Machado begins DP in first start at SS

Showalter thinks sometimes 'you're in need of a different look'; all three catchers also in lineup

Machado begins DP in first start at SS

BALTIMORE -- It was not too much of a stretch (literally) for Manny Machado to make his first Major League start at shortstop Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Machado typically moves to that spot from third base on an infield shift. With regular shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list with a left groin strain, it provided the perfect opportunity to move Machado to his natural position -- even if it is short term.

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Orioles' struggles compounded by shutout

Orioles' struggles compounded by shutout

ARLINGTON -- Texas starter Derek Holland mastered the Orioles in a 6-0, three-hit shutout Sunday, earning a series sweep for the surging Rangers and heaping more misery on a Baltimore club that has begun to see its postseason hopes fade over the past two weeks.

"He was terrific," Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said of Holland. "He was spotting his fastball in and out, his breaking ball was absolutely magnificent, he was making the guys chase, he was ahead in the count the whole game. It was huge for us."

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Orioles aim to right ship after difficult road trip

Club goes 1-6, falls 5 1/2 back in race for second AL Wild Card

Orioles aim to right ship after difficult road trip

ARLINGTON -- An Orioles club that won the American League East by 12 games last year now sits 11 out of the division. Baltimore completed a dismal two-city road trip 1-6, with Sunday's 6-0 loss loss to the Rangers, and has lost 10 of its last 11 games to fall 5 1/2 games back in the race for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Nothing has gone right lately for an Orioles team that has already exceeded its loss total (67) from 2014 and faces a daunting schedule in the season's remaining five weeks.

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Adam Jones strikes pose, invents new baseball dance

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Adam Jones strikes pose, invents new baseball dance

Anyone who's ever been to a wedding or a middle-school dance knows about the cultural phenomenon that is the instructions dance. It's a dance made for people who want to move around to music but have no interest in learning actual steps. All you have to do is listen to what the singer tells you.

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Big fifth frame not enough for O's in Texas

Big fifth frame not enough for O's in Texas

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers maintained their grip on the second Wild Card playoff spot in the American League on Saturday night, while the Orioles continued to slide in the other direction.

Bobby Wilson's RBI double put the Rangers ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they held on for a 4-3 victory over the Orioles at Globe Life Park. The Rangers, with their third straight win, have a 1 1/2-game lead for that second spot; the Orioles, with their ninth loss in the last 10 games, are now 4 1/2 games behind in the Wild Card race.

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Run production a concern for Orioles

Run production a concern for Orioles

ARLINGTON -- Three has been a troublesome number for the Orioles, with all nine of their losses in the past 10 games coming when the offense has scored three runs or fewer.

That offensive frustration was on full display in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Texas, in which Baltimore went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, dropping to 9-50 when they score three runs or fewer.

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Alvarez records first Major League hit

Alvarez records first Major League hit

ARLINGTON -- Dariel Alvarez collected his first Major League hit in the fifth inning of Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers, delivering a one-out double off Texas starter Martin Perez. His double came in his second at-bat on Saturday as part of a three-run fifth that saw Baltimore tie the score.

Alvarez, whose contract was selected from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

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O's throw support behind U.S. LLWS team

O's throw support behind U.S. LLWS team

ARLINGTON -- A good portion of the Orioles' clubhouse was captivated on Saturday afternoon as they watched Red Land Little League of Lewisberry, Pa. -- about 70 miles north of Camden Yards -- complete a 3-2 victory over Texas to advance to the Little League World Series championship.

Baltimore has been eagerly following the York County club, sending the players messages of encouragement throughout their playoff run. Manager Buck Showalter and third baseman Manny Machado spoke with the team on Friday.

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Alvarez wastes no time making impression

Alvarez wastes no time making impression

ARLINGTON -- There was that arm everyone had raved about.

Outfielder Dariel Alvarez, who made his Major League debut for the Orioles in Friday's 4-1 loss to Texas, has critics when it comes to his offense. But his defense -- particularly that fantastic arm -- has gotten raves at every level from inside the organization and out, and he wasted no time showing why.

