O's fall in Seattle opener; set June HR standard

O's fall in Seattle opener; set June HR standard

SEATTLE -- Taijuan Walker bounced back from a troublesome foot injury to throw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball as the Mariners topped the Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday at Safeco Field to snap Baltimore's seven-game win streak.

Hyun Soo Kim went deep off Walker leading off the seventh to give the Orioles a Major League-record 56 home runs in June, but that was the only damage done against the 23-year-old Mariners right-hander. Walker, making his first start in 11 days, allowed four hits with five strikeouts and is now 4-6 with a 3.29 ERA.

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O's what a month: Orioles set June HR mark

Kim's seventh-inning blast gives Baltimore 56 long balls

O's what a month: Orioles set June HR mark

SEATTLE -- It was only fitting that Hyun Soo Kim, who went hitless in his first 23 spring at-bats, would be the one in the Orioles star-studded lineup to put Baltimore in historic territory.

Kim, who went yard off Mariners starter Taijuan Walker to open the seventh inning Thursday, gave the Orioles their 56th homer in June, giving them sole possession of the Major League record for the month. The O's, who tied the 1996 Oakland A's with 55 homers in June in Wednesday's win, used Kim's third homer of the season to set the mark in the 5-3 loss to Seattle.

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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.

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Tribe, O's taking different paths to glory

June records evidence that there's more than one road to success

Tribe, O's taking different paths to glory

The Cleveland Indians had an extraordinary June. They posted the best record in baseball, at 22-6, for that month, and they still have that 13-game winning streak alive and well. And they have been doing it the old-fashioned way.

In June, the Tribe rotation was baseball's best: 16-4 with a 2.50 ERA. The bullpen was baseball's best: 6-2 with a 2.13 ERA. Roll those numbers around in your mind. To run up an overall 2.42 ERA for a single month is something special.

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Joseph, Worley recalled; McFarland to DL

Joseph, Worley recalled; McFarland to DL

SEATTLE -- The Orioles made a series of roster moves on Thursday, recalling Caleb Joseph and Vance Worley, optioning Oliver Drake and Francisco Pena to Triple-A Norfolk, and purchasing the contract of reliever Chaz Roe.

The O's also placed T.J. McFarland on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

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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.

Orioles to take it slow with rehabbing O'Day

Orioles to take it slow with rehabbing O'Day

SEATTLE -- There is no timetable for Orioles reliever Darren O'Day to throw his next bullpen session as the right-hander continues to be slowed by a high hamstring strain.

O'Day, who threw in San Diego on Tuesday, was originally slated to throw a simulated game after that but manager Buck Showalter said the side session "was just OK" and that the team is going to take it slow.

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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.

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

Rosters announced at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday on ESPN; Final Vote next

All-Star Ballot end sets up Tuesday intrigue

The people have spoken and the countdown is on.

After 68 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting position players for the 87th All-Star Game on July 12 at Petco Park in San Diego, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey, Mountcastle among top prospect performers Wednesday

Pirates prospect continues to rake; Blue Jays outfielder homers twice, plates six

Harvey, Mountcastle among top prospect performers Wednesday

Josh Bell's body of work made it clear he deserved to be named to the International League All-Star team, but the No. 44 overall prospect (Pirates' No. 3) still took Wednesday's game as an opportunity to cement his place on the squad.

Hours after the International League All-Star roster was announced, Bell led Triple-A Indianapolis to a win with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate. The 23-year-old leads the league with 153 total bases and is hitting .323 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs through 77 games.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles win 7th straight, tie June HR record

Orioles win 7th straight, tie June HR record

SAN DIEGO -- Mark Trumbo made Baltimore's impressive June at the plate historic, launching the club's 55th homer of the month, as the Orioles completed a two-game sweep of the Padres with a 12-6 victory Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park.

Trumbo golfed a Christian Friedrich fastball into the second deck of the left-field seats, capping a four-run fourth inning that put the Orioles on top for good. With the two-run shot, Baltimore tied the 1996 A's for the most home runs by a single team in June.

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Homer-happy O's slug way past Padres

Homer-happy O's slug way past Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Orioles continued their month of mashing Tuesday night, pounding out 17 hits -- including a trio of homers -- as they cruised past the Padres, 11-7, at Petco Park.

Making his return to his hometown, Adam Jones led off the game with a home run to the opposite field, setting the tone for Baltimore's offensive onslaught, in which all eight starting position players recorded at least one hit. Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis also went deep, giving the Orioles 54 homers in June -- one shy of the Major League record.

