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Ripken Believes Consecutive Games Mark Can Be Broken

Sep 2, 2015 7:03 AM

Cal Ripken, Jr. believes his record of 2,632 consecutive games played can be broken.

"People say it's an unbreakable record, but because I did it, somebody else can do it," the Hall of Fame shortstop said Tuesday at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were commemorating the 20th anniversary of his feat.

"Used to be that you were expected to be out there every day," Ripken added. "Nowadays it's not as much, but things go in cycles. You see a lot of players that want to test themselves and play 162. To me, if one person figures it out that they can play 162 and they can finish really strong in September, then they've answered the question. Then it's just a matter of doing it over and over again until you get to that point. So yes, I think it can be broken. I don't know who, though."

The player with the longest current streak is Manny Machado. He has played in 132 consecutive games.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Play Manny Machado At Shortstop

Sep 1, 2015 6:41 AM

After losing 10 of their past 11 games, the Baltimore Orioles shuffled their lineup on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

One of those changes included playing Manny Machado at shortstop. It marked the first time in 420 Major League games that he played a position other than third base. He was drafted as a shortstop back in 2010.

"Not necessarily," Buck Showalter said after the game when asked if Machado might see more time there over the final month of the season. Regular shortstop J.J. Hardy, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a recurrence of the back issues that have contributed to him missing 38 games this season, is eligible to return this week.

"It came back pretty easy," Machado said. "I've been playing that my whole life. It just came naturally."

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Francisco Rodriguez, Darren O'Day On Revocable Waivers

Aug 28, 2015 12:10 PM

Two more bullpen options may be available via trade as the deadline to make a postseason roster nears.

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed Francisco Rodriguez and the Baltimore Orioles have placed Darren O'Day on revocable waivers.

Both Rodriguez and O'Day were placed on waivers Wednesday, which means they should clear on Friday afternoon.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor, Waiver

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Ripken Says He Had 'Serious Discussions' About Managing Nationals

Aug 21, 2015 6:35 AM

Cal Ripken, Jr. says he had "serious discussions" about becoming the next manager of the Washington Nationals when the position was open in 2013.

Ripken has been asked about his interest in managing several times since flirting with the Washington.

"We had some serious discussions about it and never really got down to the point of choice and those sorts of things," Ripken said. "I think the world of Mike Rizzo. I think he's done a fantastic job. I like how he thinks, I like how he talks. If you're looking at a potential position, who wouldn't want their first managing job with a team built the way it was built? It was interesting discussions. With many things in life, it's about timing, and so you have other considerations. I would say timing was an issue there, but it was fun talking about it."

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Hope To Re-Sign Chris Davis

Aug 16, 2015 10:04 AM

Dan Duquette told fans and reporters at an annual event this weekend that the Baltimore Orioles plan to re-sign Chris Davis.

"We do want to sign some of our key players for the future, and Chris Davis is one of them," Duquette said.

Baltimore has a number of pending free agents. In addition to Davis, Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chin, Gerardo Parra, Darren O'Day, Steve Pearce and Nolan Reimond will hit the free agent market.

Rich Dubroff/CSN Baltimore

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Trade Gerardo Parra To Orioles

Jul 31, 2015 10:49 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed traded Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Davies.

The deal is pending physicals.

Baltimore was looking for an outfielder to use down the stretch.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles, Brewers Discussing Gerardo Parra

Jul 30, 2015 9:34 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers are in trade discussions regarding Gerardo Parra.

Doug Melvin recently said that trading Carlos Gomez, who was dealt to the Houston Astros on Thursday evening, wouldn't keep him from moving Parra as well.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Source: Orioles Have 'Mild' Interest In Carlos Gonzalez

Jul 29, 2015 7:01 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have "mild" interest in trading for Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies, according to a source.

At one point thought of as sellers, the Orioles have made it clear that they hope to remain in contention.

