Orioles @ Red Sox Game 2

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will play the Red Sox for the second game of a three-game set.

In case you missed it, the O’s got good news today on shortstop J.J. Hardy and they are still expecting him to play again Friday. More on that here.

The O’s will pitch Kevin Gausman and Bud Norris in that doubleheader, with Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman after that. Wei-Yin Chen will pitch on Monday and Tuesday is TBA, with options in-house including Joe Saunders, T.J. McFarland and Ubaldo Jimenez. They can also give that start to someone in the Sarasota extended camp, with Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson options in that scenario.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Nick Hundley C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

RED SOX LINEUP

Mookie Betts CF
Daniel Nava RF
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jemile Weeks 2B
Christian Vazquez C

Anthony Ranaudo RHP

Hardy gets injection, MRI unchanged

BOSTON— Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a Cortisone injection in his sacroiliac (SI) joint on Tuesday and the plan is still for him to return to the lineup for Friday’s doubleheader.

“The MRI [on Tuesday] was unchanged since April so he will come in for treatment on Thursday and hope he’s ready to go on Friday,” manager Buck Showalter said of Hardy, who left the team on Monday to fly back to Baltimore and be examined by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs.

“That’s what we were kind of expecting.”

Hardy, who hasn’t played since Friday, will be shut down for 48 hours or so and the Orioles remain optimistic that they’ve gotten out in front of the issue.

Orioles @ Red Sox, Hardy to leave team

Greetings from Fenway Park, where the Orioles will take on the Red Sox for a three-game set.

*The big news pre game is shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is leaving for Baltimore tonight where he will be examined by team orthopedist Michael Jacobs, likely on Tuesday morning. Hardy, who has missed three straight games with low back soreness, will probably have an MRI and doesn’t seem overly concerned as he reminded reporters that he was dealing with more aggressive back spasms back in April.

Both Hardy and manager Buck Showalter said this is a precautionary move and if the team, up 9 1/2 games entering today, was in a different situation Hardy would probably play. The O’s are clearly trying to get things right so Hardy is OK for the postseason and there’s no expectation he will return to Boston at any point during this series. With an off day on Thursday and a doubleheader on Friday, Hardy could play on Friday.

Hardy, who has been dealing with this issue for a week, did baseball activities this afternoon at Fenway Park and said throwing was OK but hitting was more of an issue. Hardy missed six games in April, including five consecutive, with back spasms that he says were much more serious. The team is hoping to get in front of the issue this time around.

*Nelson Cruz was named Co-American League Player of the Week along with Miguel Cabrera. Cruz led the Majors in RBIs last week after driving in all seven of Baltimore’s runs on Sunday against the Rays. He’s the first O’s player to rack up seven RBIs since Luke Scott on July 7, 2009 and the first AL player since Garret Anderson (May 8, 2003) to drive in all seven of his team’s runs in a game. The slugger leads the Majors in homers (39) and is second in the AL with 101 RBIs.

*In case you missed it, Major League Baseball announced the 2015 schedule and you can see the Orioles here.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 3B
Steve Pearce 1B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
Will Middlebrooks 3B
David Ross C

Joe Kelly RHP

Os announce Minor League awards

BALTIMORE— Orioles infielder Christian Walker and right-handed pitch Tyler Wilson have been named the organization’s Minor League Players of the Year, the club announced on Thursday.

Walker, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, hit a combined .288/.357/.489 with 53 extra-base hits, 96 RBI and 73 runs scored in 139 total games with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk leading all Orioles minor leaguers in home runs (26) and RBIs this season.

The 23-year-old, selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2012 First Year Player Draft, was named the first baseman for this year’s Eastern League Season-ending All-Star team, finishing the season among the League leaders despite being promoted in July.

Wilson, the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year, went a combined 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA in 166 2/3 innings pitched for Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.  He led all Orioles Minor Leaguers in wins (14) and strikeouts (157) and ranked seventh in ERA (3.67). 

