Gausman finds groove, shines at Camden

Righty has 1.50 home ERA after 2nd straight strong start

Gausman finds groove, shines at Camden

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman has waited a long time to get a win as a starter. He certainly deserved the 'W' on Saturday night.

Gausman fired seven impressive innings -- holding the Tigers to only Nick Castellanos' two-run homer -- in Baltimore's 6-2 victory at Camden Yards, Gausman's first in six starts this season.

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On the double: Parra impresses in O's debut

New addition starts in left field, scores in 1st-inning rally

On the double: Parra impresses in O's debut

BALTIMORE -- Welcome to Baltimore, Gerardo Parra.

Parra, the Orioles' new outfielder who was acquired for prospect Zach Davies at Friday's Trade Deadline, arrived at Camden Yards for the first time Friday night. On Saturday, Parra -- obtained from Milwaukee -- started his first career game in the American League and had a memorable debut as part of the O's 6-2 win over Detroit.

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Gausman slows Tigers as O's do the driving

Gausman slows Tigers as O's do the driving

BALTIMORE -- In a series heavy on runs, it was the Orioles who were able to finally keep things under wraps.

Baltimore got a quality seven innings from right-hander Kevin Gausman and used home runs from Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado to record a 6-2 win over the Tigers in front of a soldout crowd at Camden Yards on Saturday night. Gausman allowed only a two-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning, holding a lethal lineup to four hits.

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Tillman expected to have start pushed back

Righty scheduled for Monday, DL unlikely for ailing ankle

Tillman expected to have start pushed back

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is doubtful for his scheduled start on Monday as he is still receiving treatment on his left ankle, which was rolled on the final out of Wednesday's performance when he covered first base on a grounder to first.

"He's not going to pitch Monday, more than likely, because he hasn't taken a work day," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday. "So, there's two parts of it. One, you test it on a work day, and two, you see if it blows back up again. He doesn't have a whole lot of swelling. He's getting better every day, so I don't see it as a DL thing if we get to Wednesday or something like that and Monday doesn't happen. I still hold out hope he comes in [Sunday and says] 'This feels great, let's go.'"

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O's size up Tigers' new prize in series finale

O's size up Tigers' new prize in series finale

The Tigers traded David Price on Thursday with an eye toward the future. On Sunday, the future arrives for the centerpiece of the deal, with top pitching prospect Daniel Norris making the start against the Orioles in the finale of a four-game series.

It'll actually be Norris' sixth start in the Majors this season, and his 11th career big league appearance. He made the Blue Jays' rotation out of Spring Training and stayed there until the end of April, when inconsistency and high pitch count -- he threw 78 pitches over three scoreless innings in his last start April 30 -- led him back to Triple-A Buffalo. He had similar outings there, mixed in with superb outings, resulting in a 3-10 record and 4.27 ERA.

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Orioles send Wright to DL with calf strain

Right-hander Rondon called up to take spot in bullpen

Orioles send Wright to DL with calf strain

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed Mike Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain prior to Saturday's game, recalling reliever Jorge Rondon in his place.

Wright exited Friday's game in the top of the fifth inning with what was initially called a calf cramp, but it was deemed serious enough to warrant an MRI on Saturday.

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Givens recalled, collects first MLB win

Pitching prospect holds Tigers scoreless over 1 2/3 innings

Givens recalled, collects first MLB win

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton said the biggest adjustment Mychal Givens was going to have to make in the Majors was to not treat it like an audition, but to be effective for a winning team.

Givens -- who was recalled from Double-A Bowie on Friday after the Orioles designated Bud Norris for assignment -- was indeed effective in the Orioles' 8-7 victory on Friday night as he picked up his first Major League win against the Tigers.

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Parra arrives with eyes on playoff push

O's acquired outfielder in Trade Deadline deal from Brewers

Parra arrives with eyes on playoff push

BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Gerardo Parra entered Camden Yards for the first time in the second inning, all smiles and stopping to introduce himself to new teammates and coaches in the Orioles' home dugout.

"I feel happy," said Parra, who was acquired earlier in the day and had a front-row seat to the Orioles' 8-7 win over the Tigers. "Everyone put their hand in for me and said hi, and I'm happy we got the win, it's a first-day win. [My mindset is] just come in positive, play every day hard and make the playoffs."

