ASG debate: Jones or Cespedes in starting OF?

ASG debate: Jones or Cespedes in starting OF?

*** We will be doing daily ASG debates until 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game balloting ends on July 2. We will frequently be pitting one player against another and have a writer make a case for one of them, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great candidates for that position. In fact, your comments could spark a new debate for us to tackle. So let us know what you think! ***

In the first results of the American League All-Star Game balloting, Baltimore's Adam Jones ranked fourth and Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes was fifth.

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Hardy delivers in 9th to lift Orioles

Hardy delivers in 9th to lift Orioles

BALTIMORE -- J.J. Hardy's two-out single gave the Orioles a 2-1 walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.

Hardy, facing the third Rays reliever of the inning in Steve Geltz, poked a ball into left field to score pinch-runner Everth Cabrera and seal in the victory.

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Gonzalez's effort sets stage for dramatic rally

Right-hander fans six, allows one run, over eight innings vs. Rays

Gonzalez's effort sets stage for dramatic rally

BALTIMORE -- Miguel Gonzalez didn't factor into Friday's decision. But the right-hander, who went a season-high eight innings, was a big part of why the Orioles were able to complete the 2-1 walk-off win over the Rays.

"Miguel was the difference," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of the 96-pitch outing. "That's impressive. In the American League East, guys see him so much. There's no secrets. Miguel was as sharp as you want to see. It was tough not sending him back out there, but he had done his job at 96 [pitches]."

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Wieters set to debut for O's next Friday

Catcher will complete rehab assignment during the week before '15 debut

Wieters set to debut for O's next Friday

BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is slated to make his season debut next Friday in Cleveland, as the three-time American League All-Star backstop makes his first Major League appearance in more than a year.

Wieters, who has been working his way back from Tommy John surgery last June, started his rehab assignment earlier this week and has been catching every other day. That will also be the plan, at least initially, when he rejoins Baltimore as Wieters works through the last bit of soreness on days between starts.

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Chen leads O's in second of three vs. Rays

Chen leads O's in second of three vs. Rays

Wei-Yin Chen and Erasmo Ramirez will match up on Saturday in the second of a three-game series between the Orioles and Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Chen (1-3, 3.13 ERA) was dealing with some rib soreness after his last start against the Astros on Monday, but will go as regularly scheduled. The left-hander gave up a season-high 11 hits in that outing for three runs and six strikeouts in the Orioles' 4-3 victory.

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'Pen on point behind rookie starters in DH

Relievers allow one run over 7 innings for split

'Pen on point behind rookie starters in DH

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' bullpen backed an impressive day for a pair of rookie starters, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright, throwing six innings (out of seven) of scoreless relief during Thursday's doubleheader.

"We knew we were good, we knew we were talented. It was just a matter of time," said right-hander Darren O'Day, who tossed a perfect eighth in Game 2's 6-3 win over the White Sox. "The longer our starters go, the better. It's a talented bullpen, and we will continue to get better."

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Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

Orioles' No. 8 prospect tosses five shutout innings before finding trouble in the sixth

Wilson deals, duels in promising first MLB start

BALTIMORE -- Rookie Tyler Wilson had an impressive first career Major League start.

Wilson -- ranked by MLB.com as the Orioles' No. 8 prospect and recalled from Triple-A before the game -- went six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits in the Orioles' 3-2 loss to the White Sox in Thursday's Game 1 of a doubleheader.

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Group effort: O's pepper Sox in Game 2 win

Group effort: O's pepper Sox in Game 2 win

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles tallied 13 hits and capitalized on some sloppy White Sox defense to pave the way for a 6-3 win and a doubleheader split at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Thursday night.

Baltimore scored five runs (four earned) over six innings off rookie starter Chris Beck, who was making his Major League debut.

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Davis strikes again to give late hope, but O's fall

Davis strikes again to give late hope, but O's fall

BALTIMORE -- Chicago ace Chris Sale was dominant, spoiling Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson's impressive first Major League start and striking out 12 in the White Sox 3-2 Game 1 win over Baltimore on Thursday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sale went 7 2/3 scoreless innings, tallying a season high in strikeouts and holding the O's to just four singles. Baltimore didn't get on the board until Chris Davis' two-run homer -- his third in two games -- off reliever Zach Duke in the ninth.

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Rehabbing Gausman gearing up for Triple-A stint

Righty likely to be optioned to Norfolk on June 6 to work his way back to Orioles

Rehabbing Gausman gearing up for Triple-A stint

BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) will throw to hitters on Friday and throw a side session Sunday before traveling to Houston with the Orioles to continue his rehab.

The plan is for Gausman to throw a two-inning simulated game in Houston -- around 45 pitches -- before likely joining Triple-A Norfolk to throw three innings on June 6. Assuming all goes well, Gausman will throw four innings on June 11 and then be re-evaluated.

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Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

Orioles' Davis goes deep into the night to thwart Astros

BALTIMORE -- A struggling Orioles offense got a huge lift from Chris Davis Wednesday night as the slugger homered twice to power Baltimore to a 5-4 victory and a series win over the Astros.

Davis turned in his first multi-homer game of the season, going deep for a two-run homer in the fourth and a go-ahead solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Houston reliever Tony Sipp after the Astros had rallied to tie the game with three runs in the seventh.

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Lightning strikes as O's Paredes steals home

Lightning strikes as O's Paredes steals home

BALTIMORE -- Jimmy Paredes made a mad dash for the plate on Wednesday and slid headfirst with the Orioles' first steal of home since Aug. 28 of last season.

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Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

Orioles slugger swings at better pitches, and it shows

Davis in the zone with 2-homer game

BALTIMORE -- Following Tuesday's loss, Chris Davis chided himself for swinging at balls outside of the zone and said one of the keys to getting the offense back on track was to be selective.

