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Orioles try something new at the top

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Orioles try something new at the top

For the third time in his career, and the first time since Sept. 2013, Manny Machado is batting leadoff for Saturday night’s game against Tampa Bay.

Coincidentally, both of his other leadoff appearances came against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Machado is the fourth leadoff hitter used by manager Buck Showalter this season.

Alejandro De Aza has been the most popular leadoff hitter, batting there 15 times, Everth Cabrera has hit in the top spot five times, and David Lough once.

De Aza, who is in a 3-for-29 slump, is not in the lineup. He’s 2-for-6 against Saturday’s starter, Chris Archer.

Showalter chose De Aza as his leadoff hitter not necessarily because he was convinced he was the best option, but because there are no other better ones.

De Aza has struck out 21 times and walked just three times for a .265 on-base percentage.

Machado, whose batting eye has improved this year, has walked nine times and struck out 17. His OBP is .326.

Since Nick Markakis left, Showalter has searched for an ideal leadoff hitter. Cabrera has walked just twice in 19 games.

Steve Pearce makes his second start at second base.

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

After two straight nights of rainouts, the Orioles finally got to play the Yankees in a doubleheader Wednesday. The O's dropped both games, losing Game 1 5-3 then falling to New York 3-1 in the nightcap. 

Baltimore now heads to Cleveland for a four-game series against the Indians. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Yankees, and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

David Hess allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings of work in Game 1. The Yankees collected six hits against Hess, four of them leaving the ballpark. 

Speaking of the long ball, Trey Mancini smacked his eighth homer of the season in the Game 1 loss, a first inning solo shot off of J.A. Happ. 

Andrew Cashner pitched well in the nightcap, going six innings and allowing just two runs, but was hung with the loss as the Baltimore offense could only muster one run. 

The Orioles returned RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's action. Phillips joined Baltimore in New York to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

YANKEES:

J.A. Happ collected his third win of the season in Game 1 Wednesday after pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save, getting his 11th just a few hours later in the nightcap. 

The Yankees hit four home runs in Game 1, SS Gleyber Torres launching two of them while C Gary Sanchez added to his team-leading tally with his 12th home run of the year. Torres hit yet another tater in the nightcap, a fourth inning solo shot.

Domingo German was dominant in Game 2, going seven strong and striking out eight Orioles while allowing just one run. German is now 8-1 on the season. 

Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in Wednesday night's win. 

3B Miguel Andujar elected to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, ending his 2019 season. 

INDIANS:

Cleveland had Wednesday off as they get set to host the O's this weekend. They'll be coming off a 9-0 win over the White Sox Tuesday in which Cleveland hit five homers, two of them coming off the bat of RF Jordan Luplow

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/16: Orioles @ Indians, 6:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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