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Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pearce has slumped out of the All-Star break, going just 4-for-23 with two doubles, two runs and no RBIs.
Impact: Pearce turned into one of the best kept secrets in June and early-July, but he has hit a rough spot. He sat two games in a row in favor of Delmon Young. After returning to the lineup Friday, Pearce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. In his last four games, Pearce is 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Flaherty has started five of the last six games for the Orioles, but he is just 2-for-19 in that span.
Impact: Flaherty has been filling in primarily for Manny Machado, who has been out of the lineup for three straight days. Machado could return Saturday and that would put an end to most of Flaherty's action.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman pitched 6.2 innings on Friday facing the Mariners as he walked three and struck out three while only allowing one run during the game.
Impact: The rookie youngster pitched well enough for the quality start as he kept Mariners' hitters at bay for the night. Gausman didn't get the decision but he certainly pitched well enough as manager Buck Showalter had no problem having his young pitcher hurl 103 pitches on the night. Gausman will next take the mound on Thursday against the Angels.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: O'Day pitched two thirds of an inning on Friday facing the Mariners as he picked up his third win (3-1) of the season in relief.
Impact: It's been one of the better years for a middle reliever this season as O'Day continues to be masterful. He continues to get batters to swing and miss, lowering his ERA on the year to 1.00 while striking out 46 in 45 innings pitched.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI as he hit his 17th homer on the season against the Mariners on Friday in extra innings.
Impact: The homer was a game-winner for Davis as he's struggled mightily to stay on par with last season's totals. Davis' batting average (.203) is still hovering around the Mendoza-line but you've got to keep him active if he's on roster. The power obviously remains even during these rough stretches.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cruz (.276/.340/.546) smacked his 29th homer of the season on Friday facing the Mariners as he went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI.
Impact: The Orioles outfielder just continues to mash the ball as he drove in his 75th run on the season in the 10th inning win. Cruz is currently on pace to exceed his career averages in home runs and RBI.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) will start at Aberdeen on Tuesday, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Beyond the start Tuesday, Jimenez will likely make another rehab start at a more advanced level before he's ready to return to the Orioles' rotation in early August.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado, who is out again Friday with a sore back, could be used off the bench, and has a chance to start Saturday, Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: Friday will be Machado's fourth game in a row missed due to the strained lower back, but it sounds like he's nearing a return, and should be back in the lineup sometime this weekend.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (back) remains out of the lineup Friday, MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli reports.
Impact: He has a strained lower back, and will miss a fourth straight game as he's in too much pain and discomfort to play. He's still considered day-to-day, and Ryan Flaherty will get another start at third base.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Young was 2 for 4 with his fourth homer of the season in Thursday's 4-0 win at Seattle.
Impact: Young has plenty of pop, as shown by his .455 slugging percentage, but he simply doesn't play often enough to be a valuable asset in fantasy. Thursday marked his 46th game of the season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen won his fourth straight start Thursday, yielding five hits over eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory at Seattle.
Impact: Chen is 4-0 with a 2.92 ERA over his last four outings.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Weeks was placed on the 7-day DL Friday with a groin strain, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff reports.
Impact: He hasn't really fit into the Orioles' plans this year at the major league level, but he's getting on base at a .394 clip with Triple-A Norfolk. However, he's hitting for basically no power, with just one home run in 55 games.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young provided the bulk of the offense for the Orioles in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Mariners, going 2-for-4 at the plate with his fourth homer of the year and three RBI.
Impact: Young got a rare start at DH Tuesday, his first start since July 6. He improved his impressive season slash line to .317/.344/.455. If he keeps this up, Young could steal more at-bats away from Steve Pearce, who is currently mired in a 4-for-21 slump.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen (11-3) pitched a gem Thursday, tossing eight scoreless innings and allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out three batters in a 4-0 win over Seattle.
Impact: Chen now has four wins in a row. While he has a so-so 3.92 ERA and 1.26 WHIP, Chen's 11 wins have him tied for fourth in the AL. Chen is next set to take the mound Wednesday at home against the Angels.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Tillman was solid Wednesday.
Impact: Tillman allowed one run in six innings and faces the Angels next.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz went 0 for 4 on Wednesday.