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Rolling O's on six-game winning streak

Club posts double-digit runs for the third time in nine games

Rolling O's on six-game winning streak

SAN DIEGO -- Lately, it seems like it's the Orioles world. Everyone else is just living in it.

Baltimore, on a six-game winning streak with Tuesday's 11-7 mashing of the Padres, is a season-high 16 games over .500 and starting to open up a little cushion in the American League East. The O's are 4 1/2 games ahead of Boston and have been on a roll.

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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.

No. 3 prospect Sisco gets Futures Game invite

No. 3 prospect Sisco gets Futures Game invite

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catching prospect Chance Sisco has been chosen to participate in the 2016 Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game as a member of the U.S. Roster.

The game will be held at Petco Park on Sunday, July 10.

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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.

Brach making the case for All-Star Game nod

Brach making the case for All-Star Game nod

BALTIMORE -- Around the All-Star break last season, when fellow Oriole relievers Zach Britton and Darren O'Day were spending the weekend as All-Stars in Cincinnati, Brad Brach was texting his brother Brett. Brad was wondering when his mindset had shifted from thinking he should be an All-Star to just trying to stay on a team.

From that moment forward, Brach said he's been aggressive when attacking hitters. He's tried to pitch like an All-Star would. And with about two weeks before the 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego, he's got the type of numbers that All-Stars typically boast.

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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.

Marin among top prospect performers Tuesday

Twins' No. 1 prospect allows one hit in seven frames, Nats' No. 6 records career-high seven RBIs

Marin among top prospect performers Tuesday

Jose Berrios followed up his best start of the year with a no-hit bid and an outing that was equally impressive.

The No. 15 overall prospect took a no-hitter into the seventh, but lost it on a one-out double -- the lone hit he allowed in seven scoreless frames. Berrios threw 64 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out six.

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O'Day's bullpen session not as good as hoped

O'Day's bullpen session not as good as hoped

SAN DIEGO -- Setup man Darren O'Day's bullpen session Tuesday was "just OK" according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter and O'Day could have another 'pen session before his scheduled simulated game.

O'Day, who has been sidelined with a right hamstring strain, has been on the disabled list since June 3 in a slow rehab process. He threw his second side session before the Orioles-Padres game at Petco Park on Tuesday.

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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.

Just a little Crush: O's slam Rays

Just a little Crush: O's slam Rays

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis belted a first-inning grand slam and Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo added homers to power the Orioles to a 12-5 win on Sunday to complete their first-ever four-game sweep of the Rays. Baltimore, which is a season-high 15 games over .500, has won five straight while the Rays have dropped 11 in a row for the first time since 2009.

While the Rays chipped away at the lead against right-hander Tyler Wilson, who allowed five runs on a career-high 10 hits, the Orioles never trailed after Davis cleared the bases four batters into the bottom of the first. Adam Jones reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

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Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Rays on Sunday.

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Bundy thriving after long wait to get on mound

Right-hander allowed two runs over first 12 innings in June

Bundy thriving after long wait to get on mound

BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans have longed to see 2011 fourth overall pick Dylan Bundy dealing on the mound at Camden Yards. Tommy John surgery in 2013 and a shoulder injury in 2015 kept him off a Major League mound for three straight years.

But his long wait to return to Baltimore ended this season, and the Orioles have been reaping the benefits in June. After tossing three scoreless innings of relief in Sunday's 12-5 win over the Rays, Bundy has allowed two runs over 12 innings while striking out 13 this month.

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Davis' slam sets tone for O's big offensive day

Slugger ties Robinson for 9th on club's all-time HR list

Davis' slam sets tone for O's big offensive day

BALTIMORE -- Orioles slugger Chris Davis had the option to take Sunday off to get two days of rest with Monday's off-day looming. It wasn't an ideal matchup against Rays lefty Drew Smyly, whom he entered 2-for-16 against with 10 strikeouts and two home runs in his career.

But Davis, who ranks third among first baseman in the All-Star voting, chose to stay in the lineup as the designated hitter. He delivered in the first inning with a grand slam to give the Orioles a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 12-5 win over the Rays.

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Lefty Tolliver optioned to Triple-A

Lefty Tolliver optioned to Triple-A

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles optioned left-hander Ashur Tolliver to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday's 12-5 win over the Rays, the club announced. Tolliver's wife is due July 7, and with the O's set to embark on a three-city West Coast trip Sunday night, they didn't want him to be across the country when she went into labor.

Tolliver (1-0, 5.79 ERA), who was recalled from the Tides on Wednesday, pitched in one game in his stint with Baltimore. He allowed one hit and one walk in 2/3 of an inning against the Rays on Friday.

