MLB Player News
Orioles' Jorge Mateo: Notches 16th steal
Mateo went 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants.
Mateo picked up his first multi-hit effort since April 27 in this contest. The steal was also his first in seven games, as he's had few opportunities to run after hitting just .128 in May. A strong start to the season has propped up his slash line at .234/.276/.389 for the year. He's at 16 steals, six home runs, 24 RBI and 31 runs scored, and with high-end speed, he should maintain some fantasy interest as long as he's the Orioles' starting shortstop.
Orioles' Austin Hays: Swipes bag Sunday
Hays went 1-for-5 with one RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants.
Hays has faltered a bit of late, going 2-for-19 (.105) over his last five games. The outfielder was able to pick up his second stolen base of the campaign Sunday. He's never swiped more than four bags in a season, so it's unlikely he becomes a sudden speed threat. Hays has been one of the Orioles' top hitters this season, slashing .301/.341/.487 with six home runs, 24 RBI, 29 runs scored, 14 doubles and two triples over 53 contests. It's expected Hays and Aaron Hicks will combine to cover the absence of Cedric Mullins (groin) in center field, though it's been mostly Hicks there, as Hays has played in left in three of his last four games.
Blue Jays' Whit Merrifield: Double, stolen base in win
Merrifield went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a steal in Sunday's 6-4 win over the Mets.
Merrifield got the scoring started Sunday with a two-run double off Kodai Senga in the second inning before swiping his 16th stolen base in the sixth. Merrifield has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball of late -- he's gone 22-for-57 (.386) over his last 16 games, boosting his slash line to .299/.349/.392 with two homers, 23 RBI and 28 runs scored through 212 plate appearances this season.
Orioles' James McCann: Pops third homer
McCann went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a walk and two total runs scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants.
McCann has seen little playing time as backup to Adley Rutschman this year. In that limited action, McCann has struggled to make an impact, though this is the third time in his last four games he's knocked an extra-base hit. The veteran catcher is slashing just .195/.244/.364 with three homers, six RBI, nine runs scored and a stolen base over 82 plate appearances this season.
Blue Jays' Brandon Belt: Launches go-ahead homer
Belt went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Sunday's victory over the Mets.
After striking out in his first three at-bats, Belt came through with a two-run shot off Dominic Leone in the seventh inning to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 lead. It's Belt's third homer of the season and his first since May 10. While he hasn't hit for much power, Belt's been swinging the bat well after a cold start to the season -- he's batting .342 (25-for-73) over his last 25 games. The veteran first baseman is now slashing .259/.379/.415 with 14 RBI and 16 runs scored through 161 plate appearances this season.
Orioles' Austin Voth: Makes relief appearance
Voth struck out one in a perfect inning of relief during Sunday's 8-3 win over the Giants.
Voth made his last appearance versus Cleveland in a bulk relief role, but Baltimore is skipping his turn in the rotation thanks to days off last Thursday and this Monday. This was his first scoreless outing in his last four appearances. Voth has been more effective as a reliever, and he may still follow an opener in his next game, which is tentatively scheduled to come over the weekend at home versus the Royals. As such, Sunday's appearance seems to be just to keep him on schedule. He has a 4.55 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 29:10 K:BB through 29.2 innings.
Orioles' Tyler Wells: Strikes out nine in win
Wells (4-2) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine over 5.1 innings to earn the win Sunday over the Giants.
Wells got through five scoreless innings while allowing just four baserunners, but he faded in the sixth. Blake Sabol ended Wells' outing with a two-run home run, but the Orioles' lead was never in danger. The nine strikeouts were a season high for Wells, who picked up his first win in four starts. The right-hander has a 3.29 ERA with an excellent 0.85 WHIP and solid 70:14 K:BB through 12 outings (11 starts) spanning 68.1 innings. Baltimore is using its off day Monday to reset the rotation by skipping the No. 5 spot, so Wells should pitch on normal rest versus the Royals in his next start.
Blue Jays' Jordan Romano: Notches 15th save
Romano picked up the save in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Mets, striking out one in a perfect inning.
Romano has converted his last five save chances, allowing one run through five innings in that span. The 30-year-old right-hander is now 15-for-18 in save opportunities this season with a 3.00 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 30:7 K:BB through 24 innings.
Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Tagged for five in no-decision
Blackburn did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings against the Marlins. He struck out three.
Blackburn held Miami to two runs through four innings before Garrett Cooper blasted a three-run homer in the fifth. Through his first two starts this season, Blackburn's allowed six runs on 11 hits with a 9:4 K:BB over nine innings. He's currently scheduled to face the Brewers in his next outing.
Rangers' Josh Jung: Gets aboard four times
Jung went 3-for-4 with a walk, one RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 12-3 win over the Mariners.
After opening the series 0-for-7 in the first two games -- which snapped his 14-game hitting streak -- Jung got back on track with a solid showing Sunday. The third baseman has multiple hits in eight of his last 17 contests. He's up to a .294/.343/.518 slash line with 12 home runs, 38 RBI, 42 runs scored, one stolen base, 11 doubles and a triple through 55 games overall. The 25-year-old has a near-everyday role in a strong offense, putting him on track to continue his breakout campaign.