Valaika went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the 6-0 win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
Valaika slammed his first long ball of the season off Yusei Kikuchi in the seventh inning. This was only Valaika's second extra-base hit of the season. The second baseman carries a five-game hitting streak, a span during which he's bumped his season average up to .250.
Valaika went 2-for-3 with a double, walk, run and strikeout as Baltimore beat Seattle, 5-3 on Monday.
Valaika started a two-out rally with his third-inning single, smashed a ground-rule double in the fifth, and walked and scored the tying run in the eighth. His two hits were one shy of his season total, albeit in only 24 at-bats.
Valaika is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Valaika concluded a string of four straight starts in the middle infield Saturday after Freddy Galvis (groin) was cleared to rejoin the lineup for Baltimore's 8-4 win over Oakland. With Galvis healthy again and Rio Ruiz and Ramon Urias seemingly locked into a platoon at second base, Valaika's opportunities will likely be limited moving forward.
Valaika was recalled by the Orioles on Tuesday.
Valaika hit a surprisingly respectable .277/.315/.475 last season following several years as a well below-average hitter with the Rockies. The Orioles evidently didn't really believe in his growth, however, as he started just two games before getting demoted in early April. He'll likely remain in a bench role this time around, providing coverage in the middle infield while Freddy Galvis (groin) tends to a sore adductor.
Valaika was optioned to the Orioles' alternate site Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
He is 1-for-9 with two strikeouts and a walk through four games. A corresponding move has not yet been announced. Valaika will provide organizational infield depth throughout the year.
General manager Mike Elias said Saturday that Valaika and Ramon Urias are the primary candidates to start at second base, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
The duo was competing for a utility role throughout camp but are now battling for a starting spot after expected starter Yolmer Sanchez was designated for assignment Saturday. Valaika had a solid campaign in his first year with the Orioles in 2020, posting a .277/.315.475 slash line with eight homers in 150 plate appearances. The pair seems likely to begin the season splitting time at the keystone.
Valaika could make the Opening Day roster as a utility player, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Valaika is battling with Ramon Urias and Stevie Wilkerson for a bench role with the Orioles to begin the season. Manager Brandon Hyde stressed the importance of a utility infielder having the ability to play at any position, something Valaika proved he could do even in the shortened 2020 campaign. Even if he makes the club, Valaika would likely be limited to inconsistent at-bats, as he has managed only a .230/.271/.420 line across 583 career plate appearances.
Valaika agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Valaika had a strong showing during his first season in Baltimore, posting a .277/.315/.475 slash line with eight home runs in 52 games during 2020. The 28-year-old could enter spring training with a chance to earn a larger role with the departure of shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Valaika went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and two additional runs scored in Thursday's 13-1 rout of the Red Sox.
He was one of four Baltimore hitters to lace three hits on the night. Valaika has put together a solid first campaign in an O's uniform, hitting .275 with eight homers, 15 RBI and 23 runs in 51 games.
Valaika went 3-for-4 in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Red Sox.
Valaika hit three singles in the contest, but he was unable to score despite his frequent trips on-base. The versatile 28-year-old has seven homers, 14 RBI and 20 runs scored while clashing .263/.300/.451 in 50 games this season.
Valaika will not start Monday against Atlanta, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Valaika had been in the lineup for eight of the last nine games, though he posted an OPS of just .517 over that stretch. The return of Austin Hays (ribs) could impact his playing time, as he'll start in left field Monday, pushing Ryan Mountcastle to designated hitter and Renato Nunez to first base.
Valaika isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
Valaika started at first base during Friday's matinee and went 0-for-2 with one strikeout. He'll get a breather for the second game with Chris Davis taking over as the first baseman.
Valaika went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, two RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Mets.
Valaika led off the eighth inning with a home run, his sixth of the season. Prior to that, he plated another run on an infield single to contribute to the Orioles' 11-run offensive outburst. Valaika has quietly put together a strong .280/.321/.490 line with 13 RBI and 17 runs scored across 107 plate appearances this season.
Valaika went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI on Tuesday against the Mets.
Valaika collected a hit each time he came to the plate and also delivered an RBI double in the sixth inning. He's lost playing time since the return of Jose Iglesias, but drew a start at second base on Tuesday with Hanser Alberto battling a knee injury. He's put together a solid .275/.318/.487 line across 86 plate appearances to this point in the season.
Valaika is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays.
Following Jose Iglesias' (quadriceps) return from the injured list Thursday, Valaika has predictably lost out on a full-time role. Even with Iglesias serving as the Orioles' designated hitter Sunday, Andrew Velazquez will get a turn at shortstop in the series finale, while Valaika sits for the second day in a row.
Valaika went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run Saturday against the Red Sox.
Valaika took Martin Perez deep in the second inning to record his fifth homer of the season. He has been on a power binge of late, homering in three consecutive games while also riding a five-game hitting streak. Overall, Valaika has compiled a .242/.299/.484 line with 11 runs scored and eight RBI across 67 plate appearances.
Valaika went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in an 8-5 loss to the Red Sox on Friday.
The Orioles didn't get on the board until the seventh inning, when Valaika hit a solo shot to left field. The 27-year-old utility man has been starting at shortstop after Jose Iglesias (quadriceps) was placed on the injured list earlier in the week, and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Valaika is hitting .357/.357/.786 with two home runs and three RBI in four games since Peraza went down and is making it difficult for manager Brandon Hyde to try to replace him when Iglesias returns.
Valaika went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 7-1 loss to Boston.
Valaika accounted for Baltimore's only run of the game, taking Nathan Eovaldi deep to center field in the seventh inning. The utilityman has taken advantage of increased playing time of late, going 4-for-10 with a pair of RBI over his last three games to raise his average to .218 on the season.
Valaika will start at shortstop and bat seventh Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
With Jose Iglesias (quadriceps) moving to the injured list Tuesday, Valaika and the switch-hitting Andrew Velazquez are expected to share the load at shortstop. Even if Velazquez emerges as the preferred option at that position, Valaika's versatility will continue to give him multiple pathways to playing time. He'll be making his fifth consecutive start Wednesday, with two assignments coming at shortstop, two coming in left field and one coming at the keystone.
Valaika will start at shortstop and bat ninth Thursday against the Phillies.
Valaika will be getting his third start in four games, but two of those assignments came when top shortstop Jose Iglesias was managing a quadriceps injury. Iglesias manned shortstop Wednesday and is serving as the designated hitter Thursday, but he should be in the clear to fill his normal position in the infield during this weekend's series with the Nationals, likely relegating Valaika to the bench as a reuslt.
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