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Gonzalez superb in Orioles' 6-1 win over Yankees

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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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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

The Orioles have finally found their man.

After entering the Winter Meetings without having yet hired their new manager, a rarity in this era of baseball, the Orioles announced Friday that they had hired Brandon Hyde to fill the role.

Hyde joins the organization after spending half a decade in Chicago under Joe Maddon, and many years prior with the Marlins. He has a long background in player development, something that was important to new Orioles GM Mike Elias, which makes sense considering the state of the organization and their upcoming rebuilding process.

Hyde is 45, so he’ll have the opportunity to stick in Baltimore for a long time if he finds success, however, Elias defines it, in the next few seasons. Many times, the manager leading a team as it embarks on an organizational rebuild is not the same one who leads them back into contention, but the Orioles front office will certainly hope Hyde is up to both tasks.
 
“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager, in a statement released Friday.

“Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

Elias was thought to have preferred someone with Major League experience, so as to avoid saddling an up-and-coming manager with multiple 90-plus loss seasons inevitably on the horizon in Baltimore. Hyde technically has experience coaching in the big leagues, though it comes in the form of a single game. The Marlins lost his one game as acting manager 2-1 to the Rays, and Jack McKeon was named interim manager the next day.

Maddon has developed a reputation as a stellar communicator and somebody open to analytics, and it stands to reason that Hyde would follow a similar style of leadership, especially considering how critical those traits are in the eyes of Elias.

Hyde replaces Buck Showalter, a beloved figure in Baltimore after his 8 ½ seasons at the helm brought winning baseball back to a city desperate for relevancy. Showalter’s contract was not renewed at the end of this past season, an understandable decision given his age and how long it will be until the franchise is ready to compete again.

Reports swirled about Hyde being named the 20th manager in franchise history as early as Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, though Elias and the front office were quick to emphasize that nothing was official at the time. In the end, Hyde does end up accepting the job, and he’ll be introduced at a press conference Monday.

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was, along with Hyde, one of six finalists who interviewed for the position, so the Nats won’t be losing a valuable piece of their staff.

The Orioles are in the honeymoon phase of the rebuild, where hope springs eternal and the losses to come haven’t set in yet. Hyde checks all the boxes for what Elias was looking for, and despite his relative inexperience, he’s someone who should excite, if not necessarily inspire, the fanbase in Charm City.

Orioles fans won’t have many exciting acquisitions to cheer on in the near future, but they may have just made one of their most impactful. The O’s finally have their GM-Manager combination set for the foreseeable future, and they’ll hope to experience as much success and more as the previous regime.

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

Orioles new general manager Mike Elias is a busy man out in Las Vegas. Not only is he looking to add much needed talent to Baltimore's roster but he is also searching for a new manager. Elias interviewed six candidates, including Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, for the vacancy. On Monday, Elias said they were “pretty far along in the process.”

Then the reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Orioles had found their man. 

For a second straight year, Joe Maddon's bench coach has landed a managerial job (Davey Martinez). 

But, in the words of College Gameday's Lee Corso "Not so fast my friend!"

Does that mean Hyde is not the manager? Not necessarily. It likely means Elias wants the news to come out on his terms.