O's keep bullpen fresh, recall Ondrusek

O's keep bullpen fresh, recall Ondrusek

The Orioles' reliever carousel continued Thursday, when Parker Bridwell was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk as the team recalled Logan Ondrusek from Double-A Bowie. Bridwell becomes the third reliever sent down since Friday as the O's try to keep fresh arms in the 'pen.

The O's signed Ondrusek on July 29, and he has appeared in six games with the club. Ondrusek has allowed four earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

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Machado, Wieters plate 8 as O's deny Nats

Machado, Wieters plate 8 as O's deny Nats

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado lit up the scoreboard all night and Matt Wieters contributed a late three-run homer to help the Orioles slug their way past the Nationals, 10-8, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Both Wieters and Machado -- who finished with four hits, including his 29th homer -- drove in four runs in support of left-handed starter Wade Miley, who was acquired by Baltimore last month and earned his first win as an Oriole with five-plus innings of two-run ball.

The win was the Orioles' third straight over the Nationals and came hours after the team placed ace Chris Tillman on the disabled list.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Britton sees record run end but seals victory

Britton sees record run end but seals victory

WASHINGTON -- Though the Nationals couldn't steal a win from Zach Britton and the Orioles on Wednesday night, they did steal the closer's Major League-record streak of consecutive scoreless appearances, ending the lefty's run at 43.

Britton finished off a 10-8 Baltimore victory at Nationals Park but allowed a run on two hits in the process. The closer entered with one out in the bottom of the ninth following a Daniel Murphy grand slam that cut the Orioles' lead to three runs. He allowed a single to Bryce Harper and an RBI double to Anthony Rendon, and just like that, the streak was over.

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Tillman goes on 15-day DL; Orioles call up Wright

Tillman goes on 15-day DL; Orioles call up Wright

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed ace right-hander Chris Tillman on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis on Wednesday and recalled righty Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk.

Wright will serve as the O's long reliever, with Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA) taking Tillman's spot in the rotation on Thursday against the Nationals.

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Rookie relievers rewarding Showalter's faith

Rookie relievers rewarding Showalter's faith

WASHINGTON -- Donnie Hart conceded on Wednesday night that he couldn't have envisioned these moments a couple of months ago when he was pitching for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. No, not facing reigning National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper in front of a sellout crowd at Nationals Park.

But the Orioles lefty didn't shy away from the situation -- runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh inning of a two-run game. Hart threw Harper eight straight sliders, the final of which Harper swung through for a crucial strikeout in the Orioles' 10-8 win.

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Power meets power as O's take on Scherzer

Power meets power as O's take on Scherzer

Max Scherzer and Chris Tillman were scheduled to meet in a matchup of aces in the final game of the Battle of the Beltways on Thursday night at Nationals Park, but with Tillman on the disabled list, Ubaldo Jimenez will take the hill for the Orioles.

The 32-year-old Jimenez, who is 5-10 with a 6.94 ERA, has the highest ERA among all Major League pitchers with at least 90 innings. O's manager Buck Showalter didn't commit to starting Jimenez past Thursday, but the veteran right-hander understands the importance of joining the rotation amid a postseason chase.

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Davis hits 30th, but small ball big in O's rout of Nats

Davis hits 30th, but small ball big in O's rout of Nats

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have relied on a simple formula for most of the season, trying to outslug their opponents. But they deviated from the norm Tuesday night, tallying their first seven runs without a homer in combination with six shutout innings from starter Kevin Gausman to beat the Nationals, 8-1.

Baltimore continues to get the best of Washington in the Battle of the Beltways, sweeping the two games at Camden Yards this season. Since 2012, the O's are 16-6 against the Nationals.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier.

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Palmeiro among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Palmeiro among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Charm life: Gausman keeps thriving at home

Charm life: Gausman keeps thriving at home

BALTIMORE -- Whether it's the shadow of the B&O Warehouse or the breeze off the inner harbor, something about pitching at Oriole Park at Camden Yards appeals to Kevin Gausman.

After firing six scoreless innings Tuesday in an 8-1 win over the Nationals, the Orioles righty now has a 2.48 home ERA this season, compared to 5.32 on the road. His career split is almost as dramatic: 3.00 at Camden Yards and 5.22 anywhere else.

