Anxious Schoop returns to action for Orioles

Second baseman homers in first at-bat off DL

Anxious Schoop returns to action for Orioles

CHICAGO -- Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop returned to the starting lineup on Sunday for the first time since April 17, and he admitted he didn't get much sleep Saturday night.

"I said to J.J. [Hardy] on the bus, 'Help me out a little bit because I feel a little bit nervous. Like [it's] my first day in the big leagues,'" Schoop said. "He started laughing."

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Harvey, Garcia making rehab progress

Young pitchers take steps toward returns to mound

Harvey, Garcia making rehab progress

CHICAGO -- Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey, who was shut down in mid-May because of tightness in his right elbow, was slated to start a throwing program on Sunday. O's manager Buck Showalter wasn't sure about the exact details, but Harvey, ranked No. 2 among the club's top prospects and No. 34 overall, per MLB.com, being ready to throw is certainly good news for the club.

Jason Garcia, the team's Rule 5 Draft pick, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment for Double-A Bowie on Monday. Garcia has been on the disabled list since May 13 with tendinitis in his right shoulder. If Baltimore wants to keep him, he will have to be activated and in the bullpen for 20 days, not including September's expanded rosters.

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Gausman to stay in rotation, Norris in bullpen

Gausman to stay in rotation, Norris in bullpen

CHICAGO -- Bud Norris was informed prior to Friday's game that he will be in the Orioles' bullpen for the foreseeable future, with right-hander Kevin Gausman taking his rotation spot and starting Tuesday.

"We said all along that he controls it, and he did. Or we did," O's manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Rangers on Thursday. "We are trying to run our best five starters out there and right now we think Kevin is one of them. He will start on Tuesday. That's his normal day. Really wanted to keep him in turn, whether it was here or Norfolk. Wanted him to get a consistent routine."

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Orioles' lumber awakens, offers signs of life

Club hopes Machado's HR, Davis' drive generate offensive momentum

Orioles' lumber awakens, offers signs of life

CHICAGO -- The Orioles were silent for most of the afternoon on Saturday, letting their scoreless streak reach 26 innings before taking a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. But Baltimore -- robbed of Chris Davis' game-tying homer by Avisail Garcia's fantastic catch -- is hoping its late at-bats translate into some momentum.

"I hope so," manager Buck Showalter said after his club's fifth loss in six games. "It's as much them as it is us. [Chicago starter Jeff] Samardzija was carrying real good stuff today."

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All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled tonight, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Machado homers, but O's fall in Chicago

Machado homers, but O's fall in Chicago

CHICAGO -- PInch-hitter J.B. Shuck doubled off reliever Darren O'Day to bring home Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the White Sox held on for a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won their fourth straight, while the Orioles have lost five of six.

That advantage was preserved in the ninth when Avisail Garcia made a leaping catch over the right-field wall to take away a Chris Davis homer.

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Ubaldo deals a tarnished gem in setback

Works seven stingy innings, gives up solo homer

Ubaldo deals a tarnished gem in setback

CHICAGO- Ubaldo Jimenez has allowed just one run over his last 15 innings. But, unfortunately for the right-hander, that run translated into Friday night's loss.

Despite turning in his third quality outing in four starts, Jimenez was the tough-luck loser in the Orioles' 1-0 setback to the White Sox, the team's fourth defeat in five games.

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Ubaldo, Orioles shut out on South Side

Ubaldo, Orioles shut out on South Side

CHICAGO -- John Danks ended a personal four-game losing streak and extended the White Sox winning streak to three straight in pitching the South Siders to a 1-0 victory over the Orioles before 27,384 Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Danks worked seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits, two walks and striking out five, before giving way to Jake Petricka in the eighth and David Robertson in the ninth, with Robertson striking out the side for his 17th save.

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Schoop activated from DL, to start Sunday

Second baseman coming back from sprained right knee

Schoop activated from DL, to start Sunday

CHICAGO -- Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was officially activated from the disabled list, with Ryan Flaherty optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, following Baltimore's 3-2 loss to the White Sox.

Schoop was in the Orioles' clubhouse on Saturday afternoon and said he's ready to go. He was placed on the disabled list April 18 with a sprained right knee and rehabbed at Double-A Bowie and, most recently, Class A Frederick.

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Orioles take tough loss to Rangers

Orioles take tough loss to Rangers

BALTIMORE -- A brilliant pitchers' duel that began with Kevin Gausman and Yovani Gallardo went scoreless until the the top of the ninth inning, when Texas scored two runs on as many hits in a 2-0 win over Baltimore on Thursday night.

