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Os make four roster moves

KANSAS CITY— The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves before Monday’s game in Kansas City, most notably placing shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day disabled list.

Baltimore also reinstated Steve Pearce from the 15-day DL and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk. To create a roster spot, they designated Nolan Reimold for assignment.

Hardy is sidelined with a left groin injury that had been bothering him for several days prior to him getting most of Sunday off. The All-Star shortstop admitted he’s been dealing with the injury for a while and was batting .157 (11-for-70) in August.

Pearce, 32, was on the DL with a left oblique strain and played two games for Double-A Bowie and two with the O’s Gulf Coast League team on rehab. In 58 games with the Orioles this season, Pearce is hitting .227 (40-for-176) with six doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 24 RBIs.

The 27-year-old Rondon has gone 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 29 relief appearances with Triple-A Norfolk this season. He made one relief appearance with Baltimore on August 2, when he tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers.

Reimold appeared in just 39 games for the Orioles this season batting .227 (22-for-97) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, and eight RBIs.

Orioles vs. Twins

*Steve Pearce started his rehab assignment today, playing for the Orioles’ Gulf Coast League this morning. Pearce, who has been sidelined with an oblique injury, went 1-for-4.

He was eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on August 3, so now it’s just a matter of when he’s ready.

Pearce, who batted .227/.290/.392 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 58 games, is one of the Orioles more versatile players and has played first base, second base, designated hitter and the both corner outfield spots this year.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

Orioles vs. Mets Game 2

Welcome to the series finale of a quick two-game set with New York. The Orioles are hoping to bounce back after losing last night’s game.

Not a whole lot of pregame news, but Chaz Roe did throw off flat ground today for the first time since hitting the disabled list. He will do that a few more times and the O’s will have a better idea of his timeline when he gets on an actual mound.

Steve Peace took live batting practice today in Sarasota, Fla. and was drilled in the back on his third at-bat by Chris Perez.

METS LINEUP

Curtis Granderson RF
Daniel Murphy 2B
Yoenis Cespedes DH
Lucas Duda 1B
Juan Uribe 3B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Michael Conforto LF
Wilmer Flores SS
Juan Lagares CF

Noah Syndergaard RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Henry Urrutia LF
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

A few pregame notes

*If catcher Matt Wieters, who tested his hamstring pregame, feels OK when he comes in tomorrow he will play. Winters has been sidelined since Tuesday.

*Mike Wright (calf strain) will throw off a full mound on Wednesday. He’s progressing, but still a ways away and will need some rehab games.

*Steve Pearce took some swings off the tee today in Sarasota, Fla. and could take live batting practice in a few days. He’s not close to returning from an oblique injury.

*Hunter Harvey (flexor mass) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session today and all went well.

*Dylan Bundy, who has been shut down with a shoulder injury, is slated to see Dr. James Andrews on the 31st.

*House of Ruth Maryland has partnered with the Aberdeen IronBirds to host a “Man Up” cultivation event on Thursday, August 20 at the IronBirds vs. Staten Island Yankees game at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium.  During the game, Mayor Bennett will also declare August 20 to be “House of Ruth Maryland Day” in Aberdeen.

Launched in 2014, House of Ruth Maryland’s “Man Up” initiative aims to shift society’s conversations on intimate partner violence, and focus on the source of the problem. With the help of the Aberdeen IronBirds, the House of Ruth Maryland will use the game as a platform to reach Harford County influencers in the community, and educate those in attendance on the mission of “Man Up,” and how to foster healthy relationships. The Aberdeen IronBirds will support House of Ruth Maryland’s “Man Up” initiative by getting the whole team involved.  The team, along with the IronBirds mascot, has filmed a video showing their support for “Man Up” that will be played throughout the game. Signs and banners promoting the initiative will also be displayed across the stadium.

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Orioles vs. Athletics

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the O’s will go for a four-game sweep against the Athletics. Baltimore has moved into the second American League Wild Card spot with three consecutive wins.

Catcher Matt Wieters remains out of the starting lineup and hasn’t played since Tuesday with a strained hamstring. He could be available off the bench; we’ll find out more later on from manager Buck Showalter.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Henry Urrutia LF
Caleb Joseph C

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles on Sunday Night Baseball

The Orioles series finale against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, September 13, at Oriole Park has been moved from 1:35 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. ET start time.

The adjusted time is because the game was selected by ESPN to be telecast as part of Sunday Night Baseball. All gates will open to fans at 6:05 p.m. ET.

Orioles vs. Athletics Game 3

ATHLETICS LINEUP

Billy Burns CF
Coco Crisp LF
Danny Valencia 3B
Josh Phegley C
Brett Lawrie 2B
Billy Butler DH
Mark Canha 1B
Marcus Semien SS
Sam Fuld RF

Kendall Graveman RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Henry Urrutia LF
Caleb Joseph C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Duquette: keeping Davis a priority

BALTIMORE— The Orioles, who have six pending free agents, are prioritizing Chris Davis.

“I can tell you this, we do want to sign some of our key players for the future,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said at Saturday’s season ticket holders’ event, “and Chris Davis is one of them.”

Davis is on a tear at the plate, hitting his 32nd homer of the season in Friday’s 13-inning win. The slugger has homered seven times this month and entered Saturday with a League-leading 85 RBIs.

Davis, who is represented by Scott Boras, is not the only big-name free agent in Baltimore. Matt Wieters, Gerardo Parra, Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O’Day and Steve Pearce.

“We are going to sign some of them,” Duquette said of the free agents. “And some of them we are not going to sign.”

Duquette also cited the organization’s farm system as something that keeps him hopeful the team can continue to be competitive every year. The yearly Q&A session also saw him reiterate that the O’s were not comfortable offering Nelson Cruz —who signed with Seattle—a four-year deal this winter.

Snider released

BALTIMORE— Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette’s biggest offseason move, the trade for outfielder Travis Snider, officially ended on Saturday as the organization announced Snider had been released.

Designated for assignment on Friday, Snider batted .237 with a .341 slugging percentage in 69 games for the Orioles. In 211 at-bats, he hit three home runs. Snider, acquired in a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was coming off a 2014 season in which he hit .264/.338/.438 and Duquette cited Snider’s relative youth and a strong second half for primary reasons for the deal.

In 60 second-half games last year, Snider hit nine homers and had 24 RBIs, posting a .288/.356/.524 line. He is the latest Orioles outfielder to be designated, joining Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young —who were both released—Chris Parmelee and David Lough, who was designated on Friday.

Snider is making $2.1 million this year.

Orioles vs. Athletics, Urrutia recalled

As expected, the Orioles added Henry Urrutia rom Triple-A Norfolk prior to Saturday’s game and and optioned outfielder Junior Lake to clear a roster spot.

The 28-year-old Urrutia got the start for the O’s at designated hitter in his season debut. He batted .292/.344/.414 with 21 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, and 50 RBI in 107 games with the Tides this season. He ranks fourth in the International League with 126 hits and ninth with a .292 batting average.

Urrutia, who was named the 2013 Orioles Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, played in 24 games with the Orioles in 2013, batting .276/.276/.310.

Lake, acquired in the Orioles trade with the Cubs for reliever Tommy Hunter, hit .208/.250/.333 in 24 big league games between Chicago and Baltimore.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Steve Clevenger C
J.J. Hardy SS
Henry Urrutia DH
Nolan Reimold LFMiguel Gonzalez RHP

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