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O's 3-for-3 on challenges, which hurt Nats' chances

O's 3-for-3 on challenges, which hurt Nats' chances

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles took advantage of instant replay in an 8-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Baltimore challenged three rulings in the game and won all three challenges, two of which snuffed out Nationals rallies. According to MLB Public Relations, the Orioles became the third team -- Rockies and Mets are the others -- to have three successful challenges in the same game this season.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pipeline preview: Sisco is hitter to watch

Pipeline preview: Sisco is hitter to watch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Thursday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Chance Sisco (Orioles' No. 2), Bowie vs. Binghamton (7:05 p.m. ET)

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Orioles on pace for stolen base 'record'

Orioles on pace for stolen base 'record'

BALTIMORE -- In the first inning of the Orioles' 15-8 loss to the Astros last Friday, No. 2 hitter Hyun Soo Kim stood at first base with no outs following a single. For some teams, the situation might stir thoughts of a stolen base, which would move the runner into scoring position and take away the defense's chance for a double play.

Kim never budged, but the O's didn't need him to. Two batters after Adam Jones' leadoff home run, Manny Machado smacked a 3-1 pitch from Houston's Collin McHugh over the center-field wall. Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo followed with solo shots, making Baltimore the first team since 1900 to go deep four times before recording an out.

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Gotta have Hart: Heads-up play by O's lefty

Gotta have Hart: Heads-up play by O's lefty

BALTIMORE -- Donnie Hart only recorded one out in Monday's game. But it was a big one.

Hart, who took over in the eighth inning of a one-run game, made a heads-up play on Bryce Harper's comebacker to nab Daniel Murphy at second base, erasing a leadoff double in a critical spot in the Orioles' 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

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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.

Bundy, homering O's right ship with win over Nats

Bundy, homering O's right ship with win over Nats

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles entered the series with the Nationals in the midst of a 1-5 homestand that's seen them fall from first place in the American League East to third. In need of a win to stop the slide, rookie Dylan Bundy and Baltimore's power-hitting lineup delivered in a 4-3 win at Camden Yards on Monday night.

Bundy threw a career-high 94 pitches to get through six innings of two-run ball, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced. It marked the second consecutive quality start for the Orioles, who had gone eight straight games without one before Sunday.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Monday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier.

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Trumbo's last 7 hits have been home runs

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Trumbo's last 7 hits have been home runs

In Mark Trumbo, the Orioles knew they'd be getting a strong man, capable of hitting booming home runs with a mere flick of the wrist. 

Heading into this season the slugger had 131 home runs to his name, but what he's done for the O's over the past few months has been quite a surprise for Buck Showalter's club. By that, we mean that Trumbo's last seven hits have all left the ballpark. Seven. Straight. Long balls. It's an accomplishment dating back to August 11 in Oakland.

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Wieters back from paternity; O's option Joseph

Wieters back from paternity; O's option Joseph

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles reinstated Matt Wieters from the paternity leave list prior to Monday's game, optioning Caleb Joseph to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot.

Wieters and his wife, Maria, welcomed their second son -- Michah -- on Friday night. He returned to the starting lineup for the O's series opener against the Nationals.

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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.

O's wait out rain, but can't weather Astros' storm

O's wait out rain, but can't weather Astros' storm

BALTIMORE -- The Astros are becoming road warriors when they need it most.

Houston used a solid start from Dallas Keuchel and capitalized on Baltimore's defensive woes in a three-run fifth to take their third straight win at Camden Yards, a 5-3 victory that clinched a series win for Houston in the four-game visit and a 6-1 record against the Orioles for the season series.

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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.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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O's prospect Bridwell debuts against Astros

O's prospect Bridwell debuts against Astros

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday morning to help add coverage in the bullpen. It didn't take long for Bridwell to pitch in.

Bridwell, the O's No. 27 prospect according to MLB.com, made his Major League debut in the eighth inning vs. the Astros. He allowed one run -- Jake Marisnick's homer -- over two innings in the O's 5-3 loss to Houston.

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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.

Miscues loom large as Orioles drop series

Miscues loom large as Orioles drop series

BALTIMORE -- Innings like the one the Orioles had in the fifth of Sunday's 5-3 loss happen over the course of a 162-game season, but they seem to sting a little extra in the midst of a 1-5 homestand in mid-August.

The Orioles could've had a scoreless frame if not for an error by Manny Machado and a liner that manager Buck Showalter said right fielder Chris Davis lost in the lights for what was ruled a two-run double. The defensive miscues led to three decisive runs for the Astros, who beat the O's for the third straight night.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tillman, Orioles unable to quiet potent Astros

Tillman, Orioles unable to quiet potent Astros

BALTIMORE -- The Astros took a two-run lead two batters into Saturday night's game and never looked back as they scored double digits for the second straight night in a 12-2 rout of the Orioles at Camden Yards. Houston, which had lost five straight before Friday, has scored 27 runs over the past two games.

