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Cobb ineffective as O's lose sixth straight game

Early-season struggles correlate with inability for offense, pitching to click at same time
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DETROIT -- It feels like a lifetime ago, though only 10 days have passed. The Orioles had a somewhat improbable 12-inning win in the Bronx to secure three of four games against the Yankees -- more wins than they had all of last year in New York. The tides, it seemed like, they were a turnin'.

But any goodwill from that four-game set has long since washed away. That Baltimore club has hardly been recognizable since it boarded the Amtrak bound for home.

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DETROIT -- It feels like a lifetime ago, though only 10 days have passed. The Orioles had a somewhat improbable 12-inning win in the Bronx to secure three of four games against the Yankees -- more wins than they had all of last year in New York. The tides, it seemed like, they were a turnin'.

But any goodwill from that four-game set has long since washed away. That Baltimore club has hardly been recognizable since it boarded the Amtrak bound for home.

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"There's no excuse on anything," Orioles shortstop Manny Machado said following the team's 13-8, series-sweeping loss to Detroit. "We are playing bad and got to clean it up a little bit, and things will turn around."

Video: BAL@DET: Machado drills a pair of solo home runs

The Orioles have lost eight of its last nine games, falling 11 games behind the division-leading Red Sox, and leaving question marks on nearly every facet of its roster. Thursday's loss saw Alex Cobb -- the O's big spring acquisition -- fail to complete four innings for the second time in two starts this season. The bullpen struggled, with righty Mike Wright Jr. giving up five more runs. And while it was encouraging to see the lineup break out for eight runs -- the most scored since the series finale in the Bronx -- it was another frustrating example of the Orioles' recent inability to get both the pitching and hitting to click at once.

"It can be tomorrow, it can be May 3," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said of the team's eventual turnaround. "If it's May 3, there's going to be some trouble. But you never know with [baseball], we can come out tomorrow on a 10-game homestand and win all 10 games and put ourselves in a different scenario.

"It's a cliche, the one game at a time [stuff]. But we need to be better. That's everybody, top to bottom. I think everyone feels the same way because we are a cohesive unit. ... We know [the ability is] there, we just have to continuously have faith in each other and do what we do best, play hard and live with the results."

Over this nine-game stretch, the Orioles -- who have a six-game losing streak -- have been outscored, 55-29. The lineup -- which has struggled as a collective unit -- worked from behind early on Thursday as an error and some well-placed ground balls off Cobb gave way to a four-run second inning.

Two of the runs were unearned due to Tim Beckham's off-base throw to start the frame, and after a scoreless third, Cobb surrendered Leonys Martin's triple and Jeimer Candelario followed with a two-run homer.

"Command is not where it's going to be," manager Buck Showalter said of Cobb, who has allowed 10 hits in both of his starts this year. "We didn't play particularly well defensively behind him too, we gave up a lot of outs, some things that don't show up in the error column -- double plays that weren't turned."

The O's righty -- signed to a four-year contract last month -- was ultimately charged with 10 hits and seven runs (five earned), forcing Showalter to go to the bullpen in the fourth inning.

"You come into the offseason wanting to -- when you're a free agent -- join a winning team and contribute, and be a big reason why [your team is] winning ballgames. I feel like it's almost the opposite right now. I'm coming in here and putting them behind the eight-ball in terms of the overall score and eating up the bullpen a lot," Cobb said. "I still feel a little bit behind where everyone else is, and you can't miss a beat when you're up here. These guys take advantage of anybody that's off a little bit. So, it's my job to get better, and get better as quick as possible and come out here and try to be that guy I wanted to be in the beginning."

Wright replaced Cobb and he allowed five runs -- including Martin's grand slam -- in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Machado homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the offense, with Chris Davis also going deep for a two-run shot off of Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann in the second inning. Zimmermann went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits.

Video: BAL@DET: Davis belts an opposite-field two-run homer

"Oof. It's frustrating," Jones said of the offense breaking out and the pitching and defense struggling. "We all come to the park with a plan and sometimes that plan doesn't work out. We put up some runs and gave up two big innings that were hard to come back from ... they hurt. We got to do better at taking care of the ball, securing the ball, take the out that's given to you."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Not Wright: It would be unfair to judge the day on any one hit, though Martin's grand slam certainly put any Orioles' rallying hopes out of reach. Baltimore, only down 7-3 when Cobb exited, watched the deficit balloon to nine. Martin's second homer of the year more than doubled his season RBI total, and gave Detroit a crooked number on the scoreboard.

Video: BAL@DET: Martin belts a grand slam to right

"If we can get some shutdown innings after Alex exited, I felt like we were in the ballgame and we'd make a run at them," Showalter said. "Just couldn't stem the tide after [Cobb left]."

HE SAID IT
"There's no panic in anybody in there. I think guys are frustrated with how things have been turning out. We just got to stay positive and figure it out tomorrow. This will pass." -- Machado

UP NEXT
The Orioles, winless in two road series, will head home to Baltimore to host the Indians for a four-game series starting on Friday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Staff ace Dylan Bundy will take the mound opposite Trevor Bauer. Bundy is still looking for his first win despite three quality starts and a 1.40 ERA.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Davis hits fourth career homer vs. Zimmermann

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DETROIT -- Chris Davis struck a ball on Wednesday afternoon that couldn't have been closer to a home run, hitting the top of the left-field fence before bouncing back into play. In his first at-bat Thursday, Davis left no doubt. The struggling O's slugger hit a two-run homer in the second inning off of Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann to give Baltimore an early lead, before eventually falling to the Tigers, 13-8.

Davis, who entered the day batting just .136 with one home run and three RBIs, is now 6-for-10 with four career homers off of Zimmermann. Thursday's homer also scored Adam Jones, who doubled, and came on a 1-1 fastball.

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DETROIT -- Chris Davis struck a ball on Wednesday afternoon that couldn't have been closer to a home run, hitting the top of the left-field fence before bouncing back into play. In his first at-bat Thursday, Davis left no doubt. The struggling O's slugger hit a two-run homer in the second inning off of Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann to give Baltimore an early lead, before eventually falling to the Tigers, 13-8.

