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Jones: Davis should be Orioles highest priority

BALTIMORE—As Chris Davis— the Major League leader in home runs— continues to state his case on the free agent market, Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones said Thursday re-signing Davis should be Baltimore’s top priority.

“Obviously, I love playing with him. He plays a hell of a first base. He plays the game, he games up every day no matter what. I’ve grown to admire the way he goes about his business and obviously, the production, that’s just icing on the cake,” Jones said of Davis, who has hit 45 homers this year and has eclipsed the 40 mark twice in the past three seasons. “Because I get to see the guy inside here. To me, I think he’s probably the highest priority, but he’s earned himself a right to go and hear all 29 other offers.

Forty-five [homers] and [112 RBIs], that’s video game numbers. He’s earned his right to hear everybody out.”

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said earlier this season, while addressing season ticket holders, that bringing back Davis was tops on the club’s list. Though with every home run the slugger hits, his free agent stock goes up and the chances of Baltimore being able to afford him go down.

“The thing is I’m not an accountant, I don’t know what the books show. I just know when we have a lot of free agents that means money is coming off the books,” Jones said of an Oriole club that could also lose Wei-Yin Chen, Matt Wieters, Darren O’Day and Gerardo Parra, among others. “I don’t know if they have 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 million to spend. That’s dependent on how you want to go at it. You can get a lot of players for that much money. It depends how much money you have. Like I said, I’m not an accountant, I’m trying to balance my own books. Just say if you’re interested in guys and … you want to keep the fans interested and you want to keep the product on the field interested. You have to go out and spend some of the money.”

The Orioles were criticized last winter for letting the trio of Andrew Miller, Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis all leave in free agency and, once again, the organization will be faced with some pivotal decisions this winter. Jones, who has made it clear he would like to voice his opinion to ownership, was mum on if he had specifically anything in the works.

“You can’t replace 40 [home runs]. That’s been proven by this year’s offense,” Jones said. “You can’t replace 40, no matter how you do it. He likes it here but it’s not about what you like when it comes to business. You have to make a tough decision. Markakis had to make a tough decision and do what’s best for his family. Chris has got a family. He’s got to do what’s best for him and his family. Wieters has to do the same thing, O’Day has to do the same thing. These are guys who earned the right to become free agents.”

Orioles/Blue Jays DH

The Os and Toronto –with a magic number of 1 to clinch the division– will play a pair of games today, weather permitting.

Manny Machado is expected to play both games, as he remains on track to play all 162 games this season. It’s an impressive feat, especially since he’s coming off consecutive season-ending knee surgeries.

As the season comes to a close, manager Buck Showalter is doing exit interviews and the players are starting to pack up and make plans. Left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz will have surgery on Monday on his non-throwing shoulder, Showalter said. It’s an outpatient procedure and he is still available to pitch over the next six games.

Here are your lineups…

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Ben Revere LF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Russell Martin C
Ryan Goins SS
Kevin Pillar CF
Darwin Barney 2B

Marcus Stroman RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles @ Rays series finale

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Kevin Gausman RHP

RAYS LINEUP
John Jaso DH
Grady Sizemore LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe 2B
James Loney 1B
Mikie Mahtook RF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
J.P. Arencibia C
Tim Beckham SS

Jake Odorizzi RHP

Harvey shut down, will see Dr. James Andrews

ST. PETERSBURG—- Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey has been shut down again with right elbow discomfort and is slated to be re-evaluated by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews sometime soon.

“ Dr. Andrews is out of the country right now so I’m not sure when that would be,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Harvey’s appointment. Showalter also noted that there’s a level of concern within the organization regarding Harvey, who felt something on the first day he was cleared to throw in the team’s instructional league.

“Anytime a guy has had that much time off and done the rehab and everything and there’s discomfort, that’s an issue,” Showalter said of Harvey who has yet to pitch this season.

The Orioles first-round pick in 2013’s First-Year Player Draft, Harvey is the son of former big leaguer Bryan Harvey and has not pitched in a Minor League game since July 2014. He was shut down early last season because of a strained flexor mass but was a full-go in Spring Training before he was hit in the shin and suffered a fractured fibula in March. Harvey returned in May before dealing with a strained flexor mass muscle again —which is essentially the elbow— and he was shut down and received a PRP injection in mid-May. He was recently cleared to begin a throwing program and the organization had hoped he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

That won’t happen now, but Baltimore hopes to avoid the news that elbow issues frequently lead to: Tommy John surgery.

