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Orioles vs. Tigers Game 1

The O’s will take on a David Price-less Detroit team for a four-game set that starts tonight. Price, who slated to start Sunday, was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and the newly acquired Daniel Norris will start on Sunday.

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With less than 24 hours before Friday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday he thinks Baltimore could pull off a deal.

“If you told me to bet on which side of it, I’ll pick it 51-49,” Showalter said of the O’s making a move. “Dan [Duquette] has bumped some things around that’s going on. I’m sure it’s pretty hot and heavy, there’s been some guys that have gone that we talked about, but if I told you who they were asking for you would say, ‘Of course you wont do that. There’s not any secrets, [it’s] the same people they ask for.”

Those people presumably are Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Kevin Gausman —all part of the O’s current team— though converted pitching prospect Mychal Givens has also drawn some interest  and Showalter brought him up on Thursday.

“The guy St. Louis gave up, [Rob] Kaminsky, the guy they gave up was better than the guy we would have given up. Simple as that,” Showalter said of the Cardinals trade with Cleveland for Brandon Moss Thursday morning. “Everybody that’s moving we talk about, some of them we like our guys better than.”

Still, with the Yankees —who acquired Dustin Ackley— and the Blue Jays —who traded for David Price— both making moves on Thursday, there could be some pressure on Duquette to make a move.

“I hope not,” Showalter said of Duquette feeling any pressure. “He’s engaged, committed, trying to put our best foot forward every day for this year and in the future. You have to have the ability to say yes and no.”

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Nolan Reimold LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Jimmy Paredes DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Chris Parmelee 1B
Caleb Joseph C

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles vs. Braves Game 3

*Five years ago, the Orioles officially announced that Buck Showalter would be named the 19th manager in club history.

Showalter, who has lead the club to a 427-377 since, said it doesn’t feel like it’s been five years.

“Not at all,” he said. “It did in Yankee Stadium on that road trip [when the Orioles were swept]. Not at all. That actually kind of caught me by surprise. I understand how fleeting things are, take it in. It’s an honor every day.”

Showalter didn’t manage his first game until August 2, 2010 —when the team returned from the road— and he became the first manager since 1900 to take over a team on August 1 or later and win more games the rest of the way (34) than the club won before he took over (32).

*Steve Pearce is at least a week away from baseball activities, Showalter said, and he won’t make the disabled list period. Obliques are known to be pesky injuries and the O’s are going to play it safe with Pearce.

Here are your lineups…

BRAVES LINEUP

Nick Markakis DH
Cameron Maybin CF
Freddie Freeman 1B
Adonis Garcia LF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jace Peterson 2B
Eury Perez RF
Daniel Castro SS

Mike Foltynewicz RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles to host a second Social Media night

Following last night’s successful #BirdlandSocial at Oriole Park, the Orioles have announced a second Social Media Night on Tuesday, August 18, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets. Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton (@zbritton) and I will take part in a Q&A and Orioles public address announcer Ryan Wagner (@rwags614) will host the exclusive pre-game party on the centerfield Roof Deck.

Tickets for the Birdland Social pre-game party range from $30 to $60 and include access to the party, a catered menu, two drink coupons per person, a ticket to the game (Roof Deck, Eutaw Street Bleachers, or Upper Reserve with varied pricing), and an exclusive @zbritton T-shirt. The party will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available atwww.orioles.com/birdlandsocial.

Social Media Night will continue with numerous promotions and prizes for all fans attending the August 18 game including:

Catch a #Winner

The “Catch a #Winner” promotion will occur during pre-game batting practice. Fans who retrieve baseballs that have been stamped “#Winner” can redeem a special prize at the Orioles Fan Assistance booth.

 Player Selfies

Several lucky fans will have an opportunity to snap selfies with an Orioles player.

#BringMeFood

Fans who tweet using #BringMeFood will be eligible to receive complimentary food delivered to their seats during the game, just by tweeting the hashtag along with their desired menu item, and their seat location.

Additional promotions will take place throughout the night both for fans in attendance and those following at home. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the Orioles’ social accounts for details, announcements, and exclusive clues. A complete list of the team’s social media platforms is available at www.orioles.com/connect. Additional information about the Birdland Social is available at www.orioles.com/birdlandsocial.

Some Trade Deadline talk

BALTIMORE— The Blue Jays made headlines early Tuesday morning, trading with the Rockies for All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins, but manager Buck Showalter didn’t have much to say on the moves by the Orioles’ competition.

“They’re giving up some really good players for these guys,” Showalter said of the recent trades, including the Royals getting Ben Zobrist and the Blue Jays’ moves. “The people Toronto gave up to Colorado, that’s a good trade – for both teams. But Toronto’s got a lot of players that are attractive down below.”

Showalter said it doesn’t bother him when he sees other teams in the American League East active around Friday’s Trade Deadline.

