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Davis' home run is big in Orioles' 2-1 win over Yankees

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Davis' home run is big in Orioles' 2-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK – It will take an incredible turnaround for the Orioles to make September compelling. Tuesday night was a reminder of how they need to win to make the seemingly impossible possible.

Three weeks ago, the Orioles were in the thick of the wild card race. Now, they are 7 1/2 games behind and competing with six other teams to try and catch the Texas Rangers.

The formula for their 2-1 win over the New York Yankees before 30,785 at Yankee Stadium was familiar. Creditable starting pitching, terrific outings by the bullpen, and a home run by Chris Davis.

Davis hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, his 41st of the season, and it continued his incredible hot streak. In his last seven games, Davis has six home runs and 10 RBIs, and his 41 homers are the sixth best in any Orioles season.

“He’s been solid in a time of need. He’s been able to dial up some things that we need. It’s hard to do because they all know what he’s capable of,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Davis hit the home run on a 2-0 pitch off Chasen Shreve (6-2), and it was the 10th he’s hit off a left-hander.

“Over the past few years I've just made little adjustments here and there and I tried to do everything I can to not overswing or go up there and look for a certain pitch. Just try to see the ball and hit it and it's worked out for me,” Davis said.

The win was just the fourth in the last 19 games for the Orioles (66-72), who will need to go 15-9 to merely avoid a losing season.

J.J. Hardy returned to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list, and Matt Wieters was back after missing three games. Adam Jones was out with a sore right shoulder.

“We’ve played a lot of these games and there’s such a fine line between a W and an L at this level, with some exceptions obviously. It’s a good reminder of how good they have been in close games throughout the last three years or four years or whatever it is,” Showalter said.

“I think there’s a confidence there too when you get a guy like J.J. back. You’re able to start putting a reminder of the team that you normally have on the field – Matt comes back – there’s a little more sense of a lack of anxiety because there’s some track record there in those types of games.”

Showalter hopes to have Jones back on Wednesday.

“I’d like for him to play tomorrow. I talked to him a little bit today. But we will see what tomorrow brings. I got two lineups on my desk: one with him in it, one without him in it,” Showalter said.

Darren O’Day (6-2) retired the final two batters of the eighth for the win. Zach Britton polished off the Yankees (77-60) in the ninth for his 31st save.

Masahiro Tanaka retired the first 12 Orioles hitters. Davis walked to lead off the fifth. With two outs, Wieters dribbled a ball to short right field for the first hit.

Kevin Gausman allowed five singles and a walk in the first five innings, but escaped without allowing a run.

Ryan Flaherty led off the sixth with his eighth home run of the season off Tanaka.

Tanaka allowed one run on six hits in eight innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.

Alex Rodriguez led off the sixth with a home run to left to tie the score. Gausman, who was removed after the homer has just one win in his last 20 starts.

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It was Gausman’s first time facing Greg Bird, a high school teammate in Aurora, Col.

Gausman struck him out twice, something he predicted on Monday.

"We actually went to dinner last night and I was joking, ‘I’m going to strike you out every one of your at-bats.’ But he also said he was going to hit a home run off me, so it goes both ways,” Gausman said.

The two old friends split the cost.

“I’m not going to buy him dinner before I pitch again him,” Gausman laughed.

T.J. McFarland relieved Gausman and pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings. McFarland, O’Day and Britton combined for four innings with just one baserunner

“This is exactly the type of ball that we’re capable of. That’s all we’re going to try and keep rolling from here, keep playing like that,” McFarland said.

NOTES: Rodriguez’s homer was the 3,056th hit of his career, surpassing Rickey Henderson for 22nd place on the all-time list. He has 15 seasons of 30 home runs, tying him with Hank Aaron for most in history.… Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9, 4.24) faces CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.27) on Wednesday night.

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

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Showalter fired as Orioles manager after 115-loss season

Buck Showalter has been fired as manager of the Orioles, who made three playoff appearances under his guidance but this year staggered through the worst season since the team moved to Baltimore in 1954.