Houston moved to 4 1/2 games back of Baltimore for the second Wild Card spot in the American League. The Orioles dropped to 2 1/2 games back of Toronto in the AL East.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday.

Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Astros on Saturday.

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Flaherty: 'Cool to try' pitching in Orioles' loss

Flaherty: 'Cool to try' pitching in Orioles' loss

BALTIMORE -- After the Astros used first baseman Tyler White as a pitcher Thursday, the Orioles turned to utility man Ryan Flaherty to toss the ninth in Saturday's 12-2 loss.

Making his first career pitching appearance in the Majors, the 30-year-old allowed two runs on three hits. He allowed a leadoff homer to Jason Castro and maxed out at 83 mph with his fastball. It was his first time pitching since high school.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Orioles on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's Despaigne sent back out after relief outing

O's Despaigne sent back out after relief outing

BALTIMORE -- After recalling right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne for Saturday's game, the Orioles optioned him back to Triple-A Norfolk after the 12-2 loss to the Astros. Despaigne was called up to provide long relief, and he came on to allow four runs over three innings after Chris Tillman didn't get out of the third inning.

The Orioles haven't made a corresponding move, but it clears room for them to add another arm for the bullpen before Sunday's series finale. Relievers have accounted for 14 1/3 innings the past two games.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker among top prospect performers Saturday

Braves' No. 15 notches career-best 11 total bases; Astros' No. 8 shows off power, speed combo

Walker among top prospect performers Saturday

As one of the younger everyday players at the Triple-A level, Rio Ruiz has been anything but overmatched this season.

The Braves' No. 15 prospect put together a big offensive performance on Saturday, when he hit multiple home runs for the first time in his five-year career and plated all four runs as Triple-A Gwinnett shut out Rochester, 4-0. Ruiz finished 3-for-3 at the plate, also tallying a triple in the contest en route to accruing a career-best 11 total bases.

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O's make history with 4 HRs before 1st out

Jones, Machado, Davis, Trumbo go deep, with last 3 coming consecutively

O's make history with 4 HRs before 1st out

BALTIMORE -- Down a run after a leadoff homer by George Springer, the Orioles didn't wait long to respond.

Baltimore came storming out, clobbering four home runs off Astros starter Collin McHugh in the first inning -- including three in a row -- to put on a historic power spectacle Friday night at Oriole Park. Though they went on to lose, 15-8, the Orioles blasted five homers to give them 11 over the past two games.

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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.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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O's go back-to-back-to-back in ridiculous four-homer first

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O's go back-to-back-to-back in ridiculous four-homer first

The Orioles entered play on Friday the undisputed long ball champs of the league. They headed into the second game of their four-game set with the Astros having clubbed 183 homers through 120 games, nine more than the second-place Blue Jays. They even tacked on six more in Thursday's 13-5 win over Houston.

The use of the past tense above is key, considering the O's wasted no time adding to their power show on Friday with a quick start against Collin McHugh at Camden Yards -- after George Springer cracked a leadoff homer to give Houston a 1-0 lead. 

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O's can't make historic 1st stand up, fall to Astros

O's can't make historic 1st stand up, fall to Astros

BALTIMORE -- Sixteen pitches into Collin McHugh's start, the Orioles made history with their fourth home run before making an out. But the Home Run Derby-style start wasn't enough for the O's as the Astros quickly responded in the second and poured on more to win a 15-8 slugfest Friday at Camden Yards.

The Astros' victory snapped a five-game losing streak as they avoided falling to .500 for the first time since mid-June. The Orioles dropped to third place in the American League East for the second time all season with Boston beating Detroit, though they remain just 1 1/2 games back of first-place Toronto. The O's still hold the second Wild Card spot in the AL, leading the Mariners by two games. The Astros are 5 1/2 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Friday.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Righty Wilson optioned to Triple-A Norfolk

Righty Wilson optioned to Triple-A Norfolk

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles optioned right-hander Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk after Friday's 15-8 loss to the Astros. The move clears room for Baltimore to add a long reliever for Saturday's game after it needed to use all three of its long men when starter Wade Miley lasted just 1 2/3 innings.

Wilson pitched two innings Friday, allowing four runs on five hits. It's the third time he's been sent down this season.

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Cherry debuts O's-inspired song at Oriole Park

Country music artist feels at home in Baltimore with husband Brach

Cherry debuts O's-inspired song at Oriole Park

BALTIMORE -- Jenae Cherry and her husband, Orioles reliever Brad Brach, feel right at home here in Baltimore.

So it was no surprise that Cherry, a country music artist, incorporated Charm City in her latest single. She debuted the original Orioles-inspired song "Don't Miss the Magic" following the O's Friday night game against the Houston Astros.

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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.