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Orioles roar back, rally from 6-run deficit

Orioles roar back, rally from 6-run deficit

BALTIMORE -- A night after coming within one run of a comeback victory, the Orioles were able to overcome a six-run deficit on Friday night to top the Tigers, 8-7, at Camden Yards.

Detroit chased a Baltimore starter after 3 1/3 innings for the second night in a row, this time at the expense of Wei-Yin Chen. The Tigers collected 10 hits and six runs off the lefty, including a two-run long ball from J.D. Martinez in the third inning, and back-to-back homers from James McCann and Jefry Marte in the fourth.

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Orioles add outfielder Parra from Brewers

Two-time Gold Glove Award winner swinging hot bat

Orioles add outfielder Parra from Brewers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies hours before today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. To open a roster spot for Parra, the Orioles designated outfielder Chris Parmelee for for assignment.

"We're real happy and excited that we were able to pick up Parra. He's one of the top hitters in the National League this year, and he fits the profile of an everyday position player for us," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "Two-time Gold Glover, he can hit against left- and right-handed pitching, and he's very good at getting on base. He's got some really good numbers at the top of the order. He's a good setup hitter and a good defender to play in the field. That should keep our defense strong, help our pitching, and his presence at the top of the lineup should be real additive. That's an ingredient that we've been missing, and we're glad to have him join us."

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Means tosses 7-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva

Orioles No. 29 prospect throws a 7-inning no-no for Class A Delmarva

Means tosses 7-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva

John Means tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva on Friday evening.

The Orioles' No. 29 prospect on the revamped Top 30 Rankings had not thrown a complete game in 29 previous starts, but he only needed 78 pitches -- including 57 strikes -- to sit down 21 straight Charleston hitters and win the first half of the teams' doubleheader, 4-0.

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Hunter jokes with O's before, after trade

Reliever sent to Cubs at Deadline for outfielder Lake

Hunter jokes with O's before, after trade

BALTIMORE -- Tommy Hunter was joking with reporters around Friday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, making a beeline for manager Buck Showalter's locker only to turn around and burst out laughing at reporters' reactions.

Several minutes later, the joke became reality as news broke on social media that Hunter was headed to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Minor League outfielder Junior Lake.

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Norris designated but confident in abilities

Orioles open spot for Parra; right-hander awaits next step

Norris designated but confident in abilities

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated Bud Norris for assignment on Friday, clearing a roster spot for new outfielder Gerardo Parra and cutting ties with one of their best starters during last year's American League Championship Series run.

"I never got my mind right, and I'm physically still getting back to where I need to be," said Norris, who pitched to a 6.79 ERA before being moved to the bullpen. "I know what I'm capable of. I want to get back to pitching and helping somebody. What happened in 2014 I won't forget, and I will take it with me forever."

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O's power rally comes up short vs. Tigers

O's power rally comes up short vs. Tigers

BALTIMORE -- The Tigers exploded for 16 hits on Thursday night in a 9-8 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards, giving Detroit its first consecutive victories since July 8-9 as the team tries to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race on the day it traded away starter David Price and closer Joakim Soria.

The Tigers' offense scratched five runs off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and four more off reliever Bud Norris, with J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes each contributing three RBIs. But for as good as the offensive production was, it didn't overshadow the night of Detroit starter Alfredo Simon, who picked up his 10th win of the season. The right-hander gave up two hits, both home runs, over 5 2/3 innings in his first career appearance against the Orioles after playing in Baltimore from 2008-11.

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Gonzalez shaky in shortest start of year

Orioles righty exits after allowing 5 runs over 3 1/3 innings

Gonzalez shaky in shortest start of year

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has gone through some rough starts but is usually able to get into some sort of rhythm. In Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Tigers, he was not able to find it.

"He just wasn't very crisp. Sticky night, good offensive team and he paid for his mistakes," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Sometimes, like a lot of pitchers, you see Miguel scuffle a little bit the first part of it and get back in step, but he never really found his step."

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Showalter marks 5 years since joining Orioles

Showalter marks 5 years since joining Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Five years ago, the Orioles officially announced that Buck Showalter would be named the 19th manager in club history.

