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Orioles notes: Club hopes Schoop's return provides boost; Tillman to start Thursday

Orioles notes: Club hopes Schoop's return provides boost; Tillman to start Thursday

The struggling Orioles can’t expect Jonathan Schoop to be a savior, but the return of their starting second baseman gives the team some infield stability and a middle-of-the-order bat it needs.

Since Schoop went down with an oblique injury April 13, the Orioles have won just three of their past 20 games, entering Tuesday’s series opener against the Kansas City Royals with an 8-26 record that is the second-worst in the major leagues.

Schoop returned for Tuesday’s game, his first big league action in three weeks, batting in the cleanup spot for the first time in his major league career. The team optioned infielder Engelb Vielma to Triple-A...

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