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Who are the greatest pitchers in Orioles history?


Who are the greatest pitchers in Orioles history?

In their 62 years in Baltimore, the Orioles have won three World Series and produced Hall of Famers. There have been countless excellent players, and over the next two days, I’m going to try and create an all-time Orioles roster.

We’ll have 10 pitchers and 15 position players on our 25-man roster. Because this pitchers were so good—and they are so many worthy position players, I’ve limited it to 10.

JIM PALMER: This one is obvious. Palmer is a Hall of Famer, and his career with the Orioles so long that he played for the team both before it won its World Series in 1966 and after its last in 1983.

Many younger fans who know Palmer only as a broadcaster aren’t aware of how good he really was.

Palmer had eight 20-win seasons, had a career ERA of an astonishing 2.86 and threw 211 complete games with 53 shutouts.

MIKE MUSSINA: One of the most polarizing players in Orioles history. He was so good and so controversial that many don’t appreciate his talent.

Mussina’s won-loss record was strikingly similar to Palmer’s. He actually won two more games than Palmer (270 to 268) and lost one more (153 to 152).

Of course, Mussina’s ERA was much higher—3.68, but in his time with the Orioles he was terrific, winning 147 games in 10 seasons.

He’s deservedly getting closer to the Hall of Fame.

DAVE McNALLY: From 1968-71, McNally won 20 games each season and was a superlative 87-31.

Second only to Palmer in wins, McNally went 181-113 in 13 seasons and have a terrific 3.18 ERA.

MIKE CUELLAR: In 1971, Cuellar was one of four starters who won 20 games for the Orioles.

He was a 20-game winner four times for the Orioles, and had the same ERA as McNally’s, 3.18. He won 143 games for the Orioles.

MILT PAPPAS: He’s not being included because he was part of the most famous trade in Orioles history. Pappas was traded to Cincinnati for Frank Robinson in Dec. 1965.

He gets on this team because he won 110 games and had a 3.24 ERA in nine years with the Orioles.

Pappas won 209 games in his long big league career.

SCOTT McGREGOR: He came to the Orioles in one of the best trades in team history. In 1976, they acquired McGregor, Rick Dempsey and Tippy Martinez from the Yankees.

McGregor pitched only for the Orioles in the majors, winning 138 games, including 20 in 1980.

He clinched the team’s final World Series in 1983 by shutting out the Phillies in the fifth game.

MIKE FLANAGAN: Flanagan won 141 games in 15 seasons with the Orioles.

Overshadowed at times by Palmer and McGregor, Flanagan was the star of the 1979 team that came within a win of a World Series title. He led the American League with 23 wins.

In his second iteration with the Orioles, Flanagan became the final Orioles pitcher to work in Memorial Stadium.

STEVE STONE: There were probably some better pitchers in team history that don’t make this team, but none ever won more games in a single season.

In 1980, Stone won a team record 25 games and was part of a superlative starting staff that included three other pitchers just mentioned here: Palmer, Flanagan and McGregor.

TIPPY MARTINEZ: This team has great starters and maybe some swing men, but it needs some relievers, too.

Martinez pitched in 499 games from 1976-86, the most by an Orioles reliever.

While he was remembered for picking off three Toronto Blue Jays in one inning in 1983, Martinez was a durable, dependable left-handed presence in the bullpen.

GREGG OLSON: From 1988-93, Olson was the best reliever in Orioles history. He saved a team record 160 games and had an outstanding 2.26 ERA.

In 1989, Olson became one of the few relievers to win the Rookie of the Year. That year, he gave up just one home run in 85 innings.

There were some very tough decisions in putting this team together. The toughest out was Mike Boddicker.

Boddicker was the last Orioles pitcher to win 20 games, in 1984. His 16 wins held key the 1983 World Series champs.

Pat Dobson was one of the four starters to win 20 games in 1971, but in his second and final season with the team, led the American League with 18 losses.

Jim Johnson had 101 saves in 2012-13, the only Orioles pitcher with 50 or more in any season.

In his first four years with the Orioles, Darren O’Day has been outstanding, and if he keeps producing at that rate over his next four, he’ll be a contender to join this all-time team.

TOMORROW: I’ll pick the best 15 position players in team history.

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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

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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.