NEW YORK It seems like old times. September is nearly here, and the Orioles and Yankees are ready for a crucial series.Its been 15 years since the Orioles could contemplate these kind of games. Only three games separate the Yankees and Orioles in the AL East. Theyre close enough that talk of the wild card will be put on hold for this weekend.The Orioles believe they can beat the Yankees. They took two of three in each of their previous visits to Yankee Stadium this season while the Yankees took four of five at Oriole Park.Theres landmines all through September, manager Buck Showalter said. There were in August. There were in July.The Orioles are 72-58. They havent been 15 games over .500 since their last winning season.How close is that first winning season in 15 years? The Orioles need go only 10-22, which would constitute a disaster.Its a journey. Its been fun to take it with them, Showalter said.Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.66) and Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98) are Fridays pitchers. Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.78) and Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90) pitch on Saturday. Showalter hasnt named a pitcher for Sunday, but it will probably be Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.26) against David Phelps (3-4, 2.96), Saturday and Sundays games both start at 1:05 p.m. NOTE:-Joe Saunders will likely start on Monday in Toronto. Zach Britton, who was sent to Norfolk after Thursdays game will return to start Tuesdays game. The Tides season ends Monday.
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.
Trey Mancini got hurt? pic.twitter.com/7yJhu1Bhiv— Connor Newcomb (@ConnorNewcomb_) June 19, 2019
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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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