‘We are kicking around a lot of things, sometimes the best moves you make are the ones you don’t make. I could tell you abut three or four we decided not to do in the last two years that if we made them we would have really regretted them,” he said. ‘Course I won’t tell you about the other ones that we wish we would have made.”

The O’s have been rumored in a bunch of things lately, with San Diego’s Justin Upton among the recent names to surface. Upton would be a rental and the O’s acquired a rental down the stretch last year, in lefty reliever Andrew Miller, who signed as a free agent with the Yankees this winter. Showalter acknowledged Tuesday it’s tough to find an impact player of that quality that fits your needs at the deadline and it’s unknown if the O’s, who were well above .500 at this point a year ago, would be willing to give up something to get a player for two months.

“We don’t have Eduardo [Rodriguez] to trade this year,” Showalter said of the promising young lefty the O’s sent to Boston in exchange. “Of course I’d do it again.”

“The problem is when people are asking for people that are part of what you are trying to do this year. That’s tough. And if they go away, then who?”

Showalter is likely referring to young players like Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman, who have drawn a lot of interest from outside clubs though it’s highly unlikely they’d be inclined to move either. With a thin farm system — and injuries to top prospect Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey— they’re gaging interest in a number of their current players, including relievers Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter.

Orioles vs. Braves Game 2

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Jimmy Paredes DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
Travis Snider LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Parmelee 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty 2B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Wieters out of Sunday’s lineup with back stiffness

ST. PETERSBURG— Matt Wieters was out of Sunday’s Orioles lineup with back stiffness that first crept up during Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Rays.

“I really was going to play him at first base today, but he just another thing with the turf and things you run into,” manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who has been taking pregame work at first the past two days. “I think he’ll be fine to catch tomorrow, I just don’t want to put that in jeopardy.”

Wieters has particularly good numbers against Sunday’s Rays starter Matt Moore, going  8-for-14 (.571) with two homers and three RBIs.

“I talked to him this morning, I know it was more of a definite no [to start] last night. Talking to him today, he’s a lot better today,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters. “ [His back] just stiffened up on him a couple times. You couldn’t really tell catching, I thought he had a heck of a game behind the plate. He said it was challenging the last couple innings.”

Orioles @ Rays Game 2

ORIOLES LINEUP

David Lough LF
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Ryan Flaherty 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider RF
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Steven Souza, Jr. RF
John Jaso DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
David DeJesus LF
Tim Beckham SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Curt Casali C

Erasmo Ramirez RHP

Buck on trade rumors

ST. PETERSBURG— The Orioles had a different look lineup for Friday’s series opener against the Rays and manager Buck Showalter joked, “we’ve got 4 or 5 big trades that are going to happen any second now that’s going to change that.” Certainly July 31’s Trade Deadline has all of baseball buzzing and Showalter was particularly amused about some of the rumors floating around about his club. “I don’t read anything or listen,” Showalter said, adding that he laughed when he was told that the O’s would be willing to trade prized young starter Kevin Gausman. Showalter said Friday’s newest rumor that Chris Davis could be headed to Pittsburgh was something that “would be news to him”. As for the speculation that both Davis and Wei-Yin Chen, both free agents at the end of the year, are guys the O’s are trying to trade Showalter said: “Dan [Duquette] has never even brought that up and he brings up anything and everything that might be out there, and he’s never mentioned that.” The Orioles entered Friday’s game 4 1/2 games back in the Wild Card and Duquette said earlier in the week that regardless of what happens on this road trip the O’s are looking to be buyers at the deadline.

Orioles @ Rays Game 1

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the O’s open a three-game series against the Rays. After being swept in New York, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has done some tweaking to the top of the lineup. Manny Machado is hitting third for the first time in his career, Ryan Flaherty at second for the first time since college and Jimmy Paredes in the leadoff spot.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Jimmy Paredes DH
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Travis Snider LF
Caleb Joseph C
Chris Parmelee 1B

Chris Tillman RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Steven Souza Jr. RF
John Jaso DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Tim Beckham SS
David DeJesus LF
Jake Elmore 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Rene Rivera C

Chris Archer RHP

Roberts to serve as guest analyst on MLB Network

ST. PETERSBURG— Longtime Oriole Brian Roberts will serve as a guest analyst across three shows for MLB Network next week.

Roberts’ first appearance will be Monday on “MLB Central”  from 10am-1pm, followed on Tuesday with “The Rundown” at 2pm ET and “MLB Tonight” at 6pm ET. Roberts will finish his guest stint with a second appearance on “MLB Tonight” on Wednesday from 6-9pm ET.

Roberts played all but one of his 14 Major League seasons in Baltimore, signing as a free agent with the Yankees in 2014. He played in 1,327 games as an Oriole and posted a .278/.349/.412 line with 351 doubles.

He retired in October.

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