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Showalter on Hardy and 4-3 win (Bundy scratched Tuesday)

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be in Tuesday night's lineup against the Astros after leaving today's game prior to the top of the eighth inning with back tightness. "I think he's going to be OK tomorrow," Showalter said following a 4-3 win at Camden Yards. "He was fine yesterday and had nothing. He came in today with a stiff ... read more

Hardy expects to play on Tuesday

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said he expects to be in Tuesday's lineup after leaving today's game with tightness in his back. Hardy was replaced after the seventh inning, one day after manager Buck Showalter gave him the day off. "See what happens? I get a day off and I get worse," Hardy quipped. "No, I honestly feel better right now than I did in the ... read more

Hardy leaves game with back tightness (O's win 4-3)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left today's game after the seventh inning with back tightness, according to a team spokesman. Hardy didn't play yesterday in the series finale against the Marlins in Miami. Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to rest Hardy and keep him healthy, which included not using him as a pinch-hitter in the last two innings. Hardy struck out, grounded out and singled ... read more

Game update and Duquette on Matusz suspension (O's lead 4-3)

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen gave up singles to George Springer and Jose Altuve on his first two pitches this afternoon, but he escaped the jam with a pop-up, strikeout and fly ball. Altuve was in a 3-for-32 slump over his last eight games. Preston Tucker and Jonathan Villar opened the second inning with singles to create another jam, but Hank Conger bunted into a 1-5-3 ... read more

Showalter talks about Matusz suspension

The news today from Major League Baseball that Orioles reliever Brian Matusz received an eight-game suspension came as no surprise considering that Milwaukee's Will Smith was handed the same punishment for the same infraction. "Everything is based off precedent," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. Matusz is appealing the suspension, also as expected, and remains in the bullpen this afternoon. "Each case is different and that's ... read more

Norris feeling better as he readies for latest rehab start

Judging by appearances and sounds, Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is on the road to recovery as he prepares to hit the road again for his next rehab start. Norris looks like he's feeling better and he's no longer coughing every few minutes. He's moving past the bronchitis that forced him to the disabled list. "I'm getting there," he said. "I didn't know how much it ... read more

Notes on Norris, rotation, Gausman, Wieters and more

Bud Norris remains scheduled to start Wednesday at Double-A Bowie while continuing his injury rehab assignment. Norris was a candidate to start one of the games in Thursday's doubleheader against the White Sox, but the Orioles want him to remain on his assignment. Norris allowed nine runs and 12 hits over 2 2/3 innings in Friday's game at Triple-A Norfolk. Norris, recovering from bronchitis, said ... read more

Matusz receives eight-game suspension, will appeal

Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has received an eight-game suspension from Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his right arm in the 12th inning of Saturday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. The ban was announced this morning by Joe Garagiola, senior vice president of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball. The suspension was scheduled to begin this afternoon, when ... read more