Davis, who entered the day batting just .136 with one home run and three RBIs, is now 6-for-10 with four career homers off of Zimmermann. Thursday's homer also scored Adam Jones, who doubled, and came on a 1-1 fastball.

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As the Orioles (5-13) have struggled to start the season, Davis has been receiving his share of criticism. Signed to a club-record seven-year, $161 million contract, Davis -- who vowed this spring to have more productive, aggressive at-bats -- is one of several Orioles regulars batting below the Mendoza Line.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Thursday's top prospect performers

Brewers duo impresses on both sides of the ball
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers' top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.

The Brewers' top two prospects showed a bit of why they are so highly-touted on Thursday night.

Milwaukee's No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 56 overall) hit his first homer of the season in a 2-for-5 showing with Class A Advanced Carolina while Corbin Burnes (Brewers' No. 2, No. 69 overall) spun a scoreless start and picked up the win for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Hiura, who hit .371 in 42 games after he was picked in the first round a season ago, got off to a slow start this season, but he appears to be finding his rhythm. The 21-year-old has hits in four of his past five games, raising his average from .143 to .220 over that timeframe.

Hiura's first homer of 2018

Burnes was impressive from start to finish as he struck out the side in the first inning, setting the tone for things to come. The right-hander notched at least one strikeout in five of his first six innings, ultimately finishing with nine.

Burnes faced one batter in the seventh, got a flyout, then was lifted after yielding three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Burnes rings up ninth strikeout

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

• No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) is hitting .362/.411/.596 after going 2-for-4 with Double-A New Hampshire. Guerrero has hits in 10 of 12 games this season and has notched multiple hits in five of his past six games. While Guerrero was contributing on the offensive end, Jordan Romano (No. 27) kept Binghamton in check with seven innings of one-run ball.

• No. 23 overall prospect Austin Hays (Orioles' No. 1) was responsible for half of Double-A Bowie's offense in a 6-1 win over Richmond. Hays finished just 1-for-4, but he drove in three runs via a sacrifice fly in the first and a two-run homer in the ninth. Cedric Mullins (Orioles' No. 7) collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-5, and Keegan Akin (Orioles' No. 9) picked up his first win of the year as he struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball.

Hays goes the other way

• No. 38 overall prospect Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 2) spun the first complete game of his career (seven innings) and moved to 3-0 as he led Triple-A Memphis to a win over Omaha in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 22-year-old right hander gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out six while throwing 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Flaherty finishes complete game

• No. 97 overall prospect Austin Riley (Braves' No. 8) is swinging a scorching-hot bat for Double-A Mississippi. The 21-year-old, who went 3-for-3, is hitting .408 after his fourth straight multi-hit effort. Over those four games, Riley is 10-for-15 with six extra-base hits and five RBIs.

• No. 99 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) continued his hot start and extended his hitting streak to six games, going 4-for-5 with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Rutherford, who is batting .404 through 11 games, also set a career high with four RBIs. Micker Adolfo (No. 10) also contributed to the win, hitting his third homer of the year.

Rutherford's two-run single

Athletics No. 8 prospect Sean Murphy pushed his average to .409 with his fourth consecutive multi-hit performance for Double-A Midland. Murphy, who hit just .209 in 53 games with Midland last season, went 4-for-5 and is off to a particularly fast start at the plate. The 23-year-old has hits in nine of the 11 games he's played in and has also racked up nine RBIs.

Murphy knocks out four hits

• Braves No. 10 prospect Joey Wentz was once again dominant for Class A Advanced Florida. Wentz retired the first five batters he faced on his way toward hurling five scoreless innings. The 20-year-old hasn't given up a run in either of his past two starts (10 innings) and has allowed just one run all season. Wentz struck out six, including the final two batters he faced, and has now fanned 15 in 14 innings.

Cubs No. 3 prospect Oscar De La Cruz bounced back from a couple rough starts to spin a gem for Double-A Tennessee. The right-hander gave up 11 earned runs over six innings in his first two starts, but he showed no signs of struggle against Montgomery. De La Cruz dominated through six scoreless frames, surrendering just one hit and striking out six.

De La Cruz fans six

• Pirates prospects Calvin Mitchell (No. 16) and Travis MacGregor (No. 25) led Class A West Virginia to a 3-0 win over Asheville. Mitchell, who finished 2-for-4, provided all the offense with a three-run homer in the third while MacGregor did his part by pitching six scoreless innings. MacGregor, who struck out six and yielded three hits, has given up just one earned run over three starts this season.

Red Sox No. 11 prospect Josh Ockimey picked the perfect time -- waiting until the bases were loaded -- to hit his first homer of the season. The 22-year-old went 3-for-4 for Double-A Portland and put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the seventh.

Royals No. 25 prospect Chase Vallot snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a first-inning grand slam for Class A Advanced Wilmington. Vallot picked up a fifth RBI via a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, but is still having a tough time at the plate as he finished 1-for-5.

Angels No. 29 prospect Joe Gatto gave up five runs in three innings in his last start with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, but he bounced back in a big way against Lancaster. The 22-year-old right-hander fired 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes as he struck out nine and yielded three hits over six scoreless frames. Gatto struck out the side in the first and notched at least one strikeout in five of his six innings.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

AL East: Checking in on the new guys

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In April, everything is magnified. The numbers that are on the scoreboard and in box scores represent a small sample size, but they are still the numbers fans fixate on, because there is nothing else to go off yet. This is particularly true for the key newcomers for each team.

Here is a look at how it is going for five newbies in the American League East.

In April, everything is magnified. The numbers that are on the scoreboard and in box scores represent a small sample size, but they are still the numbers fans fixate on, because there is nothing else to go off yet. This is particularly true for the key newcomers for each team.

Here is a look at how it is going for five newbies in the American League East.

Blue Jays
Who's the new guy?
Right fielder Randal Grichuk

How's it going so far? Grichuk had just three hits in his first 42 at-bats before he homered and hit a key double against the Royals in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Grichuk entered play on Thursday with 19 strikeouts over 61 plate appearances, and he has yet to live up to the hype as Jose Bautista's replacement in right field.

