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Wade Miley gives up early runs as Orioles lose to Yankees

Wade Miley gives up early runs as Orioles lose to Yankees

BALTIMORE –-For the most part it was a productive weekend for the Orioles. They won two of three against the New York Yankees while the leaders in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays lost two of three to Tampa Bay. 

The Orioles concluded the weekend trailing Toronto by three after a 5-2 loss to the Yankees before 31,161 at Oriole Park on Sunday. 

After the game, the Orioles left for a nine-game road trip to face the Rays, Detroit and Boston. When they return on Sept. 15, they’ll begin their final homestand of the season. 

They had numerous scoring chances in the first five innings, stranding eight, but the New York bullpen severely limited their opportunities late in the game. They were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, all in the first five. 

Their only hit in the final four innings was Chris Davis’ leadoff single in the eighth, but he, too was stranded, the ninth man left on base.

“We know there’s opportunities, but it’s not that easy. They’ve got good pitchers,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Showalter felt there was no letdown because the Orioles won the first two of three. 

“I understand how that may play during the season because you're just trying to win series. We're trying to win games. You beat them twice and you're trying to beat them a third time. We just didn't have much offensively. It didn't have anything to do with ‘that's good enough.’ No. Our guys don't come at it from that angle,” Showalter said. 

Davis is choosing to look at the weekend positively. 

“Yeah. I mean, we had a great series against these guys. We took two of three games. That’s big this time of the year. You can’t sit there and harp on the negatives. You got to move forward. I’m happy that we battled, proud of the way we battled, and we’ll keep going,” Davis said.

Wade Miley had a rough first inning. He walked Brett Gardner and Rob Refsnyder to begin the game. 

Miley (8-12) struck out Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro before Chase Headley singled to score Gardner. After a wild pitch, Austin Romine’s single scored Refsnyder and Headley. 

New York (70-65) took a 4-0 lead in the third when Headley’s RBI single scored Refsnyder. 

“When you don’t throw strikes, it’s tough. I walked the first two hitters of the game, but then I was able to get two outs, and then I gave up the hit to Headley. You put yourself on your heels right out of the gate,” Miley said. 

The Orioles (74-62) scored a run against Michael Pineda in the fourth. Mark Trumbo walked, and took third on Chris Davis’ single. Trumbo scored on Steve Pearce’s force out. 

Adam Jones singled to start the first and scored on Pedro Alvarez’s double to right. 

Luis Severino relieved Pineda and got out of the inning without the Orioles scoring again despite a wild pitch and back-to-back one out walks to Trumbo and Davis. Peace struck out and Matt Wieters grounded to second. 

“We had a good shot there in the fifth and a couple other leadoff hitters on, but we couldn’t mount much,” Showalter said.

Severino (2-8) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. 

Miley allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. During his time with the Orioles, Miley is 1-4 with a 7.15 ERA.

“I feel you can always get better obviously, just trying to battle right there, just trying to keep us in the game, as close as possible,” Miley said. 

“We need to win. Every game on the road, we need to go out and play the game to win, and see where it takes us.”

Trumbo made a two-base error when he dropped Tyler Austin’s fly ball to start the ninth. Austin later scored on Gardner’s fly ball. 

Dellin Betances recorded the last four outs for his eighth save. 

As the Orioles depart on their trip, Showalter knows the team’s mission.

“Win games. It's real simple. We have to win games regardless of how we get there. I don't care how it looks or how it happens, we need to have more runs than them after nine innings, or 10 or 11 or 12 and so on. It's a pretty simple equation right now,” Showalter said.

“That's why you do all the things that we do to be a part of this. Enjoy the competition and enjoy the fruits of the players’ labor to get this chance.”

NOTES: Jones passed Paul Blair for ninth place on the team’s hit list with 1,427. … The Orioles open a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46) faces Matt Andriese (6-6, 4.19).  

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Astros, Dodgers set Series HR record amid juiced ball buzz


Astros, Dodgers set Series HR record amid juiced ball buzz

HOUSTON (AP) -- Home runs kept flying over the wall at Minute Maid Park, on line drives up toward the train tracks, on fly balls that just dropped over the fence.

