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Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 3

Greetings from Toronto, where the Orioles will wrap up a seven-game road trip tonight in the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Not much in the way of pre-game news, but there is some rehabbing updates. M

Manny Machado, who will start a rehab assignment with the Frederick Keys on Friday, is slated to bat second and play third base for nine innings. He will be re-evaluated after the weekend and could return by early May. In that scenario, Machado would play a couple games at Double-A or Triple-A and likely take a day off before rejoining the Os as the calendar flips next weekend.

Dylan Bundy, who was cleared to throw curveballs in his last bullpen, will throw a 40-pitch ‘pen again Friday. Johan Santana, who is on a five-day rotation schedule in his rehab, will also throw a side tomorrow.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy, who returned to the lineup yesterday, will no longer discuss the status of his contract, which has him set to be a free agent at the end of this year. Hardy, who has respectfully fielded questions from reporters since Spring Training, doesn’t want anything to distract from what’s going on with the Orioles on the field and is well aware of how words can get twisted around and taken out of context. So, he’s decided to not say anything until there’s actual news and has kindly asked the media to stop asking him about it.

“There’s nothing to discuss,” Hardy said of any potential extension talks between his agent and the Orioles. “I don’t want to make stories that don’t need to be made. There’s been no discussions so I do not want to talk about it anymore until something changes.”

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
David Lough LF

Bud Norris RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Juan Francisco DH
Brett Lawrie 3B
Colby Rasmus CF
Ryan Goins 2B

Drew Hutchinson SP

Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 2 (updated)

Greetings from Toronto, where the Orioles will try to even the series after last night’s loss. Both Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy have returned to the lineup after minor injuries and starter Chris Tillman is trying to become the second starter in seven games to go six or more innings.

*Manny Machado played seven innings today at third base in an extended spring game and went 3-for-4 with three singles. Machado will travel back to the Baltimore area on Thursday before playing nine innings at third base for Class-A Frederick on Friday. Machado is expected to stay with Frederick through the weekend and go to either Double-A or Triple-A after that.

*Dylan Bundy threw eight curveballs today, the first time he’s thrown that pitch since undergoing Tommy John surgery. It’s an encouraging step for the righty, who could be an option for the Orioles in June.

*For those asking about Johan Santana, another potential option for the Orioles around that time, the lefty has been throwing around 84 mph as he continues to work his way back from a second shoulder surgery.

*Hardy said his hamstring has felt much better over the past two days and he’s back in the lineup although still not 100 percent and hopeful he won’t have to push it on the base paths. Wieters is also back in after getting treatment yesterday and said he didn’t need to test anything today, he’s just going off feel.

Here are your lineups..

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis LF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Ryan Flaherty 3B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
David Lough LF

Chris Tillman RHP


BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Juan Francisco 1B
Dioner Navarro C
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ryan Goins 2B

Dustin McGowan RHP

Machado to play for Frederick on Friday

TORONTO– Manny Machado will begin his highly-anticipated rehab assignment on Friday for Class-A Advanced Frederick as the Orioles third baseman works toward a return early next month.

Manager Buck Showalter said the organization will wait two or three days after Machado is with Frederick and see where he is after that before determining the rest of his timeline. He will go to either Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk from there, with the O’s hopeful Machado won’t need to use the full 20 days given to position players on rehab assignment.

Machado served at designated hitter as scheduled Tuesday in extended spring and will play seven innings at third base on Wednesday. He is slated to travel back to Frederick on Thursday. The 21-year-old All-Star is coming off of October’s left knee surgery.

Orioles @ Blue Jays Game 1 (Machado to Frederick on Friday)

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Greetings from Toronto, where the Orioles will open up a three-game series against the Blue Jays tonight.

*Manny Machado will begin his highly-anticipated rehab assignment on Friday for Class-A Advanced Frederick and the team will wait two or three days and see where he is after that. He will go to either Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk from there. Machado served at designated hitter as scheduled today in extended spring and will play seven innings at third base on Wednesday. He is scheduled to travel back to Frederick on Thursday and he could return early next month.

*Dylan Bundy, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, will take a big step forward in his next bullpen and throw breaking balls. Bundy has been just limited to change ups and fastballs as he continues to get his elbow back strong.