Video: KC@TOR: Grichuk rips a 114.1-mph three-run homer

What's on deck? Grichuk has a pair a 20-plus homer seasons on his resume, so there's a reasonable expectation that he should be able to turn things around. It needs to happen soon, because Teoscar Hernandez will push him for playing time in right.

Number to know: The offensive production hasn't been there, but Grichuk was credited with two defensive runs saved in his first 14 starts in right field this season.

Orioles
Who's the new guy?
Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner

How's it going so far? After a rocky debut, Cashner has had three consecutive quality starts. Cashner credits fellow newcomer Alex Cobb for helping him with his breaking ball. After giving up three homers in his first start, Cashner has allowed a total of two in his past three starts. To this point, he looks to be the solid No. 2 starter the Orioles thought they were getting.

Video: BAL@DET: Cashner fans Goodrum for his fifth K

What's on deck? Cashner faces a tough test on Sunday in the Indians, who have won the AL Central title the past two years. Though Cleveland got off to a slow start at the plate, manager Terry Francona's team has plenty of firepower in the lineup.

Number to know: While he's not a big power pitcher, Cashner has 21 strikeouts in his first 24 innings.

Rays
Who's the new guy?
Right-hander Yonny Chirinos

How's it going so far? Chirinos became the first Rays pitcher to begin his career without allowing a run in the first two starts. Thus far, he has only started games that were designated as "bullpen days" under the Rays' new pitching plan.

Video: TEX@TB: Chirinos fans Guzman to end the frame

What's on deck? Chirinos' performance to date has fueled speculation that the Rays will slide him into the rotation in the near future.

Number to know: 14 1/3. That's the number of scoreless innings Chirinos logged to start the season.

Red Sox
Who's the new guy?
Designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez

How's it going so far? The slugger is off to a modest start, but that shouldn't be a surprise. Martinez's career homer total in March/April is by far his lowest of any month. He has made some contributions, most notably a grand slam against the Yankees on April 11. Martinez has come through in many of the RBI opportunities he's had, and he has fit in well with his teammates. There's no reason to think the Red Sox didn't get the right guy when they signed Martinez.

Video: BOS@LAA: Martinez notches four hits, RBI in 9-0 win

What's on deck? More home runs, and soon. It should only be a matter of time before Martinez starts clearing the fences on a regular basis. Away from the chilly conditions of Boston for the next week -- the Red Sox play at Anaheim, Oakland and Toronto (where the roof is likely to be closed) -- Martinez has a good chance to get hot.

Number to know: .992. That is Martinez's OPS in his first nine home games for the Red Sox, which is a sign of how quickly he has gained comfort at Fenway. As Martinez promised, he has not shifted away from his all-fields approach.

Yankees
Who's the new guy?
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton

How's it going so far? Not exactly how Stanton or the Yankees would have anticipated after his terrific debut, slugging two homers on Opening Day at Toronto. Stanton has heard frequent boos at Yankee Stadium, though he said that he understands why he is being singled out by his new fan base, given the expectations that accompanied his arrival.

Video: Must C Classic: Stanton hits two HRs in Yanks debut

What's on deck? Manager Aaron Boone has batted Stanton third in each of the Yankees' 16 games to this point, and said on Tuesday that he is considering lowering the slugger in the lineup -- "but not too far." Boone believes that Stanton's track record is too solid for this to continue forever, and when he does play to his career norms, opponents will pay for these early struggles.

Number to know: .086. Stanton's batting average through eight games at Yankee Stadium, where he is 3-for-35 with 20 strikeouts. Stanton is hitting .323 (10-for-31) in eight road games.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Orioles introduce theme nights for 2018

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The Orioles on Thursday announced a season-long schedule of new theme nights for the 2018 season featuring a variety of unique celebrations, promotions, and giveaway items designed to further engage with Birdland's diverse fanbase. Several new events will debut this season including Yoga at The Yard, LGBT Pride Night, Star WarsTM Night, Bark at Oriole Park, and The Sandlot Movie Night. The Orioles will also host popular returning events including Game of Thrones® Night, Senior Day, Father's Day Catch on the Field, and two Birdland Socials. More theme nights will be added in the coming weeks.

As part of a continued effort to make baseball engaging for all, the Orioles will further expand outreach to fans through this series of unique theme nights. Appealing to a variety of off-the-field interests from popular culture and pets to diversity and wellness, the Orioles are committed to serving as the region's premiere summer destination for families and fans of all ages.

The Orioles on Thursday announced a season-long schedule of new theme nights for the 2018 season featuring a variety of unique celebrations, promotions, and giveaway items designed to further engage with Birdland's diverse fanbase. Several new events will debut this season including Yoga at The Yard, LGBT Pride Night, Star WarsTM Night, Bark at Oriole Park, and The Sandlot Movie Night. The Orioles will also host popular returning events including Game of Thrones® Night, Senior Day, Father's Day Catch on the Field, and two Birdland Socials. More theme nights will be added in the coming weeks.

As part of a continued effort to make baseball engaging for all, the Orioles will further expand outreach to fans through this series of unique theme nights. Appealing to a variety of off-the-field interests from popular culture and pets to diversity and wellness, the Orioles are committed to serving as the region's premiere summer destination for families and fans of all ages.

"We are energized by this season's robust and diverse slate of promotions, special events, and theme nights - with even more announcements yet to be made - designed to attract fans throughout the summer to celebrate Baltimore and Orioles Baseball at the Yard," said GREG BADER, Orioles Vice President of Communications & Marketing. "Drawing on some industry trends proven successful elsewhere, and creating new ideas of our own, we are excited to welcome our many visitors from the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond to downtown Baltimore, the Inner Harbor, and Camden Yards, as we showcase all that our city has to offer."

