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Orioles encouraged by Bundy, Harvey in minicamp

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Orioles encouraged by Bundy, Harvey in minicamp

SARASOTA, Fla. – For a few moments, the Orioles future threw together. Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey were the featured attractions of the third and final day of the team’s minicamp.

Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t on hand. He was back in Baltimore at a speaking engagement. Pitching coach Dave Wallace ran the camp.

Bundy threw 15 pitches off the half-mound and Harvey went off the full mound.

After Bundy walked away, Harvey’s father, former All-Star reliever Bryan Harvey, offered some encouraging words.

Bundy, who estimated he wasn’t even throwing at 70 percent was happy.

“It felt fine. I’ve just got to work on mechanics now and repeat my delivery. That’s kind of what I’m focusing on now in the offseason,” Bundy said.

Bundy will throw off a mound near his Oklahoma home between now and the beginning of spring training on Feb. 18.

After Bundy was shut down in the Arizona Fall League, he hopes he’ll be able to forget about what’s ailed him in the pat.

“I’m kind of ready to be over all the injuries and stuff like that and come to spring training healthy and ready to compete for a spot. That’s the main goal,” Bundy said.

Bundy and Harvey’s progress pleases Wallace.

“It’s great to know that they’re on schedule, they’re part of the group. They’re, for lack of another term, normalized. It is nice,” Wallace aid.

“You’re happy for them. That’s what you are. It’s nice on our end to see them, but still, there’s a long way to go. We’ve got to go through spring training, we’ve got to go through all that stuff, but it certainly is refreshing to know that they’re on the mound Jan. 13 and they’re throwing the baseball and they’re right on track to be a part of spring training on Day 1. So, that’s nice. That’s refreshing.”

Bundy didn’t pitch competitively after May due to tendinitis in his shoulder and was shut down in the Arizona Fall League in November. Harvey hasn’t thrown in a game that counted since July 2014. He was shut down in the Instructional League with a strain in his flexor mass.

Four other pitchers, minor leaguers Joe Gunkel, David Hess and Tanner Scott and left-handed reliever C.J. Riefenhauser all threw.

NOTE: The eight Orioles eligible for arbitration filed for it on Tuesday. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, Ryan Flaherty, Miguel Gonzalez, Manny Machado, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Mark Trumbo all filed. Figures will be exchanged on Friday, and if there’s no settlement, hearings will begin early next month.

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

BALTIMORE — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart. After Beckham's double, Anthony Santander singled to right and rookie Chance Sisco followed with an RBI double to make it 1-all.

Sanchez (1-1) got the victory, though, when Granderson hit a sidearmed fastball from Darren O'Day (0-1) over the right-field scoreboard. It was his first homer since signing as a free agent with Toronto this past offseason.

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Roberto Osuna got three straight outs for his fifth save. He became the youngest player in major league history (23 years, 62 days) with career 100 saves.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

On almost any other night, that would have been good enough to get the win. But Cashner -- making his third start with Baltimore after signing as a free agent in February -- had to settle for matching zeroes with Sanchez.

The Blue Jays broke up the scoreless duel in the eighth with an unearned run on a throwing error by Santander on a single to right by Yangervis Solarte.

Toronto's defense helped keep the no-hitter in the early innings. Right fielder Steve Pearce and center fielder Kevin Pillar made leaping catches on deep fly balls, and second baseman Devon Travis raced into the outfield to snag a fifth-inning blooper by Beckham.

Until the eighth, Sanchez was in the running to join Dave Stieb as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters for Toronto. Stieb beat Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.