The ovation started when Rodrigo Lopez gave the ball to manager Sam Perlozzo and broke out into a slow jog off the mound at Camden Yards. En route to the dugout, Lopez stopped long enough to tip his sweat-soaked cap and point at his family seated behind home plate.
About 30 hours earlier, Lopez had no idea if he'd still be on the Orioles to make a start against the Seattle Mariners. Trade rumors swirled around the right-handed pitcher, but Monday's deadline passed and there Lopez was last night, in an Orioles uniform and acknowledging a well-earned standing ovation from an announced crowd of 20,226.
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