"Nearly 70 million fans have made the pilgrimage to Oriole Park and downtown Baltimore since our gates first opened in 1992, making the Inner Harbor and downtown area a sports destination epicenter," added Orioles Executive Vice President, JOHN ANGELOS. "Our entire organization is working to continuously add vibrant and diverse programming around Orioles games in order to continue to attract both locals and visitors with a variety of interests, and to reinforce the club's unprecedented sports tourism impact. We are excited about the new concepts we have unveiled today and see them as just the first of many such additions to come as we attract even more visitors and regional residents to Charm City."

Below is a partial schedule of 2018 theme nights, which require the purchase of a limited special ticket package in order to participate in the promotion. Additional details will be made available for each event at a later date.

Star Wars Night - The first-ever Star Wars Night at Oriole Park will be held on May 11, highlighted by a ticket package containing a limited-edition O'Day-Wan Kenobi Bobblehead, featuring Orioles reliever DARREN O'DAY. A pregame party which includes a meet and greet with a variety of Star Wars characters is sold out. Following the game, all fans can enjoy a special fireworks display set to Star Wars music - the first of eight "Friday Fireworks at America's Ballpark" in 2018. Ticket packages featuring the bobblehead went on sale in March, and a limited number are still available.

The Sandlot Movie Night - Following the game on June 2, all fans will have an opportunity to watch the popular movie The Sandlot on the scoreboard at Oriole Park in celebration of the movie's 25th anniversary. A limited number of ticket packages that include an Orioles/The Sandlot t-shirt along with the opportunity to watch the movie from the Oriole Park field will be available for purchase. The Orioles will be hosting a group of children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, and fans will have an opportunity to donate to the nonprofit when purchasing tickets. Ticket packages went on sale this morning.

Yoga at The Yard - Fans are invited to experience a special yoga session on the Oriole Park field following the June 16 game. Each ticket package purchase will include a ticket to the game, along with a postgame yoga session conducted by Baltimore's own Holistic Life Foundation, as well as an exclusive Orioles yoga mat. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Earlier that morning, the Orioles will host an invitation-only community youth yoga and wellness clinic on the field. Ticket packages went on sale this morning.

Father's Day Catch on the Field - On June 17, fans can enjoy a Father's Day Catch on the Field experience presented by Pennington Grass Seed. Ticket packages will include a pregame session of catch on the field at Oriole Park and two tickets to the game, with the opportunity to add additional tickets and field passes. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Prostate Cancer Discovery Fund of the Brady Urological Institute of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Prior to the game, the first 20,000 fans 18 and over will receive an Orioles necktie. Ticket packages went on sale this morning.

LGBT Pride Night - The Orioles invite fans to celebrate LGBT Pride Month on June 27 with an LGBT Pride Night ticket package, which will include a ticket to the game and an O's pride cap. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Moveable Feast, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that provides nutritious foods and other services in order to preserve quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. Ticket packages, including a limited number of VIP packages with access to a pregame party on the Center Field Roof Deck, went on sale this morning.

Birdland Socials - Again this season, the Orioles will host two Birdland Socials, with the first event coming on June 26, and the second taking place on July 24, presented by GBMC. Each social media night event will include an exclusive pregame party on the Roof Deck with 250 of the Orioles' most engaged social media followers. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Senior Ticket Package - On June 28, the Orioles will offer a special ticket package for fans age 60 and over, which will include a ticket to the game in the shade, along with an Orioles umbrella. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Game of Thrones Night - Fans of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones will enjoy a pregame party in the bullpen picnic area, an opportunity to take a photo on the Iron Throne, and an exclusive KEVIN GAUSMAN Game of Thrones bobblehead on August 14 with the purchase of a ticket package. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

Bark at Oriole Park - Four-legged Orioles fans will be invited to catch the game on September 12, along with their owners, when the club hosts Oriole Park's first-ever Bark at Oriole Park event. A special ticket package will include tickets for dogs and dog owners, as well as a unique pet-themed giveaway item. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS). Additional details will be announced at a later date.

The Orioles will once again host a variety of special events during the 2018 season for all fans in attendance, including Earth Day on April 22, Halfway to Christmas on June 25, Celebrate Maryland Day on July 14, and the Orioles Hall of Fame Induction on August 11. From May through August, all fans can also enjoy "Friday Fireworks at America's Ballpark" after every Friday night game.

For additional details, visit www.orioles.com/themenights.

 

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O's rally late twice but fall to Tigers on walk-off

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DETROIT -- To say the bounces are not going the Orioles' way is an understatement. But, it was a literal example in Wednesday's 6-5 walk-off series loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

The O's much-maligned offense had just broken out for a three-run eighth inning, a huge number when you consider the team has been held to two or fewer runs eight times this season. The final run in that frame came when Chris Davis lined a ball off the left-field wall that bounced back into play. Davis narrowly missed a homer. Tigers catcher John Hicks, on the other hand, did not.

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DETROIT -- To say the bounces are not going the Orioles' way is an understatement. But, it was a literal example in Wednesday's 6-5 walk-off series loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park.

The O's much-maligned offense had just broken out for a three-run eighth inning, a huge number when you consider the team has been held to two or fewer runs eight times this season. The final run in that frame came when Chris Davis lined a ball off the left-field wall that bounced back into play. Davis narrowly missed a homer. Tigers catcher John Hicks, on the other hand, did not.

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Hicks' ball off of reliever Darren O'Day, just like Davis', went careening off the top of the left-field wall. But Hicks' bounced out into the stands for a definitive three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, which erased the Orioles' rally.

Video: BAL@DET: Hicks slugs go-ahead three-run homer in 8th

"We fought hard to get some runs across the plate. I felt good, I felt confident. Just didn't make the pitches I needed to," O'Day said following the Orioles' seventh loss in eight games. "Made some good pitches to [Miguel] Cabrera, but the pitch to [Nicholas] Castellanos and the pitch to Hicks were just terrible pitches. You know, tight margins and games are won or lost late in the game. It's just really poor pitching by me."

O'Day was charged with all three Detroit runs in the eighth.

The Orioles' lineup certainly put forth a valiant effort. After Hicks' home run gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead, Luis Sardinas hit a game-tying solo shot off Shane Greene in the ninth. But it took Detroit just two pitches to respond, as Dixon Machado homered off of Rule 5 Draft pick Pedro Araujo to end the game. 

