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Orioles @ Royals

*The Orioles have selected the contract of INF Paul Janish from Triple-A Norfolk and placed CA Steve Clevenger on the paternity list. Clevenger and his wife, Tiffany, welcomed a baby girl named Peyton earlier today.

Janish is in the lineup against Royals lefty Danny Duffy as the O’s try to avoid what would be a season-high six-game losing streak.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy will not join the team in Kansas City and will instead remain in Baltimore and get a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection on Thursday. Hardy could meet the team in Texas, but that’s iffy right now.

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

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

Danny Duffy LHP

Orioles @ Royals Game 1

Greetings from Kansas City, where the O’s will try to rebound after being swept at home in a four-game series against the Twins. In case you missed it, Baltimore made four roster moves: they recalled RHP Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk and have reinstated INF/OF Steve Pearce from the 15-day disabled list. They’ve also placed J.J. Hardy on the DL and designated Nolan Reimold for assignment.

*Hardy will re-join the team on Tuesday in Kansas City. Manager Buck Showalter said his MRI was encouraging and the team hopes Hardy’s groin strain will be resolved in the 15-day period.

*Monday’s moves will be followed by another addition on Tuesday as catcher Steve Clevenger will go on paternity leave after the game and miss the rest of the series. The Orioles will add a player to fill his roster spot during that time.

*Mike Wright (calf strain) will throw five innings for Triple-A Norfolk in a rehab start on Thursday. Chaz Roe (tendinitis) will throw a side on Tuesday and a simulated game on Friday in Texas.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

ROYALS LINEUP

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

Kris Medlen RHP

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.

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