Gonzalez pitches 7 2/3 stellar innings in O's win

Righty allows four hits, strikes out six in scoreless outing

Gonzalez pitches 7 2/3 stellar innings in O's win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Miguel Gonzalez gave the Orioles their fifth consecutive quality start with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Rays.

"I think from the get-go, my fastball was pretty good, both sides of the plate, and we played a really good ballgame overall," Gonzalez said. "Everything was great."

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Brach induces eighth-inning out to keep O's on track

Right-hander earns first save in Baltimore's win over Rays

Brach induces eighth-inning out to keep O's on track

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brad Brach got one of the biggest outs in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Rays and picked up his first save of the season in the process.

After starter Miguel Gonzalez issued a two-out eighth-inning walk to put runners on first and second, manager Buck Showalter brought on Brach to face Steven Souza Jr. The righty retired him on a full-count popup behind the plate and retired the following three batters in the ninth.

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Joseph homers, Gonzalez strong in O's win

Joseph homers, Gonzalez strong in O's win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez fired a season-high 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore tied its "home" series with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Gonzalez held the Rays to four hits and one walk, striking out six to pick up his third win in four starts. The O's scored a trio of runs in the third inning, including a two-run double from Lakeland native Steve Pearce, and Caleb Joseph homered in the sixth.

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Chen looks to lead O's to series win in finale

Chen looks to lead O's to series win in finale

Nathan Karns will oppose Wei-Yin Chen at Tropicana Field for the second time this season when the Rays and Orioles play the finale of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Karns (1-1, 4.76 ERA) faced Chen and the Orioles on April 7, allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings and taking the loss in a 6-5 Baltimore victory. The 27-year-old right-hander has surrendered two earned runs or fewer in three of his subsequent four starts.

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Schoop hopes to return before All-Star break

Second baseman progressing in rehab for left knee injury

Schoop hopes to return before All-Star break

ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who is rehabbing his left knee injury in nearby Sarasota, Fla., has been visiting the Orioles during the series at Tropicana Field this weekend.

Schoop is still wearing his knee brace "pretty much 24/7" and is hoping to be cleared to do some pool walking next week. He has been getting stim and ice treatment and has been working on strengthening his calf and quad a few times a day.

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Hal Bodley

For O's, venue change of little consequence

Showalter says it pales in comparison to what's going on in Baltimore

For O's, venue change of little consequence

ST. PETERSBURG -- "White pants, gray pants -- it's still baseball between the lines," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter offered before the game.

And that's exactly how the unusual circumstance of the Orioles playing their "home" game Friday night at Tropicana Field unfolded.

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Hal Bodley, dean of American baseball writers who joined MLB.com as senior correspondent in 2008, has covered baseball since 1958.

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O's bats can't get going in 'home' game

O's bats can't get going in 'home' game

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays were technically the road team, but they looked right at home Friday night.

Tampa Bay used a solid return from starter Alex Colome and a pair of fourth-inning runs to top the Orioles, 2-0, in the series opener that was shifted from Camden Yards due to unrest in Baltimore.

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Pearce makes first career start at second

Change made during unusual week, but versatile player confident he can be effective

Pearce makes first career start at second

ST. PETERSBURG -- With three infielders injured, the Orioles have had to make some adjustments. On Friday, that included giving Steve Pearce his first career start at second base, in the O's "home game" against the Rays.

Pearce, who has never played second base at any level, said the idea was brought up to him two days ago, and he did practice during Thursday's off-day at Camden Yards and early work prior to Friday's opener.

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O's run gamut of emotions during trying week

Club played game without fans, postposted two contests due to unrest in Baltimore

O's run gamut of emotions during trying week

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles -- who played Wednesday's game, an 8-2 win over the White Sox, in front of no fans for the first time in MLB history -- are headed south to host a "home" series at Tropicana Field this weekend.

With everything going on in the city of Baltimore, here's a quick refresher on the O's past few days and what's to come:

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Paul Hagen

O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

Players react to first contest in big league history without fans

O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struck out White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton in the first inning and the home crowd cheered in approval.