The 24-year-old Wilson was a 10th round selection in the ’11 Draft out of the University of Virginia. He was named was named the Organizational Pitcher of the Month for April, when he went 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts for the Baysox.  He also received EL Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending April 27. 

Other awards include right-handed pitcher Mark Blackmar named this year’s recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Blackmar was traded to the White Sox for Alejandro De Aza last week.

The Delmarva Shorebirds coaching staff of Ryan Minor (manager), Alan Mills (pitching coach), Paco Figueroa (hitting coach), and Shawn McGill (coach) has been named the winner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award, presented to a minor league staff member(s) who exemplifies the qualities of the late Oriole who is regarded as the architect of “The Oriole Way.”

The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony before Thursday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, with awards presented by Director of Player Development Brian Graham and Director of Minor League Operations Kent Qualls.

The Orioles will also recognize Chance Sisco for winning the 2014 South Atlantic League batting crown.  Sisco, 19, batted .340 (145-426) and also led the SAL in on-base percentage (.406).

Orioles vs. Reds series finale

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Reds in the series finale with hopes of a sweep. The O’s are fresh off last night’s win, which was highlighted by Miguel Gonzalez’s first career shutout.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy 6
Kelly Johnson 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

REDS LINEUP
Jason Bourgeois CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Todd Frazier 3B
Devin Mesoraco DH
Donald Lutz LF
Yorman Rodriguez RF
Jack Hannahan 1B
Jake Elmore SS
Tucker Barnhart C

Mike Leake RHP

Orioles vs. Reds series finale

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Reds in the series finale with hopes of a sweep. The O’s are fresh off last night’s win, which was highlighted by Miguel Gonzalez’s first career shutout.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy 6
Kelly Johnson 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP

REDS LINEUP
Jason Bourgeois CF
Ramon Santiago 2B
Todd Frazier 3B
Devin Mesoraco DH
Donald Lutz LF
Yorman Rodriguez RF
Jack Hannahan 1B
Jake Elmore SS
Tucker Barnhart C

Mike Leake RHP

Orioles vs. Reds Game 1

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will host the Reds for a three-game set.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy is not in the lineup after exiting yesterday’s contest with low back spasms. Hardy said he feels pretty normal today, but agreed it was probably a good move to give him another day.

“Obviously I want to play, but I think it’s probably the smart thing to do,” said Hardy, who missed five games in April with low back spasms. “I felt pretty good the day that I hurt myself in April in Detroit, so just to be safe take one more day and go from there.”

Hardy is expected to start on Wednesday, according to manager Buck Showalter.

*As expected, the Orioles added Ryan Webb, Steve Clevenger, T.J. McFarland and Quintin Berry to the expanded rosters today, with Berry also added to the 40-man roster. To make room, Manny Machado –who will come be with the team starting Sept. 17– was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

That should do it for call ups this year, barring injury.

*Andrew Miller, who came off the mound awkwardly after yesterday afternoon’s appearance, is day-to-day right now. Miller appeared to have a left leg issue and Showalter said they are hoping it’s more of a cramp than a hamstring injury.

*Steve Pearce (ab strain) has not swung a bat just yet, although he did play some catch yesterday. The O’s are being pretty cautious with Pearce and it’s more likely he’s ready for the Rays series this weekend than anytime during the next three games.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis DH
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Chris Davis 1B
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Caleb Joseph C
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Bud Norris RHP

REDS LINEUP
Billy Hamilton CF
Todd Frazier 1B
Brandon Phillips 2B
Devin Mesoraco C
Jay Bruce RF
Chris Heisey LF
Brayan Pena DH
Kristopher Negron 3B
Ramon Santiago SS

Mat Latos RHP

Orioles winning without key pieces

BALTIMORE — The Orioles have been here before.

