Jones exits game after crashing into CF wall

Outfielder experiences some concussion-like symptoms, but hopes to be back in lineup Friday

Jones exits game after crashing into CF wall

KANSAS CITY -- Adam Jones exited Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Royals in the top of the third inning after running into the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium and suffering some concussion-like symptoms.

"His vision was a little [blurred]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. " … Most of it was whiplash. I don't think there's any head trauma concussion-wise. Dr. [Keith] Meister will take a look at him in Texas tomorrow, and we'll see where we are with it. Any time Adam says anything is bothering him, you better multiply it times two, because he's a tough nut."

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O's 9th-inning rally not enough in finale

O's 9th-inning rally not enough in finale

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist's double in the bottom of the first.

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Janish steps up on both sides of ball

Shortstop enters in third after Jones' exit, impresses with bat, glove

Janish steps up on both sides of ball

KANSAS CITY -- Paul Janish didn't start Thursday's game, but he was still one of few Orioles' bright spots in Thursday's 5-3 series loss to the Royals.

Janish, who entered the game in the top of the third inning to bat for the injured Adam Jones, gave Baltimore its first hit off starter Yordano Ventura. He also had a leadoff single in the sixth, accounting for both of the O's hits over Ventura's six innings.

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Gausman looks to break out with win in opener

Gausman looks to break out with win in opener

Cole Hamels is scheduled to make his fifth start for the Rangers when they host the Orioles in another critical Wild Card series that begins at 7:05 p.m. CT Friday night in Arlington.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman will pitch for the Orioles and try to break a three-game losing streak. He is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA in his past four starts.

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Alvarez set to join O's in Texas

Alvarez set to join O's in Texas

KANSAS CITY -- Dariel Alvarez will join the Orioles in Texas this weekend and is one of several roster moves expected by Baltimore on Friday, including adding Steve Clevenger back from the paternity list.

Alvarez, 26, is a batting .275/.305/.424 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 72 RBIs in 130 games at Triple-A Norfolk and was expected to be part of roster expansion. Instead, he'll come a few days early, giving the O's another right-handed bat as they get set to face a trio of Rangers lefty starters.

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Reimold outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

Reimold outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

KANSAS CITY -- Nolan Reimold has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced Thursday.

Reimold was designated for assignment on Monday and is a candidate to be added to the O's roster for September expansion. The 31-year-old outfielder was batting .227/.306/.340 in 108 plate appearances this season with Baltimore.

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Schoop clutch again with mammoth home run

Schoop clutch again with mammoth home run

KANSAS CITY -- Jonathan Schoop has hit some big home runs for the Orioles this season.

On Wednesday night, Schoop once again came through in the clutch, hitting a towering two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead -- in an eventual 8-5 win over the Royals -- and also put him second among baseball's leaders in home-run distance.

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Orioles belt five homers to power past Royals

Orioles belt five homers to power past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen threw 6 2/3 serviceable innings, giving up just three runs, and the Orioles' offense belted five home runs in an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Orioles snapped a season-long six-game losing streak, while the Royals lost for just the third time in 12 games.

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O's top prospect Harvey set to throw bullpen

O's top prospect Harvey set to throw bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles top prospect Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen on Thursday as the right-hander continues to rehab back from a series of injuries that have kept him from appearing in a Minor League game all year.

Harvey sustained a fractured fibula after taking a ball off his right ankle in late March. He worked his way back to extended spring after that, but elbow tightness in a rehab outing in May shelved him again. He threw his first bullpen last Thursday and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the hope is Harvey will be healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

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Robinson, Hoiles, Martinez attend Baltimore Play Ball event

Robinson, Hoiles, Martinez attend Baltimore Play Ball event

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles were playing on the road on Wednesday, but about a mile west of Camden Yards, the sounds of baseball were in the air.

More than 300 local children were hitting, pitching, running and fielding at Baltimore's Carroll Park as part of the city's Play Ball Month event. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were in attendance, and the participants received instruction from the likes of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and fellow former Orioles Chris Hoiles and Tippy Martinez.

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Gonzalez's lack of command yields key homer

Gonzalez's lack of command yields key homer

KANSAS CITY -- The frustrating season for Miguel Gonzalez continued on Tuesday night.

