Norris finding stride, pitches solid seven innings

Despite loss, right-hander turns in second consecutive quality start vs. Mets

Norris finding stride, pitches solid seven innings

NEW YORK -- After a rocky start to the season, Bud Norris is finding some consistency. The right-hander tossed his second consecutive quality start in Tuesday's 3-2 loss, a solid seven-inning outing.

"I'm really finding my stride," said Norris, who didn't record an out past the fifth inning in his first three starts. "I didn't have a great camp, but I feel strong, and I'm right where I want to be mentally. This is a tough game, got to keep making pitches. Once the ball leaves my hand, I have no control over it. But I felt good. Our rotation has been very good. We know what we can do. We kind of build off each other."

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Despite late homers, O's fall in opener

Despite late homers, O's fall in opener

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings to help the Mets halt a two-game skid and top the Orioles, 3-2, Tuesday at Citi Field.

The 41-year-old Colon again defied and dazzled, scattering six hits and walking none. Colon's lone mistake resulted in Manny Machado's solo home run in the seventh inning. The Mets backed Colon with a three-run fourth.

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Ubaldo aims to lead O's to series split

Ubaldo aims to lead O's to series split

Baltimore will try to keep its recent starter streak alive, with eight consecutive outings or six or more innings heading into Wednesday's game at Citi Field.

O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez won his last start after allowing two unearned runs on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings against the White Sox.

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Marty Noble

Experience brings perspective for Jones

Experience brings perspective for Jones

NEW YORK -- A few decades ago, when Joaquin Andujar was among the most colorful and peculiar guys in the game, he underscored his image with this conflicted statement: "You know what they say -- two words: 'You never know.'" Those words applied to baseball -- and to the Cardinals' unusual pitcher -- years before and in the years since he spoke them.

Hours before the Orioles played the Mets on Tuesday night, Adam Jones was in a serious conversation at his locker about the turmoil Baltimore has endured of late. He was making a point, that baseball, like life, routinely provides the unexpected and occasionally delivers the unprecedented.

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Hardy, Flaherty progress during rehab stint

Hardy, Flaherty progress during rehab stint

BOWIE, Md. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Ryan Flaherty continued making progress in the second game of their rehab assignments with Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night.

Hardy (strained left shoulder) went 1-for-4 while batting third. He struck out twice and flied out before getting a single to left in the seventh. He then left for a pinch-runner and is 3-for-8 in his two games playing for Bowie.

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Pearce out of lineup with stomach virus

Paredes starts at second in his place vs. Mets

Pearce out of lineup with stomach virus

NEW YORK -- Steve Pearce remained out of the lineup on Tuesday with a stomach virus that forced an early exit from Sunday's game.

"[I'm] just a little under the weather right now," Pearce said. "Just hope I'm at the very end of this thing, and hopefully I'll get out there and get an at-bat later on in the game and hopefully be better tomorrow. It's just a stomach virus. I'm just trying to get over it right now and do what I can."

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O's to honor NYPD officer Moore with signed jersey

O's to honor NYPD officer Moore with signed jersey

NEW YORK -- The Orioles, in New York on Tuesday to start a slate of six games, plan to have a white home jersey overnighted and signed to present to the family of NYPD officer Brian Moore, who was shot in Queens on Saturday and died on Monday.

Moore, 25, was a big Orioles fan, and when the Mets -- who honored Moore by wearing NYPD caps in warmups and using police officers to make the national anthem's color guard -- reached out to tell Baltimore that he had an affinity for the team, the O's acted quickly.

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Inbox: When will Wieters return to O's lineup?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans' questions

Inbox: When will Wieters return to O's lineup?

In an eventful week on and off the field in Baltimore, it seemed like the perfect time to dip into my Inbox and answer some of your latest and most popular questions before the Orioles head to New York for series against the Mets and Yankees.

