Orioles @ Rays lineups and pregame notes

The Orioles rotation for the week is slowing starting to take shape, with manager Buck Showalter saying prior to Sunday’s game that Chris Tillman will start Wednesday and he’s learning toward Wei-Yin Chen for Thursday.

The O’s optioned Kevin Gausman on Friday for him to finish out his 10-day assignment in the Minors and he could come up as early as Tuesday. But now that the Orioles have set Wednesday’s starter –and won’t use Gausman on short rest Tuesday– he could wait in the Minors a little longer, especially with the team set to play a man down because of Manny Machado’s suspension.

Showalter said his “educated” guess was that Machado’s punishment from last week’s appeal would come shortly and could kick into effect as early as Monday.

If the O’s stay on turn and use Chen on Thursday, they could also get by with their current group of starters, and not need Gausman at all, if starter Bud Norris makes his disabled list period and is activated on July 7. Norris is on the DL with a groin injury and the team will know more about his timetable when he takes a work day, in the next two or three days.

*Triple-A Norfolk’s Alexi Casilla will have surgery to remove a broken hamate bone from his right hand on Tuesday.

*Showalter said Josh Stinson may miss his next start for Norfolk due to a physical issue, but right now it’s not considered a DL situation.

*Gausman and Dylan Bundy will have a work day in Aberdeen on Monday. Bundy will make his next scheduled start on Thursday for Class-A Frederick.

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist SS
Matt Joyce LF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Brandon Guyer DH
Logan Forsythe 2B
Jose Molina C
Kevin Kiermaier RF

Alex Cobb RHP

Orioles vs. White Sox

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the White Sox for the series finale.

*Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his appeal heard today in the warehouse at Camden Yards and it lasted about an hour. Machado, who had his agent and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on hand, said he felt good about the way things went and is hoping to get word later this week.

Machado is appealing a five-game suspension and the O’s would prefer that he doesn’t have to start serving his punishment until after Friday’s doubleheader but that all depends on when the news comes down. The suspension will be immediate.

*Chris Tillman will start Game 2 in Friday’s doubleheader with Bud Norris throwing a bullpen session today and reportedly a little tentative. O’s manager Buck Showalter said Norris –who exited his last start with a groin injury– will take another work day and he could start later this weekend, although it’s a more likely scenario that the O’s will hold off a little while longer. They don’t need a fifth starter until July 1.

*The Orioles announced the signings of left-handed pitcher Matt Trowbridge (13th round) and righty Jean Cosme (17) to add to this year’s Draft class.
ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce LF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alexei Ramirez SS
Dayan Viciedo RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Tyler Flowers C

Hector Noesi RHP

Orioles vs. White Sox, Machado appeal Wednesday

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles take a three-game winning streak into Game 2 against the White Sox.

*Manny Machado is scheduled to have his appeal on a five-game suspension heard in Baltimore on Wednesday. The hearing, which will also be attended by EVP Dan Duquette, typically takes a few days before the final agreement is reached and –with the O’s off on Thursday– the team is hopeful to still have Machado for Friday’s doubleheader.

Machado, who was also fined, said earlier today the suspension is with pay and is hoping to get it knocked down at least a few games. He was suspended four games for his role in the benches-clearing brawl with Oakland on June 8–that started after he tossed his bat– and one for his role in the series opening-game in which he was not ejected.

If Machado is suspended for Friday’s game, the Orioles will still have to play a man down, according to manager Buck Showalter. The O’s are planning on adding Kevin Gausman as their extra player to start the first game of the doubleheader.

*Bud Norris and Chris Tillman will both take a work day on Wednesday and if Norris feels OK he will pitch on Friday. If not, Tillman will go on regular rest given Thursday’s off day. Kevin Gausman is slated to throw the other game of the doubleheader.

*Double-A Bowie’s outfielder Dariel Alvarez and right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey will both selected to the Futures Game this afternoon. Alvarez was named to the World Team with Harvey, who is currently at Delmarva, is on Team USA.

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

Miguel Gonzalez RHP

WHITE SOX LINEUP
Adam Eaton CF
Gordon Beckham 2B
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Alexei Ramirez SS
Dayan Viciedo RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Tyler Flowers C

Jose Quintana LHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 3

Greetings from Yankee Stadium where the Os have the rubber match of the series against the Yankees. New York has Old Timers Day today, so there’s a lot going on.

In case you missed it last night, Dylan Bundy had five scoreless innings for Aberdeen in his second start this season. Bundy, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning and he will have one more start with Aberdeen before the organization re-evaluates things. Given how well he’s progressed so far, especially with his command, he could move up to another affiliate.

Bud Norris remains cautiously optimistic he will start on Friday and got some more treatment today on his right groin. Norris has had issues before on his left side, but never his right although the Os got some good news this morning in that there wasn’t a whole lot of discoloration in the area that usually means it’s a long-term injury. Manager Buck Showalter relayed that update and made sure to tell reporters that he didn’t look at Norris’ groin, the trainers did.

Speaking of Showalter, he got a real nice round of applause today when he was announced at Old Timers’ Day. Showalter ran out onto the field and tipped his Oriole cap before running back into the O’s dugout.

Here are your lineups….

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

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Carlos Beltran DH
Kelly Johnson 3B
Yangervis Solarte 2B
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Masahiro Tanaka RHP

Norris exits early with groin injury

Orioles started Bud Norris exited Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees prior to the bottom of the sixth inning with right groin tightness.

