Orioles @ Rays Game 1

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Orioles will take on the Rays for the first of a three-game series.

*The big news today is catcher Matt Wieters, who visited Dr. James Andrews this morning for a follow-up visit on his right elbow. Wieters is still experiencing some discomfort and the Orioles aren’t very optimistic he will avoid season-ending Tommy John surgery. Wieters, who last played May 10, hasn’t caught a game for the Orioles since May 4.

*It’s a really sad day all across baseball with the passing of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn at 54. You can read more on that here.

*The Orioles will start Wei-Yin Chen tonight and then Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman, meaning they have six starters right now. Manager Buck Showalter said yesterday it wouldn’t be a six-man rotation per say, but that things would shake out on their own in the next few days before Thursday’s off day.

Gonzalez, who threw two bullpens in between his rehab start and Tuesday, said he’s got not physical issues and is good to go. He was out pre game watching some bullpens, which is a tradition the Orioles starters have been doing during their recent hot stretch.

*Manny Machado, who is still waiting to have his appeal heard, is expected to see his five-game sentence dropped at least one game. Machado, who could have his appeal this week, was suspended four games for his role in Sunday’s ejection against the A’s and one for his skirmish on Friday. Since he was not ejected on Friday, the O’s are confident they can get his sentence reduced, possibly by multiple games if you look at how the appeal procedure normally works.

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

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

RAYS LINEUP
Desmond Jennings CF
Yunel Escobar SS
Evan Longoria 3B
Ben Zobrist LF
James Loney DH
Sean Rodriguez 1B
Logan Forsythe 2B
Ryan Hanigan C
Kevin Kiermaier RF
Jake Odorizzi RHP

Bundy’s first start a success

In his first professional outing since 2012, Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy fared well on Sunday evening, allowing one run over five innings.

Pitching for short-season Aberdeen, Bundy —who is rehabbing back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow—took to his Twitter account on Sunday night to tweet out, “First outing in the books! Felt great!”

Bundy had a 1-2-3 first inning in Hudson Valley and pitched around a two-out single in the second, before a single and ground-rule double gave way to a third-inning RBI groundout.

A former first round pick, Bundy ascended to the Majors in his first full season with the Orioles, going 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 Minor League starts. He appeared in two games that September for Baltimore, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Orioles vs. Blue Jays lineups & pregame notes

Greetings and Happy Fathers Day from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will wrap up their homestand with the series finale against the Blue Jays.

*Miguel Gonzalez is slated to be activated from the disabled list and start Tuesday’s game against the Rays, with Kevin Gausman going on Wednesday. The Orioles aren’t going to call this a six-man rotation however, with manager Buck Showalter saying that will be resolved in the next few days. The O’s have an off day on Thursday so it looks like Ubaldo Jimenez will get at least one extra work day. The Orioles will have to make a roster move to add Gonzalez.

Of Orioles starting six, Gausman, Gonzalez, Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen each have at least one Minor League option remaining.

*Chris Davis is getting a day off, which was preplanned and wasn’t up to Davis. He said he’s fine physically and called it more of a “mental day” than anything else. He is available off the bench.

*Dylan Bundy will make his season debut for the Aberdeen IronBirds later today, going on the road to play at Hudson Valley.

*Jerry Layne will serve as the home plate umpire today with Hunter Wendelstedt scratched after Adam Jones collided with him during Saturday’s game.

Here are your lineups….

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 3B
Dioner Navarro DH
Erik Kratz C
Steve Tolleson 2B
Anthony Gose CF

J.A. Happ

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

Chris Tillman RHP

Orioles vs. Blue Jays lineups and pregame notes

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on the Blue Jays for the second of a four-game set.

*Manny Machado will not serve his five-game suspension this weekend and it looks as if Machado will wait until his appeal is heard. Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t divulge the exact date of the hearing, but it doesn’t look like it’s in New York next week. It could be before or after that, however. When Machado does serve his suspension the Orioles will need to add an infielder, which will change their roster construction since they’d play a man down.

*Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday’s game with the rest of the three-game set against Tampa Bay TBD. Miguel Gonzalez could start one of those and Showalter said he hoped to have more clarity on the rotation on Saturday.