It was reported on Tuesday that Colorado is more likely to trade Gonzalez this offseason than this week.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles, Padres Have Discussed Justin Upton Deal

Jul 27, 2015 4:25 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres have discussed the framework of a trade that would send Justin Upton to the American League, according to sources.

The deal could expand to include one of San Diego's starters -- Tyson Ross or Andrew Cashner.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles 'Listening To Everything' In Case They Decide To Sell

Jul 27, 2015 3:58 PM

The Baltimore Orioles are "listening to everything" this week in case they decide to sell.

However, teams that have spoken to the Orioles view a sell-off as unlikely.

Baltimore is 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second Wild Card spot.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dan Duquette: Orioles Are Deadline Buyers
Dan Duquette told reporters on Wednesday evening that the Orioles plan to be buyers ahead of the non-wavier trade deadline regardless of how they play over the next week.

Eduardo A. Encina/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Trying To Trade Bud Norris
Bud Norris, who will become a free agent after the season, entered Wednesday night's action with a 6.82 ERA this season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Orioles Sign First Player From MLB's China Development Center
The Orioles signed the first prospect from one of Major League Baseball's China development centers on Monday, something the league hopes becomes a trend.

ESPN

Ian Desmond Gets Pep Talk From Cal Ripken Jr.
Ian Desmond is hoping to get a boost from a chance meeting with Cal Ripken Jr. amid a disappointing season.

ESPN

Orioles Are Interested In Jay Bruce, Justin Upton
Dan Duquette is serious about adding an outfield bat, according to Major League sources.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Cubs, Dodgers, Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox Scout Hamels
The Dodgers have been linked to top-level starters as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, while the Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox contacted the Phillies about Cole Hamels in recent weeks.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Sign Everth Cabrera To Minor League Deal
Everth Cabrera could provide middle infield depth for the San Francisco Giants.

San Jose Mercury News

Orioles Won't Trade Chris Davis While In Contention
After internally discussing a possible Chris Davis trade, the Orioles have decided that they will not move him unless they fall out of playoff contention.

Dan Connolly/Baltimore Sun

Orioles Have No Plans To Sell Amid 'Robust Trade Market'
Dan Duquette expects the countdown to the non-waiver trade deadline could and should be active throughout baseball this month.

Steve Melewski/MASN

Max Scherzer Won't Pitch In All-Star Game
Max Scherzer will start for the Nationals on Sunday against the Orioles.

ESPN.com

Orioles Release Delmon Young
They designated him for assignment on July 1.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Orioles Seek Pitching, Still Looking To Trade Delmon Young
The Orioles are looking to add pitching ahead of the July 31 non-waiver deadline, according to executive Dan Duquette.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Orioles Seeking Trade Partner For Delmon Young
The Orioles designated Delmon Young for assignment on Wednesday, but Dan Duquette is confident he'll be able to find a trade for the veteran outfielder.

Roch Kubatko/MASN

A-Rod Joins Hank Aaron In 2,000 RBI Club
Alex Rodriguez homered in the sixth inning of Saturday night's game at Camden Yards.

ESPN.com

Oklahoma Leads All Schools With 11 Drafted Players
The University of Oklahoma had 11 players selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft this week, the most of any school.

RealGM Staff Report

Pitchers Represent 52 Percent Of 2015 Draft Picks
Overall, pitchers made up more than 52 percent of the selections. 633 hurlers were drafted (462 right-handers and 171 lefties). Positions players were taken with 582 picks.

RealGM Staff Report

Position Players Dominate First Round Of MLB Draft
The first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft was dominated by shortstops, who went 1-2-3, but position players were a hot commodity overall.

RealGM Staff Report

First Round Nearly Split Between College, High School Players
Of the 36 first-round selections, 19 were out of college and 17 were from high school.

RealGM Staff Report

2015 MLB Draft Slot Values
Major League Baseball informed teams of the slot values assigned to the first 315 picks of the 2015 draft back in April.

Baseball America

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