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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.

MORE ORIOLES: Machado has played every game this season

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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

Beloved former Oriole Nick Markakis is finally being recognized as an All-Star this week in Washington, D.C. at the 89th Midsummer Classic. 

The 34-year-old right fielder waited 12 1/2 Major League Baseball seasons for his name to be called. 

Markakis, who is on his way to having the best season of his career, is batting .323 and leading the NL with 120 hits. He received the most votes of any NL outfielder in fan voting.

A 22-year-old Markakis first arrived in the Orioles clubhouse in 2006 when the average age of the rest of the Orioles’ starting lineup was 32. The now 34-year-old finds himself as one of the oldest on a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at the halfway point of the season and only 1/2 game back from the first-place Phillies.  

MLB announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, which features Markakis batting 7th and playing right field for the National League. 

Catch Markakis and the rest of the field in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at 8 p.m. on FOX. 

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.

STREAKY

Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.