Early Hot Stove feast in AL East, but room left for dessert

Busy offseason so far for Sox, Jays, but Yanks, O's could jump in soon; Rays nearing manager choice

Early Hot Stove feast in AL East, but room left for dessert

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

In the American League East, the Red Sox have been the biggest movers thus far, signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to deals that will total almost $200 million, while the Blue Jays made noise by signing a countryman. The Rays have also seen an overhaul, but of the management variety, with team president Andrew Friedman leaving for the Dodgers and manager Joe Maddon taking over as the Cubs' skipper.

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O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

Catching coordinator inspired by calls from Joseph and Co. while going through treatment

O's Werner thankful for support during cancer battle

BALTIMORE -- When the Orioles made a trip down to Arlington this summer, rookie catcher Caleb Joseph was more excited about who would be coming to Rangers Ballpark than playing in the stadium for the first time.

He had it all planned out. He'd leave the tickets for friend and mentor Don Werner and finally be able to catch up with the highly respected Minor League catching instructor, who had been taking to Joseph on nearly a nightly basis since he was promoted May 7 in the wake of Matt Wieters' season-ending injury. But it never happened that way. Werner, diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in Spring Training, was worse off than Joseph and most of the organization realized, confined to his home because his white blood count was so low he was an infection risk.

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O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

O's acquire lefty Barnes from Indians for cash

The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.

"Barnes has a good arm and a sharp slider that he uses to get out both left- and right-handed hitters," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "Navarro is a switch-hitting infielder who our scouts like at second base, who has good on-base skills and developing power."

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Inbox: Will the O's trade Ubaldo this offseason?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions

Inbox: Will the O's trade Ubaldo this offseason?

BALTIMORE -- What's the deal with Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz? Why haven't the Orioles made any moves yet?
-- Chris R., Columbia, Md.

Markakis' new deal looked to be close to being done earlier this winter, but talks have stalled and there's nothing imminent on him or Cruz returning to Baltimore. Markakis is still the clear favorite to be back in orange and black, but the O's chances with Cruz were definitely helped by Detroit re-signing Victor Martinez to take a potential big-pocketbook suitor off the board.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's moves

Sizing up the powerful AL East after Red Sox's moves

There's a lot of talk about the National League Central as baseball's new power division, with the Cubs hiring Joe Maddon and standing poised to join the Pirates, Reds and Brewers in giving the Cardinals a fight. That's a good point, but don't get too carried away.

Even if the Cubs do sign Jon Lester and another strong starter to put themselves into the equation on an immediate basis, not just in the future, all you can say about the NL Central is that it has become like the American League East. That's still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mussina's case for Hall rests in consistency

Right-hander owns 270 victories with Orioles and Yankees

Mussina's case for Hall rests in consistency

NEW YORK -- Mike Mussina left the mound without regrets at the conclusion of the 2008 season, believing that he had done as much as he was capable of while still maintaining his expected level of performance.

With 270 victories providing an interesting case for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., Mussina is satisfied with his credentials for candidacy. As he said at the time, "If it creates a good argument, that's all the better."

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Source: O's hitting coach Presley reassigned

BALTIMORE -- Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley will not return to his role in 2015, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Personal reasons have prompted his reassignment within the organization.

Presley, signed through next season, will have a less time-consuming role, though it's unknown what exactly he will do for Baltimore. Presley, who turned 53 last month, has been with the Orioles since 2011, and his reassignment was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

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Janish among three to sign Minor League deals

Orioles also add outfielder Latimore, right-hander Doyle

Janish among three to sign Minor League deals

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles signed a trio of players to Minor League deals on Friday, acquiring infielder Paul Janish, outfielder Quincy Latimore and right-handed pitcher Terry Doyle.

Janish, 32, is an excellent defender and has played shortstop, second base and third base in parts of six seasons in the Majors for Cincinnati and Atlanta. He signed a Minor League deal with the Rockies in February but opted out of his deal mid-season and signed with the Royals' organization, where he played for Triple-A Omaha.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles add pitchers Wilson, Wright to 40-man roster

Orioles add pitchers Wilson, Wright to 40-man roster

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles protected pitchers Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright from the Rule 5 Draft, adding both right-handers to the 40-man roster before Thursday's midnight deadline.

The moves, coupled with the waiver claim of outfielder Alex Hassan earlier in the day, puts the O's 40-man roster at 37 and leaves several notable prospects -- including catcher Brian Ward and pitchers Parker Bridwell and Mychal Givens -- unprotected.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's to hold charity golf tournament in February

OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic will take place at The Founders Club in Sarasota

O's to hold charity golf tournament in February

BALTIMORE -- The O's will hold the 5th Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 23, with the event benefiting the Miracle League of Manasota.

The Miracle League is an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The team announced Friday that registration is currently open for golfers and corporate partners.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles claim outfielder Hassan from A's

Orioles claim outfielder Hassan from A's

BALTIMORE -- Looking to add outfield help, the Orioles claimed Alex Hassan off waivers on Thursday from the Oakland A's, continuing a whirlwind week for the 26-year-old, who was claimed by Oakland from the Red Sox several days ago.