Showalter, who has led the club to a 428-377 record after Wednesday's 2-0 win, said it doesn't feel like it's been that long.

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Tillman continues to flash ace stuff in 2nd half

Orioles starter allows 4 hits in shutout of Braves

Tillman continues to flash ace stuff in 2nd half

BALTIMORE -- Chris Tillman is back.

The O's righty continued his dominant second-half Wednesday night as Tillman, looking every bit like the top-of-the-rotation, Opening Day arm he was projected to be for Baltimore this spring. Tillman blanked the Braves over 8 2/3 innings in his latest effort, and exited the O's series-sweeping, 2-0 win to a rousing ovation.

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Pearce at least week away from baseball activity

Pearce at least week away from baseball activity

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that Steve Pearce would not make his Aug. 3 eligibility to come off the 15-day disabled list.

Pearce spoke with media earlier in the week, saying he was hopeful to return on that date, but it's looking like his left oblique strain will not be healed in time. The Baltimore utility man has not been able to take part in any baseball activity since the injury, and Showalter said Pearce is still about a week away from doing so.

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Tillman, O's blank Braves for 5th straight win

Tillman, O's blank Braves for 5th straight win

BALTIMORE-- Orioles Opening Day starter Chris Tillman continued his dominant second half, pitching 8 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore completed the sweep with a 2-0 win over Atlanta Wednesday night.

The O's, winners of their last five, recorded their first three-game series sweep since June 26-28 against Cleveland as they find themselves 51-49, just one game out for the second spot in the American League Wild Card.

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Adjustment helps Ubaldo rediscover dominance

Adjustment helps Ubaldo rediscover dominance

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked with Ubaldo Jimenez following his last start, asking the right-hander if he had worn the right uniform. He was referring to Jimenez's uncharacteristic performance against the Yankees in which he allowed seven runs in a 2 1/3-inning performance.

Following Jimenez's seven-inning showing in the O's 7-3 victory over the Braves on Tuesday at Camden Yards, Jimenez engaged in a similar conversation with Showalter. Except this time, it was more of a statement than a question.

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Crush in midst of timely power surge

Crush in midst of timely power surge

BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles push forward to Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline trying to improve their club enough to get back into the postseason, Tuesday offered another reason why Baltimore has a chance to be in October. And Chris Davis was right at the heart of it.

Davis homered twice off Braves starter Julio Teheran, tying a career high with five RBIs to highlight Baltimore's 7-3 series win over Atlanta, its fourth consecutive victory.

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Minor Leaguer robs bases-loaded hit with diving catch

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Minor Leaguer robs bases-loaded hit with diving catch

With a name like Tad Gold, you have three options for a future career: 

- A miner who travels through time to join in on the California gold rush. 

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Davis homers twice as O's cruise past Braves

Davis homers twice as O's cruise past Braves

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Orioles to their fourth consecutive victory on Tuesday night, a 7-3 series win over the Braves at Camden Yards.

"There's times where we've played really good baseball and times when we've really struggled. I think there's a sense of urgency in here to go now," Davis said of a Baltimore team (50-49) trying to put a run together to get back into the postseason picture. "We know where we are in the standings, and we know the best way for us to move up is to win ballgames, and that's everybody's focus right now."

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MLB comes together for Alumni Day in Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- Jim Hannan sat alone in the Atlanta clubhouse during Spring Training after playing 10 years in Major League Baseball. He had just heard word that the Braves wanted to send him down to their Triple-A team in Richmond, and had decided he was going to walk away from the game.

Hannan felt a tap on his shoulder and proceeded to explain his situation to a teammate who had just entered the locker room.

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O'Day named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

O'Day named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Wieters walks off with Markakis' homecoming crown

Wieters walks off with Markakis' homecoming crown

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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Machado among game's top 25-and-unders

Machado among game's top 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Fast start vs. Rays sparks Orioles

Fast start vs. Rays sparks Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles offense is looking up.

On the heels of a five-run output in Saturday's win, Baltimore's bats jumped out to a first-inning lead and scored five runs total off Rays starter Matt Moore in Sunday's 5-2 series victory. After scoring more than four runs just once in a 13-game span, the O's have now done it back-to-back.

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