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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals

Pirates, Orioles meet with series sweeps in rearview mirror

August 5, 2022, 5:50 AM

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Two teams with sudden good vibes are ready to face off Friday night in Baltimore.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles are both coming off three-game series sweeps.

"On any given day, anybody can win a ball game," Pittsburgh catcher Victor Caratini said.

The Pirates pulled off a 5-4, 10-inning home victory against Milwaukee on Thursday afternoon, while the Orioles were off after winning all three games earlier this week at Texas.

That day of rest could be a factor in this Pittsburgh-Baltimore series. Pirates manager Derek Shelton said his bullpen is tired after the series with the Brewers.

Shelton said he was pleased how the Pirates reacted following the trade deadline earlier this week.

"A lot of people played a big part" of the sweep, he said. "It's nice to come out of the deadline and play that well for three days."

Until the sweep, the Pirates lost eight of nine games coming out of the All-Star break.

The Orioles have won seven of their last 10 games, surging above .500 and finding success in various ways.

"That's what it takes," manager Brandon Hyde said. "If you look at good teams, they win differently."

Now, the Orioles are back home minus two players who've been crucial to the team's success. First baseman Trey Mancini and closer Jorge Lopez were traded.

"I think our guys did a great job of understanding what's ahead of us," Hyde said. "We're going to miss those guys, there's no doubt. They're great teammates and they're hard to replace. We still have the season to play, and our guys are playing to win. And they're still playing with confidence."

And the Orioles have moved into the conversation regarding wild-card spots for the postseason.

The Baltimore roster now includes outfielder Brett Phillips, who was picked up during the week. He'll be in an Orioles uniform at Camden Yards for the first time, but he was a frequent visitor there with the Tampa Bay Rays.

This is the beginning of Pittsburgh's 10-game coast-to-coast road, which concludes in San Francisco.

"We've just got to build off this series whenever we go on the road for this long stretch," Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes said. "Continue on the offensive side, find ways to get guys on."

Right-hander Mitch Keller (3-7, 4.37 ERA) will be the starting pitcher for the Pirates, who won only one of five games in which Keller pitched in July. Keller, however, worked six or more innings in each start. Two of the defeats came in 10 innings and another came after Keller didn't allow an earned run.

Keller has never pitched against the Orioles, and he's 1-4 all-time in interleague games in 10 starts against American League clubs.

The Baltimore starter will be right-hander Dean Kremer (3-3, 3.86 ERA), who has lost his last two starts. That included giving up season highs of 10 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings Saturday at Cincinnati. He has never faced the Pirates.

This three-game series marks the only meetings of the season between the Pirates and Orioles.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Tampa Bay Rays

Pirates place C Tyler Heineman, LHP Dillon Peters on IL

August 4, 2022, 4:58 PM

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Pittsburgh placed catcher Tyler Heineman on the 10-day injured list and left-hander Dillon Peters on the 15-day IL on Thursday.

The Pirates called up backstop Taylor Davis and southpaw Eric Stout from Triple-A Indianapolis to take their spots on the active roster.

Heineman, 31, has a right groin strain. He has batted .204 with three doubles and six RBIs in 35 games since being selected off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on May 16.

Peters, 29, has inflammation in his left elbow. He allowed three hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday against Milwaukee and is 5-2 with a 4.58 ERA in 22 appearances (four starts) this season.

Davis, 32, has not appeared in the majors this season. He was batting .282 with four doubles and 14 RBIs in 35 games at Indianapolis.

Stout, 29, was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 21. In two relief appearances for Pittsburgh, he has allowed no hits and one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates place RHP David Bednar (back) on 15-day IL

August 3, 2022, 8:11 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates placed All-Star closer David Bednar on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with inflammation in his lower back.

The 27-year-old right-hander is 3-4 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 40 relief appearances this season. He has struck out 63 batters and walked 14 in 46 2/3 innings.

The Pirates also designated first baseman/designated hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo for assignment and recalled infielder Tucupita Marcano and right-hander Yohan Ramirez from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Tsutsugo, 30, batted .171 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 50 games this season. He is a career .197 hitter with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 182 games with the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pirates.

