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Hoes happy to be home with Orioles

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Hoes happy to be home with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. – When L.J. Hoes was traded back to the Orioles form the Houston Astros last November, it was an exciting time for him. But Hoes spent just two months on the 40-man roster, and was designated for assignment in January when Efren Navarro was added.

Hoes cleared waivers and stayed with the Orioles after he was outrighted to Norfolk.

“It’s part of baseball. You’ve got to take it as it is. It’s a business, and I understand everything that goes on. I’m just happy to have a chance to play baseball for my hometown team back here where I’m familiar with a lot of the guys. There’s some opportunity here, so I’m just going out every day trying to make myself better,” Hoes said.

Hoes is batting .217 with five hits in 23 at-bats and two RBIs this spring, but one of the best part of Hoes’ time back with the Orioles is his friendship with Adam Jones. His locker is next to Hoes’, and they’re often together.

“Adam’s been good. He’s happy to have me back. I’m happy to be back. He’s like my big brother. I learn a lot from him, and being able to be around him every day and talk to him about different things and just learn from him. He’s an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner. You can learn a lot from a guy like that. I just try to watch what he does every day and talk to him about different things I might be struggling with to help myself out,” Hoes said.

Hoes was traded to the Houston Astros as part of the deal that got Bud Norris to Baltimore. He was with the Orioles when they made the postseason four years ago, and was with Houston last year, but didn’t play in the postseason.

“Even in 2012, I got called up when this team made the run. I’ve been fortunate to be around teams that were making playoff pushes, and in the playoffs. It makes me work hard because I want to experience that,” Hoes said.

“I know with this team I have a good chance of being in the playoffs one day. They brought me back and I want to do whatever I can, whether I start at Triple-A or get called up later on in the year, be able to help the team out any way that I can.”

Even though it seems as if Hoes has been with the Orioles forever, he only has four at-bats with the team, one in 2012 and three in 2013.

Hoes, who was born in Washington and grew up in Bowie was the team’s third round draft choice in 2008. Xavier Avery, who’s also back with the Orioles after being traded to Seattle a few weeks after Hoes was the second round pick in 2008.

Even though Avery is currently out with a strained right hip flexor, Hoes was happy to be back with him.

“It was cool. Just to bring everybody back. He was my roommate the majority of my time here. He’s a great ballplayer, and he’s happy to be back. He’s happy to be here and wants to help out the Orioles any way he can. Having a little reunion is pretty cool.”

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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."

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

BALTIMORE — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart. After Beckham's double, Anthony Santander singled to right and rookie Chance Sisco followed with an RBI double to make it 1-all.

Sanchez (1-1) got the victory, though, when Granderson hit a sidearmed fastball from Darren O'Day (0-1) over the right-field scoreboard. It was his first homer since signing as a free agent with Toronto this past offseason.

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Roberto Osuna got three straight outs for his fifth save. He became the youngest player in major league history (23 years, 62 days) with career 100 saves.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

On almost any other night, that would have been good enough to get the win. But Cashner -- making his third start with Baltimore after signing as a free agent in February -- had to settle for matching zeroes with Sanchez.

The Blue Jays broke up the scoreless duel in the eighth with an unearned run on a throwing error by Santander on a single to right by Yangervis Solarte.

Toronto's defense helped keep the no-hitter in the early innings. Right fielder Steve Pearce and center fielder Kevin Pillar made leaping catches on deep fly balls, and second baseman Devon Travis raced into the outfield to snag a fifth-inning blooper by Beckham.

Until the eighth, Sanchez was in the running to join Dave Stieb as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters for Toronto. Stieb beat Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.