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Davis caps Orioles career with two homers


Davis caps Orioles career with two homers

BALTIMORE --- If this was the end for Chris Davis’ Orioles career, it was a fitting end.

Davis hit two home runs, giving him 47 this season, and listened to fans chant for him after the game.

The day ended well for the Orioles. It was their fifth straight win, and they end the season at .500 with a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees before 33,224 at Oriole Park on Sunday.

“I was pretty fired up after I hit the first one. The second one, I felt like i was in shock running around the bases. The last few games have been pretty special, finishing up strong was big to a lot of guys in here,” Davis said.

Davis began perhaps his final day with the Orioles by accepting his second Most Valuable Oriole award. Two years ago, Davis picked up his first and proclaimed his love for Baltimore and hope for a long-term deal.

That hasn’t happened.

Two years later, there’s word that the Orioles may be preparing a lucrative offer for the slugger, but it may not be enough to entice him to stay.

Besides the two home runs, he had a double and scored a run.

“Today, when I was driving in, I said: ‘man, this might be the last time I’m making this drive.’ Just times throughout the day, I wasn’t trying to dwell on it. When I was walking down the tunnel, it hit me hard,” Davis said.

While most of the attention was centered around Davis, it was an emotional day for Matt Wieters, too. He could be a highly sought after free agent, too.

Wieters, who was 2-for-5, had similar thoughts.

“I loved every second I've spent here and I loved everybody in this clubhouse, and I loved all the fans. If it ends today, it was a great time,” Wieters said.

Manager Buck Showalter, who faced the loss of two of his favorite players, suffered a more important loss. His mother, Lina Showalter, died at 87 late last night.

He wanted to talk about baseball, not himself.

“This time of year you reach for small victories. That they didn't give in. I know there were a lot of teams counting on us to play the way we played. For that, I'm really proud,” Showalter said.

Besides Davis and Wieters, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce are also possible free agents.

Parra was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Pearce was hitless in three at-bats.

Chris Tillman (11-11) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs.

The Orioles (81-81) finished the season on a five-game winning streak and without a complete game for the first time and end the year at .500 for just the second time in team history.

Manny Machado, the only major leaguer to play in all 162 games, was 0-for-4.

Darren O’Day, another possible free agent, pitched a perfect eighth.

Meanwhile, New York (87-75) plays Houston in the wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

Michael Pineda (12-10) allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Davis has received vocal support from Adam Jones and Manny Machado. Jones has publicly stated that he’ll go to managing partner Peter Angelos to lobby for an extension for Davis.

“It means a lot. I’ve said before, this is a great group in here. I feel like we’re all brothers in here, and we’re all looking out for each other. We keep in touch in the off-season, and I really express them stepping out to express how much they want me back. I can’t say enough about them,” Davis said.

Davis, Wieters and O’Day were clubhouse leaders, people Showalter turned to.

“It's become quite a family, something that I really want to do when I came here. Make everybody feel like they had a stake in this,” Showalter said.

Wieters will take his time to savor the season.

“It's a good way to finish. A good way to finish the season. It's a good way to not have a losing season, go 81-81, and it's a good way to finish. It was emotional before the game, and then the game came and I was able to focus on the task at hand and then when it's over, it's over and you soak it in for a little bit...and be ready for an off-season,” Wieters said.

If Davis leaves Baltimore, he does with a smile on his face, remembering the crowd’s ovation.

“It was pretty awesome. I didn't want to step out and take anything away from the game, but I appreciate their support. I’ve said it before but they’ve supported me throughout, whether it was god times or bad times. I really appreciated that, the way people treated my family. it was a pretty special day,” Davis said.

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

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Orioles pitching falls apart as Tigers complete sweep in Detroit

DETROIT - Leonys Martin hit his first big league grand slam, Jeimer Candelario had four hits and three RBIs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Baltimore 13-8 Thursday to extend the Orioles' losing streak to six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs to Manny Machado and one to Chris Davis. Zimmermann was pitching for the first time since being hit in the jaw by a line drove off the bat of Cleveland's Jason Kipnis on April 11.

Alex Cobb (0-2) made his second start after signing a $57 million, four-year contract in spring training and his ERA rose to 15.43. He allowed seven runs - five earned - and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Machado had four RBIs for the Orioles, who were outhit 18-14 in the game and outscored 23-15 in the three-game sweep.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI single in the first, but Davis put Baltimore ahead with a two-run homer in the second, his sixth hit and fourth homer in 10 career at-bats against Zimmermann.

Detroit went ahead for good with four runs in the bottom half after third baseman Tim Beckham's throwing error allowed James McCann to reach base leading off. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run triple, Miguel Cabrera had an RBI single and Nick Castellanos a run-scoring groundout.

Machado's homer in the third cut Baltimore's deficit to 5-2, but Candelario's two-run homer extended the lead to 7-2 in the bottom half. Martin homered off Mike Wright Jr. in a five-run fifth.

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

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Orioles fall in Detroit after wild 8th and 9th innings

DETROIT -- Dixon Machado came to the plate with only one big league homer to his name, but the way this game was going, anything seemed possible.

"Walking to the plate I was thinking, `What if I hit a homer right here?'" the Detroit infielder said. "He threw me a fastball away but when he came in with a pitch I was ready for it and I just hit it hard."

Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run , capping a wild final two innings and lifting the Tigers over the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth.

Baltimore's Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then the 26-year-old Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. It was his second homer in 299 big league at-bats.

The game was moved from 6:40 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in anticipation of bad weather. Although it was a sparse crowd, to say the least , the sun did come out, and those fans in attendance were treated to quite a few homers.

Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4.

Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.

Detroit's Matthew Boyd allowed a run, two hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six. Baltimore's Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and nine hits in six-plus innings.

Cabrera's solo homer put the Tigers up 2-1 in the sixth, but Manny Machado and Chris Davis hit RBI singles as part of a three-run rally by Baltimore in the eighth. The drive by Davis was nearly a home run, but it hit the wall and stayed in play.

"There were obviously a couple bad breaks -- our ball hits the top of the fence and comes back and their ball goes over -- but there were four or five breaks we got during the game on bounces or pitch calls," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If you lose focus and start feeling sorry for yourselves, every team you play is going to take advantage and step on your throat."