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Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander reveals he tested positive for COVID-19

Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander reveals he tested positive for COVID-19

Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander said Wednesday that the reason for his absence at the start of Orioles training camp this summer was because he tested positive for coronavirus. 

He hadn’t participated in workouts in recent weeks, but no one within the organization provided a reason why.

“I would like to start by letting you know that I did test positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined the past two weeks,” Santander said on a Zoom call Wednesday morning. “Now, I’m healthy, I’m not contagious. I’m happy to be back on the field with my teammates and I’m ready to workout.”

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Santander said he had mild symptoms, but now feels better and was able to rejoin the team this week. 

The Orioles open their season on July 24 against the Red Sox, and both Hyde and Santander are optimistic they will be able to get him ready in time. 

Last season for the Orioles, Santander slashed .261/.297/.476 and had 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 93 games, his best as a professional. Santander played all three outfield positions for the Orioles last season.

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Orioles catcher Bryan Holaday finishes game as pitcher as Orioles blown out by Nationals 15-3

Orioles catcher Bryan Holaday finishes game as pitcher as Orioles blown out by Nationals 15-3

After six straight wins led by their offense, the Orioles seemed due for an off night. And they finished it off with catcher Bryan Holaday on the mound.

Holaday was the 17th position player in Orioles history to pitch in a game, and the last since Stevie Wilkerson recorded a save last year against the Angels. But he only entered the game when the score was out of hand. 

The Orioles suffered a blowout loss in the first game of a three-game set against the Nationals on Friday at Camden Yards in a 15-3 loss, the first loss where the team was never in the game in a few weeks. 

Holaday’s finish wasn’t the only unique part of Friday’s game, as Keegan Akin made his major league debut. Akin threw three innings, allowed two hits and three earned runs with one home run allowed. He was sent to the team’s alternate training site at Double-A Bowie after the game.

“I thought he threw the ball really well,” manager Brandon Hyde said of Akin’s debut. “I was really encouraged by how he threw the ball. Really nice life to his fastball, good tempo, he flashed some decent breaking balls. He went out and attacked hitters and I was really impressed with him making his debut tonight and facing a lot of tough hitters for the Washington Nationals and he did a nice job.”

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As was a problem throughout the night, however, the Orioles didn’t play good defense. They were credited with just one error, but the defense was more shoddy than that would suggest.

Starting pitcher Tommy Milone threw four innings, allowed nine hits and six runs — but three were unearned as the Orioles fell behind in the second inning and never came back. The Nationals scored in six of their nine offensive innings, including a six run outburst in the eighth inning.

The offense wasn’t much help, as they recorded just six hits compared to the Nationals 19 in a disappointing performance across the board. Anthony Santander slugged a home run in the first inning off Stephen Strasburg, who left with an injury in the inning, but the Orioles were quiet the rest of the night in a dominating defeat.

“I just didn’t think we played well defensively,” Hyde said. “I think we’ve been pretty good for the most part, especially in the infield. Tonight just wasn’t our best night defensively. We just didn’t play very well. So we just chalk this up, try to put this one behind us.”

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Orioles complete rare feat of two series sweeps in less than 24 hours

Orioles complete rare feat of two series sweeps in less than 24 hours

The Orioles’ 2020 season has been remarkably weird. Friday, they added another unique feat to the pile.

After last Sunday’s game was postponed due to a tarp malfunction, the Orioles completed the game five days later with a 6-2 win over the Nationals at Camden Yards on Friday evening. 

With the Orioles leading 5-2 in the sixth inning last weekend, a brief but strong storm came over Nats Park in Washington, causing a brief delay. 

But the grounds crew had trouble handling the tarp, and the infield was soaked and the field became unplayable. Due to a section in the rulebook which allows for a mechanical malfunction the game was postponed and not called off, meaning both teams had to complete the game on Friday at Oriole Park.

The Orioles, for the third time in the 2020 season, were the road team at Camden Yards.

In another weird quirk, Stephen Strasburg started two games that were completed on Friday. He was given a loss in game one before his start in game two.

The win completed the sweep for the Orioles, who have now won six games in a row. If they’d lost, they’d have still been winners of three straight games. Earlier this week, the Orioles swept the Phillies on the road with some standout performances from their bats.

Now 11-7 with their regularly scheduled three-game series against the Nationals still to come, the Orioles are continuing to surprise the league as the season approaches one-third completion.

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