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Orioles notes: Rookie Ramírez earns another start; More mixed results for Tillman

Minneapolis — Right-hander Yefry Ramírez’s performance in Wednesday’s loss to the Philadelphia Phillies awarded him another start when his turn comes up in the rotation Monday in one game of the Orioles’ home doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

Ramírez, the hard-luck loser in Wednesday’s 4-1 defeat in Philadelphia, allowed just one hit over five innings, but was charged with two runs (one earned) when a pair of runs scored in the fifth inning on a ball that skipped under first baseman Chris Davis’ glove.


Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been impressed with Ramírez’s “presentation” in his three big league outings (two starts) with the Orioles, in which Ramírez has compiled a 2.51 ERA over 14 1/3 innings.

“He’s pitched well,” Showalter said. “I don’t know what else you’ve gotta do. A lot of times he would have continued in that game. ... [Pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] changed some things on his grip and his slider has really taken a little better depth. I like the fact that he really didn’t have a feel for his changeup … which has really been a solid pitch for him. He pitched well.”


Ramírez will be pitching against his old organization. He was acquired last July from the Yankees for international signing bonus slots.

Combine Wednesday’s start with the five scoreless innings he threw in relief of David Hess in his previous outing last Thursday, and Ramírez has made a case to help the Orioles as both a starter and reliever.

“I like the way he presents himself on the mound,” Showalter said. “He’s calm. He seems to be aware of game situations.”

Candidates to start the other game of Monday’s doubleheader include internal possibilities such as right-handed relievers Miguel Castro and Mike Wright Jr.

The club could also summon right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis from Triple-A Norfolk to start as the doubleheader’s 26th player. Yacabonis, who is scheduled to start Saturday for the Tides, allowed two runs in four innings last Thursday in a spot start against the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards.

Draft picks update

First-round pick Grayson Rodriguez made his professional debut Thursday, pitching a scoreless inning for the Orioles’ Gulf Coast League team. Rodriguez struck out the first batter he faced, walked two and induced two groundouts.

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The Orioles’ second-highest pick, competitive balance selection Cadyn Grenier out of Oregon State, was set to make his pro debut Thursday night for Delmarva.

The Orioles were continuing their negotiations with their highest unsigned draft pick, third-rounder Blaine Knight of Arkansas, and talks could go to Friday’s deadline, but the team is still confident he will sign before the 5 p.m. deadline.


More mixed results for Tillman

Right-hander Chris Tillman recorded his deepest start of his four minor league rehab outings Thursday while pitching for Triple-A Norfolk, but still allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks over six innings against Gwinnett.

Tillman had yet to get through four innings in any of his previous three rehab starts. In two rehab starts at the Triple-A level, Tillman has allowed nine runs on 17 hits over 9 1/3 innings.

Hall throws hitless outing

Low-A Delmarva left-hander DL Hall, the Orioles’ first-round pick last year, pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings of no-hit ball Thursday night against Hagerstown.

Hall, who owns a 2.82 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) with the Shorebirds this season, had a career-high seven strikeouts and walked two. He left the game after throwing 90 pitches.

Around the horn

Reliever Darren O’Day is scheduled to have surgery to repair a left hamstring tear next Thursday. The procedure will be done by Ravens team physician Dr. Leigh Ann Curl in Baltimore. O’Day, who is on the 60-day disabled list, is out for the season and should be ready by the beginning of spring training. … The Orioles announced their first social media night event to be held before the July 24 game against the Red Sox. The event will feature third baseman Tim Beckham. Ticket prices range from $35 to $60 and include access to the private Roof Deck event, a catered menu, two drink coupons per person, a game ticket to the July 24 game (Roof Deck, Eutaw Street Bleachers or Upper Reserve with varied pricing), a social-media themed Orioles t-shirt and admission to the Q&A session.