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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

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Tim Beckham trade has paid off for Orioles and Beckham

Tim Beckham is probably still getting used to playing with a Black and Orange uniform, but at the plate he is more comfortable than ever. 

Since picking the shortstop on July 31, he is batting .485 with 32 hits, 14 extra base knocks with five of those being homers. This is all within 16 games for the Baltimore Orioles, meaning he is averaging two hits a game.

Already Beckham has surpassed the amount of doubles he had with the Tampa Bay Rays in 87 games (seven compared to five). His batting average has risen over 200 points and his slugging percentage has doubled to .879.

To get the 27-year-old infielder, the Orioles only gave up minor-league pitcher Tobias Myers. 

That's right, a minor-league pitcher for a starting shortstop that currently holds the MLB's best batting average of all starting position players in the month of August.

A pretty good deal for the Orioles. 

Originally, Beckham looked to be a filler for the injured J.J. Hardy who is now currently on the 60-day disabled list. Now, it appears the Orioles have found their new starter in the gap. His fielding percentage is 94.9 percent since joinging the O's with four errors in 78 fielding chances.

With Tampa Bay he rotated among all of the infield positions for four years. 

Unfortunately as a single player, Beckham has been unable to get Baltimore to win more contests as the team is 8-8 with him in the line-up. 

In his first week with the Orioles, Beckham earned the AL Player of the Week and has not let up since. 

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

MORE ORIOLES: GAUSMAN CHANGES HIS NUMBER TO HONOR ROY HALLADAY

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.