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Orioles juggle rotation, Wilson starts Friday


Orioles juggle rotation, Wilson starts Friday

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Orioles have juggled their rotation for this weekend’s series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tyler Wilson will start on Friday night. Wei-Yin Chen, who was scheduled to pitch then, has been moved to Saturday and Kevin Gausman pitches Sunday. Ubaldo Jimenez, who was scheduled to start on Sunday, will pitch on Monday against the Nationals.

For now, it appears that Mike Wright, who allowed six runs in three-plus innings on Wednesday night, will be bypassed, but manager Buck Showalter wouldn't confirm that.

Miguel Gonzalez, who is rehabbing from shoulder tendinitis, could possibly start twice before the end of the season, Showalter said.

“We’re not going to let our guys sit around,” Showalter said.

Gonzalez could start on Sept. 25 in Boston.

Wilson, who was recalled for the sixth time this season, on Tuesday, is 2-1 with a 2.19 ERA with the Orioles this season. He’s started twice and pitched in relief four times.

“It’s important to just focus on the game at hand. There’s a lot of things that go into this game that are out of my control, those decisions that people make. This opportunity that has presented itself tomorrow is just something I have been afforded the opportunity to do,” Wilson said.

Wilson gets a rare opportunity to start for a team that’s on the periphery of the playoff chase. He missed time last month at Norfolk with an oblique injury. He’s not sure how long he can pitch.

“We’ll find out when I go out there and I’ll go until they take the ball out of my hand. And that’ll take care of itself tomorrow,” Wilson said.

On Wednesday night, five relievers were used, but Wilson wasn’t.

“I felt that was because we have a deep bullpen. We have a lot of arms out there and I think that I just took that as those guys were getting their work in because they hadn't pitched in a few days and it was convenient that those guys could get one inning at a time and get out there and get their work in,” Wilson said.

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

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Orioles bats stay silent against Cleveland

BALTIMORE -- Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a 4-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days' rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger's 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Michael Brantley hit a run-scoring groundout in the first inning and Gomes connected in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

The Orioles put runners on the corners with one out in the fourth, their lone threat against Clevenger, who responded by retiring Tim Beckham on a short fly to left and getting Anthony Santander to ground out.

Ramirez led off the sixth with a drive to left, and Alonso hit a two-out shot that landed on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field scoreboard.

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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.