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Most Orioles fans are happy for Arrieta


Most Orioles fans are happy for Arrieta

For Orioles fans watching the major awards handed out, the one that garnered the most interest was one from the National League.

Many Orioles fans are happy about Jake Arrieta winning the National League Cy Young award, and the savvier ones don’t moan about it.

Everyone knew that Arrieta needed to leave the Orioles, and they should be happy about his success.

Arrieta beat out Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, two authentic heavyweights for the award. Any of the three would have been a deserving winner.

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Orioles fans were much more familiar with Arrieta’s work than the American League winner, Houston’s Dallas Kuechel. He’s pitched just four times against the Orioles in his four-year career, and in May lost the only game he’s started in Baltimore.

Bryce Harper will easily win the National League Most Valuable Player award, and I’ll get to see if other voters agree with me on my AL MVP choice. The finalists are Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, Toronto’s Josh Donaldson and Los Angeles’ Mike Trout.

It will be interesting to see how much support Chris Davis and Manny Machado get from the voters.

Other than Manager of the Year, which Buck Showalter won in 2014, it’s been a long time since an Oriole player won an award. Gregg Olson was the last Rookie of the Year winner in 1989, and Cal Ripken won the AL MVP in 1991.

Steve Stone, who won the most games in a season, 25, was rewarded with the 1980 Cy Young award. With Kuechel’s win, every other American League team but the Orioles and the Texas Rangers have won the award since.

The only Oriole to win an on-field award this year was Manny Machado, who won the AL Gold Glove at third base. Davis and Machado were shut out of the Silver Slugger awards.

It’s been an active time on the trade front when it comes to relief pitchers. Last week, San Diego traded Craig Kimbrel to Boston and on Wednesday, Milwaukee dealt Francisco Rodriguez, who was briefly an Oriole in 2013, to Detroit.

Both the Red Sox and Tigers were reportedly “in on” Darren O’Day, whose rumored price of four years from $28-$36 million shouldn’t be a surprise.

O’Day is the best reliever in a thin market, and he compares favorably to the best sidearm free agent in recent years, the Angels’ Joe Smith.

Smith signed a three-year contract for $15.75 million two years ago, and though he was three years younger than O’Day is now at the time he signed it, O’Day is far more accomplished.

Even though it would seem that Boston and Detroit would be out of the bidding for O’Day now, it seems that the Tigers need more than one quality reliever, and they’re not loath to spend. With 40-year-old Koji Uehara presumably Kimbrel’s set-up man, the Red Sox may still want to spend for O’Day.

As for the reports that the Orioles are interested in Pittsburgh’s Neil Walker, well, that makes sense. Walker could fit into a super-utility role, and the Orioles, who have long liked Ben Zobrist, face fierce competition for him.

Manager Buck Showalter likes a flexible bench, and didn’t have one, with the exception of Ryan Flaherty, last season.

Though Walker is a second baseman, if he can move around and be a better, cheaper version of Daniel Murphy that would be a fine addition, depending on what Pittsburgh is asking for.

The last trade the Orioles made with the Pirates didn’t work out very well here. Travis Snider was supposed to replace Nick Markakis in right, and the Orioles sent two lower-level minor league pitchers to Pittsburgh.

Snider was gone by early August, while Steven Brault and Stephen Tarpley had excellent minor league seasons. Brault was 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA in Double-A while Tarpley was 11-4 with a 2.48 in low A-ball.

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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."