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Orioles acquire Seattle OF Morse in exchange for OF Avery

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Orioles acquire Seattle OF Morse in exchange for OF Avery

Posted on 30 August 2013 by WNST Staff

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The Orioles announced Friday that they have acquired outfielder Michael Morse from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league outfielder Xavier Avery.

Morse, 31, is a career .284/.338/.479 hitter with 83 homers and 272 RBI in 561 major league games with the Mariners and Washington Nationals. In his major league career, Morse has batted .293/.349/.495 against left-handed pitching. Morse will wear number 38.

Avery, 23, saw action in 32 games for the Orioles in 2012, batting .223/.305/.340 with one home run, six RBI and six stolen bases. Avery split the 2013 season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, batting .259/.340/.345 with three homers, 35 RBI and 29 stolen bases.

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Steve Johnson placed on DL, Avery recalled

Posted on 06 June 2013 by WNST Staff

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The Orioles announced Thursday that they have recalled outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfolk and placed right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain.

Avery, 23, began the season with Double-A Bowie, where he batted .300/.391/.406 with 34 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in 39 games. He has also played in 15 games with Triple-A Norfolk, batting .192 (10-52). He will wear uniform #70.

Johnson, 25, is 1-1 with an 8.49 ERA (11.2IP, 11ER) and 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in five games (one start) for the Orioles this season.

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Orioles option three to Norfolk

Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES OPTION THREE TO NORFOLK

 

            The Orioles today announced that they have optioned RHP ZACH CLARK, LHP MIKE BELFIORE andOF XAVIER AVERY to Triple-A Norfolk.

 

With these assignments, the Orioles now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 16 non-roster invitees.

 

–orioles–

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Your Monday Reality Check: Aw hell, why not?

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Your Monday Reality Check: Aw hell, why not?

Posted on 13 August 2012 by Glenn Clark

If I understand the way the math works, the Baltimore Orioles’ magic number to clinch an American League Wild Card spot currently sits at 48.

I really felt the need to tell you that because for some goofy reason I sat and worked on it Sunday while I was supposed to be watching the Baltimore Ravens practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Congratulations Birds, you’ve successfully gotten me to take attention away from the Ravens and place it on the orange and black. The moment has actually occurred. I’m blown away.

The magic number is 48.

That means that if the total combination of O’s wins combined with losses (individually) from any other team in the Wild Card race reaches 48 before the end of the season the now 15 year playoff draught will officially be over.

It means the Birds will be playing on Friday, October 5 as part of Major League Baseball’s first ever Wild Card play-in games.

I honest to God can’t believe I’ve just typed all of this.

It’s time to cue the music.

I feel like it’s safe to say that I’ve been as reluctant (if not more reluctant) than anyone in town to accept this as an actual, realistic possibility. And if truth me told I would still say “no” if an assailant questioned my belief that the Orioles make the playoffs with a gun pointed to my temple.

It might seem like a four game split with the Kansas City Royals at home would be an odd time for me to suddenly stand and pledge allegiance to the “Why Not?” bandwagon, but…you know…Machado and all.

My original idea for my weekly “Reality Check” column was to write about the realities of 3B Manny Machado’s hot start (6-16, 3HR, 7RBI in four games). I had planned to say “I hate to be the bad guy, but let’s remember that the most likely scenario is that Machado won’t be able to continue this success for the rest of the season or likely even for the rest of August.”

I had intended to say something along the lines of “American League pitchers will likely end up catching up with Machado, who also won’t have the benefit of facing Kansas City Royals pitching every time out.” I was going to add thoughts along the lines of “let’s not forget that even OF Xavier Avery collected 10 hits in his first eight games after getting called up to Baltimore earlier in the season.”

I probably would have mentioned that in the coming week Machado would have to go up against veteran pitchers like Red Sox starters Josh Beckett (albeit a Beckett that has struggled mightily in 2012) and Clay Buchholz as well as reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. It’s a bit more legitimate than a group of KC starters that included Will Smith, Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen.

I also think I would have mentioned that Machado had not hit .300 in a single month while playing in the Eastern League this season, making a market correction from a very hot start to August seem likely at some point.

That’s what I WAS going to do. But for some reason, it just didn’t stick.

As we’ve repeated ad nauseum during the 2012 Orioles campaign, there is no statistical explanation for why the Birds have won 62 of their first 115 games. Those of us who have been watching understand that the team has benefitted from an incredible bullpen, a number of home runs, great success in close games and expert guidance from AL Manager of the Year candidate Buck Showalter.

That’s why I couldn’t write the Machado column. I didn’t have it in me.

Maybe there IS a chance Machado can continue to make significant contributions as a 20 year old in a lineup that has been seeking an additional spark. The Birds don’t have a full season .300 hitter in their lineup, but they’ve managed to get continued contributions from unexpected places.

Career journeyman INF Omar Quintanilla is batting .328 in just 20 games sense being acquired in a deal with the New York Mets. Veteran (and by “veteran” I mean “washed up”) OF Nate McClouth has eight hits in his first 24 AB’s since being called up from the Norfolk Tides. Even the miserable bat of Mark Reynolds (.211 and just nine home runs in 289 AB’s) provided what proved to be the game winning RBI in Sunday’s win over KC.

I don’t think it can be sustained. I didn’t think it could be sustained two months ago. I was wrong then. Maybe I’m wrong now. I don’t think I’m ever going to understand exactly how all of this has happened this way this season.

So can Manny Machado keep contributing to an Orioles team pushing towards an appearance in the postseason?

What the hell?

Or…why not?

-G

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Avery optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk

Posted on 12 July 2012 by WNST Staff

The Orioles Thursday night announced that they have optioned outfielder Xavier Avery to Triple-A Norfolk. Avery has batted .233/.317/.356 in 24 games over three stints with Baltimore.

While no corresponding roster move was announced, the club is expected to activate outfielder Endy Chavez from the 15-day disabled list.

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