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Orioles P Tyler Wilson impressive in first MLB start
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4:04 pm ET) Orioles pitcher Tyler Wilson, making his first Major League start, was solid in the first game of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Thursday. Wilson went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. 

Wilson (1-1, 3.38 ERA) walked one and struck out one, needing just 86 pitches to get through the six frames. Unfortunately for him, he was outdueld by Chris Sale and the Orioles were defeated 3-2.

The only runs scored on him came in the sixth inning on RBI-doubles from Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. 

Still, it was an impressive outing from the 25-year-old. It remains to be seen if the Orioles will keep him the rotation for now, or if he will head back down to Triple-A after the game. He has made eight starts at Norfolk this season.


Orioles 3B Manny Machado ejected on Thursday vs. White Sox
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:37 pm ET) Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was ejected in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox. In the bottom of the eighth, Machado was called out on a check-swing strike three, and proceeded to slam his bat on the ground in front of home plate umpire Tony Basner. Basner immediately ejected Machado.

It was Machado's third strikeout of the game, as he went 0 for 4 on the afternoon. Ryan Flaherty replaced him at third base in the ninth. 


Rockies prospect David Dahl suffers injuries in on-field collision
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:13 pm ET) Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl sustained multiple injuries in an on-field collision Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports. Dahl has a likely concussion, broken rib and possible ruptured spleen, a team source told Jeff Passan.

The doctors found bleeding in his spleen and are trying to mend it with surgery, according to Passan.

Dahl started Thursday's game for Double-A New Britain. He went 2 for 3 with two runs and one strikeout before leaving the game in the sixth inning.

The 2012 first-round pick entered play Thursday with a .263/.290/.374/.665 slash line in 43 games. He is considered a top-100 prospect by Baseball America (No. 22) and MLB.com (No. 59).


Red Sox's Farrell: David Ortiz to be held out of lineup for a few days
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:59 pm ET) Red Sox DH David Ortiz will be held of the starting lineup for "a couple of days" to work on his swing, manager John Farrell told WEEI on Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told MLB Network Radio that Ortiz would likely be held out of the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.

Ortiz, who hasn't started just five times in the first 47 games, has been struggling offensively for most of the season. He is mired in a 1-for-20 slump in his last five games and is batting just .171 in his last 18 games, dropping his average from .250 to .216.

Ortiz also has just six home runs and a .377 slugging percentage on the season.


Blue Jays option reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:51 pm ET) The Blue Jays optioned reliever Scott Copeland to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday. Copeland has tossed three scoreless innings of relief for Toronto, allowing two hits and two walks.

Orioles' Showalter to talk with Bud Norris before deciding next step
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (illness) showed improvement in his second rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Bowie after he allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings during his first start May 22. Norris allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out seven in five innings.

"The first three innings were really good. That was good to see," manager Buck Showalter said, per MASNsports.com. "I want to hear what Bud has to say before we decide what we're going to do next. I've got an idea, but I want to hear it from Bud first."

Norris went 1-4 with a 9.88 ERA in six starts before going on the disabled list. Showalter wouldn't speculate about Norris' role upon his return until speaking with him.

"We all know what he's capable of as a starting pitcher for us and we'd like to get him back to that point," Showalter said. "That's a priority. See where the season takes us."


White Sox farmhand Dan Black likely heading to South Korea
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:06 pm ET) First baseman/designated hitter Dan Black, who has been tearing it up at Triple-A Charlotte, will likely not be doing the same for the parent White Sox anytime soon. He is believed to be taking his talents to South Korea, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Black boasts a fine slash line of .324/.457/.568 with 24 RBI in 34 games with Charlotte. But the 27 year old has yet to play in a big-league game.


Cubs' Maddon: It's possible Kyle Schwarber is a September callup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:54 pm ET) All Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber has done since turning pro last season is hit the cover off the baseball in the minors. 

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft posted a .344/.428/.634/1.061 slash line and 18 home runs in 72 games last year, and he has continued to rake at Double-A Tennessee in 2015. He has a .307/.436/.584/1.020 slash line and 10 home runs in 42 games.

Schwarber's smooth transition to pro baseball has Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinking the catcher/outfielder could be ready to help the major-league club this season.

“He’s a very, very mature at-bat, and he’s doing better behind the plate, too, from what I understand," Maddon said Sunday. “You ask him, he’ll tell you he can. And that’s a big part of it, too. He’s really confident.

“He’s definitely, definitely got the hitting chip. Every time I look up at the scoreboard at home, it’s like: Schwarber went 3 for 5 with a home run and three RBI. Even if it’s 1 for 5, it’s like a game-winning RBI.”

With the way Schwarber is progressing, he will likely move on to Triple-A this season. However, a September callup might not be out of the question.

"It’s possible," Maddon said. "Anything’s possible."


Report: Red Sox promote RP Robbie Ross from Triple-A
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:51 pm ET) The Red Sox have promoted left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Pawtucket in a move corresponding to the placement of outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list, per WEEI.

Ross has spent most of the year with Boston, but has pitched just once for the Sox since a miserable appearance on May 8 that sent his ERA soaring from 3.86 to 6.17.


Report: Red Sox shelve struggling OF Daniel Nava
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:47 pm ET) Red Sox struggling outfielder Daniel Nava is heading to the disabled list with an undisclosed ailment, per WEEI, which is further reporting that veteran southpaw Robbie Ross will be promoted from Triple-A Pawtucket to take his place.

Nava has received sporadic playing time recently and has been scuffling at the plate nearly all season. He has just four hits in his last 31 at-bats.


 
 
 
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