Except that the crowd in this case was maybe a hundred people gathered outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, peering in from afar through the iron-grilled gate on Camden Street behind left-center field.

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Paul Hagen

Jones empathizes with Baltimore's inner-city youth

O's center fielder understands frustration of protesters

Jones empathizes with Baltimore's inner-city youth

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones is more than the Orioles' center fielder and cleanup hitter, although both are significant roles. He's even more than the face of the franchise, which carries its own sense of responsibility.

Jones is also the city's highest-profile African-American professional athlete. For the past week, as streets in his adopted city were overrun with demonstrators after Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, died after sustaining fatal injuries in police custody, it has taken a toll.

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O's make noise vs. White Sox at empty Camden Yards

O's make noise vs. White Sox at empty Camden Yards

BALTIMORE -- For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the Orioles and White Sox -- because of protests in Baltimore -- played a game closed to fans. But the O's did their best to make up for the lack of atmosphere, piling on Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija with a six-run first inning, including Chris Davis' three-run homer, that led to an 8-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who waited two extra days to pitch against the White Sox because of the pair of postponements earlier in the week, didn't disappoint. The righty struck out six and held Chicago to three hits over seven innings, allowing just two unearned runs.

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Adam Jones thinks twice about pranking Showalter

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Adam Jones thinks twice about pranking Showalter

The delicate art of the postgame pie has become an enduring tradition, and Adam Jones is one of its most skilled and enthusiastic participants, capable of hitting anyone with baked goods at any time while grinning like a five-year-old who just found a hidden cookie jar. 

So when he saw a postgame interview being conducted after the O's win over the White Sox on Wednesday, he could hardly contain his excitement. Until he saw who exactly was wearing the headset, and was forced to confront the face of a thousand unamused fathers:

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Showalter shares thoughts on Baltimore unrest

Showalter shares thoughts on Baltimore unrest

BALTIMORE -- While center fielder Adam Jones opined before the game about the situation in Baltimore, it wasn't until after his team's 8-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon that manager Buck Showalter was asked directly what his advice would be right now to young African-Americans in Baltimore.

"You hear people try to weigh in on things that they really don't know anything about. ... I've never been black, OK? So I don't know, I can't put myself there," Showalter said. "I've never faced the challenges that they face, so I understand the emotion, but I can't. ... It's a pet peeve of mine when somebody says, 'Well, I know what they're feeling. Why don't they do this? Why doesn't somebody do that?' You have never been black, OK, so just slow down a little bit.

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Jones, O's eyeing Midsummer Classic trip

Jones, O's eyeing Midsummer Classic trip

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles, the defending American League East champions, have several players on an early tear and could have quite a presence at the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Outfielder and five-time All-Star Adam Jones leads the group, which also includes Manny Machado, Alejandro De Aza, Chris Davis, Steve Pearce and new Oriole Travis Snider. Injured O's J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop are also on the list along with catcher Caleb Joseph, who has done an admirable job filling in for Matt Wieters.  

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Orioles' Thorne does impression of golf announcer

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Orioles' Thorne does impression of golf announcer

The strange silence that the White Sox and Orioles played in on Wednesday reminded Baltimore broadcaster Gary Thorne of another sport where no one makes any noise and seems to be witnessed entirely by an audience of ghosts.

Yes, Thorne did his best Masters voice and his dulcet tones are surprisingly soothing.

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Davis throws balls to no one in particular at empty stadium

BALTIMORE -- Just because there weren't any fans in the stand didn't mean first baseman Chris Davis couldn't keep his tradition going.

The All-Star, who slugged a three-run home run to little fanfare in the first inning, tossed a ball into the empty stands several times during the Orioles' 8-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday afternoon.

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Orioles willing to adjust to schedule changes

Home series against Rays at Tropicana Field begins 9-game trip

Orioles willing to adjust to schedule changes

BALTIMORE -- For the Orioles, who played in an empty stadium at Camden Yards in Wednesday's 8-2 victory against the White Sox, the adjustments are just beginning. Because of protests in the city, the Orioles' weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays will shift to St. Petersburg, though the O's will still wear their home whites and get to bat second.

