Bundy's consistency a boon to Orioles

Starter fans 7 over 7 frames in ninth quality start of season

Bundy's consistency a boon to Orioles

BALTIMORE -- A year ago, Dylan Bundy wasn't even in the Orioles' starting rotation. Now, it's tough to imagine where they'd be without him.

Sure, the O's weren't able to capitalize on the righty's latest quality start, a seven-inning outing that ended as a loss in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by the Twins. But on the heels of a bullpen-crushing four-inning outing from Ubaldo Jimenez, plus the O's pitching scuffles as a whole this month, Bundy remains rock solid.

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O's offense can't back Bundy's 7 K's

O's offense can't back Bundy's 7 K's

BALTIMORE -- The Twins used a dominating shutout effort from road warrior Ervin Santana to keep rolling, edging the Orioles, 2-0, in Tuesday's series-clinching win at Camden Yards for their fifth win in six games.

Minnesota, which improved to 13-5 on the road this season and entered the day trailing only Houston for the best road winning percentage in baseball, ensured it would remain alone atop the American League Central with the win. The O's -- who entered the day with an MLB-best .750 home winning percentage -- suffered their third consecutive loss at Camden Yards.

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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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O's keeping rotation options open

Jimenez scheduled to start Sunday, but Showalter planning to re-evaluate

O's keeping rotation options open

BALTIMORE -- Ubaldo Jimenez's next scheduled start is Sunday, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will continue to go day by day with the rotation. They will evaluate where they are when the struggling righty's turn comes up next.

"I'm going to give these guys an extra day with the off-day [on Thursday] every chance we get," Showalter said of the rotation. "We will see what happens when we get there [to Sunday]. That's when he's scheduled to start again. But I'm going to keep [Kevin] Gausman and Dylan [Bundy] on that extra day with the off-day."

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#ASGWorthy Jones hammers historic HR

O's slugger sets Camden Yards record with 125th round-tripper

#ASGWorthy Jones hammers historic HR

BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is the new home run leader at Camden Yards.

In a 14-7 loss to the Twins on Monday night, Jones' two-out, three-run homer off Kyle Gibson capped a five-run second inning and gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead, solidifying the outfielder's spot up top.

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Hardy doubles after ball lands on top of bag

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Hardy doubles after ball lands on top of bag

At first, J.J. Hardy's fourth-inning at-bat against the Twins on Monday night didn't seem particularly impressive. Facing Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, Hardy chopped one softly down the third-base line. Miguel Sano easily got behind the ball, and it looked like an easy out.

Ah, but that was exactly what Hardy wanted them to think.

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Jones homers, but pitching can't stop Twins

Jones homers, but pitching can't stop Twins

BALTIMORE -- The Twins roared back from a five-run deficit, led by Max Kepler's homer and four-RBI night, en route to totaling a season-high 21-hit output and cruising past the Orioles, 14-7, on Monday night at Camden Yards.

The series-opening win ensured the Twins would remain atop the American League Central for another night.

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Ubaldo, 'pen giving O's cause for concern

Righty yet to get on track, gives up big lead in loss

Ubaldo, 'pen giving O's cause for concern

BALTIMORE -- Ugly. There was no other way to put Monday night for the Orioles, who watched a five-run second inning lead over the Twins morph into a 14-7 series-opening loss -- one of their largest margins of defeat this season -- that put their pitching woes on full display.

While the O's pitching exceeded expectations most of April, Monday's game was another reminder of their issues, both in the rotation and bullpen, at a time when the offense is starting to come alive.

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Wilson replaces Castro in O's bullpen

Wilson replaces Castro in O's bullpen

BALTIMORE-- Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's game against the Twins, adding a fresh arm to the bullpen.

Scratched from his most recent Triple-A game, Wilson is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA in six games (one start) with the O's this season. He had a 4.87 ERA in four starts with the Tides.

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In loss, Miley still finds one of his best outings

In loss, Miley still finds one of his best outings

BALTIMORE -- Despite a 3-1 loss to Toronto on Sunday, Orioles starter Wade Miley had one of his best outings of the 2017 season.

Miley went seven innings, allowing six hits and no earned runs. The lefty's only mistake of the afternoon followed a two-out error in the first inning by Jonathan Schoop, when Devon Travis drove the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats for a three-run home run.

