Orioles rookie Cedric Mullins is batting leadoff for the first time in his brief major league career, and got some career advice from Kenny Lofton — one of the best to hold that role — before the game.
Baseball's commissioner said Tuesday that "I have not made one decision in my entire time as commissioner related to the Baltimore Orioles that was based on whether or not the MASN litigation was ongoing."
Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 12/3 innings in the Orioles' loss to the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, allowing eight of the 14 batters he faced to reach base. The outing was his shortest start since April 16, 2013, when he lasted just 12/3 innings for the Indians against the Boston Red Sox.
Televisions in the Orioles' clubhouse have shown the Little League World Series recently, and the major leaguers have been paying attention. But no Orioles player may be more interested than 22-year-old second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, making his second start since coming off the disabled list last Saturday, remained maddeningly inconsistent in the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians Saturday night.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, making a bid for his 16th win of the season, was chased from the game in the sixth inning and the Orioles offense was held scoreless for eight innings. And then the Jekyll-and-Hyde Orioles offense orchestrated a ninth-inning rally that just fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Indians before an announced 9,962 at Progressive Field.
It wasn't exactly a pre-trade deadline blockbuster, but the Orioles sent cash to the New York Mets on Friday for 30-year-old infielder Omar Quintanilla, who was designated for assignment earlier this week.