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Five Orioles who won't be back in 2013

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Five Orioles who won't be back in 2013

 
Free agency begins the day after the World Series. There are some players who were key to the Orioles’ success who’ll be free agents. ‘

Fifty-two played for the Orioles this season. Seven have already moved on: Jason Berken, Dana Eveland, Kevin Gregg, Matt Lindstrom, Ronny Paulino, J.C. Romero and Miguel Socolovich,

An eighth, Randy Wolf, won’t be back next season. He hasn’t undergone a second Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, and an inquiry about his future plans was not answered on Monday by his agent.

Here are five more who won’t be back with the Orioles in 2013:

1) Endy Chavez

Chavez’s acquisition was trumpeted endlessly by manager Buck Showalter during spring training. “We had a lot of competition for his services,” Showalter would say, or: “He was highly coveted.”

He batted just .203 in 64 games, and was taken off the 40-man roster. After a disappointing month at Norfolk, his Orioles career seemed over. Then, Nick Markakis was hurt, his season over, and a call was put into Chavez.

Chavez was on the active roster for the postseason, but he’ll be 35 in February, and showed little punch. He was also hurt for much of the season. Not a good combination.

2) Omar Quintanilla

Quintanilla was acquired in July after Robert Andino was placed on the disabled list. It turned out that Andino’s shoulder injury wasn’t as serious as feared and he returned in the minimum 15 days.

By then, “Q” as the Orioles liked to call him, had supplanted Andino at second. Quintanilla was on an uncharacteristic hot streak, which ended in mid-August.

Quintanilla presumably concluded his Orioles career with an 0-for-35 nosedive.

The team prefers Andino, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Tolleson and whoever might be available in free agency to Quintanilla.

3) Lew Ford

Everyone loves real life Rocky stories, and that’s what Ford is. As Ray Frager pointed out, Ford will be receiving a championship ring from the Long Island Ducks of the Independent League for his contributions to their franchise.

Ford played himself back to the major leagues last season for the first time in nearly five years. His career took him to Korea and to Central Islip, New York before the Orioles signed him to a minor league contract.

He began so attached to Long Island that the Texan is now living there in the winter.

Ford had a strong stint in Norfolk, but batted just .183 in 25 games. He had three home runs, but just four RBIs.

Like Chavez, he was on the postseason roster, but if Nate McLouth returns and Markakis and Nolan Reimold are healthy, there’s little use for Ford.

Those Le-wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww chants were kind of cool.

4) Bill Hall

What was a guy who once hit 35 home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers doing in Norfolk?

Dan Duquette stockpiled veterans at Norfolk just in case the Orioles needed him.

For a few days in May, they needed Hall.

He hit a key home run in his first game, but was soon back in the minors. Hall scooped the Orioles by tweeting his own purchase, and returned for a day in June until Duquette picked up Steve Pearce.

A disappointed Hall went back to Norfolk where he finished the season. He reported to Sarasota, Fla. to keep in shape after the Tides’ season ended and was surprisingly called up for the last week of the season, but didn’t play.

According to baseballreference.com., Hall has made more than $27 million in his career. Hopefully, he’s still playing because he loves playing, not because he needs the money.

Hall was last heard on Monday night, tweeting about the presidential debate.

5) Nick Johnson

He stole more bases than Nick Markakis, Mark Reynolds and Brian Roberts. Two steals aren’t going to make him an attractive free agent.

Johnson somehow made the team in April and shockingly lasted until late June before his right wrist gave out.

Showalter played him regularly in the spring to see how sturdy he was. He was OK then, but the rigors of the season caught up with him.

Like others on the list, he had his moments: a two home run game, a double steal and all around good guy.

Johnson mentored rookie Ryan Flaherty and volunteered to drive to the first game in Washington. As a joke, he tried to drop Flaherty off at RFK Stadium, where Johnson played with the Nationals.

He had a nice, but injury-riddled major league career. 

 

 

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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."