Wilson, Orioles come up short vs. Astros

Wilson, Orioles come up short vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- The Astros got big blasts from Luis Valbuena and Evan Gattis, and capitalized on four Orioles errors, to edge Baltimore, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, securing a series win in the three-game set.

Valbuena, who has homered on consecutive nights, hit a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning off Orioles starter Tyler Wilson's 1-1 pitch. The Astros used Wilson's error in the fourth to score a pair of runs, with Gattis going deep immediately after the miscue with a two-run shot.

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Quartet of O's miscues costly vs. Astros

Quartet of O's miscues costly vs. Astros

HOUSTON -- The Orioles will try to quickly forget Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Houston, in which they committed a season-high four errors on the way to ensuring a series loss.

Shortstop Manny Machado was charged with two errors, both in the bottom of the first inning, and starter Tyler Wilson had a pair of miscues including a costly fielding error that preceded Evan Gattis' two-run homer.

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Murphy among top prospect performers Wednesday

Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

Orioles No. 24 prospect Alex Murphy became the first of the group to accomplish the feat by going 2-for-4 with two solo shots in Class A Delmarva's afternoon loss to Greensboro. The 21-year-old catcher has already set a new career-high with five home runs this season and owns a solid .283/.358/.440 batting line in 42 games for the Shorebirds. Next up was ... 

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Gausman, McCullers match up in series finale

Gausman, McCullers match up in series finale

The Astros and Orioles wrap up their three-game set with Thursday night's finale at Minute Maid Park, with the Astros looking to complete the sweep and the O's looking to end a three-game losing skid.

Lance McCullers gets the ball for Houston, which looks to stay above .500 in the month of May. The second-year hurler is making just his third start of the season after a shoulder issue in Spring Training caused him to miss the season's opening month.

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Orioles push Astros to extras but fall in 13th

Orioles push Astros to extras but fall in 13th

HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa snapped an 0-for-15 slump by hitting a line-drive single to center field with the bases loaded in the 13th inning to score Tony Kemp, who had led off the inning with a triple, to send the Astros to a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

Six Astros relievers combined to hold the Orioles scoreless for 7 1/3 innings as Houston pitchers combined to strike out 19 batters, which is third most in club history. The Astros snapped a four-game losing streak.

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'Frustrating' stretch, but O's take K's in stride

'Frustrating' stretch, but O's take K's in stride

HOUSTON -- The one-dimensional Orioles lineup everyone feared showed up on Wednesday night as a powerful Baltimore lineup struck out 19 times in the series-opening 3-2, 13-inning loss to the Astros.

"We have a team that drives the ball, and the opposite of driving the ball is strikeouts," said center fielder Adam Jones, who was one of six players with multiple strikeouts on the night. "We got some guys, myself, [Chris Davis], [Mark] Trumbo, we strike out from time to time. It's OK. I think people are happy with how we drive the ball and the numbers we put up. It's just part of the game. We try to get a pitch to hit and drive it.

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O's add second lefty, call up Tolliver from Double-A

O's add second lefty, call up Tolliver from Double-A

HOUSTON -- The Orioles' Double-A Bowie affiliate has been going through a rough stretch, and Monday night's game, a 13-inning loss at Hartford, was no exception. Still, when manager Gary Kendall gathered the group for a postgame speech, he reminded them there is still some pretty cool stuff that happens in this game.

Like Bowie's own Ashur Tolliver, who pitching coach Alan Mills revealed was getting the call up to Baltimore for his Major League debut. The visitors' clubhouse went nuts.

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Orioles to host Social Media Night on June 22

Orioles to host Social Media Night on June 22

HOUSTON -- The Orioles will host "Birdland Social," an exclusive pregame party featuring first baseman Chris Davis, at Camden Yards on Wednesday, June 22, prior to game against the San Diego Padres.

The event, part of Social Media Night presented by GBMC HealthCare Inc., will take place on the center-field Roof Deck for 250 of the Orioles' most engaged social media followers.

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Inbox: Will Buck pull Ubaldo from rotation?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers Orioles fans' questions

Inbox: Will Buck pull Ubaldo from rotation?

BALTIMORE -- Let's start the Inbox off with a big "Happy Birthday!" to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who turned 60 on Monday.

Now, for your most common -- and pressing -- questions.

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Attention to detail is what makes Showalter tick

We celebrate the Orioles skipper's 60th birthday by honoring his work ethic

Attention to detail is what makes Showalter tick

One of the best ways to appreciate Buck Showalter's genius is to show up early one morning in Spring Training and watch him run a couple of drills with his Baltimore Orioles.

On Showalter's 60th birthday, this is a path to understanding one of baseball's most respected, creative and successful managers.

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O's deal Matusz, improve pitching depth

Baltimore nets pair of Minor League pitchers in exchange for lefty

O's deal Matusz, improve pitching depth

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles made a series of moves on Monday night, trading lefty pitcher Brian Matusz and the 76th pick, a lottery pick, in this year's MLB Draft to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Minor League pitchers Brandon Barker and Trevor Belicek.

The Orioles also acquired right-hander Franderlyn Romero from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two international signing bonus slots and agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a Minor League contract

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Means among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Means among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Roberts, Norton to represent O's at Draft

Roberts, Norton to represent O's at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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Jimenez, O's sunk by big third inning

Jimenez, O's sunk by big third inning

ANAHEIM -- The Angels scored five runs in the third inning and Jered Weaver took it from there, pitching seven innings of two-run ball in a 10-2 victory over the Orioles at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

The outcome kept the Orioles from completing a sweep and gave them only their fourth loss in the last 14 games.

