Dylan Bundy throws five scoreless innings in rehab start

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Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy was dominant in his second minor league rehab start Saturday night at Low-A Aberdeen, striking out nine batters over five scoreless innings in the Ironbirds’ extra-innings loss to the Brooklyn Cyclones (an affiliate of the Mets).

Bundy retired Brooklyn’s entire lineup in order the first time through and yielded just two total hits on the evening — a single and a double. The 21-year-old top prospect was also sharp last Sunday in his rehab debut, allowing only one run and fanning six over five innings. He should be cleared to climb to High-A Frederick or even Double-A Bowie later this week.

Bundy, nearly 12 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, could be an option for the O’s rotation soon after the All-Star break. He was the No. 4 overall pick in 2011 and carries ace-like upside.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.