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.

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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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Wright follows up on debut with first road start

Wright follows up on debut with first road start

What will Orioles pitcher Mike Wright do for an encore? That question will be answered when the rookie right-hander takes the hill in the middle game of a three-game series on Saturday. Wright won his Major League debut on Sunday, going 7 1/3 innings while striking out six, walking none and yielding just four hits in a 3-0 win over the Angels.

The Marlins counter with Dan Haren (4-2, 3.47 ERA), who is coming off his longest outing of the season. The veteran righty lasted eight innings in a no-decision on Monday against Arizona. He gave up five hits and two runs, while striking out five. It was a positive effort that followed his shortest stint (4 1/3 innings) in eight starts this year.

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O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

O's activate Cabrera from DL, option Navarro

MIAMI -- Prior to Friday's contest in Miami, the Orioles reinstated infielder Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk.

Cabrera went to the DL on May 7 with a left foot contusion. He recently completed a rehab assignment with Norfolk, which began on May 15, and he said he feels good to go.

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Hits from Pearce, Hardy may signify step forward

O's contributors have started slow, but both came through in series-clinching victory

Hits from Pearce, Hardy may signify step forward

BALTIMORE -- Steve Pearce had a career year in 2014, amassing a .293 batting average, 21 home runs and 49 RBIs.

The converted second baseman came into Thursday's game with a .193 average on the season, but he pulled through in a big way during the Orioles' 5-4 series-clinching victory over the Mariners at Camden Yards.

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Hardy delivers winner to cap O's marathon

Hardy delivers winner to cap O's marathon

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy delivered the decisive hit with a single up the middle in the eighth to give the Orioles a 5-4 win and series victory over the Mariners on a cold and rainy Thursday at Camden Yards.

Steve Pearce got Baltimore started in the first inning with a grand slam, the first of his career, but the game was halted due to rain in the middle of the third inning. Upon returning, the Mariners' bullpen held the Orioles hitless for five innings while tying the game at 4, thanks to Rickie Weeks' pinch-hit two-run single in the fourth and Logan Morrison's bases-loaded walk in the seventh.

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O's to host Casey Cares 5K at Camden Yards

Matusz will serve as race ambassador for sixth annual race on Aug. 1

BALTIMORE -- Brian Matusz will serve as the race ambassador when the Orioles and OriolesREACH partner again with the Casey Cares Foundation to host the sixth annual Casey Cares 5K Run/Walk at Camden Yards on Aug. 1.

For the past several years, Matusz has visited Casey Cares patients at local hospitals and attended Casey Cares Extra Innings events, helping critically ill children and their family learn how to play baseball alongside other Orioles players. The relief pitcher also hosts Casey Cares patients at the ballpark, letting the children experience batting practice, tour the clubhouse and meet players. The race/walk will begin at 8 a.m. ET at Oriole Park and will end on the field. Race winners will be announced in a pregame ceremony that night in the Orioles' 7:05 p.m. game against the Tigers.

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Wilson excited to pitch on big league stage

After being recalled, rookie pitches scoreless ninth in debut vs. M's

Wilson excited to pitch on big league stage

BALTIMORE -- Buck Showalter sought out Darren O'Day in the Orioles' workout facility after Baltimore's 9-4 victory on Tuesday.

He wanted to inquire about Tyler Wilson, who had warmed up alongside O'Day in the bullpen, as the rookie pitcher readied for his first ever appearance at the Major League level.

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O's lose momentum in ninth, fall to M's

Despite starting inning with two singles, Baltimore rally falls short

O's lose momentum in ninth, fall to M's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles came up short in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Mariners despite a pair of singles to start the frame.

Down three, Adam Jones and Delmon Young each delivered hits off Mariners closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney proceeded to get a pair of strikeouts, starting with Chris Davis, who watched a ball on the inside corner of the plate go down as strike three.

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O's late rallies fall short vs. Mariners

O's late rallies fall short vs. Mariners

BALTIMORE -- Roenis Elias was dominant over 7 2/3 innings, holding the Orioles to one run in Seattle's series-tying 4-2 win Wednesday night.

Elias, who took a shutout into the eighth, struck out four and scattered six hits to pick up his first win this season. Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to back his effort.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bundy could skip Triple-A on road to bigs

Manager Showalter hopes to have idea of what O's top prospect could bring by June

Bundy could skip Triple-A on road to bigs

BALTIMORE -- Is it mandatory that top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy pitch in Triple-A before arriving in Baltimore? No.

But what the Orioles are really looking for in Bundy, who is in his first full season back from 2013's Tommy John surgery, is for the right-hander to make himself an option in the coming months.

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Showalter recalls time with Letterman as show closes

Showalter recalls time with Letterman as show closes

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter still remembers the first time he got the call to be on "Late Show with David Letterman." He was in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for Spring Training, and the show wanted to know if Showalter could do an interview over the phone.

"I'm going, 'Wow. Call in?'" Showalter recalled on Wednesday, hours before Letterman's final show. "So I did after the workout … the first question was, 'Buck, when you are on the backfields and you're doing drills and stuff, what are you really working on, what are you doing?' I went, 'We're kind of working on fundamentals.' And I heard the audience laugh and I heard ding, ding, ding. So I'm putting two and two together that he's trying to see how many baseball cliches he can get me to say in, like, two minutes.

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O's score eight unanswered to down M's

O's score eight unanswered to down M's

BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Paredes had a career-high four RBIs as the Orioles outpowered the Mariners with a series-opening 9-4 win on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Paredes, who had a game-tying two-run single in the fourth off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker, clobbered reliever Danny Farquhar's 3-1 fastball in the sixth for a two-run homer to raise his average to .346 and give the O's a 7-4 lead. It was his sixth homer in 25 games.

