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Orioles honor Murray with statue

Eddie Murrays speech was the briefest of all the Orioles Hall of Famers. Barely lasting nine minutes, he took most of the time to thank friends and familymostly familyfor their support during his career.On Saturday, Murray joined Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver and Jim Palmer, whose statues were unveiled earlier this season. His statue has the switch-hitter, posing left-handed.Murrays speech to the fans gathered by the left field flag court was preceded and occasionally interrupted by the familiar chant: Ed-dddie, Ed-dddie. You cost me about 20 at-bats early in my career, Murray jokingly told the crowd.You messed me up.Murray enjoys the statue, but doesnt want to make a big deal over it, even if he grew emotional during his speech.You knew it was coming, he said. You still get a little speechless in seeing it.Murray doubts hell come to look at the statue located in the left field flag court. Hes just not that way, but hell probably be back for the final two unveiling ceremonies, Cal Ripkens on Sept. 6 and Brooks Robinsons on Sept. 29On Saturday, he was joined by Brooks Robinson, Palmer, Ripken and Weaver and his former high school teammate, Ozzie Smith.Ive never seen anyone more determined or more confident when the game is on the line, Smith said.Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, manager Buck Showalter and several of his players, including Adam Jones and Jim Thome, a onetime teammate in Cleveland, were all at the ceremony.I cant remember a conversation with him until here, Showalter said.He appreciated his unwillingness to socialize with his opponent.He brought an edge to his team, Showalter said.Murray played his first 12 seasons for the Orioles before forcing a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.He said he wasnt sorry he did.I cant say sorry. My dad got to see me play an awful lot in L.A., Murray said.Notably shy with the media, Murray said he didnt regret not sharing more of himself with the media.Playing was more important. If I didnt play well, you wouldnt want to talk to me, Murray said.The on-field ceremony to honor Murray was delayed by more than an hour by rain. The large crowd stayed.That statue is pretty cool, Murray said. It looks like me.

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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."