No, not 8 1/2 games up in the American League East — which is where they stand entering Tuesday — the club’s biggest lead since September 1997. Here, as in missing key members in a magnificent season with Baltimore (79-57) posting numbers that look, on paper at least, as if this is the year where everything went right.

Except it’s not. All-Star catcher and Gold Glove Award winner Matt Wieters was done after 26 games, undergoing Tommy John surgery in June, and the just-as-decorated Manny Machado — who missed the first month of the season — watched a freak injury last month result in his second season-ending knee surgery.

The Orioles, who played 2012 largely without Brian Roberts, are no stranger to absorbing devastating late-season injuries in the middle of a pennant push. Think anyone in the home dugout of Camden Yards forgot watching Nick Markakis take Yankees ace CC Sabathia’s fastball off his left thumb on Sept. 8, 2012?

“Still bothers me,” manager Buck Showalter said before Monday’s game of the season-ending broken finger Markakis suffered. “You don’t ever say, but that was as big of a kick in the you-know-what as anything in that situation. But it also kind of reminded us how fleeting it all can be in a day’s time. Whether its Wieters or [Steve] Pearce or it’s Manny. Game doesn’t stop. It goes right on.”

So how have the Orioles — who are 63-47 without Wieters and 32-22 without Machado — been able to move on? For starters, there’s the incredible season of Nelson Cruz, who has 36 homers and 90 RBIs. But there’s a lot more to the first-place club than that.

You can read the rest of the article on Orioles.com here: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/bal/orioles-piecing-together-stellar-season-after-key-injuries?ymd=20140901&content_id=92596258&vkey=news_bal

Orioles vs. Twins series finale

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will try to go for the four-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins. The O’s are up nine games in the American League East heading into Labor Day and we’re officially in the final month of the regular season.

The O’s have added left-hander Joe Saunders and righty Evan Meek to the expanded rosters along with Kelly Johnson, who reported to the club today after Saturday’s trade. The expectation is Ryan Webb will be added on Tuesday, along with pitcher T.J. McFarland, catcher Steve Clevenger and one more position players, potentially Quintin Berry or Steve Lombardozzi. Webb could have came up today but he’s been dealing with a shoulder issue and the team wants to make sure that check out OK first.

As for Saunders, who has been pitching in relief for Norfolk, his role will be similar to McFarland’s as a lefty long man. He is also a candidate should the O’s need a spot start.

Here are your lineups….

TWINS LINEUP
Danny Santana CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Kennys Vargas 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Oswaldo Arcia RF
Kurt Suzuki C
Eduardo Escobar SS
Jordan Schafer LF

Phil Hughes RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Kevin Gausman RHP

ORIOLES LINEUP

Orioles vs. Twins Game 3 (updated De Aza added)

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles are fresh off another win and a pair of trades yesterday. The O’s acquired outfielder Alejando De Aza from the White Sox and infielder Kelly Johnson from the Red Sox last night.

De Aza was supposed to be here before the game but missed his flight, so manager Buck Showalter had to go with his second lineup today. The team did decide to add him to the roster anyways, and optioned lefty T.J. McFarland until expanded rosters start.

Wei-Yin Chen has been officially added from the Gulf Coast League to start today, with the Orioles optioning Steve Clevenger to short-season Aberdeen. The O’s hope Clevenger can stay active and start one of Aberdeen’s remaining games and they will add him on Tuesday.

The O’s are also expected to add a pair of pitchers on Monday –the first day of expanded rosters– with Joe Saunders and Ryan Webb the likely choices. Saunders is a non-roster guy but they have an opening on the 40-man roster.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
David Lough LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz DH
Chris Davis 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Jimmy Paredes 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Caleb Joseph C

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

TWINS LINEUP
Danny Sananta CF
Brian Dozier 2B
Joe Mauer DH
Kennys Vargas 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Chris Parmelee RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Eric Fryer C
Jordan Schafer LF

Ricky Nolasco RHP

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