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.

One year since Orioles' fanless game, an anniversary I'd prefer to forget


One year since Orioles' fanless game, an anniversary I'd prefer to forget

BALTIMORE – This is an anniversary I’d rather forget. Many people are writing about the fanless game that took place one year ago today, and I should be one of them. 

I was there. I saw it. 

I remember the same details everyone else does. Chris Davis throwing balls into the empty stands, Caleb Joseph pantomiming signing autographs, and the fans at the nearby Hilton cheering. 

But, for me, that week was one of the worst experiences of my life. 

As a 36-year resident of Baltimore, I had seen many things, but on the night of April 27, when the Orioles scheduled game with the Chicago White Sox was postponed because of the riots, I tried to get home as quickly as I could. 

My home, in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood, is just over a mile from where much of the rioting occurred, and I needed to be home. 

Without traffic, I’m home in 10 minutes, and at the beginning of my trip, I thought I’d easily do that. There was no traffic on the streets, but halfway home, I saw a line of police dressed in riot gear, and I had to make a detour.

A detour past smashed windows and some ransacked stores. 

I sped through a couple of red lights and heard a radio report that stores in my neighborhood had been looted. Just then, I saw some kids walking down the street with boxes, presumably of stolen goods. 

I made it home safely, but later found that my car hood had been damaged. Some kids jumped on it, I guess. 

The next few days were awful. 

While I waited for news on the fate of the scheduled Orioles games, neighbors went to the nearby stores to help them clean up. 

And, after the fanless game was played, the Orioles prepared for their hastily scheduled series in Tampa Bay where they would be the home team.

It would have been interesting to see that, but I was needed at home. 

For several days after the riot, there was a 10 p.m. curfew, and police helicopters continually circled about our house. I can still feel the noise a year later. 

The Fifth Regiment Armory is a few blocks away, and when the National Guard was deployed, that’s where they went. 

It was disturbing seeing armed tanks not only downtown when I went to get a haircut and go shopping, but more upsetting seeing the Guard riding around my neighborhood.

In the last 12 months, crime in our neighborhood and the city is up, but our neighbors, many of whom are close friends, haven’t abandoned their homes. 

It’s a neighborhood with many advantages. It’s close to downtown, restaurants and attractions, full of people who help each other in times of need. 

A year later, the Orioles and Chicago White Sox, the team they faced in that game are playing again tonight. I’ll be happy to concentrate on that game instead of the one everyone remembers. 

Orioles try for three straight wins behind Mike Wright


Orioles try for three straight wins behind Mike Wright

Tonight's Game: Chicago White Sox (16-7) vs. Baltimore Orioles (13-8), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. 

Starting pitchers: Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.05) vs. Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles make it three straight? They haven't won more than two straight since the start of the season.

Can Wright deliver a solid start? In his best one, he lost allowing three runs on six hits to Toronto on Apr. 19.

News and Notes:

Wright beat the White Sox on May 28, 2015, allowing three runs on five hits. 

Today is the one-year anniversary of the game with no fans.

Current Orioles are 2-for-17 (.118) against Rodon. 

In the season's first 21 games, the Orioles have scored 10 or more runs twice. Last year, their second 10-run or more game didn't come until their 60th. 

Davis, Trumbo, Machado homer as Orioles romp 10-2


Davis, Trumbo, Machado homer as Orioles romp 10-2

BALTIMORE – After three nights playing in sterile Tropicana Field, the Orioles had to quickly adjust to playing on an unseasonably cool Baltimore evening.

With the temperature at game time, a brisk 48 degrees, the Orioles managed to defeat the Chicago White Sox, breaking their six-game winning streak, 10-2 before 14,568 on Thursday night. 

Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo all hit home runs despite the unfavorable conditions.

“We’ve got big boys over here, and when we hit the ball, the ball’s going to go out,” Machado said. “We’ve just got to keep swinging and keep doing what we’ve been doing, and things will work out.” 

In the Orioles’ previous four games, three of them losses, they had only five runs. On Wednesday night, they had just three hits in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. 

It was 25 degrees cooler than in the dome. 

“You had to square one up to get it out of here tonight. A lot of good things, a lot of good at-bats, good approaches,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run off Tyler Wilson in the first inning to give Chicago (16-7)  a 2-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the first, Machado walked with one out, and moved to second on Davis’ single. With two outs, Adam Jones, who’d been 1-for-33 against John Danks (0-4), doubled to center scoring Machado, but Davis was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. 

The Orioles (13-8) scored four in the third. Machado’s RBI double scored Joey Rickard with one out. Davis hit his seventh home run the center, and Trumbo followed with his sixth to the Orioles bullpen. 

Davis seemed not to be bothered by the conditions. 

“It didn’t seem like it for us. The conditions weren’t favorable, but you can’t let that bother you. I thought as an offense, we did a great job of not trying to do too much, going out there and taking what the game gave us,” Davis said. 

It was Trumbo’s first RBI at home after hitting his first 17 away from Baltimore. 

“I think we all put really good swings on it. It would have been a shame if they didn’t go, because when you hit it like that, it’s nice to be rewarded. That’s kind of what happened. Maybe we hit them early enough in the night that they did travel, but Manny killed that one at the end,” Trumbo said

Wilson got the first two outs in the fifth, but after he hit Adam Eaton and walked Jimmy Rollins, was done. He’d thrown 91 pitches. 

“You definitely want to obviously go a little bit deeper into the game than I did just for the sake of pitching deep into a game and saving the bullpen,” Wilson said. “You want to do a little bit better job”

Mychal Givens walked Jose Abreu to load the bases and struck out Frazier. 

In the sixth, Givens (2-0) allowed a pair of two-out singles, but struck out Austin Jackson to end the inning. 

The Orioles broke the game completely open in the sixth. J.J. Hardy doubled, and scored when second baseman Brett Lawrie booted Nolan Reimold’s grounder. 

Jonathan Schoop singled, and with one out, Rickard walked. After Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper visited the mound to talk to Jake Petricka, Machado hit his second career grand slam, his seventh of the year, and the Orioles led 10-2.

“I was going up there, being aggressive, keeping my same approach. I don’t know what he was going to try to do, but I was trying to do some damage there. He left the pitch up, and I took advantage of it,” Machado said 

NOTES: Machado’s five RBIs are a career high. … Hyun Soo Kim had his second pinch hit in as many at-bats. … It’s the second time the Orioles have scored 10 or more runs this season. … Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.05) faces Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) on Friday night. … The win was Showalter’s 1,353rd as a major league manager. He ranks 30th on the all-time wins list.