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Gonzalez superb in Orioles' 6-1 win over Yankees


Gonzalez superb in Orioles' 6-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK -- Midway through Fridays game at Yankee Stadium, the puzzled fans started booing the home team.Now, this is getting serious.The Orioles came into the game trailing the fading New York Yankees by just three games in the AL East. Thanks to Miguel Gonzalez, its down to two.Gonzalez hadnt started in 11 days, but there was no evident rustiness as he limited New York to just four singles in seven innings as the Orioles beat the Yankees 6-1 before 43,352.Since July 18, the Orioles are 27-14, and have shaved eight games off New Yorks lead.At 73-58, the Orioles are 15 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season, and have won five of seven games in the Bronx this season.The Orioles scored all the runs Gonzalez needed in the second off Hiroki Kuroda (12-10) in the second. Adam Jones led off with a single. Matt Wieters singled him to third. Jones scored on Chris Davis fly ball to left. Mark Reynolds followed with a long home run to left, his 13th of the year, to make it 3-0.Gonzalez (6-3) retired the first nine batters with only one close call. Russell Martin, leading off the third lined to first. Reynolds made a lunging catch to snare it.Derek Jeter led off the fourth with a single, and through five, Gonzalez sailed through with just 55 pitches. J.J. Hardy hit a one-out home run in the sixth, his 18th, for a 4-0 lead.In the sixth, Gonzalez threw 24 pitches, allowing a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki and a walk to Jayson Nix. He escaped damage by getting Derek Jeter to hit into a force play, striking out Nick Swisher and retiring Robinson Cano on a pop foul to third. Gonzalez has struck out Swisher five times in six at-bats in his two starts against the Yankees (75-56). In the seventh, Eric Chavez singled with one out, and Russell Martin singled him to third with two out. Suzuki grounded into a force play to end the inning and Gonzalezs start.Gonzalez struck out nine and walked one. In his two starts against New York, Gonzalez struck out 17 and walked one in 13 23 innings,Darren ODay pitched a perfect eighth inning.Kuroda pitched 8 13 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.Reynolds hit his second home run of the game in the ninth off Derek Lowe. He also allowed an RBI single to Nick Markakis.Curtis Granderson hit his 34th home run with one out in the ninth off Brian Matusz for the Yankees only run.NOTES:-Markakis is 10-for-19 in four games at Yankee Stadium since moving to the leadoff spot.-Omar Quintanilla is in an 0-for-21 slump.-Swisher struck out four times.-Troy Patton, whos been on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle, threw off flat ground on Thursday in Sarasota, Fla. He is not close to returning.-On Saturday, Wei-Yin Chen (12-7, 3.78) faces David Phelps (3-4, 2.96).

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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.