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Tony La Russa: Adam Jones Wrong In Saying MLB Is A 'White Man's Sport'

Sep 15, 2016 8:03 AM

Tony La Russa recognizes there are issues that affect the black community in the United States, but disagrees with Adam Jones, who said Major League Baseball is a "white man's sport."

"When he says it's a white, like elitist, kind of sport, I mean how much wronger can he be? We have tried so hard, the MLB, to expand the black athletes' opportunity," said La Russa, who spent two years working directly for Major League Baseball. "We want the black athletes to pick not basketball or football, but want them to play baseball; they should play baseball. And we're working to make that happen in the inner cities. We have a lot of Latin players. We have players from the Pacific Rim."

Only 8 percent of the league classifies as African-American. A total of just 69 black players were on the Opening Day rosters of the league's 30 teams.

La Russa agreed that there is an issue but said effort is being made.

"It's very difficult in the inner cities to get black athletes to play the game," La Russa said. "So what [MLB is doing is] expanding the opportunity so the black athlete gets a chance."


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Orioles Flirting With All-Time Home Run Mark For Team

Sep 13, 2016 3:16 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have 228 home runs with roughly three weeks left in the regular season.

The total is already the 36th-history in Major League Baseball history for a team.

With an average of 1.59 home runs per game, the Orioles would finish 2016 with 258 home runs.

That projected total would rank the Orioles third on the all-time list behind only the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264) and 2005 Texas Rangers (260).

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Adam Jones: No Anthem Protests Because MLB Is 'White Man's Sport'

Sep 13, 2016 6:22 AM

Adam Jones thinks he knows why Major League Baseball players have been absent from the growing chorus of athletes who have publicly spoken out about problems they may see in the United States.

"Baseball is a white man's sport," Jones told USA Today.

"We already have two strikes against us already," Jones added, "so you might as well not kick yourself out of the game. In football, you can't kick them out. You need those players. In baseball, they don't need us."

Baseball has had an issue with the dwindling number of African-Americans playing the game. Only 8 percent of the league classifies as African-American.

"Baseball is numbers. It's 8 percent black. I didn't make that up," Jones later told the Baltimore Sun. "In football, basketball, the numbers are in the 60s and 70s. These aren't made up numbers. It just is what it is. I'm part of the 8 percent."


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Orioles Sign Tommy Hunter

Aug 28, 2016 1:30 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Tommy Hunter, bringing him back for a sixth straight season.

Hunter was 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 21 games for Cleveland this season. He was in the minors rehabbing a recent back injury when the Indians cut him on Thursday.

Hunter played for Baltimore from 2011-15, going 21-20 with a 4.22 ERA. He said he was thrilled to rejoin the Orioles, adding there were "a lot of smiles, a lot of hugs" when he walked into the clubhouse.


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Zach Britton Allows First Earned Run In 43 Appearances

Aug 25, 2016 7:32 AM

Zach Britton's remarkable streak of 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run ended on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals.

Britton allowed a single to Bryce Harper and an RBI double to Anthony Rendon.

It was the first earned run Britton has given up since April 30. His string of 43 games without one is the longest since the earned run became official -- dating back more than 100 years.

Associated Press

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Shoulder Inflammation Sends Chris Tillman To DL

Aug 24, 2016 8:34 AM

The Baltimore Orioles are placing Chris Tillman on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

Tillman received a cortisone shot on Tuesday.

"I thought once it got loose it would really go away, but it never really did, and that was my first time actually experiencing it while throwing," Tillman said. "Last time, I was pretty sore right after my start, but after feeling it today, I'd much rather just get this behind us and get out in front of it so that way we're not worried about it for the rest of the year."

Ubaldo Jimenez will take Tillman's turn in the rotation on Thursday.

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Jays Option Aaron Sanchez To Class-A To Limit Innings

Aug 21, 2016 2:04 PM

Aaron Sanchez is being sent to the minor leagues as Toronto skips a start to limit his innings.

Toronto optioned the 24-year-old right-hander to Class A Dunedin on Sunday. The Blue Jays plan to recall him to start against the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 31.

Sanchez is 12-2 with a 2.99 ERA, fifth-best in the American League. He has made 24 starts and thrown a career-high 156⅓ innings. He likely will not pitch in the minors.

"We've talked a lot about this over the year," Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said. "Not just over the last month, but as good as Aaron has become, we all along thought at some point we'll have to manage his workload. That's what this is about. He'll come right back in the rotation."