Baltimore jumped at the chance to acquire Hassan this time, as the A's tried to push him through waivers, and the 26-year-old was added to the team's 40-man roster. Hassan, who still has Minor League options remaining, made his Major League debut with the Red Sox in 2014 after spending parts of six seasons in the Minors.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Davies' repertoire works best as starter

Right-hander is tough to rattle, can pitch his way out of jams

Davies' repertoire works best as starter

Orioles right-hander Zach Davies went to high school in Gilbert, Ariz., which is a freeway ride away from where his Arizona Fall League Glendale Desert Dogs club plays their home games. In seven starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA over a team-high 25 2/3 innings.

Selected out of Mesquite High School in Texas by the O's in the 26th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Davies does not have the type of large frame we are more accustomed to seeing in today's pitchers. Rather, he takes his 6-foot, 150-pound frame to the mound and competes with a quick, strong arm and very good pitching mechanics. Davies doesn't overpower hitters. Rather, the Orioles' No. 8-ranked prospect uses a fine, full repertoire of pitches that include a fastball, changeup, slider and cutter to alter the balance of hitters and change their eye levels. His good command and control compensate for a lack of velocity.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Almanzar, Jones sign Minor League deals

Almanzar, Jones sign Minor League deals

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have signed nine players to Minor League deals, including the re-signing of infielder Michael Almanzar and left-hander Chris Jones.

Almanzar was selected from the Red Sox's farm system during last year's Rule 5 Draft. He came to Spring Training expecting to compete for a spot at third base due to Manny Machado's injury. He posted a .200 average in 19 Grapefruit League games, but he was placed on the disabled listed March 30, retroactive to March 23, with left knee tendinitis. Almanzar was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 6, and when the O's were unable to add him to the active roster after his rehab stint, he was returned to Boston on July 1.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's sign infielder Martinez to Minor League deal

O's sign infielder Martinez to Minor League deal

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have signed infielder Ozzie Martinez to a Minor League contract, a move that should help the organization's depth, particularly at shortstop.

Martinez, 26, spent most of last year in the Braves' system with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he hit .288/.340/.350. He was acquired in a May trade from the Dodgers' organization, for which he played 33 games at Double-A Chattanooga to start the 2014 season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hunter values cultural exchange of Japan Series

Hunter values cultural exchange of Japan Series

TOKYO -- Events such as the Japan All-Star Series are touted as vehicles for globalizing the game of baseball, which at the professional level in the United States has been influenced for decades by stars from Latin America, and more recently, players from Asia.

As baseball has become more diverse at the Minor and Major League levels, players of different nationalities, languages and cultures have increasingly come together on team rosters. In the process, friendships have been formed and horizons broadened.

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David Venn is executive editor of LasMayores.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles re-sign reliever Drake for 2015

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced Tuesday they have re-signed right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake to a Major League contract for 2015.

Drake, who was a free agent this winter, led the Eastern League with 31 saves last season and he posted a 3.08 ERA in 50 appearances for Double-A Bowie. A 43rd-round selection in the 2008 Draft, out of the U.S. Naval Academy, the 27-year-old Drake has found his niche in the bullpen, and his 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings this year was his best in seven years in the Minor Leagues. He held hitters to a .214/.278/.297 line in 210 plate appearances.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Reports: Talks between Markakis, O's pick up

Reports: Talks between Markakis, O's pick up

BALTIMORE -- It would be tough to imagine Nick Markakis not in an Orioles uniform next season. And after Thursday's latest batch of reports, it's looking more and more like that's a scenario the O's won't have to worry about.

Markakis, a free agent for the first time in his career, has made it no secret that he wants to remain in Baltimore, and talks between his agent, Jamie Murphy, and the Orioles have picked back up, according to multiple outlets.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Showalter takes third AL Manager of Year Award

Orioles skipper also received honor in 1994 (Yankees), 2004 (Rangers)

Showalter takes third AL Manager of Year Award

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter was named the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday night, putting Baltimore's skipper in a special category following a spectacular 2014 season.

Showalter, who beat out finalists Mike Scioscia and Ned Yost, is the sixth manager to win the award three or more times and just the second -- joining Tony La Russa -- to do it with three different organizations. Showalter won with the Yankees in 1994 and the Rangers in 2004 and quipped he would definitely not be around in 2024 to see if the trend continues.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's Esposito delivers in AFL's final pitch-clock game

Orioles' Esposito comes up big; 16-trial average 10 minutes faster than 2013

O's Esposito delivers in AFL's final pitch-clock game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Orioles prospect Jason Esposito typically makes headlines with his glove, but on Wednesday night, it was his bat making a statement, as the Glendale Desert Dogs topped the Salt River Rafters, 5-4.

