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Orioles take a L against pitcher they sold back in April

Orioles take a L against pitcher they sold back in April

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It looked like a nothing move. A player the Baltimore Orioles had no plans for, going to the Los Angeles Angels as maybe some emergency rotation filler.

Only right-hander Parker Bridwell has proven to be much more than that and Tuesday night, the Orioles got to witness the newfound success of the pitcher they simply sold to the Angels back in mid-April.

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Bridwell threw seven strong innings, leading the Angels to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles to snap a Baltimore three-game winning streak.

Bridwell (6-1) allowed one run. He gave up six hits without walking a batter, striking out four. The Angels are 10-1 in games he's started.

"When you're playing against your old team and know all the guys, it can be a distraction," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

"Parker is very level headed. He has great poise. I think he treated it as just another generic team."

Jeremy Hellickson (7-6) matched Bridwell early. He had retired 10 straight in the 1-1 game when the Angels chased him with four consecutive hits in the seventh.

Luis Valbuena doubled in the go-ahead run and C.J. Cron singled in another. Cron had opened the game's scoring in the second. After Andrelton Simmons singled and stole second, Cron lined an RBI hit to left.

"I thought (Hellickson) deserved a better fate," said catcher Caleb Joseph. "He was really cruising there. Then he just kind of lost his bite on a couple pitches. It just all happened at once."

Joseph drove in both of Baltimore's runs.

The Orioles tied it at 1-1 in the fifth. Tim Beckham singled, took third on a double by Seth Smith and scored on Joseph's single, putting runners on the corners with no outs.

But Smith mistakenly broke for home on a grounder to third and was easily thrown out. Bridwell struck out Adams Jones and got Manny Machado to line out to Mike Trout for the third out.

"It was big to minimize the damage," Bridwell said. "It always feels good."

Rookie right-hander Keynan Middleton gave up a solo home run in the ninth to Joseph but was able to collect his first career save. He refused to talk to the media after the game.

Meanwhile, Bridwell is finding a new lease on his professional life after spending six years mostly with Baltimore's farm teams. Even when it means pitching against former teammates.

"At the end it was a little sweeter," Bridwell said. "But I just tried to execute it like a regular start."

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

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Closer Zach Britton tears Achilles tendon in offseason training

BALTIMORE -- Orioles closer Zach Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training, a significant injury that could cause him to miss part of the 2018 season.

Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette on Wednesday confirmed the torn Achilles tendon. It was not immediately clear how long Britton would be out.

In a tweet announcing the injury, the team said Britton was injured Tuesday while training in California and wished him a speedy recovery.

Britton had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA with the Orioles this past season. In 2016, had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47.

The left-hander, who turns 30 on Friday, is arbitration eligible after making $11.4 million last season. Britton can become a free agent after next season, which made him a strong trade candidate before the injury.

Britton has converted 135 of 145 save opportunities since becoming the Orioles' closer in 2014.

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

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Kevin Gausman changes jersey number to honor Roy Halladay

BALTIMORE  -- Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.

Gausman announced the switch Thursday on his Twitter account. The right-hander wore No. 39 last year.

Gausman and Halladay are both from Colorado, and the Orioles pitcher said he followed Halladay's career closely and idolized him.

In a post next a photo of his new jersey, Gausman wrote: "Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams -- being a pitcher just like him."

Gausman concluded: "The loss of Roy is tragic and saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved."

Halladay died on Nov. 7 when his small plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He played 16 big league seasons, winning the Cy Young Award in each league and being named an All-Star eight times.