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Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles agreed to one-year contracts Friday with catcher Matt Wieters, slugger Chris Davis and left-handed pitchers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

The moves enabled the sides to avoid arbitration.

Wieters, who received $500,000 in 2012, earned a raise to $5.5 million. He made the AL All-Star team last season and finished with a .249 batting average while setting career highs with 23 homers, 83 RBIs and 144 games played.

Davis led the Orioles with 33 home runs and 85 RBIs while playing the outfield, first base and designated hitter. His salary jumped from $488,000 to $3.3 million.

Matusz contributed in the bullpen during the 2012 playoffs. In 18 relief appearances during the regular season, the 25-year-old was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He will receive $1.6 million in 2013 after making $1.45 million a year ago.

Patton was 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games with Baltimore. His salary will jump to $815,000 from $483,500.

The Orioles also exchanged arbitration figures with All-Star closer Jim Johnson and right-handers Jason Hammel and Darren O'Day.

Johnson requested $7.1 million while Baltimore countered at $5.7 million. Hammel asked for $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million. O'Day proposed $3.2 million and was offered $1.8 million.

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Orioles win it in a walk-off again, downing the Rockies in extra innings

Orioles win it in a walk-off again, downing the Rockies in extra innings

BALTIMORE—For years, the Orioles have watched Adam Jones win games with big hits, superlative catches and wonderful throws. On Monday night, they watched him win it in little ways. 

There was the RBI single on a ball he seemed merely to tap in the second inning. Then, there was the infield out in the seventh that tied the score, and finally, it was Jones scoring the winning run in the ninth when a former teammate couldn’t handle a rush throw on a simple grounder back to the mound.

Jones’ little ball proved to be big as the Orioles extended their winning streak to five games, and moved a season-high 18 games over .500 with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in 10 innings before 19,361 at Oriole Park. 

It was the second straight time the Orioles won a game in their last at-bat. 

In the bottom of the 10th, Jones led off with a single off Jordan Lyles (2-3). He raced to third on Jonathan Schoop’s single to right and scored when Manny Machado grounded back to the box.  Lyles bobbled the ball for a moment and Colorado catcher Nick Hundley couldn’t handle Lyles’ throw home, and Jones scored the winning run.

“Adam takes a lot of pride in being an all-around player and he is,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Jones wasn’t being particular about socring.

“It doesn't matter how you score. As long as you win the game, that's all that matters,” Jones said. 

Jones made his way from first to third on Schoop’s single, and that was big, too.

“That's called pride. Play the game hard, man.  I can run. It's a situation where we need a guy on third base. I'm going to bust my tail to get there.”
Chaz Roe (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win. Mychal Givens and Zach Britton retired the seven batters they faced. 

For the second straight game, Yovani Gallardo pitched into the seventh inning. He allowed two runs on five hits as the Orioles starters continue to pitch deep into games. In five of the last six, starters haven’t gotten outs in the seventh inning, something that wasn’t seen very much earlier in the season.

“The thing is, maybe we’re being more aggressive. I know that for myself. That’s what I’ve tried to do, the last two games, and the pitch count shows it. I’m being a little bit more aggressive with my first pitch and getting guys to swing the bat,” Gallardo said. “We all feed off of one another. I think it’s always a big help to have the guy in front of you go deep in the ballgame, and try to do the same thing or even better. It’s always a friendly competition, and that’s going to help and benefit in the long run as a team. You’ve just got to keep moving forward, stay consistent and hopefully we’ll do something.”\


Gallardo allowed a home run to Nolan Arenado to lead off the fourth. 

In the second, J.J. Hardy scored on Jones’ single to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. 

With two outs in the seventh, David Dahl, playing his first major league game, singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. 
After a prolonged at-bat, Mark Reynolds singled up the middle to score Dahl. That gave Colorado (47-52) a 2-1 lead. 

The Orioles (58-40) tied it at 2 in the bottom of the seventh. Reimold was hit by a pitch with one out. He moved to third on Dariel Alvarez’s double, his first hit of the season. Jones grounded to short, scoring Reimold. 

