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Brian Matusz Ejected For Foreign Substance

May 24, 2015 9:17 AM

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles was ejected in the 12th inning on Saturday night for using a sticky substance that was on his right arm.

Matusz is the second Major League pitcher ejected for using a foreign substance this week.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games Friday for having a foreign substance on his arm in a loss to the Atlanta Braves.

ESPN

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Astros Acquire International Bonus Slot From Orioles

May 19, 2015 7:52 AM

The Houston Astros have acquired a pair of international bonus slots from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-hander Chris Lee.

Houston will pick up the 46th and 76th overall slots, according to a report.

The Astros will have an additional $391,500 and $264,300, respectively, to make international offers for the July 2 signing season.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

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Machado Showing More Patient Approach At Plate

May 5, 2015 7:57 AM

Manny Machado has been showing a much more patient approach at the plate for the Baltimore Orioles this season.

The 22-year-old is hitting .250/.330/.450 in 94 plate appearances. That represents the highest on-base percentage of his career. He has already drawn 11 walks. He drew a combined 49 walks over the course of the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.

Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs used MLB Gameday to display just how patient Machado has been as of late.

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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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White Sox-Orioles Will Play In Empty Stadium

Apr 28, 2015 5:03 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox will play Wednesday at Camden Yards in a game that will be closed to the public.

The revised plan was announced Tuesday after widespread public unrest in Baltimore forced a postponement of a White Sox-Orioles game for the second consecutive day.

The Orioles also announced that their upcoming weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, which originally was scheduled to be played in Baltimore, instead will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Orioles will play as the home team in the three-game series, which begins Friday.

ESPN

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White Sox-Orioles Game Postponed Due To Safety Concerns

Apr 28, 2015 8:31 AM

Monday night's game between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles was postponed because of safety concerns after riots broke out near Camden Yards.

Rob Manfred, at the stadium for a previously planned visit, said Tuesday night's game between the Orioles and White Sox could be moved if safety continued to be an issue.

Rioters looted stores and threw rocks and bricks at Baltimore police about three miles from the stadium in the wake of the mysterious death of Freddie Gray. He died April 19 after suffering a severe spinal injury in police custody.

The Orioles announced the postponement about 40 minutes before game time. About 1,000 fans were inside the stadium at the time, and many gates already had been closed.

ESPN

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Protesters Cause Disturbance Near Camden Yards

Apr 26, 2015 2:20 AM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.

Two people were hurt in the mayhem, and at least a dozen were arrested. The problems happened near Camden Yards, where the Orioles game against the Red Sox went on as scheduled, only fans were told toward the end of the game to stay in the stadium because of public safety worries. 

The protesters blocked an intersection near the stadium for several hours and had a tense standoff with police Saturday night. The protesters were eventually cleared.

An announcement was made to the crowd at Camden Yards in the ninth inning asking fans to remain in the ballpark until further notice because of an "ongoing public safety issue." They were allowed to leave after a walk-off home run gave the Orioles a win in 10 innings.

ESPN.com

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Jonathan Schoop Headed To DL

Apr 18, 2015 4:53 PM

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is headed to the DL with a sprained MCL and partially torn PCL in his right knee after he awkwardly hit first base in Friday night's loss to the Red Sox.

"I was tripping over first base. And then on the last play, I felt like my leg was burning," Schoop said Saturday. "And then walking, I felt like I couldn't move my leg. I woke up stiff this morning,"

ESPN.com

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Indians Sign Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb started the season with the Orioles and was traded to the Dodgers before they released him.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Acquire Ryan Webb From Orioles
Ryan Webb, 29, was removed from the Orioles' 40-man roster this week and is slated to earn $2.75 million in the second season of a two-year, $4.5 million contract this year.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Release J.P. Arencibia
The catcher was reassigned to Minor League camp at the end of Spring Training and was expected to head to Norfolk but will now be a free agent.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Shopping Relievers Matusz, Webb
Brian Matusz was linked to the Mets at one point this spring.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Chris Davis Goes Hitless After Reinstatement
Chris Davis missed Baltimore's opener as he finished serving a 25-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test.

Associated Press

Orioles, Tillman Don't Reach Extension By Deadline
The Orioles haven't been able to bridge the gap in talks with Chris Tillman on a contract extension.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

J.J. Hardy Likely To Begin Season On DL
Buck Showalter said Monday that the Orioles were optimistic that Hardy wouldn't miss much time and that "nothing would reach into May."

Associated Press

Tillman, Orioles Open Talks On Extension
The two sides have a goal of completing a deal by the start of the season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Showalter: Wieters Likely To Begin Season On DL
Caleb Joseph is likely to start the season as the Orioles catcher.

ESPN.com

Wieters Out With Elbow Tendinitis
Matt Wieters has elbow tendinitis after his return from Tommy John surgery and won't play until at least Sunday.

Associated Press

Hardy Happy To Have Security With Orioles
J.J. Hardy signed a three-year extension with the Orioles in October, removing him from speculation this spring.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

Sources: Orioles Keeping Eye On Howard
The Orioles are keeping tabs on Ryan Howard this spring, according to sources.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Matt Wieters Hopes To Catch Opening Day
Matt Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery on June 17.

ESPN.com

Orioles Nearing Deal With Everth Cabrera
The Orioles aren't expected to complete the deal on Thursday, but they are nearing an agreement with Everth Cabrera.

Eduardo Encina/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Among Those Interested In Dustin McGowan
A number of other clubs have also shown interest in the 32-year-old.

Eduardo Encina/Baltimore Sun

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Cardinals Acquire Ohlman From Orioles
The Cardinals have acquired Michael Ohlman from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Pirates Trade Snider To Orioles
The Pirates have traded Travis Snider to the Orioles for a Minor League pitcher and a player to be named later.

Associated Press

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