Impact: Cruz is in a 5-for-40 slump with 12 strikeouts. The player whose Twitter handle is @ncboomstick23 hasn't seen his stick go boom much these days. He's been a bust of late.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pearce is out of the lineup for the second straight game Thursday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: After a scorching hot stretch, Pearce has finally began to cool down a bit, and will warm the bench for the second game in a row. Nelson Cruz will take over his spot in left field, while Delmon Young serves as the DH.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (back) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Machado was a late scratch Tuesday due to lower back tightness, and will miss his third straight contest as a result of the ailment. Ryan Flaherty will once again be awarded the start at the hot corner in Machado's stead. If the 22-year-old is unable to return to the lineup at some point this weekend, the Orioles may have to consider a DL stint for their regular third baseman.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Royals traded Paredes to the Orioles on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.
Impact: After being designated for assignment by the Royals last week, Paredes will join the Orioles and serve as outfield depth at Norfolk for the time being. The 25-year-old went 2-for-10 in nine games with the big club earlier this season, but he hit .305/.332/.457 with five homers and 17 steals in 65 games with Triple-A Omaha, and he could end up being a bench option for Baltimore down the road.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman allowed one run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six innings Wednesday against the Angels, but came away with no decision.
Impact: Tillman left the game with the Orioles in the lead, but Tommy Hunter coughed up two runs in the eighth to send Baltimore home with a loss. The right-hander has been very good over his last nine starts. Since June 5, Tillman has cut his ERA down from 5.20 to 3.92. He'll face the Angels again Tuesday, this time at home.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pearce is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Pearce has cooled off over the past week, with just four hits in his last 19 at-bats, but he's still sitting on a .918 OPS for the season. He'll give way to David Lough on Wednesday, but Pearce will likely continue to occupy left field and the two-hole in the batting order for Baltimore on a near-everyday basis.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado (back) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: A late scratch from Tuesday's lineup due to lower-back tightness, Machado will sit again Wednesday as Ryan Flaherty draws another start at the hot corner. Machado was reportedly treated with an anti-inflammatory injection after Tuesday's game, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he's held out of the lineup Thursday as well.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez won Tuesday for the first time in five starts, limiting the Angels to two runs and three hits over 7 2-3 innings.
Impact: Gonzalez has been pretty steady over his last nine starts, going 4-2 with a 3.36 ERA. Tuesday marked the third straight straight in which he completed at least 7 2-3 innings.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schoop connected on his eighth home run of the season Tuesday in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Angels.
Impact: Schoop is generally not counted on for his bat, but when Manny Machado (back) was scratched from the lineup, he moved up to the seventh spot in the order. Following J.J Hardy's RBI double in the sixth, Schoop delivered a two-run shot to center to make it a three-run inning on reliever Mike Morin. Each of Schoop's homers this season have come on the road.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hardy was a difference maker Tuesday against the Angels, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in the Orioles' 4-2 win.
Impact: Hardy is now up to 21 doubles on the season and ranks second among qualified shortstops in the majors in batting average, hitting .284. These stats help ease the impact of Hardy's drastic power outage this season. Hardy had hit 30, 22, and 25 home runs in his first three seasons in Baltimore, but has managed just four long balls this year. His average is the highest it has been since 2008, and his OBP is the best it's been since his one season on the Twins in 2010.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter retired the only batter he faced against the Angels Tuesday to earn his sixth hold of the season.
Impact: Hunter was removed from his closing duties and placed on the DL in the middle of May. After returning, he allowed four runs - three earned - in his first three games. Since then, it has been smooth sailing for Hunter. Though he is not closing, the Orioles have put him into high pressure situations and it appears he and Darren O'Day are splitting duties as the top setup man. Since June 18, Hunter has not allowed an earned run in 12 appearances spanning 14 innings and he has not walked a batter in that time either. Hunter also has four holds since July 5.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton (arm) threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday to close the door on the Angels and earn his 18th save of the season.
Impact: There was some concern for Britton after he was hit by a comebacker Monday, but he returned the next day to pick up another save. Britton also struck out two batters Tuesday.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez earned his fifth win by allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and four walks Tuesday against the Angels.
Impact: Gonzalez, who made a minor league start to stay fresh over the All-Star break, allowed his only runs on a two-run homer to Mike Trout. Four walks is a bit more than one would like to see, but Gonzalez has pitched into the eighth inning in each of his last three starts. A model of consistency, Gonzalez has given up three earned runs or less in 15 of his 17 starts this season.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado was a late scratch Tuesday with lower back tightness, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: Ryan Flaherty will slot in at third base. It doesn't sound like a major injury, and owners should consider Machado day-to-day.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) will throw another bullpen session Wednesday, and if he doesn't show improvement, the Orioles may send him to the spring training complex in Florida instead of sending him on a rehab assignment, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: He will be evaluated following Wednesday's session, but it doesn't sound like he's a lock to join the O's rotation anytime soon if he doesn't show improvement Wednesday.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Guilmet was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A Encina reports.
