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.

Jones leads off, Orioles break four-game losing streak


Jones leads off, Orioles break four-game losing streak

CLEVELAND—Do the Orioles have a new leadoff hitter? For at least a few days, it’s Adam Jones. 

After four straight losses, and a boatload of strikeouts, manager Buck Showalter decided to bat Jones in the leadoff spot. 

Jones, who had been in a 3-for-39 slump, had three hits in five at-bats as the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 before 21,054 at Progressive Field on Friday night. 

Showalter says that it’s more than likely he’ll bat Jones in the leadoff spot again Saturday. For his first time there since May 10, 2010, Jones did well. 

“The problem when you do something like that, as a manager, what are you going to do tomorrow if he’s 0-for-5 with five punchouts? Where are you going? You always try to leave yourself a little bit of wiggle room,” Showalter said. 

When he was asked if he had made a decision on Saturday, Showalter deflected the question. 

“I hadn’t gotten that far. It’s been a while. Can I just kind of suck this one in a little. No, more than likely. I gave him four options today. Of course, I had already made out the lineup. We both picked the right one,” he said. 

In the previous three games, the Orioles struck out 52 times, and it was a relief to see only six K’s on the team’s scorecard. 

The Orioles’ first four-game losing streak of the season is over. 

“Well, the thing we’ve been focusing on the last four games is Ws and Ls,” Showalter said. “Everything else is, we’re trying to get to an end game of winning a game with the Orioles having more runs than they’ve got after nine innings.”

The Orioles (27-19) scored three runs in the first when Jones led off with a single up the middle. Hyun Soo Kim was hit by a Trevor Bauer pitch. Manny Machado’s single to center scored Jones. Chris Davis walked to load the bases. 

After Mark Trumbo and Nolan Reimold struck out, Jonathan Schoop’s single scored Kim and Machado to give Mike Wright a 3-0 cushion before he faced a batter. 

Wright gave up a run in the second on back-to-back doubles by Jose Ramirez and Juan Uribe. Mike Napoli hit a long home run, his ninth, in the fourth. 

Machado led off the fifth with a double to center, but he unwisely tried to make it a triple when the ball escaped Rajai Davis. Davis’ throw nabbed Machado, and Reimold’s single was wasted. 

Wright didn’t make it out of the fifth. Chris Gimenez began the inning with a walk, Davis singled, and Carlos Santana walked to load the bases with none out. After Jason Kipnis struck out, Francisco Lindor’s fly to right scored Gimenez to tie the game at 3, and Dylan Bundy replaced Wright. 

“It was terrible. When you score three in the first, you should shut out, shut out, shut out, every inning after that. I should never walk anybody. I should continue to be aggressive,” Wright said. 

Bundy (1-1) got four outs for his first major league win, nearly three years after his June 2013 Tommy John surgery. 

“It’s taken four years I guess to get to that point, but it’s still exciting. I actually didn’t know I got the win until some of the teammates told me in the clubhouse, so it was fun,” Bundy said. 

In the seventh, Machado doubled and scored when Davis doubled. Trumbo hit an opposite field home run to right off Zach McAllister (2-2), and the Orioles had a 6-3 lead. 

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless seventh, but Lindor led off the eighth with his fourth home run off Darren O’Day to cut the lead to 6-4. 

After the home run, Napoli walked, Ramirez doubled, and Uribe struck out. Lonnie Chisenhall was walked intentionally to load the bases, and Gimenez hit a ball that looked as if it was going to right field, but Schoop snared it, and threw to Machado to begin the artful double play that ended the eighth for Cleveland (25-21).

Zach Britton earned his 13th save with a scoreless ninth. 

The losing streak is over, and mass strikeouts were averted. 

“We’re not afraid to strike out. They’re going to come. More than that, it was some of the pitches we took and gave ourselves another chance to get a better pitch to hit, and I think when we did get something to work with, we put it in play and found some holes, too,” Trumbo said. 

NOTES: Machado has 19 doubles. … O’Day has allowed four home runs so far this season, one below his total for the entire 2016 season. … Ubaldo Jimenez (2-5, 6.04) faces Danny Salazar (4-3, 2.32) on Saturday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. 


Showalter not sure how long Hardy will be out


Showalter not sure how long Hardy will be out

CLEVELAND—J.J. Hardy has been in Sarasota, Fla. working on the rehabilitation of his fractured left foot for a week. It’s not known how long he’ll be there. 

Manager Buck Showalter said that when the Orioles left for their road trip, it was his hope that Hardy would return from Sarasota to meet the team on Monday when they begin a nine-day homestand. 

“I think this weekend will tell whether he’s going to stay there longer or come on back,” Showalter said. 

“I spoke to him yesterday, and he hopes that it will happen soon.” 

Hardy was in a boot after he fractured the bone in his foot on May 1. 

“When you start walking around it some, you get some soreness there. Those muscles, the ligaments and tendons have to start firing again. The first time, he was a little sore about three or four days ago,” Showalter said. “I think this weekend he’s probably going to try walking around and see if that has changed.” 

If he has no pain or soreness, he’ll be able to begin baseball activities, and those can be done with the Orioles rather than Sarasota.

“We miss him. He’s great to have around. I know he wants to reconnect with our team,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles are 13-9 when Hardy starts at shortstop and 13-9 when Machado does. Paul Janish started one game, which the Orioles lost. 

Showalter didn't want to be too predictable with Jones


Showalter didn't want to be too predictable with Jones

CLEVELAND—Buck Showalter said he had four options with Adam Jones. He could have kept him in the heart of the order, moved him down, given him a day off or put the slumping center fielder in the leadoff spot.

That’s what Showalter did. 

“I talked to him a little bit,” Showalter said.

He wanted to break up Jones, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo up since each was scuffling. 

“It’s the first time it’s really happened with all three of them,” Showalter said. “Right now, everybody’s having those challenges.” 

Showalter joked about the move. 

“I don’t want to get too predictable. Like my sister used to say, it’s great to be organized and prepared, but every once in a while, you have to be a little spontaneous. Of course, she lives a little different lifestyle than I do.” 

NOTES: Yovani Gallardo, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis, will throw a simulated game late Saturday morning. Showalter isn’t sure how long he’ll throw or if there’s going to be another simulated game or if Gallardo will go next to a rehab start. … T.J. McFarland, who is on the minor league disabled list with a left knee, threw a two inning simulated game at Norfolk.