Wieters walks off with Markakis' homecoming crown

Wieters walks off with Markakis' homecoming crown

BALTIMORE -- After watching his team squander a few late-inning opportunities on Monday night at Camden Yards, Matt Wieters opened the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run off Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves.

"That was a pitch, in that situation, I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," said Avilan, who allowed the homer on a 1-0 fastball. "I didn't want to fall behind that hitter and have to throw a fastball. I think it was a good pitch. It was just a little bit up. Tough things happen. Sometimes you're going to be good and sometimes you're going to be bad."

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After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

Veteran receives ovation, bangs two hits in first game back in Baltimore

After charmed time in Charm City, Markakis returns

BALTIMORE -- When Nick Markakis ended his long tenure in Baltimore by signing a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in December, he gained a better understanding of baseball's business aspect. But he did not lose the admiration of many of those who spent time with him as he completed the first nine seasons of his Major League career with the Orioles.

Markakis got a sense of this as he played the Orioles for the first time in his career on Monday night at Camden Yards. Though the experience was blemished when Baltimore claimed a 2-1, 11-inning victory, the veteran outfielder will never forget the loud, stirring ovation he received just before he began the game with an opposite-field double.

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Wieters misses Sunday, but he doesn't miss Monday

After sitting out game with sore back, Orioles catcher returns to slug walk-off homer

Wieters misses Sunday, but he doesn't miss Monday

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was scheduled to play first base in Sunday's series finale against the Rays, but was scratched from the lineup with a sore back. In hindsight, it looks like a great decision.

On Monday, Wieters delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th off of Luis Avilan to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Braves in the series opener at Camden Yards.

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Gausman's stellar effort offers hope for future

With 7 2/3 scoreless innings, young pitcher could turn into reliable fifth starter for Orioles

Gausman's stellar effort offers hope for future

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman's night began with him stepping off the rubber and standing behind the mound as a rain of cheers poured down on the Braves' Nick Markakis, who was playing in his first game in Baltimore since joining Atlanta this season.

The 24-year-old's night ended with the night's second loudest cheer as Gausman exited the game after a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, no runs and a walk while striking out five.

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Big social media event on tap before tonight's game

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will host Social Media Night prior to Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. ET matchup against the Braves.

"Birdland Social" will provide an exclusive pregame party on the center-field Roof Deck for 250 of the Orioles' most engaged social media followers. The event will include a question-and-answer session with Hall of Famer and Orioles longtime pitcher and announcer Jim Palmer and MASNsports.com Orioles writer Roch Kubatko.

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Machado among game's top 25-and-unders

Machado among game's top 25-and-unders

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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As Markakis reunion continues, Jimenez takes on Braves

As Markakis reunion continues, Jimenez takes on Braves

Nick Markakis stepped out of the batter's box and took in a standing ovation for a few moments before tipping his helmet to the place that he called home for nine years during his first at-bat at Camden Yards on Monday.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he expected Markakis to have nine hits over the three-game series, and the lefty picked up two on Monday, including a double to open the game, a 2-1 Orioles win in 11 innings. While Markakis will continue to be a storyline throughout the series, Tuesday's matchup features a pair of accomplished pitchers who will look to improve on their performances to date.

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Pearce's stay on DL likely longer than 15 days

Orioles utility man dealing with tricky oblique injury

Pearce's stay on DL likely longer than 15 days

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' Steve Pearce is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 3, but it's looking like he may need to wait a bit longer before returning to play.

The Baltimore utility man has been unable to take part in any baseball activity since being placed on the DL with a left oblique strain on Wednesday. Pearce cannot do any strengthening exercises, throwing or hitting with risk of reinjuring his oblique, and has been limited to rest and treatment.

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Fast start vs. Rays sparks Orioles

Fast start vs. Rays sparks Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles offense is looking up.

On the heels of a five-run output in Saturday's win, Baltimore's bats jumped out to a first-inning lead and scored five runs total off Rays starter Matt Moore in Sunday's 5-2 series victory. After scoring more than four runs just once in a 13-game span, the O's have now done it back-to-back.

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Walker named to Prospect Team of the Week

Reed goes from Royals to Reds in Cueto deal after impressive performance

Walker named to Prospect Team of the Week

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.

Players aren't just playing for their parent organization when on the field. Every game can be considered an audition for 29 other teams.

