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Orioles notes: Showalter praises Thome as Hall of Famer has number retired in Cleveland; Hays heating up

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had nothing but compliments for freshly minted Hall of Famer Jim Thome, who was honored this weekend at Progressive Field and had his number retired Saturday.

Thome’s standout career ended with the Orioles during their playoff run in 2012, and Showalter said his presence made the up-and-coming team a bit more formidable.

“He was a big acquisition for us,” Showalter said.

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Orioles claim outfielder John Andreoli off waivers from Mariners, option him to Triple-A Norfolk

The Orioles added a depth piece off waivers Saturday by claiming outfielder John Andreoli from the Seattle Mariners, the team announced.

Andreoli, 28, made his major league debut May 23, and appeared in three games for the Mariners after signing with them as a minor league free agent in January.

He was designated for assignment Friday, and after claiming him, the Orioles assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.

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Orioles search for their purpose as Friday's loss drops them 50 games below .500

Such is the plight of a team plummeting toward the bottom of baseball’s record books that on a night when they didn’t exactly deserve their fate, they lost and hit the round number of 50 games below .500.

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Hess gets back on track, but Orioles fall to 50 games below .500 with 2-1 loss to Indians

Even with six weeks left of games to try to build for their future, there’s little else for these Orioles to take on a night-to-night basis than moments.

In their 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians before an announced 28,264 at Progressive Field on Friday night, David Hess had one he’ll surely hope to carry with him going forward.

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The return of Alex Cobb's changeup has heralded a return to form for the Orioles starter

When Alex Cobb was making his name with the Tampa Bay Rays early in his career, his changeup was so good that it had its own name — The Thing — to say nothing of the respect it also had from opposing hitters.

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Orioles hand Cedric Mullins leadoff debut after rookie meets with longtime Indians star Kenny Lofton

Just a week into his major league career, Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins is getting his leadoff debut Friday night against Cleveland — a move that not-so-coincidentally came on a day he met longtime Indians star Kenny Lofton before the game.

“I just thought it was a good matchup,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I wanted him to get five or six or seven games, whatever it’s been, under his belt.

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