Trumbo's 30th backs strong Gausman in win

Trumbo's 30th backs strong Gausman in win

BALTIMORE -- The first-place Orioles have spent the past two nights showing off their power against the Indians' highly touted pitching staff. In a 5-2 win over the Tribe on Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Mark Trumbo became the first Major Leaguer to reach 30 home runs, backing up a stellar performance by right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Orioles closer Zach Britton recorded the final out to notch his American League-leading 32nd save of the season.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and listen to his podcast.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

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Gausman's gem latest for O's rotation

Gausman's gem latest for O's rotation

BALTIMORE -- Friday and Saturday night's performances at Oriole Park at Camden Yards were the type Baltimore right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman envisioned when they were together at Double-A Bowie.

The fourth overall picks in 2011 and 2012, respectively, showed why they were once-hyped prospects on consecutive nights against the Indians' potent lineup. After Bundy allowed an unearned run in five innings, Gausman hurled seven shutout innings on Saturday to lead Baltimore past Cleveland, 5-2.

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Trumbo becomes 1st to 30 HRs this season

Trumbo becomes 1st to 30 HRs this season

BALTIMORE -- Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo blasted his 30th home run in the first inning of Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians to become the first player in the Majors to accomplish the feat this season. The two-run shot gave the O's a 3-0 lead.

"For a guy we were all about talking about how he does this in July, does this in June, does this in April; it's almost August," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "So he's putting together a year worthy of a lot of consideration."

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O's place Jimenez on paternity list, recall Wilson

O's place Jimenez on paternity list, recall Wilson

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list before Saturday's 5-2 win over the Indians and recalled Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk.

Jimenez's pregnant wife wasn't due until Aug. 21, but manager Buck Showalter said pregame that her water broke and Jimenez was at a hospital with her. Jimenez can be on paternity leave for three days before returning.

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Worley faces Indians, eyes sweep

Worley faces Indians, eyes sweep

The Indians' rise to a tie with the Orioles for the best record in the American League can be in part attributed to the strength of their starting pitching, which entered Saturday night with the best ERA in the AL.

Corey Kluber, the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, has helped elevate the staff. After entering June with a 4.15 ERA, he has lowered it to 3.42 with his recent performances.

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O'Day nearing return from DL stint

Outfielder Kim could also be back within a week

O'Day nearing return from DL stint

BALTIMORE -- After more than a month and a half on the disabled list, Darren O'Day (right hamstring strain) seems primed to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen. Manager Buck Showalter said the club expects to either activate him on Sunday or have him pitch one more rehab game before doing so early next week.

O'Day threw a scoreless inning at Double-A Bowie on Friday night and said he felt good. Before Saturday's game, he said he hoped it would be his only rehab appearance.

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

Trumbo, Machado power Bundy, O's past Tribe

Trumbo, Machado power Bundy, O's past Tribe

BALTIMORE -- Since they were selected third and fourth overall in the 2011 Draft, respectively, the career paths of Indians righty Trevor Bauer and Orioles righty Dylan Bundy have taken drastically different routes to Friday's showdown at Camden Yards. Bauer entered with 77 more career starts than Bundy, but it was Bundy who pitched like the more experienced pro in a 5-1 Baltimore win in the series opener.

Making his second career start, Bundy went five innings while allowing one unearned run. Bauer, meanwhile, matched his season high with five runs allowed in four-plus innings.

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Rickard out 4-6 weeks with thumb injury

Rickard out 4-6 weeks with thumb injury

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' outfield took another hit Friday when a right thumb ligament injury sent Joey Rickard to the 15-day disabled list and will cost him 4-6 weeks, according to manager Buck Showalter. The 25-year-old Rickard had an MRI exam Friday on his thumb, which he injured during Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

Showalter said Rickard won't need surgery on his thumb.

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Bundy has career night, could ease rotation concerns

Righty collects first win as starter, allows one unearned run in five frames

Bundy has career night, could ease rotation concerns

BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy's first career start at Camden Yards arrived much longer after his 2011 Draft selection than fans and the Orioles alike wanted, but they hope it's a sign of things to come. For a staff in desperate need of more consistent starting pitching, Bundy delivered in Friday's 5-1 win over the Indians.

The former fourth overall selection went five innings in his second career start, allowing one unearned run on five hits and five strikeouts to notch his first win as a starter. With the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, and the market short on quality starters, Bundy's performance the rest of the season could be crucial.

