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Showalter willing to take some time with Jones

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Showalter willing to take some time with Jones

BOSTON – Buck Showalter has patience when it comes to Adam Jones.

“He’s worth waiting on,” Showalter said.

Ever since he became Orioles manager nearly five years ago, Showalter has written Jones’ name in the lineup nearly every day.

“I’d rather write his name in. I think Adam knows we’re doing the right thing at this point,” Showalter said.

Jones is out of the starting lineup for the fifth time in the last seven games with a sore right shoulder.

“He’s getting better. Every day,” Showalter said. “He got it treated yesterday, and he’s making progress every day…It’s basically a bone bruise when you get down to it and it’s going to take a little time for it to get out of there.”

Jones was hurt on June 15, and he sat out three games, but was the designated hitter on Friday and Saturday in Toronto. Showalter isn’t certain on whether the days as DH hindered the recovery.

“I don’t know, but I’m going to take that precaution because we didn’t get that continued ‘better each day’ when we did that,” Showalter said.

“It’s one of those things like a groin pull that if you test it, you could set it back. He didn’t throw yesterday on the off day. He didn’t throw Sunday. He’s not going to throw today. At some point [when] he’s not feeling anything with some things, we’ll try and throw a little bit.”

Showalter said the Orioles did consider putting Jones on the disabled list, but not seriously.

“As long as he’s making progress, we’re going to continue down this road. He’s one of those guys you might want to sit for a while in order to get certain days. Some guys you might DL. We feel like we’ve got a pretty good idea of what it is, and Adam is a quick healer, too,” Showalter said.

“There’s four options here. He plays. He doesn’t play. He DH’s or you DL him. That was the least of the four we considered from all the information we had, and mostly from Adam.”

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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.