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Davis' 11th inning homer snaps Orioles' losing streak


Davis' 11th inning homer snaps Orioles' losing streak

BALTIMORE – The game already lost, Chris Davis asked Buck Showalter to remain in Tuesday night’s game. The Orioles trailed by 11, Davis was slumping, and the team was playing horribly.

Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters were out of the game, but Davis wanted to stay in.

Davis hit a long two-run home run, and Showalter took note.

A night later, the Orioles needed Davis’ power, and he delivered twice, with a two-run home run that initially tied the game, and a long home run in the 11th to win it.

The badly needed home run, measured by ESPN at 459 feet, gave the Orioles a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 15,963 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.

“I was so tired at that point that I was just really happy. I really didn’t watch it. At that point in the game I was taking whatever I could get. Someone said it almost hit the scoreboard. I don’t know about all that. I didn’t see where it landed,” Davis said.

Davis took three balls off Matt Andriese (3-5), and then swung. Three home runs in two days. He was glad he asked to stay in the Tuesday night debacle.

“I didn’t like the way things were going. I didn’t like the way I was playing. I just wanted to try to get something started and continue to play hard, had a good at-bat. There may have been some carryover, but I think more than anything it’s just an attitude. It’s not over. Enough’s enough and just trying to turn it around,” Davis said.

Showalter felt Davis remaining in the game on Tuesday was vital.

“Him playing the last inning or two last night might have been the key to tonight and the rest of our season. Those are the little things that go unnoticed,” Showalter said.

“You don't just dial it up and say, 'OK, it's my time. Here we go.' It just doesn't work that way. I wish it did, where we could dial it up. It's that time. He's had X-number of whatever. The other team doesn't cooperate all the time. It wasn't a hard decision putting a green light on there, OK? That wasn't Einstein. That was pretty easy."

The Orioles (64-69) had lost 12 of 13.

It was Davis’ 38th home run, his second of the game, and his fourth career game-ending shot.

Brad Brach (5-2) was the winner. He pitched two scoreless innings.

Kevin Gausman allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings, but it could have been even worse.

Steve Pearce’s leaping catch stole a home run from Brandon Guyer in the first, and Jones’ throw home caught Logan Forsythe at the plate. Forsythe tried to score on Kevin Kiermaier’s single, the third of the inning.

J.P. Arencibia started the third with a long fly ball down the left field line that was confirmed as a home run after a three minute, 45 second delay. It was his second in two games.

With one out, Guyer doubled and Evan Longoria homered to left.

Gausman dropped Davis’ toss of John Jaso’s grounder for an error. Forsythe’s doubled and Asdrubal Cabrera walked to load the bases. James Loney singled for a 4-0 lead, and Gausman was out of the game.

“I’m just glad we won. That’s the biggest thing. Especially with what we are going through right now. That’s the biggest thing, we came right back and put up four, and it was a great game. You can kind of tell, we didn't want to lose,” Gausman said.

Pearce doubled off Erasmo Ramirez to start the third. With one out, Machado singled to score Pearce. Parra’s double scored Machado, and with two outs, Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the score at 4.

Mychal Givens surrendered consecutive doubles to Arencibia and Grady Sizemore in the sixth, and Tampa Bay (66-67) ed 5-4.

Longoria hit his second home run in the ninth off Darren O’Day to make it 6-4.

Matt Wieters walked off Brad Boxberger to lead off the ninth, and Jonathan Schoop hit his 11th home run of the year to tie the score at 6.

NOTES: The Orioles optioned OF Dariel Alvarez to Frederick because he has visa issues getting into Canada where the Orioles head for a three-game series with the Blue Jays on Friday. Alvarez will return to the Orioles after the Keys’ season ends on Monday.

Showalter says the Orioles will probably add a position player and pitcher for the Toronto series. They do not anticipate placing Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list.

Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 4.34) faces Drew Hutchison (13-2, 4.87) on Friday night at Rogers Centre. … The Orioles have seven game-ending home runs and a major league leading 41 outfield assists.

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Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7


Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

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.

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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American League All-Star Game Roster Projection: AL will be loaded once again

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.