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Cuban defector Alvarez gets big league call to join the Orioles

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Cuban defector Alvarez gets big league call to join the Orioles

ARLINGTON, Tex. -- A little over two years after he signed with the Orioles, Cuban defector Dariel Alvarez has reached the major leagues. Alvarez had his contract purchased by the Orioles on Friday, and he’s batting eighth and playing right field.

The 26-year-old Alvarez batted .275 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs for the Tides.

“Two days ago, they told me I was coming over here. I was so happy I didn't know what to say,” Alvarez said through Einar Diaz, the Orioles assistant hitting coach, who served as his translator.

“It was tough early in the season. I never stopped working, got help from all the coaches over [at Triple-A] and it was a good thing I never gave up. Now I’m here,” Alvarez said.

He credits his success to Norfolk hitting coach Sean Berry

“We started talking about having better discipline at the plate. And swing at good pitches, and that’s what I did. I got better pitches [after that] and my numbers went up,” Alvarez said.  

“It’s a dream come true. I’m so happy, I thank my family and this organization. I’m so happy right now, I can’t believe it.”

Ironically, fellow Cuban Henry Urrutia was optioned to Norfolk to make room for Alvarez. Urrutia hit .265 with a home run and six RBIs in 10 games. The two roomed together with the Tides.

“When they called him to the big leagues I was so happy for him. That motivated me to work hard and come here. We always talk about that. I was really happy for him,” Alvarez said.

Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t commit to bringing Urrutia back to the Orioles after the rosters expand.

“We’ll see if they if they’re good for us. We’re not just going to call bodies up. They’re going to have to be somebody we thank can contribute,” Showalter said.
Steve Clevenger was activated from the paternity list. His daughter, Peyton Lee was born in Baltimore on Tuesday.

While his wife and daughter were in the hospital, Clevenger went to Oriole Park and take some swings off the hitting machine, and then return to be with them.

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

After two straight nights of rainouts, the Orioles finally got to play the Yankees in a doubleheader Wednesday. The O's dropped both games, losing Game 1 5-3 then falling to New York 3-1 in the nightcap. 

Baltimore now heads to Cleveland for a four-game series against the Indians. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Yankees, and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

David Hess allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings of work in Game 1. The Yankees collected six hits against Hess, four of them leaving the ballpark. 

Speaking of the long ball, Trey Mancini smacked his eighth homer of the season in the Game 1 loss, a first inning solo shot off of J.A. Happ. 

Andrew Cashner pitched well in the nightcap, going six innings and allowing just two runs, but was hung with the loss as the Baltimore offense could only muster one run. 

The Orioles returned RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's action. Phillips joined Baltimore in New York to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

YANKEES:

J.A. Happ collected his third win of the season in Game 1 Wednesday after pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save, getting his 11th just a few hours later in the nightcap. 

The Yankees hit four home runs in Game 1, SS Gleyber Torres launching two of them while C Gary Sanchez added to his team-leading tally with his 12th home run of the year. Torres hit yet another tater in the nightcap, a fourth inning solo shot.

Domingo German was dominant in Game 2, going seven strong and striking out eight Orioles while allowing just one run. German is now 8-1 on the season. 

Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in Wednesday night's win. 

3B Miguel Andujar elected to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, ending his 2019 season. 

INDIANS:

Cleveland had Wednesday off as they get set to host the O's this weekend. They'll be coming off a 9-0 win over the White Sox Tuesday in which Cleveland hit five homers, two of them coming off the bat of RF Jordan Luplow

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/16: Orioles @ Indians, 6:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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