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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 pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

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Orioles pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—After the Orioles returned from their longest road trip of the season with a 5-5 record, many of the teams’ fans were relieved. 

The Orioles were just a half-game out of first place, and the schedule was full of home games and lots of contests against American League East teams. 

It’s changed drastically in the past 12 games. The Orioles have lost eight of those games, and on Saturday, it was a 13-5 loss to the rejuvenated New York Yankees before 38,843 at Yankee Stadium.

Three times this season, the Orioles have given up 10 or more runs in consecutive games, and in the first two games of this series, they’ve given up 27 runs and 36 hits. 

It’s the first time they’ve allowed at least 18 hits in consecutive games since Aug. 11-12, 1993, and their ERA in the last 11 games is a frightful 8.23.

“It’s just not going for us. Nothing really, really to it. Just not getting any hits, clean hits. Just outhitting us. They’re doing what they need to be doing, and we’re not. Nothing’s falling for us. No excuses,” Manny Machado said. 

Dylan Bundy (7-5) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. T.J. McFarland, in his first game in nearly two months, gave up four on a pair of two-run homers in two-thirds of an inning, and the normally reliable Mychal Givens gave up three runs while retiring just one batter.

Givens allowed the first five New York (67-61) batters to reach in the sixth as the game got uncontrollably out of hand. 

“T.J. just got back from a two-month sabbatical. Brad and Zach [Britton] and Mychal pitched some big innings for us here recently, back to the Washington series. Other teams were good, too. All pitching everywhere is a little worn down some. That’s why you see some lopsided games. That’s a tough time, August. That’s why we try to be so diligent in April, May June and July, making sure you have your bullets this time of year. We will. We were able to stay away from people getting over-extended,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Bundy was honest in assessing his outing.

“Not good. Anytime you can’t get through five or six innings, it’s not a quality start. I didn’t give my team a very good chance to win today. That’s my fault- got to get better next time,” Bundy said. 

The only Oriole pitcher to not allow a run was Donnie Hart, who has pitched 9 1/3 innings in his 10 big league appearances without being scored upon. 

“I can’t really pinpoint it. Obviously, I left a lot of balls up in the zone. And they were able to capitalize on it. It’s frustrating. I tried to come in and do a job there and give length to the bullpen and I wasn’t able to do that. It kind of stresses the rest of the guys down there in the pen. But you know, you get kicked down, you have to get back up and do it again tomorrow,” McFarland said.

Wunderkind Gary Sanchez hit his 11th home run in the fourth off Bundy, becoming the fastest major league player to hit 11. 

Starlin Castro, who had four hits, and Aaron Hicks hit two-run home runs off McFarland. 

Tommy Layne (1-1), the second of five New York pitchers got the win. 

Before the game, the Orioles added Julio Borbon, who started in center field because Adam Jones was out with a strained left  hamstring. The move temporarily left them with 11 pitchers, and a move could be made after the game to add another since the bullpen again had to cover major innings. 

In the past two games, Orioles relievers have thrown 10 2/3 innings, and nearly all the minor league pitchers on the 40-man roster have been used in the past eight days. Two that haven’t been are Oliver Drake and Jason Garcia, but both have been up during the season. 

In the third inning, the Orioles (70-59) had a 2-1 lead and thought they had something to celebrate when Chris Davis hit his 31st home run of the season to center field. 

It was the Orioles’ 200th home run of the season. This team has hit 200 homers faster than any other in franchise history except for the 1996 version, which hit a record 257 home runs. 

The Orioles have hit 200 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons. 

Mark Trumbo hit his 39th home run with one out in the fifth. Davis followed with his 32nd. 

“What’s going on right now doesn’t surprise anybody. They’ve all experienced it. The Yankees have, we have. It happens different times of the season. They’re all challenging times, and our guys always seem to respond well,” Showalter said.

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O'Day making progress, but no date for return

O'Day making progress, but no date for return

NEW YORK---Darren O’Day was set to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Manager Buck Showalter thinks O’Day, who was diagnosed with a right shoulder rotator cuff strain, will be back relatively soon. 

“Darren’s having a good day. [Trainer Richie Bancells] was upbeat about it. He said it’s getting better, a little bit better every day. Hopefully we’ll get him on the mound before too long. Hope to,” Showalter said.

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Chris Tillman (shoulder) will throw off flat ground on Tuesday. “I think we’ll have an idea how fast that will move,” Showalter said. 

“I asked Richie today, ‘If he had no setbacks and started Tuesday, when could he pitch?’ I have an idea on that, but I’m not going to throw it out there until we get through Tuesday. If that goes through, then I’ll give you an idea of when we think he could start again. He’s not going to need two or three rehab starts. He probably won’t need any.” 

On Friday night, Caleb Joseph had an RBI single in the 14th inning in Norfolk’s win over Charlotte. 

Showalter sent Joseph a congratulatory text on his hit. Joseph had two RBIs for Norfolk. He had none in 114 at-bats for the Orioles and was sent down on Monday to work on his hitting. He’ll return to the Orioles for Friday’s game after the rosters expand.

NOTE: INF Aderlin Rodriguez was named to the Carolina League All-Star team.

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Showalter on changing roster: 'What else are you going to do?'

Showalter on changing roster: 'What else are you going to do?'

NEW YORK—Over the last eight days, the Orioles have made moves involving x relievers. Tyler Wilson, Odrisamer Despaigne, Parker Bridwell, Mike Wright and Logan Ondrusek have all been with the Orioles, and are now gone. 

T.J. McFarland is here, and with the Orioles temporarily going with 11 pitchers because of Adam Jones’ hamstring injury, there may be another move coming in a day or two.

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The Orioles can have plenty of reinforcements when the rosters expand on Thursday, but there are still five games to play until then. 
For now, there will be plenty of roster shuffling.

“I hear that word, shuffling. What else are you going to do?” Showalter said.

“We’re trying to win here, right? We’re trying to keep people healthy, and our starting pitching gets knocked around, and we have to bring people in, what are you going to do?...Somebody’s got to pitch. Somebody’s got to play. What else are you going to do?”

Showalter thinks players understand the roster churning.

“It hasn’t been tough. It hasn’t been tough for them, either. They’d rather rotate than not be called up. If that’s a bother for them as a player, they’re probably not going to bite when they’re a big dog, either,” Showalter said.   

NOTE: Bowie C Chance Sicso and utility player Garabez Rosa were named to the Eastern League All-Star team.

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