“We’ll see,” Showalter said. “Let it run its course. I know more than I’m going to talk about here,” Showalter said. We’re hoping for a different result than what that type of thing normally makes you wonder about. It’s been a long haul for him.”

Harvey has pitched in parts of two Minor League seasons, advancing as high up as Low-A Delmarva.

Wilson to start tmrw

BALTIMORE— Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson will make a spot start on Friday, pushing the rest of the rotation back a day for the remaining three games of the Rays series.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” said Wilson, who found out on Thursday. “Hopefully I can just go out and attack the zone, throw strikes, get ahead and give our team a chance to win tomorrow.”

With Thursday’s upcoming off day, the move could also see struggling right-hander Mike Wright —who allowed six earned runs over 3-plus innings on Wednesday— skipped in the rotation.

Wilson, recalled at the end of the Triple-A season on Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA in six games (two starts) in six separate stints for the Orioles this season. He was the organization’s 10th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Wilson last pitched for Norfolk on September 10 and said being in the bullpen over the past few days he’s been prepared to pitch every day.  He’s also not looking at the start as an audition.

“It’s important to just focus on the game at hand,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that go into this game that are out of my control, those decisions that people make. This opportunity that has presented itself tomorrow is just something I have been afforded the opportunity to do. So each time I go out I just go out there and compete. I try to control the things that I can, focus on the work week moving up to it, the scouting report and the plan of attack going in to tomorrow and just execution. And let everything else take care of itself.

Orioles @ Rays

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Dariel Alvarez RF

Chris Tillman RHP

RAYS LINEUP
John Jaso DH
Brandon Guyer LF
Evan Longoria 3B
Logan Forsythe 2B
James Loney 1B
Steven Souza, Jr. RF
Tim Beckham SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Luke Maile C

Matt Moore LHP

Orioles team up to help fight pediatric cancer

In conjunction with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Orioles have announced a new partnership with the office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities in the fight against pediatric cancer.

To support this initiative, the Orioles will host a fundraiser beginning Wednesday, September 16, prior to the team’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox. Before the game, the Orioles will present a check for $50,000 to benefit the cause and are asking fans to also be a part of the effort. Fans are invited to make a donation in any amount by visiting www.orioles.com/charity. An exclusive ticket offer will allow fans to contribute while receiving a 50 percent discount on game tickets for September 16 against Boston or for the series against the Toronto Blue Jays from September 28 to October 1. Fans can take advantage of the offer by visiting www.orioles.com/charity and donating $10 to the cause for each ticket purchased.

Through this partnership, the Orioles and Governor Hogan together hope to make a meaningful difference in the fight against childhood cancer. Governor Hogan is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to fight non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which was diagnosed in June.

“Since my diagnosis, I have met countless people fighting cancer, and many of them have been children with battles much more difficult than my own,” said Governor Hogan in a statement. “But even in the face of such unimaginable adversity, these kids are among the strongest people I have ever known. Their faith and bravery are an inspiration, not only to me and others with cancer, but to anyone facing a tough personal challenge. I am thrilled to join with the Orioles, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Ronald McDonald House to raise awareness for childhood cancer, and I encourage all Marylanders to get involved in this fight.”

“On behalf of the entire Orioles organization, I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his leadership in raising awareness for these important programs,” said Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos. “We are privileged to join with the Governor in the fight to end childhood cancer and to help advance life-saving research and treatment programs for the children that bravely battle this terrible disease.”

Orioles vs. Red Sox

*The Orioles recalled right-hander Oliver Drake, outfielder Junior Lake, infielder Christian Walker and right-hander Tyler Wilson on Tuesday from Triple-A Norfolk, which was eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night.

*Also, the O’s have confirmed this year’s FanFest will be Saturday, December 12 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Gerardo Parra RF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Steve Pearce LF

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Travis Shaw 1B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Rusney Castillo LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. RF

Joe Kelly RHP

Orioles vs. Royals Game 2

ROYALS LINEUP

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

Yordano Ventura RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado 3B
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Gerardo Parra RF
Matt Wieters C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Jimmy Paredes DH
J.J. Hardy SS

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles @ Royals

*Both Matt Wieters and Adam Jones underwent MRIs over the past day that came back clean. Wieters is out of the lineup today with nagging left wrist soreness while Jones –who has been dealign with a shoulder issue– returned to Friday’s lineup after three days of rest. Jones left Monday’s game early with the injury, though he’s made it no secret he’s dealing with a host of things right now.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nolan Reimold LF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Caleb Joseph C
J.J. Hardy SS
Dariel Alvarez RF

Mike Wright RHP

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

Danny Duffy LHP

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