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Nick Johnson's first homer in two years gave Baltimore a seventh-inning lead, and the Orioles edged the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Friday night in a duel for first place in the AL East.
Johnson's two-run drive off Joel Peralta (0-2) put the Orioles in front 4-3, and the bullpen made the margin stand up. After spending last season in the minors, Johnson received an invite to spring training, made the team and was batting .143 before his game-changing home run.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis also connected for the Orioles, who lead the majors with 53 homers.
Darren O'Day (3-0) pitched the seventh, Pedro Strop worked a perfect eighth and Jim Johnson got three straight outs for his 10th save.
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The Baltimore Orioles have placed third baseman Mark Reynolds on the team's rapidly expanding 15-day disabled list.
Reynolds has a pulled muscle in his rib cage. He is batting .191 with two homers and nine RBI.
The injury occurred during batting practice Friday, manager Buck Showalter said.
Reynolds said Saturday, ''It's not too bad, but it's one of those things...
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Vladimir Guerrero has signed a minor-league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a major league source.
Guerrero, 37, will go to extended spring training with the Jays and proceed from there. His deal, worth $1.3 million, will be prorated over his time spent in the majors.
Guerrero ultimately can serve as a designated hitter, with Edwin Encarnacion at first.
The Baltimore Orioles recalled starting pitcher Tommy Hunter from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday and placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Hunter, 25, is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts this season. Chavez, 34, is batting .133 in 20 games for the Orioles this season. He signed a one-year contract as a free agent on December 20, 2011.
The Orioles traded third-baseman Josh Bell over to Arizona last month, and the Diamondbacks now have sent over left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to complete that deal. Bell was mostly a disappointment in Baltimore after coming over from the Dodgers in the George Sherrill trade. His plate discipline went south, as he hit just .200/.221/.264 when he got a chance in the Majors and posted...
The Baltimore Orioles perched alone atop the AL East may come as a surprise to many, but not to them.
Now, they'll try to get a rare home win against James Shields before hosting another divisional challenger.
The Orioles look to continue proving they're not a fluke by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards for the first time in almost five years on Sunday.
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OK, so the Orioles hitting three homers in a row to open a game may not be extremely fantasy relevant, but it's neat and hasn't been done before. All said and done, they hit five homers as a team in the first game of the double header. Sure teams have hit more, and Strasburg's 13 K's in 6 innings is more impressive, but I couldn't resist the urge to make a bird...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Orioles became the first AL team to open a game with three straight home runs, and Baltimore added two more long balls against Colby Lewis en route to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers in a doubleheader opener Thursday.
Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis began the bottom of the first inning with homers to give Baltimore a lead it would not relinquish...
Vladimir Guerrero has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The deal was announced Thursday by the Blue Jays before a four-game series at Minnesota. General manager Alex Anthopoulos cautioned there's no guarantee the 37-year-old will join the big league team. Toronto will send him to extended spring training in Dunedin, Fla., and assess his condition...
That’s it. I can’t deny it anymore.
The Orioles are real; to deny it at this point is to deny math, logic and reality.
The Birds did get beaten up by the Rangers a bit, but who hasn’t. The Orioles still have the second-best record in the American League, lead the league in homers, are getting solid starting pitching and shut down bullpen work.
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Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep.
James Shields earned his sixth win for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in eight games. Tampa Bay entered the series tied atop the AL...
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep.
James Shields earned his sixth win for the Rays, who snapped a three-game skid and won for only the second time in eight games. Tampa Bay entered the series...