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Orioles Series Preview - Red Reporter
A look at the series from our Reds SB Nation counterpart.

MSU's Jones poised to sign with Baltimore Orioles - MLB -
"Mississippi State pitcher Devin Jones will forgo his final year of eligibility at Mississippi State and sign with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles drafted the right-handed pitcher in the ninth round of the Major League Draft earlier this month. Jones has a career 4-13 record and a 6.37 ERA."

Arrieta dealing with right elbow inflammation | News
"Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta acknowledged on Wednesday morning that the "physical problem" he referenced after Monday's five-inning start is right elbow inflammation related to the pre-existing bone spur he has in that area. Arrieta, who opted against surgically removing the spur this offseason, said that he's not overly concerned at this point and that the elbow issue only flares up intermittently."

Machado, Schoop selected for Futures Game -
"Orioles minor league infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop were teammates for the first couple of months of the season at Low-A Delmarva, and they’ll be manning the same infield again tonight when Machado makes his High-A Frederick debut. On July 10, they’ll be opponents in the Futures Game as part of major league baseball’s All-Star festivities in Arizona. Machado, the 18-year-old shortstop who is considered the organization’s top prospect, will represent the U.S. team, along with Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper. Schoop, a 19-year-old infielder who signed with the Orioles as a nondrafted free agent out of Curacao, will play for the World team."

A hit in Orioles clubhouse, Lee looks to get bat going -
"Believe me, you don't do what Derrek's done throughout the course of his career and not have a real smoldering fire down there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I walked down to him the other day, and I said, 'How are you doing?' And he said: 'OK, not happy. Nothing two or three hits and an Orioles win wouldn't help.' He affects our team every day regardless of what he's doing."

O's Jones focused on giving back to African American community - Carroll County Times:
""It’s all about giving back to the right causes," Jones said. "You can do this and that with everybody, but you have to do it for the right causes. I think RBI is the right cause for me because it’s like watching myself grow up when I was their age." The percentage of African Americans playing baseball has declined from a high of 27 percent in 1975 to 8.5 percent at the beginning of this season, according to a study by the University of Central Florida. There are two African Americans on the Orioles’ 25-man roster, Jones and Derrek Lee. Jones said that Lee, Torii Hunter of the Los Angeles Angels and Orlando Hudson of the San Diego Padres have mentored him on the need to promote baseball among young African Americans."

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