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Nickname jerseys are a dud for the Baltimore Orioles

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Nickname jerseys are a dud for the Baltimore Orioles

When there is an opportunity to have fun in baseball, you have to take it. Having 162 games throughout the season can take a toll not only on a player physically, but also mentally.

Major League Baseball took down the strict wall that is normally held up and allowed the players to have some fun. During Players Weekend, which will take place August 25-27, all players will be allowed to wear personalized nickname jerseys instead of their regular home and away jerseys with their last names. 

A great opportunity for a player to build up their brand right? Well not for a majority of the Orioles.

There was little to no creativity with the players allowed to choose their own nickname. Of the 23 players' jerseys that were released by Major League Baseball, seven on the Orioles chose to still use their last name and three used their first name. Only two guys really get a pass on this J.J. Hardy (with J.J. already being a nickname) and Mark Trumbo (his last name is just cool).

If you ignore those 10, the rest is pretty exciting. Plus we finally get a Chris Davis jersey that says Crush on the back.

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Nicknames for the Orioles Jerseys

#2 J.J. Hardy -- J.J.
#3 Ryan Flaherty -- Flash
#6 Jonathan Schoop -- Mamba
#10 Adam Jones -- Pappo
#12 Seth Smith -- Smith
#13 Manny Machado -- Mr. Miami
#16 Trey Mancini -- Trey
#17 Ruben Tajada --Tejada
#19 Chris Davis -- Crush
#23 Joey Rickard -- Joey
#29 Welington Castillo -- Beef
#30 Chris Tillman -- Tilly
#31 Ubaldo Jimenez -- Big U
#35 Brad Brach -- B-Rad 
#36 Caleb Joseph -- Cabob
#37 Dylan Bundy -- Bundy
#38 Wade Miley -- Miley
#39 Kevin Gausman -- Gausy
#45 Mark Trumbo -- Trumbo
#48 Richard Bleier -- Bleier
​#50 Miguel Castro - Castro
#53 Zach Britton -- Brit
#56 Darren O'Day -- Odachowski

For more information on players weekend, click here.

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0