Gausman looking to find groove vs. Yankees

Gausman looking to find groove vs. Yankees

The last time CC Sabathia faced the Orioles, it was an afternoon that the Yankees believe turned their month around, producing seven unanswered runs late in an April 9 contest to kickstart an eight-game winning streak.

As the Yankees return to The Bronx, owning the Majors' top home record at 8-1, they are hoping to continue that run of strong play as they entertain one of the American League East's hottest teams.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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Big weekend to sort out AL East puzzle

O's visit Yankees, Rays face Blue Jays and Red Sox host defending champs

Big weekend to sort out AL East puzzle

You've got questions about the American League East. Hey, we've got questions about the AL East.

Can the Blue Jays still turn things around? When will the Red Sox begin scoring runs?

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: When will O's offense step up?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from Baltimore fans

Inbox: When will O's offense step up?

The Orioles are pitching, but they're not really hitting. Most importantly, however, these O's are winning. As Baltimore enjoys an off-day before heading to New York and Boston, let's dive into the latest Inbox questions.

How concerned should fans be over this offense?
-- Peter B., Townson, Md.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On wacky night, O's win in 11 on walk-off walk

On wacky night, O's win in 11 on walk-off walk

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles kept right on rolling Wednesday night, using a walk-off walk from Seth Smith to win a marathon, 11-inning series finale, 5-4 against the Rays at Camden Yards.

Down a run, Jonathan Schoop tied the game on a sacrifice fly -- his 13th RBI of the year -- to bring up Ryan Flaherty, who drew a walk to load the bases. The next batter, Smith, received four consecutive balls from Danny Farquhar to seal the win.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Flaherty uses head to help O's score 2 runs

Flaherty uses head to help O's score 2 runs

BALTIMORE -- Seth Smith singled in the third inning ... and then made it all the way home in Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning Orioles win.

"That was a deflating inning," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "No doubt about it."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thorne narrates O's fan eating popsicle

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Thorne narrates O's fan eating popsicle

A young O's fan at Wednesday's Rays-Orioles game had some, um, trouble eating an ice pop in the stands. And honestly, who hasn't? They're dripping red gooey water, they're moving up and down, the bottom always gets wet and falls apart ... why can't we solve these kinds of problems in the year 2017? WHY MUST WE SUFFER SO MUCH?

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O'Day settles into his usual form

Righty threw fifth straight scoreless appearance vs. Rays Tuesday

O'Day settles into his usual form

BALTIMORE -- Darren O'Day is getting back on track. And that's a very, very good thing for an Orioles bullpen that could soon see the return of closer Zach Britton.

O'Day, who was dealing with illness and allowed five earned runs in his first three outings, tossed his fifth straight scoreless appearance with 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Rays.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's bats can't pick up Miley's strong start

O's bats can't pick up Miley's strong start

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Cash made a game-time decision on Tuesday night, pulling scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez with a poor weather forecast looming. The risk paid off, as Tampa Bay's bullpen and a pair of fourth-inning runs were enough to hold off the first-place Orioles and give the Rays the 2-0 series-evening win.

The victory snapped a four-game road losing streak for the Rays, who entered the game with a 1-7 road record that was the worst in the Majors.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Rays on Tuesday.

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Means lowers ERA to 1.31

Means lowers ERA to 1.31

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Britton feels good day after playing catch

Left-hander plans to go on rehab assignment Friday

Britton feels good day after playing catch

BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton felt good on Tuesday -- a day after playing catch -- and the plan is for him to go out on a rehab assignment on Friday.

Britton, who will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, is rehabbing from a left forearm injury and is eligible to come off the 10-day disabled list midweek.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After passing milestone, Jones goes yard

After passing milestone, Jones goes yard

BALTIMORE -- Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones collected his 1,500th career hit with a fifth-inning single on Monday night, but it was hit 1,501 that mattered more.

With Seth Smith standing at first and no outs in the seventh, Jones sent Rays starter Chris Archer's first-pitch into the Camden Yards stands for an eventual game-winning, two-run homer that sealed Baltimore's 5-3 series-opening victory.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles ride 3-homer day to win against Rays

Orioles ride 3-homer day to win against Rays

BALTIMORE -- Jonathan Schoop, Hyun Soo Kim and Adam Jones homered for the Orioles off of Rays ace Chris Archer, who gave up his first long ball of the season in Baltimore's 6-3 win Monday night.

