6/25/2014 7:21 P.M. ET
Jones expects to play at All-Star level
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Adam Jones is on the All-Star fringe right now and the outfielder is ramping up efforts to go back, taking to his Twitter feed again on Wednesday to urge fans to #VoteOrange with autographed memorabilia as incentives.
Jones is currently in fifth place among all American League outfielders, with 1,490,000 votes as of the latest announcement Sunday night. Nick Markakis, who is vying for his first All-Star selection, has 1,170,304 votes, and moved up two slots to eighth.
"It's not up to me, I'm not stuffing ballots myself," Jones said of his chances of attending his fourth All-Star Game. "That's up to the fans and those who support the way I play."
"It's the All-Star Game, who wouldn't want to go? When you've been once, it's awesome. But when you start going a couple times, that's the level of play you expect out of yourself. I expect it out of myself to be that caliber of player, year in and year out. As do the fans of Baltimore and the Orioles."
Nelson Cruz is leading the designated hitters, while injured catcher Matt Wieters also remains tops at his position. Wieters had season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and is currently rehabbing with an eye on returning in 2015. It remains to be seen if Wieters will attend even if he's sidelined, although Jones doubts that will be the case.
"Heck no," Jones said. "It will still go down on paper to him as an All-Star. He will be recognized. Obviously, it's a personal decision, but me knowing him and being around him, there's a good shot he's going to stay home and relax."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Tillman to start Game 2 of doubleheader
BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Chris Tillman will start Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Rays after Bud Norris, who exited his last start with right groin tightness, was a little tentative in Wednesday's bullpen session.
Norris could potentially start later in the week, although manager Buck Showalter wouldn't commit to an exact date. Kevin Gausman will be added to the roster to pitch the first game, with Tillman going second on regular rest. With Thursday's off-day, the Orioles don't need another starter until July 1.
"Probably need to do [a bullpen] one more time and see if some of the tentativeness goes away," Showalter said of the plan for Norris, who exited Saturday's game after five innings. "It's more from the stretch than it was from the windup. But Tillman was good.
"We'll see what post-Friday brings. He may come in here on Friday and want to throw and feel good and Saturday or Sunday is an option."
Norri, who will have an MRI on his groin, has allowed just two earned runs over his last three starts, a 19 2/3-innings stretch, and if he can't go this weekend, the O's will use Wei-Yin Chen followed by Miguel Gonzalez.
Machado awaits ruling on suspension after hearing
BALTIMORE -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had his appeal heard Wednesday, in an hour-long process at the warehouse at Camden Yards, and remains optimistic he will get his five-game suspension reduced.
"It went good, we had a good case," said Machado, who was joined by his agent and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette in meeting with MLB's vice president of standards and on-field operations Joe Garagiola Jr. "We said what we had to say, both sides of the table. Now, hopefully, it goes down."
The O's would prefer that Machado doesn't have to start serving his punishment until after Friday's doubleheader, but that all depends on when the ruling comes down. The suspension will be immediate and Baltimore, which will play a man down, has already made arrangements in case of roster shuffling.
"We have things in place," manager Buck Showalter said. "Maybe somebody moves to [Double-A] Bowie to be closer. The problem is they're in Richmond, which is a three-hour drive. Not that I've looked at it. The other team [Triple-A Norfolk] is in Pawtucket, which you can't drive from. You can hardly get there. So, yeah, we've got some things in place -- infielders, possible pitchers. There are some moving parts on it. We're trying to prepare for the scenarios."
Showalter, who has stated his preference to add an infielder in Machado's absence, also said that "everyone is in play," including Rule 5 Draft pick Michael Almanzar who is at Class A Frederick.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.