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Royals sign OF Endy Chavez to minor league deal

Royals sign OF Endy Chavez to minor league deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract and invited him to big league spring training.

The Royals announced the deal Monday.

The 34-year-old Chavez made his major league debut with the Royals in 2001. The fleet fielder hit .203 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games for Baltimore last season, and played in four postseason games for the Orioles.

Chavez is a career .269 hitter with 26 homers, 229 RBIs and 100 stolen bases in 11 seasons with the Royals, the Montreal-Washington franchise, Philadelphia, the Mets, Seattle, Texas and the Orioles.

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Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

WASHINGTON—Ubaldo Jimenez is Buck Showalter’s choice to start Thursday, and he’s not backing down from it. 

“He’s actually probably the most equipped. He’s pitched well here and against these guys, and two-fold, we’ve looked at our options and [he’s] the one most worthy of getting the opportunity,” Showalter said. 

“Actually, [it] makes our bullpen work a little bit better too the other four days. He’s a guy who is physically better suited to pitch, to start.” 

Vance Worley threw three innings on Tuesday night, and that eliminated him. 
“Here’s the part of that. If he doesn’t pitch that game last night, probably Zach [Britton] or [Brad] Brach or [Mychal] Givens or all three of them would have been in that ballgame. In order for us to be good tonight and the next night, we need somebody to do that job,” Showalter said, adding: “It’s not a given that Vance would do well as a starter.”

Jimenez has pitched well, and in 2010 had even a better year than Chris Tillman is having now.  

“Ubaldo’s got that type of pedigree. He’s pitched well in this situation before. He pitched well in Minnesota that day, all things considered. It’s going to be tough on him because he hasn’t started in a while, but he’s built up and he’s the most experienced option we have. I’m not going to get into critiquing what our other options are. I do know one thing. Everybody’s getting blocked and claimed this time of year. We think Ubaldo is our best option right now,” Showalter said. 

Showalter thinks that Wright will do better in this stint with the Orioles because he won’t be starting—for now.

“It’s a different role than he had before because he provided length and could fit the role that we needed because Parker [Bridwell] hadn’t pitched back-to-back much, so we have to be careful there. Parker comes in and pitches, two, three innings tonight we’d probably get somebody to replace him because we’re not going to go without arms to protect everybody. We’ll see when the smoke clears today what we’re going to do tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

Showalter said that T.J. McFarland, who’s currently rehabbing with Bowie was discussed as an option for the role Wright is going to fill, and could be added if Bridwell is swapped out. He did say that ideally, he’d prefer McFarland get one or two more outings before he’s brought back.

NOTES: Joey Rickard, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, will be reexamined on Sept. 2. … Brian Duensing (elbow) threw seven pitches in the Gulf Coast League in his first rehab appearance.  … LHP Ashur Tolliver (hamstring) is throwing batting practice for Norfolk. 

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Jimenez replaces Tillman in starting rotation

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Jimenez replaces Tillman in starting rotation

WASHINGTON—The Orioles officially sent Chris Tillman to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Sunday with right shoulder bursitis. 

Ubaldo Jimenez will start in his place on Thursday, and to take his roster spot, the Orioles recalled Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk. 

Jimenez is 5-10 with a 6.94 ERA in 22 games, 18 of them starts.

“It’s never a good feeling when you have to take the spot when someone gets hurt, especially Tilly, the way he was pitching. We really need him to be out there, but it’s part of the game. Whatever adversity you have to face, you have to go through. I think that’s something I’m going to be doing tomorrow, try to be the best I can for the team,” Jimenez said. 

Jimenez’s last start came on July 28 in Minnesota after an extraordinarily long time in between starts due to the All-Star break and paternity leave.

“I don’t think it’s going to be as bad as my last start when I had to pitch with [19] days. I’ve been in a couple games before tomorrow, so I don’t think it’s going to be that bad. I’ve been working on stuff, I’ve been able to get on the mound and get my innings,” Jimenez said. 

Wright, who was 3-4 with a 5.97 ERA in 14 games, 12 starts. He was 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts with Norfolk. 

“I’m back here where we’re making a push for the playoffs and it’s an exciting time,” Wright said. 

“I’ve been down there for awhile, but no matter what level you’re at, that’s where you’re at and you’re trying to compete and do well. It doesn’t matter if it’s there or here, you’re trying to do well. And if you’re competing, you’re going to be all right.” 

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After two straight wins at home, Orioles go to DC

After two straight wins at home, Orioles go to DC

Tonight's Game: Baltimore Orioles (69-56) vs. Washington Nationals (73-52), Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 7:05 p.m.  

Starting pitchers: Wade Miley (7-10, 5.58) vs. Tanner Roark (13-6, 2.87)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles win three straight against the Nationals? 

Can Miley win a game for the Orioles? He's 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA in his first four starts with them. 

News and Notes:

The Orioles are expected to put Chris Tillman on the disabled list and add a reliever for the game. 

Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo have each hit more than 30 home runs. The Orioles have two 30 home run hitters for the second straight year. 

Miley is 1-1 with an 0.92 ERA in three starts at Nationals Park. 

Current Nationals are batting .424 against Miley. Anthony Rendon is 6-for-9 (.667) and Ryan Zimerman is 5-for-8 (.625). 

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