Leonys Martin, batting against Chaz Roe with one out and a runner on second base, singled to center field, plating Shin-Soo Choo and breaking the scoreless tie. Two batters later, Rougned Odor knocked in Martin with a single to right field.

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Lough's defense a high point for Orioles

Lough's defense a high point for Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Two impressive catches by left fielder David Lough highlighted a strong defensive game by Baltimore in a 2-0 loss to Texas on Thursday night.

In the second inning, Lough, shaded toward center field, had a great jump on an Elvis Andrus fly ball down the left-field line. As the ball kept carrying, Lough kept sprinting, and eventually he made a leaping grab, colliding with the wall just below the foul pole.

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Gausman makes case for extended stay

Gausman makes case for extended stay

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman's immediate future with the Orioles remains unclear, but in Thursday night's 2-0 loss to the Rangers, the 24-year-old made quite the case to stick around the big leagues for a little longer.

Called up earlier in the day to make his second start of the season, Gausman threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out seven but not factoring into the decision.

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O's ink ex-Tribe closer Perez to Minors deal

O's ink ex-Tribe closer Perez to Minors deal

BALTIMORE -- Chris Perez, the two-time All-Star closer with the Indians who in late June was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, signed a Minor League deal with the Orioles on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The club has not confirmed the signing.

Because of the suspension, Triple-A Norfolk -- where Perez is expected to be placed -- will not lose a roster spot until the suspension is fulfilled.

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Machado wows at 'shortstop' with O's in shift

Orioles third baseman makes two great plays in seventh inning

Machado wows at 'shortstop' with O's in shift

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado is pretty comfortable in the middle of the diamond, and he showed it again on Wednesday night as the young third baseman used his ridiculous range and arm to put on a defensive clinic in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Rangers.

"I don't know which one was [better]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after watching a pair of jaw-dropping plays from Machado to start the seventh. "He's really playing a lot of shortstop these last two years with the shifts. He's playing about as much shortstop as J.J. [Hardy]. Much like [Adrian] Beltre, you get that type of third baseman, you can do so many different things. He makes all the plays and makes them with a lot of efficiency."

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2-run blast from Hardy lifts O's vs. Rangers

2-run blast from Hardy lifts O's vs. Rangers

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy broke a tie with his fourth homer of the season to lift the Orioles to a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

Hardy hit a two-run shot off Rangers starter Nick Martinez in the seventh inning, with Jimmy Paredes also going deep for the O's in the fourth. Chris Davis, who extended his hitting streak to a career-high-tying 11 games, singled and scored on Hardy's blast.

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Efficient Chen is arguably O's top starter

Lefty needs just 87 pitches to complete eight innings vs. Rangers

Efficient Chen is arguably O's top starter

BALTIMORE -- Wei-Yin Chen is having quite a first half.

The Orioles lefty has become arguably the team's best starter, and he showed why Wednesday night, cruising through eight innings against a potent Rangers lineup to help Baltimore take a 4-2 win.

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Reimold to go on paternity leave next week

O's outfielder will miss series against Twins in Minnesota

Reimold to go on paternity leave next week

BALTIMORE -- Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will go on paternity leave on Monday and miss the three-game series against the Twins in Minnesota.

The O's can add any player during the time he is away, not just a position player. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said one option is second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who will continue his rehab on Thursday with Class A Advanced Frederick. Schoop's rehab assignment ends after Friday's game, but he could be optioned or agree to extend it another five days. He's been working his way back from a right knee injury suffered in mid-April.

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Slugging Davis stays hot, looks primed for more

Slugging Davis stays hot, looks primed for more

BALTIMORE -- When he's hot, Chris Davis is capable of helping carry the Orioles' offense through stretches of the schedule. And Davis could be ready to go on one of his tears.

"He's kind of been on one," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Davis, who homered twice in Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers. "If you look at the pace he is on, getting close to that halfway point where you just kind of multiply everything times two and you get an idea of where they are, at the end of the year, Chris is going to have his moments.

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O's add Wilson to bullpen, designate Young

O's add Wilson to bullpen, designate Young

BALTIMORE -- Working with a six-man bullpen, the Orioles added reliever Tyler Wilson from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Wednesday's game against the Rangers. The move came with a tough corresponding decision as Baltimore designated Delmon Young for assignment, making him the odd man out among a wealth of outfielders.

Young, best remembered for coming through as a pinch-hitter with a bases-clearing double in Game 2 of the 2014 American League Division Series against the Tigers, was a fantastic bat off the bench for Baltimore last season. He ended with a .302/.337/.442 slash line and signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Orioles in the offseason.

