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Five positions the Orioles could trade for

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Five positions the Orioles could trade for

With five days to go until the trading deadline, the Orioles continue to look at options for improving their club.Here are five areas that need addressing:-Starting pitching: The market is thin. Teams are asking for a lot. The Orioles would probably have to trade one of their starters in Triple-A: Jake Arrieta or Brian Matusz and possibly another with the major league club: Zach Britton, Miguel Gonzalez or Chris Tillman to get another.Predicted outcome: Dan Duquette comes up with a second or third tier starter by 4 p.m. Tuesday.-First Base: Mark Reynolds defense at first has improved. His batting hasnt. Reynolds, who hit 37 homers last year, has just eight this year. There arent many power hitters available.Predicted outcome: The Orioles stand pat. Reynolds finishes the yearr at first base.-Third Base: Wilson Betemit has committed 11 errors in 64 games. Hes batting .285 from the left side. His throws are often an adventure. It seems unlikely the Orioles can get a regular at third who can hit better.Predicted outcome: The Orioles come up with another utility infielder who fields better, but doesnt hit as well.-Left Field: Chris Davis isnt an outfielder. Endy Chavez is the fourth outfielder, but at .177, hes been a huge disappointment. An outfielder who gets on base more than Chavez and has a decent glove would be an upgrade.Predicted outcome: Davis stays in left and Chavez is replaced by a marginally better player.-Bullpen: The bullpen is tiring. Luis Ayala and Matt Lindstrom arent as sharp as they were earlier this season. A long reliever would be a help.Predicted outcome: This is the teams deepest position. The Orioles trade either Ayala or Lindstrom. They have several others in the minors who could help.

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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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Tarik's 3 Stars: Nick Backstrom the OT hero in series-changing Game 5 win

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Tarik's 3 Stars: Nick Backstrom the OT hero in series-changing Game 5 win

Nicklas Backstrom tipped in a Dmitry Orlov shot in overtime, and the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 4-3 in Game 5 to take a three-games-to-two series lead in their 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series.

Washington can now clinch the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Monday night in Columbus.

The Capitals gave up the first goal in the game for the first time in the series. But the Capitals had an answer. The Capitals then took the lead. But the Blue Jackets had an answer. The Capitals took the lead again in the second period, but the Blue Jackets tied the game in the third.

But Nicklas Backstrom had the answer in overtime.

Tarik El-Bashir's 3 Stars of Capitals vs. Blue Jackets Game 3 

1. Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals

Backstrom delivered the Caps’ biggest goal of the season 11:53 into the extra session by knocking a point shot by Dmitry Orlov down and past Sergei Bobrovsky, who was the Blue Jackets’ best player in overtime.

The goal was Backstrom’s first of the series.

He also recorded an assist.

2. Matt Calvert, Blue Jackets

The third line winger scored nine goals in the regular season. After popping a couple in Game 5, he’s now got three in this series.

And Saturday’s was a doozy. After T.J. Oshie mishandled the puck at the blue line, Calvert was off to the races. He whiffed on his wrist shot but still managed to get the puck (and himself) in the net to even things, 2-2, early in the second period.

3. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Capitals

Kuzy was arguably the Caps’ most active forward.

Early in the second period, the smooth-skating center finished a three-on-one with a sneaky wrister that slithered through Bobrovsky’s pads. Kuznetsov also nearly set up Alex Ovechkin at the doorstep with a ridiculous slap pass. Alas, Ovi was turned by Bob, who went into the full splits to get a piece of the puck.

 

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