Orioles' J.J. Hardy says he's ready to play, but he's not in lineup Tuesday night

Orioles' J.J. Hardy says he's ready to play, but he's not in lineup Tuesday night 

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said his lower back is feeling much better and he is able to play, but manager Buck Showalter wanted to give him a full day off Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Orioles fail to complete four-game sweep with 6-4 loss to Twins on Monday

The Orioles (79-57) had their four-game winning streak snapped Monday and saw their lead in the American League East division drop to 8 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees.

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy leaves Monday's game with lower-back spasms

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Monday's game against the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards after the bottom of the seventh inning with a lower back spasm, according to the club.

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Orioles pound Minnesota Twins early, hold on late for 12-8 win Sunday afternoon

Orioles pound Minnesota Twins early, hold on late for 12-8 win Sunday afternoon 

The Orioles entered the final month of the regular season with the second-best record in the major leagues, a sizable American League East lead and their offense catching fire at the right time.

Morning thoughts on Jimenez, Joseph, Hardy, Flaherty and Lough

Orioles thoughts on Jimenez, Joseph, Hardy, Flaherty and Lough 

The Orioles tried to give Ubaldo Jimenez some work in a pressure-free situation Sunday afternoon, allowing the struggling right-hander to work the ninth inning with a seven-inning lead.

Orioles add outfielder Alejandro De Aza to roster for Sunday's game, other notes

Orioles add outfielder Alejandro De Aza to roster for Sunday's game, other notes 

The Orioles added outfielder Alejandro De Aza to the active roster Sunday. In a corresponding move, the club optioned left-hander T.J. McFarland to short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

Analyzing the Orioles' two trades Saturday

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Breaking down the Orioles' two trades to add three players for the stretch run 

Baltimore Sun reporters Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina break down the Orioles' moves to acquire Alejando De Aza, left, Kelly Johnson, right, and infielder Michael Almanzar.

Astros fire manager Bo Porter

Astros fire manager Bo Porter

The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday after going 59-79 so far this season.

Ryan Webb, Joe Saunders likely to join Orioles on Monday as rosters expand

Ryan Webb, Joe Saunders likely to join Orioles on Monday as rosters expand 

The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk.

Getting help from old and new sources, Orioles hold on for 3-2 win over Minnesota

Getting help from old and new sources, Orioles hold on for 3-2 win over Twins 

During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer.

Orioles acquire outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for two minor league pitchers

Orioles acquire outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the White Sox for two minor league pitchers 

In scouring the trade waiver wire, the Orioles hoped to add a left-handed bat to balance their righty-dominated lineup. The club accomplished that on Saturday by acquiring veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Miguel...

Orioles add Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from Boston

Orioles add Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from Boston Red Sox 

The Orioles made a second trade Saturday night, acquiring infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Baseball power rankings for Aug. 31, 2014

Baseball power rankings for Aug. 31, 2014

The latest Major League Baseball power rankings from the Los Angeles Times. (Last week's ranking in parentheses, statistics are through Friday's games)

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