Lack of quality starts a concern for Showalter

Lack of quality starts a concern for Showalter

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles' pitching problems continued to mount Friday night, as Baltimore watched starter Ubaldo Jimenez exit in the third inning en route to a 15-5 rout by Tampa Bay that put the O's woes -- in the rotation and bullpen -- on full display.

For the sixth time in 14 games, the Orioles allowed double-digit runs, with the team getting quality starts just twice in the last 20 games. In that 20-game stretch, Baltimore has allowed five or more runs in every single one, a dubious mark that ties the 1924 Phillies for baseball's record.

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Jimenez struggles in loss to hot-hitting Rays

Jimenez struggles in loss to hot-hitting Rays

ST. PETERSBURG -- A potent offense met a struggling pitching staff, and the results were predictable Friday night at Tropicana Field, where the Rays defeated the Orioles, 15-5.

The Rays (40-36) moved to four games over .500 for the first time this season. Meanwhile, the pitchers for the Orioles (35-38) allowed five runs or more for the 20th consecutive game, earning a dubious distinction by tying the Major League record established by the 1924 Phillies.

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O'Day returns from DL, looks to bolster 'pen

O'Day returns from DL, looks to bolster 'pen

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles reinstated Darren O'Day from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game, a move that Baltimore hopes helps stabilize the bullpen and is the beginning of getting back on the right track.

"Darren is active and available. Haven't been able to say that in a while," manager Buck Showalter said of the veteran setup man, who was out since June 7 with a right shoulder strain. "Hope it's the start of some good consistent health for him, would mean a lot to our club."

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Bundy looks to rebound against Rays

Bundy looks to rebound against Rays

Rays rookie Jacob Faria will look to stay hot at home on Saturday, as Tampa Bay hosts the Baltimore Orioles for the second of a three-game series.

Faria is fresh off an impressive start against Detroit, in which he allowed just one run and struck out nine in seven innings. He became only the fifth pitcher since 1913 to pick up a win while going at least six innings and allowing no more than a run in each of his first three career games.

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Orioles sign three of top four Draft picks

Pitchers Lowther, Baumann and shortstop Hall are in the fold

Orioles sign three of top four Draft picks

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Orioles on Friday signed two of their top pitchers selected in the 2017 Draft, inking second-round supplemental pick Zac Lowther and third-rounder Mike Baumann. The club also signed second-round high school shortstop Adam Hall for $1.3 million, which is over slot for the No. 60 overall pick (valued at $1,068,700).

Lowther, a left-handed pitcher from Xavier and All-Big East first-team selection, signed for $779,500 (the value of pick No. 74). He's able to get an impressive amount of swings and misses with his stuff and led the prestigious Cape Cod League in strikeouts during the 2016 summer season.

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Miley scuffles as O's 5-run streak reaches 19

Miley scuffles as O's 5-run streak reaches 19

BALTIMORE -- A three-RBI night by Austin Jackson gave Indians starter Mike Clevinger just enough cushion to go a solid five innings, as the Indians secured a series victory with a 6-3 win over the Orioles on Thursday night at Camden Yards.

Clevinger, who was recalled from Triple-A Columbus prior to Thursday's game, was charged with two runs on six hits while throwing 100 pitches. After Clevinger's exit, the Indians' bullpen shut the Orioles down, allowing just three hits in the final four innings.

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Manny Machado: Me in Real Life

Manny Machado: Me in Real Life

My name is Manny Machado. I am a third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles. I know who I am and where I come from. Loyalty matters to me. It matters a lot.

I'm a proud Oriole. I came up with this organization and Baltimore is a city I know well, so that's why I'm going to do what I can to help out the kids in the community here. Of course, Miami is my first home. I was born and raised there and I'll always be attached to Miami. One day, I envision doing something big for the communities in Florida that helped me as a kid, but my heart tells me to start here in Baltimore and that's what I'm going to do.

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O's can't capitalize on prime chances in 2nd

Smith, who homered in first, and Trumbo both come up empty with bases loaded

O's can't capitalize on prime chances in 2nd

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles faithful rose with the crack of the bat, suddenly intoxicated by the possibility of slugger Mark Trumbo's follow through. Perhaps this night would be different, and Baltimore would not wilt due to poor pitching. Perhaps Trumbo's second-inning swat would carry and carry and settle into the left-field seats.

Baltimore has been searching for a spark to turn around what is becoming an increasingly frustrating stretch. For a moment Thursday night at Camden Yards, with two outs and the bases loaded, it seemed like Trumbo might provide that jolt.

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Russell fills in as Buck attends grandson's birth

Russell fills in as Buck attends grandson's birth

BALTIMORE -- Manager Buck Showalter was not in Baltimore for the Orioles' series finale against the Indians on Thursday, as he was with his family in Dallas for the birth of his first grandchild -- a boy weighing 9 pounds, 1 ounce. Bench coach John Russell filled in for the skipper.

