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

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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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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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O'Day, Jones excited for Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

O'Day, Jones excited for Players Weekend

ANAHEIM -- Orioles reliever Darren O'Day has waited a long time to take the field with his family's original last name on his back.

O'Day and players around MLB will get the chance to show more of their unique backgrounds and history during the the inaugural Players Weekend from Aug. 25-27, when all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs. They'll each be able to put a nickname on the back of the jerseys, made by Majestic Athletic, as well as to wear and use uniquely colored and designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher's masks and bats.

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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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Hellickson faces Angels in close AL WC chase

Hellickson faces Angels in close AL WC chase

Left-hander Andrew Heaney will make his long-anticipated return from Tommy John surgery on Friday night when the Angels face the Orioles in their series opener at Camden Yards. He'll face Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 4.70 ERA) in a matchup of two clubs who are separated by three games in the American League Wild Card standings as the O's look to tighten the gap.

Heaney opened the 2016 season as the Angels' No. 2 starter, but he made only one start before being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. After stem-cell therapy was unable to promote healing in his elbow, Heaney underwent ligament-replacement surgery on July 1, 2016, and was expected to miss all of '17 while rehabbing.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Davis returns, bats seventh in lineup

Showalter hopes change will help slugger get on track

Davis returns, bats seventh in lineup

OAKLAND -- Chris Davis returned to the Orioles lineup after a day off and is batting further down in manager Buck Showalter's lineup than he has since 2014.

Davis was given a day off by Showalter when Baltimore opened a four-game series at the Oakland Coliseum on Thursday night, a game won by the Orioles, 7-2.

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Mancini has 4th multi-homer game of season

Rookie's power continues to impress Showalter

Mancini has 4th multi-homer game of season

OAKLAND -- Trey Mancini's big bat has given Orioles manager Buck Showalter a lot of flexibility with his lineup, a point the Baltimore rookie drove home emphatically yet again with two big swings during a 7-2 win over the A's on Thursday night.

On a night when Showalter rested slumping first baseman Chris Davis, Mancini moved in from the outfield and continued his remarkable season by clobbering a pair of home runs, his 19th and 20th of the season.

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Orioles go back-to-back twice to power past A's

Orioles go back-to-back twice to power past A's

OAKLAND -- Trey Mancini hit two home runs and the Orioles went back-to-back twice en route to a 7-2 win over the A's Thursday night at the Coliseum.

Adam Jones and Mancini hit consecutive homers off of Oakland starter Chris Smith in the fourth, with Mancini and Mark Trumbo tagging Smith twice in a row in the sixth.

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Rickard returns one day after HBP to helmet

Orioles outfielder feels fine after 'weird experience'

Rickard returns one day after HBP to helmet

OAKLAND -- Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard was back in manager Buck Showalter's lineup Thursday night, one day after getting hit in the head by a pitch from Angels starter Troy Scribner in the Orioles' 5-1 loss.

Rickard worked out prior to the opening of Baltimore's four-game series against the Athletics and was cleared to play after what the 26-year-old called "a weird experience."

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Castillo HRs, but Gausman up and down in loss

Castillo HRs, but Gausman up and down in loss

ANAHEIM -- The Angels used a big day from C.J. Cron, a solid five innings from Troy Scribner and some stellar relief to end their homestand on a high note with Wednesday's 5-1 series victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium.

The win leapfrogs the Angels ahead of the Orioles to 2 games behind the Mariners in the race for the second American League Wild Card. The Halos, about to embark on a three-city road trip -- which includes a stop in Baltimore -- finish up their homestand with a record of 6-3 after a pair of encouraging back-to-back wins.

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Trumbo activated from DL; Hart optioned

Trumbo activated from DL; Hart optioned

ANAHEIM -- As expected, the Orioles reinstated Mark Trumbo from the 10-day disabled list for Wednesday's series finale.

Trumbo was sidelined with a right rib-cage strain after tweaking his back in the team's weight room, but he has been with the club during the entire three-game series against the Angels.

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Johnson traded to White Sox for cash

Johnson traded to White Sox for cash

ANAHEIM -- The Orioles traded right-hander Steve Johnson to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for cash considerations, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson, who signed a Minor League deal to return to Baltimore this spring, last appeared in the Majors in 2016 with Seattle. He has gone 1-2 with a 5.30 ERA in 19 games (five starts) for Triple-A Norfolk.

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Hellickson racks up 9 K's but O's fall to Halos

Hellickson racks up 9 K's but O's fall to Halos

ANAHEIM -- Four months ago, the Orioles traded right-hander Parker Bridwell to the Angels in exchange for cash considerations. On Tuesday night, Bridwell helped defeat the team that cast him off by firing seven innings of one-run ball in the Angels' 3-2 victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium.

Bridwell held the Orioles to six hits while walking none and striking out four, lowering his ERA to 3.00 over 11 appearances with the Angels this season. Though he had been relegated to the bullpen during his tenure with Baltimore, the 26-year-old rookie has flourished in a starting role for the Angels, who improved to 10-1 in games that Bridwell has pitched.

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O's bats hit bump vs. former 'mate Bridwell

O's bats hit bump vs. former 'mate Bridwell

ANAHEIM -- Tuesday night was not a notable one for Baltimore's offense. The Orioles, winners of eight of 10 games coming in, were flummoxed for most of the evening by former Baltimore prospect Parker Bridwell's seven innings.

And while the night belonged to the young starting pitcher who was sent away, the O's offense also squandered several key chances and ran into outs in the 3-2 series-evening loss.

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