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Orioles 2B Adams suspended for banned amphetamine

Orioles 2B Adams suspended for banned amphetamine

NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Adams was suspended Friday for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

The 25-year-old Adams played in 29 big league games for the Orioles in 2011 and spent most of last season with Triple-A Norfolk. He was on Baltimore's 40-man roster at the time of the test.

Adams was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Norfolk, where he hit .224 with four homers, 18 doubles and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year. He was an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League.

Since infielder Neifi Perez was suspended twice and outfielder Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.

Adams' suspension was announced by the commissioner's office.

There have been five players suspended this year for performance-enhancing drug violations under the big league testing program: San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitcher Guillermo Mota; Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon; Philadelphia infielder Freddy Galvis; and free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd.

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Kevin Gausman allows 5, Orioles fall 2 games behind Blue Jays

Kevin Gausman allows 5, Orioles fall 2 games behind Blue Jays

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1

Winner: Sanchez (14-2)
Loser: Gausman (8-13)

WHAT DOES IT MEAN: The Orioles (85-72) are two games behind Toronto (87-70) for the first wild-card spot. The Blue Jays lead the season series 10-7, so if the two teams tie for the top spot, Toronto would host the wild-card game on Oct. 4.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Kevin Gausman allowed five runs, four earned in six innings. He fell behind quickly when he allowed a two-run home run to Josh Donaldson in the first. Ezequiel Carrera also homered. 

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Michael Bourn nailed Russell Martin when he tried to stretch his single into a double in the fourth inning. 

MACHADO’S ERROR: In the fifth, Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third with Donaldson on first. Machado fielded it and threw to second to start what he hoped would be an inning-ending double play, but threw it wildly, allowing Toronto’s fifth run to score. 

SANCHEZ STRIKEOUTS: The right-hander struck out 10 Orioles in six innings. Adam Jones, who is now 2-for-20 (.100) against Sanchez, struck out in all three at-bats against him.

TRUMBO SINGLES: Mark Trumbo had two singles. It’s the first time he’s done that since Aug. 23. 

DONALDSON’S DIVE: Gausman threw inside to Donaldson in the fifth. He danced all the way to the Blue Jays dugout but, unlike in Monday night’s game with the Yankees, there was no escalation of hostility. 

DAVIS EJECTED, AND SO IS SHOWALTER: Chris Davis was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little for arguing about a called third strike.

Manager Buck Showalter was also ejected. It was his first ejection this season. 

DAVIS’ STRIKEOUTS: Davis struck out three times. He has 213 strikeouts this season, third most in baseball history. He trails Mark Reynolds (223 in 2009) and Adam Dunn (222 in 2012). 

WHAT’S NEXT? Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.84) faces Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.88) on Wednesday night.

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Wade Miley leaves Orioles for birth of son; could pitch vs. Yankees

Wade Miley leaves Orioles for birth of son; could pitch vs. Yankees

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters in Toronto before Tuesday’s game that Wade Miley has left the team to be with his wife after the birth of the couple’s first child, a baby boy. 

Miley, who pitched a terrific 8 2/3 innings on Saturday night, allowing one run, will rejoin the Orioles in New York on Friday.

He could, Showalter said, pitch Friday or Saturday. Miley is 0-3 with a 5.77 ERA in six starts against the Yankees, and has a 4.76 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium. 

Assuming Kevin Gausman starts Sunday on four days rest, Dylan Bundy or Yovani Gallardo could start the game if Miley doesn't.

Bundy is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four games against the Yankees and allowed five runs in four innings in his only start there on Aug. 27. 

Gallardo is 1-3 with a 7.62 ERA in five starts against New York and 1-2 with an 8.16 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium. On Aug. 26, Gallardo recorded just four outs, his fewest in a major league start, and allowed eight runs—seven earned—in the Bronx. 

Gausman, who starts Tuesday night, is 5-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 16 games against New York and 2-2 with a 2.36 ERA in eight games at Yankee Stadium. 

Should the Orioles qualify for the wild card game, Chris Tillman, who starts on Wednesday, could pitch on five days rest.

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