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Orioles send Chen to Frederick, but not for long

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Orioles send Chen to Frederick, but not for long

BALTIMORE --- The Orioles chose a most unusual way of making room on the 25-man roster for Chris Parmelee. They optioned Wei-Yin Chen to Frederick.

Chen will pitch three or four innings for the Keys on Saturday and return to the Orioles on June 26. He must stay in the minor leagues 10 days after the optioning.

“Before his last outing (June 10), not this one, he was complaining of just some overall body fatigue,” Showalter said. “We’ve tried to take a little break with everybody.”

The Orioles will often option pitchers near the All-Star break to regulate their energy.

“The number one thing is Wei-Yin and making sure he’s around in September and October, pitching at the level he pitched last night,” Showalter said.

“He understands completely…He’s pitching well, and will again. The whole idea is to have him pitch well again and again and again.”

On Monday night, Chen equaled his career high with eight innings.

“We also found out through the years with him that after he’s had an extended outing, you get to know the guys’ pitch counts and innings, what usually follows,” Showalter said.

“With Wei-Yin we’ve got a pretty good sampling. We really didn’t like the description of some of the things he was feeling after his start on the 10th. He felt a lot better last night.”

With this move, the Orioles will keep Chen away from the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts against them.

“They’re hitting everybody. It doesn’t matter if it’s right, left, ambidextrous guys, but there’s a lot of factors that fit into this decision. The most pressing one is his health,” Showalter said.

“I think last night lent even more credence to doing it because we look at the history after the long outings, and he’s got a number there that he’s pretty close to every time. You push the envelope at a certain number with him. A lot of guys I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it. With him, it’s a pretty long track record and the response he gets from that outing next time is a pretty good sampling.”

Miguel Gonzalez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, has played catch for three straight days and says he feels strong. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday in Philadelphia, and if he feels[] strong, he’ll make a rehab start this weekend. He’s eligible to return on June 25.

To make room for Parmelee on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred Jonathan Schoop from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list. Schoop is actually eligible to return on Wednesday, and is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment in Bowie on Friday.

“We’ll explore all the ways to make the pieces fit,” Showalter said. “It’s kind of what we do, and we’ve gotten a good return for it. It’s what’s best for the team…What’s best for Wei-Yin is what’s best for the team.”

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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."