Orioles to host LUNGevity walk

The Orioles will host the LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Baltimore, a 5K walk to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer in memory of Orioles’ late public relations director, Monica Pence Barlow, on Saturday, October 3, at Camden Yards.

The walk will began at 9 a.m. and end on the field, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. All participants will receive a t-shirt and refreshments and registration fees are $25 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth. There is no race fee for lung cancer survivors and children four and under.

To register, please visit http://www.orioles.com/lungevity. Donations made online through October 17 will be eligible for various prizes reflective of the total funds raised through the Breathe Deep Recognition Program.

Barlow, who worked in the organization for 14 years, passed away in February of 2014 after a four and a half year battle with non-small cell lung cancer. She was incredibly active in helping the LUNGevity Foundation raise funds and awareness.

All proceeds of the 5K walk will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality-of-life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease.

Orioles vs. Rays Game 3

The Orioles will trap to snap their second six-game losing streak over the past two weeks in tonight’s series finale against Tampa Bay.

*Miguel Gonzalez held court on his injury today and I will have more on that later. Mike Wright, who pitched six innings for Triple-A last night is a candidate to start on Saturday in Toronto. Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman will pitch the other two games, with Wei-Yin Chen pitching Monday in New York.

*The O’s are hoping top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey does well enough in instructional league to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Harvey is rehabbing back from an elbow injury.

Here are your lineups, with Matt Wieters catching back-to-back…

RAYS LINEUP

Grady Sizemore LF
Brandon Guyer RF
Evan Longoria 3B
John Jaso DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
James Loney 1B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
J.P. Arencibia C

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado SS
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger DH
Steve Pearce LF
Ryan Flaherty 3B

Kevin Gausman RHP

Orioles vs. Rays Game 2, with pregame notes

*The Orioles have added a pair of pitchers with September call-ups: right-handers Oliver Drake and Steven Johnson. They also reinstated Chaz Roe from the disabled list.

*No word yet on Miguel Gonzalez’s MRI, which was done on his right elbow and shoulder. The team is preparing in the event that he can’t make his next start, which should be easy to navigate around given Thursday’s off day. Assuming the bullpen doesn’t get a ton of work tonight, they will start a reliever in Wednesday’s game and have Kevin Gausman pushed to Friday. This move would also keep Wei-Yin Chen from pitching in Toronto as their lineup is putting up historic numbers against lefties. It also gives Gausman a little extra ret.

Tyler Wilson threw a four-inning simulated game today and it went well. Mike Wright is slated to start tonight for Triple-A. Both are options to join the Orioles at some point this month.

*At least five Orioles Minor Leaguers will play for Peoria in the Arizona Fall League: pitchers Jon Keller and Donnie Hart, catcher Chance Sisco, infielder Adrian Marin and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. The team, with Triple-A Norfolk’s Sean Berry serving as hitting coach, also has two TBA spots for Baltimore. One of those could be Hunter Harvey.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy took ground balls and is hoping to work up to sprinting in the next few days. He’s still targeting a return in one week, which is the first day he’s eligible to come off the disabled list.

*The Orioles are celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Cal Ripken, Jr.’s  record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game tonight.  Ripken will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of a variety of commemorative events to honor the anniversary of him passing New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig, on September 6, 1995.

RAYS LINEUP

Grady Sizemore LF
Daniel Nava RF
Evan Longoria 3B
John Jaso DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer CF
JP Arencibia C

Drew Smyly LHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph DH
Dariel Alvarez RF
Paul Janish SS

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles vs. Rays

*Steve Johnson is here and expected to be part of the Orioles’ September call-ups tomorrow.

RAYS LINEUP

Brandon Guyer RF
Billy Butler LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Tim Beckham DH
James Loney 1B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Rene Rivera C

Chris Archer RHP

Orioles @ Rangers Game 3

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Caleb Joseph DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Dariel Alvarez RF
Paul Janish SS

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RANGERS LINEUP
Delino DeShields CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Elvis Andrus SS
Will Venable LF
Chris Gimenez C
Hanser Alberto 2B

Derek Holland LHP

Orioles @ Rangers, Game 2

Greetings from Globe Life Park, where the O’s will try to reverse their current streak of luck, with losses in eight of nine games.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
Dariel Alvarez RF
Paul Janish SS

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

RANGERS LINEUP
Delino DeShields CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Elvis Andrus SS
Will Venable LF
Bobby Wilson C
Hanser Alberto 2B

Martin Perez LHP

Jones playing, Alvarez here

Greetings from Arlington where the Orioles will play the Rangers for a weekend series at Globe Life Park.

*Adam Jones is back in the lineup after exiting yesterday’s game with concussion-like symptoms. He went through a litany of tests pre-game and is OK to make the start, according to manager Buck Showalter.

As expected, the Orioles selected the contract of Dariel Alvarez from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstated Steve Clevenger from the paternity list, optioned Henry Urrutia to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.