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

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

San Diego informs teams it's close to trade involving OF; Baltimore, Toronto surface as potential partners

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

Melvin Upton Jr. could soon be on the move. The Padres are reportedly informing teams that they're close to trading the veteran outfielder, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who cautioned that the news "may ultimately be posturing" by San Diego.

The Orioles surfaced late Friday as a potential destination for Upton, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal is not yet close, but noted O's right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was included in the discussions.

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Duquette: Orioles looking into thin pitching market

Duquette: Orioles looking into thin pitching market

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles made it clear they were willing to make changes in an effort to improve their starting rotation when they moved right-hander Dylan Bundy from the bullpen to the rotation after the All-Star break.

But Bundy, who made his first Major League start Sunday, is far from a dependable solution. Manager Buck Showalter said it's possible Bundy could stay in the rotation for the rest of the season despite his innings limit, but the O's are still looking outside of their organization for another arm to try to solve the rotation problems.

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Tillman aces test vs. CC, Yanks in series finale

Tillman aces test vs. CC, Yanks in series finale

NEW YORK -- Chris Tillman worked seven strong innings, J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop each drove in a pair of runs and the Orioles snapped their four-game losing streak -- and New York's four-game winning streak -- with a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Tillman (14-2) scattered four hits, walking two and striking out seven as he won his fourth consecutive start, again holding the opponent to exactly one run. Baltimore improved to 10-0 in games that the right-hander has started against the American League East this season.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Orioles on Thursday.

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Bowie Baysox take name literally with bedazzled David Bowie unis

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Bowie Baysox take name literally with bedazzled David Bowie unis

The Bowie Baysox, Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, don't pronounce their name the way you might think: It's actually "Boo-ee," after the Maryland town where the team's ballpark is located. For Friday night's game against the Erie SeaWolves, however, the Baysox will change their name to something a little more phonetic -- from Bowie to, well, Bowie, in honor of David Bowie Tribute Night.

There will be tributes, fireworks and, of course, music throughout the night. But the team knew that no tribute to the man who managed to rock a leather pant-suit would be complete without some fashion innovation. So they came prepared -- with not just any commemorative David Bowie uniforms, but the David Bowie-est uniforms imaginable.

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O's get much-needed win to finish road trip

O's get much-needed win to finish road trip

NEW YORK -- Late Wednesday night, Adam Jones stood in the Orioles' clubhouse next to two uninhabited lockers -- one belonging to Manny Machado (virus) and one belonging to Hyun Soo Kim (strained right hamstring, 15-day DL). Despite having back spasms, Jones ensured he'd play the following day.

"I got nothing else to do," Jones joked after the Orioles' third straight loss of the series.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Orioles on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: TJ surgery for top prospect Harvey

Right-hander set to undergo procedure Tuesday, had made 5 starts in 2016

Source: TJ surgery for top prospect Harvey

Orioles No. 1 prospect Hunter Harvey will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday, a source told MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo on Thursday. The club has not confirmed.

The 21-year-old right-hander, who was Baltimore's first-round Draft pick in 2013, started this season in Rookie ball and was most recently pitching for Class A Short-Season Aberdeen. Harvey had a 2.13 ERA in five starts between the two levels over 12 2/3 innings.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles miss opportunities in 4th straight loss

Orioles miss opportunities in 4th straight loss

NEW YORK -- Michael Pineda's electric slider produced eight strikeouts, Mark Teixeira homered in his return to the lineup and the Yankees posted their fourth consecutive victory on Wednesday, a 5-0 decision over the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. 

Pineda blanked Baltimore in a 113-pitch effort, limiting their depleted batting order to five hits and two walks as he picked up his first victory since June 7. Teixeira provided support against O's starter Yovani Gallardo, slugging his eighth homer in the fourth inning and working a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Showalter kept from Yankee Stadium with flu

O's manager expected back Thursday, along with Davis; Machado, also ill, to be re-evaluated

Showalter kept from Yankee Stadium with flu

NEW YORK -- The Orioles have been ravaged by injuries and illness, and Buck Showalter isn't immune. The manager was not at Yankee Stadium for Baltimore's 5-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night because of the flu. Bench coach John Russell took his place as acting manager.

But afterward, Russell said of Showalter: "It's probably going to have to take a hurricane to hit New York for him to not be here tomorrow."

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Borbon savoring return to Majors with Orioles

Having not played big league ball since 2013, former first-rounder humbled by long road back

Borbon savoring return to Majors with Orioles

NEW YORK -- Before he did anything else, Julio Borbon called his father, Julio. He had just heard the news he'd been waiting to hear for years, so it only made sense to alert his "No. 1 fan."

