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  • Zach Britton tosses three more shutout innings in Orioles' 3-0 win Wednesday

    Zach Britton tosses three more shutout innings in Orioles' 3-0 win Wednesday

    Over the first two weeks of the season, left-hander Zach Britton has become a valuable weapon for the Orioles out of the bullpen.

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    Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez holds Rays scoreless for five innings

    Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez holds Rays scoreless for five innings

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today’s series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off.

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    Notes on Orioles fighting the flu, starting rotation, rainout makeup date and more

    Notes on Orioles fighting the flu, starting rotation, rainout makeup date and more

    The Orioles are still battling a lingering flu as they head into this afternoon’s series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards.

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    Sorting through the effects of Tuesday's rainout on the Orioles' starting rotation

    Sorting through the effects of Tuesday's rainout on the Orioles' starting rotation

    Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's rainout, will get the start in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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    Orioles-Rays game postponed Tuesday and other notes

    Orioles-Rays game postponed Tuesday and other notes

    With heavy rain coming down for much of Tuesday in the Baltimore area, there was little doubt that the Orioles’ scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays would be postponed.

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    Orioles' Adam Jones, Evan Meek sent home with illness

    Orioles' Adam Jones, Evan Meek sent home with illness

    The flu that hit the Orioles clubhouse last week affected two more players Tuesday.

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    Orioles Prospect Watch 2014

    Orioles Prospect Watch 2014

    A look at how the Orioles' top 10 prospects, according to Baseball America, are performing in the 2014 season. All statistics are through games on April 14.

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    Needing a good start, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen delivered vs. Rays

    Needing a good start, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen delivered vs. Rays

    One thing I’ve learned in covering baseball over the years is you shouldn’t make too big of a deal about one performance in a 162-game season.

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    Buck Showalter praises 'real good defense' in Orioles' win over Rays

    Buck Showalter praises 'real good defense' in Orioles' win over Rays

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t think left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had one of his better games Monday, but the results were undoubtedly there.

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    Grant Balfour comes to Baltimore for first time since deal with Orioles fell through

    Grant Balfour comes to Baltimore for first time since deal with Orioles fell through

    The last time Grant Balfour was in Baltimore, he thought he had landed in the place where he'd spend the next two years of his career.

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    Orioles 3B Manny Machado runs sprints in Fla., close to playing in games

    Orioles 3B Manny Machado runs sprints in Fla., close to playing in games

    After sprinting six times and taking four at-bats in a simulated game Monday, injured Orioles third baseman Manny Machado really has one more thing to accomplish before beginning to play in games at extended spring training -- and that could happen as early as Tuesday.

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    Starting lineups for Monday's Orioles-Rays game

    Starting lineups for Monday's Orioles-Rays game

    The Orioles open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Camden Yards.

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    Manny Machado's absence isn't why the Orioles have struggled so far this year

    Manny Machado's absence isn't why the Orioles have struggled so far this year

    Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a "big day" scheduled today, according to manager Buck Showalter.

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    Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez's early season troubles continue

    Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez's early season troubles continue

    This wasn’t the way Ubaldo Jimenez or the Orioles wanted things to start this year.

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    Orioles' ballgirl interferes with fair ball in top of fourth inning

    Orioles' ballgirl interferes with fair ball in top of fourth inning

    The Orioles' ballgirl down the left field line made a nice play in Sunday's game. Unfortunately for her, third base umpire Paul Emmel had signaled that the ball was fair.

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    Colby Rasmus' HR in first inning Sunday is 78th to reach Eutaw Street

    Colby Rasmus' HR in first inning Sunday is 78th to reach Eutaw Street

    Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus has homered in consecutive games. The one Saturday night against Tommy Hunter put the game into extra innings.

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    Orioles notes on Brian Matusz, Manny Machado, replay, Tommy Hunter and Steve Pearce

    Orioles notes on Brian Matusz, Manny Machado, replay, Tommy Hunter and Steve Pearce

    Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital.

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    Steve Pearce starting as designated hitter Sunday, Brian Matusz back with team

    Steve Pearce starting as designated hitter Sunday, Brian Matusz back with team

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said since the beginning of the season that he wanted to get outfielder Steve Pearce a start. But with Nelson Cruz entrenched in the lineup and Delmon Young playing well, Pearce remained on the bench.

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    Orioles continue to cut it close

    Orioles continue to cut it close

    The Orioles have only scored two runs in 21 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, but Saturday night’s 2-1 victory at Camden Yards had the heady feel of one of those extra-inning wins that made 2012 such a magical year. And the Orioles still have a chance to win the series if they can muster some offense against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle today.