Russell, who filled in for Showalter three times previously, including once last season, was the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-10. Prior to the O's 6-3 loss to the Indians, Russell said the biggest challenge filling in for Showalter was managing the bullpen.

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One-armed catcher Terry awes Orioles

14-year-old practices with club, catches first pitch from Palmer

One-armed catcher Terry awes Orioles

BALTIMORE -- It was the caption that caught Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's eye: "One-armed catcher." Messing around on his phone in the home clubhouse at Camden Yards earlier this season, Joseph couldn't stop replaying the Twitter video of Luke Terry, his excitement growing with each loop. How is he doing this?

Joseph was still in awe Wednesday as he recounted what it was like to get a firsthand glimpse of the 14-year-old Terry in action behind home plate.

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Gausman solid, but O's unable to get big hit

Gausman solid, but O's unable to get big hit

BALTIMORE -- Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco was nearly untouchable for the first six innings of Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, fanning a season-high 10 batters.

Carrasco -- who ran into trouble in the seventh but was bailed out by relief ace Andrew Miller -- allowed seven hits over six-plus scoreless innings to lead the Indians to a 5-1 victory over the Orioles. Carrasco recorded double-digit strikeouts for the 11th time in his career.

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Britton feels good day after first rehab outing

Britton feels good day after first rehab outing

BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton hasn't started a Major League game since 2013, instead taking ownership of the ninth inning as the Orioles' closer over the past four seasons. But there he was Tuesday night, warming up for the first inning of Class A Short-Season Aberdeen's home opener, his first rehab appearance since straining his left forearm in early May.

He turned to former teammate Mark Hendrickson, the IronBirds' pitching coach. It was Hendrickson's coaching debut.

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Macho Manny: Machado leads O's comeback

Macho Manny: Machado leads O's comeback

BALTIMORE -- With the Orioles' rotation struggles on full display, Baltimore's offense provided a little pick-me-up Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Adam Jones doubled in Manny Machado -- who homered twice and added a double and single -- for the go-ahead run off Brian Shaw in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 6-5 series-evening victory over the red-hot Indians. The victory, which snapped Cleveland's win streak at six, gives the O's their fourth win in 13 games as they try to gain some momentum.

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Machado notches 10th career multi-HR game

Scuffling third baseman shows encouraging signs with 4-hit, 4-RBI game

Machado notches 10th career multi-HR game

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado had a huge four-hit night for the Orioles in Tuesday's 6-5 win, as the third baseman continues to show encouraging signs at the plate.

A struggling Baltimore club that entered the day with losses in nine of 12 games, saw Machado homer twice and drive in four runs, including a game-tying blast against Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fifth.

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Orioles to shuffle rotation to give Bundy rest

Orioles to shuffle rotation to give Bundy rest

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are going to get right-hander Dylan Bundy some rest over the next few weeks, with plans for him to get three days off following his next scheduled start on Saturday against the Rays.

After that, Bundy will be pushed to the back of the rotation following the O's off-day next Monday, which gives him another extra couple days of rest. He'll start right before the All-Star break and then he'll be the last starter to take the mound in the second half.

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O's Machado, Castillo in need of AS boost

O's Machado, Castillo in need of AS boost

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have struggled in the month of June, and Manny Machado and new Oriole Welington Castillo's All-Star chances are fading along with it. The pair, who each fell from third to fourth in their respective positions Tuesday, need your help to get to this year's Esurance MLB All-Star Game.

Machado, a three-time All-Star, has fallen from first place in Week 1 of voting to his lowest spot at fourth this week. He has been trailing both Minnesota's Miguel Sano (1,302,090) and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez (891,7317), Toronto's Josh Donaldson (810,648) moved past him in the latest totals. Machado, who has had a slow start offensively, has 803,921 votes.

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Baltimore RBI team gets thrill from Lindor visit

Baltimore RBI team gets thrill from Lindor visit

BALTIMORE -- Will Brown has been a coach within the Baltimore Orioles' RBI league for 21 years, and he had never experienced a player from another Major League team visit with the players in his league until Tuesday afternoon.

Prior to playing in the second game of a four-game series against the Orioles, Francisco Lindor stopped at Radecke Park in Baltimore to visit with some players from the Gardenville Grays program during their practice.

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Wrist fracture could sideline Hardy for 2 months

Wrist fracture could sideline Hardy for 2 months

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' injuries keep piling up, as Baltimore will be without shortstop J.J. Hardy for what looks like two months with a non-displaced right wrist fracture.

