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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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Orioles defend first place as series begins north of the border

Orioles defend first place as series begins north of the border

Tonight's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (58-43) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (57-45), Rogers Centre, Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94 ERA)

Keys to the Game:

— Is this the first big series of the season for the Orioles? They lead the Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games. The teams have split the first 10 games of the season. 

— Will the bats wake up? The Orioles continue to slumber at the plate. The team has lost three consecutive games, scoring jsut six runs in the process.

News and Notes:

— Gausman is looking for his first road win since Aug. 17, 2014.

— Gausman is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 games against the Blue Jays. 

— Current Blue Jays are batting .239 against Gausman. 

— Estrada is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eight games against the Orioles. 

— Current Orioles are batting .190 against Estrada. 

— Adam Jones is 1-for-12 (.083) against Estrada. Ryan Flaherty is 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs.

— Chris Davis has three hits in the last two games after going hitless in seven of eight games since the All-Star Break.

RELATED: HOW THE HOME RUN DERBY IS IMPACTING THE ORIOLES' BATS

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Despaigne allows four key runs in 6-2 Orioles loss

Despaigne allows four key runs in 6-2 Orioles loss

Twins 6, Orioles 2

Winner-Pressly (5-5)
Loser-Despaigne (0-2)

THE GOOD: In his first start since July 8, Ubaldo Jimenez delivered a creditable performance against the Twins. Jimenez allowed one run on five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked three. 

THE BAD: Odrisamer Despaigne followed Jimenez and he gave up four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. The Twins scored four runs in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie.

Chaz Roe allowed the sixth run. 

The Orioles had won the first five games of the season series with the Twins.

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THE UGLY: How often are two runners tagged out at home in one inning? 

In the fourth inning, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo were thrown out at home on consecutive plays. 

Third baseman Eduardo Escobar threw home to nab Davis. Right fielder Max Kepler fired home to catch Trumbo. 

BREAKING THE SLUMP: Trumbo had been 0-for-18 until his fourth inning double. 

Chris Davis, who broke an 0-for-24 slump with a bunt single on Wednesday night, went 2-for-4. 

JOSEPH WITH NO RBIS: With his 0-for-3, Caleb Joseph now has 101 at-bats without an RBI.

LEADING IT OFF: Adam Jones hit his third leadoff home run on Kyle Gibson’s first pitch of the game. Jones has 19 this season. 

With his next home run, Jones will become the fourth Oriole to hit 20 this season. 

Jonathan Schoop has 17. If he hits three more, the Orioles will have five 20 home run hitters for the first time since 2012.

UP NEXT: The Orioles begin a three-game series in Toronto against the Blue Jays on Friday night. Kevin Gausman (2-7, 3.77) faces Marco Estrada (5-4, 2.94).

The Orioles (58-43) lead Toronto (57-43) by 1 ½ games in the AL East. 

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In context of Trumbo, a look at post-HR Derby power numbers for O's

In context of Trumbo, a look at post-HR Derby power numbers for O's

Mark Trumbo grounded out to short in his first at-bat on Thursday night. His hitless streak grew to 0-for-18 before a fourth-inning double, and he didn’t deny after Wednesday night’s game that he was tired. 

As can be expected, some readers have suggested that Trumbo’s participation in this month’s Home Run Derby hurt him.

Actually, Trumbo historically has lagged after the All-Star break. In his career, he bats .239 in the second half, 26 points lower than the first half. 

He hit 28 home runs before the All-Star break, and just two since. 

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that Trumbo has gone somewhat south. He’s played in each of the Orioles games, and didn’t have an All-Star break.

In fact after the Orioles had a grueling 10-game road trip to San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles, they came home for three games and then Trumbo and his teammates flew back out west for the All-Star Game, then back East for the start of the second half. 

Last year, similar carping was heard about Manny Machado. He had 19 home runs at the All-Star break, participated in the Home Run Derby, then finished the year with 35.

In 2014, Adam Jones had 16 home runs prior to the Home Run Derby and 13 afterward, and in 2013, Chris Davis had 37 pre-All-Star Game and 16 in the second half.