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Orioles place pitcher on DL with shoulder tendinitis


Orioles place pitcher on DL with shoulder tendinitis

NEW YORK -- Kevin Gausman is headed to the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.

Gausman, who threw a scoreless inning in Wednesday’s game at Citi Field, has a 1-0 record with a 4.50 ERA in eight games. The move is retroactive to Wednesday.

“He could have pitched tonight. We just don’t want to take the chance at this point,” manager Buck Showalter said. T.J. McFarland has been recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to take Gausman’s place.

“Once he gets loose he’s fine. But once we looked at it and thought about it. He’s starting some anti-inflams for the first time and it’s usually about 72 hours before he gets any return there,” Showalter said.

“If anything he’s had too much rest and you wake up and still have some discomfort. He threw a little bit today. Once he gets out here and going and throws around, he feels fine. But some of the symptoms he had this morning we didn’t like. We’re going to work it out, make sure everything’s O.K. in there structurally before we continue to pitch him.”

Showalter said that the Orioles had considered sending him to Norfolk to get him some starts.

“That’s a real driving force in a decision like this. We just can’t get involved in the free-agent market, knowing who you are and who you’re not, that’s why I talk about the nine,10 [pitchers] we have in Double-A and Triple-A, and Kevin is one of those guys,” Showalter said.

“You never know what you’re going to have pitching-wise next year so these are assets we can’t afford to abuse in any form or fashion. We’re always going to err on that side. It’s hard to do. It would be very easy to continue with him down there and we’d probably be fine, but I and we don’t want to take any chance with it. I’d rather have him, but we’d also rather have him long term.”

After the game, Gausman said he agreed with the decision.

"“It’s kind of been something I’ve been dealing with, especially the last week. It feels fine when I throw, but just the way I’m recovering a little bit of a concern. I think we kind of tried to stay on the side of caution and try to get it out before it becomes something too serious," Gausman said. "I could have pitched through it. They made a decision, I think it’s a good decision, especially at this point in the season. There’s really no reason to kind of push it and possibly make it a lot more serious than what it is.” 

McFarland is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in five starts for the Tides. He is 8-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 75 games in 2013 and 2014.

Ryan Flaherty was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list and infielder Rey Navarro was optioned to Norfolk.

NOTES: Matt Wieters will catch seven innings in Port Charlotte, Fla. in an extended spring game on Saturday. … Everth Cabrera, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left foot, had a second x-ray, and he said it showed nothing abnormal, and he hopes to play in two weeks. Cabrera can no longer be optioned to Norfolk because he’s exceeded five years in service time. … Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) is doing pool work in Sarasota, Fla., and the Orioles are hoping he’ll begin baseball activities soon.

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Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games


Indians' 14-hit victory hands Orioles 8th loss in 9 games

BALTIMORE — The Cleveland Indians figured it would only be a matter of time before their struggling offense provided some support to a solid starting rotation.

Jose Ramirez and the rest of the batting order finally got into a groove Sunday, and the result was a 14-hit attack that carried Corey Kluber and the Indians past the Baltimore Orioles 7-3.

Cleveland came into the game with a .211 team batting average and ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs scored. On this day, however, Ramirez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the ninth, and Yan Gomes had three hits to lift his batting average 41 points to .261.

"When things are not going my way, I stay positive and work it," Ramirez said through a translator. "I know eventually I'm going to break out."

Ramirez has three homers in two games and a team-leading seven for the season.

"I try not to do too much," Ramirez said. "I just look for a good pitch and then I hit it somewhere."


Kluber yielded two home runs to Manny Machado, but the Indians twice came from behind before tacking on three runs in the ninth.

"I thought we did a pretty good job," manager Terry Francona said. "When they came back, we came back at them. We kept pushing and took some better swings."

Kluber (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits over seven-plus innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner walked none and struck out four to move past Charles Nagy into sixth place on the Indians' career strikeout list with 1,238.

"It doesn't matter if you feel you pitched well or didn't pitch well. The goal is to end the game with more runs they do," Kluber said. "That's what we did."

Machado's third multihomer game of the season wasn't enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games, a skid that has dropped them 10 games under .500 (6-16).

"You know what? There's no excuse for what's happening," Machado said. "We need to play better overall. Nobody is in here pointing fingers. We are in here together, and we are going to ride or die together."

Andrew Cashner (1-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He's 0-3 with 7.41 ERA in three lifetime appearances against the Indians.

After Machado connected in the first inning, Cleveland went up 2-1 in the fourth when Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso hit successive doubles following a leadoff homer by Ramirez.

Baltimore regained the lead in the bottom half. After Machado homered, Adam Jones doubled and scored on a single by Chris Davis.

A pair of walks and run-scoring singles by Francisco Lindor and Michael Brantley put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth.

"Once you get the lead, you can't give it up," Cashner lamented.


Indians: CF Bradley Zimmer was a late scratch with a mild right ankle sprain. He was replaced by Rajai Davis.

Orioles: LF Trey Mancini missed a second straight game with a swollen right knee. ... DH Mark Trumbo (strained right quad) will begin a three-game stint with Double-A Bowie on Monday, then play three games with Triple-A Norfolk later in the week, manager Buck Showalter said. He won't be rushed to return. "It's important we get it right the first time," Showalter said.


Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin threw a side session Saturday and is expected to start Tuesday against the Cubs. Francona opted to skip Tomlin's last scheduled start Wednesday to reset the rotation after Cleveland had two straight games postponed last weekend.


Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-0, 3.48 ERA) starts the series finale Monday night. The right-hander is 9-0 with a 1.75 ERA over his past 11 starts since Aug. 27.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.57) makes his fifth start of the season after allowing 27 hits -- including six homers -- over 21 innings.


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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.