When can we realistically expect Matt Wieters to return?
-- Chris L., Baltimore

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Orioles rally against bullpen to win finale

Orioles rally against bullpen to win finale

ST. PETERSBURG -- Led by a two-out, two-run single by Adam Jones, the Orioles used a three-run seventh inning to take the series with a 4-2 win on Sunday over the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Jones -- who tied a career high with four hits to raise his average to .402-- helped take Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen off the hook after a quality six-inning outing.

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Chen continues O's string of strong pitching

Southpaw allows two runs over six innings to keep Baltimore in finale

Chen continues O's string of strong pitching

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen continued to keep the O's rotation rolling on Sunday afternoon, pitching six innings in the 4-2 series win over the Rays to give Baltimore its sixth consecutive quality start.

"My last outing, I felt pretty great," Chen said through his interpreter. "All I wanted to do was keep the same feeling and not do anything extra and that's what I did today."

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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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.

As 'home' series ends, O's think of Baltimore

Orioles grateful for Rays opening Tropicana during difficult time

As 'home' series ends, O's think of Baltimore

ST. PETERSBURG -- Despite a whirlwind week that included riots in Baltimore, a lockdown, a pair of postponements, and a game with no fans, the Orioles made themselves right at home with the last-minute series move to Tropicana Field. After dropping Friday's opener, the O's won Saturday and secured the "home series" win with Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Rays.

"People have been through worse, man. People have been through worse," center fielder Adam Jones said of the O's rough week. "We're athletes. People have been through worse. There's more people in Baltimore that are facing tougher hardships than we're facing. We get to play baseball for a living. The hardships that we have to face? Nah. You've got to look at the people that actually have to face some hardships and those are the people back in Baltimore right now."

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Wieters unable to give specific return date

Working in extended spring training, catcher still feels some elbow soreness

Wieters unable to give specific return date

ST. PETERSBURG -- Catcher Matt Wieters, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, addressed the media on Sunday and said he's still on an every-other-day catching schedule in extended spring training.

Wieters caught five innings Saturday and the biggest issue is still recovering in between games. There's no timetable for his return and the catcher won't put any public timeframe on it.

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Hardy, Flaherty to begin rehab on Monday

Orioles hope infielders can return to club next weekend

Hardy, Flaherty to begin rehab on Monday

ST. PETERSBURG -- J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty, who are both with the team, will head to Double-A Bowie after Sunday's game to begin their rehab assignment on Monday.

The hope is the two can rejoin the team next weekend in New York. Flaherty is eligible to come off the DL on Friday and that's looking like it will be the case, while Hardy has missed much more time and the team will wait and see how he feels after the first few games.

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Gonzalez pitches 7 2/3 stellar innings in O's win

Righty allows four hits, strikes out six in scoreless outing

Gonzalez pitches 7 2/3 stellar innings in O's win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Miguel Gonzalez gave the Orioles their fifth consecutive quality start with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Rays.

"I think from the get-go, my fastball was pretty good, both sides of the plate, and we played a really good ballgame overall," Gonzalez said. "Everything was great."

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Brach induces eighth-inning out to keep O's on track

Right-hander earns first save in Baltimore's win over Rays

Brach induces eighth-inning out to keep O's on track

ST. PETERSBURG -- Brad Brach got one of the biggest outs in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Rays and picked up his first save of the season in the process.

After starter Miguel Gonzalez issued a two-out eighth-inning walk to put runners on first and second, manager Buck Showalter brought on Brach to face Steven Souza Jr. The righty retired him on a full-count popup behind the plate and retired the following three batters in the ninth.

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Joseph homers, Gonzalez strong in O's win

Joseph homers, Gonzalez strong in O's win

ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez fired a season-high 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Baltimore tied its "home" series with a 4-0 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday night.

Gonzalez held the Rays to four hits and one walk, striking out six to pick up his third win in four starts. The O's scored a trio of runs in the third inning, including a two-run double from Lakeland native Steve Pearce, and Caleb Joseph homered in the sixth.

