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They watch, but rarely play

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They watch, but rarely play

As another September game starts, several Orioles will watchand stand little chance of playing.Theyre the Orioles versions of college basketballs walk-ons. Theyll play only in the late innings if the game is out of reach, one way or another.When the rosters expanded two weeks ago, the Orioles began adding players. The extra pitchers added, Jake Arrieta, Tommy Hunter and Zach Phillips, are useful additions. Phillips was used as a decoy once against the Yankees, with manager Buck Showalter hoping to get his counterpart, Joe Girardi to waste a pinch-hitter. The move didnt work.The outliers are outfielders Xavier Avery and L.J Hoes, infielders Ryan Flaherty and Steve Tolleson and catcher Luis Exposito.Only Tolleson has started a game since Sept. 1 when Showalter was trying to load the lineup with right-handers against CC Sabathia.Flaherty has been with the club nearly all year except for an August stint on the disabled list, but he hasnt started in three weeks.Theyre there as insurance in case of injury, to be used as a pinch-runner or gain experience just watching.Showalter likes to talk about how his Yankees brought Derek Jeter up in Sept. 1995 to get used to the September atmosphere. The Orioles hope it will rub on Avery and Hoes.Endy Chavez could almost be in the walk-on category, but he pinch-ran on Thursday and got a 14th inning hit to build the winning run. Chavez and Hoes were added on Tuesday after Nick Markakis broke his left thumb.The Orioles are currently carrying 35 players. Theres talk that next year that Major League Baseball will limit the number of call-ups or limit the number of players eligible for a game.That might take away from watching the entertaining moves of Tampa Bays Joe Maddon on Thursday, who used 26 players, the most in an AL game in 40 years.

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

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Orioles Roundup: Nunez impresses in loss to Yankees

The Orioles lost a nailbiter before falling to the Yankees 6-5 Thursday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy surrendered three runs in 5 2/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Yankees. The bullpen was unable to manage after Bundy pitched a fair performance.

Renato Nunez went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer against the Yankees on Thursday. Nunez has improved mighily in year number two with the O's.

YANKEES:

Masahiro Tanaka held the Orioles to one run through six innings in his start Thursday.

Luke Voit homered and doubled Thursday as the Yankees slipped by the Orioles 6-5.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 

YANKEES:

Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field