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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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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.


Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left


MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.



Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.


New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---


Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.



#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0