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AP Source: Indians, Reynolds agree to 1-year deal

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AP Source: Indians, Reynolds agree to 1-year deal

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians entered the offseason searching for a right-handed power hitter to bolster their lineup. After striking out at last week's winter meetings, they may have finally connected.

A person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday night the Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent slugger Mark Reynolds. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.

Reynolds would likely take over at first base for Cleveland, but he also could be used as the designated hitter.

Reynolds, who hit 23 homers last season for Baltimore, would definitely bring immediate pop to the Indians. Last season, Carlos Santana led the club with 18 homers. The Indians have needed a righty batter to balance out their heavily lefty lineup.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti spoke with Reynolds' agent at the winter meetings last week in Nashville, Tenn. The club also showed interest in Kevin Youkilis, who is weighing an offer from the New York Yankees. The Indians reportedly wooed Youkilis with a two-year package, and new manager Terry Francona personally reached out to one of his former players, hoping to bring him to Cleveland.

The Indians also have pursued free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, who has drawn interest from several teams.

Cleveland made a four-year offer to Shane Victorino last week, but he signed a three-year deal with Boston.

Youkilis may still be in play for the Indians, but they at least have a backup plan in place with Reynolds, who made 105 starts at first last season. He began the season at third, but was moved across the infield after 15 shaky starts.

The 28-year-old Reynolds batted .221 with 69 RBIs in 135 games for the Orioles. Although he strikes out too much - he fanned 159 times in 457 at-bats last season - he has 181 career homers in six seasons in the majors. Reynolds played four seasons with Arizona before he was traded to Baltimore in 2010.

Reynolds has struck out more than 200 times in three different seasons.

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Orioles fall out of first place, lose fifth straight Saturday to Toronto

Orioles fall out of first place, lose fifth straight Saturday to Toronto

Blue Jays 9, Orioles 1

Winner-Happ (14-3)
Loser-Gallardo (3-3)

WHAT WENT WRONG: Yovani Gallardo walked three batters in the fifth inning. Three of them scored in a seven-run inning. 

Gallardo walked five, allowed five hits and threw 96 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. 

After two decent starts, Gallardo took a step back. He’s now gone six starts without a win. 

Mychal Givens allowed two runs in the fifth, and Odrisamer Despaigne two in the seventh.

The Orioles (58-45) have their second five-game losing streak of the season, and surrender first place to Toronto (59-45)

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WHAT WENT RIGHT: Pedro Alvarez hit his first home run of the season off a left-hander to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. 

PUNCHED THEM OUT: J.A. Happ, who allowed three hits in seven-plus innings, struck out 11. 

SLUMPING ORIOLES: Jonathan Schoop (1-for-20) Mark Trumbo (2-for-28), Chris Davis (3-for-39) and Matt Wieters (2-for-25) are concurrently slumping.

LEAVE CANADA: In the Orioles’ last four games in Toronto, they’ve given up 36 games. 

ONDRUSEK DEBUTS: Logan Ondrusek, who was signed before Friday’s game, pitched a perfect sixth inning. 

UP NEXT: Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.27) faces Aaron Sanchez (11-1, 2.72) on Sunday afternoon.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Two days until deadline, it's quiet with Orioles

MLB Trade Rumors: Two days until deadline, it's quiet with Orioles

The nonwaiver trading deadline is just two days away, and Saturday has been remarkable for the lack of rumors involving the Orioles. 

The Orioles have had some interest in Cincinnati slugger Jay Bruce. Last week, the Reds had a scout in Baltimore, but the Los Angeles Dodgers now seem to have a leg up on Bruce, who is signed through 2017. 

It’s been reported that the Minnesota Twins have made Fernando Abad, Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco available. Abad could interest the Orioles if they really want to go the left-handed route, but Milone has been a disappointment, and Nolasco is way too expensive. 

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This year, Nolasco is 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA for the sad-sack Minnesota Twins, and is owed $12 million a year through next year. The Orioles are unlikely to be interested. 

If they’re going to add another starter, they’re going to have to be a substantial improvement over Vance Worley. MIlone, who is 3-3 with a 4.97 ERA this year, is certainly not. 

Oakland’s Rich Hill, who was once an Oriole, made a lot of sense, but Hill has a blister that’s prevented him from pitching since July 7, and he’s just been put on the disabled list. 

The Athletics would like outfield prospects. The best Orioles outfield prospects: Dariel Alvarez, DJ Stewart and Christian Walker, may not excite the A’s. 

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Wieters back behind plate after managing not to get ejected Friday

Wieters back behind plate after managing not to get ejected Friday

Matt Wieters is back in the Orioles lineup, playing a day game after a night game. On Friday night, Wieters was nearly tossed out of the game for complaining to home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez about a pitch in the eighth inning. 

Manager Buck Showalter rushed out to intercede, and Wieters was saved from his third lifetime ejection. His previous two, including one this year, came against Toronto. 

Wieters comments to reporters in Toronto were most interesting. 

“You know, all night, I thought they were getting the low pitch more than we were," Wieters said. "I thought they got a little bit bigger zone, but the biggest thing that frustrated me was when the umpire is telling me to get back in the box.

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“I feel like you have [to take] time and an umpire is more worried about pace of game and the players are more worried about trying to win a game. I’m trying to try to calm down and I needed to step out of the box because I thought the ball was low and he’s trying to rush me back in the box and I just didn’t appreciate that.”

When Wieters was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino on Apr. 21 in Baltimore he wasn’t quite as critical, but did manage to get his point across.

“I don’t like to get them, but I said some things I probably shouldn’t have. He just hit a nerve a little bit, especially the checked swing because they do have the option to get help. It was just, I thought it was a little bit inconsistent behind the plate for most of the night,” Wieters said.