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Gonzalez impressive as Orioles shut out Rays 4-0

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Gonzalez impressive as Orioles shut out Rays 4-0

GAME SUMMARY: Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 at Tropicana Field on Saturday night.

Gonzalez (3-1) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out six.

Brad Brach recorded the last four outs for his first career save.

The Orioles (11-11) scored three runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Steve Pearce and an RBI single by Chris Davis off Chris Archer (3-3).

Caleb Joseph added his second home run in the sixth inning.

It was the Orioles’ first shutout of the season, and the third time Tampa Bay (13-11) has been shut out.

THE GOOD: The Orioles string of quality starts continue. Each of their last three starters have pitched at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs.

THE BAD: How about the predictions from certain people (me) that the series might not draw 10,000. Through two games, nearly double that figure showed up. On Saturday night, 12,789 were at Tropicana Field.

THE UGLY: The Orioles had a 29-inning scoreless streak at Tropicana Field before they scored three runs in the fifth.

NOTABLE: Brach’s first save came in his 165th career appearance.

PEARCE LOVES FLORIDA: Thanks to his two-run single in the third inning, the temporary second baseman has 11 RBIs in 18 games at Tropicana Field. Pearce is a native of nearby Lakeland, Fla.

GOING THE OTHER WAY: Davis’ third inning single was hit against the shift.

GOING DEEP: The Orioles have homered in each of their 11 wins.

NO ERRORS: This broke a streak of five straight games with an error for the Orioles.

COMING UP: Nathan Karns (1-1, 4.76) faces Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 2.78) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

MORE ORIOLES: Orioles attendance takes big hit this weekend

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.