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Orioles' PR director helps lead MLB's fight against cancer

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Orioles' PR director helps lead MLB's fight against cancer


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The shy woman who prefers to work behind the scenes was a center of attention on Monday afternoon. Usually, she’s the anonymous team spokesman, but now she’s speaking on behalf of something that’s drastically affected her life.

Monica Barlow, who’s worked for the Orioles for 13 years, is now the team’s public relations director, held up a sign at a press conference announcing a new initiative that Major League Baseball is partnering with StandUp2cancer.org.

“I Stand Up for Me,” the sign read. Barlow has been battling lung cancer, and she’s one of several club public relations officials who have.

At 35, Barlow has Stage Four lung cancer, and through her efforts, the Orioles are auctioning off a ride on the team bus to a game in Washington to help benefit cancer research. They’re also allowing a fan to shadow a player, eat with the team, take batting practice and sit in the dugout during a spring training game.  There are more than 70 different baseball experiences and items to be auctioned off.

“When you’re going through something like this, the one thing you want to feel is hope and support,” Barlow said.

“It’s something that I recognize the importance of because I probably wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for research. The drug that I’m on now did not exist two years ago.”

Barlow, who’s never been a smoker, says lung cancer has a stigma because of its high death rate, and it’s underfunded.

“The one thing I don’t want cancer to do is to define me,” Barlow says. “I know that’s a part of my life, but I don’t want it to be the only defining characteristic of me.”

To participate in the online auction, which ends on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET, visit @SU2C.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field