Anderson wins 25th Anniversary HR Derby

Current O's VP of baseball operations beat four '92 teammates

Anderson wins 25th Anniversary HR Derby

BALTIMORE -- It was 1992 all over again. Despite some playful trash talking the day prior, Brady Anderson, the current Orioles vice president of baseball operations, edged Sam Horn, 5-4, in Saturday's 25th Anniversary Home Run Derby.

The pair, who were joined by Joe Orsulak, Sam Horn and Chris Hoiles in the home run hitting contest, were then honored as part of the inaugural team at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a special pregame ceremony before Saturday's game against the Angels.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. 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.

Gausman struggles vs. Angels in defeat

Gausman struggles vs. Angels in defeat

BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each homered twice as the Angels continued their recent power surge to blow past the Orioles with Saturday's 5-1 win to even the series.

The victory, which came on the night the Orioles celebrated the 25th anniversary of the inaugural season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, puts the Halos back in a tie with the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot. It also came on the heels of a tough loss on Friday night that saw the Orioles walk off on a Manny Machado grand slam.

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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 reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore who covered the Angels on Saturday.

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Tillman returns to rotation in finale vs. Angels

Tillman returns to rotation in finale vs. Angels

The Orioles and Angels will meet in the rubber match of this weekend's three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, the final meeting between the two American League Wild Card hopefuls this season.

The Angels enter the finale tied with the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot, while Baltimore is three games back.

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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.

Machado honoring roots for Players Weekend

'Mr. Miami' among group paying homage to upbringing during inaugural event

Machado honoring roots for Players Weekend

SEATTLE -- Manny Machado is proud of where he came from. That'll be evident in the inaugural Players Weekend from Aug. 25-27, when all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.

Although he plays in Baltimore, the Orioles' third baseman went with "Mr. Miami" as his nickname, which will be adorned on the back of his Players Weekend jersey.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

How Manny HRs? 3, and 3rd is walk-off GS!

How Manny HRs? 3, and 3rd is walk-off GS!

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is back and it's a scary thought for the rest of the league, perhaps one that could change the game in the Orioles' American League Wild Card hopes.

Friday was a perfect example. After an early five-run deficit, Machado -- who had already homered twice -- came up with the bases loaded and did the unthinkable: blasting a grand slam to catapult Baltimore to a 9-7 walkoff win over the Angels.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. 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.

Manny (3 HRs) walks O's off with epic slam

Manny (3 HRs) walks O's off with epic slam

BALTIMORE -- There's hot, there's two homers in a game, and then there's a walk-off grand slam for your third homer of the game. It's the latter territory where Manny Machado finds himself right now. Machado's eighth homer of August, and third of the night, was a game-ending slam as the Orioles beat the Angels, 9-7, at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Machado's seven RBIs almost single-handedly propelled the O's to the come-from behind win, which pulled them within two games of the Angels and Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ben Standig is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Angels on Friday.

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Flown save: Closer runs down Manny mash

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Flown save: Closer runs down Manny mash

Zach Britton is used to finishing Orioles games, but it doesn't usually happen the way that it did on Friday night. Trailing, 7-5, in the ninth, the Orioles rallied in dramatic fashion, as Manny Machado's grand slam vaulted them to a stunning 9-7 win.

The booming drive, Machado's third homer of the game, sailed over the center-field wall around where Britton was warming up in the bullpen. He didn't get the save, but the game fittingly ended with the ball in Britton's glove

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O's celebrate 25th anniversary of Oriole Park

Members of '92 team gather for commemorative luncheon

O's celebrate 25th anniversary of Oriole Park

BALTIMORE -- On Friday afternoon, countless members of the Orioles 1992 team wondered, "Has it really been that long?" But there it was on the ceremonial backdrop behind them, the commemorative patch added this year for the 25th anniversary season of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"It's crazy -- 25 years. It goes by in the blink of an eye," said Orioles current vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson. "I guess that's how life is. It's not like [it was] yesterday, but not too long ago that Devo [Mike Devereaux] and I checked it out [for the first time]. … It doesn't seem long enough. 25 years?"

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. 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.

Bank on it: O's Santander impresses in debut

Rule 5 pick robs Trout with catch in 2nd, gets first hit in 9th-inning rally

Bank on it: O's Santander impresses in debut

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's Rule 5 Draft pick Anthony Santander made his Major League debut in Friday night's 9-7 walk-off win over the Angels at Camden Yards, delivering a key ninth-inning single and making a diving grab in right field.

"No, I could not imagine something like this," Santander said through interpreter Ramon Alarcon. "But this was amazing, Something I'm never going to forget."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. 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.

Inbox: Was buying the right move for O's?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from fans

Inbox: Was buying the right move for O's?

Do you think it was the correct move to not sell at the non-waiver Trade Deadline?
-- Anthony C., Elkridge, Md.

I think it was, in all honesty, a really tough decision. On one hand, the Orioles haven't been a consistent enough team to really decide to go all-in on 2017. On the other, the O's have a small window to win with this current group. And as executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted, this year's market for high-end relievers wasn't enough to justify moving Zach Britton. I don't agree with making a trade for making a trade's sake. If they moved Britton, they would have had to get back some significant pieces in return.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. 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.