Impact: The Orioles needed a roster spot for Miguel Gonzalez, who was called up to rejoin the rotation Tuesday. Guilmet had just a 5.23 ERA in 10.1 innings out of the bullpen, so he was expendable.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was officially recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to start Tuesday's game, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A Encina reports.
Impact: He'll start against the Angels on normal rest after being sent down over the All-Star break to remain on a normal pitching schedule. In 89 innings with the O's this season, Gonzalez has a 4.04 ERA, but his 1.45 WHIP and 5.25 FIP suggest he hasn't been nearly that good.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones went 2-for-4 with a pair of two-run homers in Monday's win over the Angels.
Impact: When Jones makes contact, the ball is going a long way. Jones has three home runs and nine RBI since the All-Star break heading into Tuesday's game. On the flip side, Jones has at least one strikeout in nine of his last 10 games.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Norris held the Angels to two runs - one earned - on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings Monday to earn his eighth win of the season.
Impact: Norris stayed fresh with a start in Double-A during the All-Star break. He was hardly untouchable, but he stranded Angels on the basepaths for the most part.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton's right arm (glove side) is still stiff after getting hit by a line drive in his last outing, and he will test his range of motion before Tuesday's game, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: It's not clear how much impact a stiff non-throwing arm would have on a relief pitcher, but nevertheless, there's a chance he might not be available Tuesday.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Norris allowed two runs - one earned - over 6 2-3 innings in Monday's 4-2 win at the Angels.
Impact: Norris is 5-1 with a solid 3.31 ERA over his last six starts.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Jones hit a pair of two-run homers in Monday's 4-2 win over the Angels.
Impact: Jones is 4 for 12 with three homers and nine RBIs over the last three games.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) could begin a rehab assignment at the end of the week, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: Jimenez will throw a bullpen session either Tuesday or Wednesday, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter apparently leaning towards the latter. Assuming the bullpen session and rehab outing go off without a hitch, Jimenez could perhaps return July 31 against the Angels, or in early August against the Mariners.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clevenger was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports.
Impact: With the Orioles needing to open up a 25-man roster spot for Monday's starter, Bud Norris, the team no longer had the luxury of holding on to three catchers. Still, the Orioles have had difficulty squeezing offense out of the combination of Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Clevenger received a longer look with the big club in the weeks to come.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Young singled in his only at-bat after entering Sunday's game as a pinch hitter in Baltimore's loss to Oakland.
Impact: Young made it into the game in mop-up time. His playing time has been all but eliminated as the Orioles have stuck with Steve Pearce, who has enjoyed a breakout performance over the last couple of months. Young has been relegated to the bench and he has not started since July 6. As long as Pearce rakes, Young's playing time will continue to evaporate.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Webb surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk while retiring two batters in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.
Impact: Webb saw his first action in eight days due in part to the All-Star break and he did not do well while attempting to mop up Baltimore's loss to the Athletics. Webb was strong for most of the first half, finishing with a 2.48 ERA through the end of June, but seven runs allowed in four July appearances has ballooned his ERA by more than a run to 3.79 for the season.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen allowed three runs and five hits over five innings, earning the win in Saturday's 8-4 victory at Oakland.
Impact: Chen has won each of his three starts this month despite a 4.32 ERA. He is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five matchups against the A's.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: It was a memorable day for Jones, who went 2 for 5 with a homer and five RBIs in Saturday's 8-4 win at Oakland.
Impact: Jones also stole two bases, giving him six on the season. He continues to do it all for fantasy owners.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in four innings in the Orioles' 10-2 loss to the Athletics on Sunday.
Impact: The 23-year-old let in five runs for the third time this season in just eight starts. Outside of those three games, he's allowed four runs in five outings. Despite taking the loss, Gausman is 4-3 on the year. He's been up and down from the minors all season, and this start won't help his case to stay in the rotation for the rest of the season.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) won't make a rehab start Wednesday, but will instead throw another bullpen session in the coming days, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: His bullpen session Sunday was good, but not good enough for him to go out on a rehab start. He will be reevaluated following his next bullpen session. This will push back a potential return to the O's rotation into August.