*A bad day for knuckleballers in the Orioles organization as Eddie Gamboa has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gamboa, slated to pitch for Triple-A tonight, will serve the suspension immediately. The O’s also released knuckler Zach Clark.

*Nothing new on Matt Wieters, though the Orioles are still optimistic after he sees Dr. James Andrews on Monday he will resume his throwing program. The other option is season-ending surgery.

BLUE JAYS LINEUP

Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Adam Lind DH
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Brett Lawrie 2B
Juan Francisco 3B
Dioner Navarro C
Anthony Gose CF

Drew Hutchison RHP

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

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Orioles vs. Blue Jays pregame notes and lineups

*The Orioles announced today that they have signed left-handed pitcher Brian Gonzalez (3rd round), right-handed Pat Connaughton (4th round) and right-handed pitcher David Hess (5th round). They will be made available to the media shortly.

*Miguel Gonzalez said he’s feeling good today after making a rehab start for Double-A Bowie tonight and he’s hoping his next outing is with the Orioles. Gonzalez is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, and manager Buck Showalter said that will depend on a couple things, including the state of the pitching staff.

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

Kevin Gausman RHP

BLUE JAYS LINEUP
Jose Reyes SS
Melky Cabrera LF
Jose Bautista RF
Edwin Encarnacion 1B
Adam Lind DH
Brett Lawrie 2B
Dioner Narrero C
Juan Francisco 3B
Anthony Gose CF

Mark Buehrle LHP

More on the Machado appeal

In his apology following Monday night’s game, Manny Machado said a suspension from Major League Baseball had crossed his mind. What the 21-year-old didn’t say was that he would go along with whatever punishment was handed down.

Machado was sentenced to a five-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon for his actions in Sunday’s benches-clearing incident with the Oakland Athletics, and he will appeal the punishment to try to lessen the sentence. At least, that’s the plan for now.

“I think right now he’s going to appeal and take 24 hours to think about the next step,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Machado, who was ejected from the 11-1 loss after throwing his bat toward third base after consecutive brushback pitches from reliever Fernando Abad.

“Plus, probably the most important thing for him right now is make sure he puts the club in a position in case we make an adjustment in our roster. It’s a little short notice to get somebody here if he started [the suspension] tonight. I think that’s his biggest concern, trying to see if he can help us lessen the blow on the impact on the roster.”

The All-Star third baseman, who apologized for his actions on Monday, was also fined. Abad was not suspended, but was also fined.

“I don’t really care,” Machado said of the different punishments. “He’s part of the Oakland A’s organization and I’m a Baltimore Oriole. I know what I did and he knows what he did. We both got to pay for the consequences.”

“Obviously I talked to everybody, the team, the organization, myself. I’m just going to see where it goes.”

Showalter said the appeal process may not happen for a week, and in a perfect world the club would like for Machado to miss the Rays series that starts on Monday, with Thursday an off day. While the off day would not count against the suspension, it could help the Orioles perhaps go short in the bullpen and add another position player in Machado’s absence.

“He’s a 21-year-old young man that made a mistake, and he’s done the right thing since then to move forward with it the way it’s supposed to be done when you make a mistake, like we all have,” Showalter said. “Now there’s some more steps involved before we can put it behind us.”

It wasn’t just the bat throwing that put Machado in hot water. Things started on Friday when Machado took exception to a hard tag by third baseman Josh Donaldson. He also hit A’s catcher Derek Norris several times in the helmet on a backswing and didn’t show any regret or offer to apologize, with several Oakland players believing that Machado actually took pleasure in it instead. Machado, who said the backswings were unintentional, was remorseful on Monday after watching the replays and thinking things over.

“It’s not easy, if that’s what you want to hear,” Machado said. “It’s been a frustrating last couple days. It’s all part of the game.”

Still, Machado’s reputation has clearly taken a hit as Donaldson made no bones about not accepting Machado’s apology and Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told Sports Illustrated on Monday that sending the third baseman to the Minors is always an option.

