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Angels beat O's 6-1 to hand Jimenez first home loss of season

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Angels beat O's 6-1 to hand Jimenez first home loss of season

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Matt Shoemaker scattered three hits and allowed one run over seven innings, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a season-high five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night.

Mike Trout and David Freese homered for the Angels, who will try for their first three-game sweep of the season Sunday. Trout finished with three hits and two RBIs in the game, which was delayed at the start for 57 minutes because of rain.

The Orioles have lost eight of their past 11 games.

Shoemaker (3-3) won his seventh consecutive game on the road. He had seven strikeouts and no walks, winning for the first time since April 13.

Baltimore's Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3) lost for the first time in four starts at Camden Yards this season. He allowed two runs and seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks over seven innings. He also fell to 0-5 in as many starts against the Angels.

Steve Pearce hit his third homer for the Orioles, his first since the second game of the season in Tampa Bay -- a span of 34 games.

Jimenez retired nine consecutive batters to start the game before Kole Calhoun led off the fourth with a single. However, Jimenez got out of the inning by retiring the next three batters.

Pearce gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with a two-out, solo homer off Shoemaker in the bottom of the inning.

Shoemaker then retired 10 in a row to keep his team in the game. The Angels took the lead in the seventh when Erick Aybar and Johnny Giavotella led off with a pair of infield singles, and scored on another pair of singles by Chris Iannetta and Marc Krauss.

Trout provided an insurance run with a leadoff homer in the eighth off Darren O'Day. It was Trout's 10th homer and fourth in the past nine games. Freese's homer, a wild pitch and infield hit by Trout added three more runs in the ninth for Los Angeles.

Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth for the Angels.

TRAINERS ROOM

Angels: There were no injury updates.

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop (sprained right knee) hit off a tee and threw from 90 feet Saturday in Sarasota, Florida. He will take grounders Monday.

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Angels: Garrett Richards (3-1) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of his last outing against Houston. However, he is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA in six starts against the Orioles.

Orioles: Both Bud Norris (bronchitis) and Chris Tillman (lower back strain) were scratched. As a result, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was still deciding on a starter.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Alex Cobb won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Trumbo lands on 60-day DL

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Alex Cobb won't be ready for Opening Day, Mark Trumbo lands on 60-day DL

This is not a drill. We are just about 48 hours away from Opening Day.

Here's the latest Orioles news and notes. 

Player Notes: 

Dwight Smith Jr. went three-for-three with a pair of solo home runs against the New York Mets Monday. Since being picked up from the Blue Jays March 8, Smith Jr. is 12-for 28 with five homers. 

Against the Mets Monday, pitcher Dylan Bundy gave up four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings lowering his spring ERA from 7.94 to 7.89.

Alex Cobb will not be ready for Opening Day. The Orioles have placed what would have been their Opening Day starter on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain. The injury is considered minor. 

The Orioles purchased the contract of catcher Jesus Sucre from Triple-A Norfolk. 

Injuries: 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day DL

SP Alex Cobb: Groin, 10-day DL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, sidelined 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-day DL

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/28: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Saturday 3/30: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Sunday 3/31: Orioles vs. Yankees, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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