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Struggling O's drop opener to Rangers

Struggling O's drop opener to Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Cole Hamels had one shaky inning of control issues but was otherwise brilliant, holding the Orioles to two hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory on Friday night.

The Rangers' victory was their 11th in their last 15 games, and they remain a half-game ahead of the Twins in the American League Wild Card race. The Orioles have lost eight of their last nine and are now 3 1/2 games behind the Rangers.

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Hardy, Roe move closer to returning to O's

Hardy, Roe move closer to returning to O's

ARLINGTON -- Shortstop J.J. Hardy was with the team in Texas on Friday, joining reliever Chaz Roe as the two rehabbing Orioles move closer to a return.

Hardy, sidelined with a strained left groin, received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in Baltimore earlier in the week and is doing light baseball activities for now. He will try to test things without doing too much and risking a setback. Running will be one of the biggest obstacles.

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Jones exits game after crashing into CF wall

Outfielder experiences some concussion-like symptoms, but hopes to be back in lineup Friday

Jones exits game after crashing into CF wall

KANSAS CITY -- Adam Jones exited Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Royals in the top of the third inning after running into the center-field wall at Kauffman Stadium and suffering some concussion-like symptoms.

"His vision was a little [blurred]," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. " … Most of it was whiplash. I don't think there's any head trauma concussion-wise. Dr. [Keith] Meister will take a look at him in Texas tomorrow, and we'll see where we are with it. Any time Adam says anything is bothering him, you better multiply it times two, because he's a tough nut."

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O's 9th-inning rally not enough in finale

O's 9th-inning rally not enough in finale

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Yordano Ventura threw six scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters while red-hot Mike Moustakas had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals topped the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones left the game in the top of the third inning after crashing into the center-field wall chasing Ben Zobrist's double in the bottom of the first.

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Janish steps up on both sides of ball

Shortstop enters in third after Jones' exit, impresses with bat, glove

Janish steps up on both sides of ball

KANSAS CITY -- Paul Janish didn't start Thursday's game, but he was still one of few Orioles' bright spots in Thursday's 5-3 series loss to the Royals.

Janish, who entered the game in the top of the third inning to bat for the injured Adam Jones, gave Baltimore its first hit off starter Yordano Ventura. He also had a leadoff single in the sixth, accounting for both of the O's hits over Ventura's six innings.

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Reimold outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

Reimold outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk

KANSAS CITY -- Nolan Reimold has cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced Thursday.

Reimold was designated for assignment on Monday and is a candidate to be added to the O's roster for September expansion. The 31-year-old outfielder was batting .227/.306/.340 in 108 plate appearances this season with Baltimore.

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Schoop clutch again with mammoth home run

Schoop clutch again with mammoth home run

KANSAS CITY -- Jonathan Schoop has hit some big home runs for the Orioles this season.

On Wednesday night, Schoop once again came through in the clutch, hitting a towering two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead -- in an eventual 8-5 win over the Royals -- and also put him second among baseball's leaders in home-run distance.

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Orioles belt five homers to power past Royals

Orioles belt five homers to power past Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen threw 6 2/3 serviceable innings, giving up just three runs, and the Orioles' offense belted five home runs in an 8-5 victory over the Royals on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Orioles snapped a season-long six-game losing streak, while the Royals lost for just the third time in 12 games.

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O's top prospect Harvey set to throw bullpen

O's top prospect Harvey set to throw bullpen

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles top prospect Hunter Harvey will throw another bullpen on Thursday as the right-hander continues to rehab back from a series of injuries that have kept him from appearing in a Minor League game all year.

Harvey sustained a fractured fibula after taking a ball off his right ankle in late March. He worked his way back to extended spring after that, but elbow tightness in a rehab outing in May shelved him again. He threw his first bullpen last Thursday and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the hope is Harvey will be healthy enough to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

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Robinson, Hoiles, Martinez attend Baltimore Play Ball event

Robinson, Hoiles, Martinez attend Baltimore Play Ball event

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles were playing on the road on Wednesday, but about a mile west of Camden Yards, the sounds of baseball were in the air.

