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Orioles option Gausman

The Kevin Gausman shuttle continued on Monday, as Gausman was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk to clear a roster spot for reliever Julio DePaula and help aid an overworked Orioles bullpen for Monday’s series opener against the Nationals.

“Buck [Showalter] told me we needed a bullpen arm,” said Gausman, who started Sunday’s game and has been recalled and optioned back to the Minors three times over the past month despite pitching well. “It’s just one of those things. It’s happened a couple times this year and it’s happened every time we go into extras, so I kind of saw it coming…not really surprised, obviously I want to stay but I understand we want to keep those guys healthy out there.

Gausman was added to the roster prior to Sunday’s 12-inning win over the Red Sox and he went 5 1/3 innings. The righty, who held Boston to a run on four hits and a pair of walks, tallied a career-high seven strikeouts and has allowed one run or fewer in four of his past five big league starts.

Gausman, who has been demoted for roster space and not performance, has had an unusual few weeks as he was added to the team’s roster on June 27th as their 26th man, sent back to his optional assignment after the game and started for short-season Aberdeen before Sunday’s game at Fenway Park.

Gausman said he will make at least one start at Norfolk and with the four days for next week’s All-Star Break, he could only miss one start while serving the minimum 10-day stay.

Showalter reminded reporters on Sunday that there’s an end goal with the prized young righty and part of what they are doing, along with creating roster space, is to ensure Gausman isn’t shut down early.

“We are managing his innings so at some point, he’s good enough and we are good enough to pitch the rest of the season.”

Orioles @ Nationals lineups & pregame notes (updated)

Greetings from Nationals Park, where the Orioles will take on the Nats for two games here and then two more back in Baltimore.

*The Orioles are considering flipping Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez’s starts, which would push Gonzalez up to Thursday. The theory is they can get an extra reliever for Friday’s game with the looming All-Star Break.

*Steve Johnson (right shoulder tendinitis) is starting a rehab assignment for short-season Aberdeen.

*Dylan Bundy’s next outing for Class-A Advanced Frederick, his second start for the Keys, will be on Thursday at Salem.

*Adam Jones and Steve Pearce have been named American League Co-Players of the Week and you can read more about that here.

*Julio DePaula has been promoted from Double-A Bowie and will add insurance to the bullpen. DePaul was signed in late June and it was actually former Oriole Mark Hendrickson –who had a recent tryout for the O’s- that encouraged the organization to look at DePaula, who had been pitching with him in York.

NATIONALS LINEUP
Denard Span CF
Anthony Rendon 2B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Bryce Harper LF
Ian Desmond SS
Wilson Ramos C

Stephen Strasburg RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz LF
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Chris Tillman RHP

Jones and Pearce named AL Co-POW

WASHINGTON— Adam Jones and Steve Pearce have been named co-American League Players of the Week, announced on Monday as the first-place Orioles continue to receive accolades.

Jones, who was named an AL starter in this year’s All-Star game, has a 10-game hitting streak and is batting .391 over the past week with a double, a homer and four RBIs. The center fielder is coming off a weekend in Boston in which he went 5-for-14 with a walk and two runs scored and he’s hitting .310/.334/.504 in 88 games on the season.

Pearce has emerged as a force for the Orioles, earning an every day role with his hot bat. He collected a career-high four hits on Thursday and hit three home runs in the first two games of last week’s series versus the Rangers, homering in consecutive games for the second time this season. His 10 homers and 30 RBIs are both career highs.

Reimold claimed by Toronto

Nolan Reimold has been cleared off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Sunday afternoon.

The news, first tweeted by Reimold’s relative, isn’t a shock given the Blue Jays recent injury with Edwin Encarnacion and Reimold’s power potential. The 30-year-old outfielder, who has been limited to 56 Major League games since the beginning of the 2012 season, has shown flashes of his potential but has been hampered by two consecutive season-ending neck procedures from an injury that originally occurred diving into the stands to make a catch.

As the claiming club, Toronto t must pick up what remains of Reimold’s $1.025 million salary for this season, which is roughly $500,000. Reimold was reinstated from the disabled list last week and the club tried to find a trade partner for him before placing him on waivers. Reimold hit 344/.439/.594 with two homers and seven RBIs in 17 games with Double-A Bowie, but had no spot on the O’s roster given right-handed hitters Delmon Young, Steve Pearce and Nelson Cruz sharing designated hitter and outfield duties.

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 3

After splitting a doubleheader yesterday, the Orioles and Red Sox will play the series finale this afternoon. The O’s won Game 2, 7-4, after losing a walkoff in Game 1 and the big news last night was Nelson Cruz’s five-hit night which also saw him fall just short of the cycle.

The Red Sox were not keep on heaping praise on Cruz, however with Red Sox starter John Lackey saying: “”I’m not even going to comment on him. I’ve got nothing to say about him. There are some things that I would like to say, but I’m not going to. You guys [in the media] forget pretty conveniently about stuff.”

Lackey has made it clear before about his thoughts on players who have been suspended for PEDs and Boston’s manager John Farrell didn’t have a whole lot to add about Cruz, noting that he “looked strong.”

Cruz said today he was not aware of Lackey’s comments and has had no prior history with him.

“What I care is about my teammates, what they think about me,” Cruz said. “When you go to ballparks and beat other teams they are not going to be happy regardless of what you do. What I care about is what my teammates think about me and what my fans think about me. Like I’ve said before, they are not going to be happy when I come in and do good. They want to see me strike out every time.”

Cruz, who was suspended 50 games last season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, was asked if this was something he would have to deal with his whole career.