*Matt Wieters is out of the lineup tonight as he’s dealing with some right forearm soreness that occurred when on a throw to second base during Sunday night’s game. Wieters had a scheduled day off on Monday and said he just wants to make sure the issue isn’t something that’s a nagging thing. Wieters has never had anything like this, but wasn’t too worried about his forearm. He said he is available off the bench as needed.

*J.J. Hardy’s right hamstring is feeling “much, much better” today and he’s also available if needed. Hardy, who spent last night icing at the team hotel, ran and took some ground balls before batting practice and said he’s in a much better mood regarding his hamstring injury than he was on Monday.

Hardy said he could be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday depending on how he progresses.

*The Orioles officially announced their roster move in adding lefty T.J. McFarland to the bullpen, designating Steve Pearce for assignment to clear a spot.

Pearce, who was surrounded by teammates and very well-liked in the clubhouse, will probably be claimed by another team on waivers but he said today he really, really enjoy his time with the Orioles. Pearce was fine with his role as a bench guy and liked the organization, with manager Buck Showalter always singling Pearce out this spring for his makeup.

*Troy Patton will pitch the end of an inning tonight for Norfolk and then start a clean inning as the lefty works his way back. Patton is slated to come off the restricted list on April 30.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Nelson Cruz LF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger C
Delmon Young DH
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Miguel Gonzalez RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Ben Francisco DH
Colby Rasmus CF
Brett Lawrie 3B
Josh Thole C
Ryan Goins 2B

RHP RA Dickey

Os adding McFarland

The Orioles plan on activating lefty T.J. McFarland prior to Tuesday’s series opener in Toronto, a move that will add some help to an overused bullpen.

McFarland was in line to start today for Triple-A Norfolk and this is the reason the O’s made sure the lefty and Kevin Gausman were a few days apart in case the big league club had a need. Manager Buck Showalter has had to cover an awful lot of innings for his starters and there’s at least three guys he’d like to stay away from using on Tuesday night.

So, who goes for McFarland? There’s not a whole lot of optionable guys in the bullpen. Evan Meek could be optioned, but he’s not going anywhere. Neither is Darren O’Day, who allowed his first earned run of the season –along with lefty Zach Britton– in yesterday’s game. Ryan Webb struck out the side in Sunday’s game, and has been solid as well. Josh Stinson, along with Britton and closer Tommy Hunter, is out of options. See where I’m going with this?

Steve Pearce looks like a possible candidate given his lack of playing time, although the O’s will monitor J.J. Hardy’s hamstring situation very closely. He was doing better yesterday and nobody thinks it’s a disabled list situation at this point. Pearce’s playing time has been few and far between, he’s started just one game this season and the O’s are going to have to make a move to activate McFarland. They don’t have an off day close enough to try to do anything with the starting rotation.

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 4- Patriots Day

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Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox in the series finale. It’s a rough 11 a.m. start after last night’s game on ESPN, but it’s the tradition of Patriots Day.

*Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was not in Monday morning’s lineup after exiting Sunday night’s game with a right hamstring strain suffered running the bases in the fifth inning.

“It’s way too early to tell,” manager Buck Showalter said on Hardy’s condition. “Day-to-day. About what you’d expect. Everybody’s sore.

“I’m not going to broadcast whether he’s available or not today. Hopefully we got it before it turned into something that would be a problem. We’ll see.”

*David Lough confirmed this morning he was trying to hit the cut off man at third base on the last play of the game, with Jonathan Schoop moving out of the way and Lough’s throw skipping wide at home. Dustin Pedroia went back to tag up and the Red Sox walked off to a win in an ugly game for the O’s.

Showalter met with the umpires after the game to check on if all the runners went back to tag, but it was a moot point.

“Last play of the game. They didn’t have a real good answer when I was asking them about tagging up and did they he touch the next base. It’s not reviewable,” Showalter said.

“The same reason why you can’t review, did they step out of the 45 foot lane down the first base line. Why if a second baseman is behind that umpire, you can’t review that on a trap play.”

“When you looking at them, talking to you, you understand there’s not a lot of conviction and rightfully so. You can tell this [new replay system] is putting them on their heels a little bit.”