Balanced O's can't complete thrilling rally

Balanced O's can't complete thrilling rally

SEATTLE -- Leonys Martin provided a game-saving catch in the bottom of the ninth to preserve a 7-6 win over the Orioles on Wednesday at Safeco Field as the Mariners finished off a tough homestand with their second straight win before heading out on a rugged 12-game East Coast road trip.

After closer Edwin Diaz walked the bases loaded to start the bottom of the ninth with a 7-4 lead, Martin hauled in a drive into the right-center gap by Manny Machado, turning a potential tying blow into a sacrifice fly.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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O's look homeward following tough finale

One-run loss to Mariners on Wednesday concludes 4-6 road trip

O's look homeward following tough finale

SEATTLE -- The Orioles knew it wasn't going to be easy. But even considering the circumstances, it's tough for Baltimore to be entirely satisfied with its West Coast road trip.

The O's completed a 10-games-in-10-days road swing on Wednesday with a 7-6 loss to the Mariners. A four-game series split in Oakland was bookended by three-game series losses in Los Angeles and Seattle.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hardy makes progress, takes cuts in cage

Beckham stays hot as replacement for Orioles' veteran shortstop

Hardy makes progress, takes cuts in cage

SEATTLE -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist, hit in the indoor cages on Wednesday and played long toss. He hopes to take on-field batting practice on Friday.

"I'm hoping that we're going to get into the hitting part of it soon. I know he's been taking a lot of dry swings," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "He's ready to get going. He's antsy about getting going. We sure would like to get him back."

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sparks sets career bests in big GCL game

Sparks sets career bests in big GCL game

If there was any doubt about whether Forrest Whitley was ready for the Double-A level, the teenage right-hander laid it to rest on Thursday by tossing six scoreless innings with a career-high 11 strikeouts in his debut for Corpus Christi.

Whitley, MLBPipeline.com's No. 40 overall prospect (Astros' No. 2), retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced in the outing. Seven of those outs came on strikeouts, as he struck out the side in the second and third innings and then once more in the fifth.

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Harvey fans seven for Aberdeen

Harvey fans seven for Aberdeen

The White Sox announced on Monday that they were promoting Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins to Double-A Birmingham. On Wednesday, it was the powerful prospect duo making an immediate impact and pacing the Barons' offense to a 9-4 win over Montgomery in their Southern League debut.

Jimenez, MLB Pipeline's No. 7 overall prospect (White Sox No. 2), homered in his first Double-A at-bat in the first inning, when he hit a 1-1 offering just inside the right-field foul pole to give Birmingham an early lead.

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O's activate Rule 5 pick Santander from DL

No. 9 prospect has not played in Majors this season; Rickard optioned

O's activate Rule 5 pick Santander from DL

The Orioles on Wednesday activated outfielder Anthony Santander from the 60-day disabled list. In the corresponding roster move, outfielder Joey Rickard was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

A right forearm strain sustained in Spring Training has kept Santander, a Rule 5 Draft selection in December, out of action all season. He batted .382/.453/.745 with five homers in his 13-game rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Schoop sets new career high with 26th homer

Orioles second baseman credits mentor Cruz for aiding development

Schoop sets new career high with 26th homer

SEATTLE -- Whenever the Orioles and the Mariners tangle, two friends reunite.

Jonathan Schoop, who set a new career high with his 26th home run in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field on Tuesday night, stays in frequent contact with former Orioles and current Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz. Playing him means reconnecting in person with Cruz, who he considers a mentor.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles go quietly after Schoop's early blast

Orioles go quietly after Schoop's early blast

SEATTLE -- Andrew Albers picked up his first Major League victory since 2013 with five innings of one-run ball in his Mariners debut to help Seattle snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday at Safeco Field.

The Mariners needed to go to their 16th starting pitcher of the season, the most in the Majors, to fill in for the injured James Paxton. And the 31-year-old Albers -- acquired Friday from the Braves in a cash deal -- worked around some early trouble and finished his five frames with six hits, one walk and four strikeouts as well as the victory in his first MLB game of the year.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Tuesday.

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Jones ascends to 5th on O's all-time hits list

Center fielder goes 2-for-4 in opener against Mariners

Jones ascends to 5th on O's all-time hits list

SEATTLE -- With hits Nos. 1,574 and 1,575 during Monday night's 11-3 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field, Adam Jones moved past Boog Powell for the fifth-most hits in Orioles franchise history.

"Cool's a word, but I think it's more of a reminder," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you talk about all these other great Baltimore players, Adam's name is mentioned in here, too. He could have played in any era, and that's a great compliment."

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Flaherty hopes to come off DL for homestand

Orioles infielder sidelined since May with shoulder strain

Flaherty hopes to come off DL for homestand

SEATTLE -- Ryan Flaherty, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, was assigned to Class A Frederick for the final stop in his rehab assignment. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Flaherty is expected to be activated when the Orioles return to Baltimore on Thursday.

