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Orioles claim second baseman Alexi Casilla on waivers

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Orioles claim second baseman Alexi Casilla on waivers

The Orioles added to their stock of second basemen on Friday by claiming Alexi Casilla on waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

The 28-year-old Casilla has played with the Twins since 2006. In 2012, the switch-hitter played a career-high 106 games, batting .241 with a home run and 30 RBIs.

Perhaps his most attractive quality to the Orioles is his speed. Last season, he stole 21 bases. In his major league career, he’s stolen 71 bases and has been caught just nine times.

“We like his defensive capability and we like his speed,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. “He’s a very adept basestealer.”

The Orioles are hoping Brian Roberts can return next spring. They also have Robert Andino, Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla on the 40-man roster.

Duquette says he doesn’t anticipate adding another second baseman to the mix.

“We should be fine with the people we have,” he said. “We have people here who can man the position.”

The Orioles reinstated pitchers Oliver Drake, Stu Pomeranz and Tsuyoshi Wada, Roberts as well as Nolan Reimold from the 60-day disabled list.

They outrighted outfielder Lew Ford, left-handed pitcher Zach Phillips and infielder Steve Tolleson to Norfolk.

The Orioles have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

After two straight nights of rainouts, the Orioles finally got to play the Yankees in a doubleheader Wednesday. The O's dropped both games, losing Game 1 5-3 then falling to New York 3-1 in the nightcap. 

Baltimore now heads to Cleveland for a four-game series against the Indians. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Yankees, and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

David Hess allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings of work in Game 1. The Yankees collected six hits against Hess, four of them leaving the ballpark. 

Speaking of the long ball, Trey Mancini smacked his eighth homer of the season in the Game 1 loss, a first inning solo shot off of J.A. Happ. 

Andrew Cashner pitched well in the nightcap, going six innings and allowing just two runs, but was hung with the loss as the Baltimore offense could only muster one run. 

The Orioles returned RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's action. Phillips joined Baltimore in New York to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

YANKEES:

J.A. Happ collected his third win of the season in Game 1 Wednesday after pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save, getting his 11th just a few hours later in the nightcap. 

The Yankees hit four home runs in Game 1, SS Gleyber Torres launching two of them while C Gary Sanchez added to his team-leading tally with his 12th home run of the year. Torres hit yet another tater in the nightcap, a fourth inning solo shot.

Domingo German was dominant in Game 2, going seven strong and striking out eight Orioles while allowing just one run. German is now 8-1 on the season. 

Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in Wednesday night's win. 

3B Miguel Andujar elected to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, ending his 2019 season. 

INDIANS:

Cleveland had Wednesday off as they get set to host the O's this weekend. They'll be coming off a 9-0 win over the White Sox Tuesday in which Cleveland hit five homers, two of them coming off the bat of RF Jordan Luplow

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/16: Orioles @ Indians, 6:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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