More than 300 local children were hitting, pitching, running and fielding at Baltimore's Carroll Park as part of the city's Play Ball Month event. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were in attendance, and the participants received instruction from the likes of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and fellow former Orioles Chris Hoiles and Tippy Martinez.

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Gonzalez's lack of command yields key homer

Gonzalez's lack of command yields key homer

KANSAS CITY -- The frustrating season for Miguel Gonzalez continued on Tuesday night.

The right-hander turned in an all-too-familiar short start, lasting just 4 1/3 innings and giving up an early tone-setting homer in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the Royals, which saw his season ERA climb to 4.78 in the process.

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Orioles' skid hits 6 with tough loss to Royals

Orioles' skid hits 6 with tough loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Kendrys Morales belted his 14th homer of the season and Mike Moustakas had two hits and an RBI as the Royals held on for a 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday night.

Baltimore suffered its season-high sixth straight loss, the club's longest skid since Sept. 19-24, 2013.

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Former All-Star closer Perez retires

Former All-Star closer Perez retires

KANSAS CITY -- Former All-Star closer Chris Perez has retired from baseball.

Perez, whose retirement was listed on Triple-A Norfolk's transaction page a few days ago, was working out at the Orioles' spring facility in Sarasota, Fla., as he served a 50-game suspension for use of a drug of abuse.

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Hardy to receive PRP injection for groin issue

Hardy to receive PRP injection for groin issue

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will not join the team in Kansas City. He will instead stay in Baltimore to receive a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Thursday for his left groin injury.

Hardy could meet the team in Texas this weekend, but that's uncertain as manager Buck Showalter acknowledged that Hardy will "be pretty sore" after the injection. The news does not change Hardy's timeline and the Orioles are still hoping he will be ready when his 15-day disabled list period is up on Sept. 8.

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O's recall Janish with Clevenger on paternity list

O's recall Janish with Clevenger on paternity list

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles selected the contract of infielder Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk prior to Tuesday night's game against the Royals, placing catcher Steve Clevenger on the paternity list for the next three days.

Clevenger left the team after Monday night's 8-3 loss and welcomed a baby girl, Peyton Lee, with his wife Tiffany at 1:09 p.m. ET on Tuesday. It is the couple's first child together.

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Hess throws his first complete game for Keys

Orioles No. 10 prospect allows one hit in seven frames for Class A Advanced Frederick

Hess throws his first complete game for Keys

It took him 31 pro starts, but Orioles No. 10 prospect David Hess worked through his first career complete game on Tuesday afternoon.

The 22-year-old right-hander out of Tennesssee Tech delivered seven innings of one-hit ball for Class A Advanced Frederick in the first game of the Keys' doubleheader. Hess' near perfect performance included one walk and five strikeouts as Frederick took down Potomac, 4-0.

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Ubaldo laments mistakes in nightmare sixth

Ubaldo laments mistakes in nightmare sixth

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles' starting pitching, while subject lately to a lot of shorter outings, had been largely able to avoid big innings.

That changed on Monday night, as slumping Ubaldo Jimenez unraveled in an ugly seven-run sixth inning, paving the way for an 8-3 loss to the Royals.

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Jones homers, but O's drop opener with Royals

Jones homers, but O's drop opener with Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Right-hander Kris Medlen, making his first regular-season start since Sept. 27, 2013, threw six strong innings and the Royals' offense rose up to score seven runs in the sixth inning -- all with two out -- en route to an 8-3 win over the slumping Orioles on Monday night.

The Royals, whose lead in the American League Central is now 13 games, won for the third straight time while the Orioles lost their fifth in a row, matching a season high. The Royals' magic number dropped to 26.

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Hardy lands on disabled list with groin injury

O's call up Rondon, reinstate Pearce from DL, designate Reimold

Hardy lands on disabled list with groin injury

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves before Monday's game against the Royals, most notably placing shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list.

Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the 15-day DL and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. To create a roster spot, the O's designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.

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