“Like I said, everybody is free to talk,” he said. “What I care [about] is what I’m doing here. You can’t go and confront everyday who talks, you know? My point is to go and play hard and try to get hits for the team.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested that Lackey looked “in his own backyard” first before commenting on Cruz, which refers to David Ortiz’s past. Ortiz was listed in a 2003 report that had more than 100 MLB players who had tested positive for a banned substance.

*In other news, the Orioles are expected to make a roster move shortly to officially add today’s starter Kevin Gausman. Gausman is not guaranteed to make another start thought, with the All-Star Break looming giving the O’s an opportunity to potentially option a starter and have them come back after the break given the 10-day rule. Bud Norris was deemed good to go after a 35-pitch sim game yesterday, and he will likely start Tuesday, which creates a bit of a logjam in the rotation again.

*Slumping Chris Davis, who is 1-for-10 against Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, is not in the lineup today, although he is expected back for Monday’s game.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Delmon Young LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Kevin Gausman RHP

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

Jake Peavy RHP

Orioles @ Red Sox Game 1

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for the first of two games in today’s doubleheader.

Not a whole lot of news pre game, although Preston Guilmet is here as the O’s extra man and will be activated for Game 2. The Orioles will also get Manny Machado back so they will go from a 24-man roster to 26. Baltimore has gone 4-0 since Machado started his suspension and manager Buck Showalter said he’s gotten plenty of ribbing about it.

The Orioles will make another roster move prior to Sunday’s game in recalling right-hander Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start the series finale. With a doubleheader today, the Orioles wanted lefty T.J. McFarland to stay in the bullpen and Gausman will get that start.

The O’s are mapping out their rotation up to and after the All-Star Break and there’s a good chance that they option a starting pitcher prior to the Break to get an extra player and make sure of the 10-day rule with the break.

Bud Norris will throw a simulated game after Game 1, throwing to hitters at Fenway Park in hopes that he can make a start for the Orioles next week. Norris, who is dealing with a groin injury, already did some fielding work Thursday and they want to see how he does in a game situation next. He could potentially be a candidate to start on July 9, which would keep Miguel Gonzalez on regular rest. Gonzalez was originally slated to start yesterday’s game.

The organization remains optimistic Nolan Reimold, who was designated for assignment, will clear waivers. In that scenario, Reimold would be out righted to Triple-A Norfolk.

Dylan Bundy didn’t have a great debut for Frederick last night, going 4 2/3 innings and allowing three earned runs, but it was to be expected in his road to recovery. Some in the organization figured he would struggle the first few times in the Carolina League since it’s a decent jump from short-season Aberdeen.

Here are your lineups…

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Brock Holt RF
Daniel Nava LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Mike Napoli 1B
A.J. Pierzynski DH
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Stephen Drew SS
David Ross C
Jackie Bradley, Jr. CF

Jon Lester LHP

Rotation notes

Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Game 1, Ubaldo Jimenez Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Red Sox.

The Orioles will also recall Kevin Gausman from Triple-A Norfolk to start Sunday’s game. Gausman last pitched a shortened outing for short-season Aberdeen on Wednesday.

Bud Norris, who is eligible to come off the disabled list on Monday, will throw a simulate game in between games at Fenway Park.

The Orioles will be able to add a 26th man for Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader. Manny Machado will also be activated off the suspension list.

Os-Red Sox PPD, DH on Saturday

BOSTON— Friday’s Red Sox-Orioles game has been postponed due to inclement weather associated with Tropical Storm Arthur, with the two teams now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday.

The first game on Saturday will begin at approximately 1:05 ET and tickets for Friday night’s game will be good for Game 1. Boston will send Jon Lester to the hill

The second game, which will see Orioles third baseman Manny Machado activated after serving a five-game suspension, will start at its regularly scheduled 7:15 ET slot. The Red Sox will have right-hander John Lackey.

Schoop starting his season over

Rookie Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and has looked better at the plate recently, a trend the Orioles obviously hope continues.

“Jonathan’s season started, this is his third day of his new season,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Schoop, who apparently was instructed by Wayne Kirby to come into the clubhouse one day with all of his bags packed like it was his first day in the big leagues to give him a fresh slate.

“We may try that a couple other places. That’s pretty funny. I try not to talk about it too much.”

Reimold DFA’ed

The Orioles have have reinstated outfielder Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

Reimold has 10 days to be traded, claimed on waivers or released by the Orioles, who could outright him to Triple-A Norfolk if he clears waivers because he has no previous outright assignment.

Orioles EVP Dan Duquette said Monday he has been talking with Reimold about ways to keep him in the organization, which was nearly impossible given the way the current roster is constructed. Baltimore, playing a man down with Manny Machado’s suspension, already has a trio of right-handed hitters in the outfielder/designated hitter category with Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young.

The 30-year-old Reimold, who concluded his rehab assignment with Double-A Bowie over the weekend, has not played in a Major League game since July 13, 2013, and has appeared in 56 games since the end of 2011 due to a pair of neck surgeries.

Reimold had a corrective procedure this winter since the fusion didn’t work properly the first time around and started this season on the disabled list after a spring in which he wasn’t ready to play the field.

A career .252 hitter in parts of five seasons, Reimold hit a career-high 15 homers in 104 games in his rookie season in ’09 and showed flashes of impressive power but dealt with serious injuries along the way.

He had a torn Achilles at the end of ’09 and suffered the initial neck injury diving for a foul ball in the stands in a game at the Chicago White Sox. Reimold kept playing and hit five homers in his first 16 games in ’12 before landing on the DL.

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