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Hays makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Hays makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones, Miley strong, but O's fall short vs. Jays

Jones, Miley strong, but O's fall short vs. Jays

BALTIMORE -- Marco Estrada demonstrated pure dominance in Sunday's series finale against the Orioles. The Blue Jays' righty struck out a career-high 12 batters in Toronto's 3-1 victory.

Estrada (3-2) held the red-hot Baltimore offense to five hits, allowing just one run through 7 2/3 innings. It was the first time the Orioles have been held to less than two runs since May 7.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Flaherty heads to DL; O's call up Janish

Flaherty heads to DL; O's call up Janish

BALTIMORE -- Paul Janish joined the Orioles on Sunday to replace Ryan Flaherty, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis prior to the series finale against the Blue Jays.

Flaherty played in two games at Detroit last week, but did not see the field Friday or Saturday. The infielder is hitting 233 with three RBIs this season.

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Castillo seals O's win with another late HR

Castillo seals O's win with another late HR

BALTIMORE -- The "beef" chants at Camden Yards are unmistakable. And at this point, they're hard to stop.

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Friday night's hero with a walk-off homer, delivered the big blow again for Baltimore with a three-run go ahead shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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O's hope Gausman builds off quality start

Right-hander allows two runs in six innings against Blue Jays

O's hope Gausman builds off quality start

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles had high expectations for Kevin Gausman when he was named the Opening Day starter this season, but he has gotten off to a rough start. However after a solid outing Saturday in the Orioles' 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays, the right-hander had a performance that could turn momentum in his favor.

Gausman pitched six innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits and a walk. He exited the game with a 4-2 lead. The right-hander also recorded five strikeouts, which is his second-highest total of the season.

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Mandy Bell is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Showalter comfortable with one lefty in 'pen

Bleier is only southpaw available in relief vs. Blue Jays

Showalter comfortable with one lefty in 'pen

BALTIMORE -- An overused bullpen has led to a lot of transactions for the Orioles in the first quarter of the season. Baltimore now is left with just one left-handed reliever on the active roster, but manager Buck Showalter is fine with that, for now, given the club's upcoming matchups.

"We did it because the teams we are playing," Showalter said. "The team we just got through playing, how right-handed [the Tigers] are and how right-handed [Toronto] is. We are in a position to make some adjustments if we get into more left-handed dominated teams."

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O's acquire pitcher Katz from White Sox

O's acquire pitcher Katz from White Sox

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Alex Katz from the White Sox on Saturday afternoon in exchange for international signing bonus slots Nos. 45 and 75.

Katz has posted a 3.09 ERA -- allowing 35 ER over 102 innings with 114 strikeouts -- over 62 career Minor League games. He will be assigned to Class A Advanced Frederick.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castillo on an #ASGWorthy tear since return

Castillo on an #ASGWorthy tear since return

BALTIMORE -- Perhaps the rest did him well. Or maybe he's been able to channel the nerves of being with a new team. Whatever the cause, Welington Castillo has been on fire since returning from the disabled list.

The Orioles' backstop, signed this winter to replace longtime catcher Matt Wieters, homered twice and delivered the first walk-off homer of his career -- at any level -- in Friday's 5-3, 10-inning win over the Blue Jays.

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Castillo's 2-HR day helps O's walk off on Jays

Castillo's 2-HR day helps O's walk off on Jays

BALTIMORE -- Welington Castillo delivered his first career walk-off homer, a two-run shot, as part of a two-homer night that saw the Orioles outlast the Blue Jays, 5-3, in Friday's 10-inning marathon.

The win, which marked the fourth walk-off victory this season for the O's, snapped a stretch of six consecutive one-run losses for Baltimore. The game started with a 30-minute delay, and also had a delay of 58 minutes prior to the bottom of the 10th inning.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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Blue Jays' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

Blue Jays' go-ahead run overturned in 7th

BALTIMORE -- The Blue Jays thought they scored the go-ahead run during the seventh inning of Friday night's 5-3, 10-inning loss to the Orioles on a strikeout of all things, only to see the call overturned on a replay.

