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At 42, Thome is back, eager to contribute

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At 42, Thome is back, eager to contribute

BOSTON Eight weeks after he played his last game for the Orioles, Jim Thome is ready to play again.Thome, who hasnt played since July 27 due to a herniated disc in his neck, was reactivated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday. He wasnt in the starting lineup for the Orioles game against the Red Sox.He was in Sarasota, Fla. for the past few weeks, rehabbing the neck.Everythings been great, Thome said.Everything seemed to go according to what we designed and laid out. The next step here is to try and help with what these guys have been doing.He always thought it was possible that hed be back.I never doubted at all because I never doubted my work ethic, Thome said.Every day, I woke up, I kept telling myself: Keep going. Keep going. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Its been very rewarding to be here with these guys in the position that I am.At 42, Thome is an experienced postseason hand, but still wants more.This is what I think everybody dreams of, Thome said. Even though youve been there, it never gets old. It was a motivational end to get back as quick as I could.Hed like to help an inexperienced team get there.I think thats always the fun thing to watching guys experience it all for the first time, Thome said.Obviously, weve got a lot more to do here.Thome said hes not talking about 2013.I dont talk about next year. I want to talk about this year. Well get to that stage when we get there, Thome said.Weve got too many things ahead of us to worry about next year. Theres no guarantee for tomorrow, let alone next year.

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Orioles Roundup: O's look to rebound in series against Blue Jays

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Orioles Roundup: O's look to rebound in series against Blue Jays

Entering a weekend series against one of the best teams in baseball, the Orioles looked for their first series win since late April. Even though the team played some good baseball, the search will continue on as Baltimore could only salvage one game.

Looking to break the streak, a three-game stretch with Toronto offers them a chance to change the fortunes. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Blue Jays news:

Player Notes

ORIOLES:

The Orioles made a trade on Monday that netted them right-hander Thomas Eshelman from the Phillies. Sending back international signing bonus slots in return, Baltimore picks up a starter that has a 4.61 ERA in the minors this season. His journey with the Orioles will begin at Triple-A Norfolk.

As he continues to rehab from a knee injury, Mark Trumbo could return to the Major League in the near future. The slugger was in Baltimore Monday to have his knee looked at, and his rehab assignment comes to an end on June 16. So, a decision will be coming soon.

John Means will take the hill on Tuesday looking for his sixth win of the season. Sitting at 5-4 with a 2.67 ERA, Means 2019 has been a solid one. He's coming off six innings of one-run ball against the Rangers, though he did still suffer the loss.

BLUE JAYS:

Things may not be going great a the MLB level, but the Blue Jays are getting some good performances from their farm system. One of them came recently from Double-A starter Nate Pearson. With five scoreless innings on Sunday, the 22-year-old continued his stellar 2019 campaign. His K/BB catches your eye, as it sits at 63/8.

David Phelps rehab from Tommy John surgery continues to trend upwards, as he pitched a scoreless frame on both Tuesday and Wednesday in High-A ball.

Trent Thornton will go for Toronto on Tuesday. With a 1-4 record in 13 starts, he'll look to lower his 4.73 ERA. Thornton did pick up a win against the Yankees his last time out, but four earned runs in 5.0 innings led to his ERA actually increasing. 

Injuries

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up

Tuesday 6/11: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:05 p.m. ET, Orioles Park

Wednesday 6/12: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:00 p.m. ET, Orioles Park

Thursday 6/13: Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:00 p.m. ET, Orioles Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Over 70,000 people think Chris Davis should make the All-Star Game

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Over 70,000 people think Chris Davis should make the All-Star Game

When the first returns of the American League preliminary vote for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game came in Monday, there were a few surprises on the list of the top vote-getters in each position.

Amongst the most surprising, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received 70,010 votes from fans, the tenth-most votes at his position.

After a rough start to the season, in which the first baseman extended his hitless streak to 54 at-bats, Davis is still struggling to find his groove at the plate, batting .161 with five home runs.  

Baltimore outfielder Trey Mancini was the only other Oriole on the list, receiving the 17th-most votes of any AL outfielder (100,457). 

Unlike Davis, Mancini is batting .299, the second-highest average in Baltimore behind Hanser Alberto (.311), with 13 homers and 31 RBIs so far.

Other surprises on the list include the Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who received the tenth-most votes of any American League second baseman (50,065). This season Kipnis has slashed .218/.272/.307, with only two home runs. 

Less surprising, the Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout received close to a million votes, the most of any American League ballplayer and the most of any outfielder in the first returns (951,002). 

Only three other players had more than 500,000 votes: Houston Astros outfielder George Springer (776,352), New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (737,107) and Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (630,159). 

All four of the top vote-getters have 17 or more home runs, including Sanchez' 19 blasts, which are tied for the second-most in the American League. 

Primary voting for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game ends at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, June 21.