O's slip back in division race with loss to Jays

O's slip back in division race with loss to Jays

BALTIMORE -- Josh Donaldson homered -- his fourth in two days -- and Jose Bautista joined in, backing a fantastic start from Marco Estrada to give the red-hot Blue Jays a 5-1 win during Monday's series opener at Camden Yards.

The win puts the first-place Blue Jays a season-high 19 games over .500 and is their fourth straight victory. The Orioles, who have lost four of their last five games, are still in line for the second American League Wild Card spot -- holding a one-game lead over Detroit -- but fell to four games back in the AL East race. Toronto leads Boston by two games in the division.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore and covered the Blue Jays on Monday.

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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Miley posts best start since joining Orioles

Lefty holds Blue Jays to three runs over seven innings during loss

Miley posts best start since joining Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Wade Miley did his job on Monday night.

Unfortunately for the Orioles, the offense didn't. Miley turned in his second straight solid start, going seven innings in the Orioles' 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, as the lefty is showing signs of settling in with Baltimore.

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Tillman tests shoulder; Jones feeling better

Tillman tests shoulder; Jones feeling better

BALTIMORE -- Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman played catch Monday for the first time since hitting the disabled list last week, and if he feels OK on Tuesday, the righty will repeat that Wednesday and inch closer to getting back on the mound.

Tillman, sidelined with right shoulder bursitis, was the O's Opening Day starter, and the club is hoping things progress quickly. Tillman said he didn't feel anything throwing on Monday, and that he won't need a rehab start.

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Olympian Centrowitz brings gold to O's game

Olympian Centrowitz brings gold to O's game

BALTIMORE -- Though traffic prevented him from arriving in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch Monday, Olympic gold medalist and Maryland native Matthew Centrowitz Jr. was in attendance at Camden Yards for the Orioles' series opener against the Blue Jays. Baltimore lost, 5-1.

Centrowitz, who became the first American to win the 1,500 meters at the Olympics since 1908, said he was raised a Yankees fan because his parents grew up in New York. Even though the Orioles also reside in the American League East, Centrowitz called the O's his second-favorite team, and he was clad in an O's jersey Monday.

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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.

O's call on Ubaldo in big spot vs. Toronto

O's call on Ubaldo in big spot vs. Toronto

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ will attempt to become Major League Baseball's second 18-game winner this season when he takes the hill Tuesday against the American League East-rival Orioles. Before losing his last start, Happ had won 11 straight decisions. Toronto has a two-game lead over Boston in the division, while Baltimore, which is four games back in the AL East, holds a one-game lead over Detroit for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Happ (17-4, 3.19 ERA) has defeated the Orioles in each of his two starts against them this season, allowing a combined five runs over 14 innings.

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Pipeline preview: Sedlock looks to bounce back for IronBirds

Pipeline preview: Sedlock looks to bounce back for IronBirds

Here's a look at top prospects to watch Tuesday in Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Dustin Fowler (Yankees' No. 13), Trenton vs. New Hampshire (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Gausman, Pearce pick up O's against Yanks

Gausman, Pearce pick up O's against Yanks

NEW YORK -- Kevin Gausman cooled off a red-hot Yankees lineup to pick up his first road victory of the season, Mark Trumbo hit his Major League-leading 40th home run and Steve Pearce also homered as part of a three-RBI performance as the Orioles defeated the Yankees, 5-0, on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Gausman walked none and struck out eight over seven innings, scattering seven hits as the O's salvaged the finale of a three-game series. The right-hander's effort silenced a Yankees club that thumped O's pitching for 27 runs in the first two games of the series.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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Showalter: Gausman good as ever vs. Yanks

Showalter: Gausman good as ever vs. Yanks

NEW YORK -- Finally.

Orioles starter Kevin Gausman picked up his first win in 14 road starts this season on Sunday and he did it in impressive fashion. The righty hurled a badly needed seven scoreless innings to lead the O's to a sweep-avoiding 5-0 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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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.

O's reunite with reliever Hunter; recall Drake

O's reunite with reliever Hunter; recall Drake

NEW YORK -- The Orioles added a familiar face on Sunday morning, with right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter rejoining his former club on a Major League contract.

Hunter's arrival was part of several roster moves as Baltimore, which entered the day having lost three straight, tries to get back on track. The O's also recalled reliever Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon -- added on Saturday -- for assignment.

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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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Barry M. Bloom

Duquette, Showalter collaborative duo for O's

Duquette, Showalter collaborative duo for O's

NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter is a hard-nosed, knowledgeable baseball man, and nobody knows that better than Dan Duquette, the club's executive vice president of baseball operations.

