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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Believe it, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini are on fire

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Believe it, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini are on fire

The Baltimore Orioles wrapped up a series with the Boston Red Sox with a dominant 8-1 win on Monday. Their focus stays in the AL East as they start a three-game series in Tampa Bay. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Red Sox and Rays news:

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ORIOLES:

Outfielder Trey Mancini finished 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox on Monday. Mancini has not found a pitcher that he cannot hit off of after starting the year with a .343/.400/.701 batting line with six home runs, 12 RBI, and 17 runs. A big return for the 27-year-old after last year's slump.

Starting pitcher Dan Straily was working a no-hitter through four innings when he got the start against the Red Sox on Monday. He finished with five innings of one-run ball in a win. Straily allowed just those two hits and tallied two strikeouts while issuing only one walk.

First baseman Chris Davis slugged a two-run homer Monday in the Orioles' 8-1 defeat of the Red Sox. The home run was Davis' first since August 2018. It appears that after he ended his MLB record 0-for-54 hitless drought on Saturday that Davis has quickly moved on. 

Starting pitcher Nate Karns is expected to throw a bullpen session early this week. He is currently on the 10-day injured list with a foreman strain on his throwing arm. 

RED SOX:

Relief pitcher Hector Velazquez allowed one run over three innings in a spot start Monday versus the Orioles. However, a lack of run support and the pitchers that followed did not give Velazquez any favors. 

RAYS:

Starting pitcher Charlie Morton tossed 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays. Not likely that the Orioles will see the No. 2 arm in the rotation at all in their upcoming series. 

Outfielder Tommy Pham missed Sunday's game against Toronto for a rest day. He enters the series with the Orioles with a 47-game on-base streak.  

Injuries: 

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Leg, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday 4/16: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Wednesday 4/17: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Hanser Alberto breaks up potential combined perfect game with 9th inning single

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Hanser Alberto breaks up potential combined perfect game with 9th inning single

The Orioles lost the series finale to the Rays Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, but there was one silver lining from the matchup, and the silver lining was delivered by second baseman Hanser Alberto.

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For the first eight innings Sunday afternoon, none of the at-bats by the Orioles produced a hit, as Tampa Bay’s Ryne Stanek and Ryan Yarbrough combining to not allow a base runner. That was until the bottom of the ninth inning when O's second baseman Hansel Alberto decided that his ballclub would not be on the opposing side of history, and hit a single against the switch, breaking up what would have been the first combined perfect game in MLB history.

Coming Up:

Tuesday 7/16: Nationals vs Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park

Wednesday 7/17: Nationals vs Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park

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Baltimore Orioles join short list of teams extending protective netting to foul poles

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Baltimore Orioles join short list of teams extending protective netting to foul poles

The Baltimore Orioles became the latest MLB team to have plans to extend the protective netting all the way to the outfield foul pole lines in the lower sections, according to reports. 

This change appends the Orioles to a short list of Major League Baseball teams deciding to move in this direction, most notably, after the incident that occurred earlier this season in which Chicago Cubs' center fielder Albert Almora Jr. hit a foul ball in Houston that struck and injured a young child in the stands. 

The young child suffered a suffered skull fracture and seizure. 

“We are currently working with our experts and partners toward finalizing plans to extend the protective netting at both of our ballparks even further to each foul pole,” team spokesman Greg Bader told the Baltimore Sun on Friday. “In an effort to ensure we implement the right plan for those attending games at both venues, we are performing due diligence and will implement the plan our experts recommend as soon as possible."

The Washington Nationals, Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates have also announced plans to extend their parks netting. 

The new netting will be installed at Camden Yards and at the Orioles’ Sarasota, Fla., spring training stadium “no later than the start of the 2020 season, if not at an earlier point in time,” the Baltimore Sun reported. 

Before the beginning of the 2018 season, the Orioles extended the netting to a few sections beyond the dugout due to a growing number of baseball fans around the league being injured by balls and bats.

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