NEW YORK - With just over a day before the trading deadline, the Orioles still havent made a deal. With Zack Grienke, Francisco Liriano and Wandy Rodriguez traded and Matt Garza off the market, the Orioles are looking at the Philadelphia Phillies Joe Blanton.Bruce Kison was sent by the Orioles to Atlanta on Saturday to scout Blantons game against the Braves. Blanton lost the game, but allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.Blanton, who is 31, is finishing a three-year 24 million contract with the Phillies, who are now in a clear retooling mode.Philadelphia, which won the NL East for five straight years, has had a horrible season, and after being swept in Atlanta, stand 16 12 games behind the first place Nationals.Blanton is 8-9 with a 4.59 ERA, and industry sources indicate that the Orioles have been eyeing him since spring training. He has an 81-71 lifetime record with a 4.35 ERA.If the Phillies will pay a large part of his salary and will accept a lower-level prospect or two, the teams may be able to execute their second deal in the past month.The Orioles acquired Jim Thome on June 30 from Philadelphia for two lower-level prospects.On Friday, Dan Duquette, the Orioles' executive vice president of baseball operations, told CSNBaltimore.com that he was more focused on a pitcher than a hitter, but that he was looking to "add and be additive."The Phillies are also eager to move outfielder Shane Victorino, who like Blanton will be a free agent after this season. Hes the same age as Blanton, but theres likely to be more competition for Victorino.The Orioles have Adam Jones in center and Nick Markakis in right, the two positions Victorino has most often played. He hasnt played left field since 2006.Victorino, a lifetime .277 hitter, is batting .261 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs. He also has 24 steals in 28 attempts, and his speed would give the Orioles something theyre badly missing.While the Orioles may covet left fielder Hunter Pence, the Phillies would have to blown away with an offer to move him.Philadelphias director of player development is Joe Jordan, who until last season was the Orioles director of scouting, and hes familiar with most of the players in Baltimores system.
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.
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.