July 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schoop is out of the lineup Sunday vs. the Athletics, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: It seems to be just a routine day off for Schoop. Ryan Flaherty will cover the keystone for him in the Orioles' series finale.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markakis went 4-for-5 with two runs in Saturday's win over the Athletics.
Impact: Markakis slugged over .400 in each of his first seven big league seasons. However, he bottomed out with a .356 slugging percentage in 2013, and four singles Saturday show why he's shaping up to slug under .400 again this year.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones went 2-for-4, homered, and had five RBI in Saturday's win over the Athletics.
Impact: It was just the second home run for Jones this month after he hit nine in June. He also entered the game with just one RBI since July 3.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen notched his 10th win after allowing three runs in five innings against the Athletics on Saturday.
Impact: In his first appearance in nine days, Chen threw just 86 pitches but departed after pitching just long enough to be the pitcher of record. Though the Orioles got the win and he's been efficient, he hasn't thrown over 100 pitches since June 18, despite allowing three runs or less in four of his five turns since that time.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton entered Saturday's game with two runners on base and two outs in the ninth inning, but he struck out Nick Punto to earn his 16th save of the season.
Impact: The Orioles took a four-run lead in the top of the ninth, which left Britton without a save situation if he had started the inning. Instead, Darren O'Day allowed two batters to reach, which prompted Britton to get in the game. It was a good rebound performance for Britton after a meltdown Friday in which he allowed three runs in a blown save.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 5-4 walkoff loss at Oakland.
Impact: Machado is hitting .429 with six homers and 10 RBIs over his last 13 games.
Sat. July 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Machado went 2-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI as he belted his 10th homer of the year against the Athletics on Friday.
Impact: As of June 27, Machado has raised his batting average from .239 to .274. The O's third baseman has been particularly on fire of late, hitting six home runs during the same span while scoring eight runs and driving in eight RBI. Machado certainly has the talent to be one of the better corner infielders in the league over the rest of the season.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schoop hit a 399-foot home run as he went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI against the Athletics on Friday.
Impact: Although he continues to struggle with contact rate and batting average, Schoop is still doing enough with the bat to stay in the lineup most nights. The 22-year old second baseman has a bright future with the Orioles but will likely remain inconsistent for the rest of the year.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Britton blew his third save of the season on Friday against the Athletics as he gave up a walk-off three-run homer to Josh Donaldson, allowing three runs in the ninth inning.
Impact: Even with the blown save and his second loss, Britton's ERA remains a paltry 1.86 on the season. Britton gave up three consecutive hits without recording an out in the inning, but he should get back on track next time out and isn't in any danger of losing the closer's role.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman pitched 6.2 strong innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six in a no-decision against the Athletics on Friday.
Impact: Although he lived dangerously with 11 flyball outs on the night, Tillman was robbed of a win when closer Zach Britton couldn't hold a two-run lead in the ninth. Tillman lowered his ERA to 4.03 on the season and faces the red-hot Angels next Wednesday.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) will throw another bullpen session Sunday and if that goes well, a rehab outing Wednesday could be in the cards, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: He projects to be back with the Orioles when the team returns from the current road trip on July 29, so a late-July, early-August return to the rotation could happen if his rehab assignment goes well.
Fri. July 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez went six innings and allowed three runs in Thursday's start for Triple-A Norfolk and he will be recalled to start June 22, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Gonzalez was sent down to Triple-A to stay fresh and avoid a long layover between starts during MLB's All-Star break. He will now start next Tuesday's game against the Angels on normal rest.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) threw off a mound Thursday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Jimenez, who is targeting a July 29 return, said his ankle felt noticeably better Thursday. The expectations is that he'll make one rehab start, which is tentatively scheduled for July 23.
Thu. July 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Orioles do not plan to put an innings cap on Gausman during the second half, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: After shuttling between the minor leagues and the big club several times already prior to the All-Star break, Gausman was effectively on an innings count for most of the first half, compiling only 83.2 frames between Double-A, Triple-A and the big leagues. However, it appears manager Buck Showalter is ready to take the kid gloves off Gausman, who should be in the rotation to stay as the Orioles chase down their first AL East crown since 1997. He's had good success during his seven turns with the Orioles so far this year, going 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.25 WHIP, and could become the team's de facto ace with Chris Tillman mostly struggling this season and Ubaldo Jimenez not living up to expectations after signing a massive deal in the offseason.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chen will start Saturday against the Athletics, MASN Sports reports. He will be on eight days of rest between starts due to the All-Star break.
