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Can this Rule 5 pick survive with Orioles?

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Can this Rule 5 pick survive with Orioles?

The Orioles have gotten through April intact with a Rule 5 draftee on their roster.

Can they make it through four more?

Obviously, the Orioles have high hopes for Jason Garcia, but it will be fascinating to see if they’ll be able to keep him. In the first 20 games of the season, Garcia has pitched six times, and been scored on in four of them.

His worst outing was his last, and also the least noticeable. Garcia entered the lopsided game in the seventh inning, and allowed four runs on two home runs. He walked three.

Currently, the Orioles are carrying 12 pitchers, but have had a plethora of off days. They’ll have three more between now and May 18.

After that it gets harder. The Orioles play 21 games in 20 days including a makeup doubleheader with the White Sox. After an off day on June 8, they’re scheduled for 29 games in 30 days.

The bullpen certainly will be taxed then, and unlike previous years, the team doesn’t have optionable pitchers who can be ferried back and forth to Norfolk.

Wesley Wright should be ready to be activated from the disabled list soon, and the Orioles would like to find a place for him, too.

While the Orioles like Garcia, they’ve said many times they won’t sacrifice winning. They’re fearful he’d be snapped up if they put him on waivers just as the other Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett was, and they’ve not about to offer him back to the Boston Red Sox.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Late comeback falls short as Twins complete sweep

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Late comeback falls short as Twins complete sweep

After dropping both games of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Orioles comeback bid was just short on Sunday, as they fell 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

The loss marked a sweep for the Twins, and the second time the Orioles have been swept in Camden Yards this season.

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. is not expected to miss time due to injury, according to manager Brandon Hyde. Smith was removed during Sunday's loss with what was considered to be right quad tightness. While he may be held out a couple days, do not expect him to end up on the injured list.

Second baseman Johnathan Villar continues to impress early on in 2019. Villar stole his sixth base of the season (in 23 games) on Sunday, also adding three hits and an RBI during the loss. He continues to be a bright spot for a young Orioles team.

The Orioles defense did not help starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, who gave up four runs (two earned) over six innings on Sunday. In the first inning, Smith Jr. lost a fly ball in the sun that resulted in a three-base error, leading to two runs. Regardless, Bundy moved to 0-3 on the season with a 6.56 ERA, neither of which is very good.

TWINS:

Relief pitcher Taylor Rogers earned his second save of the series -- and third of the season -- on Sunday. Despite allowing a run, he could be emerging as the Twins go-to ninth inning arm, but manager Rocco Baldelli could continue to move forward on a game-by-game basis.

Outfielder Max Kepler missed the entire series against Baltimore with what was described as just an illness. His health is something to keep an eye on moving forward, as Kepler has not played since Thursday.

WHITE SOX:

Outfielder Jon Jay is traveling with the team, but it is unlikely if he will play in any of games in the upcoming series against Baltimore. Jay has yet to play this season after suffering a hip injury late in Spring Training.

Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito also will miss the entire series against Baltimore with a hamstring injury that sent him to the injured list. The right-hander has not had the best start to 2019, as he has a 5.30 ERA through four starts.

INJURIES:

OF Dwight Smith, Jr.: Quadriceps, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Monday 4/22: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

After Friday's game was rained out, the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins played a doubleheader at Camden Yards Saturday. The Orioles lost 6-5 in the first game, and 16-7 in the second. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Twins news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Infielder Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three runs driven in during Game Two of the Orioles' doubleheader. He was the lone bright spot in a blowout loss, and now has a .304 batting average in 2019.

Pitcher Alex Cobb made his return to the mound in Game Two but did not fare well. Cobb gave up nine runs and 10 hits in 2.2 innings against the Twins. He allowed three home runs, and Brandon Hyde said he though Cobb looked "rusty."

First baseman Chris Davis made a surprise appearance on the mound in the ninth inning of an eight-run game. It was his first pitching appearance since 2012, and he allowed a home run to former Oriole Jonathan Schoop.

TWINS: 

Eddie Rosario crushed three home runs across both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He has five home runs in three games and nine total on the season. 

Former Oriole Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Game Two's blowout victory.

Another former Oriole, Jonathan Schoop, also enjoyed a big day, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double in the 16-7 victory, including the home run off former teammate Chris Davis.

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Monday 4/22: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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