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Flaherty makes magic for O's

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Flaherty makes magic for O's

Ryan Flaherty has spent the 2012 season dealing with the difficult task of learning how to be a part-time player. Hes been with the Orioles all year and served as a utility guy throughout, working in a number of different roles.But hes been finding more playing time in the past week. The door opened a bit after Robert Andino was hit in the head in Boston last week, and Flahertys taken advantage of that chance. He came through again Friday night, hitting a grand slam in the first inning and finishing with a career-high five RBI to help the Orioles to a 9-1 rout of the Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.Flaherty added an RBI double later to finish 2-for-4 with the five RBI. Hes helped the Orioles in several ways this year. Flaherty has played six different positions and his versatility gave the Orioles a lift at times.Hes come through at the plate in the last week after the Andino incident. Flaherty has gone 6-for-17 since then with two homers and eight RBI, all down the home stretch while the Orioles are trying to earn their first post-season berth in 15 years.It feels good, and I am glad I could help my team win, Flaherty said. Whatever that is, defense, offense and tonight it was with the bat. So it was good.Flaherty had problems at the start as he tried to make a bare-hand pick-up of Scott Podsedniks bunt to start the game. He couldnt finish the play and threw the ball away, letting Podsednik reach second and setting up a quick Boston run for a 1-0 lead.Flaherty made up for that in the bottom half. Chris Davis already had homered to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead against Boston starter Aaron Cook (4-12) before Baltimore loaded the bases with two outs. Flaherty came up and said that since Cook likes to throw sinkers, he was looking for something up in the zone.Thats just what he got on a 2-1 pitch, and Flaherty crushed it into the seats in right-center field to give the Orioles a 6-1 lead and break the game open very early.You dont know when opportunities are going to come, so when you do get a chance, anything you can do to help this team win this time of the year is good, Flaherty said.Flaherty also enjoyed it because hes from the New England area growing up in Maine and said that added some significance.Flahertys other RBI came in a three-run, four-hit sixth inning. He doubled to right-center to give the Orioles an 8-1 lead.Hes been here all year, Davis said. Hes been working hard, and its starting to pay off for him.Flaherty appeared to get some help after a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk. He was out for much of August due to a bacterial infection and wound up playing nine games with Norfolk. Ron Johnson is the Tides' manager and hes been assisting the Orioles in recent days and said hes been very impressed with Flaherty.
I think he got a chance to play a little bit consistently at Norfolk, which is always good for players, Johnson said. The rehab might have turned out to be a blessing in disguise because he's got really good skills,and he's got a good swing and he's got good power. I know he's been in the big leagues all year but it's still tough for a young player who isn't playing regularly.Flahertys now been playing more regularly in the last week and became the latest hero of the night, which has been the Orioles' MO so far this season. Different night, different star. This time, it was Flaherty.
I had a couple opportunities the past couple days and didnt really cash in on it, Flaherty said. So I had a pitch to hit and put a good swing on it.

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Great pitching and a handful of home runs combined for a whopping 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. Here are the latest news and notes.

PLAYER UPDATES:

SP Dylan Bundy threw only one run in seven innings, collecting seven strikeouts and two walks. This was the sixth outing in 24 starts that Bundy did not give up any home runs. Bundy will likely start against the Rays at Camden Yards again this weekend.

RP Mychal Givens earned his first save of the month after protecting a three-run lead. He only gave up a one-out single to Alex Gordon.

2B Hanser Alberto launched a three-run tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning over the center field wall. Between manning second and third base, Alberto is batting .318/.339/.435.

INJURIES: 

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, 10-day IL, may return late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 60-day IL, out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day IL, 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day IL, may return in September 

COMING UP:

Thursday, 8/22: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 8/23: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday, 8:24: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source Credit: Rotoworld 

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Orioles fans are thrilled to see Adley Rutschman play with one of the best minor league teams

Orioles fans are thrilled to see Adley Rutschman play with one of the best minor league teams

A light drizzle began roughly two hours prior to Adley Rutschman’s Delmarva Shorebirds debut, lasting maybe 10 minutes. Just after, a rainbow appeared beyond the outfield wall, perfectly arching from the foul pole in left to the one in right.