Marcano, 22, is batting .229 with two homers and five RBIs in 22 games this season with Pittsburgh.

Ramirez, 27, was acquired in a July 8 trade with Cleveland. He is 1-0 with a 6.97 ERA in eight relief appearances in 2022 with the Seattle Mariners and Guardians.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals

Orioles acquire OF Brett Phillips from Rays

August 2, 2022, 10:15 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles acquired outfielder Brett Phillips from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations and added him to their 40-man roster on Tuesday.

Phillips was designated for assignment Monday after the Rays acquired outfielder Jose Siri in the same trade that saw Orioles fan favorite Trey Mancini dealt to the Houston Astros.

Known for his "Baseball Is Fun" brand, Phillips was designated for assignment just two days after the Rays held a promotional giveaway day in his honor.

Phillips, 28, was batting .147 with five home runs and 14 RBIs over 75 games for Tampa Bay. He was in his third season with the Rays after joining via midseason trade in 2020 from the Kansas City Royals.

A lifetime .190 batter, Phillips has hit 28 career home runs and 92 RBIs while stealing 36 bases -- 24 of them coming over the past three seasons with the Rays.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates reinstate RHP Chase De Jong from injured list

August 2, 2022, 8:08 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates reinstated right-hander Chase De Jong from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday.

The Pirates also recalled right-hander Colin Holderman from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned right-hander Johan Oviedo to Indianapolis and assigned infielder Malcom Nunez to Double-A Altoona.

Oviedo and Nunez were acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in a trade for left-hander Jose Quintana and right-hander Chris Stratton.

De Jong, 31, landed on the IL on July 19 with tendinitis in his left knee. He is 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 21 appearances out of the bullpen this season.

Holderman, 26, is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA in 15 relief appearances this season with the Pirates. He made his MLB debut on May 15.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

Reports: Twins acquire closer Jorge Lopez from Orioles

August 2, 2022, 2:56 PM

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Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez was traded to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

MLB Network reported Lopez, who had 19 saves and an ERA of 1.68 with Baltimore in 2022, was one of multiple arms on the radar of the Twins.

Per ESPN, the Orioles will receive four minor league pitchers: left-handers Cade Povich and Juan Rojas as well as right-handers Yennier Cano and Juan Nunez.

Lopez, 29, has a 4-6 record in 44 games this season. He's in his third season with the Orioles after breaking into the league with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Lopez also spent time with the Kansas City Royals, starting 25 games total in 2019 and 2020 with a combined 6-13 record.

He went 3-14 as a starting pitcher with the Orioles last season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates

Cards acquire LHP Jose Quintana from Pirates

August 2, 2022, 3:58 AM

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Left-hander Jose Quintana was acquired by the Cardinals from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, filling a hole in the St. Louis rotation.

Reliever Chris Stratton also is joining the Cardinals, while the Pirates will receive right-hander Johan Oviedo and minor league corner infielder Malcom Nunez.

The major leagues' trade deadline is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET.

Quintana, 33, figures to provide solid rotation depth at a low cost, as he is on a one-year, $2 million contract. He will be a free agent after the season.

He will take the rotation spot of Steven Matz, who tore his left MCL on July 23. St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Matz is unlikely to return this year.

Quintana is 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts this year. He has struck out 89 and walked 31 in 103 innings. Over his past two starts, Quintana threw a combined 12 2/3 scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20), Los Angeles Angels (2021), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Pittsburgh (2022). He made his only All-Star team in 2016 when he went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA.

Stratton, 31, is 5-4 with a 5.09 ERA in 40 appearances (one start) this year. He spent time with the Giants (2016-18) and Angels (2019) before joining the Pirates in 2019.

Oviedo, 24, started the season with Triple-A Memphis but was recalled to the Cardinals in early June. He went 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 14 appearances (one start) with the big-league club this year.

In 85 games with Double-A Springfield this season, Nunez, 21, hit .255 with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. He has yet to appear in a major league game.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles

Reports: Astros acquire 1B/OF Trey Mancini from Orioles

August 1, 2022, 8:54 PM

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The Houston Astros acquired outfielder/first baseman Trey Mancini from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, multiple outlets reported.

