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Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas Attendance: 24,300
Orioles look to rebound after getting bounced again by Rangers
Baltimore made wholesale changes to their roster just before and at the non-waiver trade deadline earlier this week, but center fielder Adam Jones remains with the Orioles, and many baseball insiders are wondering why.
Jones and the mostly youthful Orioles lineup struggled against Texas for the second game on Friday, falling to the Rangers 11-3 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers have outscored the Orioles 28-11 in the first two outings of the four-game set.
Baltimore will try to bounce back on Saturday by sending right-hander Dylan Bundy (7-9, 4.53 ERA) to the mound to oppose Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (7-6, 4.73).
The 33-year-old Jones defended his decision to veto a trade to Philadelphia after Tuesday night's loss to the New York Yankees. Jones matter-of-factly explained that he was exercising a collectively bargained right that was hard earned by the players who came before him.
"I made the decision, you all didn't," Jones said told the Baltimore Sun. "This is my decision, this is my life. I'm not going around dictating other people's lives. So why do they do that with us? No one is going to tell me what to do."
Jones went 1-for-4 in the loss Friday and left four runners on base.
The Rangers fashioned a home-run binge in a seven-run fourth inning to open an 8-0 lead against the Orioles on Friday, and they never looked back.
Joey Gallo started the onslaught with a two-run shot, and the next Texas player to bat, Robinson Chirinos, added a solo dinger. The capper of the inning was a grand slam by Rougned Odor -- the third of his career and the fourth this season by the Rangers.
If there's a hotter player in baseball than Odor right now, the list is certainly a short one.
"(Odor) is the one that's been doing all the work," Texas manager Jeff Banister told MLB.com before Friday's game. "He's the one in the batter's box, adopting the mentality and philosophy, and doing the things we've challenged him with, and he's doing it tremendously. It's fun to watch."
Bundy served up three solo homers but didn't allow any other runs as the Orioles took down the Rays 11-5 on Sunday. He was pitching on short rest because of a rainout that wiped away his previous start.
Bundy is 2-0 in four career games, two of them starts, against Texas with a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings pitched.
It doesn't seem that long ago that Bundy was the youngest guy on the Orioles' roster and he was the youngest pitcher in the Baltimore rotation when the season started Now, at 25, and on an Orioles' pitching staff that seems to get younger every day, he's now the third oldest behind Andrew Cashner, 31, and Alex Cobb, 30.
Minor will make his 21st start of the season on Saturday. He has allowed four earned runs in 11 innings pitched in his two outings after the All-Star break and he will be working on extended rest because of Monday's off day.
Minor started and picked up the victory in his most recent outing, a 4-3 win at Houston on Sunday. He took a loss on July 15 at Baltimore in his only previous career start against the Orioles that was his shortest outing of the season and matched most runs allowed. Before that start, he had totaled 3 1/3 scoreless innings in three relief appearances against Baltimore.
Updated August 4, 2018