Video: BAL@DET: Machado delivers walk-off homer in the 9th

"We know that things aren't going our way right now, there's no question about it," Davis said. "You just have to keep grinding, battling, stay on it."

The Orioles, who have squandered quality starts from Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner in recent days, let a solid six innings from Kevin Gausman slip away on Wednesday. Gausman went six frames plus two batters, with Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario each going deep off the righty.

"I think Kevin, I'm not broadcasting that he's trying to two-seam the ball a little bit more, trying to work some balls on the ground, which he's doing, inducing some weak contact," manager Buck Showalter said of Gausman. "His work days are going great, he's competing and doing a lot better this time of year than he did last year. I'm proud of him."

Video: BAL@DET: Gausman retires Martinez to end the threat

Danny Valencia got one back for the Orioles in the second inning, sending Tigers starter Matthew Boyd's 3-2 pitch into the left-field seats in the second. It was the O's only run until the eighth, when Manny Machado tied things up with a single up the middle off Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen. Adam Jones followed with a sacrifice fly before Davis' long RBI single off the fence.

"I actually just looked at it, saw how close it was," Davis said of the near-miss home run. "It hit on the crease at the top of the wall. It doesn't get any closer."

Video: BAL@DET: Davis lines RBI singles off top of the wall

It was the kind of ball that finds a lucky roll when a team is going good. And right now, that team isn't the Orioles.

"Yeah, it's challenging," O'Day said of the past week. "We're all competitors, and every day we come in here with a loss, it affects us. Guys are pros. They know that every day is a new day. I'm the same way. Hope I get on the mound tomorrow and it will be a different result."

GAUSMAN'S NEW LOOK
Gausman debuted a new delivery quirk Wednesday that he decided on just one day prior. The right-hander reached up over his head before going into his windup, a move he committed to after doing some dry throws on Tuesday and liking how it felt.

"Felt like I was landing in the same spot every time and like I was really reaching toward home plate," Gausman said. "I told [pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] yesterday I was going to do it, and he kind of challenged me and said, 'No you're not.' And whenever someone challenges me, I'm probably going to do it even more. So it was good. Obviously, [a] couple times I hit my hat on the way up, so I need to figure that out, but I think it will come with reps. It's definitely something I can build on."

HE SAID IT
"It's so early, obviously you don't want to bury yourself right out of the gates. We know it's a long season, this division is going to be a grind day in and day out, and it's going to go down to the wire like it does every year. The biggest thing for us to remember is, we are still a good team, we still have the ability to be a good team and we just have to right the ship right now." -- Davis, on the Orioles being 10 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East before Boston's game Wednesday night

UP NEXT
The Orioles will send Alex Cobb to the mound in the series finale opposite Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. ET, in a game available on MLB Network outside of the Baltimore area. Cobb went just 3 2/3 innings in his season debut at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox touched him up for 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned). He'll look to bounce back on Thursday afternoon.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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O's offense lacking in opener loss to Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Orioles did not find their missing offense in Detroit.

Instead, scuffling Baltimore -- which lost all three games it played this weekend in Boston -- continued to search for its big bats and wasted another quality pitching performance in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers. The O's, who bested their win total all of last year in New York by taking three of four in the Bronx, have dropped six of their seven games since.

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DETROIT -- The Orioles did not find their missing offense in Detroit.

Instead, scuffling Baltimore -- which lost all three games it played this weekend in Boston -- continued to search for its big bats and wasted another quality pitching performance in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Tigers. The O's, who bested their win total all of last year in New York by taking three of four in the Bronx, have dropped six of their seven games since.

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"Everybody in that locker room knows that we're not clicking offensively right now, so everybody's trying to push and do it all in one at-bat, one swing," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose club has scored two runs or fewer in eight of its 17 games. "[Hitting coach] Scott [Coolbaugh] and they all talk about it. We talk about it in every advanced meeting and around the cages. It's tough for guys at this level to kind of pull back, kind of like a pitcher, where more is not always better. But it'll happen."

Video: BAL@DET: Machado turns two to end the 6th inning

Their latest loss, which saw righty Andrew Cashner's solid effort go for naught, was a frustrating one, as Baltimore had just three chances with runners in scoring position and stranded seven men on base.

"I think the biggest thing is we just haven't had that break. The breaks have been going the other way," said Cashner, who went six quality innings and took his second loss. "I still believe in all our guys. You look at the track records of all our guys, it's there. We've just got to do better."

Yes, the Michigan weather for the series opener -- which was in the 20s with the wind chill -- was a factor, just as the unseasonable cold the past two weeks around baseball has been. But both sides play in the same conditions. And the O's, who entered the day ranked 29th in baseball in batting average and with a run differential of minus-35 (tied with Texas for worst in the American League), aren't planning on making excuses.

Video: BAL@DET: Jones on Orioles' offensive struggles

"Who cares about the weather? The opponents are playing in it, too," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "We just got to get better. We got to get better, situationally. We had some people on and just couldn't get that hit. But no one likes excuses. We just have to get it done."

Fewer strikeouts would be a good place to start. The Orioles, already the Major League leaders in strikeouts entering the game, were fanned 12 times in the first eight innings. That's half of their outs. They have to find a way to make things happen more, to put the ball in play and work the opposing pitcher early on.

Video: BAL@DET: Orioles turn DP, avoid further damage in 5th

"We need to get bases loaded and a bloop hit or something like that to break it up," Jones said. "We are hitting the ball hard, but right at guys. Let's try to flip the script. There's no panic in this clubhouse. Let's just try to flip the script. But we have to get better. At the end of the day, people only care about results, not effort."

Cashner was strong on both fronts on Tuesday night. The righty went six solid innings, holding Detroit to three runs and turning in his third consecutive quality start. He struck out five and allowed seven hits and three walks over a 93-pitch outing. Two of Cashner's runs came on Victor Martinez's two-run homer -- his first of the season -- in the second inning.