Showalter said Tuesday that a demotion isn’t an option for him right now —though he didn’t completely rule it out— and was concentrated on getting Machado on the right track.

Machado apologized to his teammates before Monday’s game, with the team late in taking batting practice as several players aired their thoughts.

“It is what it is,” Showalter said of the punishment Nobody can judge intent. We all know what was going on with Abad. How they chose to do it, they have precedent. That’s why, when I talk about the 5 days, there is no precedent. So you think it would be reduced, but maybe not.”

Orioles to host LUNGevity walk in memory of Monica

The Orioles will host the LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Baltimore 5K walk on September 20 to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer in memory of Orioles’ late Public Relations Director, Monica Pence Barlow.

Barlow, who passed away from lung cancer in February, was a member of the organization for 14 years and spend the previous four-and-a-half years as an active advocate of LUNGevity.

The 5K walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude on the field at Camden Yards. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., and participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments. Registration fees are $25 for adults, $20 for lung cancer survivors, $15 for students and seniors, and $10 for youth.  There is no race fee for children four and under.

Fans can register online now at http://www.orioles.com/lungevity.  The first 500 registrants will receive a ticket to the Orioles 7:05 p.m. game that night vs the Boston Red Sox.

All proceeds will benefit th eLUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality-of-life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as providing community, support and education for all those affected by the disease.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has also pledged to donate $100 to LUNGevity Foundation in Monica’s honor for every home run he hits this season.

Orioles vs. Red Sox Game 2

Greetings from Camden Yards, where the Orioles will take on Boston for the second of a three-game series.

*The big news out of today was the news that Manny Machado was handed a five-game suspension by MLB. Machado could always drop the appeal, which won’t be heard for a week, but the hope is he can get his punishment reduced a little bit. In a perfect world, it looks like the Orioles would prefer he miss next week’s Tampa series, which also has an off day prior. That off day wouldn’t count but could help the O’s if they chose to option a reliever and add a position player in Machado’s absence.

*Adam Jones is at DH for the second consecutive day with what the centerfielder called general soreness around his heel. Manager Buck Showalter said he hopes to put Jones back in centerfield on Wednesday and if it’s not better by the end of this home stand he will get X-rays.

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

Chris Tillman RHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Brock Holt LF
Xander Bogaerts 3B
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Daniel Nava RF
A.J. Pierzynski C
Grady Sizemore CF
Jonathan Herrera SS

Brandon Workman RHP

Machado gets 5-games, will appeal

BALTIMORE—In his apology following Monday night’s game, Manny Machado said a suspension from Major League Baseball had crossed his mind. What the 21-year-old didn’t say was that he would go along with whatever punishment the League handed down.

Machado was sentenced to a five-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon —for his actions in Sunday’s benches-clearing brawl with the Oakland Athletics— and plans on appealing the punishment to lessen the sentence. The All-Star third baseman, who was ejected from the 11-1 loss to Oakland, threw his bat toward third base after two consecutive brushback pitches from reliever Fernando Abad. Abad was not suspended, but fined an undisclosed amount.

“When things happen like this, you’re definitely going to learn,” said Machado, who originally said the bat slipped out of his hands. “It’s going to make me a better player and it’s going to make me a better man. Looking forward, I hope I learn from it and don’t make the same mistake.”

It wasn’t just the bat-throwing that put Machado in hot water. Things started Friday when Machado took exception to a hard tag by Josh Donaldson. He also hit A’s catcher Derek Norris several times in the helmet on a backswing and didn’t show any regret or apologies, with several Oakland players feeling like Machado actually took pleasure in it instead. Machado -who said the backswings were unintentional— said after watching the replays and thinking things over, he came in on Monday full of remorse.

“We all make mistakes,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s going to happen. At that point, I let my emotions take over. In this situation, I think you’ve got to control a little better, and it’s something we’re just going to have to move on from and learn from it. I got the best of it and I learned.”

Still, Machado’s reputation has clearly taken a hit around the League as Donaldson made no bones about not accepting Machado’s apology and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette telling Spors Illustrated on Monday that sending the third baseman to the Minors Leagues is an option.