The right-hander turned in an all-too-familiar short start, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and giving up an early tone-setting homer in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Royals, which saw his season ERA climb to 4.78 in the process.

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Orioles' skid hits 6 with tough loss to Royals

Orioles' skid hits 6 with tough loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales belted his 14th homer of the season and Mike Moustakas had two hits and an RBI as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Baltimore suffered its season-high sixth straight loss, the club's longest skid since Sept. 19-24, 2013.

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Former All-Star closer Perez retires

Former All-Star closer Perez retires

KANSAS CITY -- Former All-Star closer Chris Perez has retired from baseball.

Perez, whose retirement was listed on Triple-A Norfolk's transaction page a few days ago, was working out at the Orioles' spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., as he served a 50-game suspension for use of a drug of abuse.

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Hardy to receive PRP injection for groin issue

Hardy to receive PRP injection for groin issue

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will not join the team in Kansas City. He will instead stay in Baltimore to receive a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Thursday for his left groin injury.

Hardy could meet the team in Texas this weekend, but that's uncertain as manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that Hardy will "be pretty sore" after the injection. The news does not change Hardy's timeline and the Orioles are still hoping he will be ready when his 15-day disabled list period is up on Sept. 8.

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O's recall Janish with Clevenger on paternity list

O's recall Janish with Clevenger on paternity list

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Tuesday night's game against the Royals, placing catcher Steve Clevenger on the paternity list for the next three days.

Clevenger left the team after Monday night's 8-3 loss and welcomed a baby girl, Peyton Lee, with his wife Tiffany at 1:09 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It is the couple's first child together.

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Hess throws his first complete game for Keys

Orioles No. 10 prospect allows one hit in seven frames for Class A Advanced Frederick

Hess throws his first complete game for Keys

It took him 31 pro starts, but Orioles No. 10 prospect David Hess worked through his first career complete game on Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old right-hander out of Tennesssee Tech delivered seven innings of one-hit ball for Class A Advanced Frederick in the first game of the Keys' doubleheader. Hess' near perfect performance included one walk and five strikeouts as Frederick took down Potomac, 4-0.

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Ubaldo laments mistakes in nightmare sixth

Ubaldo laments mistakes in nightmare sixth

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles' starting pitching, while subject lately to a lot of shorter outings, had been largely able to avoid big innings.

That changed on Monday night, as slumping Ubaldo Jimenez unraveled in an ugly seven-run sixth inning, paving the way for an 8-3 loss to the Royals.

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Jones homers, but O's drop opener with Royals

Jones homers, but O's drop opener with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Kris Medlen, making his first regular-season start since Sept. 27, 2013, threw six strong innings and the Royals' offense rose up to score seven runs in the sixth inning -- all with two out -- en route to an 8-3 win over the slumping Orioles on Monday night.

The Royals, whose lead in the American League Central is now 13 games, won for the third straight time while the Orioles lost their fifth in a row, matching a season high. The Royals' magic number dropped to 26.

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Hardy lands on disabled list with groin injury

O's call up Rondon, reinstate Pearce from DL, designate Reimold

Hardy lands on disabled list with groin injury

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves before Monday's game against the Royals, most notably placing shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list.

Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the 15-day DL and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. To create a roster spot, the O's designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.

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Orioles left fuming after being swept at home

Machado boots costly play at shortstop in loss to Twins

Orioles left fuming after being swept at home

BALTIMORE -- Entering Sunday, the Orioles had not been swept at home during a four-game series since 2008, and Manny Machado had never played shortstop in the Majors. Those two random items intersected nastily for the reeling club.

Machado's 12th-inning error led to the go-ahead run after closer Zach Britton coughed up starter Kevin Gausman's lead in the ninth inning, as Baltimore dropped its fifth straight overall, 4-3, in 12 innings to Minnesota.

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O's unravel in 12th vs. hard-charging Twins

O's unravel in 12th vs. hard-charging Twins

BALTIMORE -- The Twins pounced on a pair of 12th-inning errors Sunday afternoon as Minnesota beat Baltimore, 4-3, to complete the four-game series and seven-game season sweeps of the Orioles.

Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes both recorded errors in the 12th, with the second allowing Eduardo Escobar to come across for the winning run. The game wouldn't have made it to extra innings if it weren't for Trevor Plouffe's two-out RBI single in the ninth that tied the game at 3. The inning started with a leadoff infield single from Brian Dozier, which provided the groundwork for Zach Britton's third blown save of the season.

