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Bud Norris hopes for better in start at Bowie


Bud Norris hopes for better in start at Bowie

MIAMI -- Bud Norris had a forgettable Friday night in Norfolk. In his first rehab start, he allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings against Rochester.

"It was a tough one," Norris told the Virginian-Pilot. "I didn't want to do that to the guys and so forth, but I really got my work in. I needed to get on the mound."

Manager Buck Showalter said that Norris will pitch again on Wednesday for Bowie against Erie. Pitching instructor Ramon Martinez will go with Norris, who will work out with pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti on Monday in Baltimore.

Norris is on the disabled list after a battle with bronchitis cost him 10 pounds. Showalter wasn’t disheartened by Norris’ difficulties.

“Bud knows he’s close. His slider is better; he felt good physically. He said his legs weren’t quite under them. He said he thinks they’ll be there next time,” Showalter said.

“He knows…He was a very good self-evaluator today. [Norfolk manager Ron Johnson and pitching coach Mike Griffin] both said the slider was good, velocity was good. Bud knows where it needs to be, but he’s close. He’s real close.”

Showalter wasn’t sure if Matt Wieters, who is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Tuesday would catch Norris.

NOTES: Ryan Flaherty (right groin) will begin a rehab assignment at Norfolk on Monday. … Kevin Gausman (shoulder tendinitis) threw off the mound for the first time since he was put on the disabled list on May 8. He’ll throw again on Tuesday.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes


Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.