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

Orioles vs. Athletics, lineups and pregame notes

*The Orioles have recalled Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk and designated David Lough for assignment. The Os needed Clevenger on the roster as Matt Wieters is dealing with a hamstring injury that has him sidelined. Wieters said today he doesn’t think it’s a disabled list situation.

Lough is the fifth outfielder that has been DFA’ed by the O’s this season. He has no prior outright assignment so, if he clears waivers, he could be sent to Triple-A Norfolk and be a September call-up.

Baltimore will have to make another roster move on Saturday as Henry Urrutia is here taking batting practice and will be added to the roster before the middle game of this series.

*Chris Tillman is “a little black and blue” after taking a liner off his pitching arm on Wednesday. It avoided his elbow area and, assuming he comes through Saturday’s work day OK, will make his next start.

*Chaz Roe (right shoulder tendinitis) received a Cortisone injection earlier in the week and is reportedly feeling better.

*Steve Pearce took batting practice off the coaches in Sarasota, Fla. and by next week the O’s should have a better idea of where he could go rehab to get some at-bats.

*Dylan Bundy has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews at the end of the month to see if he’s good to start back up throwing.

*Chris Parmelee is done for the year after suffering a broken arm. He was hit by a pitch in Wednesday’s Triple-A Norfolk game off Rays’ pitcher Matt Moore.

*Hunter Harvey continues to progress on his throwing program and the hope is he participates in instructional league and/or the Arizona Fall League.

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Jonathan Schoop 2B
J.J. Hardy SS
Nolan Reimold DH
Junior Lake LF
Caleb Joseph C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP

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

Brad Mills LHP

Lough DFA’ed, Clevenger recalled

The Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday while designating outfielder David Lough for assignment.

Clevenger, 29, has appeared in four games with the Orioles this season, going 5-for-11 at the plate. He was hitting .305/.375/.393 at Norfolk, where he was named an International League All-Star this season.

The 29-year-old Lough hit .202 in 76 games for Baltimore this season. He does not have any previous outright assignments so if he’s not claimed on waivers he could be sent to Triple-A Norfolk and return as a September call-up.

Tillman won’t start Friday

OAKLAND—Chris Tillman will not start until at least Sunday for the Orioles, as the team continues to be cautious in moving the right-hander along from a left ankle injury.

Tillman threw a bullpen session on Wednesday in Oakland and will take another work day before he starts. With Thursday’s off day, the Orioles rotation will remain on turn in Anaheim this weekend —sending Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound— and the earliest they would need a fifth start is Tuesday.

Tillman could start earlier than that, as Sunday’s starter is TBD and could also be Miguel Gonzalez. Getting Tillman right is important for the Orioles as the righty has had a fantastic second half, pitching to a 0.38 ERA in three second-half starts.

Orioles @ As series finale

Chris Tillman threw a bullpen session today and we should know more on how that went post-game, though manager Buck Showalter said he thinks it’d be “pushing it” to start Friday. If Tillman doesn’t start, the rotation would continue in turn after Thursday’s off day.

Here are your lineups….

ORIOLES LINEUP

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

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

Kendall Graveman RHP

Orioles and As lineup

ORIOLES LINEUP

Manny Machado 3B
Gerardo Parra RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes DH
Jonathan Schoop 2B
Travis Snider LF

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

ATHLETICS LINEUP
Billy Burns CF
Coco Crisp LF
Josh Reddick RF
Billy Butler DH
Stephen Vogt C
Brett Lawrie 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Marcus Semien SS
Eric Sogard 2B

Chris Bassitt RHP

Os option Wilson, add McFarland

The Orioles have recalled lefty reliever T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned RHP Tyler Wilson to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.

Wilson, who picked up his second career win last night, gave the O’s an excellent spot start in going 7 2/3 innings in Monday’s win over the A’s. The righty saved the bullpen and gave the Orioles a lift, pitching in place of Chris Tillman. But sending Wilson back to Norfolk was inevitable as the O’s were short in the ‘pen.

McFarland has gone 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA, allowing four earned runs over 13 1/3 innings pitched,  in 12 games with the Orioles this season. The 26-year-old went 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA  and a save in 16 games (nine starts) with Norfolk this season.

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