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Four-run ninth gives Orioles a 13-9 win over Blue Jays

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Four-run ninth gives Orioles a 13-9 win over Blue Jays

GAME SUMMARY: J.J. Hardy’s ninth inning single sparked a four-run rally that gave the Baltimore Orioles a 13-9 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

The Orioles (36-33) frittered away an early 7-0 lead, and after Toronto (37-34) scored nine unanswered runs, Baltimore scored runs in the fifth and seventh for a 9-9 tie.

Hardy’s single and Ryan Flaherty’s two-run triple off Brett Cecil (1-4) gave Darren O’Day (4-0) his second win in as many days.

Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes had three hits. Flaherty, Hardy, Chris Davis and Travis Snider each had two hits. Paredes had a three-run home run. Davis also homered.

The Orioles, who have won 13 of 17, took two of three from the Blue Jays.

THE GOOD: The Orioles had their biggest inning of the season, a seven-run second. They had seven hits, which equaled their most in an inning.

THE BAD: Chris Tillman, who had lost his last five starts against Toronto, quickly coughed up the seven run lead and was pulled after getting only one out in the second.

He allowed six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 inning.

THE UGLY: Tillman and Mike Wright both got only four outs in their starts this weekend.

THE LONG: The game took three hours, 44 minutes to play.

HOT ORIOLE: Machado had three more hits to run his average to .303. He’s 10-for-18 over the last four games.

OUCH: Adam Jones missed his fourth game in the last six with a sore right shoulder. He was the designated hitter in the other two.

WALKING OFF: Russell Martin thought Jimmy Paredes’ strikeout ended the fourth inning and started leaving the field, but it was only the second out.

SIGN THEM UP: The Orioles have now signed 30 of their 41 draft choices. Left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger, selected in the third round and right-hander Gray Fenter, the seventh rounder, signed.

COMING UP: The Orioles are off on Monday and begin a three-game series in Boston on Tuesday. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-3, 3.27) faces Joe Kelly (2-4, 5.32) at 7:10 p.m.

[MORE: Orioles pitching depth creates unexpected predicament]

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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