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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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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Tillman, Foltynewicz to duel as O's, Braves wrap set

Tillman, Foltynewicz to duel as O's, Braves wrap set

The Orioles and Braves will conclude their three-game set on Wednesday at Camden yards, with Baltimore looking for its first sweep of July.

Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.71 ERA) and Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 5.27 ERA) will match up on the mound. Tillman is riding a five-game winning streak dating back to June 5, and the right-hander has posted a 1.75 ERA in four July starts. Foltynewicz will make his ninth start (12th appearance) of the season, and first since June 14 after being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take the spot of Manny Banuelos.

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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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With Deadline looming, O's surveying landscape

With Deadline looming, O's surveying landscape

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays made headlines early Tuesday morning by acquiring All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a trade with the Rockies, but manager Buck Showalter didn't have much to say on the moves by the Orioles' competition.

"They're giving up some really good players for these guys," Showalter said of the recent trades, including the Royals getting Ben Zobrist and the Blue Jays' moves. "The people Toronto gave up to Colorado [headlined by shortstop Jose Reyes], that's a good trade for both teams. But Toronto's got a lot of players that are attractive down below."

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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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After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

Veteran receives ovation, bangs two hits in first game back in Baltimore

After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

BALTIMORE -- When Nick Markakis ended his long tenure in Baltimore by signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in December, he gained a better understanding of baseball's business aspect. But he did not lose the admiration of many of those who spent time with him as he completed the first nine seasons of his Major League career with the Orioles.

Markakis got a sense of this as he played the Orioles for the first time in his career on Monday night at Camden Yards. Though the experience was blemished when Baltimore claimed a 2-1, 11-inning victory, the veteran outfielder will never forget the loud, stirring ovation he received just before he began the game with an opposite-field double.

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Wieters misses Sunday, but he doesn't miss Monday

After sitting out game with sore back, Orioles catcher returns to slug walk-off homer

Wieters misses Sunday, but he doesn't miss Monday

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was scheduled to play first base in Sunday's series finale against the Rays, but was scratched from the lineup with a sore back. In hindsight, it looks like a great decision.

On Monday, Wieters delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th off of Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Braves in the series opener at Camden Yards.

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Gausman's stellar effort offers hope for future

With 7 2/3 scoreless innings, young pitcher could turn into reliable fifth starter for Orioles

Gausman's stellar effort offers hope for future

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman's night began with him stepping off the rubber and standing behind the mound as a rain of cheers poured down on the Braves' Nick Markakis, who was playing in his first game in Baltimore since joining Atlanta this season.

The 24-year-old's night ended with the night's second loudest cheer as Gausman exited the game after a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, no runs and a walk while striking out five.

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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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Pearce's stay on DL likely longer than 15 days

Orioles utility man dealing with tricky oblique injury

Pearce's stay on DL likely longer than 15 days

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' Steve Pearce is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 3, but it's looking like he may need to wait a bit longer before returning to play.

The Baltimore utility man has been unable to take part in any baseball activity since being placed on the DL with a left oblique strain on Wednesday. Pearce cannot do any strengthening exercises, throwing or hitting with risk of reinjuring his oblique, and has been limited to rest and treatment.

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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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Jonathan Mayo

Walker named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Walker named to Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Chen battles through rough patches for win

Chen battles through rough patches for win

ST. PETERSBURG -- O's lefty Wei-Yin Chen saw a streak of six consecutive quality starts snapped with Sunday's outing, as Chen was only able to last 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 5-2 series win over the Rays.

Chen, who turned in his shortest outing since June 10, retired the first 11 batters before things went awry and he surrendered back-to-back homers to Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but put another pair on in the sixth -- on a walk and a single -- to end his afternoon.

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3-run first inning helps O's cruise past Rays

3-run first inning helps O's cruise past Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles struck quickly and pushed across three runs in the first off Rays starter Matt Moore to set the tone and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the rubber match against Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

J.J. Hardy got the offense going when he drove home Chris Davis with a two-out single and one pitch later, Nolan Reimold doubled to left to bring around two more runs. The Orioles then tacked on two more in the fourth when Caleb Joseph launched his seventh home run of the season over the left-field fence.