Impact: Chen has been right on pace with most of his 2012 and 2013 numbers. However, he has allowed 17 home runs in 104 innings this season -- the same number he allowed in 137 innings last season. Nonetheless, Chen remains one of Baltimore's most dependable starters.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman will start Baltimore's first game after the All-Star break, Friday against the A's, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Tillman still ends up getting an extra day of rest after making his previous start last Saturday. After making 20 starts in the first half, Tillman is on pace to equal or surpass his 2013 workload of 33 starts and 206.1 innings. His 2014 season has been less successful, with a 0.4 WAR , 4.11 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in the first half compared with a 4.4 WAR, 3.71 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 2013.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez (ankle) is targeting a July 29 return from the DL, MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Jimenez, who landed on the disabled list after twisting his ankle in a parking lot, is slated to make one rehab start on July 23 before being activated. The Orioles appear set to roll with a six-man rotation upon his return.
Wed. July 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Paredes was designated for assignment Wednesday, Fox Sports Kansas City's Joel Goldberg reports.
Impact: The Royals needed to make room on the 40-man roster after trading for Jason Frasor from the Rangers. Paredes was hitting .305 with five home runs and 17 steals in 280 plate appearances at Triple-A Omaha.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Davis hit a two-run homer Sunday.
Impact: Davis owns a .701 OPS after he was second in the big leagues at 1.004 last year. Surely he will do better after the break so fantasy owners should keep the faith.
Mon. July 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Gausman allowed one run in five innings for a cheap complete game.
Impact: The game was shortened by rain. "It's great," Gausman said. "Complete game in 78 pitches. I think that's got to be a record."
Mon. July 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Norris will throw a bullpen session Friday, before taking the mound Monday at the Angels, Eduardo A. Encina reports.
Impact: On Monday, Norris' outing at Double-A Bowie didn't go as planned -- three runs on four hits and five walks in 4.1 innings -- but he nonetheless managed to punch out seven. Alas, the appearance was intended to keep the right-hander on schedule, as his next appearance in the majors arrives next Monday.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman earned a win by allowing one run on four hits in a rain-shortened five-inning performance against the Yankees on Sunday.
Impact: Gausman may also get credit in some leagues for the complete game. Brett Gardner greeted him with a solo home run to lead off the game, but Gausman settled down and did not give up another run while throwing 47 of 78 pitches for strikes. He'll remain with the Orioles after the All-Star break and he will not have an innings limit in the second half of the season.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez will throw 90-95 pitches during his start at Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday.
Impact: Optioned to Triple-A on Saturday, Gonzalez will have an opportunity to continue pitching during the All-Star break. He'll likely return to the Orioles after the break as he looks to improve upon his 4-5 record and 4.04 ERA.
July 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wolf opted out of his contract with Triple-A Norfolk, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: After signing with the Orioles in June, Wolf appeared in 12 minor league contests, going 5-1 with a 4.41 ERA. The 37-year-old will become a free agent again and will likely look to sign on with another team in hopes of earning another chance in the major leagues.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman turned in a mediocre outing Saturday against the Yankees, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks over 6.2 innings.
Impact: Tillman only fanned four batters, as he'll finish the first half with just 74 strikeouts through 118.1 innings. He's cut down on the home runs this season, but his batted-ball profile hasn't changed, and his other peripherals are worrisome. The right-hander carries a 4.48 FIP and 4.79 xFIP into the All-Star break, and his 5.6 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 are far from encouraging.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: The Baltimore Orioles recalled Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday.
Impact: Clevenger hit .243 in 24 games for the Orioles earlier this season.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Gonzalez has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, a move that has nothing to do with his performance in Baltimore. The right-hander pitched eight strong innings Friday night against the New York Yankees. But he won't be needed again until well after the All-Star break, so the Orioles sent him to the minors and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Norfolk.
Impact: Gonzalez is eligible to return on July 22, Baltimore's fifth game after the break. Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Gonzalez will pitch for Norfolk on Thursday before facing the Angels on the 22nd. Gonzalez is 4-5 with a 4.04 ERA. He's coming off two straight solid outings, both of them eight innings - tying his career high.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Norris is taking the mound at Double-A Bowie on Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports.
