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Orioles go for three-game winning streak

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Orioles go for three-game winning streak

Tonight's game:

Seattle Mariners (17-21) vs. Baltimore Orioles (17-19), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.24) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (1-2, 2.53)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles win three in a row? The Orioles' only three-game winning streak wasn't witnessed by any fans.

Will Chris Davis take a seat? Davis is 1-for-21, and he's 0-for-5 with three strikeouts against Elias. Davis has played every game he's been eligible for this season.

News and Notes:

In his last four starts, Chen has pitched 28 innings, allowing seven runs, but has just one win.

Elias has allowed two earned runs in 10 2/3 innings against the Orioles, striking out 13.

Current Mariners hitters are batting .167 against Chen.

Jimmy Paredes has a 20-game on-base streak.

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Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Orioles clean house, fire 11 members of scouting and front office departments

Baltimore Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias is dedicated to altering the direction of the organization and that was reciprocated Friday with the firing of 11 members of the scouting and front office departments.  

"We're in a period of change right now with the industry and we're in a period of change right now with the Orioles," Elias said. "Sometimes to make changes you've got to make changes."

Among those relieved were baseball operations director Tripp Norton, scouts Dean Albany, Jim Howard, John Gillette, Nathan Showalter, and Buck Showalter. 

Elias acknowledged the uphill battle ahead of filling numerous voids but insists it's just a part of the job 

"We're going to be very busy bringing people into this organization," he said. "This is just the organization moving along and adapting to the sport today."

Just one day removed from a judge confirming that the Orioles owe the Nationals nearly $300 million, Elias insisted this move isn't to save money.

"There are changes going on in the scouting business in terms of greater availability of information in general, video and data," Elias said. "There are instances where we will replace people's roles kind of man for man, head for head, spot for spot, but there's other instances where we're reconfiguring the way the scouts go about their business."

The O's will look completely different from this point out and players won't be the only changes.

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Watch this kid’s adorably wholesome reaction to getting a foul ball at Wednesday’s Orioles game

Watch this kid’s adorably wholesome reaction to getting a foul ball at Wednesday’s Orioles game

One of the most awesome things about sports is that some aspects are universally great. Getting a ball at a baseball game is one of them.

Whether you catch it on the fly, off a ricochet or just pick it up off the ground, finding that baseball in your hand is one of the best feelings for any fan. Seeing another fan experience that joy is heart-warming.

Enter this young fan at the Orioles game Wednesday night who scooped up a DJ Stewart foul ball.

This is the type of candid, wholesome, unfiltered reaction that only kids can provide. Every kid at every game dreams about getting a ball. Seeing this particular kid snag a ball at Camden Yards just brings all the feelings.

Oh, and the Orioles have won two games in a row. Not that that's a big deal or anything.

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