Machado apologized to his Oriole teammates before Monday’s game, with the team late taking their typical batting practice as several players aired their thoughts.

“Our guys care, and they care about Manny and what he can do to help our team, too,” manager Buck Showalter said Monday. “We all at some point start reflecting on the impact our actions have on other people, not only the Baltimore Oriole people, but the fans and everything. In today’s world it’s hard to handle all of it internally — and rightfully so. And when you run things up the flagpole, players in spots get run up and it’s a very short fall … sometimes we make it easier to fall.”

Machado: it’s going to make me a better player and a better man

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who was apologetic in addressing the media after Monday’s game, hopes he can learn from his involvement in Sunday’s benches-clearing brawl and move forward accordingly.

“When things happen like this you’re definitely going to learn,” said Machado, who is awaiting punishment by the League that will likely come Tuesday and is expected to include a suspension. “It’s going to make me a better player and it’s going to make me a better man. Looking forward, I hope I learn from it and don’t make the same mistake.”

The 21-year-old Machado, who did speak pre-game except for a pre-recorded interview with the team-owned MASN Network, elaborated on his earlier apology and said he used the Orioles advanced meeting Monday afternoon to clear the air with his teammates.

“You go up there and say what you are feeling,” he said. “I went up there and apologized to everybody here.”

Machado also apologized to the Oakland A’s, singling out catcher Derek Norris, and the fans and said hitting Norris with his backswings was unintentional. Machado said when the incident occurred Sunday he didn’t think that Oakland players — given the situation — would think he was being sincere. The All-Star first got into it on Friday, taking exception to a hard tag by Josh Donaldson. On Sunday after a second consecutive inside pitch from reliever Fernando Abad, Machado’s bat went flying from his hands after a swing, sailing past third base. That was enough to empty both benches and cause Abad and Machado to be tossed.

Machado said after Sunday’s game the bat slipped out of his hands and after watching the replays and thinking things over, he came in on Monday full of remorse.

“We all make mistakes,” he said. “It’s tough. It’s going to happen. At that point, I let my emotions take over. In this situation, I think you’ve got to control a little better, and it’s something we’re just going to have to move on from and learn from it. I got the best of it, and I learned.”

Were Machado’s teammates, who also addressed him on Monday, angry with his display over the weekend?

“You know what? Not really,” Machado said. :Obviously in situations like that, you get mad at not the situation but how it happened. We’re all on the same page now. They all have my back and that’s the only thing that matters. From now all, we will learn how deal with it in different ways and how to approach it.”

“Our guys care, and they care about Manny and what he can do to help our team, too,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We all at some point start reflecting on the impact our actions have on other people, not only the Baltimore Oriole people but the fans and everything. In today’s world it’s hard to handle all of it internally — and rightfully so. And when you run things up the flagpole, players in spots get run up and it’s a very short fall … sometimes we make it easier to fall.”

Showalter said he noticed the backswings on Sunday and mentioned something about it to bench coach John Russell. The A’s took particular exception. Norris was removed from the game as a result of one of the backswings, and both Norris and fellow catcher John Jaso had choice words for Machado during Sunday’s postgame.

And while Norris told reporters on Monday that he accepted the televised apology, Donaldson did not.

“Words are words,” he said. “You have to go out there and prove something every day. It takes a long time in the game to develop a [good] reputation as a player, and a short time to lose it. The only thing to get that back is to go out there, and play it the right way.”
 
When asked about Machado’s apology, A’s manager Bob Melvin said: “Good for him.

“I would like for us to just put it behind us, and go out and play today.”

Showalter would also like the incident behind his club, saying Monday he wasn’t sure if there would be carryover when the two teams play again next month. The Orioles open the second half of the season with a series in Oakland.

“I apologized to everyone. And anyone,” Machado said. “I didn’t mean to do anything bad or anything, there was no intention. And when I see them again I will get somebody and apologize, that’s what it is. We are all grown men in here. That’s something that I shouldn’t have done and now I have to deal with the consequences.”


Whatever those may be.

“It’s crossed my mind,” Machado said of being suspended, “but when we get to that point, we’ll have to see what we’re going to do.”

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