Flaherty served as the designated hitter Monday and will play shortstop on Tuesday for Frederick.

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Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manny's 2nd slam of '17 fuels O's 4-HR rout

Manny's 2nd slam of '17 fuels O's 4-HR rout

SEATTLE -- Manny Machado's grand slam led a four-homer attack as the Orioles blasted the Mariners, 11-3, on Monday night to pull within two games of the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

Tim Beckham, Trey Mancini and former Mariner Seth Smith also homered to make an easy winner of Kevin Gausman, who continued his strong second half by allowing two runs and six hits over seven innings in hiking his record to 9-8 with a 5.08 ERA.

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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.

Josh Horton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Seattle. He covered the Orioles on Monday.

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Machado homers, flirts with cycle vs. A's

Orioles third baseman triples, homers and singles in loss to A's

Machado homers, flirts with cycle vs. A's

OAKLAND -- Since a valley in early July, Orioles infielder Manny Machado has steadily seen his batting average climb, from .216 to his current mark of .259.

Machado did his best to break the .260 barrier Sunday, notching three hits -- a triple, single and and home run -- to flirt with the cycle in the Orioles' 9-3 loss to the A's. The loss dropped Baltimore to 2 1/2 games back of the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson, Orioles done in by A's big inning

Hellickson, Orioles done in by A's big inning

OAKLAND -- Matt Chapman lined a three-run homer just over the left-field wall to cap a five-run fourth and lead the A's to an 9-3 win over the Orioles on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.

Down by two entering the fourth, Oakland tied the game when Ryon Healy hit an RBI double and Khris Davis beat Chris Davis' throw home on a Matt Olson grounder. Chapman then hooked a low changeup just over the 330-foot marker in left field, giving the A's the lead with his eighth homer of the year.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Orioles on Sunday.

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Orioles pounce on A's in first en route to rout

Orioles pounce on A's in first en route to rout

OAKLAND -- Tim Beckham's two-run double capped a seven-run first inning and the Orioles cruised behind Dylan Bundy to a 12-5 win over the A's on Saturday night at the Coliseum.

The Orioles sent 11 to the plate in the first inning, with Manny Machado and Adam Jones adding RBI doubles to chase A's starter Sean Manaea with just one out. The left-hander walked the leadoff batter and allowed six straight hits before being pulled, with his only out coming on a play at the plate.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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Four-midable: Beckham on hit parade for O's

Shortstop logs 4 hits, draws walk to open 7-run 1st vs. A's

Four-midable: Beckham on hit parade for O's

OAKLAND -- Orioles leadoff man Tim Beckham didn't mind the 20-minute wait he had to endure in the first inning before extending his hitting streak to 12 games during a 12-5 blowout of the Athletics on Saturday night.

Having walked and scored on Manny Machado's double to start the game, Beckham enjoyed kicking back in the dugout and watching as the O's batted around in the opening frame. Then, the shortstop put an emphatic stamp on the seven-run inning with a two-run double that provided more than enough cushion.

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Hardy progressing, but not ready for activation

Orioles shortstop has been rehabbing fractured wrist

Hardy progressing, but not ready for activation

OAKLAND -- J.J. Hardy continues to make steady progress in his recovery from a broken right wrist, but the Orioles shortstop won't come off the disabled list when eligible.

The Orioles plan to take a cautious approach with Hardy, who turns 35 on Aug. 19 -- one day after he's eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Orioles on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles watch lead slip away in eighth

Orioles watch lead slip away in eighth

OAKLAND -- Chad Pinder hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth to cap a two-run rally for the A's, who beat the Orioles, 5-4, Friday night at the Coliseum.

With the A's down by one, Jed Lowrie hit his Major League-leading 37th double to drive in Matt Joyce and move Marcus Semien to third. Two batters later, Pinder flew out to right fielder Seth Smith, whose strong throw was too late to nab a sliding Semien at the plate.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Orioles on Friday.

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Jimenez fans season-high 11, exits with injury

Orioles starter hit in calf by comebacker in sixth inning

Jimenez fans season-high 11, exits with injury

OAKLAND -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez seemed more concerned about his high pitch count than he was about being knocked out of Friday night's 5-4 loss to the A's after getting hit in his right calf by a sharp grounder in the sixth inning.

Jimenez struck out a season-high 11 and allowed three runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in what was his one of his sharpest outings this season. The 11 strikeouts are the most since Jimenez matched his career-high of 13 on Sept. 29, 2013, against Minnesota.

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Michael Wagaman is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area. He covered the Orioles on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hays homers for Bowie

Hays homers for Bowie

Duane Underwood Jr. had been making strides in recent starts for Double-A Tennessee, though it wasn't until Friday night that the right-hander managed to put it all together.

The Cubs' No. 17 prospect took a no-hitter into the sixth inning en route to completing seven scoreless frames of and pacing the Smokies in a 6-0 shutout of Biloxi. He gave up one hit, hit one batter and struck out six, throwing 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes in the performance.

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