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Drake's cool journey finally gets him to majors

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Drake's cool journey finally gets him to majors

MIAMI – It’s been a long journey for Oliver Drake. Seven years after he left the Naval Academy, Drake is in the major leagues. Recalled on Saturday, Drake is an extra arm in the Orioles bullpen.

“It’s awesome. It’s really exciting. I got the call last night. It’s kind of flown by, but it’s setting in right now, and it’s a cool experience,” the 28-year-old Drake said.

Drake has pitched at every level, and had pitched at Bowie from 2011-2014. He was limited to three games in 2012 because of shoulder surgery.

Manager Buck Showalter knows it’s a cool story.

“It would be cooler if he pitched well for us and never went down. That would be the cool part for me,” Showalter said.

Drake left the academy after two years, and is the second player from Navy to reach the majors this year. Mitch Harris became the first Navy graduate to play in the majors since 1921, and the St. Louis Cardinals reliever is the first to win a game.

The two share an agent, and Harris texted his congratulations on Saturday morning.

“He said he’ll be watching. I’ve loved watching him doing what he’s been doing right now. He’s been having some success. It’s pretty cool seeing two Navy guys right now in the major leagues,” Drake said.

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Drake was 0-1 with an 0.96 ERA at Norfolk with 30 strikeouts to just four walks. He didn’t want to assume he’d finally get summoned.

“I wasn’t really sure. Lately, they’re kind of having guys shuttling back and forth, so everyone was kind of just preparing. You never know when you might get the call, so that’s all I’ve been doing was trying to make sure if they recall me, I’m ready,” Drake said.
Drake will wear number 71. It doesn’t have special meaning.

“Nothing at all besides that’s the number I’m wearing in my first day in the big leagues. It’s going to mean a lot from now on,” Drake said.

Tyler Wilson was sent down when Drake was recalled. He won Friday’s game in relief.

“Tyler needs to start…He’s a starting pitcher prospect for us and who knows where he might fit out of the pen? He’s getting back on the horse. He’s going to be down at least two to four days. He wasn’t going to pitch for a while. He’ll go right in the rotation down there,” Showalter said.

It’s possible Wilson could be recalled to pitch in one of the games of Thursday’s doubleheader against Chicago.

“Not necessarily. We have options. We have options,” Showalter said.

“I can pull somebody from the pen. That dynamic is going to kind of change each day, I think. I think it’s more you’ve kind of got an idea of who it won’t be. Right now, it’s the only thing I know for sure.”

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in the second game of their three-game set Wednesday. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

Player Notes: 

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Starting pitcher David Hess surrendered six runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work Wednesday, falling to 1-3 on the season and raising his ERA to 5.57. The Rays crushed three homers off the 25-year-old, including back-to-back bombs in the third inning. 

Center fielder Cedric Mullins' cold start to the season continued Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the loss. He's now batting just .098 in 51 at-bats this season. 

Chris Davis was left out of Baltimore's starting lineup for the second straight game due to illness. Renato Nunez started at first base in his place Wednesday, with Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. 

The Orioles activated catcher Austin Wynns from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. In four minor league rehab games before being activated, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles and four RBI. 

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The Tampa Bay lineup teed off on Orioles pitching Wednesday night. Second baseman Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, third baseman Yandy Diaz also homered and doubled and catcher Mike Zunino collected three hits and drove in a run. 

Reliever Yonny Chirinos went five scoreless innings to pick up the win against Baltimore, his third of the season. Chrinos allowed just one hit and one walk after relieving Ryne Stanek following the first inning. 

Right-hander Hunter Wood will start Thursday against the Orioles, acting as Tampa Bay's opener. 

Blake Snell played catch and reportedly threw from 90 feet away Wednesday, a day after the reigning AL Cy Young winner was placed on the 10-day injured list with a toe injury. 

Second baseman Joey Wendle played five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, collecting two hits. If all goes well, Wendle could be back with the Rays by the end of the weekend.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

The Baltimore Orioles kicked off their midweek series with the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, but they fell short in game one. Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

Player Notes: 

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Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy allowed three runs at Tampa Bay Tuesday night, all of which came from the long ball. Bundy tossed five innings in total, striking out five, but was saddled with the loss after his tough fourth inning. Trey Mancini finished 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox on Monday. Mancini has not found a pitcher that he cannot hit off of after starting the year with a .343/.400/.701 batting line with six home runs, 12 RBI, and 17 runs. A big return for the 27-year-old after last year's slump.

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. stayed hot at the plate, singling twice and scoring a run in the series opener against the Rays. It was his second straight game with multiple hits

First baseman Chris Davis was originally in Tuesday's lineup, but was scratched late due to an illness. Davis is coming off a nice series in Boston in which he recorded his first hit of the season, and also hit two doubles and a home run.

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Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow tossed seven innings against the Orioles, allowing just two runs. He was shaky early, but finished with three strikeouts and zero walks in the winning effort. 

Outfielder Avisail Garcia crushed a two-run home run off Dylan Bundy to give the Rays a lead they would not relinquish, and he also added an RBI single later in the game for insurance.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 4/17: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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