You could hardly ask for a more fitting metaphor for the top overall pick in the MLB Draft, the 2019 rainbow to the 2018 storm that was the Orioles finishing with the worst record in baseball.

The catcher’s promotion was met with considerable hype from an Orioles fanbase desperate to support its stars of the future. Rutschman is one of the most-lauded prospects to enter the minor leagues in the last decade, and his potential future impact isn’t lost on anyone who cares about the team.

The enthusiasm surrounding everything Rutschman does was evident throughout the stadium Wednesday night, with several fans already proudly wearing Rutschman jerseys from his previous stop in Aberdeen. The buzz permeating through the stadium was palpable from the moment the gates opened an hour before first pitch.

Rutschman was the first player from either team out on the field, 45 minutes before the first pitch. It was an opportunity to soak it all in for a player who has rarely had a chance to stay under the radar.

The inevitable raucous applause did come eventually, whether it was during his introduction, first at-bat, or the first baserunner he gunned down from behind the plate. The long autograph lines and standing ovations will be a staple at every stop.

He’s going to have to work his way through most, if not all, levels of the Orioles farm system, and that means an opportunity for fans from all over Maryland to see the face of the rebuild in person.

For some fans, while Wednesday was a chance to see Rutschman in Delmarva for the first time, it wasn’t their first time seeing him anywhere.

“It’s been amazing, coming out and seeing him,” said Andrew Low, a local fan who already owns a Rutschman Ironbirds jersey. “I went out to his first two games in Aberdeen, crowd turnout has been fantastic at all the games he’s been in.”

“It’s pretty great that everyone’s getting more interested in the young guys coming up, and I think everyone’s excited for the future of the Orioles,” Low continued.

Rutschman joins one of the few Orioles affiliates apparently not in need of any help. The Shorebirds have already made history this season, setting a team record for wins while preparing for a playoff run. 

Delmarva has been led by a terrific young pitching staff, full of potential future big leaguers. It’s a group Rutschman, as a catcher, will begin developing a rapport with from day one. His effort was already apparent in inning one, as he ran to pat his starting pitcher on the back walking off the field after the top of his very first inning with the team, and each subsequent inning as well.

Of course, it’s the looming postseason that makes Rutschman’s promotion all the more exciting.

“To be a part of a team that’s going to the playoffs for sure, and doing very well right now, I’m very fortunate to be a part of this team,” Rutschman told Will DeBoer, the voice of the Shorebirds, prior to his first game.

Low echoed this sentiment from the fan’s perspective.

“Oh yeah, of course it is,” the longtime fan said when asked how cool it will be to see Rutschman in the postseason so soon. “He’s going to get the experience in the playoffs that he wouldn’t have had down at Aberdeen, and I expect him to do good things in the playoffs.”

Wednesday night was another win in the books for the Shorebirds, and the ability to play with a team experiencing success was not lost on Rutschman.

“It’s awesome,” Rutschman continued with DeBoer. “Winning is extremely fun and shooting for that championship is absolutely the best thing you can go for in baseball. It’s the reason that you play.”

“Winning is extremely fun” is probably the truest quote Rutschman will ever give in his career, and it will be music to the ears of O’s fans everywhere to hear.

But what’s also fun is getting a glimpse of the future, and that’s exactly what Wednesday night was. Rutschman will have better outings than 0-2 with two walks, and he’ll have worse. But throughout it all, fans are going to shower him with praise.

Fittingly, the pregame rainbow did not mark the end of the storms on Wednesday. Lightning flashed behind the clouds in right field for much of the night. The Orioles aren’t out of their storm just yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t chances to enjoy the rainbows along the way.

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