BALTIMORE -- For the second consecutive year, outfielder Adam Jones has been voted winner of the 2012 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award, a honor voted on by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis.
Jones is the seventh Oriole to win the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Frank Robinson (1966-67), Boog Powell ('69-70), Jim Palmer ('72-73), Eddie Murray ('81-85), Cal Ripken Jr. ('90-91) and Rafael Palmeiro ('95-96).
"It's pretty cool, but there are other deserving guys," said Jones, who was recognized in an on-field ceremony before Sunday's home finale against the Red Sox. "Like I've stated, I've lobbied for Jim Johnson and our whole entire bullpen and pitching staff. I appreciate it, but I can't do none of this without my teammates. They are the reason why we're all out here and are where we're at. It's getting named to me, but it is a team award. I think the whole team deserves it."
Johnson and catcher Matt Wieters also received first-place votes and finished second and third, respectively. Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and outfielder Nick Markakis also received votes for the award, which is named in honor of the late Lou Hatter, a former sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun who covered the Orioles for 27 years.
"There were good choices everywhere," manager Buck Showlater said. "Anytime you get one of your players recognized like that, especially what Adam -- regardless of statistics -- he's a deserving guy. For me, it's running out that ground ball [Saturday night] and getting us a run ... that's what I've been proud of Adam, not only posting up, this guy played in an All-Star Game. But he really plays, he's there. You can count on him."
Jones, who signed a six-year contract extension in May, has played in every game this season and, entering Sunday's game, had set new career highs in games played (158), runs (102), hits (183), doubles (39), home runs (32), stolen bases (15), and extra-base hits (74). Of his team-leading homers, 16 have given the Orioles the lead this season and Jones was one of three O's -- joining Wieters and Johnson -- selected to this year's All-Star Game.
"That's what you are supposed to do, to get better, that's what you strive for," Jones said. "You never want to regress, you want to progress. As you get older, I'm sure some point in time you slow down, but I'm still young. I'm still 27. I've still got a lot of innings to go out there and play center field."
Told that his consecutive MVO wins make him perhaps the most popular Oriole, the always outgoing Jones smiled and said: "I am the coolest Oriole. That's pretty known. I'm the coolest in here, you know, personality-wise."
Starter Johnson to have MRI on ailing left knee
BALTIMORE -- Orioles starter Steve Johnson came in Sunday morning with some left knee discomfort, and manager Buck Showalter was waiting for the team's medical staff to examine him further before divulging any specifics.
After Sunday's 6-3 victory over the Red Sox, Showalter said Johnson will undergo an MRI on Monday in Tampa, Fla.
"They made me aware of it," Showalter said when told that Johnson had relayed the issue to reporters. "We will wait 'til we gather. [Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells] has multiple people, and we'll have that conversation after we get done here. When he gathers all the information. I'm not sure I would be that forthcoming with all that information."
Johnson was hit with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia's comebacker in the fourth inning of Saturday's game and X-rays were negative on his right foot, with Johnson sporting a walking brace as he met with reporters. He also twisted his left knee on the comebacker, with Johnson saying he felt he got "out of his rhythm" after taking a ball off the foot and he never looked right after that.
Johnson exited after allowing three runs -- all after Pedroia's hit -- over five innings in the Orioles' 4-3 win.
Brian Roberts is expected to join the Orioles at Tropicana Field for the Rays series starting Monday. Roberts, who had season-ending hip surgery, lives in nearby Sarasota, Fla.
The Orioles (Adam Jones/Chris Davis) are one of six teams to have two players with 30 or more home runs, joining the Angels, Yankees, Pirates, Brewers and Rangers.
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