Baltimore, which will employ the workers at Tropicana Field and pay for any stadium expenses, will get the money from the weekend's tickets -- which are $15 for general admission -- and concessions. But the Orioles will essentially lose five home games -- with Monday and Tuesday's postponed contests now a single-admission doubleheader -- without any revenue or the comfort of their home fans.

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Hardy close to returning to game action

Wieters, Flaherty also take positive steps

Hardy close to returning to game action

BALTIMORE -- While most of the pregame news on Wednesday centered around the Orioles-White Sox game having no fans permitted, there were some positive notes on the O's injury front.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy planned to test his left shoulder, and he will go with the team to St. Petersburg to continue his rehab. If he feels OK, he could play in games after that.

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Anthony Castrovince

MLB game without crowd also without precedent

Uncharted territory for White Sox-O's, though events can impact attendance

MLB game without crowd also without precedent

They played in front of an empty house at Camden Yards on Wednesday afternoon, an arrangement that is not only unusual but, in Major League Baseball terms, unprecedented. And after their 8-2 victory over the White Sox, the Orioles packed and hit the road for three "home" games at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, an arrangement that is not unprecedented but, yes, is still pretty unusual.

In the interest of fan safety, in the midst of the ongoing riots and protests in Baltimore, Wednesday's game between the O's and White Sox was rescheduled and closed to the public. The Orioles' scheduled weekend home games against the Rays have been moved to St. Petersburg.

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Richard Justice

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

In time of unrest, Angelos speaks from the heart

They couldn't play baseball in Baltimore at a time like this. Not with sections of a great American city so shaken.

This is where real life intrudes on the games we love, and Baltimore could use a baseball game right about now, and then some.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

Amid protests, Manfred addresses Orioles, White Sox

BALTIMORE -- Commissioner Rob Manfred has been making an effort to meet with as many teams as possible during his first year in office, which is why he flew to Baltimore on Monday.

Manfred planned to talk to players from the Orioles and the visiting White Sox. He had some business to discuss with O's owner Peter Angelos. And, on top of all that, Manfred just likes the city. It was here that he was elected to replace Bud Selig last August. Years ago, Manfred was a season-ticket holder at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Paul Hagen

MLB historically sensitive to outside turmoil

MLB historically sensitive to outside turmoil

BALTIMORE -- It was the middle of the afternoon in Los Angeles on April 29, 1992. A small black-and-white television was on in the near-empty press box at Dodger Stadium. Suddenly, a breaking-news alert interrupted the regularly scheduled programming. The police accused of beating a civilian named Rodney King had been found not guilty.

That night's game between the Phillies and Dodgers was surreal. Police helicopters flew back and forth across the darkened sky, searchlights flashing.

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Everybody chips in as O's never let up, rout Red Sox

Everybody chips in as O's never let up, rout Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense scored early and often, chasing Boston starter Wade Miley in the third inning and going on to plate a season high in runs in Sunday's 18-7 series finale blowout at Camden Yards.

Baltimore, which stopped a five-game losing streak with Saturday's walk-off win, was led by a five-RBI performance from Delmon Young, who went 3-for-6 out of the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who homered in the sixth, and Steve Pearce each drove in three runs. Red-hot Jimmy Paredes went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to raise his season average to .429.

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Outstanding offensive output unmatched in Buck's tenure

Delmon drives in five; Davis, Pearce and Paredes each plate three of O's 18 runs

Outstanding offensive output unmatched in Buck's tenure

BALTIMORE -- The O's offense scored the most runs in manager Buck Showalter's tenure on Sunday afternoon, unloading on Boston in an 18-7 win that marked the club's biggest single-game offensive output since 2006.

"It's huge. Huge for us," said Steve Pearce, who had three RBIs. "We know we've got a good offense. So we know we can score runs, and it definitely is [the goal] to keep the ball rolling going into the next series."

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