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A source tells Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Manny Machado is expected to have season-ending knee surgery within a week.

Machado has been on the disabled list since August 12 with a sprained ligament in his right knee, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that the third baseman had no timetable for resuming baseball activities. It's a huge loss for the first-place Orioles, who will now have to rely more heavily on Chris Davis and others to fill the position. Machado's season got off to a late start after left knee surgery last season, playing in just 82 games this year.
Aug 22 - 6:10 PM

Kevin Gausman struck out seven but allowed three runs over five frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

Gausman was cruising along in the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners. He hit a rough patch in the fourth, though, yielding three hits (including a home run). He then served up a solo shot to Javier Baez in the fifth and was pulled after needing 101 pitches to cover five innings. Gausman will try to bounce back next week versus the Rays.
Aug 22 - 5:36 PM

Nelson Cruz set a new career high with his 34th homer in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

The line-drive blast to left field just barely found its way into the basket at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately for the Orioles, it represented their lone run and one of just five hits (all the rest were singles) on the day. Cruz is sporting a .258/.326/.520 batting line for the season and has driven in 87 runs.
Aug 22 - 5:14 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that there's no timetable for when Manny Machado (knee) will resume baseball activities.

That means he's obviously not going to be ready for activation when first eligible on August 27, and in all likelihood it sounds like it will be a while before he returns. Showalter added that he should know more about Machado's status on Saturday. The star third baseman has been out since mid-August with a sprained right knee.
Aug 22 - 12:59 PM

Wei-Yin Chen improved to 13-4 after allowing three runs in 7 1/3 innings Wednesday against the White Sox.

Darren O'Day and Zach Britton combined to make a 4-3 lead stand up. Chen is now just two wins away from being the fourth Orioles left-hander to get to 15 in the last 30 years. Jeff Ballard had 18 in 1989, Jimmy Key had 16 in 1997 and Erik Bedard had 15 in 2006. Before that, Orioles lefties like Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Mike Flanagan and Scott McGregor used to do it regularly.
Aug 20 - 11:11 PM

Steve Pearce hit his 13th homer Wednesday and has six extra-base hits in his last four games.

Pearce had a putrid July and was being turned back into a bench player before Manny Machado got hurt. Given a reprieve, he suddenly found his stroke again Sunday, collecting as many extra-base hits these last four days as he had total the previous month and a half. The Orioles will find room for him as long as he hits, so those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him another look.
Aug 20 - 11:05 PM

J.J. Hardy admitted Tuesday that his left thumb injury is "definitely not in the past."

You wouldn't know it by the way Hardy is swinging the bat, as he's 7-for-20 with a home run since returning from the injury. As long as he doesn't have a setback, it appears it's nothing to be overly concerned about. "I don’t know," said Hardy how he's managed to be productive. "Maybe I’m not trying to do too much because I can’t. That’s my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past. … Swing and misses don’t feel good. I’ve just got to limit that. I’m taking less swings [in batting practice] and probably at about 50 percent."
Aug 20 - 8:58 AM

Chris Tillman struck out nine White Sox hitters, allowing just one run over eight innings in the Orioles' 5-1 victory on Tuesday.

Tillman served up a solo home run to Jose Abreu in the first inning, but he buckled down to hold the Sox scoreless over the next seven frames. The right-hander gave up just three hits and a walk on the evening en route to his 10th win. Tillman won't match his 16-win performance of 2013, but he's somewhat quietly put together a nice season again this year. Tillman owns a 3.55 ERA heading into Monday's start against the Rays.
Aug 19 - 11:03 PM

Delmon Young went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the White sox.

Young had an RBI single in the sixth inning, and he came around to score on Chris Davis' two-run double. The 28-year-old had seen his average slip below .300 with a bad stretch in recent weeks, but he's now back at .301 after Tuesday's game. Young has a .765 OPS in 186 at-bats.
Aug 19 - 11:02 PM

Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run scored against the White Sox on Tuesday.

Jones got the O's on the board with an RBI single in the first inning, his 76th RBI of the season. He later doubled and scored in the Orioles' three-run sixth inning. The outfielder is enjoying another terrific season at the dish, batting .285/.314/.475 with 23 home runs and 71 runs scored.
Aug 19 - 11:00 PM

Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Hundley hit his fourth home run of the year, a solo job, in the seventh inning. Much more impressive was his stolen base, just the eighth of his career. Hundley has played sparingly with Caleb Joseph swinging a hot bat, and he'll continue to serve primarily as a backup from here out.
Aug 19 - 10:56 PM

Miguel Gonzalez will rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Sunday versus the Cubs.

He'll regain his rotation spot at the expense of Ubaldo Jimenez, who has been demoted to the bullpen. Gonzalez has posted a 3.80 ERA over 20 games -- 19 starts -- for Baltimore this season.
Aug 19 - 6:51 PM

The Orioles have moved Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen.

It's the right move but one that undoubtedly stings given that Jimenez is just 20 starts into his four-year, $50 million contract. The 30-year-old has posted a 4.83 ERA over those 20 outings and leads the American League with 66 walks even after spending time on the disabled list. Miguel Gonzalez will rejoin the Orioles' rotation on Sunday, and the move also means that Kevin Gausman will keep his job.
Aug 19 - 6:44 PM

Orioles prospect catcher Chance Sisco went 3-for-5 for Low-A Delmarva on Monday.

Sisco has struggled in August, hitting .283/.358/.300 with one double, lowering his season line to .335/.406/.429 with 22 doubles, one triple, and four home runs. He has the potential to be a serviceable defensive catcher who hits .280 with 10-15 home runs. He will move through the minor leagues slowly as he works on his defense, and is unlikely to reach the major leagues until late-2017.
Aug 19 - 10:16 AM

Nelson Cruz swatted his 32nd home run of the season in Monday's 8-2 win against the White Sox.

Cruz made it a 3-0 game with a sixth-inning solo home run off of a tired Chris Sale. He also walked, finishing the night 1-for-3. Cruz has slumped hard since the All-Star break, but still has a productive .260/.329/.516 slash line with 84 RBI.
Aug 18 - 11:31 PM


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