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Hardy to get MRI, out of lineup again

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Hardy to get MRI, out of lineup again

J.J. Hardy is out of the Orioles lineup for the second straight game. The shortstop told reporters in Houston that he would be getting an MRI to check on his oblique muscle.

For now, Hardy is out with soreness on his left side.

Ryan Flaherty is playing shortstop on Tuesday night. Steve Pearce is playing second. Everth Cabrera, who played short during Hardy’s time on the disabled list earlier this season, played there on Monday night, but manager Buck Showalter is hoping to get some more offense.

Adam Jones returns to center field after an absence of three games. He missed two games with a sprained left ankle and was designated hitter on Monday night.

Bud Norris is slated to pitch close to 100 pitches or seven innings, whichever comes first, in his rehab start at Norfolk according to the Virginian Pilot. Matt Wieters is leading off.

Former Orioles catcher Ryan Lavarnway, who was designated for assignment last week and signed a minor league contract with Atlanta is starting for Gwinnett against the Tides.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park