Showalter confirmed the dismissal Wednesday in a text message to The Associated Press.

A three-time AL Manager of the Year, Showalter ranks second on the Orioles' career list with 669 victories, trailing Earl Weaver. He took over in August 2010 and orchestrated the resurgence of a team that suffered through 14 straight losing seasons.

Once hailed for making baseball in Baltimore relevant again, the 62-year-old Showalter is out of a job after a season in which the Orioles finished 47-115, 61 games behind Boston in the AL East. His contract expired at the end of October, and the Orioles opted against a renewal as they continue a major rebuild that began in late July, when they traded stars Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop and Kevin Gausman for minor league prospects.

Those deals were made by Dan Duquette, the executive vice president of baseball operations, whose future with the organization is up in the air.

Showalter earned AL Manager of the Year honors in 2014 after taking the Orioles to the AL East title and a berth in the Championship Series. He was also named Manager of Year with the Yankees in 1994 and Texas in 2004. His career record is 1,551-1,517, including 669-684 with Baltimore.

"I just think ever since he came here, the franchise just gained a little more accountability, gained an edge for some time," Orioles outfielder Adam Jones said before the final game of the season. "It's the end of an era. A great manager, a great tenure. I don't know if he's going to coach or manage again, but he's got grandchildren. Go golf. Relax and go sit on the golf course."

With his future in doubt, Showalter appeared undaunted during the final series of the regular season.

"You know how good they've been to me? I'm not ever going to forget that, regardless of what happens," he said.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin was asked before his team's playoff game against the Yankees on Wednesday night whether Showalter was victimized by the trend toward analytics.

"I don't think Buck was a guy that ignored analytics," Melvin said. "I think it was probably a combination of how they did this year and maybe some relationships."

After the Orioles brought Showalter out of retirement, he offered renewed hope by fashioning a 34-23 finish in 2010 for a team that was 32-73 upon his arrival.

Baltimore ended a 14-year playoff drought in 2012, advancing to the AL Division Series following a victory over Texas in the wild-card game. Playoff appearances in 2014 and 2016 followed.

Last year, however, the Orioles fell to 75-87 after losing 19 of their final 23 games. Baltimore hoped the addition of starters Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner would enable the team to be a contender this year, but a horrid start quickly dispelled that notion.

The Orioles' deficit in the AL East reached double digits by April 18 and they were 8-27 on May 8. By the end of July, Baltimore fully entered rebuilding mode, leaving Showalter with the dubious distinction of overseeing a team that finished with the poorest record in the majors and one that surpassed the 1939 St. Louis Browns for most losses in franchise history.

Showalter never offered an excuse. He just grinded forward, working to prepare the team for 2019 even though he knew he might not be around to follow through.

At the outset of a season-ending series against Houston, Showalter was asked if he was thinking these might be his final days in the Baltimore dugout.

"We all have some private thoughts and emotions about that, but I don't think it serves the organization well for me to be worried about that right now," he said. "We've got some things to do these last four games that need to get done."

Showalter has a reputation as a no-nonsense manager, but his players appreciated his baseball knowledge and skill at handling a team. He made a point of talking to each of them on a regular basis, almost always offering encouragement.

"He gave me a chance," said catcher Caleb Joseph, who played six-plus years in the minors before arriving in Baltimore. "He believed in me in 2014, ran me out there and gave me a chance to be part of a championship team. He's really vouched for me ever since. I owe a lot to Buck and his loyalty. He's been a main figure here for a long time."

Sensing the end was near for the only big league manager he had ever played for, first baseman Trey Mancini said: "It's been an absolute honor to play for Buck. He's been incredible."

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

The Boston Red Sox broke a 106-year-old franchise record with their 106th victory on Monday night, clinching home-field advantage through the postseason by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 thanks to a pair of hits from major league batting leader Mookie Betts.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless Orioles batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far. For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and mostly likely Oakland.

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

The Orioles (45-111) became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs scored. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

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Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. "I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when," Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

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