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Orioles get INF Navarro from Pirates

Orioles get INF Navarro from Pirates

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Jhondaniel Medina.

The 25-year-old Navarro hit .160 with one homer and four RBIs in 29 games with Pittsburgh last season. He is a career.279 hitter over seven minor league seasons.

Medina is a 19-year-old right-hander who pitched primarily in the Gulf Coast League in 2011.

To make room for Navarro on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated right-hander Stu Pomeranz for assignment. Pomeranz had a 3.00 ERA in three games with Baltimore last season.

Also Friday, the Orioles agreed to 2013 contracts with infielder Alexi Casilla, outfielder Steve Pearce and catcher Taylor Teagarden, avoiding arbitration.

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Orioles trail Blue Jays by a game after Kim's pinch hit homer

Orioles trail Blue Jays by a game after Kim's pinch hit homer

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 2

Winner: Duensing (1-0)
Loser: Osuna (3-3) 
Save: Britton (47)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Hyun Soo Kim’s two-run pinch hit home run in the ninth inning turned the game around. The Orioles trailed 2-1 in the ninth.

Jonathan Schoop singled, and Michael Bourn pinch ran for him and stole second. Kim hit a 3-2 pitch from Roberto Osuna into the right field bullpen for a 3-2 lead.

WHAT WENT WRONG: A run scored in the first inning on two errors. On Ezequiel Carrera’s grounder, Chris Tillman tossed to Chris Davis, who muffed it for an error. Tillman’s pickoff attempt was wild, and Carrera moved to third on the two-base error. He scored on Edwin Encarnacion’s fly ball. 

The Blue Jays’ other run came in the second on Kevin Pillar’s sac fly. 

WHAT THIS MEANS: The Orioles are now a game behind Toronto for the top wild card spot. 

Seattle’s win over Houston on Wednesday means the Mariners are still two games behind the Orioles. 

Detroit beat Cleveland 6-3 in a rain-shortened game. They trail the Orioles by a game. . 

Toronto's loss clinched the AL East title for Boston. 

PERFECT BRITTON: Zach Britton worked a spotless ninth for his 47th consecutive save.

TILLMAN HANGS IN: On a night Tillman didn’t have his best stuff, he didn’t do badly, giving up two runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

STRIKEOUTS BY THE DOZEN: For the second consecutive night, a Toronto starter struck out 10 Orioles. Francisco Liriano struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings. 

In two games, the Orioles have struck out 25 times. 

TRUMBO SWATS ONE: Mark Trumbo hit his major league leading 46th home run in the eighth. He is tied with Jim Gentile for fifth most home runs in an Orioles season. 

Only Davis (53 in 2013), Brady Anderson (50 in 1996), Frank Robinson (49 in 1966) and Davis (47 in 2015) have more. 

SPARKING DEFENSE: Nolan Reimold make two outstanding plays in left field, and doubled off Jose Bautista on the second one. 

OUCH: Mychal Givens, who hit four batters in his first 73 2/3 innings this season, hit two, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin in the eighth inning. 

WHAT’S NEXT?: Ubaldo Jimenez (7-12, 5.71) faces Marcus Stroman (9-9, 4.39) on Thursday night as the Orioles try to win the series.  
 

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Orioles' Playoff Scenarios: How the Baltimore can still make the wild card

Orioles' Playoff Scenarios: How the Baltimore can still make the wild card

The Orioles postseason fate probably won’t be decided in Toronto.

Regardless of the outcome of the final two games with the Blue Jays, the Orioles could still be unsure if they’ll make the wild-card game until Saturday or Sunday — or maybe even Monday. 

With Seattle’s 12-4 win over Houston, the Mariners moved within a game of the Orioles for the second wild-card spot. 

Seattle finishes the regular season with four games against Oakland. 

Detroit, which plays Cleveland tonight and Thursday afternoon, finishes with three games at Atlanta. The Tigers are a game behind the Orioles. 

The Astros are now three games behind the Orioles. 

How could the Orioles get into the wild card?

Here is the playoff scenario:

If they win their final five games, two with Toronto and three in New York, they’ll finish with 90 wins, and that guarantees them a spot. Only Toronto could possibly get to 90. 

The Blue Jays have 87 wins, but could still clinch the top wild-card spot even if the Orioles win the final two games at Rogers Centre by sweeping the Red Sox at Boston this weekend.

If the Orioles tie with Detroit or Seattle, there'll be a one-game playoff on Monday. 

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