Drafted 35th overall in 2007 by the Rangers, it took fewer than two years for Borbon to make Texas' big league roster. But by 2013, his stock had fallen. The Chicago Cubs claimed him off waivers in April before designating him for assignment later that year.

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Orioles can't rally back in loss to Yankees

Orioles can't rally back in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are doing everything they can to keep the band together. With trade speculation swirling throughout the Bronx, Starlin Castro homered and drove in four runs to lead New York to its third straight victory, a 7-1 decision over the division-leading Orioles on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Castro hit a two-run shot, his 11th, off Baltimore starter Vance Worley in the second inning and contributed a two-run double facing reliever Odrisamer Despaigne in the sixth. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a run-scoring single and Chase Headley hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the eighth inning.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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O's place Kim on DL, call up Borbon from Double-A

O'Day progressing; X-rays on Wieters' foot come back negative

O's place Kim on DL, call up Borbon from Double-A

NEW YORK -- The Tuesday afternoon simulation game designed for right-hander Darren O'Day brought a mixed bag, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. On the bright side, O'Day pitched well and could begin a Minor League rehab stint Friday. It didn't go as well for Hyun Soo Kim, who hasn't played since sustaining a right hamstring strain July 10.

The O's placed the left fielder on the disabled list, and in a corresponding roster move, they selected Julio Borbon's contract from Double-A Bowie. Additionally, Henry Urrutia was designated for assignment.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Showalter not making excuses for quiet bats

Although Wieters, Davis out of lineup, manager says absences 'part of the gig'

Showalter not making excuses for quiet bats

NEW YORK -- Buck Showalter wouldn't take the bait. The Orioles' manager was without Matt Wieters (right foot) and Chris Davis (stomach virus) in a 7-1 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night, but Showalter scoffed at the suggestion their absences played a part in the result.

"We've been without people all year," the manager said. "Just like the Yankees have and just like everybody has. It's part of the gig."

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Jones visits with students learning to code

Program aims to give underserved young men of color access to STEM fields

Jones visits with students learning to code

NEW YORK -- Before heading back to Yankee Stadium for the 88th game of his season and the 1,330th game of his Major League career, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was reminded once again how he reached his dream of playing in the Major Leagues.

Jones stood at the front of a long conference room table inside the MLB.com offices in Manhattan, answering questions from 20 teenage boys who were treated to his visit as part of their six-week intensive course with All Star Code, a nonprofit that gives underserved young men of color access to to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gausman handed hard-luck loss by Yanks

Gausman handed hard-luck loss by Yanks

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th home run, Ivan Nova hurled six solid innings and Aroldis Chapman wowed the crowd with a 105.1-mph fastball, leading the Yankees to a 2-1 victory over the Orioles on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez's second-inning blast off Kevin Gausman soared into the left-field bleachers and marked his first home run since June 18, exactly one month prior. It was Rodriguez's ninth home run of the season, and the slugger said that he has been working on hitting the ball in the air more often.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Orioles on Monday.

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Jones wins Orioles' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Jones wins Orioles' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gausman laments tough start after All-Star break

Gausman laments tough start after All-Star break

NEW YORK -- Behind him, the Orioles infield was fielding grounders, and the outfielders were playing catch. There was no batter staring down Kevin Gausman, either. But between innings Monday night at Yankee Stadium, the right-hander just couldn't shake off the rust while tossing warm-up throws to catcher Matt Wieters in his first start after the All-Star break.

"I bounced every breaking ball I threw to Wieters between innings," Gausman said after the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Yankees in the series opener.

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Joshua Needelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Orioles on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bundy using 1st MLB start as stepping stone

Righty looks to improve command after allowing 3 homers Sunday

Bundy using 1st MLB start as stepping stone

ST. PETERSBURG -- Regardless of how Dylan Bundy fared in his first Major League start, Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted in the days leading up to Sunday that it was "all good things" and a no-lose situation for the young righty.

So Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Rays will be viewed as just that: a stepping stone for the 23-year-old Bundy, who went 3 1/3 innings.

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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.

Alvarez homers, but O's allow 4 in loss

Alvarez homers, but O's allow 4 in loss

ST. PETERSBURG -- An abundance of Major League scouts were in the house Sunday afternoon to watch Jake Odorizzi pitch, and the Rays right-hander came through with a quality start in a 5-2 win over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

The Rays' win snapped an eight-game losing streak while also ending the Orioles' four-game winning streak.

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

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.

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