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

2 Comments

I’m happy that Adam J. is doing well. Lets hope the O’s can get a good winning strick going

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