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Orioles trade Andino to Mariners for Trayvon Robinson

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Orioles trade Andino to Mariners for Trayvon Robinson

Orioles fans will always have a warm place in their heart for Robert Andino. He’ll be remembered as the guy who delivered the game-winning hit against the Boston Red Sox on the final day of the 2011 season.

After a disappointing offensive season, the Orioles traded Andino to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

Andino batted .211 in 127 games. With Brian Roberts again missing most of the season, he was the regular second baseman, but after  missing two weeks in July with a right shoulder injury, his offense never perked up.

Earlier this month, the Orioles picked up Alexi Casilla on waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Casilla, Roberts, Ryan Flaherty and Omar Quintanilla give the Orioles adequate depth at second base, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.

“When we picked up Casilla, it gave us a surplus of infielders and that enabled us to address our need for additional outfield help,” Duquette said.

The 28-year-old Andino made $1.3 million while striking out 100 times and is eligible for arbitration. He did not immediately return a phone call for comment.

The 25-year-old Robinson batted .221 in 46 games with Seattle.  He had three home runs and 12 RBIs. He also stole six bases in nine attempts.

“He has good speed. He has good defensive skills, he’s got some pop. So far, the bat hasn’t translated to the big leagues,” Duquette said.

The Orioles were looking for help in the outfield. They’re still negotiating with Nate McLouth, and Robinson could compete with Steve Pearce and Lew Ford for a roster spot.
Besides the hit that helped change the fortunes of both the Red Sox and Orioles, Andino will be remembered for his humorous movie reviews that were shown on the scoreboard and for his willingness to play whenever and wherever the team wanted.

“Robert did a nice job for us. He helped us turn around the ballclub,” Duquette said. “Now, we have some more depth in the outfield.”

The Orioles filled out their 40-man roster for now by purchasing the contracts of infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore from Double-A Bowie. Schoop and Belfiore both played in the Arizona Fall League.

Schoop batted .245 in 124 games for Bowie, and Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA after being acquired from Arizona for Josh Bell.

Drake, who was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA in three games for Bowie, missed most of the season after right shoulder surgery.

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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.