Hardy, who was hit by Cardinals starter Lance Lynn's fastball in the bottom of the fourth inning on Sunday, will be eased into baseball activities after the four-to-six-week healing period. His injury comes at a time when the O's are also missing Chris Davis, Darren O'Day, Zach Britton, Mike Wright and Ryan Flaherty.

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O's searching for consistency among arms

Bundy wavers vs. Indians, lasts just 4 1/3 innings

O's searching for consistency among arms

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore righty Dylan Bundy walked off the mound Monday, having been unable to complete the fifth inning for the first time this season. Unfortunately, it was a common sight for the Orioles, who have been bogged down by ineffective pitching -- in both their rotation and bullpen -- that is at the crux of the team's recent skid.

Bundy, charged with six earned runs in the 12-0, series-opening loss to the Tribe, is hardly to blame. The 24-year-old has been a rock in the rotation, the only arm the O's can count on consistently. But the righty, who started the season with 11 consecutive starts of six or more innings, isn't perfect. And he showed as much against the Tribe, turning in an uncharacteristic 4 1/3-inning outing that marked his shortest start since Sept. 7, 2016.

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O's shut down by dominant Tribe

O's shut down by dominant Tribe

BALTIMORE -- The Indians unloaded for 17 hits, including seven doubles, and Corey Kluber rolled with a shutout as Cleveland cruised to its sixth consecutive win with Monday's 12-0 series-opening victory over Baltimore.

The win keeps the Tribe (37-31) atop the American League Central -- a season-high three games up on Minnesota -- and it is their 13th in the past 20 games. By contrast, the O's (34-35) have lost nine of 12.

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Sisco has big game for Norfolk

Sisco has big game for Norfolk

The powerful bat of Rhys Hoskins backed Mark Appel's career-best effort on the mound on Monday as Triple-A Lehigh Valley shut out Pawtucket, 5-0.

Hoskins, the Phillies' No. 13 prospect, hit a pair of solo homers in the victory, going deep in the second inning and once more in the seventh before finishing 2-for-3.

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O's 'Have A Catch' to connect with community

O's 'Have A Catch' to connect with community

Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph is like millions of other kids in this country in how he first fell in love with baseball. He played catch with his dad. Simple, right? He played with others, too, with friends and cousins and uncles. He played Wiffle ball as well, and then moved on to baseball.

Some of the very first things Joseph loved about baseball -- playing catch with his dad -- occurred to him the other day when he was playing catch in the outfield before a game.

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After 'pen stint, Ubaldo sizzles in 7-inning start

O's hoping to repeat results from last year, when righty returned to rotation strong

After 'pen stint, Ubaldo sizzles in 7-inning start

BALTIMORE -- Ubaldo Jimenez's strong outing on Sunday may prove that a short stint in the bullpen was the right move for the previously struggling righty.

With a heat index of 97, Jimenez went a strong seven innings in his first quality start since April 19, allowing two earned runs on four hits to lead his team to an 8-5 win over the Cardinals.

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Hays makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Hays makes Pipeline 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.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (June 12-18) is headlined by Triple-A Albuquerque's Ryan McMahon, who led all Minor Leaguers in OPS (1.883), hits (16) and total bases (35) while also tying for the lead in home runs (five) and RBIs (14).

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Flying high: O's ride 4 HRs to win vs. Cards

Flying high: O's ride 4 HRs to win vs. Cards

BALTIMORE -- Completing a three-game series in which the two clubs combined for 22 home runs, the Orioles slugged their way to an 8-5 victory on Father's Day to steal an Interleague series win from the Cardinals.

Fittingly, the O's opened the afternoon with a homer -- Seth Smith's third leadoff blast this year -- and then chased Cardinals starter Lance Lynn from the game with two more homers in the fifth. Baltimore would have had another, too, if not for Dexter Fowler's catch to rob Jonathan Schoop.

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Hays collects six RBIs for Frederick

Hays collects six RBIs for Frederick

Austin Hays is having a strong season for Class A Advanced Frederick, but Sunday's effort was one of his best games yet as he finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four extra-base hits.

The Orioles' No. 7 prospect extended his hitting streak to eight games and set career highs in hits and RBIs (6) as Frederick topped Lynchburg, 11-5.

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In time for Dad's day, uncanny Manny play

In time for Dad's day, uncanny Manny play

BALTIMORE -- With teams all across MLB decked out in Father's Day blue, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado treated daughters, sons, moms and dads to a dazzling play worth sharing socially alongside their customary tributes and shout-outs.

It was in the eighth inning of Baltimore's 15-7 win over visiting St. Louis on Saturday. Machado fielded a Jedd Gyorko grounder to his backhand side, and the former All-Star and Gold Glove Award winner made the stop, going into foul territory and throwing across his body and off of his back foot.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.