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Matusz serves as race ambassador for "Casey Cares" 5k run

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Matusz serves as race ambassador for "Casey Cares" 5k run

On August 1, Brian Matusz will be the race ambassador for a 5K Run/Walk at Oriole Park in support of “Casey Cares.”

The race, which the Orioles and OriolesReach are supporting, will benefit the organization established by Casey Baynes in 2000.

“Casey Cares” provides unique experiences to critically ill children in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Matusz was approached several years ago, and he’s gotten heavily involved with Baynes’ work.

“We started doing hospital visits, bringing them some Orioles T-shirts and Orioles gear, coming into the hospital when they’re getting their treatment,” Matusz said. I

“It’s really special going in and saying ‘hi to these kids and seeing the smile on their face, just to meet a major league baseball player, to have someone come in and spend some time with them during the day when they’re going through a tough time. Just to see a smile on their face and brighten their day is just really rewarding.”

The 3.1 mile run or one mile walk starts at 8 a.m. and begins at Oriole Park and ends on the field. The race winners will be honored in a pre-game ceremony before that night’s game with Detroit.

“Casey is great with these things that she’s done for these kids to help brighten and enliven their lives. It’s a really special program and it’s something I feel fortunate to be a part of,” Matusz said.

Entry fees are $35 and $40 on race day. Click here for more information and to register

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

The Orioles won 9-1 behind Andrew Cashner and an explosive offense. It was just the second home win of the season for the Orioles. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. made a nice grab near the fence early in the game to save a run, but his biggest moment was a three-run home run to extend the Orioles lead. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Andrew Cashner had a nice start, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The Opening Day starter issued just one walk and struck out five. 

Chris Davis stayed hot, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first home run at Camden Yards this season. 

WHITE SOX:

Ivan Nova had a brutal start Tuesday night, allowing nine runs and eleven hits over four innings. He allowed four home runs and issued three walks, while striking out just four hitters. broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Yoan Moncada continued his breakout season, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot and scoring the only run of the night for the White Sox. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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