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MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - INSIDE PITCH
There are times where Adam Jones appears lazy on the baseball field.
With so much talent, it often doesn't take the same effort out of Jones that it does from others.
That talent has been on display in May. Jones homered for a fourth straight game Sunday -- his 10th of the season and his sixth in May.
Although his homer streak was stopped Monday, Jones had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in a 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
Jones served as designated hitter for three games last week, resting a sore groin. The rest helped -- and he seemed no worse for the wear Sunday, making a leaping catch on the run in deep center field.
Jones, who turns 28 in August, could be on his way to a third All-Star Game appearance.
After Monday's game, he is batting .324 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs. He's been a key bat in the middle of a dangerous lineup.
In particular, Jones seems to enjoy playing Toronto. His Sunday performance extended a 16-game hitting streak against the Blue Jays. He's also enjoyed hitting in Toronto's Rogers Centre -- Sunday's homer was his ninth there since the start of the 2012 season, the most of any visiting player.
Maybe it's the extra motivation to make a name for himself in Canada -- Jones was once detained by border patrol, reportedly after he was confused with NFL defensive back Adam "Pacman" Jones.
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Orioles (Kevin Gausman, 0-1, 7.20) at Nationals (Nate Karns, 0-0, 0.00)
--RHP Kevin Gausman, 22, makes his second major league start Tuesday at Washington. In his debut against Toronto, Gausman allowed four runs in five innings as he took the loss in Toronto's 12-6 win. The No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, he had been pitching at Doiuble-A Bowie before being called up May 23.
--RHP Tommy Hunter's right hand was improved Monday, one day he fielded a sharp comebacker by RF Jose Bautista in a loss to the Blue Jays. A second X-ray came back negative. "We're hoping we dodged in injury, not necessarily the ball," Showalter said. "He's a little bruised there. Hoping it's just a bruise."
--OF Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 12 games Monday, driving in the go-ahead runs with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth. He's batting .377 (20 for 53) with 11 RBIs over the span.
--INF Yamaico Navarro, playing in his seventh game, collected his first two RBIs of the season Monday against Washington, with singles in the third and seventh innings. "He's grinding. He's trying to make use of every opportunity he gets," Showalter said.
--3B Manny Machado had three hits Sunday to raise his average to .335 and has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 road games, going 23 for 50 (.460.) "You've got to mix it up with him. You can't be predictable," Washington catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "His hits, when he got them today, he was ahead in the count every time. As a hitter, especially as good a hitter as he is, when he's ahead in the count he becomes a beast. He's got a great swing...he covers the whole plate."
--RPH Jim Johnson went eight innings and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season Monday. He improved to 6-0 with a 3.16 ERA in eight career starts against Washington, including 4-0, 3.25 at Nationals Park, and provided some much need rest for the Baltimore bullpen. "The fastball command, which I've been searching for, was getting closer and closer and closer, and today was finally there," Hammel said. "And a small adjustment I made with my slider added a little more depth and a lot more swings and misses, and I just stayed aggressive."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He was good. He was the difference today. We'd have all signed up in blood for that today." -- Manager Buck Showalter on RHP Jason Hammel after Monday's win.
MLB Team Report - Baltimore Orioles - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Pedro Strop (lower back strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 24.
--LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow surgery in May 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22 and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list April 4. Wada threw three innings in an extended spring training game in Sarasota, Fla., on April 18 and four innings April 23. He's working on building up innings and expanding the number of pitches he throws per outing. He pitched three innings in a rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk on May 16. He pitched four innings in a rehab start with Norfolk on May 21 and five innings May 26.
--LHP Wei-Yin Chen (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 13. He won't be able to throw for at least a week but reported to the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., on May 22 to begin his rehab.
--C Taylor Teagarden (dislocated left thumb) went on the 15-day disabled list April 28. He was examined by a hand specialist on April 30. He had the splint removed May 17. He may be ready to play in extended spring training games May 27.
--2B Brian Roberts (ruptured tendon in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list April 5, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 18. He had surgery May 9 in Dallas and will be out until late June. He was to have sutures from the procedure removed on May 20, according to MASNsports.com.
--OF Nolan Reimold (right hamstring strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 12. He could begin swinging a bat in the near future but likely won't be ready to come off the disabled list on May 28.
--DH Wilson Betemit (torn posterior cruciate ligament in right knee) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 12. He began jogging in a pool May 17. He could be out at least another six weeks.
RHP Jason Hammel
RHP Chris Tillman
RHP Freddy Garcia
RHP Miguel Gonzalez
RHP Kevin Gausman
RHP Jim Johnson (closer)
RHP Darren O'Day
LHP Brian Matusz
LHP Troy Patton
RHP Tommy Hunter
LHP T.J. McFarland
RHP Steve Johnson
1B Chris Davis
2B Alexi Casilla
SS J.J. Hardy
3B Manny Machado
INF Yamaico Navarro
INF Danny Valencia
LF Nate McLouth
CF Adam Jones
RF Nick Markakis
OF Chris Dickerson
OF/1B Steve Pearce