The matchup at Salt River Fields was the 16th and final game using the 20-second pitch clock, one of several measures Major League Baseball's Pace of Game Committee is testing in the Arizona Fall League. The game lasted two hours and 43 minutes, bringing the average time of pitch-clock games to 2:42 -- 10 minutes quicker than last year's AFL pace.

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

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O's hope to bring back free agent Cruz

O's hope to bring back free agent Cruz

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles remain interested in re-signing slugger Nelson Cruz, who turned down Baltimore's qualifying offer to test the free-agent market.

Cruz is in Phoenix, where the General Managers Meetings are being held, and he was reportedly offered a three-year deal by Baltimore earlier this offseason. That news isn't a shock, as it was clear Cruz's camp was seeking a four- or five-year deal from the get-go, and the O's don't appear to be willing to go any further on contract length.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Ubaldo discussed as potential trade target

O's right-hander involved in talks as GM Meetings begin to heat up

Ubaldo discussed as potential trade target

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who made only two starts and three relief appearances in the final 41 games of the regular season and didn't appear in a postseason game, is being made available by the Baltimore Orioles, according to Major League sources.

The Orioles have discussed Jimenez with several teams during the GM Meetings being held in Phoenix this week.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Duquette a savvy new-age executive

Duquette a savvy new-age executive

The players play the games. So any award that goes to non-playing (i.e., the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Manager of the Year Awards that will be handed out Tuesday night) or non-uniformed personnel is going to be particularly subjective, even by award standards.

The Sporting News' Executive of the Year Award, which went to Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Monday night, is certainly subjective. But I'd argue the concept of this sort of award is increasingly significant at a time when the margin between contenders and non-contenders is razor thin. It is difficult, if not impossible, to simply buy yourself a title in today's game, which means only the smart will survive. And Duquette is as intelligent as they come.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles' Davies dominates in Fall League win

Baltimore's No. 8 prospect throws four scoreless innings, allows one hit in win for Glendale

Orioles' Davies dominates in Fall League win

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As Orioles prospect Zach Davies continues to gain experience, his results on the mound continue to improve, and this year's Arizona Fall League is just the latest example.

Davies, the Orioles' No. 8 prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, threw four shutout innings in Glendale's 5-2 win over Mesa on Monday.

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

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Duquette named Sporting News' top executive

Duquette named Sporting News' top executive

PHOENIX -- Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, was named Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by The Sporting News.

The announcement was made Monday night at the Arizona Biltmore during the dinner that traditionally opens the annual General Managers Meetings.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jones visits Boys & Girls Club for Teen Center dedication

Outfielder contributed to renovations, vowed to continue supporting organization

BALTIMORE -- Working with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America is a natural fit for Adam Jones. As a child in San Diego, he grew up going to the center there. It was different than the one in Baltimore -- bigger, he says -- but the concept has always been the same.

"It was a place where we all met up after school, we all did our homework and then we all played. ..." Jones said. "And that's what the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA projects are about."

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David Wilson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hunter on pitching staff for Japan All-Star Series

Hunter on pitching staff for Japan All-Star Series

BALTIMORE -- Right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter will represent the Orioles this month at the Japan All-Star Series, which includes five games between Major League players and Japan's national team, Samurai Japan.

Hunter is one of 14 pitchers on the team, which will be managed by Red Sox skipper John Farrell. Outfielder Adam Jones was originally selected, but he was unable to make it due to other commitments.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jones helping Boys and Girls Club with tailgate

Orioles All-Star hosting event for second time before Ravens game

Jones helping Boys and Girls Club with tailgate

BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is hosting his second annual #StayHungry tailgate this Sunday with tickets still available for the charitable endeavor that raised more than $10,000 last year for the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore.

The event, which features an all-inclusive tailgate party with Jones, sold out last year, and the outgoing All-Star has already taken to his Twitter and Instagram accounts encouraging people to help make 2014's tailgate even bigger.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's tie for MLB lead with three Gold Glove winners

Markakis earns second, Hardy third, Jones fourth; shortstop, center fielder nab third straight

O's tie for MLB lead with three Gold Glove winners

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles went a perfect 3-for-3 in Tuesday's Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, with J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis each winning in their respective positions to tie Baltimore with Kansas City for most in the Majors.

Hardy, Markakis and Jones -- who was interviewed live on the ESPN2 award show -- will be presented with the hardware later this week in New York.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's extend offer to Cruz; reinstate Machado, Wieters

O's extend offer to Cruz; reinstate Machado, Wieters

The Orioles have made a qualifying offer to outfielder Nelson Cruz, and they also have reinstated Manny Machado and Matt Wieters from the 60-day disabled list.
 
Cruz, 34, was named 2014 Most Valuable Oriole by members of the local media after batting .271/.333/.525, leading the Major Leagues with 40 home runs and posting a career-high 108 RBIs.

Cruz declined last year's qualifying offer with Texas ($14.1 million), and this year's offer -- which was expected -- is for $15.3 million in 2015. Once a player has received an offer, he has until 5 p.m. ET on Nov. 10 to accept or decline it. 

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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