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Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

Orioles avoid arbitration with Wieters, 3 others

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles agreed to one-year contracts Friday with catcher Matt Wieters, slugger Chris Davis and left-handed pitchers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

The moves enabled the sides to avoid arbitration.

Wieters, who received $500,000 in 2012, earned a raise to $5.5 million. He made the AL All-Star team last season and finished with a .249 batting average while setting career highs with 23 homers, 83 RBIs and 144 games played.

Davis led the Orioles with 33 home runs and 85 RBIs while playing the outfield, first base and designated hitter. His salary jumped from $488,000 to $3.3 million.

Matusz contributed in the bullpen during the 2012 playoffs. In 18 relief appearances during the regular season, the 25-year-old was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA. He will receive $1.6 million in 2013 after making $1.45 million a year ago.

Patton was 1-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 54 games with Baltimore. His salary will jump to $815,000 from $483,500.

The Orioles also exchanged arbitration figures with All-Star closer Jim Johnson and right-handers Jason Hammel and Darren O'Day.

Johnson requested $7.1 million while Baltimore countered at $5.7 million. Hammel asked for $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million. O'Day proposed $3.2 million and was offered $1.8 million.

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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 Jose De Leon is slated to throw again on Friday. De Leon will make a second appearance in Port Charlotte after throwing an inning in an extended spring game with no issues last week. The right-hander is trending in the right direction, though he remains without a concrete return timeline as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last March.

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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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in the second game of their three-game set Wednesday. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

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Starting pitcher David Hess surrendered six runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work Wednesday, falling to 1-3 on the season and raising his ERA to 5.57. The Rays crushed three homers off the 25-year-old, including back-to-back bombs in the third inning. 

Center fielder Cedric Mullins' cold start to the season continued Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the loss. He's now batting just .098 in 51 at-bats this season. 

Chris Davis was left out of Baltimore's starting lineup for the second straight game due to illness. Renato Nunez started at first base in his place Wednesday, with Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. 

The Orioles activated catcher Austin Wynns from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. In four minor league rehab games before being activated, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles and four RBI. 

RAYS:

The Tampa Bay lineup teed off on Orioles pitching Wednesday night. Second baseman Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, third baseman Yandy Diaz also homered and doubled and catcher Mike Zunino collected three hits and drove in a run. 

Reliever Yonny Chirinos went five scoreless innings to pick up the win against Baltimore, his third of the season. Chrinos allowed just one hit and one walk after relieving Ryne Stanek following the first inning. 

Right-hander Hunter Wood will start Thursday against the Orioles, acting as Tampa Bay's opener. 

Blake Snell played catch and reportedly threw from 90 feet away Wednesday, a day after the reigning AL Cy Young winner was placed on the 10-day injured list with a toe injury. 

Second baseman Joey Wendle played five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, collecting two hits. If all goes well, Wendle could be back with the Rays by the end of the weekend.

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:

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

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 

Source: Rotoworld

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