth straight game

O's bats negate Bundy's start, strong defense

TORONTO -- The Orioles' struggling offense stayed quiet on Tuesday, negating a strong outing from Dylan Bundy and some stellar defense in a 3-2 walk-off loss at Rogers Centre.

"We just haven't been able to score many runs," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "We give their pitchers all the credit they need to get, but it's kind of a two-edged sword. They're pitching well and we're not swinging the bats well."

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Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Orioles on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joseph's smash up middle avoids Koehler's legs

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Joseph's smash up middle avoids Koehler's legs

The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays, 4-3, on Monday, but catcher Caleb Joseph hit a baseball where he's probably never (or never will) hit one.

Batting in the top of the seventh against Tom Koehler, Joseph had the perfect chance to bring the Orioles closer with a runner on second in a 4-2 game. He came through, but he hit the ball so hard that it almost ricocheted off Koehler as it sailed up the middle.

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Britton's blown save gives O's 6th straight loss

Britton's blown save gives O's 6th straight loss

TORONTO -- The Orioles have fallen flat at the most inopportune time, extending their recent skid to six games on Saturday night at Rogers Centre, as closer Zach Britton blew a save and the Blue Jays walked it off for a 3-2 win.

Kevin Pillar walked to lead off the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on a Teoscar Hernandez single. Catcher Luke Maile drove home the tying run with a sharp grounder that just got away from Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, before rookie shortstop Richard Urena hit a well-struck line drive up the middle to end it.

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Keegan Matheson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Toronto who covered the Orioles on Tuesday.

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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O's WC hopes take hit with fifth straight loss

O's WC hopes take hit with fifth straight loss

TORONTO -- The Orioles dropped their fifth consecutive game Monday night at Rogers Centre, a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays as their path to the postseason continues to grow more difficult.

With the loss, the O's are 3 1/2 games behind the Twins, who hold the second American League Wild Card spot.

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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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Castillo exits with contusion on foul tip

O's catcher undergoes tests to determine extent of injury

Castillo exits with contusion on foul tip

TORONTO - Orioles catcher Welington Castillo exited Monday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays after one inning with a contusion and was later taken to a local hospital for further testing.

In the bottom of the first, Castillo was struck by a hard foul ball by Miguel Montero in the groin area. Castillo was down on his knees while manager Buck Showalter and an Orioles trainer came out of the dugout, but Castillo caught the rest of the inning.

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Gentry back, but limited to pinch-running

O's outfielder unable to hit, play field due to fractured finger

Gentry back, but limited to pinch-running

TORONTO -- The Orioles will have outfielder Craig Gentry available Tuesday for the second game of the series against the Blue Jays, manager Buck Showalter said before Monday's 4-3 loss at Rogers Centre.

"He's flying [Monday night], he'll be activated [Tuesday]," Showalter said. "He's still not able to throw or hit."

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