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Norris' next role still to be decided

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Norris' next role still to be decided

BALTIMORE – One of the next things on Buck Showalter’s to-do list is figuring out a role for Bud Norris. In his second rehab start, Norris allowed four runs on six hits in five innings for Bowie on Wednesday night.

He did much better in his second assignment than his first. Norris gave up nine runs on 12 hits in 2 2/3 innings in Norfolk last Friday.

The Orioles have to decide whether Norris, who is on the disabled list with bronchitis, gets another rehab start, moves back to the rotation or goes to the bullpen.

Kevin Gausman (tendinitis) will probably be optioned to Norfolk to start on June 6 and 11. His first start would be three innings and his second four.

Gausman will face hitters on Friday, throw in the bullpen on Sunday and pitch a two-inning simulated game in Houston on Tuesday.

The Orioles will pitch Miguel Gonzalez on Friday and Chris Tillman on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Saturday is Wei-Yin Chen’s spot, but on Thursday morning, Showalter said that he was waiting on his bullpen session before setting that spot.

Nathan Karns, Erasmo Ramirez and Jake Odorizzi pitch for the Rays.

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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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