Davis heeded his own advice Wednesday night, connecting for a pair of homers to power the O's 5-4 win and a series victory over the Astros.

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Orioles announce signing of Cuba's Miranda

Veteran left-hander heads to Minors, could appear in Baltimore later this season

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles announced the signing of Cuban left-hander Ariel Miranda on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Miranda pitched professionally in Cuba from 2007-14, posting a 22-25 record, 3.78 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 80 appearances (64 starts). He struck out 274 batters and walked 151 in 386 innings and could help the Orioles as early as later this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is the Orioles beat reporter for MLB.com. She has been covering the team since 2010.

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Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at $1,500

Thanks to Paredes, fans can steal a home

At this rate, you can expect to have a chance for a free mortgage payment in the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program at nearly the exact same time every Wednesday night for the rest of this season.

Remarkably, Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes stole home on a double steal in Wednesday's 5-4 win over Houston at almost the same time during an East Coast game that A.J. Pollock stole home for Arizona during a double steal the previous Wednesday at Miami.

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MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

MLB.TV unveils new media player, price drop

Along with the new Web-based media player (version 5.0) that was introduced this week by Major League Baseball Advanced Media, there is another new reason to sign up now to watch live out-of-market games. The cost of a yearly subscription was lowered on Friday to $99.99 for MLB.TV Premium and $79.99 for MLB.TV.

This is the final weekend of May, and the price drop for MLB.TV reflects the fact that nearly a third of the regular season is in the books. The new HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download, and the new game scoreboard will make it easier to track games.

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Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

Full-time duties far off following Tommy John surgery

Nearing return, Wieters to catch every other day

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters was at Camden Yards on Wednesday, a day after making his rehab debut, and said he will continue to catch on an an every-other-day basis for the foreseeable future.

Asked when he might start to progress toward being behind the plate consecutive days, Wieters, who is coming off Tommy John surgery last June and will be activated from the disabled list around June 4, said that will be based off feel.

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O's designate De Aza as Flaherty returns from DL

O's designate De Aza as Flaherty returns from DL

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles reinstated infielder Ryan Flaherty from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday and, to clear a roster spot, designated outfielder Alejandro De Aza for assignment.

Baltimore will now have 10 days to trade, release or outright De Aza. The 31-year-old batted .214/.277/.359 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games with the Orioles this season.

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Orioles' offense still looking for answers

Baltimore scratches across just one run in loss to Astros

Orioles' offense still looking for answers

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had hoped scoring four runs in Monday's Memorial Day win would be enough to push the struggling offense over the hump. But Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros saw the bats go right back into hiding.

Baltimore had five hits, three of which belonged to Jimmy Paredes, on Tuesday and have now scored just seven runs over its last 40 innings. Take away Paredes and the O's, who have scored two or fewer runs in three of their last four games, were 2-for-25 off Houston starter Scott Feldman.

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Orioles' bats come up short against Astros

Orioles' bats come up short against Astros

BALTIMORE -- The Astros have won 30 games and May isn't over yet.

Houston, off to the best start in franchise history, used a solid start from Scott Feldman and two RBIs from Luis Valbuena to record a 4-1 series-evening win over the Orioles Tuesday night.

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Wieters picks up 2 hits in rehab debut

Catcher plays all 9 innings behind the plate for Double-A Bowie

Wieters picks up 2 hits in rehab debut

BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters played in his first rehab game since March 17 on Tuesday in Double-A Bowie after participating in extended spring games since April.

Wieters, who went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, is tentatively set to return to the Orioles on June 4 or 5.

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Jones in tight race to earn start in AL outfield

Machado, Joseph also among leaders in All-Star voting

Jones in tight race to earn start in AL outfield

BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans can help send Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph to this summer's All-Star Game, as the trio were among the American League leaders released on Tuesday.

Jones ranks fourth among AL outfielders with 981,926 votes and Machado is also fourth among third baseman with 266,746. Joseph, who is vying for his first All-Star selection, ranks fifth among catchers in the first week of published results with 205,568.

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Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway

Orioles recall Clevenger, designate Lavarnway

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated Ryan Lavarnway for assignment on Tuesday.

Clevenger played in 35 games with the Orioles last season, batting .225 with eight doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. The 29-year-old played in 27 games with Triple-A Norfolk in 2015, and hit .352 with three doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs.

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O's lend helping hand at Maryland Food Bank

O's lend helping hand at Maryland Food Bank

BALTIMORE -- When someone stops Brenda Scott on the sidewalk and asks for some money to get food, she generally provides them with it.

Scott, a local West Baltimore resident, has needed assistance in the past and received help from others, so she tries to reciprocate whenever possible. On Tuesday, it was the Orioles who were giving back when they paired with the Maryland Food Bank to host a food distribution event at William Pinderhughes Elementary in West Baltimore.

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Bundy's shoulder structurally sound

Bundy's shoulder structurally sound

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles got good news on one of their top pitching prospects on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy -- who was shut down with tendinitis -- does not have any structural damage in his right shoulder.

O's manager Buck Showalter said Bundy won't need an MRI or any other tests, though he will take some time off. Bundy was originally slated to start for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday, but he was scratched. The Orioles are being cautious with the 22-year-old Bundy, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2013.

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O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

O's power up to hand Keuchel first loss of '15

BALTIMORE -- Caleb Joseph and Steve Pearce each hit two-run home runs to send Astros ace Dallas Keuchel to his first loss since last August in the Orioles' 4-3 win in the series opener on Monday afternoon at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Joseph lined a 1-1 pitch in the second inning into the first row of left-field seats to put the Orioles ahead, 2-0, and Pearce sent the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning over the wall in right-center to put Baltimore on top, 4-3.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Connor Smolensky is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.