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Orioles Roundup: Albert Pujols clubs two home runs as Angels cruise past O's

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Orioles Roundup: Albert Pujols clubs two home runs as Angels cruise past O's

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 Saturday afternoon. Here's the latest Orioles and Angels news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Dylan Bundy's record fell to 1-5 Saturday as the 26-year old gave up three runs in five innings of work. Bundy allowed two more home runs in the loss, bringing his season total up to 11 after he gave up an MLB-high 41 homers in 2018. 

Dwight Smith Jr. drove in both of Baltimore's runs on a two-run shot in the first inning. The 26-year old outfielder is now hitting .280 on the season after a 2-for-5 day at the plate Saturday. 

The Orioles gave Renato Nunez the day off Saturday as he struggles to get out of a slump. Nunez has collected just four hits in his last 48 at-bats. 

After a brief stint in the minors, RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk Saturday. To make room on the roster, Baltimore optioned RHP Evan Phillips to Norfolk. 

ANGELS:

Albert Pujols went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored Saturday, taking Bundy deep in the first and fourth innings. Shohei Ohtani also chipped in with two hits and a run batted in. 

Luke Bard got the win for the Angels after tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Matt Harvey. Harvey pitched four innings of two-run ball before he was pulled. Hansel Robles set the Orioles down in order in the ninth to close out the win. 

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up:

Sunday 5/12: Angels @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 5/13: Orioles @ Yankees, 6:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Tuesday 5/14: Orioles @ Yankees, 6:35 p.m., Yankee Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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One year ago today, Adley Rutschman became the face of the Orioles' rebuild

One year ago today, Adley Rutschman became the face of the Orioles' rebuild

The Orioles officially got a face of the rebuild one year ago today. 

Adley Rutschman, the former Oregon State catcher, was selected first overall by the Orioles on June 3, 2019, which was the first pick of the team’s multi-year rebuild. 

A switch-hitting catcher, the former College World Series Most Outstanding Player hit .408 and .411 in back-to-back seasons as a Beaver. In each of his last two seasons, his on-base percentage was over .505. His OPS in 2018 and 2019 were 1.133 and 1.327, respectively. 

In his final season in Corvallis, he hit 17 home runs and had 76 hits in 57 games played. He also walked 76 times and struck out just 38 times.

The sixth catcher to go first overall, and the first since Joe Mauer in 2001, he was the first ever selection of general manager Mike Elias as the Orioles began their rebuild toward contention once again.

“I think just to go No. 1 overall is an honor and a tribute to all the people who’ve shaped me into who I am today,” Rutschman told NBC Sports Washington that night. “Just to be able to do that for the people around me, my friends and family, to be the first one for Baltimore is truly a special honor.”

Rutschman played in 37 games after he was drafted for Delmarva, Aberdeen and the Gulf-Coast Orioles, where he slashed .254/.351/.423 and hit four home runs. His fielding percentage was .976 and he tallied 150 putouts. 

He’s been compared to Mauer and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey in the past, a fact not lost on Rutschman himself.

“It’s an honor,” Rutschman said. “Those guys are phenomenal players, phenomenal athletes, and a lot of them are phenomenal humans. So to be talked about in that same comparison is very special.”

Rutschman will be joined by the Orioles eventual second overall pick in a week, but make no mistake, Rutschman is the face of the rebuild. 

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

The Orioles were one of many teams to release a statement about protests and the Black Lives Matter movement across the country late Tuesday, as nearly every professional sports team has in the last two days.

“Nearly six decades ago, at another low point in our country’s ongoing struggle to understand and rectify the racial injustice our fellow Americans have endured since the inception of our nation, the author James Baldwin warned, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,’” the statement began. 

The Orioles statement came amidst a flurry of statements released by MLB teams in the late afternoon.

“Today, as our friends and neighbors experience the same mistreatment of generations ago in the form of engrained, unyielding and institutionally-discriminatory systems that deny justice and equality and provide in their place a steady supply of brutalizing misconduct, compounded in some cases by voices that fan the flames of violence and racism, it is imperative that we face the past and present,” the statement continued. 

The statement concluded with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter,” one of the only team-released statements to reference the specific movement. 

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