Orioles obtain infielder Valencia from Red Sox

Orioles obtain infielder Valencia from Red Sox

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Boston Red Sox for cash.

The 28-year-old Valencia played in 44 games with Minnesota and Boston last season. He hit a combined .188 with three homers and 21 RBIs.

Valencia broke into the majors in 2010 with the Twins and had his best season in 2011, batting .246 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs in 154 games.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated infielder Joe Mahoney for assignment. Mahoney made his major league debut with Baltimore in 2012, going 0 for 4 in two games.

Orioles hope to stop skid, start Mike Wright against Indians

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Orioles hope to stop skid, start Mike Wright against Indians

Tonight's Game: Baltimore Orioles (26-19) vs. Cleveland Indians (25-20), Progressive Field, Cleveland, 7:10 p.m.

Starting pitchers: Mike Wright (2-3, 4.97) vs. Trevor Bauer (3-2, 4.31)

Keys to the Game: 

Can the Orioles halt their losing streak? They've lost four straight for the first time this season.

Can the strikeouts stop? The Orioles struck out a major league record 52 times in three games. 

News and Notes:

Wright has never faced the Indians.

The Orioles have beaten Bauer in both of their games against him. 

Chris Davis has just one home run and two RBIs in his last 12 games. His average has fallen from .250 to .229. 

Adam Jones is 3-for-39 and his average has dropped from .267 to .223.

Orioles strikeouts continue, losing streak reaches four

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Orioles strikeouts continue, losing streak reaches four

Astros 4, Orioles 2 

Winner: McCullers (1-1) 
Loser:  Gausman  (0-2) 
Save: Giles (1) 

WHAT WENT WRONG: Kevin Gausman equaled his career high by allowing three home runs, two to George Springer and a two-run shot by Luis Valbuena.

The last time he allowed three homers was on May 28, 2013, his second major league start, against the Nationals.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Rookie Ashur Tolliver, who had been in the Orioles minor league system since 2009, made his major league debut with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. 

MORE ORIOLES: MANY UNDERSTUDIES FOR WIETERS

STREAKING THE WRONG WAY: The Orioles have lost four straight games for the first time this season. 

LATE OFFENSE: The Orioles had just two hits came in the first eight innings, a home run by Mark Trumbo in the second, and Hyun Soo Kim’s single in the sixth. 

In the ninth, Kim singled and came home on a long single by Manny Machado.

STRIKING OUT, STRIKING OUT: The Orioles struck out 15 times, enabling Houston pitchers to set a major league record with 52 in the three-game series.

LEAVING THEM ON: Lance McCullers walked the bases loaded in the fifth, but Matt Wieters struck out to end the inning.

OOPS: Machado made his third error in two games. 

GOODBYE VALBUENA: The Orioles will be happy to say goodbye to Luis Valbuena, who homered in all three games against the Orioles. He has seven lifetime home runs (against Baltimore.

UP NEXT: Mike Wright (2-3, 4.97) faces Trevor Bauer (3-2, 4.31) as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday night. 

Wieters has had many understudies in his Orioles time

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Wieters has had many understudies in his Orioles time

For the first time in his eight seasons with the Orioles, Matt Wieters has had lots of backup catchers. 

Caleb Joseph, who never saw Wieters catch a game with Orioles until last June, has been with the team since May 2014, and he’s arguably the most skilled of Wieters’ understudies. 

How many of these names do you recognize? 

When Wieters came up on May 29, 2009, he supplanted Gregg Zaun as the Orioles’ regular catcher. That was the plan all along, but Zaun was miffed at backing up the highly touted rookie, and he was sent to Tampa Bay in August. 

Chad Moeller was Wieters’ No. 2 for the remainder of 2009. 

MORE ORIOLES: HOT WIETERS PLAYING THREE STRAIGHT

Craig Tatum took over for Moeller in 2010 and he and Jake Fox were Wieters’ substitutes in 2011. 

A year later when the Orioles went on to the postseason for the first time in 14 years, Luis Exposito, Ronny Paulino and Taylor Teagarden were the catchers,

Teagarden returned in 2013, but was let go in late August. Steve Clevenger and Chris Snyder also caught that year. 

Clevenger began 2014 as Wieters’ backup, but when he was injured, Joseph was brought up from Norfolk, and Nick Hundley was acquired from San Diego. Hundley never played with the Orioles when Wieters was active. 

Last year, Ryan Lavarnway began the year as Joseph’s backup, but was cast aside after a few weeks. Clevenger also played in 2015.