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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox
Recap

Five Orioles' pitchers combine to hold White Sox to one hit

June 25, 2022, 3:29 AM

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Five Baltimore Orioles pitchers combined to limit the host Chicago White Sox to just one hit in a 4-1 victory on Friday.

Austin Hays belted an RBI double and Richie Martin had an RBI single. Martin also recorded two of Baltimore's five stolen bases.

In the top of the first inning, Cedric Mullins scored on a wild pitch for the Orioles, who collected their season high-tying third win in a row and sixth in their last eight games. Baltimore also won three straight games from May 8-10.

Rookie Adley Rutschman came home on a balk for the Orioles in the top of the fourth.

Joey Krehbiel (3-3) relieved starter Austin Voth and picked up the win after striking out three en route to retiring all seven batters he faced in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Bryan Baker and Cionel Perez retired all four batters they faced before Jorge Lopez worked the ninth inning for his 13th save of the season.

Jake Burger recorded the lone hit for Chicago with an RBI double in the second inning. Michael Kopech (2-4) permitted three runs on as many hits and issued four walks to take the loss for the White Sox.

Baltimore bolted out of the blocks as Mullins reached on a bunt single to lead off the first inning. He promptly stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch from Kopech.

The Orioles doubled the advantage in the second inning after Jorge Mateo was hit by a pitch, prompting players from both benches and bullpens to empty onto the field. Order was restored quickly and Mateo promptly stole second, had a spirited conversation with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and scored on Martin's single to right field.

Burger halved the deficit in the second inning before Rutschman gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead in the fourth, albeit in unconventional fashion. He ripped a one-out double to right field and advanced to third on a groundout before coming home on a balk by Kopech.

The Orioles added to their advantage in the eighth after Trey Mancini doubled to lead off the inning and came home on Hays' double to left-center field.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox
Preview

Orioles look to topple White Sox again

June 24, 2022, 11:23 AM

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Rookie Adley Rutschman and Ryan Mountcastle will look to continue their torrid stretches on Friday night when the visiting Baltimore Orioles play the second contest of their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox.

Rutschman hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and an RBI double in the sixth in Baltimore's 4-0 victory in the series opener on Thursday.

"He's a type of talent that can change the dynamic of a clubhouse when he gets hot, which he will pretty soon," the Orioles' Dean Kremer said of Rutschman.

Actually, Rutschman already is hot. The 24-year-old is 14-for-43 with two homers, seven RBIs and seven runs in his last 12 games.

The temperature also has been rising for Mountcastle, who recorded a pair of doubles among his three hits on Thursday. He is batting 30-for-91 with seven homers, 18 RBIs and 18 runs in his last 23 games.

Overall, Baltimore has won five of its last seven games -- including the last two via shutout.

The Orioles will turn to Austin Voth (0-0, 8.39 ERA) on Friday, pushing fellow right-hander Kyle Bradish to Saturday, manager Brandon Hyde announced after the series opener.

Voth, 29, made a spot start on Sunday and scattered three hits over 2 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision vs. Tampa Bay.

Voth has yet to face the White Sox in his career.

Chicago's Luis Robert (leg) did not play in the series opener after being pulled in Wednesday's 9-5 loss to Toronto.

"He's got an issue he's had before, so we are going to let it quiet down," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "I expect he'll play (Friday)."

Injuries are nothing new for Chicago, which likely lost utility player Danny Mendick for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Outfielder Adam Engel was sent to the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring before the series opener.

Josh Harrison is deemed day-to-day with a right-triceps contusion after he was hit by a pitch to begin the fifth inning on Thursday. X-rays were negative for Harrison.

White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech (2-3, 2.38 ERA) will take the mound on Friday.

Kopech, 26, allowed two homers for the second time in four outings this month. He permitted four runs on a season-high seven hits in five innings of a 4-3 setback at Houston on Sunday.

"The truth is I care a lot about this game, and I want to play to the best of my ability and be the best competitor I can be every time I go out there," Kopech said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I wasn't any of those things (Sunday). I had to kind of be challenged with a little bit of adversity and a little bit of an emotional challenge. That got the better of me. It happens, I guess."

