OAKLAND -- Chris Bassitt tossed seven shutout innings and the A's finally scored some runs for him, pulling away for a 5-0 win over the Orioles at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, giving the right-hander his first victory of the season.
The righty, who has traditionally been one of Baltimore's more dependable starting pitchers, hasn't been able to go deep into games during this inconsistent 2015 season. That trend continued in Tuesday night's 5-0 loss to the A's as Gonzalez lasted just 5 1/3 innings, marking the seventh time in the past nine games he has failed to record more than an out in the sixth inning.
With Baltimore sending lefty Wei-Yin Chen to the mound, new Athletic Danny Valencia -- who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday -- could make his first start for Oakland on Wednesday in the rubber game at the Coliseum.
Chen is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two career starts in Oakland and is 5-6 with a 3.24 ERA on the season. He takes the mound in the finale of the first leg of a three-city West Coast trip for the O's.
OAKLAND -- The Orioles on Tuesday recalled lefty reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
Wilson, who picked up his second career win on Monday night, gave the O's an excellent spot-start, going 7 2/3 innings in a 9-2 win over the A's. The righty saved the bullpen and gave the Orioles a lift, pitching in place of the injured Chris Tillman. But sending Wilson back to Norfolk was inevitable as the O's were short in the 'pen.
OAKLAND -- Tyler Wilson had planned on being in Pennsylvania on Sunday night, able to attend the viewing for his wife Chelsea's grandfather, who died last week.
Instead, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect -- who would have been in Lehigh Valley with Triple-A Norfolk -- was recalled by Baltimore and played a starring role in the Orioles' 9-2 win on Monday night. The rookie, went 7 2/3 innings and picked up his first win as a starter on an emotional night.
Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' No. 9 prospect, pitched admirably filling in for Chris Tillman -- who was sidelined with a left ankle injury -- tossing 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in his second career start. Wilson picked up his second win of the season, giving up six hits on 100 pitches.
OAKLAND -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't scared of shaking up the lineup. Or, more specifically, the defensive arrangement of his club.
On Monday, Showalter started Jimmy Paredes in right field for the first time since he joined Baltimore last year. Paredes, who has 45 career starts in right, has been working at the position for about a month. Paredes seen most of time with Baltimore at second base.
O's, Yankees, Blue Jays in a fight to finish in AL East
Breaking down post-Deadline standings, remaining matchups
By Richard Justice
The Yankees have been alone in first place since July 3, and despite a laundry list of concerns, have a solid six-game lead over the Orioles and Blue Jays entering Monday. Unlike the Yankees who won the World Series four times in five seasons between 1996 and 2000, this current club is built on an offense that has gotten huge seasons from Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Only the Blue Jays have scored more runs in the Majors. Meanwhile, the Yankees have used 29 pitchers. Yankees starters have a 4.37 ERA, which places them 23rd in the Majors.
Think this formula won't win? Actually, it's almost the exact same one the Yankees used to win in 2009. That season was the last time their rotation had a higher ERA (4.48), but they won by scoring a whopping 915 runs -- 32 more than any other team.
Norris, the centerpiece of the prospect package the Tigers received from Toronto for David Price three days earlier, displayed a Price-like efficiency that belied his early-season stint in Toronto. The 22-year-old left-hander retired 12 batters in a row after Chris Davis' fourth-inning solo homer and needed just 79 pitches to get through seven innings. A Jonathan Schoop single in the eighth ended Norris' afternoon with four hits allowed, a walk and five strikeouts.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Parra, the Orioles' new outfielder who was acquired for prospect Zach Davies at Friday's Trade Deadline, arrived at Camden Yards for the first time Friday night. On Saturday, Parra -- obtained from Milwaukee -- started his first career game in the American League and had a memorable debut as part of the O's 6-2 win over Detroit.
BALTIMORE -- In a series heavy on runs, it was the Orioles who were able to finally keep things under wraps.
Baltimore got a quality seven innings from right-hander Kevin Gausman and used home runs from Caleb Joseph and Manny Machado to record a 6-2 win over the Tigers in front of a soldout crowd at Camden Yards on Saturday night. Gausman allowed only a two-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning, holding a lethal lineup to four hits.
BALTIMORE -- Outfielder Gerardo Parra entered Camden Yards for the first time in the second inning, all smiles and stopping to introduce himself to new teammates and coaches in the Orioles' home dugout.
BALTIMORE -- A night after coming within one run of a comeback victory, the Orioles were able to overcome a six-run deficit on Friday night to top the Tigers, 8-7, at Camden Yards.
Detroit chased a Baltimore starter after 3 1/3 innings for the second night in a row, this time at the expense of Wei-Yin Chen. The Tigers collected 10 hits and six runs off the lefty, including a two-run long ball from J.D. Martinez in the third inning, and back-to-back homers from James McCann and Jefry Marte in the fourth.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Brewers for right-handed pitching prospect Zach Davies hours before today's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline. To open a roster spot for Parra, the Orioles designated outfielder Chris Parmelee for for assignment.
"We're real happy and excited that we were able to pick up Parra. He's one of the top hitters in the National League this year, and he fits the profile of an everyday position player for us," said executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. "Two-time Gold Glover, he can hit against left- and right-handed pitching, and he's very good at getting on base. He's got some really good numbers at the top of the order. He's a good setup hitter and a good defender to play in the field. That should keep our defense strong, help our pitching, and his presence at the top of the lineup should be real additive. That's an ingredient that we've been missing, and we're glad to have him join us."
Means tosses 7-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva
Orioles No. 29 prospect throws a 7-inning no-no for Class A Delmarva
By Alex M. Smith
John Means tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for Class A Delmarva on Friday evening.
The Orioles' No. 29 prospect on the revamped Top 30 Rankings had not thrown a complete game in 29 previous starts, but he only needed 78 pitches -- including 57 strikes -- to sit down 21 straight Charleston hitters and win the first half of the teams' doubleheader, 4-0.
BALTIMORE -- Tommy Hunter was joking with reporters around Friday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, making a beeline for manager Buck Showalter's locker only to turn around and burst out laughing at reporters' reactions.
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles designated Bud Norris for assignment on Friday, clearing a roster spot for new outfielderGerardo Parra and cutting ties with one of their best starters during last year's American League Championship Series run.
"I never got my mind right, and I'm physically still getting back to where I need to be," said Norris, who pitched to a 6.79 ERA before being moved to the bullpen. "I know what I'm capable of. I want to get back to pitching and helping somebody. What happened in 2014 I won't forget, and I will take it with me forever."
BALTIMORE -- The Tigers exploded for 16 hits on Thursday night in a 9-8 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards, giving Detroit its first consecutive victories since July 8-9 as the team tries to gain ground in the American League Wild Card race on the day it traded away starter David Price and closer Joakim Soria.
The Tigers' offense scratched five runs off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez and four more off reliever Bud Norris, with J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes each contributing three RBIs. But for as good as the offensive production was, it didn't overshadow the night of Detroit starter Alfredo Simon, who picked up his 10th win of the season. The right-hander gave up two hits, both home runs, over 5 2/3 innings in his first career appearance against the Orioles after playing in Baltimore from 2008-11.
BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Wednesday that Steve Pearce would not make his Aug. 3 eligibility to come off the 15-day disabled list.
Pearce spoke with media earlier in the week, saying he was hopeful to return on that date, but it's looking like his left oblique strain will not be healed in time. The Baltimore utility man has not been able to take part in any baseball activity since the injury, and Showalter said Pearce is still about a week away from doing so.