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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez helps O's make history in second consecutive 13-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez helps O's make history in second consecutive 13-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians

With their second consecutive 13-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians, the Baltimore Orioles became the first team ever to have back-to-back shutouts and win by 13+ runs in each game. Check out more news and notes from the O's historic victory Saturday afternoon. 

Player Notes: 

SP Andrew Cashner was incredible in Saturday's victory over the Indians, striking out six over seven innings of shutout baseball. Cashner was scratched in favor of Shawn Armstrong earlier in the afternoon but later decided to give it a go at game-time. 

This now marks back-to-back outings in which C Chance Sisco has homered for the Orioles. Sisco crushed a two-run shot off of A.J. Cole in the sixth inning to extend the Orioles' lead to 11-0. He finished the day 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and is now slashing a healthy .286/.400/.690 with four homers and 14 RBI in 14 games this season.

DH Renato Nunez went yard twice and drove in four runs in Saturday's thrashing of the Indians in Baltimore. Nunez capped off a six-run fourth inning with a two-run blast off of Zach Plesac that brought the Orioles' lead to 7-0. He's now hitting .236/.301/.482 with 18 homers and 44 RBI on the season.

OF Trey Mancini went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI on the afternoon. Mancini is now slashing .302/.358/.548 with 17 homers and 40 RBI on the year.


RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, out indefinitely 

RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, out indefinitely 

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, possibly early July

RP Alex Cobb: Back, 2020

SP Nate Karnes: Arm, out indefinitely 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, out indefinitely 

Coming Up:

Sunday 6/30:  Orioles vs Indians, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 7/1: Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field

Tuesday 7/2: Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field

Source: Rotoworld


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Orioles' John Means falls short in AL Rookie of the Year voting

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Orioles' John Means falls short in AL Rookie of the Year voting

It was always going to be an uphill climb. Now? It’s reality.

John Means did not become the first Oriole to win the AL Rookie of the Year award in 20 years.

The surprising ace finished second behind Yordan Alvarez in this year’s voting. The result is less of a surprise, as Alvarez utterly dominated opponents at the plate all year long. From the moment he was promoted in June, Alvarez was one of the best hitters in baseball. 

By wRC+, an all-encompassing offensive metric, he was actually the second-best hitter in baseball behind only Mike Trout. And he owned the best OPS for a rookie in MLB history.

He accomplished all this while hitting in the middle of the most formidable lineup in baseball, a Houston unit that carried them to the American League pennant.

Alvarez didn’t enjoy the most prolific postseason of all-time, but he still pitched in with a few big hits against the Nationals in the World Series. His hot streak in the Fall Classic actually allowed him to lead the Astros in both batting average and OPS against the Nats.

For so many reasons, Alvarez earned his unanimous first-place finish. But don’t let that diminish Means’ year.

A non-prospect who was made the Orioles roster out of Spring Training, Means was the team’s lone All-Star representative this season. He held his own in the vaunted AL East, and was the clear-cut second-best rookie in the AL in 2019.

Means’ great season helped him receive 16 second-place votes, while no other candidate received more than six.

In a long, trying season, Means stood out as one of the most pleasant surprises for the Orioles in recent memory. The organization has long struggled to develop starting pitching, which has constantly placed them behind the 8-ball in their division. If the front office can unearth a few more hidden gems in the coming seasons, the rebuild may just work out after all.

Brandon Lowe of the Rays rounded out the top three finishers, while Eloy Jimenez finished fourth.


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Orioles' Chris Davis and family make record donation to UMD Children's Hospital

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Orioles' Chris Davis and family make record donation to UMD Children's Hospital

Chris Davis has had a rough couple of seasons on the field. Off it? He remains one of the biggest stars in the game.

The Orioles slugger and his wife, Jill, donated a whopping $3 million to the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Per a release, it was the largest donation ever received by the hospital from a Baltimore athlete.

The gift is earmarked for hospital expansion, in an effort to provide top-notch care for the most seriously ill children.

“This is a cause that is close to our hearts,” Davis says in the press release. “Everyone at the hospital has inspired our family – from the patients and families who show such courage in the face of overwhelming challenges, to the medical professionals and caregivers who dedicate their careers to saving and improving lives.”

Davis famously signed the largest contract in franchise history, so the money is certainly within his budget, but this is still a remarkable gift to give to the city.

The Davis family has been involved with the children’s hospital for years, and plenty of local athletes have served important roles within the community, but this is going a step above for a player dealing with major struggles on the diamond. 

With acts of generosity like this one, it’s no surprise Davis has been named the Orioles’ nominee for Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente award, given to individual players based on their character and community involvement, for three straight seasons. Carlos Carrasco of the Indians won the 2019 Roberte Clemente award last month.