The game -- which featured an 18-minute rain delay in the bottom of the eighth inning -- improved the Orioles to a Major League best 13-5.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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Britton plays catch, ready for bullpen session

Britton plays catch, ready for bullpen session

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton (left forearm strain) played catch and threw off of flat ground prior to Monday's game, and said he "felt good" about the next step in his progression.

The left-hander was slated to see a hand specialist later in the day, and is scheduled to throw a regular bullpen session Wednesday. Britton was placed on the 10-day disabled list April 16, and the club hasn't said whether he will need a rehab outing.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

Machado in middle of 8th-inning tiff

BALTIMORE -- Tensions from Friday night between the Orioles and Red Sox spilled over again in the eighth inning of Sunday's 6-2 Boston win as Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was nearly beaned by reliever Matt Barnes.

"I wasn't expecting anything, no," Machado said of the pitch. "I thought I did a good slide [on Friday]. Everyone knows. Everyone saw the replay on that side. That's on them. Whatever happened today, I'm going to keep doing me."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig contributed to this story.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats quiet as O's drop finale

Bats quiet as O's drop finale

BALTIMORE -- Struggling Orioles starter Kevin Gausman was a perfect elixir to a sluggish Boston lineup. The Sox homered three times, including Hanley Ramirez's first of the year, in Sunday afternoon's sweep-avoiding, 6-2 win over Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Boston, which had just two homers total in the previous first five games of its road trip, jumped on Gausman for four runs before he could record an out. Mookie Betts delivered the big three-run blow, with Ramirez following. Mitch Moreland also went deep in the fifth off Gausman, who lasted 5 1/3 innings and saw his season ERA rise to 7.50.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan asks Davis to prom, gets souvenir instead

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Fan asks Davis to prom, gets souvenir instead

O's fan Mia Thomas knew that her favorite team -- and her favorite player, Chris Davis -- had a game the same day as her prom. And yet, she was reminded of the immortal words of Wayne Gretzky (and Michael Scott): "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take."

So, while taking in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday night, Thomas decided to shoot her shot anyway. Thomas recruited some friends, brought a sign and asked the question.

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Mancini, Schoop HRs spark big inning, win

Mancini, Schoop HRs spark big inning, win

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles continued to feast on Steven Wright's knuckleball on Saturday, with Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop hitting back-to-back homers for the second time this month off the Red Sox righty in a 4-2 series-clinching win.

Baltimore, the team with the best record in baseball, improved to 12-4, while Boston lost back-to-back games for just the second time this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Aquino impresses in audition, gives O's depth

Aquino impresses in audition, gives O's depth

BALTIMORE -- Jayson Aquino was picked for Saturday's start because of an impressive spring, and as manager Buck Showalter aptly put it, the Orioles needed to see what they had in the young left-hander.

If Saturday is any indication, the O's have another solid starting option. Aquino held Boston to two runs -- both of which came on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s homer -- over six innings in his first career start, picking up the win in the 4-2 victory.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tillman makes second rehab start

Tillman makes second rehab start

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Chris Tillman went 3 2/3 innings in his second rehab start on Saturday night, allowing three runs on five hits with three strikeouts against Double-A Harrisburg.

Tillman was originally slated to pitch for the O's Class A Frederick affiliate, but with ominous weather, the team opted to keep him with Double-A Bowie, where Tillman made his first rehab start. It was a smart move as the Frederick game was rained out.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bundy, Machado keep O's rolling vs. Red Sox

Bundy, Machado keep O's rolling vs. Red Sox

BALTIMORE -- Coming off one of their best road trips in recent years, the Orioles kept right on rolling Friday night at Camden Yards. Backed by a terrific seven-plus innings from Dylan Bundy, who is looking more and more like the frontline starter Baltimore badly needs, the O's bested Boston, 2-0, to keep a firm hold atop the American League East.

Baltimore, at 11-4, owns baseball's best record and handed Boston just its second loss in seven games. The third-place Red Sox, who also trail the Yankees, had numerous missed opportunities and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, including stranding a pair of runners in the eighth.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Red Sox on Friday.