Duquette gives Showalter a wide berth to do his job on the field. Plus, Showalter has a large voice in the daily shuffles of the 25-man Major League roster he must manipulate to win games.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's can't keep pace in HR Derby vs. Yankees

O's can't keep pace in HR Derby vs. Yankees

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez made history as he slugged the 11th home run of a blistering rookie month to remember, while Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also launched deep drives in powering the Yankees past the Orioles, 13-5, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees posted a double-digit run total for the second consecutive game, thumping right-hander Dylan Bundy for five runs and seven hits over four innings.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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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O's bullpen being taxed by rotation's woes

O's bullpen being taxed by rotation's woes

NEW YORK -- Before the game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter bristled at the term roster shuffling. But that's exactly what this Baltimore team is being forced to do day-in, day-out.

It was again necessary after Saturday's 13-5 loss to the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, as an already-short Orioles bullpen had to cover four innings after starter Dylan Bundy was removed.

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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.

O's add Borbon to bolster OF; Wright optioned

O's add Borbon to bolster OF; Wright optioned

NEW YORK -- Currently down Adam Jones, the Orioles selected the contract of outfielder Julio Borbon and optioned Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk prior to Saturday's game.

"Borbon is our best option at this point," aid Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who started Borbon in center field on Saturday. "He's got some foot speed and experience in the big leagues, including here this year."

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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.

Gallardo roughed up as O's fall to Yankees

Gallardo roughed up as O's fall to Yankees

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez continued a sensational opening act to his big league career on Friday, homering among his three hits and driving in four runs to help the Yankees trounce the Orioles, 14-4, at Yankee Stadium.

Sanchez's two-run homer in the fifth inning marked his 10th in his first 22 Major League games, having been recalled from the Minors earlier this month. The slugging 23-year-old also contributed a two-run double as part of a six-run second inning, in which the Yankees sent 12 men to the plate and knocked right-hander Yovani Gallardo out of the game.

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Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007.

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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McFarland comes off DL in O's latest 'pen move

McFarland comes off DL in O's latest 'pen move

NEW YORK -- The Orioles continued their bullpen shuffle, reinstating left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland from the 15-day disabled list and designating Logan Ondrusek for assignment off the 25-man roster prior to Friday's game against the Yankees.

McFarland was placed on the DL on June 30 (retroactive to June 29) with left knee inflammation, and he'll give the O's some length in the 'pen. The lefty said he was a little surprised with how long it took to get healthy but was grateful to have that injury behind him.

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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.

Ubaldo gives O's chance when put on spot

Stepping in for injured ace Tillman, righty hopes strong 6 IP earns him another start

Ubaldo gives O's chance when put on spot

WASHINGTON -- Ubaldo Jimenez entered Thursday with a 6.94 ERA, worst among starters with at least 90 innings pitched. His opponent, the Nationals, entered with the fourth-best OPS in the National League. And yet, despite the apparent mismatch, Jimenez shut down Washington over six innings, allowing one run on five hits and no walks.

Though the Orioles lost the game, 4-0, Jimenez's start was a nice boost for a pitching-starved team that just lost ace Chris Tillman to the disabled list with shoulder bursitis.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles unable to complete Beltways sweep

Orioles unable to complete Beltways sweep

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Max Scherzer was dominant at Nationals Park on Thursday night as the Nationals blanked the Orioles, 4-0, to win the finale of the four-game, home-and-home Battle of the Beltways clash. The Nats put the brakes on a four-game skid, while ending the O's three-game winning streak.

The Nats extended their National League East lead to eight games after the Marlins lost Thursday. The O's, meanwhile, remained one game behind Boston and Toronto -- who both lost -- in the American League East, and they hold a two-game edge in the second AL Wild Card spot.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

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

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Machado, Wieters plate 8 as O's deny Nats

Machado, Wieters plate 8 as O's deny Nats

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado lit up the scoreboard all night and Matt Wieters contributed a late three-run homer to help the Orioles slug their way past the Nationals, 10-8, at Nationals Park on Wednesday night. Both Wieters and Machado -- who finished with four hits, including his 29th homer -- drove in four runs in support of left-handed starter Wade Miley, who was acquired by Baltimore last month and earned his first win as an Oriole with five-plus innings of two-run ball.

The win was the Orioles' third straight over the Nationals and came hours after the team placed ace Chris Tillman on the disabled list.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington and covered the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Britton sees record run end but seals victory

Britton sees record run end but seals victory

WASHINGTON -- Though the Nationals couldn't steal a win from Zach Britton and the Orioles on Wednesday night, they did steal the closer's Major League-record streak of consecutive scoreless appearances, ending the lefty's run at 43.