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O's encouraged by Gallardo's bullpen session

O's encouraged by Gallardo's bullpen session

ANAHEIM -- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo threw his first bullpen session in his return from right shoulder tendinitis on Sunday morning.

This was the first time Gallardo, 30, has thrown off a mound since leaving his April 22 start at Kansas City. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and only started throwing again earlier this week.

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Confidence not an issue for Jimenez after loss

Confidence not an issue for Jimenez after loss

ANAHEIM -- It seemed like nothing could go right for Baltimore Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the third inning of Sunday's 10-2 loss to the Angels.

The first six Angels reached as part of a five-run outburst, giving Jimenez his second consecutive start where he allowed six earned runs. Yet, despite his recent struggles, Jimenez said his confidence is unwavering.

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Gunkel among Sunday's top prospect performers

Righty K's eight over four scoreless frames for Cardinals' Triple-A club

Gunkel among Sunday's top prospect performers

Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno. He recorded eight strikeouts -- matching the season-high for a Redbirds starting pitcher -- against three walks, with 48 of his 85 pitches going for strikes.

The Cardinals' No. 1 prospect fanned a two Memphis hitters in the first inning and then struck out the side in the following frame, while pitching around a pair of walks. He punched out three more hitters across his final two innings, including back-to-back called third strikes to end the third after he had allowed the first two batters to reach base.

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Birthday bash: Wieters celebrates with HR

Birthday bash: Wieters celebrates with HR

ANAHEIM -- Matt Wieters played the hero role for the Orioles on his 30th birthday Saturday night.

Wieters slugged a three-run home run off Angels closer Joe Smith with two outs in the ninth inning to propel the O's to a comeback win, 3-1, at Angel Stadium.

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McFarland to have MRI on sore left knee

McFarland to have MRI on sore left knee

ANAHEIM -- Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland, who injured his left knee in a Minor League start with Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, will undergo an MRI exam in Baltimore on Sunday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

"Stay on the safe side, see what we're dealing with," Showalter said before Saturday's game against the Angels.

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Late Wieters blast lifts O's over Angels

Late Wieters blast lifts O's over Angels

ANAHEIM -- Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters' three-run homer in the ninth off Angels closer Joe Smith powered the first-place Orioles to their league-leading 14th comeback win of the season Saturday night, a 3-1 victory, at Angel Stadium.

Wieters took a 1-0 Smith sinker away and belted it over the left field fence, giving the Orioles a series-clinching victory.

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Home runs power O's over Angels

Home runs power O's over Angels

ANAHEIM -- Chris Davis' two-run home run in the seventh inning carried the first-place Orioles on Friday night as they defeated the Angels, 9-4, at Angel Stadium.

After the Angels rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game, Davis knocked his home run off Angels reliever Jose Alvarez just over the glove of left fielder Rafael Ortega. It gave the Orioles the lead for good.

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Homecoming king: Trumbo hits HR vs Angels

Homecoming king: Trumbo hits HR vs Angels

ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo used to play half of his big league games in his hometown. Three seasons and three organizations removed from his time with the Angels, the Orioles slugger simply makes the most of his limited action this weekend at Angel Stadium.

Trumbo, who went to high school five miles away from the ballpark, gave his family and friends something to cheer about in Friday's 9-4 win over the Angels, hitting a two-run home run to left field in the third inning.

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Gallardo to throw bullpen session Sunday

Gallardo to throw bullpen session Sunday

ANAHEIM-- Yovani Gallardo is progressing in his shoulder rehabilitation and will throw a bullpen session Sunday morning at Angel Stadium, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday.

The bullpen will be the first time Gallardo -- on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis -- has thrown off a mound since he left an April 22 start at Kansas City. He's been increasing his throwing progressions since beginning a throwing program on Saturday.

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O's 1st home series loss just a minor dent

Baltimore carrying sterling 17-8 record at Camden Yards

O's 1st home series loss just a minor dent

BALTIMORE -- Home-field advantage has taken on a serious meaning in the first month-and-a-half for the Orioles, who lost their first home series of the season on Thursday with a 7-2 defeat against the Mariners.

Baltimore has been a remarkable 17-8 at Camden Yards this season, leading the Majors in home victories and using that to secure an early spot atop the American League East. But the Mariners, leaders in the AL West, did what no opponent has been able to in Baltimore: close out a series.

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After strong start, Wilson can't contain M's

After strong start, Wilson can't contain M's

BALTIMORE -- Led by Adam Lind's three-run homer, the Mariners handed a red-hot Orioles club a series loss at home with Thursday's 7-2 win at Camden Yards.

Lind went deep off Baltimore starter Tyler Wilson in the sixth inning to give Seattle, which took a one-run lead the inning prior, some breathing room. Leonys Martin homered in the ninth, while Seth Smith and former Oriole Nelson Cruz also drove in runs for Seattle, which improved to 15-7 on the road.

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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. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hardy progressing, headed to extended spring

Hardy progressing, headed to extended spring

BALTIMORE -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will head to extended spring workouts on Friday to begin his rehab. The hope is that he will start to ease into weight-bearing exercises.

"We actually took an X-ray yesterday. It looks good. [Head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] was saying, if you didn't really know exactly what you were looking for in the exact spot, you wouldn't see anything," manager Buck Showalter said of the hairline fracture in Hardy's left foot.

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Could Britton's 5-out save be sign of things to come?

Closer the Orioles' lone lefty reliever other than Matusz, who's struggling

Could Britton's 5-out save be sign of things to come?

BALTIMORE -- Zach Britton collected five big outs -- the All-Star closer's longest save situation this season -- in the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night.

Britton, who notched his 11th save of the season, had the previous four days off, and manager Buck Showalter said he knew going into the game that the lefty would be available to go a little longer.

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