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Astros Recall Yulieski Gurriel To DH

Aug 21, 2016 1:42 AM

The Houston Astros are bringing Cuban defector Yulieski Gurriel to the big leagues.

After signing a five-year contract in July and spending some time in the minors, the 32-year-old third baseman will join the Astros at Camden Yards on Sunday.

His recall from Triple-A Fresno comes after Houston third baseman Luis Valbuena experienced a setback Saturday in his attempt to come back from a right hamstring strain.

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Manny Machado Hits Three HRs In Three Innings

Aug 8, 2016 7:49 AM

Manny Machado became just the second player in Major League history to homer in the first, second and third innings of a game.

Machado drove in a career-high seven runs as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Sunday.

The only other player to hit three homers in the first three innings of a game was Carl Reynolds on July 2, 1930 -- for the White Sox, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It's pretty awesome," Machado said. "I'm not going to lie."

Machado is the first Baltimore player to hit three homers in a game since Chris Davis did so on May 20, 2014, against Pittsburgh.


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O's Acquire Wade Miley From M's For Pitching Prospect

Jul 31, 2016 10:51 PM

The Baltimore Orioles acquired Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, giving manager Buck Showalter a veteran left-hander for his rotation.

"Wade Miley is a workhorse, veteran left-handed starter who likes to pitch and compete," said Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles. "We think he will contribute to this year's club with some quality innings."

Seattle received left-handed prospect Ariel Miranda, 27, in the trade. The Cuban pitcher has spent most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk and was 4-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 19 starts.

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Orioles Interested In Erasmo Ramirez
The Orioles would use Ramirez as a starter.

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Orioles Trying Hard To Get Andrew Casher From Padres
San Diego has also discussed Melvin Upton, Jr. with Baltimore.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Six Teams Showing Interest In Trading For Jay Bruce
The Indians, Rangers, Nationals, Orioles, Giants and Dodgers have all shown interest in trading for Jay Bruce, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Padres Pushing Hard To Trade Andrew Cashner
The Padres are widely expected to trade Andrew Cashner before the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Frazier, Trumbo Headline HR Derby Contestants
The 2016 Home Run Derby will take place Monday at San Diego's Petco Park,

Orioles Set Home Run Record For June
Hyun Soo Kim hit a home run in the seventh inning against the Mariners on Thursday night to allow the Orioles to set a Major League record for home runs in the month of June.

Associated Press

Orioles Showing Interest In Francisco Liriano, Drew Pomeranz
The Orioles have an all-right-handed rotation and are interested in trading for a left-hander to balance things out.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Yordano Ventura Begins Suspension; Manny Machado Drops Appeal
Manny Machado dropped his appeal on Saturday and will begin a four-game suspension on Sunday.

Manny Machado's Appeal Reportedly Set For Tuesday
Manny Machado's hearing to appeal his four-game suspension from last week's on-field fight with Yordano Ventura will be on Tuesday, according to a report.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Yordano Ventura Suspended Nine Games; Manny Machado Gets Four
Yordano Ventura, who threw at Manny Machado to kick off the fight, will appeal the suspension.

RealGM Staff Report

Yordano Ventura, Manny Machado Ejected After Brawl
Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura were both ejected Tuesday night following a bench-clearing melee between the Orioles and Royals that began when Ventura threw at Machado.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Manny Machado Could Command $400M Contract
Much has been made about how large Bryce Harper's next contract will be, but Jon Heyman speculates that Manny Machado could make history as well.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Red Sox Move Clay Buchholz To Bullpen
The Red Sox plan to start Eduardo Rodriguez Tuesday against the Orioles.

Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles
The Reds have acquired two international signing slots from the Orioles in exchange for Minor League right-hander Franderlyn Romero.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles, Brian Duensing Agree To Minors Deal
The 33-year-old reliever opted out of a deal with the Royals on May 15.

David Hall/Virginian Pilot

Former MLB Pitcher Sammy Ellis Dies At 75
Pitcher Sammy Ellis was an All-Star with the Reds in 1965.

Tim Lincecum Showcase Set For Friday
Former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum is attempting to make a comeback from hip surgery last year.

Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex
Andrew Heaney became the first player to enter into an agreement with Fantex last September, taking a $3.34 million up-front payment in exchange for 10 percent of his future earnings.


O's Place Yovani Gallardo On DL With Shoulder Tendinitis
Yovani Gallardo complained of a sore right shoulder in his start on Friday night.