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Davis caps Orioles career with two homers

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Davis caps Orioles career with two homers

BALTIMORE --- If this was the end for Chris Davis’ Orioles career, it was a fitting end.

Davis hit two home runs, giving him 47 this season, and listened to fans chant for him after the game.

The day ended well for the Orioles. It was their fifth straight win, and they end the season at .500 with a 9-4 victory over the New York Yankees before 33,224 at Oriole Park on Sunday.

“I was pretty fired up after I hit the first one. The second one, I felt like i was in shock running around the bases. The last few games have been pretty special, finishing up strong was big to a lot of guys in here,” Davis said.

Davis began perhaps his final day with the Orioles by accepting his second Most Valuable Oriole award. Two years ago, Davis picked up his first and proclaimed his love for Baltimore and hope for a long-term deal.

That hasn’t happened.

Two years later, there’s word that the Orioles may be preparing a lucrative offer for the slugger, but it may not be enough to entice him to stay.

Besides the two home runs, he had a double and scored a run.

“Today, when I was driving in, I said: ‘man, this might be the last time I’m making this drive.’ Just times throughout the day, I wasn’t trying to dwell on it. When I was walking down the tunnel, it hit me hard,” Davis said.

While most of the attention was centered around Davis, it was an emotional day for Matt Wieters, too. He could be a highly sought after free agent, too.

Wieters, who was 2-for-5, had similar thoughts.

“I loved every second I've spent here and I loved everybody in this clubhouse, and I loved all the fans. If it ends today, it was a great time,” Wieters said.

Manager Buck Showalter, who faced the loss of two of his favorite players, suffered a more important loss. His mother, Lina Showalter, died at 87 late last night.

He wanted to talk about baseball, not himself.

“This time of year you reach for small victories. That they didn't give in. I know there were a lot of teams counting on us to play the way we played. For that, I'm really proud,” Showalter said.

Besides Davis and Wieters, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce are also possible free agents.

Parra was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Pearce was hitless in three at-bats.

Chris Tillman (11-11) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs.

The Orioles (81-81) finished the season on a five-game winning streak and without a complete game for the first time and end the year at .500 for just the second time in team history.

Manny Machado, the only major leaguer to play in all 162 games, was 0-for-4.

Darren O’Day, another possible free agent, pitched a perfect eighth.

Meanwhile, New York (87-75) plays Houston in the wild-card game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

Michael Pineda (12-10) allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Davis has received vocal support from Adam Jones and Manny Machado. Jones has publicly stated that he’ll go to managing partner Peter Angelos to lobby for an extension for Davis.

“It means a lot. I’ve said before, this is a great group in here. I feel like we’re all brothers in here, and we’re all looking out for each other. We keep in touch in the off-season, and I really express them stepping out to express how much they want me back. I can’t say enough about them,” Davis said.

Davis, Wieters and O’Day were clubhouse leaders, people Showalter turned to.

“It's become quite a family, something that I really want to do when I came here. Make everybody feel like they had a stake in this,” Showalter said.

Wieters will take his time to savor the season.

“It's a good way to finish. A good way to finish the season. It's a good way to not have a losing season, go 81-81, and it's a good way to finish. It was emotional before the game, and then the game came and I was able to focus on the task at hand and then when it's over, it's over and you soak it in for a little bit...and be ready for an off-season,” Wieters said.

If Davis leaves Baltimore, he does with a smile on his face, remembering the crowd’s ovation.

“It was pretty awesome. I didn't want to step out and take anything away from the game, but I appreciate their support. I’ve said it before but they’ve supported me throughout, whether it was god times or bad times. I really appreciated that, the way people treated my family. it was a pretty special day,” Davis said.

MORE ORIOLES: Machado says Orioles need to re-sign Davis, others

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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