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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Joey Rickard lights up Tampa Bay pitching

The Baltimore Orioles knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 in extra innings on Thursday. Baltimore will now return home after a week-long road trip to face the Minnesota Twins. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Rays and Twins news:

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Joey Rickard had himself a night against Tampa Bay. The 28-year-old went 4-for-5 with a double that scored the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and a triple. A good sign for him, as he entered Thursday's game with a .212 batting average and just 11 hits on the season. 

Pitcher John Means is moving to the bullpen after joining the starting rotation temporarily. With Alex Cobb expected to be back in the rotation, Means now will transition to a long-relief role for the Orioles.

Outfielder Austin Hays no longer needs a splint and is ready to begin hitting. He's been sidelined for nearly a month and will likely require multiple rehab games at extended spring training and/or the lower levels of the Orioles' minor-league system before reporting to Triple-A Norfolk.

RAYS:

Pitcher Brent Honeywell is shut down with a sore elbow. Honeywell will be out for at least a few days after experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired elbow.

Pitcher Blake Snell threw again on Thursday. For the second straight day there were no issues, and he is now moving toward an upcoming bullpen session as his next step in rehabilitation. 

TWINS: 

Outfielder Eddie Rosario hits two solo home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday. It's been an up-and-down year for him, but since April 9 he has four multi-hit games and five long balls as well.

Catcher Jason Castro sat out Thursday's game against Toronto. He's been splitting time with Mitch Garver throughout the season. 

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 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:

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

Yankees’ Luis Severino to undergo Tommy John surgery, miss entire 2020 season

The Yankees were dealt one of their biggest blows of the offseason Tuesday when general manager Brian Cashman announced that starter Luis Severino has a partially torn UCL that will require Tommy John surgery, ending his 2020 season before it even started.

Severino, 26, figured to be the Yankees’ No. 2 starter in a rotation that looked like one of the best in baseball just last month. The loss of Severino now raises questions for a New York group that will be without James Paxton (back surgery) and Domingo German (domestic violence suspension) for the first two months.

The Dominican right-hander was hoping to return to full strength this spring after making just three starts last season with shoulder and back injuries. He posted back-to-back top-10 AL Cy Young finishes in 2017 and 2018 with a 3.18 ERA and 450 strikeouts over that span.

New York will instead look to newly acquired ace Gerrit Cole to provide stability at the top of its rotation. Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ are the only definitive candidates to fill out the staff behind him, with Jordan Montgomery, Jonathan Loaisiga, Deivi Garcia, Michael King and Luis Cessa among the candidates to compete for the remaining two spots.

The Orioles will face the Yankees to open the season March 26-29. While there’s little doubt Cole would’ve started Opening Day even if Severino was healthy, Baltimore would’ve still likely seen Severino in that series.

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Chris Davis is opening up spring training with a bang

Chris Davis is opening up spring training with a bang

SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Davis doesn't look fondly on his past few years in Baltimore. 

He hasn’t hit better than .221 since the 2015 season, and his on-base percentage hasn’t eclipsed .300 in the last two seasons. His trademark power, too, has dissipated each season.

But after an offseason where he considered retirement, Davis added 25 pounds of muscle and has a clear mind. And through the first few games of spring training, he’s off to a good start. 

Davis hit a home run Tuesday against the Rays, his first bolt of the spring, and was promptly taken out. In just five at-bats this spring, he’s reached safely all five times and has drawn three walks, hit a single and then his home run. 

Davis’ home run totals have decreased every season from 2015, when he hit 47 long balls, to 2019, when he hit just 12 — his lowest total since 2011 when he hit just five. 

At 33-years-old, Davis is looking to revitalize his career with three years left on a seven-year, $161 million contract.

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