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    New replay system debuts at Oriole Park

    New replay system debuts at Oriole Park

    It took five games, but the new video replay system finally debuted at Oriole Park on Saturday night when Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons challenged a ruling by umpire Chris Conroy that Edwin Encarnacion was pulled off the bag on a close play at first base.

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    Machado takes six at-bats; cleared to sprint Monday (Santana, Almanzar, Patton, Clevenger)

    Machado takes six at-bats; cleared to sprint Monday (Santana, Almanzar, Patton, Clevenger)

    Manny Machado finally hit against live pitching, should sprint soon and may have sneaked in a couple dashes in Sarasota, Fla., when no one was looking Saturday.

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    Orioles outfielder David Lough says he's fine to play

    Orioles outfielder David Lough says he's fine to play

    Orioles left fielder David Lough said he may not be completely over the concussion symptoms that have bothered him intermittently since spring training, but he believes he won’t have any problems playing the way he wants to in the majors.

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    J.J. Hardy and David Lough starting for the Orioles Saturday

    J.J. Hardy and David Lough starting for the Orioles Saturday

    J.J. Hardy said Friday that he absolutely, positively expected to be in Saturday’s starting lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

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    How the Orioles fared through 10 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    How the Orioles fared through 10 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    The Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in their 11th game of the season tonight at Camden Yards. Orioles right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to pitch against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison, and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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    Illness hits Brian Matusz, Jim Presley

    Illness hits Brian Matusz, Jim Presley

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday’s game that left-hander Brian Matusz and hitting coach Jim Presley were fighting flu-type symptoms.

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    O'Day says Jim Johnson will be fine

    O'Day says Jim Johnson will be fine

    Like much of Baltimore, the Orioles organization has watched with interest as former closer Jim Johnson has struggled this early season with the Oakland Athletics.

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    Tillman 'struggles' through eight solid innings

    Tillman 'struggles' through eight solid innings

    Chris Tillman said things weren’t working at all for him in the first part of Friday’s 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

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    J.J. Hardy will rest his back one more day before returning to the field

    J.J. Hardy will rest his back one more day before returning to the field

    Shortstop J.J. Hardy said he completely rested his balky back on Thursday and feels good enough to play today.

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    Machado will face Santana on Saturday (Hardy, Lough, pine tar)

    Machado will face Santana on Saturday (Hardy, Lough, pine tar)

    In the next step of his recovery from October knee surgery, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will take two at-bats against Johan Santana in a “simulated” game on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla.

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    Orioles enter homestand with unsightly numbers from starting pitchers

    Orioles enter homestand with unsightly numbers from starting pitchers

    So here's the good news for Orioles fans: The club heads into its six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays having won three of the past four games and doing so without their Gold Glove left side of the infield, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy.

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    Orioles thoughts and observations on Jonathan Schoop, David Lough and Brian Matusz

    Orioles thoughts and observations on Jonathan Schoop, David Lough and Brian Matusz

    NEW YORK – Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop knows he will have his share of growing pains at the major league level, but as he struggled through the first five games of the season, one of his teammates noticed that something was amiss with the 22-year-old.

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    Orioles' David Lough not going on DL, returns to New York to rejoin team

    Orioles' David Lough not going on DL, returns to New York to rejoin team

    NEW YORK -- Orioles outfielder David Lough, whom the club feared might have to go on the 15-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms, passed a series of tests in Baltimore on Wednesday and returned to New York to rejoin the club. He entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.

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    Adam Jones says he doesn't regret comments; J.J. Hardy hopes to return Friday

    Adam Jones says he doesn't regret comments; J.J. Hardy hopes to return Friday

    NEW YORK –¬†Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, whose postgame comments Tuesday about fans who run onto the field during games sparked national headlines, said Wednesday that he doesn’t regret that he said players should be able to “kick them with our metal spikes,” and police should “tase the living [heck] out of them.”

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    ABOUT THE BLOGGERS

    Eduardo A. Encina left the Florida sun in 2012 to return home and cover the Orioles. A Jessup native and University of Maryland graduate, Encina previously covered another AL East team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune.

    Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 16 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 12 seasons, including the past eight with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

    Dean Jones Jr. is the sports content editor overseeing Orioles coverage. A Towson University graduate, he started working at The Baltimore Sun in 2007. He previously managed high school sports coverage and also covered the Orioles minor league teams.

    Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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