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Pitching without pain, Worley nearing return

Right-hander out since June 14 with right groin strain

Pitching without pain, Worley nearing return

BALTIMORE -- Orioles right-hander Vance Worley felt good during his rehab outing at Double-A Bowie on Saturday, and he could be activated from the 15-day disabled list during the upcoming West Coast trip.

The O's reliever, who has been on the DL since June 14 with a right groin strain, threw 1 2/3 innings for Bowie and allowed one run on five hits.

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Crush, Jones lead O's rally to sweep twin bill

Crush, Jones lead O's rally to sweep twin bill

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles erased an early four-run deficit to take an 8-6 win in Saturday's nightcap at Camden Yards, earning a doubleheader sweep over a Rays team that has lost 10 consecutive games.

"Long day at the ballpark," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Long day for all of us. It gets longer when you lose a ballgame like that. I don't know if there's a ton to say other than we just came up short."

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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

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Clutch Wieters provides pop in comeback win

O's catcher crushes two-run HR onto Eutaw Street, adds insurance jack

Clutch Wieters provides pop in comeback win

BALTIMORE -- When the Orioles extended a qualifying offer to catcher Matt Wieters in the offseason, it wasn't a given that the veteran catcher would return to Baltimore. Prior to this past offseason, none of the 34 players given a qualifying offer had ever accepted it.

But Wieters did. And in the O's 8-6 win in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, he proved why Orioles fans should be thankful he's donning orange for at least one more season. Wieters belted two homers to right field for his first multi-homer game since Sept. 16, 2012, and the fifth of his career.

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Jones' game-changing catch sets tone for rally

Diving grab with bases loaded gets O's out of jam; CF goes deep, scores go-ahead run

Jones' game-changing catch sets tone for rally

BALTIMORE -- The Rays had already scored two runs in the third inning in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, and they were threatening to blow the game open with the bases loaded and two down.

Jaff Decker lined a Chris Tillman pitch toward the gap in right-center that looked like it might clear the bases. But Orioles center fielder Adam Jones laid out at full extension to rob Decker of extra bases and keep the O's deficit at four runs. It proved to be game-altering as Baltimore would come back to win, 8-6.

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Schoop joins Gold Glovers on highlight reel

Along with Hardy and Machado, second baseman backs outstanding Gausman

Schoop joins Gold Glovers on highlight reel

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' infield put on a defensive clinic in the sixth and seventh inning of Saturday's 5-0 win over the Rays in the first game of the day/night doubleheader.

Whether it was second baseman Jonathan Schoop ranging up the middle to stop a liner that was redirected off the mound, third baseman Manny Machado making a strong backhanded stop and throw across the diamond or shortstop J.J. Hardy picking a sharp one-hopper headed up the middle, the O's infielders filled up the highlight reel.

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Gausman fires a gem as O's beat Rays in matinee

Gausman fires a gem as O's beat Rays in matinee

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman didn't resemble a pitcher with no wins, as the Orioles defeated the Rays, 5-0, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Saturday at Camden Yards.

The Rays have now lost nine in a row.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

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

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Harvey's first game in nearly 2 years a success

Orioles top prospect fans five in two scoreless frames for GCL Orioles

Harvey's first game in nearly 2 years a success

Hunter Harvey was sharp in his first game action in nearly two years on Saturday, firing two scoreless innings for the Orioles' Gulf Coast League affiliate in a win over the Rays' affiliate.

The Orioles' No. 1 prospect struck out three in the first inning en route to fanning five of the seven hitters he faced. He allowed one hit, a two-out double to Chris Betts (Rays' No. 15) -- the 2015 second-rounder's first career hit -- in the bottom of the first, and did not issue a walk.

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Victory finally follows Gausman's efforts

Victory finally follows Gausman's efforts

BALTIMORE -- The question seemed to pop up before every start Kevin Gausman made in June: Would he finally get a win? The Orioles' righty answered it in resounding fashion in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays at Camden Yards.

Gausman hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings, holding the Rays to just four hits without walking a batter to earn his first victory of the season in the O's 5-0 win. He entered the day 0-5 in his previous 12 starts.

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Machado, Jones homer as O's rally past Rays

Machado, Jones homer as O's rally past Rays

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado homered in his return from a four-game suspension as the Orioles used a four-run sixth inning to rally in Friday's 6-3 series-opening win over the Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Tampa Bay (31-40), in last place in the American League East, has now lost eight straight. Baltimore (42-30) kept its hold on first place with its Major League-leading 28th win at home.

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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.

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