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Hardy rests sore groin, records hit off bench

Hardy rests sore groin, records hit off bench

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy toughed out another nine innings Saturday night despite lingering groin discomfort. On Sunday, the Orioles shortstop was given rest -- until the ninth inning.

Hardy, who was out of the starting lineup for the finale of a four-game series against the Twins, entered as a defensive replacement with the Orioles holding a one-run lead. After closer Zach Britton allowed a game-tying run to force extras, Hardy notched an infield single to shortstop in the 11th, giving way to pinch-runner Jimmy Paredes.

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Tillman's streak ends with hard-luck loss

O's righty delivers quality start in first 'L' since May 31

Tillman's streak ends with hard-luck loss

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Chris Tillman came into Saturday's game trying for an eighth consecutive winning decision. The right-hander dominated the Twins for much of his 6 2/3-innings effort, but Minnesota scratched out two runs in the seventh to end his streak.

Despite taking the loss in the Twins' 3-2 victory over the Orioles on Saturday night, Tillman received plenty of praise. He turned in another sharp effort but just didn't get a lot of offensive support, which proved to be the key.

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O's announcers derive great joy from saying 'Plouffe'

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O's announcers derive great joy from saying 'Plouffe'

hen Trevor Plouffe came to plate against the Orioles in the top of the fourth inning on Saturday night, Baltimore's play-by-play man Gary Thorne couldn't help but marvel at how much fun it was to say "Plouffe." Soon, he and color commentator Mike Bordick realized they were thinking of an old "Hee Haw" bit and the two began giggling uproariously ... in between making, umm, "raspberry" sounds with their mouths. 

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Small ball stings Tillman as Twins top O's

Small ball stings Tillman as Twins top O's

BALTIMORE -- Top Twins prospect Byron Buxton collected his first Major League RBI on Saturday night, and it couldn't have come at a bigger time, as the rookie's single propelled Minnesota past the Orioles, 3-2.

"He's a young kid who is extremely talented and he is kind of finding his way up here," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "There are going to be days where it's going to be a little challenging for him as he adjusts to what the pitching is like up here on a regular basis. But it was nice to see him get his first RBI in a big situation."

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Orioles shake off tough luck for O'Day

All-Star reliever surrenders late lead on Twins' soft rally

Orioles shake off tough luck for O'Day

BALTIMORE -- All-Star setup man Darren O'Day hadn't given up a run in 11 straight appearances and is a big reason the Orioles were 51-1 when leading after seven innings this season.

The O's led by two when O'Day came on in the eighth inning Friday night. Minnesota then used some soft, well-placed hits to scratch out three runs in two-thirds of an inning against O'Day and rally for a 4-3 victory.

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Pearce making progress on comeback trail

Versatile veteran sent to Double-A Bowie for rehab games

Pearce making progress on comeback trail

BALTIMORE -- Steve Pearce will play two rehab games at Double-A Bowie this weekend, and it's possible he could join the Orioles on Monday to start their weeklong road trip.

Manager Buck Showalter said Pearce, on the disabled list since mid-July with an oblique injury, fared well in another Gulf Cost League game Friday. Pearce played half the game in left field and half in right but did not see time at first base, something the Orioles had hoped for. He went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring twice.

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The secret to Britton's unique dominance

MLB-best 79.2 percent of plate appearances end in whiff or grounder

The secret to Britton's unique dominance

Entering the 2014 season, Zach Britton was seemingly on the verge of unemployment. After eight seasons as a starter in the Orioles' system, including parts of three with the big league team, he was unable to gain a hold on a regular job. In 40 Major League innings in 2013, he'd whiffed an unfathomably low 18 batters, giving him the third-lowest strikeout rate of any pitcher with who had appeared as often that season, and he'd been only moderately better in 103 1/3 Triple-A innings. At 26, he was out of options and nearly out of time, at least with the Orioles.

Just over 16 months later, Britton is still in Baltimore, and he no longer has to worry about job security. Though he's rarely mentioned in the top echelon of closers like Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel, Britton has transformed from a struggling starter to one of the most dominant relievers in the big leagues -- and perhaps the most unique.

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