Brooks Robinson looked out at the crowd assembled to watch his statue unveiled on Saturday.I dont like to call you fans. I like to call you friends, Robinson said.The fans, or rather friends, who had gathered in the left field flag court to salute the great Orioles third baseman, cheered.More than four months after the originally scheduled ceremony was delayed because Robinson was still recovering from a January fall, the sixth and final statue was unveiled.The five men previously honored: Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken, were driven in from right field, and joined Robinson. It was the only ceremony that all six attended.The 75-year-old Robinson joked about all the times hes been honored. I promise you this will be the last Brooks Robinson Day, he said.He thanked his wife, Connie and the fans, and talked about the teams success.How bout them Os? he yelled.Robinson saluted the many former teammates who had gathered in his honor.I have a lot of memories and most of them are sitting right out here, he said.I was fortunate to play with the greatest players-All Stars at just about every position. Now, hes enjoying watching this years Orioles. Ive never seen a year quite like this, Robinson said.This is just like the playoffs, sit back and enjoy it, and pull for the Orioles to win. After the statue was unveiled and the ceremony reenacted for the entire stadium, Robinson talked more expansively about his feelings about this years team. You dont think theyd have that crowd out there if they were ten games out, do you? They have surpassed anything that any of us thought would happen, Robinson said.He admires the bullpen and the way Manny Machado plays his former position.I like that kid playing third base, Robinson said. This kid seems like he can play anywhere. Hes got a great arm and great instinct for the ball.Robinson isnt seen around the Orioles much these days, and says he doesnt want to come around more often. Hes part owner of independent teams in Lancaster and York, Pa., southern Maryland and in Sugarland, Texas.Im enjoying what Im doing, Robinson said. Im having fun.He chuckled when he was asked if the reaction of the crowd surprised him.I called all my friends, and they showed up, Robinson said. As Robinson closed his on-field remarks, he surveyed the stands and said:I love Baltimore and I plan on being around for a long time.
ATLANTA -- For Braves manager Brian Snitker, playing the matchups meant pitching to Manny Machado with first base open and a marathon game on the line.
The Orioles slugger made that strategy look foolish.
Machado hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 15th inning, lifting Baltimore to a 10-7 win over Atlanta on Friday night after each team staged dramatic ninth-inning rallies.
The Braves surrendered six runs in the ninth, and then scored four times in the bottom of the inning.
Peter Moylan, Atlanta's eighth pitcher, hit Craig Gentry to open the 15th. Gentry moved to second on Austin Wynns' sacrifice.
With first base open, the Braves pitched to Machado and he responded with his 19th homer, a drive into the Orioles' bullpen in left.
Snitker said the right-handed Moylan is tough on right-handed hitters but acknowledged "you hate like hell (Machado) is one of them."
Machado said an intentional walk "crossed my mind at first. I thought they were. In that situation they probably had faith in Moylan out there that he could get some ground balls to the left side of the infield."
Machado hit a 0-2 slider Moylan said was "supposed to be middle in." Moylan said the pitch "slipped out of my hand and ended up middle middle."
Moylan (0-1) gave up another run on singles by Colby Rasmus and Jonathan Schoop.
Mike Wright Jr. (1-0), Baltimore's seventh pitcher, threw two scoreless innings.
The game lasted 5 hours, 21 minutes.
The Orioles trailed 3-1 heading into the ninth, and the Braves rallied against closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the inning. Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was not used while Dan Winkler allowed four runs while recording only one out.
Snitker said he rested Vizcaino because of shoulder soreness and he might be available on Saturday.
Chris Davis hit a drought-breaking homer and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly as Baltimore opened a 7-3 lead.
Britton got one out and was charged with four runs and five hits. He gave up a single to Johan Camargo and a double to Danny Santana before hitting Ender Inciarte to load the bases.
Ozzie Albies' bases-loaded single drove in Camargo. Freddie Freeman's two-run single cut the lead to one before Nick Markakis tied the game with a double to right field.
Atlanta had jumped in front on Charlie Culberson's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth.
Davis, making his first start since June 11, hit his first homer since May 9 in the fifth. Camargo tied the game with his run-scoring double in the seventh.
Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb allowed five hits in seven innings.
Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb permitted four hits in seven innings
The start of the game was delayed 11 minutes by rain.
The 2018 Major League All-Star Game is less than a month away. Fan votes are well underway and early frontrunners are close to locking their position in the Midsummer Classic.
Yesterday, we projected how the National League roster will play out. Today it is time to look at the American League roster projection.
For five straight seasons, the AL has had the upper hand in the MLB All-Star Game. In 2018, it does not appear that will change as the American League roster will be loaded from top to bottom.
As a reminder, here is how the process shakes out, first with the fan vote, players’ ballots, and the MLB Commissioner’s Office:
- Fan vote: nine position players in AL (DH)/ eight in NL; plus final vote for each league
- Player’s ballots: next 17 players in AL/ 16 players in NL; (five starting pitchers, three relievers must be chosen)
- MLB Commissioner’s Office: five AL players (four pitchers, one position player) and seven NL players (four pitchers, three position players)
One player from each team must make the initial roster (before injury withdraws, etc.). Below is how it looks the American League roster will play out, considering the latest fan vote returns:
American League All-Star Roster Projection:
C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (Fan Vote), Gary Sánchez, Yankees (Player Ballot)
1B – José Abreu, White Sox (Fan Vote), Joey Gallo, Rangers (Player Ballot)
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (Fan Vote), Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Player Ballot)
3B – José Ramírez, Indians (Fan Vote), Yangervis Solarte, Blue Jays (Player Ballot), Mike Moustakas, Royals (Commissioner’s Office)
SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (Fan Vote), Jean Segura, Mariners (Player Ballot),
OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Mike Trout, Angels (Fan Vote), Aaron Judge, Yankees (Fan Vote), Michael Brantley, Indians (Player Ballot), Eddie Rosario, Twins (Player Ballot), Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees (Player Ballot),
DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (Fan Vote), Shohei Ohtani, Angels (Player Ballot)
SP – Justin Verlander, Astros (Player Ballot), Luis Severino, Yankees (Player Ballot), Corey Kluber, Indians (Player Ballot), Chris Sale, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Gerrit Cole, Astros (Player Ballot), Blake Snell, Tampa Bay (Commissioner’s Office)
RP – Edwin Díaz, Mariners (Player Ballot), Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (Player Ballot), Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (Player Ballot), Joe Jiménez, Tigers (Commissioner’s Office), Delin Betances, Yankees (Commissioner’s Office), Chris Devenski, Astros (Commissioner’s Office)
Manager: Jeff Luhnow, Astros
Based on this projection, the New York Yankees will have the most representatives with six. The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox will both have four.
Ensuring no snubs, there will be five players selected for the final fan vote to get one more All-Star into the game for a total of 32 for the American League. As you can see, no matter how the AL roster plays out, it will be a dominant team once again as they look for six straight All-Star wins.
Four of those five wins were inside a National League stadium and that will not change as the Washington Nationals will host this season.
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