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Orioles designate Travis Snider for assignment

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Orioles designate Travis Snider for assignment

The Orioles designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment on Friday and recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Norfolk.

Snider was a huge disappointment this season after the Orioles traded two minor league pitchers, Steven Brault and Stephen Tarpley to Pittsburgh for him in January.

The Orioles had hoped Snider would be an adequate replacement for Nick Markakis, but that didn’t work out. Snider batted .237 with three home runs and 20 RBIs, but hasn’t had an RBI since June 30.

Snider was in a 3-for-36 slump.

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The left-handed hitting outfielder showed power last season for the Pirates when he hit 13 home runs and 38 RBIs with a .263 average. The Orioles hoped he could duplicate or even improve on those numbers, but Snider didn’t come close.

Lake was acquired a week ago from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Tommy Hunter. In parts of three major league seasons, Lake has a .241 lifetime average.

The right-handed hitter played 210 games for the Cubs this season, hitting .224 with a home run and five RBIs.

Lake, who will wear No. 48, has played all three outfield positions, but more in left field than anywhere else.

In 58 games for Chicago’s Triple-A Iowa, Lake batted .315 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs, and batted .333 in four games with the Tides.

Lake, who is in Friday’s lineup as the designated hitter, will be the 44th player used by the Orioles this season, equaling the number used in 2014.

The Orioles currently have three players who were designated for assignment. Besides Snider, Bud Norris and Chris Parmelee were designated last week.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.