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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

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Orioles Roundup: O's drop series opener in Oakland

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a six-game losing streak after dropping the opening game of their series 3-2 to the Oakland Athletics.

Here's the lastest news on the Orioles, who are now 21-51:

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ORIOLES:

After missing his previous start against the Red Sox with a "hot spot" on his right middle finger, pitcher Andrew Cashner allowed three runs, only one of which was earned, over six innings on Monday night. In the outing, Cashner gave up four hits and allowed a walk, while striking out two batters. He was not helped by the Orioles' defense, who allowed two unearned runs. Cashner's ERA drops to 4.48 with a 27/11 K/BB ratio and a 1.34 WHIP over 76 1/3 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 1-for-2 with an RBI on Monday night. In the second inning, his RBI gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead on a safety squeeze. Alberto added a single in the seventh inning. The second baseman has displayed some strong play recently and is hitting .312/.329/.385 with three home runs and 20 RBI over 205 at-bats this season.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday. He is slated to play two games for Norfolk, and if all goes well, the outfielder should rejoin the Orioles on Thursday in Seattle.

The Orioles have purchased the contract of LHP Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Norfolk. He holds a 2.48 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings for Norfolk this year. Although Gilmartin has been used mostly in relief over the last few years, he does have plenty of starting experience.

With Gilmartin coming up, OF Joey Rickard has been designated for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gilmartin. Rickard is a .245/.299/.372 hitter over his four-year career in the majors and likely has a good chance of clearing waivers.

ATHLETICS:

Mike Fiers allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings on Monday night. The right-hander only gave up three hits, while striking out four and walking two. Fiers has gone at least six innings in six consecutive games for the A's and has not allwed more than three runs in any start since April 20.

Marcus Semien went 1-for-2 and scored two runs on Monday night. The shortstop reached based three times, increasing his OBP to .365. Simien is also averaging .280 on the season with a .443 slugging mark. He is currently on a 14-game hitting streak.

Blake Treinen threw a hitless ninth inning with a strikeout on Monday night to pick up the save. The outing saw his season totals rise to 36 stiekouts over 35 1/3 innings, while his ERA dropped 3.31 with 16 saves in 18 chances.

Injuries:

RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 10:07 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland A's, 3:37 p.m., Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Thursday 6/20: Orioles @ Seattle Mariners, 10:10 p.m., T-Mobile Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

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Orioles announce family-friendly time changes to their regular season schedule

The Orioles announced significant changes to their regular-season schedule Thursday, making it more family-friendly during non-summer months. 

According to Joe Trezza, the Orioles will start at 6:35 p.m. ET for games that occur before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Home games during the summer will retain their 7:05 p.m. ET start time.

Major League Baseball saw a record 3:05:35 average run time for games in 2019 despite changes made before 2018 to cut mound visits without pitching changes. 

With the average length of a game longer than ever and the fact that the Orioles have finished last in the AL East in three consecutive seasons, this is seemingly a smart move to get more fans out to Camden Yards. 

John Means finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting after a surprising season, so the Orioles days as the butt of most baseball-related jokes could be nearing an end. 

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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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