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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Birds rack up 21 hits in 14-2 win over Royals

Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Birds rack up 21 hits in 14-2 win over Royals

For just the seventh time this season, the Orioles scored double-digit runs as they thrashed the Kansas City Royals 14-2 behind 16 singles, four doubles and a 414-foot bomb off the bat of Anthony Santander. Here's everything you need to know about the Orioles as they go for a series win Saturday night.

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3B Hanser Alberto finished with five hits, including three off lefty starter Eric Skoglund. The former Texas Ranger now holds the club record for the most hits in a season against left-handed pitchers with 75, passing Rafael Palmeiro (73 in 1998).

2B Jonathan Villar stole three bases and scored three runs in the contest, making him the first player to do so since… Jonathan Villar against the Los Angeles Angels on July 25. He’s the only player in baseball who’s swiped three bags in a game twice this season.

SP John Means enjoyed his second straight quality start, allowing two runs over seven innings with five hits, no walks and four strikeouts on 74 pitches (51 strikes). Means was activated off the family medical emergency list ahead of the game after being away from the team all week.

Injuries:

SP Alex Cobb, Back, Out indefinitely

RP Shawn Armstrong, Arm, Out indefinitely

RP Josh Rogers, Elbow, Out indefinitely

DH Mark Trumbo, Knee, Expected to return in September

Coming Up:

Saturday, 8/31: Orioles at Royals, 7:15 p.m., Kauffman Stadium

Sunday, 9/1: Orioles at Royals, 2:15 p.m., Kauffman Stadium

Monday, 9/2: Orioles at Rays, 1:10 p.m., Tropicana Field

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Report: Orioles trade Dylan Bundy to the Angels

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Report: Orioles trade Dylan Bundy to the Angels

Wednesday has already brought a flurry of transactions in Major League Baseball, and the Orioles got in on the frenzy by trading Dylan Bundy to the Angels. 

According to Ken Rosenthal, Baltimore sent Bundy to LA in exchange for Triple-A pitching prospect Isaac Mattson. Jeff Passan reported that the three pitchers included in the package to Baltimore are Zach Peek, Kyle Bradish and Kyle Brnovich. 

The Orioles took Bundy fourth overall in the 2011 draft, but the right-hander wasn't able to become the ace they were hoping for in his first four seasons in the big leagues. 

In 2019 he went 7-14 with a 4.79 ERA over 161 innings pitched. His ERA never dipped below 4.00 during his tenure with the Orioles. 

Mattson was a 19th round pick by the Angels in 2017 and has yet to make an appearance in the majors. Last season he threw 73.1 innings for three different minor-league clubs and posted a 2.33 ERA with an opponent batting average of .184. 

Peek and Brnovich are both 2019 draft picks, while Bradish threw 101 innings in the California league last season. He posted a 4.28 ERA and .235 opponent batting average in 18 starts. 

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Report: Orioles place infielder Jonathan Villar on waivers

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Report: Orioles place infielder Jonathan Villar on waivers

The Baltimore Orioles may be in need of a new starting second baseman after reportedly waiving Jonathan Villar on Wednesday, giving other teams the opportunity to claim him before he likely becomes a free agent on Monday.

Villar, projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $10.4 million in his final year of arbitration, played all 162 games for the Orioles last season. He hit .274 with a .792 OPS while setting a career high in home runs (24) and stealing 40 bases.

The 28-year-old provides most of his value with his legs, with which he’s stolen 160 bases since 2016—second in baseball over that span behind only Billy Hamilton (173). Villar can also play multiple infield positions, logging over 300 career games at both second base and shortstop with experience at third and the outfield as well.

If Villar isn’t claimed by Monday, the Orioles will either negotiate a cheaper salary or non-tender a contract to him and allow him to become a free agent. With a weak free agent class at both second base and shortstop, Villar would likely have no problem finding a new employer for his services.

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