Last week, the Orioles were sick with the flu and had an awful time in New York before winning the final game of the four-game series. 

“We lost three straight and it was kind of like an apocalypse was happening here, so we're just grinding it out every day, happy with the results we're getting,” Jones said. 

NOTES: After the game, the Orioles optioned Dariel Alvarez to Norfolk. Hyun Soo Kim will presumably be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Kim was 2-for-4 with a single and home run in his second rehab game at Bowie. He played six innings in left field. …The Orioles have five winning streaks of at least five games this season. … Jones passed Rafael Palmeiro for seventh place on the team’s RBI list with 703. … Reimold reached after manager Buck Showalter asked for a replay. The Orioles have now been successful on 13 of their 23 replay challenges this season, and their last five straight. … Chad Bettis (8-6, 5.31) faces Chris Tillman (14-2, 3.18) on Tuesday night. … Temperature at game time was 95 degrees, highest for a game this season. … Davis is 0-for-21.


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Ubaldo Jimenez back with Orioles Tuesday, being considered for start

Ubaldo Jimenez back with Orioles Tuesday, being considered for start

BALTIMORE—Ubaldo Jimenez will return from the paternity list on Tuesday. A player must be subtracted from the roster when Jimenez, who has been mentioned as part of a rumored deal with San Diego Padres, returns. 

Manager Buck Showalter said he is “contemplating” who is going to start in the makeup game in Minnesota on Thursday night. 

The Orioles are making up the rained out game of May 9 at Target Field. They’ll travel to Toronto for three games after that. 

Showalter said he doesn’t know if the Orioles “will stay in turn or move some things around” for Thursday. He’s looking forward to the team’s first off-day since the All-Star break, a week from now. 

“We’re going to have to wait and see how we get through the next couple of days before we commit to Thursday and see where Ubaldo fits in when he gets back tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

“We’ve been looking at a lot of stuff, matchup wise, ballpark, different things, trying to see if there’s a good way to go forward. We’re trying to accomplish some things with a couple of young pitchers, give them an extra day.” 

It would be Kevin Gausman’s turn to pitch on Thursday. Gausman is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in four starts against the Twins and has a 9.31 ERA in two starts at Target Field.

Jimenez is 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 10 games against the Twins and is 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA in six starts in Minnesota.

He hasn’t pitched since July 8, but Showalter isn’t worried about a layoff for Jimenez, who overall is 5-9 with a 7.38 ERA. 

“It might actually be good for him. Who knows? There are two ways of looking at it. It might be a nice little freshen up, get away from things,” Showalter said. 

Showalter says that Jimenez has thrown after games with pitching coach Dave Wallace. 

“We’ll see if he’s a candidate for a start here shortly,” Showalter said. 

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Wieters returns to lineup a week after bruised foot

Wieters returns to lineup a week after bruised foot

BALTIMORE—A week ago, Matt Wieters was bruised on the right foot when the New York Yankees’ Ivan Nova hit him with a pitch. After the game, Wieters’ foot was x-rayed, and he hadn’t played since. 

That is, until Monday night, when Wieters will return to the lineup.

“It’s gotten better each day. Moving around is no problem now,” Wieters said. “We were waiting to walk around without any kind of hindrance and that’s all gone now, so it feels good to get back out there.” 

He’s not surprised it took this long to return. 

“The foot’s a sensitive area. You never want to miss any time. When it first happened, I knew it was a little bit more than just a bruise. I thought it was going to take a little bit of time, but I was hoping it wasn’t going to be this long,” Wieters said. 

Wieters said the time off won’t necessarily help him. He had already played three straight games. 

“I think we were getting there before we were hit in the foot,” Wieters said. “We were getting more and more games. The arm was feeling better and better. I don’t really want seven days of rest.” 

Manager Buck Showalter has said for the past few days that Wieters could have been used in an emergency. 

“I think we waited the right amount of time,” Showalter said.