Kopech has flustered the Orioles in a small sample size during his career. Although he has yet to record a decision, he has struck out all six batters he has faced in two scoreless innings of relief.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
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White Sox INF Danny Mendick suffers torn ACL in collision

June 23, 2022, 10:30 PM

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The Chicago White Sox placed infielder Danny Mendick and outfielder Adam Engel on the 10-day injured list on Thursday.

Mendick almost certainly is done for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Wednesday's loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Engel left with a right-hamstring strain in the same game.

Mendick, 28, was injured while playing shortstop as he pursued a foul pop down the left-field line in the second inning. He collided with left fielder Adam Haseley -- who made the catch -- and was in considerable pain and was helped off the field.

Engel departed after the third inning.

The seriousness of Mendick's injury was detected when MRI results were returned Thursday.

Mendick said before Thursday's game against the Baltimore Orioles that he had no regrets about how aggressively he went after the ball.

"I didn't think it was going to be this bad," Mendick said. "There was probably some adrenaline in there. When I was down it definitely hurt and I couldn't put any pressure on it.

"When the MRI came back and they said I had a torn ACL, I was like, 'There's a plan; I have to figure out and rehab and get back.'"

Mendick is batting .289 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 31 games this season. Engel is hitting .240 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 56 games.

Also, Chicago center fielder Luis Robert (leg soreness) wasn't in Thursday's starting lineup. He is batting .300 with seven homers, 36 RBIs and 11 steals in 53 games.

Chicago recalled infielder/outfielder Gavin Sheets and infielder Lenyn Sosa to fill the roster openings. Sheets batted .204 with four homers and 10 RBIs in 44 games for the White Sox this season. He was sent to Triple-A Charlotte earlier this month.

Sosa was batting .331 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs in 62 games at Double-A Birmingham.

Also, outfielder Eloy Jimenez (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
News

White Sox reinstate RHP Matt Foster from bereavement list

June 22, 2022, 3:36 PM

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The Chicago White Sox optioned Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte and reinstated fellow right-hander Matt Foster from the bereavement list on Wednesday.

Foster, 27, missed the last three games. He is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA and 29 strikeouts over 29 relief appearances.

Martin, 25, is 1-2 with a 4.29 ERA in five games (two starts) this season, his first in the major leagues.

The White Sox finish a three-game series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday before hosting the Baltimore Orioles for four games starting Thursday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
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ChiSox reinstate Tim Anderson, send Yoan Moncada to IL

June 20, 2022, 11:27 PM

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The Chicago White Sox officially reinstated shortstop Tim Anderson from the injured list Monday and placed third baseman Yoan Moncada (hamstring) on the 10-day IL.

Anderson had been sidelined with a groin injury since May 29.

Moncada underwent further evaluation Monday after missing much of the weekend series at Houston with left-hamstring tightness. Moncada hasn't played since leaving in the third inning of Friday's 13-3 loss. His IL stint is retroactive to Saturday.

Anderson sustained a right groin strain in a game against the Chicago Cubs on May 29. He was injured while making a throw.

Anderson, who turns 29 on Thursday, is batting .356 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 40 games this season.

Moncada, 27, is scuffling with .179 average through 29 games. He's a career .257 hitter with 73 home runs, but has just three HRs this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals
News

Orioles scratch Jordan Lyles vs. Rays; Austin Voth to start

June 19, 2022, 2:40 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles scratched Jordan Lyles and will turn to fellow right-hander Austin Voth to start Sunday's game against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

The Orioles did not provide a reason for the decision.

Voth, 29, is 0-0 with a 9.41 ERA in 22 relief appearances this season while pitching for the Washington Nationals and Orioles. He has a 5.40 ERA in three appearances with Baltimore.

Lyles, 31, is 4-5 with a 5.10 ERA in 13 starts this season. He allowed four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Royals
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White Sox activate RHP Vince Velasquez to start vs. Tigers

June 15, 2022, 2:57 PM

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Chicago White Sox reinstated right-hander Vince Velasquez from the 15-day injured list to start Wednesday afternoon's game against the host Detroit Tigers.

The White Sox also placed right-hander Kyle Crick on the 15-day injured list -- retroactive to Tuesday -- with right elbow inflammation.

Velasquez, 30, has been sidelined with a left groin strain. He last pitched May 24 in three innings of mop-up duty during a 16-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

In eight games (seven starts) this season, Velasquez owns a 2-3 record with a 5.30 ERA and 33 strikeouts.