Britton finished off a 10-8 Baltimore victory at Nationals Park but allowed a run on two hits in the process. The closer entered with one out in the bottom of the ninth following a Daniel Murphy grand slam that cut the Orioles' lead to three runs. He allowed a single to Bryce Harper and an RBI double to Anthony Rendon, and just like that, the streak was over.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tillman goes on 15-day DL; Orioles call up Wright

Tillman goes on 15-day DL; Orioles call up Wright

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles placed ace right-hander Chris Tillman on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis on Wednesday and recalled righty Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk.

Wright will serve as the O's long reliever, with Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94 ERA) taking Tillman's spot in the rotation on Thursday against the Nationals.

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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.

Rookie relievers rewarding Showalter's faith

Rookie relievers rewarding Showalter's faith

WASHINGTON -- Donnie Hart conceded on Wednesday night that he couldn't have envisioned these moments a couple of months ago when he was pitching for the Double-A Bowie Baysox. No, not facing reigning National League Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper in front of a sellout crowd at Nationals Park.

But the Orioles lefty didn't shy away from the situation -- runners on first and third with two outs in the seventh inning of a two-run game. Hart threw Harper eight straight sliders, the final of which Harper swung through for a crucial strikeout in the Orioles' 10-8 win.

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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.

Davis hits 30th, but small ball big in O's rout of Nats

Davis hits 30th, but small ball big in O's rout of Nats

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have relied on a simple formula for most of the season, trying to outslug their opponents. But they deviated from the norm Tuesday night, tallying their first seven runs without a homer in combination with six shutout innings from starter Kevin Gausman to beat the Nationals, 8-1.

Baltimore continues to get the best of Washington in the Battle of the Beltways, sweeping the two games at Camden Yards this season. Since 2012, the O's are 16-6 against the Nationals.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Tuesday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier.

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Palmeiro among top prospect performers Wednesday

Red Sox flamethrower notches 10 K's with career-high seven frames

Palmeiro among top prospect performers Wednesday

Michael Kopech may be the hottest pitcher in all of Minor League Baseball these days as he continues to shut down opposing lineups with a plethora of strikeouts.

The 20-year-old was on fire once again Wednesday, leading Class A Advanced Salem to a 9-1 win over Potomac.

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Charm life: Gausman keeps thriving at home

Charm life: Gausman keeps thriving at home

BALTIMORE -- Whether it's the shadow of the B&O Warehouse or the breeze off the inner harbor, something about pitching at Oriole Park at Camden Yards appeals to Kevin Gausman.

After firing six scoreless innings Tuesday in an 8-1 win over the Nationals, the Orioles righty now has a 2.48 home ERA this season, compared to 5.32 on the road. His career split is almost as dramatic: 3.00 at Camden Yards and 5.22 anywhere else.

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O's 3-for-3 on challenges, which hurt Nats' chances

O's 3-for-3 on challenges, which hurt Nats' chances

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles took advantage of instant replay in an 8-1 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Baltimore challenged three rulings in the game and won all three challenges, two of which snuffed out Nationals rallies. According to MLB Public Relations, the Orioles became the third team -- Rockies and Mets are the others -- to have three successful challenges in the same game this season.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles on pace for stolen base 'record'

Orioles on pace for stolen base 'record'

BALTIMORE -- In the first inning of the Orioles' 15-8 loss to the Astros last Friday, No. 2 hitter Hyun Soo Kim stood at first base with no outs following a single. For some teams, the situation might stir thoughts of a stolen base, which would move the runner into scoring position and take away the defense's chance for a double play.

Kim never budged, but the O's didn't need him to. Two batters after Adam Jones' leadoff home run, Manny Machado smacked a 3-1 pitch from Houston's Collin McHugh over the center-field wall. Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo followed with solo shots, making Baltimore the first team since 1900 to go deep four times before recording an out.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Washington metro area. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gotta have Hart: Heads-up play by O's lefty

Gotta have Hart: Heads-up play by O's lefty

BALTIMORE -- Donnie Hart only recorded one out in Monday's game. But it was a big one.

Hart, who took over in the eighth inning of a one-run game, made a heads-up play on Bryce Harper's comebacker to nab Daniel Murphy at second base, erasing a leadoff double in a critical spot in the Orioles' 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

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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.

Bundy, homering O's right ship with win over Nats

Bundy, homering O's right ship with win over Nats

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles entered the series with the Nationals in the midst of a 1-5 homestand that's seen them fall from first place in the American League East to third. In need of a win to stop the slide, rookie Dylan Bundy and Baltimore's power-hitting lineup delivered in a 4-3 win at Camden Yards on Monday night.

Bundy threw a career-high 94 pitches to get through six innings of two-run ball, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced. It marked the second consecutive quality start for the Orioles, who had gone eight straight games without one before Sunday.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Monday.

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier.

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