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Orioles hit three homers, but allow four to Rangers

Orioles hit three homers, but allow four to Rangers

BALTIMORE -- Red-hot Mitch Moreland turned in his second consecutive two-homer game as part of a second straight Rangers four-homer night, and Texas held off Baltimore to pick up Tuesday's 8-6 win at Camden Yards.

Moreland drove in four runs, and he has seven RBIs in the first two games of the series, going deep first off Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning. He followed that up with a two-run shot in the eighth off reliever Chaz Roe, putting just enough on the ball to clear the left-field fence. Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson Chirinos each chipped in solo shots for a Rangers club that had back-to-back four-homer games for the first time since Sept. 2-3, 2012.

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Off the mark, Gonzalez stung by homer bug

Off the mark, Gonzalez stung by homer bug

BALTIMORE -- A night removed from Bud Norris giving up four home runs, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez found himself almost as equally susceptible to the long ball.

The righty tied a career high in giving up three home runs, and he lasted just 4 1/3 innings to pave the way for Baltimore's 8-6 loss to Texas on Tuesday night.

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Schoop likely headed to Frederick for more rehab

Schoop likely headed to Frederick for more rehab

BALTIMORE -- Second baseman Jonathan Schoop continues to work out in Baltimore with the Orioles, and he will likely finish up his rehab assignment at nearby Class A Advanced Frederick.

O's manager Buck Showalter said Schoop will play "a couple days" for Frederick and probably won't start that portion of his rehab until Thursday. Schoop has been sidelined since mid-April with a right knee injury and his pending return -- his rehab ends Friday -- presents a bit of a roster crunch.

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Orioles shut down top prospect Bundy

Right-hander hasn't pitched since May 21 due to right shoulder inflammation

Orioles shut down top prospect Bundy

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, the club's No. 1-ranked prospect and No. 15 overall, has been shut down from throwing with nothing imminent on his return.

Bundy had some inflammation in his right shoulder and hasn't pitched in a game since May 21. His initial MRI exam showed the inflammation but no structural damage, but the follow-up after he rested wasn't what the team was hoping for, and he was prescribed more rest and a follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews.

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Norris, O's can't overcome homer-happy Rangers

Norris, O's can't overcome homer-happy Rangers

BALTIMORE -- The Rangers broke out of their slump in a big way, homering four times and unloading on the Orioles to pick up their second win in nine games, an 8-1 series-opening victory Monday night at Camden Yards.

A Texas club that entered the day averaging just 2.9 runs per game over their last eight games saw Mitch Moreland homer twice and Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Corporan go deep off Orioles starter Bud Norris. Joey Gallo added a bases-clearing triple, the first triple of his career, off reliever Tommy Hunter in the seventh to back starter Wandy Rodriguez's five-plus innings. The Rangers moved back to one game over .500.

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Struggling Norris has confidence, manager's faith

Struggling Norris has confidence, manager's faith

BALTIMORE -- Bud Norris' disappointing 2015 continued on Monday night.

Norris, coming off a career-high 15-win season last year, allowed four home runs over six innings in the Orioles' 8-1 series-opening loss to the Rangers. The righty, who lasted six innings, saw his ERA rise to 6.79 and continues to search for a way to turn things around as the calendar inches toward July.

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O's sweep twin bill, move into virtual tie for 1st

O's sweep twin bill, move into virtual tie for 1st

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles hit three home runs and scored six runs in the fourth inning to complete a doubleheader and series sweep over the Indians with an 8-0 win Sunday that moved Baltimore into a virtual tie for first place in the American League East for the first time since April 19.

"It's a return for that [good play], but it can be very fleeting," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about being in first place this early in the season. "The only thing I look at is the loss column every now and then. I don't pay much attention to the other part of it. See if you can stay engaged and roll the dice in September."

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Orioles' June surge powered by offense

Orioles' June surge powered by offense

BALTIMORE -- After a sluggish May when it averaged just 3.3 runs per game, the Orioles' offense has come alive over the past month, sparking a run to the top of the American League East.

By completing a sweep of the weekend series against the Indians with an 8-0 win in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader, Baltimore has moved into a virtual tie for first place in the AL East, two percentage points ahead of the Rays.

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Snider lays out for eye-popping diving catch

Snider lays out for eye-popping diving catch

BALTIMORE -- In the sixth inning of the Orioles' 8-0 win in Sunday's nightcap of a doubleheader, the Indians were desperately trying to get back in the game.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor hit a hard liner to left that appeared to be heading to the gap for extra bases. However, Baltimore left fielder Travis Snider ranged to his left and went full extension to make a sensational diving catch.

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