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Orioles' Cesar Valdez: On scoreless streak
Valdez extended his scoreless streak to 8.2 innings Monday.
The 36-year-old has allowed six hits and four walks in that span, but he has successfully worked out of trouble lately. Valdez's good run of pitching came on the heels of a skid in which he allowed nine runs in five innings. He's seen mostly low-leverage work lately, and his season ratios sit at a 5.30 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 37:12 K:BB through 37.1 innings overall.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ramon Urias: Hits fifth homer
Urias went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and an additional run scored in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees.
Urias hit Baltimore's fourth and final homer off Yankees starter Andrew Heaney. The 27-year-old infielder has hit safely in five of his last six games, going 7-for-20 (.350) with a homer and two doubles in that span. He's seen regular playing time at shortstop thanks to a solid .284/.358/.426 slash line through 173 plate appearances this year. With Richie Martin (wrist) activated from the 60-day injured list Monday, Urias will need to continue hitting well to avoid losing playing time.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Austin Hays: Pops 11th homer
Hays went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees.
The outfielder's lone hit Monday was a solo shot in the third inning as he went back-to-back with Cedric Mullins. Hays has endured an ugly slump lately, going just 5-for-34 (.147) in his last 10 games, although all five of those hits have gone for extra bases. His season slash line is down to .236/.292/.429 with 11 long balls, 37 RBI, 45 runs scored and a stolen base through 301 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle: Slugs 18th homer
Mountcastle went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two total runs scored in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees.
The 24-year-old may be finding his swing again, as he's on a five-game hitting streak and has multiple hits in his last three games. Mountcastle is up to 18 homers, 59 RBI, 48 runs scored and four stolen bases with a .259/.305/.465 slash line through 390 plate appearances. He came up a triple shy of the cycle Monday, although he has just one three-bagger in his 133-game major-league career.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Cedric Mullins: Good all-around game Monday
Mullins went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two stolen bases in Monday's 7-1 win over the Yankees.
The outfielder opened the scoring in the third inning with his solo shot. In the fifth, Mullins reached the 20-stolen base milestone after getting aboard with a single -- he stole both second and third base before getting left aboard. The outfielder's remarkable breakout season continues, as he's up to 18 homers, 37 RBI, 59 runs scored and a .322/.385/.549 slash line through 441 plate appearances. He's hit safely in his last 11 games, including six multi-hit efforts in that span.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Jorge Lopez: Effective in win Monday
Lopez (3-12) allowed a run on one hit and five walks while striking out four in six innings, earning the win over the Yankees on Monday.
While the five walks were a season high for the right-hander, he was mostly able to contain his inefficiency. Monday was just the fourth time in 22 starts Lopez completed six innings. He has a 5.91 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 94:48 K:BB through 102 innings in what's been another difficult season for the 28-year-old. Lopez projects to make his next start versus Tampa Bay this weekend in a tough matchup.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ryan Hartman: Lands on injured list
Hartman was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
Hartman was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Friday, and he needs to clear intake testing before he's able to join the team, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. As long as the southpaw tests negative for COVID-19, he'll be eligible to be activated as soon as he passes through the league's health and safety protocols.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Domingo Leyba: Sent to minors
Leyba was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.
Leyba is 0-for-19 over his past eight games and will return to the minors with Richie Martin (wrist) coming back from the injured list. Leyba has appeared in 21 games for Baltimore this season and has a .1154/.236/.215 slash line in 72 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Richie Martin: Reinstated from 60-day IL
Martin (wrist) was reinstated from the 60-day injured list Monday.
Martin missed the entire 2020 campaign after he underwent wrist surgery in July, and he suffered another wrist injury in mid-May that kept him sidelined for just over two months. However, the 26-year-old recently appeared in five rehab games and went 4-for-16 with a home run, a double, six runs, four stolen bases and two RBI. He'll rejoin the major-league roster as an option in the middle infield after Domingo Leyba was sent down as part of a move Monday.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ty Blach: Rehabbing in FCL
Blach (elbow) began a rehab assignment with the Orioles' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate and has made five appearances, tossing five innings and allowing an unearned run on one hit and no walks while striking out six.
Blach's 2020 season was wiped out after he underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-July, but he re-signed with the Orioles on a minor-league deal in March and has been rehabbing at the team's spring facility in Florida for the past few months. The southpaw was cleared for game action almost a year after his procedure, and the early returns have been encouraging. The Orioles assigned Blach to High-A Aberdeen coming out of the spring, so he'll presumably settle with that affiliate once he completes his FCL rehab assignment.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Keegan Akin: Works out of bullpen in return
Akin came on in relief and retired one of the three batters he faced but wasn't charged with an earned run in Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Tigers.
Before landing on the COVID-19 injured list July 21, Akin had filled a spot in the Baltimore rotation, but he looks like he'll work out of the bullpen for the time being while Alexander Wells and Spenser Watkins are evaluated for starting duties. Akin entered Sunday with a 8.19 ERA and 1.80 WHIP on the season, and he didn't do anything in his relief appearance to make the Orioles eager to add him back into the rotation. He allowed both of his inherited runners to score on a pair of base hits, but Akin was spared of any damage to his ERA when Shaun Anderson came on to record the final out of the seventh inning while leaving the bases loaded.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Spenser Watkins: Dealt second loss
Watkins (2-2) allowed four runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings, taking the loss Sunday versus Detroit.
Sunday was the second start in a row in which Watkins gave up four runs. Baltimore took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the right-hander gave it all back by the end of the first. He's posted a 3.81 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 18:11 K:BB in 26 innings to begin his major-league career. The 28-year-old lines up for a tough start versus Tampa Bay next weekend.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle: Three hits in Saturday's win
Mountcastle went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
The 24-year-old opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third inning. Mountcastle added another pair of singles for just his third multi-hit effort in 13 games since the All-Star break. He's hit .224 with a .708 OPS, three home runs, nine RBI and six runs scored in that span.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Cole Sulser: Logs fifth save
Sulser struck out two in a perfect inning to earn the save in Saturday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
The right-hander has produced a 6.2-inning scoreless streak in eight appearances since the All-Star break. Sulser has also matched the career-high five saves he posted last season. He appears to be the favorite for closing duties in Baltimore currently, and he sports a 2.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 54:18 K:BB through 39.1 innings on the year.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' John Means: Takes down Tigers
Means (5-3) allowed one run on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six innings, earning the win Saturday versus Detroit.
After a couple of shaky outings since returning from a shoulder strain, Means finally looked like himself Saturday. The only run he gave up was a solo home run to Eric Haase in the fourth inning. Means has been Baltimore's most reliable starter this year with a 2.84 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 79:15 K:BB through 88.2 innings, but Saturday was his first quality start since May 24. He tentatively lines up for a start versus the Rays during next weekend's series.... See More ... See Less
Orioles' Tom Eshelman: Cast off 40-man roster
The Orioles designated Eshelman for assignment Sunday.
Two days after being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, Eshelman will lose his spot on the 40-man roster after the Orioles needed to clear room for lefty pitcher Keegan Akin, who was activated from the COVID-19 injured list. The 27-year-old Eshelman has posted a 8.02 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 21.1 innings with Baltimore this season and is likely to go unclaimed off waivers.... See More ... See Less
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