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Orioles need strong performance in Oakland

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Orioles need strong performance in Oakland

Fans who stayed up long enough to watch the Orioles 3-2 loss to Oakland late Friday night probably had a hard time going to bed.The loss probably brought back memories of losses earlier in the season when the team had difficulty manufacturing runs and hitting with runners in scoring position.The Orioles were 0-for-5 with RISP, and aside from Chris Davis long home run in the fifth, did little productive hitting. They had 11 baserunners, seven hits, three walks and an error, but couldnt cash in. They hit into four double plays, equaling their season high. Pinch-runner Xavier Avery was thrown out trying to steal second for the final out.For about two hours, the Orioles were in first place in the AL East. The Yankees were beaten by the Rays. Tampa Bay trails Baltimore and New York by three.The Orioles are still in excellent wild card shape, no matter what happens with the East. Theyre 2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second wild card spot and three in front of Tampa Bay. Detroit is 4 games back. Theyre two games in back of the Athletics for the top wild card spot. The remaining two in Oakland will be difficult and especially critical.Should the Orioles lose even one of the remaining games with the Athletics, their path gets tougher. Baltimore needs to win both at least one to take the season series from the Athletics. Oakland currently leads 4-3.If the teams finished in a tie for the top wild card spot, the team with the better record in the season series hosts the Oct. 5 game.Of course, the Orioles can make it easier on themselves by beating out the Yankees.

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news. 

Player Updates:

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. 

Injuries:

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

Coming Up:

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

Source: Rotoworld

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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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