According to Baltimore's MASN, the Orioles were expected to receive a package of pitching prospects in return.

Mancini is batting .268 with a .751 OPS this season and has a combined 31 home runs and 112 RBIs in 239 games over the past two seasons after missing the 2020 campaign as he recovered from stage 3 colon cancer.

Mancini was on the field with the Orioles in advance of Monday's game at the Texas Rangers when he received word of the trade. He could be seen saying his goodbyes as teammates prepared for batting practice.

In one of his final acts with the Orioles, Mancini delivered an inside-the-park home run Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was one of his 10 home runs on the season.

The Astros are at home for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox starting Monday.

Mancini leaves a much-improved Orioles club that is 51-51 heading into play Monday, but he lands with the 67-36 Astros, who are in first place in the American League West and are 8-4 since the All-Star break despite getting swept in a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics last week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres-Workouts

Orioles sign No. 1 overall draft pick Jackson Holliday

July 27, 2022, 6:23 PM

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Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 MLB Draft, is officially a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

The Orioles announced the signing of the shortstop from Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday but didn't release contract terms. The Baltimore Sun previously reported the two sides had agreed to an $8.19 million deal, making the contract a record for a high school draft pick.

Holliday is the son of Matt Holliday, a former MLB All-Star. The younger Holliday is the third No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, joining catcher Adley Rutschman (Oregon State, 2019) and pitcher Ben McDonald (LSU, 1989).

The 18-year-old Holliday hit .685 (89-for-130) with 29 doubles, six triples, 74 runs, 17 home runs, 79 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 40 games during his senior season.

The Orioles have 16 of their 22 draft picks under contract, including the top four and 11 of the top 12. Teams have until Monday at 5 p.m. ET to sign their 2022 draft selections.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds

Pirates move Jake Marisnick (toe) to IL, reinstate Bryan Reynolds

July 25, 2022, 10:49 PM

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The Pittsburgh Pirates moved outfielder Jake Marisnick onto the 10-day injured list due to a sprained right big toe and reinstated outfielder Bryan Reynolds from the IL on Monday ahead of their series opener at the Chicago Cubs.

Marisnick's move to the IL was retroactive to Sunday. He did not play in Pittsburgh's 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins Sunday. Reporters in the Pirates' clubhouse Monday said Marisnick was seen wearing a walking boot.

It was the second time this month that the outfielders swapped places between the injured list and the active roster. On July 11, the Pirates placed Reynolds on the 10-day IL with a strained right oblique, while activating Marisnick from his stint on the 60-day IL following left thumb surgery.

Reynolds, 27, is batting .261 with 15 home runs, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs in 83 games this season. With Pittsburgh standing at 40-56 before Monday's action, Reynolds -- a 2021 All-Star -- is viewed as a candidate to be traded before the Aug. 2 deadline.

Marinsick, 31, is in his first year with the Pirates after stints with the Marlins (2013-14), Houston Astros (2014-19), New York Mets (2020), Cubs (2021) and San Diego Padres (2021). In 31 appearances this year, he has averaged .234 at the plate with two home runs and six RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates

Report: Mets acquire C Michael Perez from Pirates for cash

July 23, 2022, 5:12 PM

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The New York Mets acquired catcher Michael Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations on Saturday, MLB Network reported.

Perez, 29, was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh on Friday after batting .150 with six home runs and 11 RBIs in 39 games this season.

Perez is a lifetime .175 hitter with 15 homers, 58 RBIs and 159 strikeouts in 193 contests with the Tampa Bay Rays (2018-20) and Pirates.

The Mets needed catching depth with James McCann (oblique) on the injured list and Tomas Nido dealing with a bruised left hand.

It is the second straight day the two teams have swung a deal. New York acquired infielder Daniel Vogelbach from Pittsburgh on Friday in exchange for right-hander Colin Holderman.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers

Mets trade for Pirates INF Daniel Vogelbach

July 23, 2022, 12:05 AM

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The New York Mets acquired infielder Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Colin Holderman on Friday.

