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Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

The end of the 71-year Cubs World Series drought certainly qualifies as big news. It was fun to watch the fans at Wrigley Field and the Cubs bask in their triumph and sets up a World Series between two teams that have won a Series in a combined 174 years. 

Just a few months ago, the Cleveland Indians might have been vying for the sentimental underdog role, but the Cavaliers’ winning of the NBA championship last June has made the Cubs a clear favorite in the eyes of the U.S.

The Cubs’ win now moves the Washington Nationals, who started life as the Montreal Expos, to the top of the no World Series list. The Expos, an expansion franchise in 1969, never reached the Series, and the Nationals, despite excellent teams of late, haven’t either. 

In second place is the Seattle Mariners, who began life in 1977. They won 116 games in 2001, lost in the American League Championship Series, and haven’t been to the postseason since. 

The Mariners have played in three ALCS’ while the Expos/Nationals franchise has played in only one NLCS, in 1981.

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Of the teams that have played in World Series, the original franchise that has gone the longest without getting back is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Orioles in a stinging 1979 World Series. 

Many Orioles fans still cringe at listening to “We are Family” by Sister Sledge. 

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Orioles in a taut American League East race in 1982. 

Who can ever forget the farewell to Earl Weaver after the final game at Memorial Stadium that season? 

Milwaukee went to the World Series that season, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. 

The Brewers, who switched leagues in 1998, lost in the NLCS to the Cardinals in 2011, but haven’t played in the Series as a National League team.

And believe it or not, the Orioles now have the fifth longest World Series drought. 

Next season marks 34 years since a World Series was played in Baltimore. 

Since then, the Orioles moved from Memorial Stadium to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and have played in three American League Championship Series. 

In the time since the Orioles won the World Series, 25 other teams have made it there including four teams—Arizona, Colorado, Miami and Tampa Bay—that didn’t even exist then. 

It’s a great argument for parity. 

The Cubs are the team with the best record in baseball, and the Indians, came within one win of equaling Texas for the best record in the American League. (Cleveland had a game rained out in Detroit in the last week of the season that wasn’t made up.) 

In recent years, the Red Sox and White Sox have broken long dry spells, and this year someone else’s goes away while another stays on. 

A World Series in Baltimore would be fun, and while fans may be frustrated that the three postseason appearances in the last five years haven’t gotten the Orioles to the holy grail, the franchise is in good hands, and should be a contender again in 2017.

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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.