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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Plagued by injuries, Orioles drop series to Rangers

Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Plagued by injuries, Orioles drop series to Rangers

Plagued by injuries, the Orioles dropped two-of-three agaisnt the Texas Rangers this week. After Baltimore won the series opener Tuesday, the Orioles struggled to finish on the right side of the score, with an injury-filled 12-inning 2-1 loss Wednesday and a 4-3 loss Thursday.

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Outfielder Trey Mancini homered in his first at-bat Thursday, after being moved to designated hitter due to a sore left foot. (He was hit in the foot and fouled a ball off the same foot on Wednesday).

Fellow outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. left Thursday's contest early with a possible concussion, shortly after he collided with the left-field wall while nabbing Rougned Odor of extra bases in the fourth inning.

Catcher Pedro Severino left Wednesday's contest in the first inning, after a foul tip hit his mask. There are no signs of a concussion, according to the team, which referred to Severino's injury as a "head contusion."  

In the fifth, second baseman Jonathan Villar left the game due to right thumb soreness from a slide on Wednesday. 

The third player to leave Wednesday's game due to an injury, outfielder DJ Stewart exited in the sixth with a sprained right ankle, after he collided with third baseman Hanser Alberto earlier in the game on a foul ball. As a result, Baltimore recalled Stevie Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk.

Southpaw starter John Means allowed only one run in his six-inning outing Wednesday, enabling the Orioles' ninth-inning comeback to force extras before Baltimore's eventual 2-1 loss to Texas. In his last six starts, Means has allowed no more than three runs an outing.

Richie Martin went yard for his second homer of the season, a game-tying homer in the ninth on Wednesday. The shortstop also walked twice on the day, his first walks since May 1. 

Earlier this week, Baltimore selected catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. A catcher at Oregon State, Rutschman has hit over .400 in his last two seasons as a Beaver. 

Injuries:

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Possible concussion, TBD

C Pedro Severino: Head contusion, day-to-day

2B Jonathan Villar: Right thumb soreness, day-to-day

OF DJ Stewart: Right ankle sprain, 10-day injured list

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Friday 6/7: Orioles vs. Astros, 8:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park

Saturday 6/8: Orioles vs. Astros, 4:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park

Sunday 6/9: Orioles vs. Astros, 2:10 p.m., Minute Maid Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Fans can scout Nationals draft selections in NCAA Super Regionals

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Fans can scout Nationals draft selections in NCAA Super Regionals

Washington Nationals fans can scope out four of the Nats draftees, whose schools are set to play in the NCAA Super Regionals starting Friday. 

Third-round selection Drew Mendoza's Florida State Seminoles and seventh-rounder Todd Peterson's LSU Tigers face off in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, which starts Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

Mendoza, a power-hitting third baseman, excels at going yard. In his three seasons at Florida State so far he has hit 33 home runs, including a team-high 16 bombs so far this year.

For LSU, the right-hander Peterson averages close to a strikeout an inning, having set down 40 hitters in his 44 1/3 innings so far this season, mostly in relief.  

The Nats' fourth-round pick Matt Cronin, a southpaw out of Arkansas, joins the Razorbacks in the Fayetteville Super Regional against Ole Miss, which starts at noon Saturday on ESPN. 

Cronin, a junior reliever, developed into the Razorbacks' closer in 2018, securing a combined 26 saves in 52 appearances between his sophomore and junior seasons. 

UCLA outfielder Jeremy Ydens rounds out Washington's draft picks whose colleges are still playing postseason ball. An eighth-round pick, Ydens and the No. 1 Bruins face the Michigan Wolverines in the Los Angeles Super Regional, airing on ESPN2 starting Friday at 9 p.m.

Though the junior has struggled in 2019, after he missed all of March and April due to a finger injury, as a sophomore in 2018 Ydens batted .350 with 28 extra-base hits and proved his power in the box.

The four draft selections have at least two more games left of their college careers in the best-of-three super regionals, before they decide whether or not to sign a professional contract. 

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How to watch the Orioles' draft selections still playing in the NCAA tournament

How to watch the Orioles' draft selections still playing in the NCAA tournament

With seven of their picks, the Baltimore Orioles drafted players whose college baseball careers are still alive for at least three more games. With draft selections from Stanford, Oklahoma State, LSU and Ole Miss, fans have the chance to scout the Orioles' picks for themselves in the 2019 NCAA Super Regionals.

The Orioles selected three Stanford players: Kyle Stowers, Maverick Handley and Andrew Daschbach. The trio joins the Cardinal as they face the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the Starkville Super Regional, which starts Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. 

Stowers, the Baltimore competitive balance round B pick, showed a knack for driving in runs; the center fielder put up a combined 80 RBIs between his 2018 and 2019 seasons. 

Handley, a catcher drafted in the sixth round, has more than just a cool first name. Like Stowers, Handley is strong at the plate, with 13 doubles in the 2019 campaign. 

Daschbach, an 11th-round pick, is nothing but consistent. The powerhouse first baseman went yard for 17 home runs apiece in both 2018 and 2019.

Two more draft picks, the Orioles' 19th and 22nd round picks, take the field with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Lubbock Super Regional against Texas Tech, starting Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. 

Both right-handers, Jensen Elliot and Jake Lyons, the pair served different purposes on the mound. Elliot, the 19th rounder, is a dominant starter with 10 wins and 3 complete games this year. The 22nd round pick Lyons works as a reliever, with 50 strikeouts and five wins in just over 47 innings pitched in 2019. 

Baltimore's third-round pick Zach Watson and the LSU Tigers face Florida State starting on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Baton Rouge Super Regional, which will be aired on ESPN.

Watson, a center fielder at LSU, hit over .300 in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, including his 2016 freshman season in which he led the team with a .317 average in 221 at-bats.  

The Orioles' final draft pick still in the tournament is 29th rounder Houston Roth. A right-hander at Ole Miss, Roth and the Landsharks take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Fayetteville Super Regional, starting at noon Saturday on ESPN.

A strikeout reliever, Roth punched out more batters than innings pitched in each of his three seasons on the mound for Ole Miss, including 41 strikeouts in 20.2 innings in 2017. 

After the best-of-three super regionals, the remaining eight teams head to the College World Series to compete for one of the highest honors in college baseball. 

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