Now, the Orioles have to worry about Jason Hammel again.In his second start since missing nearly two months with an injury to his right knee, Hammel hastily left Tuesday nights game when he reinjured the knee in the fourth inning.Sans Hammel, the Orioles went to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 before 23,828 at Oriole Park.The Orioles (79-62) began the night a game behind AL East-leading New York. Tampa Bay (77-64) is two games behind Baltimore Hammel took a 3-1 lead to the fourth. He got the first two outs, walked Evan Longoria before his knee buckled and was hustled out of the game.Later, it was announced that Hammel had sustained a right knee injury.Hammel was relieved by Steve Johnson (3-0), who threw a scoreless 1 13 innings to pick up the win.In the first, Adam Jones walked with two outs and scored from first when Tampa Bay right fielder Matt Joyce bobbled Matt Wieters single.Ryan Roberts fourth home run in the top of the third temporarily tied the score. It was the only hit Hammel allowed.J.J. Hardys 20th home run, a two-run shot off Matt Moore (10-10) in the bottom of the third gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead.Wieters two-run double against Blake Badenhop upped the advantage to 5-1 in the fifth.Hardys third hit, an RBI single made it 6-1 in the sixth, and Chris Davis 25th home run, an opposite-field shot gave Baltimore its seventh run.Luis Ayala followed Johnson with 1 13 scoreless, and Brian Matusz retired the two batters he faced.Through seven, the Rays had just two hits, but Elliot Johnson led off the top of the eighth with his sixth home run off Darren ODay to make it 7-2.Hardys second home run of the game, a two-run shot, in the eighth gave him five RBIs and padded the lead to seven runs.NOTES:-Chris Tillman threw in the bullpen on Tuesday afternoon. He said it went well, and hes ready to pitch. Tillman hasnt pitched since Sept. 2 when he left a start in New York after three innings with a tender elbow.The Orioles havent chosen a starter for Thursday afternoon and manager Buck Showalter says he has three or four candidates to start.-Troy Patton (sprained right ankle) threw on the side on Monday, will again on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw batting practice on Friday in Sarasota, Fla.-Jim Thome (herniated disc) will take batting practice in the cage on Wednesday in Sarasota, Fla.If Patton and Thome progress, they can have their rehab assignments in the Instructional League. -Miguel Gonzalez (6-4, 3,62) and Alex Cobb (9-8, 4.28) are Wednesdays pitchers.
Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.
Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit.
Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion.
Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.
The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.
The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).
Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.
Trey Mancini got hurt? pic.twitter.com/7yJhu1Bhiv— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) June 19, 2019
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In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.
In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.
Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).
RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20
OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020
SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
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