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Orioles Roundup: O's end series against Rangers in an upsetting 0-4

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Orioles Roundup: O's end series against Rangers in an upsetting 0-4

The Orioles dropped their fourth game against the Texas Rangers on Sunday, ending the four-part series in a calamitous 0-4 for the O's.

Here's the latest news and notes surrounding the team.

Player Updates:

Looks like SP Asher Wojciechowski won't be starting again anytime soon. After giving up four runs in only two innings on Sunday, Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde senses the right-hander is feeling the effects of his large workload this season. Hyde announced after the game that Wojciechowski's next start will most likely not be against the Tigers on Tuesday, and there's no knowing how it will be pushed back. 

DH Renato Nunez put the Orioles on the board late in the second inning. The slugger hit with a solo shot off Rangers' starter Mike Minor, making the homerun Nunez's 29th long ball of the season. The 25-year-old infielder is hitting .251/.315/.473 with 68 runs scored, 29 home runs, 81 RBI and one stolen base in 543 appearances this season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Tuesday, 9/10: Dodgers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Wednesday, 9/11: Dodgers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/12: Dodgers at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld 

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Orioles Roundup: Pitcher Aaron Brooks overstays welcome at mound, leads 6-4 loss against Royals

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Orioles Roundup: Pitcher Aaron Brooks overstays welcome at mound, leads 6-4 loss against Royals

Orioles lose by two yet again to the Royals 6-4. Here's the latest news and notes surrounding the team. 

Player Updates:

Is OF Aaron Brooks to blame for the Brids' bad day? Most will argue yes as Brooks issued six hits and surrendered three runs on Sunday, including a two-run double to Hunter Dozier and an RBI single to Ryan O'Hearn in the opening frame. After being generously given four hall passes for walking players, the pitcher was finally pulled in the fifth inning after issuing yet another walk (and this time with only one out).

OF Trey Mancini's lone hit of three at-bats came at just the right time on Sunday. The outfielder went 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and even a walk, allowing for two runs in the third inning. 

DH Mark Trumbo is back: the slugger will be activated from the injured list on Monday, following a knee injury. In the past he's batted .218/.295/.509 with four home runs over 15 rehab games and will most likely be used in a pretty limited role this month.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, Out indefinitely 

DH Mark Trumbo, Knee, Expected to return September 2nd

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 2020

Coming Up:

Monday, 9/2: Orioles at Rays, 1:10p.m., Tropicana Field

Tuesday, 9/3: Orioles at Rays, 3:10 p.m., Tropicana Field

Tuesday, 9/3: Orioles at Rays, 6:40 p.m., Tropicana Field

Source: Rotoworld 

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Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years rests on defense, luck and pitching depth

Virginia's first LLWS appearance in 25 years rests on defense, luck and pitching depth

The last time a Virginia team qualified for a spot at the Little League World Series was 1994. This was also the year Disney released the original Lion King and Forrest Gump made his monumental run around the United States. 

Twenty-five years later, the Loudon South Little League team will be making their run (or hopefully, runs) around the bases. 

It all started back in South Riding, Va., where the team won 16 consecutive games to take the Southeast Region tournament title. Pitcher Justin Lee fell to his knees after the final out of game 16, where Loudoun South dominated Peachtree City, Ga. 12-2, and advanced themselves to the Little League World Series. 

Led by head coach Alan Bowden, this experience had been a dream for both the players and the coach. Bowden's father played in the Little League World Series 65 years ago, he's told reporters, and he told PennLive that now coaching his son in the tournament is a dream.

“I know I talk with my dad about his experience a couple times a year,” Bowden told PennLive. “Just being here and meeting all these international teams and other teams from around the country is really special.”

The team entered their first LLWS game against New England's Barrington Little League team on Friday, August 16th. With tenacity and what appeared to be just sheer coolness, the Southeast regional champions completed the 52nd no-hitter in LLWS history, crushing the Rhode Island team 3-0

Bowden credited the team's defense and depth according to LittleLeague.org.

“We pride ourselves in defense,” he said. “We practice, practice, practice defense and we feel like the real staple of our team is defense.”

Loudoun South didn't stop there. Lee returned to the mound and completed the 53rd no-hitter in LLWS history, striking out six and walking only two. The game ended shortly after as Lee and the team reached the Little League's margin-of-victory rule. 

“I have no words. It’s just, I guess sometimes you get lucky, and this week has been very fortunate for me,” Lee said according to the Washington Post after the victory. “I’ve been getting to meet a lot of cool people. This whole thing, being here is all great, and getting to throw two no-hitters feels amazing.”

The Virginia team's next matchup will be against West champions Hawaii. Central East Maui baseball team most recently completed a 6-0 victory over Elizabeth, N.J. on Monday.

"I'm really really proud of the kids. The way they've executed and the way they've pushed down the media and the big crowd and just gone out and done their job," Bowden told reporters after their last win. "I have told them, you know look around enjoy the moment this is the biggest game of your life but it's still the same game you play back at home ... and they've done a fantastic job of staying focused. And I've never been prouder of a group of kids."

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