"I felt like one of the things I worked on this offseason was really spinning my breaking ball. And I'd say that my curveball is probably in the best spot I've had my whole career," Cashner said. "You know, I've worked with [Alex] Cobb a lot on throwing my breaking ball. He got me to a spot to where it's like, the tick is there, if that makes sense. I think it's just spinning the baseball out front. I worked on it really hard all offseason, and it's been showing."

The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the fifth on Jeimer Candelario's RBI triple, taking the lead back after Baltimore tied it in the top half of the inning.

Trey Mancini gave the Orioles one back in the third inning, sending Tigers starter Francisco Liriano's 1-1 curveball over the left-field fence. Jones drove in Craig Gentry with a two-out RBI single in the fifth for another run, but that was the last one the O's would push across.

Video: BAL@DET: Mancini rips a line-drive solo homer to left

Detroit added a tack-on run in the eighth on a wild pitch from reliever Mychal Givens.

"We don't hit very well, and they pitched real well. You hate getting some quality pitching performances like we're getting and not being able to cash in on them, but it'll happen," Showalter said. "You've got to trust each other."

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
The O's got thrown out of a potential rally in the fifth as Manny Machado was caught between second and third base on Jones' RBI. The inning-ending out came when the game was tied at 2, and it quashed any chance of a bigger inning as the O's continue to give up key outs on the bases this season.

Video: BAL@DET: Jones plates Gentry with a single to right

HE SAID IT
"About June. If we are playing this crappy by June, let us know. We got still 140 games to go. Anything can happen. You are going to lose 60, you are going to win 60, the other 42 is where you figure it out." -- Jones, on when people can panic about the Orioles' slow start

UP NEXT
The O's will send Kevin Gausman to the hill on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. ET for the second game in Detroit, pitching against the Tigers' Matthew Boyd. Gausman picked up his first win of 2018 after scattering three runs over six innings while striking out a season-high seven vs. the Blue Jays last Wednesday.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Ripken honored with medal from Smithsonian

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WASHINGTON -- Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has another award to add to his treasure trove of honors. On Tuesday night, the Iron Man received a gold medal from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Ripken was presented with the "Great Americans" medal by the Smithsonian, which recognized his "lifetime contributions that embody American ideals and ideas."

WASHINGTON -- Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. has another award to add to his treasure trove of honors. On Tuesday night, the Iron Man received a gold medal from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Ripken was presented with the "Great Americans" medal by the Smithsonian, which recognized his "lifetime contributions that embody American ideals and ideas."

The 57-year-old Ripken, who played 2,632 consecutive games with the Orioles from 1982-98, spoke about his career and his life after the Major Leagues with David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents.

Ripken, who will be making his fourth international trip to promote baseball in the Czech Republic from April 21-26, is a special adviser to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on youth programs and outreach. On previous trips, he has been to China, Japan and Nicaragua.

"We're trying to get kids to play more baseball and play longer, and maybe produce more baseball fans and not only big league players," Ripken said.

Ripken grew up surrounded by the game, following his father, Cal Ripken Sr., who managed Minor League teams in the Orioles' system. But now there's competition from other sports and leisure activities for children.

"I'm in a group that's trying to make baseball more appealing overall by looking at the rules and trying to make it more active," Ripken said.

The game can still appeal to today's younger audience, he feels.

"It's a cerebral game," Ripken said. "There are a lot of situations ... where the more you understand, you don't mind the pace of the game. I think sometimes you're focusing on too much of the pace. We need to do a better job of explaining what's happening."

Ripken also talked about the foundation named after his father.

"We'll use baseball the way he did to capture kids," Ripken said of the foundation's aims. "As an ice-breaker of sorts, and to help give them an opportunity and a direction in life."

The Smithsonian recently acquired objects from Ripken's career donated by Thomas Tull, a private collector and museum board member. They include a glove from 1999, a bat from the '93-94 era and a ball signed by Ripken and other members of the Orioles.

Ripken couldn't leave without signing autographs or talking about his streak. He says he never has a day when someone doesn't ask him about it, but that doesn't bother him. He remembers in 1995, the year he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak, people wanted to talk to him about their own streaks.

"I found that to be sort of a wonderful sharing moment of that year," Ripken said.

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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Tuesday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

With top pitching prospect Triston McKenzie sidelined to begin the season, Shane Bieber and Sam Hentges are taking center stage in the Cleveland Indians' farm system. They combined to throw 13 scoreless innings with 16 strikeouts, as each hurler recorded his second win in three starts at his respective level.

Bieber, Cleveland's No. 8 prospect, fired seven scoreless frames, allowing four hits and striking out six to lead Double-A Akron past Altoona, 2-0. The 22-year-old right-hander extended his season-opening scoreless-innings streak to 20 with the performance, during which he's allowed just 10 hits and zero walks while striking out 23 batters.

That Bieber, the Indians' fourth-round pick in the 2016 Draft, is yet to issue a walk should not be surprising -- he issued just 12 free passes (two intentional) in 173 1/3 innings last season to lead all Minor League hurlers both in walk rate (1.5 percent) and walks-per-nine innings (0.5 BB/9).

Hentges (No. 17) also dazzled in his start for Class A Advanced Lynchburg, posting six blank frames to help the Hillcats defeat Frederick, 4-1. The 21-year-old lefty scattered six hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts in arguably his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery last June. He's quickly emerged as Lynchburg's ace in McKenzie's absence, posting a 0.56 ERA with 19 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings (three starts) to begin the season.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

• It took him 10 games, but No. 2 overall prospect Ronald Acuna (Braves' No. 1) is finally on the board with his first home run. The 20-year-old phenom connected on a two-run shot to left field in the fifth inning, before finishing 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk in Triple-A Gwinnett's win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RBIs also were firsts for Acuna, who's hitting .175 overall with two extra-base hits after his second multi-hit game.

Acuna's first 2018 homer

No. 13 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in Double-A New Hampshire's loss to Binghamton. Bichette also scored and run and stole his fourth base. The 20-year-old shortstop is hitting .341 through 10 games and ranks among the top three in the Eastern League in both runs scored (10) and hits (15).

