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Jones injured, Orioles lose three of four to Royals

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Jones injured, Orioles lose three of four to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thursday brought more difficult news for the already challenged Orioles. Adam Jones became the second regular sidelined in the past five days. By the time the game was over, there was no word on his status.

J.J. Hardy is already on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, and Jones could be sidelined for some time, too.

Jones ran into the left-center field wall in the first inning chasing a ground-rule double by Ben Zobrist. He left in the third as the Orioles lost to the Kansas City Royals 5-3 before 31,155 on Thursday.

The Orioles (63-64) lost for the third time in four games against the Royals (78-49). The road trip concludes with three games in Texas beginning Friday night.

Yordano Ventura struck out 11 in six innings. He fanned Gerardo Parra, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in the first, two more in the second, third and fourth.

The only hit the Orioles had in the first five innings was Paul Janish’s third inning single. Janish pinch hit for Jones. Parra moved to center field.

Chris Tillman allowed the ground-rule double to Zobrist that injured Jones in the first, but didn’t allow any runs until the fourth.

Mike Moustakas doubled and scored on Salvador Perez’s RBI single. After Alex Rios singled, Paulo Orlando’s sacrifice fly to right put Kansas City ahead 2-0.

Zobrist singled with one out in the fifth. Kendrys Morales walked, and Moustakas’ single scored Zobrist, and it was 3-0. Janish ended the inning with a great stop on a grounder by Salvador Perez, and he started a double play.

Janish had a sixth inning single for the Orioles second hit.

Orlando homered with one out in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

Tillman (9-8) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.

Ventura (8-7) left after six. He allowed the two hits and walked four.

Ryan Flaherty homered off Kelvin Herrera in the seventh, but Kansas City got the run back in the bottom of seventh on an RBI single by Moustakas off Jorge Rondon.

Moustakas was 8-for-14 in the series with seven RBIs.

The Orioles scored two in the ninth against Greg Holland on an RBI doubles by Caleb Joseph and a run-scoring single by Manny Machado.

NOTES: Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30) faces Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82) on Friday night at 8:05 p.m. when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Texas. … The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain. … Kansas City pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field