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

Orioles @ Royals Game 3

*The Orioles will have an online charity auction for the 2130 and the 2131 numbered Orioles-themed Maryland license plates beginning on Thursday, August 27, at 12:00 p.m. ET in honor of the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game streak. Maryland residents who plan on using the winning license plate on a Maryland registered car can visit www.orioles.com/2131 to bid on plates 2130 and 2131. The auction for the two plates will last until the evening of Sunday, September 6, the actual date of Ripken’s record-breaking game.

Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation, which has raised nearly $110,000 since the debut of the club’s license plate program in 2012.  That year, the Orioles, in conjunctionwith the Maryland MVA, created Orioles-themed, State of Maryland license plates that feature the cartoon bird along with a 4-digit number.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

ROYALS LINEUP
Alcides Escobar SS
Ben Zobrist LF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Salvador Perez C
Paulo Orlando RF
Omar Infante 2B

Johnny Cueto RHP

Axios Wine announces “2131” wine

In honor of the 20th anniversary celebration of Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig’s record for the most consecutive games played, Axios Wine has announced a limited edition 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. One-third of the proceeds will benefit the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, a national nonprofit providing baseball/softball-themed programs to help build character and teach critical life lessons to underserved youth residing in America’s most distressed communities.

“2131,” named after Ripken’s record-breaking moment, will come in a limited run of 2,131 numbered bottles and sold individually in wood-and-glass cases retailing for $300. One hundred of the celebratory cases will include a Cal Ripken, Jr. signed Hall of Fame baseball, valued at $500.

Pre-Orders are being accepted now and will be first come, first served at www.AxiosWine.com. The official release date of “2131” is set for November 1, 2015.

Orioles @ Royals

*The Orioles have selected the contract of INF Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk and placed CA Steve Clevenger on the paternity list. Clevenger and his wife, Tiffany, welcomed a baby girl named Peyton earlier today.

Janish is in the lineup against Royals lefty Danny Duffy as the O’s try to avoid what would be a season-high six-game losing streak.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy will not join the team in Kansas City and will instead remain in Baltimore and get a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Thursday. Hardy could meet the team in Texas, but that’s iffy right now.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

ROYALS LINEUP
Alcides Escobar SS
Ben Zobrist LF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Salvador Perez C
Alex Rios RF
Omar Infante 2B

Danny Duffy LHP

Orioles @ Royals Game 1

Greetings from Kansas City, where the O’s will try to rebound after being swept at home in a four-game series against the Twins. In case you missed it, Baltimore made four roster moves: they recalled RHP Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk and have reinstated INF/OF Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list. They’ve also placed J.J. Hardy on the DL and designated Nolan Reimold for assignment.

*Hardy will re-join the team on Tuesday in Kansas City. Manager Buck Showalter said his MRI was encouraging and the team hopes Hardy’s groin strain will be resolved in the 15-day period.

*Monday’s moves will be followed by another addition on Tuesday as catcher Steve Clevenger will go on paternity leave after the game and miss the rest of the series. The Orioles will add a player to fill his roster spot during that time.

*Mike Wright (calf strain) will throw five innings for Triple-A Norfolk in a rehab start on Thursday. Chaz Roe (tendinitis) will throw a side on Tuesday and a simulated game on Friday in Texas.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

ROYALS LINEUP

Alcides Escobar SS
Ben Zobrist LF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Mike Moustakas 3B
Salvador Perez C
Alex Rios RF
Omar Infante 2B

Kris Medlen RHP

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