No. 14 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) broke out of a 1-for-26 slump by going 3-for-4 in Double-A Hartford's loss to Portland in game one of a doubleheader. One of the 21-year-old shortstop's hits was a double, and he also plated a run in the three-hit performance, his second this season.

No. 29 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals' No. 2) collected a pair of hits in both ends of Class A Hagerstown's doubleheader to improve his season slash line to a robust .415/.537/.902. The 19-year-old outfielder went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in the opener and then reached base four times in the nightcap in a 2-for-2, two-walk performance. Altogether, Soto has produced 10 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 12 games, with nearly twice as many walks (13) as strikeouts (seven).

No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 2) furthered his reputation as one of baseball's top left-handed pitching prospects by spinning five no-hit frames with nine strikeouts for Class A Advanced Stockton. He allowed just two hitters to reach base -- one via a walk and the other on his own error -- and threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes. The 20-year-old southpaw has been dominant to begin the season, posting a 1.23 ERA with 25 strikeouts and .120 opponents' average over 14 2/3 innings (three starts) in the hitter-friendly California League.

No. 81 overall prospect Nick Gordon (Twins' No. 4) has at least one hit and one RBI in three straight games after connecting on his first home run, a solo shot, in Double-A Chattanooga's win over Jacksonville. The 22-year-old middle infielder is off to a strong start in 2018, hitting .350/.381/.550 through 10 games in his second tour of the Southern League.

Angels No. 10 prospect Michael Hermosillo set a career high with six RBIs behind a trio of run-producing extra-base hits in Triple-A Salt Lake's rout of Sacramento. The 23-year-old outfielder accrued his RBIs in the first six innings, too, as he plated two runs with a triple in the second inning, connected on a three-run homer in the fourth and then added a solo shot two frames later to finish 3-for-5. Hermosillo also scored two runs and recorded an outfield assist in center field.

Hermosillo's second homer

Blue Jays' No. 9 prospect T.J. Zeuch tossed six scoreless innings en route to his second win in three starts for Class A Advanced Dunedin. He scattered five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts while generating an additional seven outs on the ground. The 6-foot-7 right-hander has completed at least six innings in each of his three starts for Dunedin, posting a 2.89 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and 17 strikeouts in 18 2/3 frames overall.

Brewers No. 5 prospect Luis Ortiz set a career high with 10 strikeouts for Double-A Biloxi after entering the game as a reliever in the fourth inning. The 22-year-old righty would work the remaining 6 1/3 frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks as the Shuckers fell 4-3 to Mobile in 10 innings. At the plate for Biloxi, Corey Ray (No. 7) stayed hot with his fourth straight multi-hit performance as he finished 2-for-5 with two steals. He's hit a double in four straight games and has an extra-base hit in nine of his past 10 contests.

Dodgers No. 16 prospect Caleb Ferguson took a no-decision for Double-A Tulsa despite posting five scoreless frames of two-hit ball. He tallied nine strikeouts against just one walk while throwing 53 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old righty sports a 0.87 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings through three starts for the Drillers.

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Giants No. 8 prospect Shaun Anderson led the way with six scoreless innings as Double-A Richmond blanked Bowie, 1-0. Facing three batters over the minimum in the outing, Anderson, whom San Francisco acquired from Boston at last year's Trade Deadline, yielded four hits and one walk while pairing four strikeouts with nine ground-ball outs. He threw 86 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Orioles No. 17 prospect Zac Lowther allowed three hits over five innings in his second straight scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk, throwing 58 of his 84 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 21-year-old lefty has been dominant early in his first full season, posting a 0.36 WHIP with 20 strikeouts across 11 scoreless frames (both wins).

Reds No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan has gone 16 innings without allowing an earned run as he pitched Class A Advanced Daytona past Tampa, 8-2. The 21-year-old righty gave up three hits in six innings, struck out five and hit a batter. He's limited opposing hitters to a .145 average across his first three starts, posting 18 strikeouts against four walks in 16 innings.

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Bundy's sharp outing not enough in loss to Sox

Righty dealt tough-luck defeat after allowing one earned run in 5 2/3 innings
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BOSTON -- For the first time in three games at Fenway Park, the Orioles were able to survive the first inning.

Unfortunately, this time they couldn't survive the middle frames and fell to the Red Sox, 3-1, for their third consecutive loss on Sunday as both teams celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

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BOSTON -- For the first time in three games at Fenway Park, the Orioles were able to survive the first inning.

Unfortunately, this time they couldn't survive the middle frames and fell to the Red Sox, 3-1, for their third consecutive loss on Sunday as both teams celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

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Despite weather conditions that hovered just two degrees above freezing, the matchup of aces Dylan Bundy versus Chris Sale lived up to the billing.

Video: BAL@BOS: Showalter, Bundy on tough loss to Red Sox

"It's not easy, that's for sure," Bundy said. "But, they have to deal with the same conditions that we do. You just got to go out there and battle and give your team a chance to win."

The O's snatched an early lead as Trey Mancini led off the game with a single and came around to score two batters later on a Manny Machado double to the left-field corner.

Video: BAL@BOS: Machado rips an RBI double to left in 1st

Those would be the only two hits Baltimore would muster off Sale, who struck out eight in five innings.

Bundy looked strong out of the gate, needing only five pitches to get a 1-2-3 first inning.

He would cruise through the next three frames as well, but the Sox fought back in the fifth, tying the score on a two-out triple by Andrew Benintendi that scored Jackie Bradley Jr.

The wheels came off for the O's in the sixth as J.D. Martinez reached on a throwing error by Danny Valencia to lead off the inning.

Martinez would come around to score on a wild pitch, and Tzu-Wei Lin drove Mitch Moreland home with a double, giving Boston a 3-1 lead and forcing the Orioles' starter from the game.

It was the second consecutive start in which Bundy (0-2, 1.40 ERA) was saddled with a loss, despite allowing just one earned run and striking out six on Sunday.

"Anytime you have a guy throwing the ball like that, you want to give him some runs and take a little bit of pressure off of him," Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis said. "He's really risen to the occasion in every start that he's made this year. He's thrown the ball well, he's given us a chance to win and that's all you can ask of your starter."

