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Reimold, Orioles agree to $1 million deal

Reimold, Orioles agree to $1 million deal

BALTIMORE (AP) Despite missing most of last season, outfielder Nolan Reimold more than doubled his salary when he agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

The 29-year-old hit .313 with five home runs and 10 RBIs last year, when he didn't play after April 30 because of a herniated disk in his neck. He made $490,500.

Reimold's agreement, announced Friday, avoided salary arbitration. Baltimore has eight players still eligible to file Tuesday: catcher Matt Wieters; right-handers Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day; left-handers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton; and infielder Chris Davis.

In addition to his salary, Reimold would get $50,000 if he's an All-Star and $50,000 if he wins a Silver Slugger Award.

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Why Showalter is confident Chris Davis' slump will soon be over

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Why Showalter is confident Chris Davis' slump will soon be over

BALTIMORE---Chris Davis starts Wednesday night’s game in an 0-for-24 slump. It’s not unusual for Davis to go into a long slump. From June 25-July 2, 2014, Davis went hitless in 21 at-bats. 

During this slump, Davis, who missed three games because of the flu, has struck out 11 times, and walked four times. His average has dropped to .223. 

“If you watch how the opposition reacts to him, the walks are there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “They’re making a lot of moves around Chris, too, which helps the rest of the batting order. You kind of read what the other teams are thinking of him and how they’re attacking him.” 

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Showalter successfully moved Adam Jones to the leadoff spot to get him hitting, but he hasn’t dropped David down because he says the batting order doesn’t’ work as well with him lower in it.

“I have a lot of confidence that he’ll get it going,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Kevin Gausman, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Tillman pitch in Toronto this weekend against Marco Estrada, J.A. Happ and Pedro Sanchez. … Gausman will fly to Toronto on Thursday and skip the one-day trip to Minnesota. 

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Buck Showalter downplays Orioles' trade talks ahead of deadline

Buck Showalter downplays Orioles' trade talks ahead of deadline

BALTIMORE—Five days from now, the nonwaiver trade deadline passes, and Buck Showalter, as he always does, says he tries not to let it preoccupy him. 

Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette regularly briefs Showalter on trade talks.

“Dan, he’s brought a couple of things to me, nothing that seemed imminent,” Showalter said.

“It’s kind of cold,” Showalter says of the process. “Players know how inaccurate a lot of it is.”

Showalter says that there’s “not much” effect on players. “Way blown out of proportion, especially on a club like ours. You don’t become insensitive to it.”  

There are times when he’s talked with players about it, but generally players recognize the reality that when there’s talk, there’s often not a trade. 

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“A lot of them kind of say, ‘I like the fact that my name’s been talked about. Somebody might covet me,’’’ Showalter said. 

Showalter doesn’t publicly address the Orioles’ needs at the trading deadline. He doesn’t want to upset his current players. 

“You won’t hear me say: ‘We need this. We have got to have this.’ We have somebody in there trying to fill that role. So what kind of a reflection is that on them?” Showalter said. 

“Anything that makes players feel like pieces of meat being moved around, I’m not on it.”

While the Orioles continue to pursue a starting pitcher, Showalter says that he’s not afraid of making a move. 

“Dan and the organization have shown that they’ll go for it, if it’s right,” Showalter said. 

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Orioles try and avoid series loss with Dylan Bundy starting

Orioles try and avoid series loss with Dylan Bundy starting

Tonight's Game: Colorado Rockies (48-52) vs. Baltimore Orioles (58-41), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Jon Gray (6-4, 4.12) vs. Dylan Bundy (3-2, 3.30)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles avoid losing just their second home series of the season. They're 12-1-3 in home series. 

Can Bundy win for the second time as a starter? Last Friday, he pitched five innings, allowing just one unearned run.

News and Notes:

The Orioles lead the American League East by two games over Toronto. Boston is 2 1/2 games behind.

Chris Davis is stuck in an 0-for-24 slump. 

Gray is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his past five outings. 

The Orioles are 6-3 in interleague play. 

Adam Jones has walked 27 times, nine away from his career high.