*There’s been a lot of talk about the transfer play last night as well, and Showalter reiterated that trying to challenge that rule is a waste of time. The new interoperation, which has created enough outrage around baseball that it’s expected to change, has not been overruled once this season and it was made clear this spring that it was going to be enforced as it was last night on shortstop Ryan Flaherty.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Steve Clevenger C
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
David Lough LF

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Brock Holt 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Daniel Nava RF
Cody Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

Clay Buchholz RHP

Hardy day-to-day with hamstring strain

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy exited Sunday night’s game after six innings with a right hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day.

Hardy was replaced in his seventh-inning at-bat by Steve Lombardozzi and he appeared to suffer the injury while running the bases in his fifth-inning at-bat. Hardy, who hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in the fifth and would have scored on David Lough’s ground-rule double but was sent back.

Sunday’s injury was the latest in a frustrating start to the season for Hardy, who missed six games with back spasms and entered the game hitting .244 with no homers and three RBIs.

The Orioles infield is also still missing Manny Machado and any extended time missed by Hardy would certainly be a major blow. On Sunday, Ryan Flaherty shifted from third base to shortstop, with Lombardozzi taking over at second base and Jonathan Schoop moving from second to third.

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 3 lineups

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for the third game of a four-game series. Tonight’s contest is on ESPN as the Sunday Night Baseball game, although it was pushed up an hour to 7 p.m. given the 11 a.m. start time for Patriots Day.

*Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman turned in his best outing of the season on Sunday afternoon despite picking up a no decision in Triple-A Norfolk’s 6-3 win over Durham. The 23-year-old Gausman allowed four hits over five shutout innings, walking two and stiking out four. He threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes, lowering his ERA to 3.24 through four starts this season.

The five innings marked the longest outing of the season so far with Gausman who dealt with a blister on his pitching hand in his last start.

*Manny Machado is scheduled off in his rehab today and he will play seven innings at third base on Monday and serve as designated hitter in an extended spring game on Tuesday. He could be eligible to start a rehab assignment after that, although Showalter said a lot of that will be dictated based off how he feels after playing nine innings.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
David Lough LF
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Ryan Flaherty 3B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Grady Sizemore CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Jonny Gomes LF
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
A.J. Pierzynski C
Brock Holt 3B

Jake Peavy RHP

Os win their first challenge

The Orioles were among the last teams in baseball to use their first manager challenge, but it was worth the wait. Baltimore had a two-out sixth-inning call on Nelson Cruz overturned for an RBI single against the Red Sox on Saturday to tie the game at 2.

Cruz hit a ball deep into the hole at third base and Brock Holt backhanded the ball before throwing across the diamond for a close play in which Cruz was initially ruled to be out at first base. Manager Buck Showalter came out and challenged the call, with the replay taking a quick 49 seconds and allowing Adam Jones to score from third.

The Orioles and Cardinals entered the day as the only two clubs in baseball to not have a replay challenge this season. The overturned call also marked the 500th RBI of Cruz’s career.

Orioles at Red Sox Game 2 lineups and notes

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for the second of a four-game series, an afternoon contest that is much warmer than last night. The O’s are fresh off an 8-4 win last night which you can read about here, with Jonathan Schoop collecting a career-high four hits and Brian Matusz throwing a career-high 2 2/3 relief innings.

*Part of the reason manager Buck Showalter said he extended Matusz was that fellow lefty Zach Britton was unavailable. Britton was sick with the same flu-like symptoms that has swept the clubhouse in recent days and he watched last night’s game at the team hotel. Britton is back and available today.

*Manny Machado played in his first extended spring game this morning, going five innings and 2-for-4 while playing third base. Machado will take Sunday off, a scheduled off day in his rehab, play seven innings at third base on Monday and serve at designated hitter on Tuesday.

*Matt Wieters is getting the start again today after last night’s game with the plan for Steve Clevenger to catch on Monday afternoon. Wieters got a breather with Thursday’s off day.

*Orioles.com is on Facebook with more pictures and links. You can get the day’s news right in your mini-feed by clicking “like” here: https://www.facebook.com/brittghiroli
Here are your lineups..

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B
Steve Lombarozzi 2B

Bud Norris RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Grady Sizemore RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
David Ross C
Brock Holt 3B
Jonathan Herrera SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Felix Doubront LHP

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