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Increased cutter use helping Bundy excel

Righty notches 4th consecutive quality start with 7-plus scoreless vs. Red Sox

Increased cutter use helping Bundy excel

BALTIMORE -- There were many moments last season that almost screamed for Dylan Bundy to throw his cutter. But that wasn't the plan.

Because no matter how devastating the extra pitch was to Bundy's arsenal, having the right-hander -- who had Tommy John surgery in 2013 -- healthy enough to throw it for an entire big league season was most important. Nights like Friday showed why, as Bundy turned in his fourth consecutive quality outing, tossing seven-plus scoreless innings in the Orioles' 2-0 win over the Red Sox.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brach delivering in ninth with Britton out

MRI on injured closer's arm reveals no issues as replacement remains perfect

Brach delivering in ninth with Britton out

BALTIMORE -- Brad Brach converted his third save in as many days in Friday's 2-0 win over the Red Sox, as the right-hander has filled in for lefty closer Zach Britton without missing a beat.

Britton, who had an MRI on his elbow/forearm come back with no issues on Friday, was placed on the disabled list on Sunday and will keep progressing along. As for using Brach for the third consecutive day, which is something he typically avoids, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said:

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado slide leads to tense Sox-O's ending

Pedroia injured in collision with Baltimore 3B, prompting discussion about double-play rule

Machado slide leads to tense Sox-O's ending

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox missed on a number of good scoring chances on Friday, a big reason the Orioles handed them a 2-0 loss in the opener of a three-game series. After the game, though, the bigger subject of conversation in the Boston clubhouse was that the team nearly lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia. The play in question was, in fact, a primary topic in both clubhouses.

Pedroia hurt his left leg when Manny Machado slid into him as the second baseman was catching a throw at the bag in the eighth inning. The Red Sox needed to help Pedroia off the field after the play, but he said if he feels OK Saturday, he will try to play.

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Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mountcastle belts 2 in big performance

Mountcastle belts 2 in big performance

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hardy's RBI 1B, Miley's 11 K's lift O's in 10

Hardy's RBI 1B, Miley's 11 K's lift O's in 10

CINCINNATI -- J.J. Hardy had two hits, but the one the Orioles needed the most came in the top of the 10th inning. Hardy's RBI single with two outs scored Mark Trumbo for a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday that gave Baltimore two of three games in the series.

Reliever Darren O'Day pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning to get the victory, and Brad Brach earned his second save in the bottom of the 10th. Following a two-inning, five-strikeout performance by Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati summoned Blake Wood for the top of the 10th of a 1-1 game. Trumbo picked up a one-out walk and went to second base on a Jonathan Schoop slow groundout to set up the winning run. Hardy lifted a single to left field, and Trumbo scored well ahead of the throw to the plate and catcher Tucker Barnhart's sweep tag.

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John Fay is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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8 Miley: Lefty keeps O's rotation hot with gem

Southpaw follows up Jimenez's 12-K start by fanning 11 Reds in finale

8 Miley: Lefty keeps O's rotation hot with gem

The Orioles left a rainy Cincinnati on Thursday night with a series win, a 6-3 road trip and -- perhaps most importantly -- two fantastic starts from Ubaldo Jimenez and Wade Miley for a Baltimore team in dire need of them.

Miley went eight sensational innings in the O's 2-1, 10-inning win over the Reds on Thursday night, the longest outing by a Baltimore starter this year and one that kept the rotation rolling.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

John Fay contributed to this story.

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O's, Davis avoid quirky DP vs. Reds

O's, Davis avoid quirky DP vs. Reds

CINCINNATI -- For a minute during the fourth inning of a 2-1, 10-inning loss to the Orioles, it looked like the Reds had a unique double play. But, not quite.

With Manny Machado on first base and one out, the Reds employed a right-side shift against lefty-hitting Chris Davis. On a first-pitch fastball from Scott Feldman, Davis sharply lined a ball to third baseman Eugenio Suarez, who was stationed between first and second base.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Knee-dful Things: Davis destroys bat after K

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Knee-dful Things: Davis destroys bat after K

Chris Davis is a large, strong man -- which helps in his ability to hit balls a really long way. That's a positive result. That's good. We like dingers.

But being a man of such a large, strong nature also works in a different way when he strikes out. Like in the bottom of the seventh of Thursday's Reds-Orioles game, when he went down swinging and put his bat on the eternal disabled list.

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