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Turner, Hill star as Dodgers take 2-1 lead over Cubs

Turner, Hill star as Dodgers take 2-1 lead over Cubs

Everyone remembers that Jake Arrieta was an Oriole. Few people remember that Justin Turner was, too. 

Tuesday night’s winning and losing pitcher in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series are former Orioles. 

Turner homered off Arrieta in the sixth inning in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers now lead 2-1 in the NLCS. 

Arrieta was the loser and Rich Hill, who pitched for the Orioles in 2009, threw six shutout innings for the win. 

Turner, who has a .391 postseason average in three years with the Dodgers, has made himself into a most valuable player who could be a highly coveted free agent. 

In December 2008, the Orioles were eager to get Matt Wieters ready to be their regular catcher the following season and traded the incumbent, Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati. 

The Orioles received Turner as well as Brandon Waring, who spent many years in the Orioles farm system, and the late Ryan Freel from the Reds. 

Turner eventually made his major league debut for the Orioles but played just 17 games for them in 2009 and 2010. 

His path at second base was blocked by Brian Roberts while Miguel Tejada began 2010 at third and Cesar Izturis played shortstop. Turner was lost on waivers in late May, about two months before Buck Showalter took over as Orioles manager. 

Turner’s manager with the Orioles, Dave Trembley liked Turner’s attitude, but the team didn’t feel it had a place for him. 

It would have been interesting to see if Showalter could have seen something in Turner had he still been with the club. When Showalter took over, he was eager to look at players who’d been shunned, and that’s how Robert Andino got a look.

Turner was claimed by the New York Mets and played well for them in 2011-13. It wasn’t until the Dodgers signed him once he was non-tendered by the Mets in December 2013 that he’s become a star.

In his three Dodger seasons, Turner has hit .296 with 50 home runs and 193 RBIs. He’s been Los Angeles’ regular third baseman the last two seasons.

Hill was 3-3 with a frightful 7.80 ERA in 18 starts for the Orioles in 2009. Since then, he’s been with eight different major league organizations — including three stints with the Red Sox — and one Independent League team.

In 2015, Hill wanted to reinvent himself as a starter and had two starts with the Long Island Ducks where he was a teammate of Ducks player-coach Lew Ford, a former Oriole. 

He was signed by the Red Sox and shut out the Orioles in Sept. 2015 and inked a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland.

After a 12-5, 2.12 season with the Athletics and Dodgers, the 36-year-old could be one of the most valued starters in an extremely thin free agent market. 

MORE ORIOLES: Where can the team find more starting pitchers?

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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.