Velasquez signed with the White Sox in free agency after stints with the Houston Astros (2015), Philadelphia Phillies (2016-21) and San Diego Padres (2021).

Crick, 29, is 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 relief appearances this season.

He owns a 9-11 record with a 3.56 ERA in 194 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants (2017), Pittsburgh Pirates (2018-21) and White Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
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White Sox star Tim Anderson to begin rehab in Charlotte

June 14, 2022, 7:57 PM

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Chicago White Sox star shortstop Tim Anderson is starting a minor league rehab stint with the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday night, the Triple-A team announced.

Anderson sustained a right groin strain in a game against the Chicago Cubs on May 29. He was injured while making a throw.

Anderson, who turns 29 on June 23, is batting .356 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 40 games this season.

Anderson was the American League batting champion in 2019, when he led the majors with a .335 average. He was an All-Star last season when he batted .309, with 17 homers and 61 RBIs in 123 games.

In seven seasons in Chicago, he is a career .290 hitter with 96 home runs, 307 RBIs and 99 steals in 733 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
News

Orioles CEO says team will 'never leave' Baltimore

June 13, 2022, 2:39 PM

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Baltimore Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos issued a statement Monday insisting that there are no plans to relocate the franchise.

"As I have said before, as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore," Angelos said.

The statement came in response to a lawsuit filed last week against John Angelos by his brother Louis Angelos. Louis alleges that John is trying to seize control of the team and relocate to his home in Tennessee.

"My mother was born and raised in northeast Baltimore, attended city public schools at Eastern High School, and has worked with my father their entire lives to help the city, including by restoring the club to local ownership and preventing its relocation," John Angelos said in his statement. "For them, as for me, the Orioles will forever play at Oriole Park, and at no time ever have we contemplated anything different."

John Angelos noted that Maryland officials recently passed a bill to reinvest $1.2 billion into the Camden Yards Sports Complex, which includes Oriole Park.

"There is nothing uncertain about the future of the Baltimore Orioles," he said.

"I want to assure our Orioles players and coaches, our dedicated front office Senior Leadership Team and staff, and our devoted fans, trusted partners, elected, civic, and non-profit leaders, and our entire community, that the Orioles will never leave. From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, the Birds of Baltimore, the iconic team of Brooks, Earl, Jim, Frank, Cal, and Eddie, will forever remain in the only city that our family and our partnership group has called, or will ever call, home -- the finest city and birthplace of our national anthem of which we are enduringly proud and to which we are forever committed."

John Angelos is the elder son of Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos, who purchased the team in 1993. John has been the chairman and CEO since 2020.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Chicago White Sox
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White Sox RHP Michael Kopech (knee) exits vs. Rangers

June 12, 2022, 7:32 PM

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Chicago White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech exited Sunday's game against the visiting Texas Rangers in the first inning with right knee discomfort.

Kopech had recorded two outs and thrown 13 pitches before he was met on the mound by team medical personnel. As he was being removed from the game, Kopech slammed the baseball into the ground.

Through his first 10 starts this season, the 26-year-old was 2-2 with a 1.94 ERA. His two outs Sunday left him with a 1.92 mark.

Kopech was coming off a strong outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday when he gave up one hit over six scoreless innings. He had a similar outing May 22 against another top offense when he held the New York Yankees to one hit over seven scoreless innings.

In parts of three major league seasons (he opted out of the short 2020 season), Kopech is 7-6 with a 3.07 ERA in 58 appearances (18 starts).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
News

White Sox put reliever Aaron Bummer (lat) on IL

June 12, 2022, 4:49 PM

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The White Sox placed left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer on the 15-day injured list with a left lat strain, retroactive to Thursday.

It was one of five moves made Sunday by the White Sox, who also optioned right-hander Davis Martin to Triple-A Charlotte, recalled left-hander Tanner Banks and catcher Seby Zavala from Charlotte, and designated early 2021 sensation Yermin Mercedes for assignment.

Bummer, 28, is 0-1 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 20 appearances for Chicago this season. In 17 2/3 innings, he has 21 strikeouts.

Martin, 25, made his major league debut on May 17 and appeared in three games (two starts) for Chicago, posting an 0-2 record and 4.11 ERA. He started Friday night's game against the Texas Rangers but didn't get a decision in the 8-3 White Sox win. He allowed two runs on three hits -- including two solo home runs -- in five innings.