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Chen battles through rough patches for win

Chen battles through rough patches for win

ST. PETERSBURG -- O's lefty Wei-Yin Chen saw a streak of six consecutive quality starts snapped with Sunday's outing, as Chen was only able to last 5 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 5-2 series win over the Rays.

Chen, who turned in his shortest outing since June 10, retired the first 11 batters before things went awry and he surrendered back-to-back homers to Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but put another pair on in the sixth -- on a walk and a single -- to end his afternoon.

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3-run first inning helps O's cruise past Rays

3-run first inning helps O's cruise past Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles struck quickly and pushed across three runs in the first off Rays starter Matt Moore to set the tone and cruised to a 5-2 victory in the rubber match against Tampa Bay on Sunday at Tropicana Field.

J.J. Hardy got the offense going when he drove home Chris Davis with a two-out single and one pitch later, Nolan Reimold doubled to left to bring around two more runs. The Orioles then tacked on two more in the fourth when Caleb Joseph launched his seventh home run of the season over the left-field fence.

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O's ready to welcome back Markakis to Baltimore

O's ready to welcome back Markakis to Baltimore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Nick Markakis will make his return to Camden Yards on Monday, as the longtime Orioles outfielder makes his first trip to Baltimore as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

But what kind of reaction will Markakis, who was drafted by the O's and spent nine of 10 big league seasons there, get from the O's faithful?

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Wieters out of lineup with back stiffness

Wieters out of lineup with back stiffness

ST. PETERSBURG -- Matt Wieters was out of Sunday's Orioles lineup with back stiffness that first crept up during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Rays.

"I really was going to play him at first base today, but just another thing with the turf and things you run into," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who has been taking pregame work at first the past two days. "I think he'll be fine to catch tomorrow, I just don't want to put that in jeopardy."

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O's offense breaks out at right time vs. Rays

O's offense breaks out at right time vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Davis gave the struggling Orioles offense a huge lift on Saturday evening, connecting for a third-inning grand slam that helped the O's snap a four-game skid with a 5-1 win over the Rays.

The inning got started with a leadoff single from J.J. Hardy and, one out later, Jonathan Schoop and David Lough each got hits to load the bases. Davis then sent Erasmo Ramirez's full-count pitch into right-center field for his fifth career grand slam, staking the O's to an early 4-0 lead.

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Davis' grand slam helps Orioles knock off Rays

Davis' grand slam helps Orioles knock off Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by Chris Davis' grand slam, the Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday's 5-1 series-evening victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Davis, who collected his 22nd homer of the year, gave a struggling Baltimore lineup a lift with his one-out, third-inning blast off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez. David Lough also tripled and scored in the eighth to back Os starter Miguel Gonzalez's stellar outing.

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Wieters getting work in at first base

Wieters getting work in at first base

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has recently begun taking pregame work at first base and manager Buck Showalter said Wieters -- who has been brought along slowly as a catcher post-Tommy John surgery -- presents another option in the infield if needed.

Wieters, who returned from the 60-day disabled list on June 5, first took some infield work with third-base coach Bobby Dickerson on Friday. With the recent injury to Steve Pearce, Wieters gives Showalter another first baseman and a way to keep him on the field more consistently for consecutive games.

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Tillman continues second-half surge vs. Rays

Tillman continues second-half surge vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Chris Tillman said before the first half of the season ended that he felt he was close to regaining form. He's left little doubt in the first two starts of the second half as the right-hander has turned in back-to-back dominant outings.

Tillman, coming off a season-high eight strikeouts over eight innings in Saturday's win over the Tigers, has been a silver lining for the Orioles, who dropped their fourth consecutive game, 3-1 on Friday night vs. the Rays. The righty held Tampa Bay to one run -- scored after he left the game -- over seven-plus stellar frames and deserved a far better fate.

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Orioles come up short in series opener vs. Rays

Orioles come up short in series opener vs. Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tim Beckham's two-run single off Darren O'Day capped the Rays' three-run eighth and led Tampa Bay to a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Friday night at Tropicana Field.

"Beck has shown time and time again he's kind of got a flair for the big hit," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "When those situations arise, it seems like his level of play rises up along with it. That's a pretty good quality to have, especially for a young player. He's got a lot of confidence in himself to get it done and he keeps proving that he's capable of doing it."

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Showalter not worried about O's trade rumors

Showalter not worried about O's trade rumors

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles had a different looking lineup for Friday's series opener against the Rays and manager Buck Showalter joked, "we've got 4 or 5 big trades that are going to happen any second now that's going to change that."