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Paredes continuing to impress with big bat

Paredes continuing to impress with big bat

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have jokingly referred to Jimmy Paredes as Babe Ruth this season and the designated hitter reminded everyone why again Tuesday night, clobbering a two-run homer as part of a four-RBI night in the O's 9-4 win over the Mariners.

Paredes, who had a game-tying two-run single in the fourth, clobbered reliever Danny Farquhar's 3-1 fastball in the sixth for a two-run homer to raise his average to .346. He has at least one hit in 22 of 25 games and 15 of his 36 hits have been for extra bases.

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Gonzalez shows mettle after early struggles

Gonzalez shows mettle after early struggles

BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez faced a familiar face and scene on Tuesday against the Mariners.

Following a pitch to former teammate Nelson Cruz in the third inning, Gonzalez turned his back to the plate as he watched the ball fly over the left-center field fence for a three-run home run that gave Seattle a three-run lead. Yet the right-hander was able to rebound, allowing just one hit over the next four innings to help the Orioles to a 9-4 victory.

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Wieters, Gausman progressing in rehabs

Sidelined with illness, Norris slated for rehab appearance Friday

Wieters, Gausman progressing in rehabs

BALTIMORE -- Catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Kevin Gausman are both slated to continue their respective rehabs in Miami with the Orioles this weekend.

Manager Buck Showalter said that the plan for Gausman -- who made 25 throws from 60 feet on Tuesday -- is to throw from 90 feet on Thursday before throwing live batting practice from Marlins Park. Gausman has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation.

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O's fans give Cruz warm welcome before HR

O's fans give Cruz warm welcome before HR

BALTIMORE -- Nelson Cruz got nothing but love from Orioles fans on Tuesday night.

Cruz, last year's Most Valuable Oriole who helped lead the club to its first American League East title since 1997, stepped to the plate in the first inning to loud cheers at Camden Yards. It was exactly what the All-Star was hoping for.

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Machado hosts 2nd BaseBOWL Tournament

O's third baseman raises money for children of Baltimore

Machado hosts 2nd BaseBOWL Tournament

BALTIMORE -- Jaden Williams is a student at Mount Royal Elementary Middle School in Baltimore City who pitches and plays first base. On Monday afternoon, the 13-year-old obtained pitching advice from an unusual source: Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter.

In fact, Williams even got some tips from Hunter on another sport -- bowling. That's because both were together on Monday at the second annual Manny Machado BaseBOWL Tournament at Mustang Alley's Bar, Bowling and Bistro.

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O's place Norris on DL due to bronchitis

Baltimore recalls prospect Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to fill roster spot

O's place Norris on DL due to bronchitis

The Orioles placed right-hander Bud Norris on the disabled list Monday due to a case of bronchitis. Norris had his move backdated to May 11 and will be eligible to return next week. Baltimore recalled Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk to fill the spot on the roster.

Norris went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts for the Orioles last season, but he's struggled to a 1-4 record and a 9.88 ERA in six starts this season. For his career, Norris is 54-61 with a 4.40 ERA.

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All Wright as big righty lifts O's in MLB debut

All Wright as big righty lifts O's in MLB debut

BALTIMORE -- Mike Wright shut down the Angels in his Major League debut, leading the Orioles to a 3-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards. Baltimore claimed the finale of the three-game set, winning for only the fourth time in 12 games and snapping the Angels' season-high five-game winning streak.

Wright got the call with Bud Norris (bronchitis) and Chris Tillman (lower back stiffness) both unavailable. The 25-year-old right-hander, who had a 2.64 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Norfolk, didn't allow a baserunner until Kole Calhoun's leadoff single in the fourth inning. He struck out six without a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings, holding the Angels to four hits.

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Wright makes his mark in first career outing

O's prospect tosses 7 1/3 scoreless innings, exits to ovation at Camden Yards

Wright makes his mark in first career outing

BALTIMORE -- Before Sunday's game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said pitcher Mike Wright would be looking to make an impression in his Major League debut.

"He wants to pitch a shutout and make us not send him back out," Showalter said. "I've got it. I want him to, too."

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Hardy getting comfortable, still working way back

O's shortstop going through 'Spring Training soreness' during uphill climb

Hardy getting comfortable, still working way back

BALTIMORE -- As Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy prepared Sunday to play in his 10th game since coming off the disabled list on May 7, he acknowledged he is still facing an uphill climb to peak condition health-wise and to his usual levels of offensive production.

"Missing six weeks, that's what Spring Training is," Hardy said about the left shoulder strain that sidelined him for the early part of the campaign. "Missing it and coming back is tough. I feel like I'm going through all that Spring Training soreness again, so my body hurts. But it's getting better every day."

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Ubaldo turns in another strong start despite loss

Besides rough seventh inning, right-hander shows command in outing

Ubaldo turns in another strong start despite loss

BALTIMORE -- Ubaldo Jimenez gave the Orioles another strong start on Saturday night. The right-hander retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and kept the Angels quiet throughout his seven-inning effort.

But Jimenez got bitten by some bad luck in the seventh inning. The Angels took the lead with two runs in that frame, getting help from a pair of infield singles and another single that deflected off Manny Machado's glove and went on to score in the O's 6-1 loss.

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With Tillman, Norris out, Wright to make debut

Righty was 3-0 as starter at Triple-A Norfolk, set for first start in Majors

With Tillman, Norris out, Wright to make debut

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Mike Wright will make his Major League debut on Sunday when he starts for the Orioles in the series finale with the Angels.

Manager Buck Showalter scratched Bud Norris from his Saturday start due to problems from a tough case of bronchitis. Showalter moved Ubaldo Jimenez up to Saturday and was going to start Chris Tillman on Sunday, but now that's changed also.

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