Impact: In order to keep him on schedule after Wednesday's subpar return to action, Norris was optioned afterward. The Orioles are hopeful that he'll attain the 100-pitch threshold, but the outing will nonetheless keep him on track for a nod following the All-Star break in Oakland.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday.
Impact: Gonzalez was demoted in a corresponding move that brought Steve Clevenger to the major league roster. Gonzalez will make a minor league start over the All-Star break and will be recalled to the rotation next week.
Sat. July 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Clevenger will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Impact: Caleb Joseph and Nick Hundley have both picked it up at the plate this month, but Clevenger will be added to provide the Orioles with another catching option. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced. While Clevenger has hit .328/.378/.458 with Norfolk this season, there's no guarantee he'll remain with the big club after the All-Star break.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Schoop is not in the starting lineup Friday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Ryan Flaherty is getting the spot start at second base. Schoop has a .219/.257/.322 line through 77 games this season.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hundley was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Orioles' win over the Yankees on Friday night.
Impact: His RBI single with one out in the 10th inning was the game winner for the division-leading Orioles. His playing time has been on the increase and he has now accumulated 13 RBI and a .264 average as he fills in for Matt Wieters, who was officially deemed out for the season a few weeks ago.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gonzalez allowed just two runs on six hits in eight innings Friday but was left without a decision in an extra-inning affair. He struck out five and walked none.
Impact: Solo home runs - his nemesis all season - in the first (Brian Roberts) and second (Kelly Johnson) innings, were the only real damage done as he needed just 105 pitches (69 for strikes) to cover the eight innings. He'll carry a 4-5 record and a modest 4.04 ERA into the second half.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tillman will start Saturday against the Yankees, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Kevin Gausman replacing Ubaldo Jimenez (ankle) in the rotation, the O's needed to firm up their schedule for the final two games before the All-Star break. Gausman will handle Sunday's start.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman will start Sunday against the Yankees, Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Impact: There was some question as to whether Gausman would start Saturday or Sunday, but the O's confirmed their plans following Friday's 3-2 victory. Chris Tillman will take the ball for Baltimore on Saturday.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Chen earned his team-leading ninth win in a 4-3 victory over Washington on Thursday night.
Impact: Chen (9-3, 4.15 ERA) gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking none and striking out six. The Taiwanese left-hander is 6-1 with a 4.08 ERA in 12 starts since May 3, and has a run support average of 5.27. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his previous two starts against the Nationals.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Jimenez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle.
Impact: Baltimore manager Buck Showalter says the pitcher twisted his ankle in a parking lot a couple days ago. Jimenez last pitched Saturday in Boston. He was scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on Saturday, but will be replaced by either Chris Tillman or Kevin Gausman.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gausman was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Gausman will replace Ubaldo Jimenez, who went on the disabled list with an ankle injury. The 23-year-old has pitched 33.1 innings with the major league squad this season, posting a 3.51 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and a 3-2 record in six starts.
Fri. July 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jimenez was placed on the disabled list Friday with an ankle injury, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Impact: Jimenez hasn't performed well for the Orioles this season and will take a spot on the disabled list heading into the All-Star break. He's 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP, a far cry from the numbers he put up in Colorado a few years ago. The Orioles recalled Kevin Gausman as a replacement for Jimenez.
Thu. July 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado went 3 for 4 with his ninth homer in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Washington.
Impact: Machado has been on fire of late, going 16 for 35 (.457) with five homers and eight RBIs over an eight-game stretch.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Tillman excelled Monday.
Impact: Tillman did not get a decision. He gave up two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking one and faces the Yanks next.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz had three hits with his 28th homer Monday.
Impact: Cruz is sizzling with 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats. He's simply a fantasy sensation.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Markakis had three hits Monday.
Impact: Markakis has 10 hits in his last 33 at-bats so he is starting to heat up.
Tue. July 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Machado had a career-high five hits Monday.
Impact: Machado is 9 for 17 heading into the finale of this road trip.
Mon. July 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Cruz was 3 for 6 with his 17th double in Sunday's 7-6 win at Boston.
Impact: Cruz was 8 for 11 over his last two games with four extra-base hits after going 4 for 34 with no extra-base hits over his previous nine games.
Sun. July 6, 2014 | STATS
News: After going 0 for 4 in the first half of Saturday's doubleheader with Boston, Cruz was 5 for 5 with his 27th home run of the year in the nightcap.
Impact: Cruz, who is tied with Chicago's Jose Abreu for the major league lead in homers, has six over his last 17 games.