Vogelbach, 29, is batting .228 this season with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs across 75 appearances. He primarily served as Pittsburgh's designated hitter this season, appearing in five games as a first baseman.

A career .213 hitter, Vogelbach's best season came in 2019, when he earned his first and only All-Star nod while with the Seattle Mariners. He hit 30 home runs and 76 RBIs that year while scoring 73 runs and drawing 92 walks.

Vogelbach has played 412 games for the Mariners (2016-20), Toronto Blue Jays (2020), Milwaukee Brewers (2020-21) and Pirates. He has tallied 61 homers and 165 RBIs in that time.

Holderman, 26, made his major league debut this year out of New York's bullpen. In 15 relief appearances, he went 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA, 18 strikeouts and no home runs allowed over 17 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres-Workouts

Orioles give No. 1 pick Jackson Holliday record deal for high schooler

July 22, 2022, 12:32 AM

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Shortstop Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft earlier this month, agreed to an $8.19 million contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

The number represents a new record for a prospect coming out of high school. Druw Jones, the No. 2 overall pick in this month's draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, reportedly received an $8.1894 million deal.

Holliday, the Baseball America 2022 High School Player of the Year, is the son of former major league outfielder Matt Holliday.

The 18-year-old from Oklahoma batted .685 with 17 home runs and set a high school record with 89 hits in a single season. He had 30 stolen bases in 30 attempts. He is committed to Oklahoma State.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles

Orioles select 7-foot LHP Jared Beck in MLB draft

July 20, 2022, 2:01 AM

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Among the Baltimore Orioles' 10 selections on the final day of the 2022 MLB Draft Tuesday was Jared Beck, a left-handed pitcher from Division II Saint Leo University in Florida.

What sets Beck apart? He's taller than most NBA players.

Listed at 7 feet tall, Beck would become the tallest player recorded in Major League Baseball history should he reach the Orioles' big-league roster someday.

Former big-league pitcher Jon Rauch and current San Francisco Giants pitcher Sean Hjelle share the MLB height record at 6-foot-11.

Baltimore selected Beck in the 13th round Tuesday as the MLB draft concluded. In addition to his time at Saint Leo, Beck has also played summer ball for the Savannah Bananas, a collegiate wood bat club that prioritizes entertainment gimmicks.

"Jared's a really interesting case," Orioles draft director Brad Ciolek said, per "Obviously, he's a little bit of a bigger guy, and that might take a little bit more, I guess, in terms of delivery, refining his mechanics. But we have faith in our player-development staff, our pitching coaches, that they'll be able to get the most out of his ability."

--Field Level Media

Syndication: The Oklahoman

Orioles select Jackson Holliday No. 1 pick in MLB draft

July 17, 2022, 11:41 PM

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Stillwater High shortstop Jackson Holliday was selected first overall in the MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

The Baseball America 2022 High School Player of the Year is the son of former major league outfielder Matt Holliday. He's the second No. 1 pick ever whose father played Major League Baseball, following Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987.

"It is an absolute honor to be the No. 1 pick," Holliday said in a TV interview with MLB Network moments after the selection was made.

Holliday, 18, hit .685 with 17 home runs and set a high school record with 89 hits in a single season. He had 30 stolen bases in 30 attempts.

The left-handed hitter is also committed to Oklahoma State, where his uncle, Josh Holliday, is the head coach.

The Arizona Diamondbacks chose outfielder Druw Jones with the second pick. His father, Andruw Jones, was a long-time big league outfielder.

"It takes a lot of hard work to get here and I'm excited for the next part," Jones said on MLB Network.

Jones was the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year for Wesleyan High in Norcross. He has committed to Vanderbilt.

The draft is being held outdoors for the first time as part of All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Royce Lewis (2017, Minnesota Twins) and Carlos Correa (2012, Houston Astros) are the last two shortstops selected No. 1 overall in the draft.

Baltimore selected No. 1 in the draft for the second time in three years and third in franchise history.

MLBPipeline rates the Orioles as the top farm system in baseball. Baltimore entered the All-Star break Sunday with a 46-46 record after winning only 52 games in 2021 (52-110).

The Orioles own three additional picks in the top 67 overall.

--Field Level Media