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O's ready to welcome back Markakis to Baltimore

O's ready to welcome back Markakis to Baltimore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Nick Markakis will make his return to Camden Yards on Monday, as the longtime Orioles outfielder makes his first trip to Baltimore as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

But what kind of reaction will Markakis, who was drafted by the O's and spent nine of 10 big league seasons there, get from the O's faithful?

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Wieters out of lineup with back stiffness

Wieters out of lineup with back stiffness

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Wieters was out of Sunday's Orioles lineup with back stiffness that first crept up during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

"I really was going to play him at first base today, but just another thing with the turf and things you run into," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who has been taking pregame work at first the past two days. "I think he'll be fine to catch tomorrow, I just don't want to put that in jeopardy."

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O's offense breaks out at right time vs. Rays

O's offense breaks out at right time vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Davis gave the struggling Orioles offense a huge lift on Saturday evening, connecting for a third-inning grand slam that helped the O's snap a four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Rays.

The inning got started with a leadoff single from J.J. Hardy and, one out later, Jonathan Schoop and David Lough each got hits to load the bases. Davis then sent Erasmo Ramirez's full-count pitch into right-center field for his fifth career grand slam, staking the O's to an early 4-0 lead.

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Davis' grand slam helps Orioles knock off Rays

Davis' grand slam helps Orioles knock off Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by Chris Davis' grand slam, the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's 5-1 series-evening victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Davis, who collected his 22nd homer of the year, gave a struggling Baltimore lineup a lift with his one-out, third-inning blast off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez. David Lough also tripled and scored in the eighth to back Os starter Miguel Gonzalez's stellar outing.

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Wieters getting work in at first base

Wieters getting work in at first base

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has recently begun taking pregame work at first base and manager Buck Showalter said Wieters -- who has been brought along slowly as a catcher post-Tommy John surgery -- presents another option in the infield if needed.

Wieters, who returned from the 60-day disabled list on June 5, first took some infield work with third-base coach Bobby Dickerson on Friday. With the recent injury to Steve Pearce, Wieters gives Showalter another first baseman and a way to keep him on the field more consistently for consecutive games.

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Tillman continues second-half surge vs. Rays

Tillman continues second-half surge vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Tillman said before the first half of the season ended that he felt he was close to regaining form. He's left little doubt in the first two starts of the second half as the right-hander has turned in back-to-back dominant outings.

Tillman, coming off a season-high eight strikeouts over eight innings in Saturday's win over the Tigers, has been a silver lining for the Orioles, who dropped their fourth consecutive game, 3-1 on Friday night vs. the Rays. The righty held Tampa Bay to one run -- scored after he left the game -- over seven-plus stellar frames and deserved a far better fate.

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Orioles come up short in series opener vs. Rays

Orioles come up short in series opener vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's two-run single off Darren O'Day capped the Rays' three-run eighth and led Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

"Beck has shown time and time again he's kind of got a flair for the big hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "When those situations arise, it seems like his level of play rises up along with it. That's a pretty good quality to have, especially for a young player. He's got a lot of confidence in himself to get it done and he keeps proving that he's capable of doing it."

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Showalter not worried about O's trade rumors

Showalter not worried about O's trade rumors

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles had a different looking lineup for Friday's series opener against the Rays and manager Buck Showalter joked, "we've got 4 or 5 big trades that are going to happen any second now that's going to change that."

Certainly the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has all of baseball buzzing, and Showalter was particularly amused about some of the rumors floating around about his club.

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Pearce has grade one strain of left oblique

Pearce has grade one strain of left oblique

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steve Pearce underwent an MRI on his left oblique injury that revealed a Grade 1 strain, which is the lowest of the three grades of severity.

"[It] showed some inflammation in there, but [it's] not as severe as it could have been. He's obviously got something in there," manager Buck Showalter said about Pearce, who went in his office on Thursday to discuss going on the disabled list.

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Former Oriole Roberts to make MLB Network debut

Former Oriole Roberts to make MLB Network debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- Longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will serve as a guest analyst across three shows for MLB Network next week.

Roberts' first appearance will be Monday on "MLB Central" from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, followed on Tuesday with "The Rundown" at 2 p.m. ET and "MLB Tonight" at 6 p.m. ET. Roberts will finish his guest stint with a second appearance on "MLB Tonight" on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. ET.

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