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Orioles sign a Grizzlie veteran

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Orioles sign a Grizzlie veteran


While the Orioles haven’t signed any major league free agents, they certainly have been busy scouring the baseball outbacks for prospects.

On Monday, they purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Chase Mahon of the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies. The 24-year-old Mahon was 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 33 games for the independent league team.

The Grizzlies play in Sauget, Illinois and some of their opponents are the Traverse City (Mich.) Beach Bums and the River City Rascals. The Rascals play in that baseball hotbed, O’Fallon, Missouri.

One of Mahon’s teammates was John Shelby III, the son of the former Orioles outfielder and first base coach.

Mahon’s organized baseball career experience is just 18 days. After being drafted in the 22nd round by Colorado in 2011, he pitched in five games for Casper in the Pioneer League, allowing three runs in six innings.

The Orioles also signed Chase Johnson, a beefy right-handed pitcher. The 6-foot-4, 245 lb. Johnson is also 24, but he has a little more experience than Mahon. A 21st round pick of the Phillies in 2009, Johnson played three seasons in Philadelphia’s organization, reaching Lakewood of the South Atlantic League.

He was 5-5 with a 3.66 ERA in 44 games for independent league Amarillo with 11 saves.

Last year, Johnson was a teammate of former Texas Rangers’ right-hander Wes Littleton, who pitched for Buck Showalter in 2006.

While these signings are probably insignificant, the Orioles have some worthwhile experience with independent league players. Lew Ford, who hadn’t played in the majors for nearly five years, was signed from the Long Island Ducks. Stu Pomeranz, who pitched briefly with the Orioles before suffering a season-ending oblique strain, pitched in independent leagues in 2009.
 

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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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