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Jones sits for third straight day, could return Friday

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Jones sits for third straight day, could return Friday

PHILADELPHIA – Adam Jones is out of the lineup for the third straight game. It’s the first time he didn’t start three straight games since Sept. 2011.

Manager Buck Showalter said Jones’ right shoulder is improving.

“The good thing is that he’s getting better every day,” Showalter said. “There are certain things with range of motion.”

Showalter anticipates Jones returning on Friday night at Toronto.

“We like where’s it’s heading. It’s not stagnant,” Showalter said. “We don’t want him to go out there and start throwing and do some things that might set him back. He’ll do some throwing tomorrow.”

The Orioles are always concerned about players on the hard turf at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, but Jones thrives there. He has 13 home runs in 64 games, by far the most at any opposing stadium.

“We try and keep people off that turf as much as possible, try to keep them in spikes and on grass. There’s nothing advantageous in being on that turf in Toronto,” Showalter said.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Friday's game against Twins rained out

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Friday's game against Twins rained out

After Friday's game was rained out, the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins will now play a doubleheader at Camden Yards Saturday. First pitch for the first game is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Twins news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings for Low-A Delmarva Thursday. Rodriguez allowed just four hits and a walk, lowering his ERA to 0.54 through three starts. 

TWINS: 

Minnesota recalled RHP Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester to serve as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader. The 24-year old has a career 3-3 record with a 4.69 ERA in the big leagues. 

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 4:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

The Baltimore Orioles knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in extra innings on Thursday. Baltimore will now return home after a week-long road trip to face the Minnesota Twins. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Rays and Twins news:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Joey Rickard had himself a night against Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old went 4-for-5 with a double that scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and a triple. A good sign for him, as he entered Thursday's game with a .212 batting average and just 11 hits on the season. 

Pitcher John Means is moving to the bullpen after joining the starting rotation temporarily. With Alex Cobb expected to be back in the rotation, Means now will transition to a long-relief role for the Orioles.

Outfielder Austin Hays no longer needs a splint and is ready to begin hitting. He's been sidelined for nearly a month and will likely require multiple rehab games at extended spring training and/or the lower levels of the Orioles' minor-league system before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk.

RAYS:

Pitcher Brent Honeywell is shut down with a sore elbow. Honeywell will be out for at least a few days after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.

Pitcher Blake Snell threw again on Thursday. For the second straight day there were no issues, and he is now moving toward an upcoming bullpen session as his next step in rehabilitation. 

TWINS: 

Outfielder Eddie Rosario hits two solo home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. It's been an up-and-down year for him, but since April 9 he has four multi-hit games and five long balls as well.

Catcher Jason Castro sat out Thursday's game against Toronto. He's been splitting time with Mitch Garver throughout the season. 

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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