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Davis hits three home runs in Orioles' 6-4 win

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Davis hits three home runs in Orioles' 6-4 win

Chris Davis has suffered through many hitless streaks this season. On Friday night, he had a special, unforgettable streak.In his first three times at bat, Davis hit three long home runs. The homers drove in four runs and sent the Orioles to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 25,754.After the Blue Jays (56-69) took at 1-0 lead in the top of the second off Zach Britton (3-1), Davis led off the bottom of the second with a long home run to right that landed on Eutaw Street.His second home run in the bottom of the fourth off Carlos Villaneuva (6-4) landed in the right field bleachers, and made it 2-1.
In the sixth, Nate McLouth singled, Adam Jones doubled, and Matt Wieters hit a fly ball to center that scored McLouth. Villaneuva was replaced by Steve Delabar, and Davis greeted him by homering to left field. It was his 23rd of the season, and the first three home run game by an Oriole since Nick Markakis hit three on Aug. 22, 2006. It was the fourth three-home run game by an Oriole in the history of Oriole Park. Roberto Alomar, Albert Belle and Markakis have the others.Davis struck out swinging in the eighth in his fourth at-bat.Britton took a 5-1 lead into the seventh. He was removed with two out and two on. Darren ODay allowed an RBI double to Rajai Davis, and then Brian Matusz, making his initial major league relief appearance, struck out Colby Rasmus to end the inning.Britton has won two straight since his recall from Norfolk. He allowed two runs and four hits in 6 23 innings. He struck out six and walked two.Markakis sacrifice fly scored Robert Andino in the seventh to give the
Orioles a 6-2 lead.After Pedro Strop pitche a scoreless eighth, Matt Lindstrom allowed a two-run home run to Jeff Mathis in the ninth to make it 6-4. Jim Johnson finished the ninth for his 39th save of the season.The Orioles (68-57) began the game tied with Detroit and Oakland for the second wild card spot.On Wednesday, the Rangers Adrian Beltre hit three home runs against the Orioles, and according to Elias, its the first time in baseball history a team has been involved in consecutive three home run games.
NOTES:-Kevin Gausman, the Orioles No. 1 draft pick, allowed two runs and five hits in three innings in his second appearance for Frederick at Potomac. He struck out three and didnt walk a batter. -Davis first home run was the ninth to land on Eutaw Street this season, setting a record. His 23 home runs are a career high.-Jason Hammel pitched a simulated game on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter said the team would check to see how he felt on Saturday before deciding on the next step.-Wilson Betemit, whos on the disabled list with a right wrist injury, will start swinging a bat early next week and should go on a rehab assignment Wednesday or Thursday.-Troy Patton (sprained right ankle) and Jim Thome (herniated disc) are in Sarasota, Fla., and not close to returning, Showalter said.-Steve Johnson (1-1, 3.08) faces Brandon Morrow (7-4, 3,01) on Saturday night.

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

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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.

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