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Matt Barnes Gets Four-Game Ban For Throwing At Manny Machado

Apr 25, 2017 8:44 AM

Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball past the head of Manny Machado on Sunday.

Barnes is appealing, meaning he can pitch for the Boston Red Sox until the appeal is heard.

"I would never intentionally throw at someone's head. That's kind of a line you don't cross," Barnes said.

On Friday night, Machado made a late slide that injured Dustin Pedroia, who is day-to-day after visiting doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital.

John Farrell defended Barnes, saying Sunday that the pitch "got away from him."


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Matt Barnes Ejected For Throwing Pitch Past Manny Machado's Head

Apr 24, 2017 12:18 AM

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected in the eighth inning of Boston's victory Sunday at Camden Yards when his pitch sailed past the head of Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

Machado had spiked Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia on Friday night sliding into second base. Machado apologized with a text message on Friday night, but that evidently wasn't the end of it.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Trey Mancini Ties Major League Rookie Home Run Record

Apr 17, 2017 8:13 AM

Trey Mancini went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs on Sunday afternoon, continuing a torrid start to his career.

Through the first 12 games of his career, dating back to last season, Mancini now has seven home runs and 14 RBIs. He is just the third player dating back to 1913 to go deep seven times in his first 12 career big league games, joining Trevor Story (2016) and Dino Restelli (1949).

"It's humbling to hear that, for sure. Especially with how many legends have played the game. To make your mark in any way is really neat," Mancini said. "I'm seeing the ball pretty well and I'm just trying my best. All I'm really focusing on is relaxing.

"Luckily everything else is taking care of itself. I know through the year there's going to have to be adjustments that I'll make."

Dhiren Mahiban/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Stats

O's Place Zach Britton On DL with Forearm Soreness

Apr 16, 2017 12:46 PM

The Orioles placed star closer Zach Britton on the 10-day disabled list with left forearm soreness, manager Buck Showalter announced Sunday.

Showalter told reporters that Britton started to feel pain in his forearm after throwing a curveball on Friday,

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Injury, Misc Rumor

Buck Showalter Insists He Wasn't Needling Red Sox With Flu Talk

Apr 13, 2017 7:46 AM

Buck Showalter says he wasn't trying to get under the skin of the Boston Red Sox by needling them about the contagious flu that has taken over their clubhouse.

Showalter said multiple teams have had to cope with the flu and praised his players for "not broadcasting it to the world."

Since the final week of spring training, the Red Sox have seen Mitch Moreland, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Robbie Ross Jr., Joe Kelly and at least two coaches miss time because of the flu.

"Am I trying to needle the Red Sox? No, that's ridiculous," Showalter said. "But I appreciate you trying to go down that road. That's typical. What else?"

The Minnesota Twins asked that the visiting clubhouse at Comerica Park be fumigated after the Red Sox left Detroit on Monday night. The home clubhouse at Fenway received the same treatment before the Sox began a seven-game homestand Tuesday night.

"The Red Sox are the only ones who have it, huh? I didn't know that," Showalter said. "Nobody else has it? The whole league's got it. It seems to get broadcast more here."

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Orioles To Re-Sign Michael Bourn

Apr 11, 2017 3:18 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have reached an agreement on a Minor League deal with Michael Bourn.

Bourn will report to extended spring training.

The 34-year-old was expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, but he suffered a broken finger.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Dodgers Acquire Joe Gunkel From Orioles

Apr 11, 2017 8:53 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Joe Gunkel from the Baltimore Orioles for cash or a player to be named later in return.

The Orioles recently designated Gunkel for assignment.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Orioles Release Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson

Mar 28, 2017 8:02 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have released Michael Bourn and Chris Johnson, per a team release.

Bourn used his opt-out clause with the club as they failed to place him on the 40-man roster. He missed most of the spring with a broken finger, which made it difficult for him to make the Opening Day roster.

Johnson had a solid spring, slashing .269/.310/.493, but that wasn't enough to earn a spot on the Major League roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

O's To Start Kevin Gausman Opening Day

Mar 27, 2017 5:34 PM

The Baltimore Orioles will have a new starter for their April 3 opener for the first time in the last four years.

Manager Buck Showalter said Monday that right-hander Kevin Gausman will start against Toronto.

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Britton Not Questioning Showalter Over Wild-Card Loss

Mar 19, 2017 1:58 PM

Orioles closer Zach Britton says he never felt Buck Showalter needed to talk to him about why he didn't pitch in the American League wild-card game, "or explain it to me or justify his reasons."

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

Michael Bourn Breaks Finger Catching Football
Orioles outfielder Michael Bourn will miss four weeks after injuring himself after Friday's spring training workout.

Michael Bourn, Orioles Agree To Minor League Deal
Michael Bourn will earn $2 million if he makes the Major League roster, according to a source.


Chris Tillman, Orioles Have Kept Extension Talks Alive
The Orioles and Chris Tillman have kept the lines of communication open on a contract extension, but talks haven't gotten serious.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Orioles Sign Chris Johnson To Minor League Deal
Chris Johnson, 32, spent last season with the Marlins.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles, Kevin Gausman Avoid Arbitration
Kevin Gausman will earn $3.45 million in 2017, up from the midpoint of $3.35 million.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Caleb Joseph Loses Arbitration Case Against Orioles
Caleb Joseph lost his salary arbitration case against the Orioles after setting Major League records for at-bats and plate appearances in a season with no RBIs.

Associated Press

Adam Jones: O's Need To Improve Outfield Defense
Orioles star Adam Jones believes the team needs more speed and athleticism in the outfield.

Chris Davis Says Jose Bautista 'Easy To Dislike'
The Orioles and Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista have a history of hostility.

Orioles, Mark Trumbo Agree To Three-Year, $37.5M Contract
Mark Trumbo led the major leagues with 47 home runs in 2016.


Jason Hammel Could Reunite With Orioles
The Orioles are looking to add a veteran pitcher and are interested in a reunion with Jason Hammel.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Orioles Have Some Interest In Brandon Moss
Brandon Moss has experience as a corner outfielder, a position the Orioles are still looking to bolster even after acquiring Seth Smith on Friday.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

M's Acquire Yovani Gallardo From O's For Seth Smith
Yovani Gallardo gives the Mariners another option for their starting pitching rotation for 2017.

Athletics Have Reached Out To Mark Trumbo
Mark Trumbo slugged a Major League-high 47 home runs in 2016.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Sign Jesus Montero To Minor League Deal
Jesus Montero will open the 2017 season in the midst of a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Have Interest In Bourn, Davis, Pagan, Saunders
The Orioles have maintained interest in free agent outfielders Michael Bourn, Rajai Davis, Angel Pagan and Michael Saunders.

Roch Kubatko/MASN Sports

Orioles Sign Welington Castillo After All
The Orioles have agreed on a one-year deal with Welington Castillo despite recent reports that downplayed the possibility.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Orioles Likely Moving On From Welington Castillo
Talks between the Orioles and Welington Castillo have slowed and the club will likely move on, according to a report.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Baseball

Mets Offered Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson To Orioles For Reliever
The Mets offered Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce to the Orioles in exchange for a reliever, but talks didn't advance.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Matt Wieters Injures Left Arm In 'Household Accident'
Matt Wieters hurt his non-throwing arm in a "household accident" earlier this offseason, but he is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

Jason Castro Has Multiple Three-Year Offers
The Twins, Orioles, Braves and Rays have been linked to Jason Castro.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors