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Duquette: Why Orioles will be buyers at trade deadline

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Duquette: Why Orioles will be buyers at trade deadline

NEW YORK— Dan Duquette says that the Orioles are looking to be buyers—not sellers—as the non-waiver trade deadline nears.

“We’re still contenders for the playoffs, and we are going to approach our season as though we’re going to advance to the playoffs, so we’re going to continue to build and add to our team where we can,” Duquette said on Wednesday.

The Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations said that he doesn’t think the team’s philosophy will change over the next week regardless of the team’s performance.

“No. I don’t think so. I don’t think so because there’s a lot of baseball to be played and there’s a lot of teams in the hunt. When you’re a few games off the pace and you have a team that gels or you have a couple of additions that you make to your ballclub, and now you’re winning the close games, you can turn your season around, so we’re still in there. We’re still competing,” Duquette said.

Duquette said he’s focused on adding pitching and an outfield bat.

"I think we need more pitching and we need more production from the outfield,” Duquette said.

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“We need more offensive production from our outfield, there’s no question about that, so if we can improve trade in that area, that’s something we need to take a look at.”

Duquette expressed surprise that there were reports the Orioles might listen on trade offers for Kevin Gausman.

"Really? Interesting. There's a lot of teams that are looking for pitching and the first place they look is for young pitching that's emerging at the major league level. Obviously, because they can have that player on their team for a long time and it would give them a solid foundation to any winning program, so that's why a lot of young starting pitchers are traded, but we're glad we've got Kevin,” Duquette said.

With Wei-Yin Chen a free agent after the season, Duquette said Gausman could be a key for next year’s rotation.

“That's possible, but I think the organization has to continue to develop pitchers and a lot of your very best young pitchers have developmental work to do when they get to the big leagues. It's important for us to continue to develop pitchers everywhere,” Duquette said.

The division race could be decided on what the AL East teams do between now and July 31, the non-waiver trade deadline.

“I think in the AL East, the playoff spots are going to won in the next six weeks between now and September 1st. The teams that are able to strengthen themselves and play well in that period of time will advance to the playoffs,” Duquette 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."