Seven more were hit in Game 5, raising the total to a World Series record 22 -- with two possible more games to play. Twenty-five runs were scored in a game started by the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Astros' Dallas Keuchel, Cy Young Award winners regarded as among baseball's best.

After a season when sluggers outpaced even their steroid-era predecessors for home runs, some are convinced that something is amiss with the baseballs.

"The main complaint is that the balls seem a little bit different in the postseason, and even from the postseason to the World Series balls," Justin Verlander said Sunday, two days before he takes the mound in Game 6 and tries to pitch the Astros to their first title. "They're a little slick. You just deal with it. But I don't think it's the case of one pitcher saying, `Hey, something is different here.' I think as a whole, everybody is saying, `Whoa, something is a little off here.'"

A record eight home runs were hit in Game 2, including five in extra innings, and Game 5's seven long balls would have tied the old mark. The 13-12, 10-inning Astros' win Sunday night was the second-highest scoring game in Series history.

Keuchel was quoted as saying after Game 2: "Obviously, the balls are juiced."

Not so obvious to everyone, even amid the power surge.

"I haven't personally noticed anything. I haven't tried to think about it either," Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow said after giving up two homers in Game 5. "It's not something you want to put in your own head."

Same for Kershaw, even after giving up his record eighth homer of the postseason Sunday.

"I don't really pay attention to it," Kershaw said. "I just assume that both sides are dealing with it, so I'm not going to worry about it."

This year's long ball assault topped the 21 of the 2002 Series. Anaheim hit seven and Barry Bonds and his San Francisco Giants slugged 14 over seven games. That was the year before survey drug testing.

Speculation that something has changed includes a study claiming to have found differences in the size and seam height of balls since the 2015 All-Star break.

"I know there was talk about different sizes and some of the baseballs were slightly bigger and some were smaller. Some of the seams were higher, some of the seams were lower. But, no, it's been consistent," said Rich Hill, who will start Game 6 for the Dodgers. "I think that just has to do with conditions -- if it's colder it's going to be slicker. If it's a little bit warmer out or humid, I think you're going to find that you're going to have a little bit more of moisture to the baseballs."

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred insists nothing nefarious is going on.

"I'm absolutely confident that the balls that we're using are within our established specifications," he said Friday.

Verlander rejected that assertion.

"I know Mr. Manfred said the balls haven't changed, but I think there's enough information out there to say that's not true," he said.

Verlander also does not think it's an issue of how balls are rubbed up before games.

"I know baseball uses the same mud for every single ball for every single game that's played," he said. "I think there's a broader issue that we're all missing."

On the day he become commissioner in January 2015, Manfred said, "I'm cognizant in the drop in offense over the last five years, and it's become a topic of conversation in the game, and it's something that we're going to have to continue to monitor and study."

Offense started rebounding during the second half of the season, and a record 6,105 home runs were hit this year, 2.4 percent more than the previous mark of 5,963 set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era.

"I think it's pretty clear," Verlander said. "I think our commissioner has said publicly that they wanted more offense in the game. I'm pretty sure I'm not fabricating a quote here when I say that. I think it was already All-Star break of `15, or right before, when he said that."

San Francisco's Johnny Cueto and Toronto's Marcus Stroman also think the balls have changed, with Stroman blaming slick balls for a rise in pitcher blisters -- an affliction which has struck Hill a few times in the past couple seasons, too.

Houston's Brent Strom and the Dodgers' Rick Honeycutt, the World Series pitching coaches, both were quoted by Sports Illustrated on Sunday as saying the slickness of the ball made throwing sliders difficult.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "I don't see a ton difference, but I'm not going to get in a verbal war with coaches and players who think otherwise."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a similar view but acknowledged the power records got his attention.

"The pitchers talk about it feels different in their hand. The one component is the slickness and guys at different ballparks rub it up differently," he said. "Sort of feels the same to me. But it's hard to argue the numbers. You know there's more velocity. Guys are swinging harder. I know in Los Angeles the air was light. It was hot. The ball was flying, carrying more than typically. But I hesitate to try to give you any insight because I really don't know."

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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.