Banks, a 30-year-old rookie, made his big league debut on April 10. In 14 relief appearances, he is 0-0 with a 4.57 ERA, throwing 21 2/3 innings and striking out 19.

Zavala, 28, appeared in 37 games in 2021 for the White Sox, batting .183, and is hitting .282 with eight home runs and 16 RBIs in 41 games with Charlotte. His recall could signal that catcher Yasmani Grandal isn't 100 percent. Grandal left Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers with left hamstring tightness, and the team said he would undergo further evaluation.

Mercedes, 29, started the 2021 season as Chicago's designated hitter and took the American League by storm in April, when he hit .415 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. But when he hit .221 in May and .159 in June, the White Sox optioned him to Charlotte on July 2.

In 25 games with the Knights this season, Mercedes hit .230 (20-for-87) with four homers and 13 RBIs.

The White Sox conclude their three-game series with the Rangers on Sunday in Chicago.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
News

Reports: Orioles heir files lawsuit over control of team

June 9, 2022, 11:26 PM

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Louis Angelos, son of longtime Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, is suing his mother, Georgia, and brother, John, over control of the team, according to reports from The Baltimore Banner and Baltimore Sun Thursday.

The elder Angelos, who according to the lawsuit suffered a failure of his aortic valve in 2017, established a trust that appointed his wife and two sons co-trustees.

Brother John P. Angelos has served as the team's vice president since 2020 when he was designated as the franchise's "control person," a title meant to convey decision-making responsibility.

The lawsuit alleges that John has attempted to gain control of the team and that Georgia intends to sell the team, putting the team's future in Baltimore in doubt.

"John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles -- to manage, to sell, or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (where he has a home and where his wife's career is headquartered) -- without having to answer to anyone," according to language obtained from the lawsuit by The Baltimore Banner.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates
News

Orioles claim RHP Austin Voth off waivers from Nationals

June 7, 2022, 8:41 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-hander Austin Voth off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Voth, who turns 30 later this month, spent his full five-year MLB career with the Nationals after they selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.

Used as both a starter and a reliever during that time, Voth owns a 9-8 career record and a 5.70 ERA in 92 games (22 starts) for Washington.

He has struggled in 2022, allowing 21 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings for a 10.13 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

The Orioles also designated right-hander Cody Sedlock for assignment and removed infielder Chris Owings from the bereavement list.

Sedlock gave up five runs in three innings when he made his major league debut May 29 in a loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The Nationals also activated infielder Ehire Adrianza from the 60-day injured list, with two months having passed from Opening Day. They returned Adrianza from a rehab assignment and optioned infielder Lucius Fox to Triple-A Rochester.

Adrianza suffered a quadriceps injury during a spring training game in late March.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
News

Orioles top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez may miss season

June 5, 2022, 6:10 PM

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Baltimore Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez could miss the rest of the 2022 season with a Grade 2 right lat strain, general manager Mike Elias told reporters Sunday.

Rodriguez sustained the injury on Wednesday.

"The good news is this an injury that we have a very, very high degree of confidence that is going to heal," Elias said. "He'll be back to himself in no time. At the very least to put himself in position to join the rotation right out of spring training. That's the hope."

Rodriguez, 22, was a first-round pick by the Orioles in the 2018 draft. He was 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 11 starts this season for Triple-A Norfolk.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
News

Orioles activate RHP Dean Kremer to start vs. Guardians

June 5, 2022, 3:41 PM

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Baltimore Orioles right-hander Dean Kremer was activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of his start against the visiting Cleveland Guardians on Sunday.

Kremer, 26, will be making his debut with the Orioles this season after working his way back from an oblique injury.

He has allowed two hits and struck out 18 batters over nine scoreless innings during three games split between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.

Kremer posted an 0-7 record with a 7.55 ERA in 13 games with Baltimore in 2021. He is 1-8 with a 6.84 ERA in 17 career games with the Orioles.

Baltimore optioned right-hander Denyi Reyes to Norfolk following its 5-4 win over Cleveland on Saturday.

Reyes, 25, had a 2.35 ERA without a decision in three games (one start) with the Orioles this season.

--Field Level Media