Video: BAL@BOS: Mancini makes a superb throw for out at home

After the first inning, only four Orioles batters reached base, one via a base hit, and only one of those reached scoring position, as they were unable to offer any opposition to the American League East leaders.

"You can talk about conditions, you can talk about the other pitcher, but we've got to swing the bats better," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We know that."

COLD OPEN
The gameday temperature was 34 degrees at first pitch. This season, the Orioles have dealt with first-pitch temps under 50 degrees in all but two of their games thus far.

"We've played very few games with the temperature above 55," Davis said. "It's kind of the way it goes. That's the old adage, 'The pitchers have the advantage the first month of the season.' It takes hitters a little bit to get their timing down. When you're battling the elements like this on a day-in, day-out basis, it makes it that much harder. But, we can't make any excuses. We've got to continue to work and we've got to continue to trust the process and understand that it's a long season and there's a lot of baseball to be played."

HE SAID IT
"It's remarkable for me to watch him plying his trade in those type of conditions. I can't tell you how hard that is. That was impressive. I'm sure Dylan's done a little duck hunting in his life. That's kind of what that was like." -- Showalter, on Bundy working in the cold

UP NEXT
With Monday's annual Patriots' Day at Fenway Park postponed, the Orioles now ship off to Detroit, where they will begin a three-game series against the Tigers starting on Tuesday at 6:40 p.m. ET. The added day could allow Showalter to adjust his pitching staff properly, as Thursday's probable is listed as TBD in place of Chris Tillman. Andrew Cashner is scheduled to be on the bump in Tuesday's series opener, with the Tigers countering with left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

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Patriots' Day O's-Red Sox game postponed

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BOSTON -- Due to a rainy forecast with no signs of letup, there will be no baseball at Fenway Park this year on Patriots' Day.

Monday's game between the Red Sox and Orioles -- the finale of a four-game series -- has been postponed until May 17. The teams were already scheduled to start a three-game series at Fenway the next day.

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BOSTON -- Due to a rainy forecast with no signs of letup, there will be no baseball at Fenway Park this year on Patriots' Day.

Monday's game between the Red Sox and Orioles -- the finale of a four-game series -- has been postponed until May 17. The teams were already scheduled to start a three-game series at Fenway the next day.

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This is the first time there will be no Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park since 1995, when a work stoppage delayed the start of the regular season. It is the first rainout on Patriots' Day since '94.

Fans who had tickets for Monday's game can use them on May 17. That game will start at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Patriots' Day, which coincides with the Boston Marathon, is typically one of the most festive games of the year at Fenway Park. Once the game ends, the tradition is for fans to line up in Kenmore Square and cheer on the marathon runners.

In recent years, the Red Sox have held emotional tributes in recognition of those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013. The five-year anniversary was Sunday, and the city of Boston had a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET. The Red Sox observed that moment of silence during the seventh-inning stretch.

A holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, Patriots' Day celebrates the anniversary of Paul Revere's ride and the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

Though they don't play on Monday, the Red Sox have a long travel day to the West Coast in preparation for a Tuesday night matchup with the Angels.

The opener of that three-game series features a terrific pitching matchup of David Price against rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani. The opportunity for the Red Sox to face Ohtani was created when the Angels were rained out on Sunday in Kansas City.

Brian Johnson would have started on Sunday if the Red Sox had played, but he will likely move back to the bullpen for the upcoming trip out West.

The Orioles will open up a three-game series vs. the Tigers on Tuesday. Andrew Cashner, who was slated to start Monday, will take the ball in the series opener in Detroit.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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No timetable for Schoop, but O's optimistic

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BOSTON -- In the face of his first disabled list stint since 2015, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is trying to remain optimistic about his right oblique strain, in light of the results from an MRI on Saturday.

After being removed from Friday night's game following a pinch in his side that occurred on a swing, the All-Star was not in top spirits, according to manager Buck Showalter, but tests on Saturday revealed that the strain was a Grade 1, the least severe.

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BOSTON -- In the face of his first disabled list stint since 2015, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is trying to remain optimistic about his right oblique strain, in light of the results from an MRI on Saturday.

After being removed from Friday night's game following a pinch in his side that occurred on a swing, the All-Star was not in top spirits, according to manager Buck Showalter, but tests on Saturday revealed that the strain was a Grade 1, the least severe.

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"The injury, I felt it in my last at-bat, right when I swung. I felt like something pinched me on the side. I went out there, the next inning on a ground ball to me I felt it right away again," Schoop explained. "It's not a good thing to have an injury, but the MRI showed good news because it's not as bad as we think."

Prior to Saturday's game, Baltimore placed Schoop on the 10-day DL, sidelining one of the more reliable bats in Showalter's lineup.

Over the past two seasons, the Curacao native had played in all but two games, with high hopes of building off of a career year in 2017, when he hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs, earning his first All-Star nod in the process.

While the Orioles are confident in their depth, they know that losing the No. 3 hitter in their lineup is not easily replaced.

"It's tough on everybody, but especially Jon," said Showalter. "He knows what he means to the club, especially hitting third and coming off the best year of his career and as good a year as any second baseman has had. He's primed to take it to another level. But he's just delayed, not denied. He'll be back."

There has been no timetable set for Schoop's return at this time, as his manager points out the difficulties in testing this particular type of injury this early in the process.

Schoop, who will remain with the O's, is hopeful that he can begin the rehab process soon and get back to helping the team win ballgames.

"The trouble with these injuries, you can't test him," said Showalter. "He's stiff more than sore, which is a good sign. He really wants to be out there. It's a tough injury for us."

"I hope 10 days and in the next couple of days I feel better, so I can start swinging and start working on it to get better and get stronger," added Schoop. "I don't know yet [how long]. I'm staying with the team and hopefully I get better, go play one or two games maybe in the Minor Leagues and come back."

Worth noting

• Prior to Sunday's game vs. the Red Sox, the Orioles summoned right-hander David Hess from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to Norfolk.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

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