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Ross in left field makes sense for Orioles

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Ross in left field makes sense for Orioles

Who would you rather have playing left field for the Orioles next season: Nate McLouth or Cody Ross?

In the euphoria surrounding the Orioles’ seemingly magical season, McLouth was one of the unlikely heroes. The leading hitter in the Division Series loss, McLouth played a solid left field, batted leadoff after Nick Markakis was hurt and stole bases.

Pretty impressive for someone who’d been stuck in Triple-A for two months. At 30, it appeared that McLouth was recapturing his All-Star ways of 2008.

The Orioles may think he’s not likely to repeat that performance. That’s why Cody Ross is suddenly in their sights.

Let’s forget the Josh Hamilton dreaming for now. If Hamilton’s price dropped dramatically in the next two months, then maybe he’s playing left field in 2013.

I don’t see that happening. I can’t see Dan Duquette, who’s often circumspect, going back on his vow to avoid big-ticket free agents.
The only way they sign Hamilton is to outbid everyone or wait until his asking price drops into their range.

I can’t imagine either happening.

I can see Ross in Baltimore. He’ll be 32 in December. On a horrible Red Sox team, Ross was a dependable player, batting .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs.

Ross was marvelous for the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 postseason, hitting three home runs in the Giants’ six-game NLCS win over the Phillies.

The Orioles could have used his bat against the Yankees.

He strikes out a lot, but with Chris Davis and Mark Reynolds around, that doesn’t seem to faze the Orioles.

Ross would also fit in nicely in the Orioles clubhouse. A media go-to guy, Ross would be popular with the fans and his teammates.

At a reported three years and $25 million, that sounds like a possible Duquette deal to me.

Ross vs. McLouth? It’s probably Ross by a unanimous decision.

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Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a five-game losing streak after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Here's the latest news about the Orioles, who are now 21-50:

Player Notes

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In adding to his All-Star caliber season, Trey Mancini hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday. Mancini is averaging .305/.358/.564 this season with the aforementioned 15 home runs and 34 RBI.

RHP Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday. He has a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.

To add to the Orioles' pitcher woes, RHP David Hess is being moved the starting rotation into the bullpen. He is 1-9 on the season with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Orioles later this week.

Mychal Givens gave up the game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. The 29-year-old right-hander has converted just 6-of-11 save opportunities this year and owns an undesirable 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI singles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The infielder is hitting .310/.327/.384 with three home runs and 16 RBI over the course of 56 games played. 

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Marcus Walden blew his second save of the season by allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's win. In 39 2/3 innings this season, Walden is pitching to a 2.50 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 43/10 K/BB ratio and has gone 1-of-3 in save chances.

Marco Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Orioles. Hernandez has now picked up six hits (four of the extra-base variety) in 24 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 8.

Chris Sale delivered another dominant performance in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over six innings. Sale now has a 3.49 ERA to go with a 0.97 WHIP and 130/21 K/BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings. 

Injuries

RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

SP Andrew Cashner: Knee, sidelined

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up

Monday 6/17: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

The Orioles helped make one family's Father's Day a day that they will never forget. 

Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.

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