The trio of moves, before Friday’s series opener in Texas, gives the O’s a fresh pair of bats —including right-handed hitting Alvarez— as the team is set to face three lefty starters over the weekend set.

The 26-year-old Alvarez hit .275/.305/.424 with 24 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, and 72 RBI in 130 games with Norfolk this season. He currently leads the International League in at-bats (512), ranks tied for first in games played (130), third in total bases (217), fourth in hits (141), and fifth in RBI (72).
“It was tough early in the season,” said Alvarez, with assistant hitting coach Einar Diaz serving as interpreter. “I never stopped working, got help from all the coaches over [at Triple-A] and it was a good thing I never gave up. Now I’m here.”

The Cuba-born Alvarez was a Triple-A All-Star this season and owns a career 293/.335/.447 line in the Minors. He will wear uniform No. 12.

Clevenger is batting .370 (17-46) with four doubles, a home run, and seven RBI in 13 games with the Orioles this season, including five multi-hit efforts. He was placed on the paternity list on Tuesday, leaving after Monday’s game in Kansas City.

“It’s been awesome,” Clevenger said of welcoming daughter Peyton Lee with his wife, Tiffany. “My family’s very happy. I’m just glad everything went well. The doctors did a great job and the nurses are taking great care of them. She’s healthy and my wife is doing great and they’re going to be home tomorrow.”

Urrutia, 28, hit .265/.306/.382 (9-34) with a double, home run, and six RBI in 10 games with the Orioles this season.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph DH
Dariel Alvarez RF
Paul Janish SS

Kevin Gausman RHP

RANGERS LINEUP

Delino DeShields CF
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Prince Fielder DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Elvis Andrus SS
Will Venable LF
Chris Gimenez C
Hanser Alberto 2B

Cole Hamels LHP

More on Jones

KANSAS CITY — Adam Jones exited Thursday’s Orioles game 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]… 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,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Any time Adam says anything is bothering him, you better multiply it times two because he’s a tough nut.”

Jones had X-rays done on both wrists, that came back negative as well as some neck stiffness. He said following the Orioles 5-3 loss to Kansas City that he’s hoping to be back in the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

“That’s one of  [the hardest hits I’ve taken],” said Jones, who was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double. “I don’t come out of the game much, especially once the game starts. I just wasn’t me. And hopefully I feel a lot better tomorrow.”

Jones’ injury was a scary one as he violently crashed into the wall and laid down for several minutes after as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out. Left fielder Steve Pearce was also right there and said it was a scary moment.

“It didn’t sound comfortable. Let’s put it that way,” Pearce said. “He hit that thing pretty good, especially since it was a long run and he gave that last effort full extension to try to get that ball. Then after it went past, he couldn’t slow down. It went [punches fist into hand]. It was a thud.”

Bancells put Jones through some on-field tests, but he remained in the game to finish the inning.

“Most of it he took putting his wrists up there on this structure that they let them put up there so they can sell more signage. You go figure. It’s plexiglass right behind it. It’s like running into plexiglass,” Showalter said of the Royals’ outfield wall. “Of course, you’ve got metal in Houston. You’ve heard me go on and on about it and this is a great example of it. I know why they do it, so they can sell more signage to pay more contracts. I got it. But the safety issue there, I’m not happy about it.”

Jones, the Orioles’ team leader, entered Thursday batting .280 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs. He missed time earlier this season with a left ankle sprain and a sore right shoulder.</p>

Jones exits

KANSAS CITY— Adam Jones exited Thursday’s Orioles game in the top of the third inning after slamming violently against the centerfield wall at Kauffman Stadium.

Jones was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double and went down hard, taking several moments to even get back up. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed out to check on Jones and put him through some on-field tests, but he remained in the game.

Jones, who walked in his only at-bat in the top of the first inning, was replaced by Paul Janish for his at-bat in the third. In his absence, the Orioles made a series of adjustments, moving Gerardo Parra over to centerfield, first baseman Chris Davis to right, and shortstop Ryan Flaherty to first. Janish remained in the game at shortstop.

Jones, the Orioles’ team leader, entered Thursday batting .280 with 24 homers and 66 RBIs. He missed time earlier this season with a left ankle sprain and a sore right shoulder.

Orioles @ Royals Game 4

The Orioles will cap a four-game series against the Royals this afternoon before heading to Texas. Shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to meet them there to continue his rehab. Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is expected in Texas this weekend, but he’s not here, despite reports earlier this morning.

Here are your lineups….

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters DH
Steve Pearce LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Caleb Joseph C

Chris Tillman RHP

ROYALS LINEUP
Alcides Escobar SS
Ben Zobrist DH
Kendrys Morales 1B
Mike Moustakas 3B
Salvador Perez C
Alex Rios RF
Paulo Orlando LF
Omar Infante 2B
Jarrod Dyson CF

Yordano Ventura RHP

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