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Ortiz swings back at Valentine


Ortiz swings back at Valentine

Meanwhile, as the American League East turns …

*A couple of weeks after fired Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said during an interview with Bob Costas that designated hitter David Ortiz decided to quit playing, not that Ortiz’s injured Achilles tendon kept him out, the slugger returned responded via an interview with ESPNDeportes.com.

Ortiz wasn’t subtle. He said Valentine is crazy. In the clinical sense.

“After he went on national TV to say what he said, he sent me a text message trying to tell me that it was the media trying to change things,” Ortiz said. “I did not respond to the message, and I said to myself: ‘This guy must have some mental issues or needs medicine or something.’ I said: ‘I am dealing with someone crazy, and I am not going to drive myself crazy, so it is better if I leave it alone.’"

Ortiz disputed that his not playing had anything to do the Red Sox’s big trade (Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford) that acknowledged they wouldn’t contend for the postseason.

"Stopping me [from playing] was the decision of the doctors, management, the manager and me," Ortiz said. "The team doctor recommended that I stop playing to not make the situation worse for the tendon. … In the 10 years I have played in Boston, I have been the heart and soul of the organization and not a second has gone by in which David Ortiz, able to go on the field to do what he knows best, he stayed seated instead."

*Look who wants to be the manager of the Blue Jays: Art Howe.

“I want to manage again,” Howe told the Toronto Sun. “The best thing I have going for me is my experience — seven years in the NL, seven in the AL. Toronto has always been an interesting team, they have some nice talent and were very competitive until they fell off with those injuries to their position players.”

Howe has managed three major-league teams — last in 2004 with the Mets — but he has been defined in popular culture as the grumpy, stick-in-the-mud skipper of the Athletics as portrayed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the movie “Moneyball.”

“In the movie, I was always grumpy, me against Billy [Beane, Oakland’s general manager],” Howe said. “It was like the team won despite me in the movie. … The way he portrayed me was very disappointing, probably 180 degrees from what I really am.”

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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Trey Mancini, the Orioles' lone bright spot, exits game after getting drilled with 92 MPH fastball

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.


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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

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Orioles Roundup: Dwight Smith Jr. hitless in first rehab assignment

The Orioles gave up six home runs in Tuesday night’s 16-2 loss to the Athletics in Oakland. Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Notes: 

  • 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

Coming Up: 

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

Source: Rotoworld