For six weeks this summer the Orioles discovered that life without Nick Markakis wasnt pleasant.For whatevers left of this season, theyll try and carry on.Nate McLouth is Showalters first alternative for the leadoff spot. In his major league career, hes batted first more often than anywhere else in the order.McLouth was in the batting cage when Markakis was hurt.It didnt look good right away, McLouth said. When he comes out of the game that quick, you know its not good.
Chris Davis replaced Markakis in right field. Davis played 15 games there when Markakis was out.It doesnt make it any easier going out there after a Gold Glover. I know my job isnt to go out there and wow anybody, Davis said.Its to play solid defense.Davis made a nice throw in the fourth inning when Alex Rodriguez drove a ball off the right field fence, holding A-Rod a long single.I think youre going to see as his career goes on how good a defender he is, Showalter said.Wilson Betemit, whos barely played in the last four weeks due to a sore right wrist, was the designated hitter on Sunday. Betemit played in his 100th game of the season, the first time hes done that since 2007. He had a two-run double in the fourth.Showalter said he spoke with Betemit this week and urged him to keep ready because he could be needed quickly.I hate being right one time, Showalter said. I was hoping it would be some other way.
Trey Mancini, the Orioles' only hope at an All-Star, exited Baltimore's matinee against Oakland in the top of the first on Wednesday, after he was struck on the left elbow by a 92-mph fastball from the Athletics' starter Chris Bassitt.
Baltimore's Chris Davis pinch-ran for Mancini, who left the game almsot immediately after being hit.
Baltimore announced on Twitter that Mancini exited the game with a left elbow contusion.
Mancini, the Orioles' first baseman and outfielder, was a bright spot in a rather lackluster Baltimore lineup.
The only Oriole with a real chance at an All-Star selection, Mancini is batting .304 in 70 games and leads Baltimore with 84 hits, 18 doubles and 16 homers.
The 27 year-old also has one of the highest slugging percentages on the Orioles (.558).
Fans reacted with anguish on Twitter after Mancini exited the game.
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The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.
In his first rehab game with Triple-A Norfolk, Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts and groundouts each. Smith Jr. played all 8.5 innings of Norfolk’s loss to the RailRiders.
In 5 and ⅓ innings pitched against Oakland Tuesday night, Gabriel Ynoa gave up seven hits and six runs (three home runs). He surfaces with a 5.65 ERA in five starts and nine relief appearances.
Rio Ruiz has sunk from starting third baseman to potential DFA candidate. Ruiz went 0-for-3 against the A’s on Tuesday and has gone 9-for-58 in nearly one month (since May 21).
RHP Josh Lucas (shoulder): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
OF Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion): 7-day IL, set to return June 20
OF DJ Stewart (ankle): 10-day IL, out indefinitely
SP Alex Cobb (back): 60-day IL, returns in 2020
SP Nate Karns (arm): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
DH Mark Trumbo (knee): 60-day IL, out indefinitely
Wednesday, 6/19: Orioles @ Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Thursday, 6/20: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
Friday, 6/21: Orioles @ Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET, T-Mobile Park
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