Buck Showalter likes to call them nuggets. He spends all winter dreaming about them, and all spring searching for them. Theyre players with hidden abilities, ones who were good in the past or havent had an opportunity to play. They may be good for a few weeks at a time or they may shine for seasons.When Showalter was putting together the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1997, he scouted David Dellucci, a young Orioles outfielder who didnt have much chance to play.The Diamondbacks drafted Dellucci and he played 12 more seasons in the big leagues, including two under Showalter in Texas.On this years team, nominations for Showalters nuggets include Omar Quintanilla and Nate McLouth. Q as Showalter calls him, has never been a regular, but since his acquisition last month, hes been an effective second baseman.McLouth was buried in the minors. He signed with the Orioles after Pittsburgh released him in May, and after two months in Norfolk, was about to invoke his opt-out clause.Hes played 16 games in left field and had a key two-run home run on Tuesday night, his first major league home run in 13 months.McLouth and Quintanilla are not the long-term answers in left field and second base, but both have solidified the defense and hit better than expected.
The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news.
Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season.
LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings.
Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks.
SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List
RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List
OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List
SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List
SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List
Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
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One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.
The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.
The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.
And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.
On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.
If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.
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