Norris, at just 85 pitches through five, walked out to the mound and after throwing a warmup pitch signaled for the team’s trainers, who came out along with manager Buck Showalter. Several moments later, the right-hander walked off the mound and was replaced by right-hander Ryan Webb.

The short start was disappointing for the Orioles with Norris holding the Yankees to one run on three hits and a pair of walks and in line to go deep. Baltimore, which added Brad Brach to the ‘pen before the game, was in need of a long start today given Ubaldo Jimenez’s 5 2/3 innings on Friday night.

Norris has allowed two runs over his last three starts, a 19 2/3 innings stretch.

Orioles @ Yankees Game 2

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees for game 2 of a three-game set.

The Orioles optioned Kevin Gausman after Friday night’s game, but the right-hander isn’t really getting demoted. The Orioles plan to add Gausman for Friday’s doubleheader and he should stay on turn with the Major League rotation after that.

How? Gausman, who was replaced on Saturday’s roster by reliever Brad Brach, will stay in the Minors for six days before he comes up on Friday. After he starts, he will be sent back down for the remaining four —since a player needs to stay in the Minors for 10 days unless it’s an injury situation— before making his next schedule turn for the Orioles. Gausman has been excellent as of late for the Orioles, going 3-0 0.94 ERA in his last three starts. He’s posted a 2.74 ERA in four starts this season and gave up 20 hits in 23 innings while striking out 16.

Brach adds relief help a day after starter Ubaldo Jimenez went just 5 2/3 innings, putting strain on a bullpen already down a man with the O’s previously employing a six-man rotation.

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

Bud Norris RHP

Orioles @ Yankees Game 1

Greetings from Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles will open a three-game set against the Yankees. The pitching match ups for the two games after tonight are Bud Norris vs. Vidal Nuno and Chris Tillman vs. Mashahiro Tanaka.

Steve Pearce is back in the lineup, coming off a fantastic series against Tampa Bay earlier this week. Nick Hundley is getting the start in place of Caleb Joseph, who started behind the plate for all three games behind the Rays.

Not much in the way of pre game news today, although catcher Matt Wieters is back in Atlanta and has begun his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Manager Buck Showalter said Wieters plans on joining the team in Baltimore, potentially within the next month.

The O’s will go with a six-man rotation as long as they can keep the bullpen healthy, with Showalter ideally liking for them to stay with six starters through next Friday’s doubleheader.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Steve Pearce DH
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Manny Machado 3B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Nick Hundley C

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Mark Teixiera 1B
Brian McCann 2
Carlos Beltran DH
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte SS

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Wieters talks about his surgery

ST. PETERSBURG— Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, a day removed from season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, said in a telephone interview Wednesday he plans on being with the team for the final two months and is optimistic about being ready for 2015’s Opening Day.

“I feel good, everything they got, surgery went well,” said Wieters, who had the procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla. “And hopefully we will get all the soreness out of here in a couple days and get going on the rehab.”

In the immediate future, Wieters will head to his offseason home in Atlanta, Ga. and start on some very minimal early rehab. The All-Star -who traveled with the team even when he was on the disabled list— said he expected to be with Baltimore for August and September.

“It’s going to be real hard [to be away] and that’s why the plan all along was to be around the team as much as possible and for me it will help be give peace of mind in keeping in touch with the guys every day and being able to help out when I can,” Wieters said. “It’s something that’s a new experience for me and it’s something I’m going to have to go through every step by step and make decisions on what’s best for the arm and what’s best for the team the whole way around.”

Wieters, who was on track for a career year offensively, last played for the Orioles on May 10. He lost caught on May 4 and the team initially tried to use him just as designated hitter before he was placed on the DL. From there, he saw Andrews and was optimistic he could avoid surgery by going the rest-and-rehab route.

“Once we started a couple throwing sessions in and it was still feeling like it was before, it was a sign that we weren’t quite happy with where it was,” said Wieters, who saw Andrews for a follow-up again Monday, which is when he decided to go ahead with surgery.

“We were hoping it was going to be almost completely gone when we started throwing again.  But it’s something to where we always knew it was a possibility and we just didn’t want to go through piecing it together for a month or so when it was inevitable and then we cost ourselves some time the following year.”

Wieters, who has been helping the team’s catchers —Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley— was given a nine-month timetable which should have him back for the start of next season.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “Its something where they cant give you any guarantees. It’s still Tommy John and it’s going to be nine to 12 months before you’re going to be back but the plan is to hopefully if all the rehab goes well, we’ll be ready to go right around Opening Day.”

Orioles @ Rays Game 3

Greetings from the season finale at Tropicana Field, where the O’s will play the Rays in a rubber match.

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

Kevin Gausman RHP

RAYS LINEUP
Matt Joyce RF
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Ben Zobrist 2B
David DeJesus LF
Jerry Sands DH
Yunel Escobar SS
Ryan Hanigan C

Alex Cobb RHP

Yankees vs. Orioles Cake Competition

Charm City Cakes is hosting a Yankees vs. Orioles cake competition in Baltimore on July 13.

Join decorator Mary Smith as she hosts a cake class and competition in honor of the baseball rivalry. Mary will give a short demonstration at the begining of the class of how to fondant a cake, and different decorating methods. Students will then use those tips to design and create their very own masterpiece. At the end of the class participants will be able to submit their cake for a competition.

The Orioles have generously donated 2 pairs of tickets, and field passes for the batting practice to the 8:05 matchup that night to the first and second place winner.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Young Adult Institute: National Institute for People with Disabilities.

The cost is $150 per participant, ages 14 and up, and you can register here.

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