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Schoop hopes to return before All-Star break

Second baseman progressing in rehab for left knee injury

Schoop hopes to return before All-Star break

ST. PETERSBURG -- Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who is rehabbing his left knee injury in nearby Sarasota, Fla., has been visiting the Orioles during the series at Tropicana Field this weekend.

Schoop is still wearing his knee brace "pretty much 24/7" and is hoping to be cleared to do some pool walking next week. He has been getting stim and ice treatment and has been working on strengthening his calf and quad a few times a day.

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Hal Bodley

For O's, venue change of little consequence

Showalter says it pales in comparison to what's going on in Baltimore

For O's, venue change of little consequence

ST. PETERSBURG -- "White pants, gray pants -- it's still baseball between the lines," Orioles skipper Buck Showalter offered before the game.

And that's exactly how the unusual circumstance of the O's playing their "home" game Friday night at Tropicana Field unfolded.

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O's bats can't get going in 'home' game

O's bats can't get going in 'home' game

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays were technically the road team, but they looked right at home Friday night.

Tampa Bay used a solid return from starter Alex Colome and a pair of fourth-inning runs to top the Orioles, 2-0, in the series opener that was shifted from Camden Yards due to unrest in Baltimore.

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Pearce makes first career start at second

Change made during unusual week, but versatile player confident he can be effective

Pearce makes first career start at second

ST. PETERSBURG -- With three infielders injured, the Orioles have had to make some adjustments. On Friday, that included giving Steve Pearce his first career start at second base, in the O's "home game" against the Rays.

Pearce, who has never played second base at any level, said the idea was brought up to him two days ago, and he did practice during Thursday's off-day at Camden Yards and early work prior to Friday's opener.

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O's run gamut of emotions during trying week

Club played game without fans, postposted two contests due to unrest in Baltimore

O's run gamut of emotions during trying week

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles -- who played Wednesday's game, an 8-2 win over the White Sox, in front of no fans for the first time in MLB history -- are headed south to host a "home" series at Tropicana Field this weekend.

With everything going on in the city of Baltimore, here's a quick refresher on the O's past few days and what's to come:

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Paul Hagen

O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

Players react to first contest in big league history without fans

O's, White Sox experience a game like no other

BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez struck out White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton in the first inning and the home crowd cheered in approval.

Except that the crowd in this case was maybe a hundred people gathered outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards, peering in from afar through the iron-grilled gate on Camden Street behind left-center field.

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Paul Hagen

Jones empathizes with Baltimore's inner-city youth

O's center fielder understands frustration of protesters

Jones empathizes with Baltimore's inner-city youth

BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones is more than the Orioles' center fielder and cleanup hitter, although both are significant roles. He's even more than the face of the franchise, which carries its own sense of responsibility.

Jones is also the city's highest-profile African-American professional athlete. For the past week, as streets in his adopted city were overrun with demonstrators after Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, died after sustaining fatal injuries in police custody, it has taken a toll.

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Paul Hagen is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's make noise vs. White Sox at empty Camden Yards

O's make noise vs. White Sox at empty Camden Yards

BALTIMORE -- For the first time in Major League Baseball history, the Orioles and White Sox -- because of protests in Baltimore -- played a game closed to fans. But the O's did their best to make up for the lack of atmosphere, piling on Chicago starter Jeff Samardzija with a six-run first inning, including Chris Davis' three-run homer, that led to an 8-2 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who waited two extra days to pitch against the White Sox because of the pair of postponements earlier in the week, didn't disappoint. The righty struck out six and held Chicago to three hits over seven innings, allowing just two unearned runs.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adam Jones thinks twice about pranking Showalter

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Adam Jones thinks twice about pranking Showalter

The delicate art of the postgame pie has become an enduring tradition, and Adam Jones is one of its most skilled and enthusiastic participants, capable of hitting anyone with baked goods at any time while grinning like a five-year-old who just found a hidden cookie jar. 

So when he saw a postgame interview being conducted after the O's win over the White Sox on Wednesday, he could hardly contain his excitement. Until he saw who exactly was wearing the headset, and was forced to confront the face of a thousand unamused fathers:

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