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Palmer's critique of Ortiz prompts Jim Rice to jump in

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Palmer's critique of Ortiz prompts Jim Rice to jump in

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz apparently isn’t interested in engaging Jim Palmer in the Orioles Hall of Famer’s criticism of Big Papi. But another Hall of Famer, Jim Rice, stepped in to keep the back and forth going.

Palmer laid into Ortiz for griping over ball-strike calls and getting tossed during a recent game against the Orioles. Then Palmer kept at it as the Red Sox came to Baltimore over the weekend.

On Friday, Palmer told The Baltimore Sun: “He’s entitled to do it any way he wants, but when he throws his whole team under the bus, all the fans who came out to Fenway Park, it’s kind of like a puppy — unconditional love — but at the end of the day, if the puppy doesn’t do the right things, you need to housebreak him.”

Palmer, a commentator on MASN, also said Ortiz should be less demonstrative when he hits homers, citing how the O’s Adam Jones acts: “If he hits a home run, he puts his head down, runs around the bases, doesn’t show anybody up. To me, that’s the way you play the game.”

Ortiz’s reaction was an attempt to cut off debate.

“He talked about me again? That’s OK, whatever he [says],” Ortiz said. “I’m not going to add any more followers to his [Twitter] account.”

But Rice, who was one of baseball’s most feared hitters for Boston at the same time Palmer was racking up 20-win seasons as Baltimore’s ace, volleyed back.

Rice, speaking on NESN’s postgame show Friday, said: “Regardless if he’s a Hall of Famer or not, who cried more than Jim Palmer? I mean, come on. Let’s be honest. Palmer doesn’t have anything on me, and I don’t have anything on him, but I would tell it like it is. You cry just as good as anyone else, so quit complaining, and let the guys go out and play.”

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore falls to Toronto, 8-5

The Baltimore Orioles lost the first of their penultimate home series for the season 8-5 to the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. 

Here are the latest player news and notes.

Player Updates:

OF Mason Williams crashed hastily into the back wall trying to prevent a Blue Jays score in the top of the ninth. It was 2B Cavan Biggio's line drive that ended up as a two-run triple to give the Blue Jays some cushion. That triple helped Biggio complete the cycle. Austin Hays replaced Williams while he was checked for a concussion. 

X-Ray tests came back negative for DH Renato Nunez after his left hand was hit by a pitch in Monday's loss to the Tigers. He could be back Wednesday. 

Injuries

DH Mark Trumbo, shoulder, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Wednesday, 9/18: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Thursday, 9/19: Blue Jays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Friday, 9/19: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

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Orioles Roundup: Orioles top last season's win total with victory in Detroit

The Orioles beat the Tigers 6-2 in the first of a four-game set in Detroit, a series that will likely determin who comes away with the top pick in the 2020 MLB Draft. 
Here are the latest news and notes.

Player Updates:

SP Aaron Brooks tossed 5.1 innings in Detroit, allowing two runs on seven hits and five walks. The starter struck failed to strike out a batter, and his ERA still sits above 6 on the season. 

OF DJ Stewart crushed his second home run of the season to increase the Orioles lead to 3-0. The former first-round pick is still hitting just .228 at the Major League level this season.

Injuries:

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, 60-day IL, Out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, Back, 60-day IL, 2020

Coming Up:

Saturday, 9/14: Orioles at Tigers, 6:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Sunday, 9/15: Orioles at Tigers, 1:10 p.m., Comerica Park

Monday, 9/16: Orioles at Tigers, 4:10 p.m., Comerica Park

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