Outfielder Craig Gentry was designated for assignment Friday and reliever Jhan Mariñez was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk to give the Orioles two free 40-man roster spots for roster expansions Saturday.
The Orioles originally signed veteran hitter Danny Valencia as injury insurance during spring training. They designated him for assignment Friday because they needed a roster spot for rookie center fielder Cedric Mullins.
The Orioles could finish with the worst defense by some measurements in major league history. Buck Showalter tried to put that on players playing out of position, but the ideal scenarios he described don't show that.
The Orioles found a new way to lose Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, sinking to a season-worst 25 games below .500 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays on reliever Mychal Givens’ bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning.