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Minor League Spotlight: Bowie Baysox and Norfolk Tides Each Earn Four All-Star Nods

July 4th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for another edition of our Baltimore Orioles Minor League Spotlight and this week we focus on the O's AAA and AA affiliates, the Norfolk Tides and Bowie Baysox. This week the All-Star selections were handed out for both the AAA and AA All-Star games and both the Tides and Baysox earned four selections each.

First off, A Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Tides land four on International League All-Star Team

On Thursday, the International League announced its' All-Star starters and reserves, and the Tides landed one starter and three reserves.

Outfielder Dariel Alvarez was selected as a starter for the International League, while catcher Steve Clevenger and pitchers Michael Bowden and Oliver Drake were selected to the team as reserves.

Here is what the Tides stated on each player in their press release:

Alvarez, 26, has hit .270 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI for the Tides. He's appeared in each of Norfolk's 78 games this season, and he ranks among International League leaders in at-bats (1st, 307), total bases (2nd, 135), games (T-2nd, 78), home runs (T-4th, 12) and hits (5th, 83). Originally signed by Baltimore as a free agent on July 24, 2013, Alvarez ranked third in the IL with a .340 average and six home runs in the month of June. He's currently rated as the #5 prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America.

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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Drop Series, Pitching Matchups Preview, and More

July 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's edition, we talk about the O's dropping their series against the Texas Rangers, we preview this weekend's pitching matchups and highlight the Orioles' Minor League Players of the Month for June.

O's lose 2-0, drop series to Rangers

Despite the fact that it was a spot start for Kevin Gausman, the young right hander showed why it's only a matter of time before he is once again a part of the Orioles' starting rotation. Gausman was fantastic for the O’s and was showing a demeanor like “I got this.” Unfortunately his good outing would not be enough as the Rangers scored two runs off Chaz Roe in the 9th to get the 2-0 win.

Manny Machado and David Lough combined to collect the three Orioles hits, with Lough getting two of them.

It wasn’tthe prettiest series for the O’s, but they will move forward, still in first place in the AL East.

Pitching matchups preview against Chicago White Sox

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What Could the Baltimore Orioles Get for Delmon Young in a MLB Trade?

July 2nd, 2015 at 11:08 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles began their slew of tough roster decisions on Wednesday by electing to designate OF Delmon Young for assignment in order to clear space for a seventh reliever in RHP Tyler Wilson. Baltimore will look to trade the veteran right handed hitter, but what could they get in a trade for him?

Much like Ryan Webb, Alejandro De Aza and Everth Cabrera, the Orioles will now have 10 days to work out a trade for Young, and the Orioles were able to work out trades for both Webb and De Aza, so we believe the odds are pretty good that the Birds will be able to make a deal for Young.

Unlike someone like Cabrera who had little value on the trade market, Young actually carries quite a bit of value.

Despite not showing much in terms of power numbers, Young still hit .270 in 174 at bats this season and produced 16 RBI and scored 20 runs. Perhaps the thing that may increase his value a little bit is that he showed he can handle the outfield on a fairly normal basis defensively. Young had eight outfield assists for the Orioles in 44 games in the outfield. His eight outfield assists are tied for third most in all of baseball. He also has a ton of postseason experience, which could help a young team in contention.

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Minor League Rundown: 7/1 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates Go 4-4, Michael Bowden Dazzles

July 2nd, 2015 at 9:12 AM
By Josh Michael

Here is your daily Baltimore Orioles Minor League rundown with quick game summaries for each of the Orioles Minor League affiliates for the day. Keep in mind that we have kept this to the five major affiliates, but will give you periodic updates on the Orioles DSL and GCL teams as well throughout the summer.

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AAA Norfolk Tides (45-33)

Tides win 2-0

  • Sean Halton went 1-2 with a walk, home run, two RBI and a run scored
  • Paul Janish went 2-3
  • Michael Bowden tossed seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits, zero walks and struck out five. Has a 2.17 ERA this season

AA Bowie Baysox (44-33)

Baysox lose 6-2

  • Corban Joseph went 3-4 with a double, hitting .379 since joining Baysox
  • Rossmel Perez went 2-4 with a run scored, hitting .297 this season
  • Parker Bridwell allowed two runs on five hits, two walks and struck out nine over six innings pitched

High-A Frederick Keys (34-43)

Keys lose 4-0

  • Jeff Kemp went 1-4 collecting the only Keys' hit
  • Chance Sisco went 0-1 with a walk and two HBP
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News and Notes: Baltimore Orioles Back on Winning Track, Delmon Young DFA, and More

July 2nd, 2015 at 8:23 AM
By Josh Michael

It's time for your daily dose of Baltimore Orioles news and notes. In today's winning edition, we talk about the O's topping the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Wei-Yin Chen's terrific outing and the tough decision to DFA Delmon Young.

Pair of homers help lead O's to 4-2 victory

Baltimore saw the Rangers belt eight home runs over the first two games of this series, and although they hit two more on Wednesday night, the Orioles' two homers were enough to help lead the O's to a 4-2 victory.

Both of Texas's homers were solo's, thus JJ Hardy's two-run home run and Jimmy Paredes solo homer were enough to outscore the Rangers on Wednesday night. Paredes also added a RBI single in the game as well. Paredes has now hit .438 with three homers and eight RBI over his last nine games.

Along with Paredes, both Adam Jones (2-4, 2B) and Ryan Flaherty (2-3, 2B, R) also added multi-hit games to help lead the Orioles offense. The O's entered the game with two different hitters owning 10+ game hitting streaks, Unfortunately for Manny Machado, he saw his 12-game hitting streak come to an end after having an 0-4 night, but Chris Davis extended his hitting streak to a career-high tying 11 games.

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