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Orioles turn to black jerseys to help struggles with runners in scoring position

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles players, hoping their success with runners in scoring position from Friday’s 5-3 win in Toronto would rub off, voted to wear their black Friday jerseys on Saturday.

It didn’t work. The Orioles went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays a day after going 4-for-11 on Friday the 13th, but it showed how the Orioles are trying to grasp at anything to cure their RISP woes.

Over their last 21 games, the Orioles are hitting .221 (36-for-193) with runners in scoring position. They are 6-for-22 in the series heading into Sunday’s series finale and were 13-for-63 on the eight-game homestand before arriving in Toronto.

On the season, the Orioles are still fifth best in the majors with a  .268 average, which shows how well they did earlier in the season.

“You’re assuming we don’t [talk about it],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “We have advanced meetings every day…after a while you just can’t continue to beat a dead horse. You have an opportunity every day. It’s hard to explain to those who aren’t exposed to that arena every day. It’s real easy from a distance, it’s real hard up close.”

-- The club is planning to re-evaluate right-hander Darren O’Day today, two days after receiving a pair of injections in his wrist and hand area for numbness and tingling he’s been feeling in his fingers. If the injections helped relieve some of the inflammation there, O’Day could start throwing on Monday. The Orioles won’t wait long to bring O’Day back. As long as he throws one session and has doesn’t feel any effects the next day, he will be back.

-- The Orioles will have to activate Henry Urrutia from the restricted list once they get out of Canada tonight. The must make 40-man space for Dan Johnson if they want to keep him.

-- Bud Norris had a light throwing session today, playing catch and long toss, the first time he’s thrown since Wednesday. If that goes well, he will throw again on Tuesday and could be an option to start Friday or Saturday, but Showalter left the door open for a return in the bullpen.

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