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Is it time for Orioles to forget Gallardo?


Is it time for Orioles to forget Gallardo?

Are the Orioles forgetting about Yovani Galllardo? At Thursday’s press conference to discuss Chris Davis’ new contract, Dan Duquette reiterated that the Orioles would continue to look for pitching.

Gallardo and the Orioles have been linked for some weeks. He’s the only top shelf pitcher left on the market, and the only one who would require the Orioles to surrender their first round pick to sign.

This year, the Orioles pick 14th.

On MLB Network Radio, Duquette indicated the Orioles may look elsewhere for pitching despite one report that said Gallardo was choosing among them, Colorado and Houston for a new team.

“The question for us is ’Are we willing to give up our first-round pick?’ and so far that answer has been no,” Duquette said.

“I think we’re going to hang onto that pick.”

In all likelihood, Duquette will look for “Red Cross” or “bounce back” pitchers instead.

NOTES: Tickets for individual spring training games go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles’ first home game is on March 2 against Atlanta at 1:05 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.orioles.com/spring or by calling 877-222-2802.
Sixteen home games will be played in March.
Orioles pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 18.
-Ravens great Ed Reed, who recently joined the Buffalo Bills coaching staff, Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) will be honored at the 12th annual Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Dinner on Feb. 12 at the Marriott Waterfront.
-The Baltimore Colts’ Super Bowl V trophy will be on display at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum from Saturday through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7.
-Longtime area sportswriter Dan Connolly will host a baseball talk at the Zion Lutheran Church in York, Pa. on Jan. 28. Connolly’s guests will be Philadelphia Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock and veteran baseball writer Mel Antonen. Admission is free, but donations to the church’s youth ministry program are appreciated. 

RELATED: Scott Boras discusses how Davis' deal came to be

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


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.