Certainly the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline has all of baseball buzzing, and Showalter was particularly amused about some of the rumors floating around about his club.

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Pearce has grade one strain of left oblique

Pearce has grade one strain of left oblique

ST. PETERSBURG -- Steve Pearce underwent an MRI on his left oblique injury that revealed a Grade 1 strain, which is the lowest of the three grades of severity.

"[It] showed some inflammation in there, but [it's] not as severe as it could have been. He's obviously got something in there," manager Buck Showalter said about Pearce, who went in his office on Thursday to discuss going on the disabled list.

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Former Oriole Roberts to make MLB Network debut

Former Oriole Roberts to make MLB Network debut

ST. PETERSBURG -- Longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will serve as a guest analyst across three shows for MLB Network next week.

Roberts' first appearance will be Monday on "MLB Central" from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET, followed on Tuesday with "The Rundown" at 2 p.m. ET and "MLB Tonight" at 6 p.m. ET. Roberts will finish his guest stint with a second appearance on "MLB Tonight" on Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. ET.

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O's not worried about Ubaldo's ill-timed lapse

Command the culprit as O's righty endures shortest start of season

O's not worried about Ubaldo's ill-timed lapse

NEW YORK -- He walked into the Orioles' clubhouse a little before 11 a.m. ET, sporting a beige suit and an air about him that exuded confidence and composure. But a few hours later, before the Orioles fell to the Yankees, 9-3, in Thursday's series finale at Yankee Stadium, Ubaldo Jimenez found himself shaken up as he walked off the mound to "Hit the Road Jack," concluding his worst outing of the season.

Jimenez was yanked with one out in the third inning, after the Yankees pounced on him for eight hits, seven runs and three walks. He threw 64 pitches, as the bullpen was called upon early to try to tame a situation that had already quickly gotten out of control.

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O's homers overshadowed in Bronx

O's homers overshadowed in Bronx

NEW YORK -- The Yankees enjoyed an offensive barrage to complete a three-game sweep of the O's with a 9-3 win on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury had three of New York's 13 hits and finished a triple shy of the cycle, driving in four runs, and Chase Headley plated three.

With four runs in the first inning, one in the second and two each in the third and fifth, the American League East-leading Yankees climbed to a season-best 12 games over .500. The Orioles, on the other hand, dropped their fourth series since the beginning of July.

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Gausman laments first inning in return

Righty back from Triple-A, allows 3 runs in opening frame

Gausman laments first inning in return

NEW YORK -- Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was sure of one thing before his start Wednesday night.

"If I pitch one inning," Gausman said on Tuesday, "I'm probably going to be optioned."

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Flaherty, Davis provide spark in loss to Yanks

Flaherty, Davis provide spark in loss to Yanks

NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and Alex Rodriguez launched a tape-measure blast to support Ivan Nova's solid effort as the Yankees defeated the Orioles, 4-3, on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium, improving to a season-high 11 games over .500.

Both Yankees homers came off Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman, who surrendered four runs over six innings and was saddled with the loss. Brett Gardner also drove in a run for the Yankees, who swelled their division-leading record to 52-41.

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To Showalter, trade rumors just part of the game

Discussions surrounding Gausman shrugged off by Orioles' manager

To Showalter, trade rumors just part of the game

NEW YORK -- With trade rumors surrounding Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said on Wednesday that the O's were glad to have Gausman. On Thursday, manager Buck Showalter indicated he found the rumors somewhat comical.

"Someone made me aware of Kevin's name being mentioned yesterday, and Kevin and I were laughing about it back in the food room," Showalter said. "It's kind of like autographs: When you've got to worry is when they quit asking. Good players' names are mentioned, but I don't expect and I really don't want Dan to bring up every [conversation].

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Pearce opts for DL to rest ailing oblique

Versatile veteran sits to create roster spot for Gausman

Pearce opts for DL to rest ailing oblique

NEW YORK -- Buck Showalter had an idea Tuesday afternoon of who the Orioles would send down to make room for right-hander Kevin Gausman, but he indicated at this point in the season, no move is an easy one for the O's. To a certain extent, Wednesday was the exception.

"[Steve Pearce] came in my office about 2:30 today and said, 'Listen, I know we've got a pending move coming,''' Showalter said. "He said, 'I'm kind of at the point where [the left oblique] is really bothering me. It really hasn't gotten any better the last day or two.'"

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