Justin Smoak was batting with the bases loaded and the score tied at three when he swung and missed at a pitch from reliever Darren O'Day. That was strike three, but the ball bounced away from catcher Welington Castillo and Smoak ran to first while Chris Coghlan -- who was on third -- appeared to score.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado takes unscheduled off-day in stride

Third baseman back in lineup Friday after sitting Thursday with sore finger

Machado takes unscheduled off-day in stride

BALTIMORE -- Manny Machado joked several times on Friday afternoon that he was benched from Thursday's game. In reality, the third baseman -- who was in good spirits -- is battling a sore index finger that improved enough for Machado to take the field Friday.

"It's not a big deal; that's normal stuff. That's normal baseball," Machado said, of the discomfort he felt from hitting a couple balls. "It's just part of the game. I don't think that's one of the reasons why. I could have played. I just got benched."

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Honorary Bat Girl winner shares survivor story

Amber Shaw, who threw out Friday's first pitch, was twice diagnosed with breast cancer

Honorary Bat Girl winner shares survivor story

BALTIMORE -- Orioles fans across the country dream of throwing out the first pitch in front of a home crowd at Camden Yards, but for lifelong fan Amber Shaw, throwing out the first pitch of Friday night's O's-Blue Jays game was a moment to represent women battling breast cancer around the world.

Shaw was the winner of the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest for her fight against breast cancer. The program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. The winners are selected by fan votes along with a guest judging panel that includes some MLB players who have been personally affected by breast cancer, including Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, who lost his grandmother to the disease.

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Jones talks racial incident in video for son

Orioles outfielder addresses situation on Players' Tribune

Jones talks racial incident in video for son

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has not been shy about speaking out following the incident at Fenway Park on May 1, when he was the target of racial slurs yelled by a fan. The Red Sox banned the fan, who also threw a bag of peanuts onto the field at Jones, from the stadium for life.

Jones continued to tell his side of the story Friday, when, in an essay and video for The Players' Tribune, he attempted to explain the situation to his 3-year-old son.

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3 HRs not enough as Tigers hand Bundy loss

3 HRs not enough as Tigers hand Bundy loss

DETROIT -- The Tigers and O's wrapped up a wild series with another battle of long drives on a hot Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run and Victor Martinez added a two-run shot, as the Tigers handed O's youngster Dylan Bundy his first rough start of the season, taking the three-game series with a 6-5 win.

The Tigers won a series from the O's for the first time since May 2014.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers snap Bundy's streak of 8 quality starts

Orioles righty gives up season-high six runs in six innings

Tigers snap Bundy's streak of 8 quality starts

DETROIT -- Dylan Bundy entered Thursday as one of just two starters in the American League to throw quality starts in all of his outings this season.

But Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez's two-run fifth-inning homer snapped that streak, as Bundy -- the O's best starter -- was tagged for a season-high six earned runs in Thursday's 6-5 series loss.

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Machado played a little catcher on his day off

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Machado played a little catcher on his day off

Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave Manny Machado the day off due to a finger injury before the Orioles' 6-5 matinee loss to the Tigers on Thursday. But the star third baseman didn't spend his free time like a normal person would -- namely napping, playing video games, generally just goofing off in his pajamas all day. Instead, Machado was like the guy in your office that shows back up a day before his vacation is over because he's excited to go into meetings. 

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O's sing, share memories for Brooks' 80th

O's sing, share memories for Brooks' 80th

DETROIT -- Orioles legend Brooks Robinson celebrated his 80th trip around the sun on Thursday, and the O's honored him with a barrage of messages, including a team rendition of "Happy Birthday." 

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said that despite the generational gap, players certainly understand Hall of Famer Robinson's immense talent and his impact on the game.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ubaldo's 5-inning start continues trend for O's

Bullpen continues to be taxed as Baltimore starters can't get deep into outings

Ubaldo's 5-inning start continues trend for O's

DETROIT -- Another game, another five-inning start. At least that's what it feels like for the Orioles, who are dealing with an overworked bullpen and a rotation -- with the exception of Dylan Bundy -- that's struggling to get into the sixth.

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was the latest culprit in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers, giving up five earned runs over five innings to leave his season ERA at 6.52 and again force the 'pen to pick up the slack.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.