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Orioles avoid arbitration with Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce and Taylor Teagarden

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UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Casilla got a one-year, $1.7 million deal with a $3 million club option for 2014. The O’s could buy out the option for $200,000.

7:52 PM: Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Alexi Casilla, utility man Steve Pearce and catcher Taylor Teagarden. No word yet on the terms involved.

Casilla was claimed off waivers from the Twins earlier this month. The 28-year-old earned $1.325 million this past season while hitting .241/.282./.321 with one home run, 30 RBI, 21 stolen bases and a .603 OPS over 326 plate appearances. With Robert Andino now in Seattle, Casilla figures to be in the mix at second base next season along with Brian Roberts and Ryan Flaherty.

Pearce, who turns 30 in April, batted .239/.328/.377 with four home runs, 26 RBI and a .705 OPS over 159 plate appearances this season between the Orioles, Yankees and Astros. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and should contend for a bench spot during spring training.

Teagarden only appeared in 22 games with the Orioles this past season due to a nagging lower back injury, but had a knack for getting big hits in important situations, amassing nine RBI in just 64 plate appearances. He turns 29 next month and should be the backup to Matt Wieters in 2013.

The Orioles also acquired minor league infielder Yamaico Navarro from the Pirates for minor league right-hander Jhondaniel Medina and designated right-hander Stu Pomeranz for assignment.

The Mariners trade Trayvon Robinson to the Orioles for Robert Andino

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The Seattle Mariners have announced that they’ve acquired Robert Andino from Orioles for Trayvon Robinson.

After being acquired from the Dodgers in 2011, Robinson, an outfielder, has had 319 big league plate appearances over the past two seasons, and he just hasn’t hit. His line: .221/.294/.324.  He hit pretty darn well in the minors, but a lot of that was a function of the Pacific Coast League, one figures.  A move out of Safeco Field and just a basic change of scenery will hopefully help him.

Andino has been in the majors for parts of eight increasingly unhappy seasons. He has served as a utility guy, and his bat makes it pretty certain he’ll remain a utility guy and not move on to greater things. That the Orioles are trading him so they can make room for Alexi Casilla tells you, however, that they’re no longer all that high on the lad, who will be 29 come April.

CC Sabathia wiggles out of bases-loaded jam in eighth inning

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CC Sabathia dominated the Orioles over the first seven innings tonight, but the Orioles had their chance in the top of the eighth. They failed to deliver the knockout punch.

Matt Wieters led off the eighth with a single and Manny Machado drew a walk before Mark Reynolds struck out swinging for the first out of the inning. Lew Ford, yes that Lew Ford, then drove Wieters home with a single into left field past a diving Derek Jeter.

Things got really interesting after Robert Andino hit a tapper back to Sabathia. Eric Chavez wasn’t covering third base, so Sabathia decided to make a throw to second base. However, Lew Ford beat the throw, which set up a bases-loaded situation. Sabathia managed to escape the jam by striking out Nate McLouth and getting J.J. Hardy to ground out to shortstop.

The Yankees are currently up in the bottom of the eighth and hold a 3-1 lead.

ALDS Game 5 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles - Game One
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Here are the lineups for Game 5 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF              1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS                2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Adam Jones, CF                3. Robinson Cano, 2B
4. Chris Davis, RF               4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
5. Matt Wieters, C               5. Raul Ibanez, DH
6. Manny Machado, 3B             6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B             7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Lew Ford, DH                  8. Russell Martin, C
9. Robert Andino, 2B             9. Eric Chavez, 3B

SP Jason Hammel, RHP             SP CC Sabathia, LHP

Buck Showalter is going with a slightly different lineup than he used against CC Sabathia in Game 1 of the series, picking Chris Davis as his cleanup hitter (Davis batted seventh in Game 1) and moving Manny Machado ahead of Mark Reynolds. And, like in Game 1, he’s benched Jim Thome versus a left-hander and given the designated hitter start to Lew Ford.

Last night Joe Girardi moved Alex Rodriguez from third to fifth in the order, eventually pinch-hitting for him. And tonight A-Rod is out of the lineup completely, getting benched in favor Eric Chavez while Raul Ibanez takes over as the No. 5 hitter. Girardi also moved Robinson Cano up from fourth to third to have the switch-hitting Mark Teixeira in between lefties Cano and Ibanez. Derek Jeter and Russell Martin are the only right-handed hitters in the lineup against Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel.

ALDS Game 3 lineups: Orioles vs. Yankees

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Here are the lineups for Game 3 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees, in New York:

   BALTIMORE ORIOLES              NEW YORK YANKEES
1. Nate McLouth, LF            1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. J.J. Hardy, SS              2. Ichiro Suzuki, LF
3. Chris Davis, RF             3. Alex Rodriguez, DH
4. Adam Jones, CF              4. Robinson Cano, 2B
5. Matt Wieters, C             5. Nick Swisher, RF
6. Jim Thome, DH               6. Mark Teixeira, 1B
7. Mark Reynolds, 1B           7. Curtis Granderson, CF
8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B           8. Russell Martin, C
9. Manny Machado, 3B           9. Eric Chavez, 3B

SP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP        SP Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

Facing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda instead of left-hander Andy Pettitte, manager Buck Showalter flipped Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds in the 6-7 spots, dropped Manny Machado down one spot, and benched Robert Andino in favor of Ryan Flaherty at second base.

Joe Girardi is keeping Alex Rodriguez in the No. 3 spot despite fans calling for a demotion in the batting order, although he does have A-Rod at designated hitter instead of third base. Eric Chavez is playing third base and batting ninth, where Eduardo Nunez was used as the DH in Game 2. Raul Ibanez sits versus a right-hander, which is uncommon, and with a righty on the mound Girardi flipped Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin in the 7-8 spots.