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On draft day two, Orioles go for high schoolers

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On draft day two, Orioles go for high schoolers

BALTIMORE –- On the second day of the draft, the Orioles selected four pitchers, three outfielders and a rather large first baseman.

In the third round, they selected left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger from Oregon. The 21-year-old could be close to being ready for the majors according to scouting director Gary Rajsich.

College left-handed power arm with two really good pitches. Throws strikes, and we are excited to have him. He could be close to the big-leagues and a fast mover through our system,” Rajsich said.

The Orioles picked two high school outfielders, Ryan McKenna and Jason Hinrich, in the fourth and fifth rounds, and two right-handed pitchers Jay Flaa and Gray Fenter in the sixth and seventh. Flaa is a college pitcher from North Dakota and Fenter a high school pitcher from Arkansas.

Seamus Curran, a 6-foot-6, 240 lb. first baseman from Feeding Hills, Mass. was picked eighth and high school outfielder Jaylen Ferguson was the ninth round selection. East Carolina left-handed pitcher Reid Love was picked 10th.

“I think we got a good balance of players and some players that we wanted. Feel really good walking away today,” Rajsich said.

Seven of the Orioles’ 11 selections in the first two days were high school players.

“Each draft presents something different and this year it was high school strong and we drafted to the strength of the draft. The position players in high school are good. We wanted to grab some bats this year and I think we’ve done that,” Rajsich said.

Rajsich isn’t concerned that the players drafted will be difficult to sign.

“We did our homework. We talked to advisors all day long and we feel pretty confident we could sign them all,” Rajsich said.

Curran is a most interesting pick because of his size.

“He is a big, giant of a kid. He’s really strong and has a live bat. He really swings it hard. We are looking for great power potential out of him,” Rajsich said.

Rajsich was most pleased about Fenter’s availability.

“Fenter was a surprise for us in the seventh round. We realized, talking to their advisors that we were going to have the funds to do it. It’s a big arm for us. Maybe a top of the draft, first day-type talent that we were able to get in the seventh round so we were very excited about that,” Rajsich said.

The draft concludes on Wednesday with rounds 11-40.

"We are going to do what every other club is going to do. We are going to look for passed over guys with talent that were passed over or overlooked. We have a couple of guys that we feel good about that we don’t have to get to right away because we don’t think everyone has seen them. It will be a long day, but excited,” Rajsich said.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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