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Jimenez gives up seven as Orioles lose again

NEW YORK –- These are desperate times for the Orioles. They got swept in Yankee Stadium for the first time in more than five years. They’ve trailing New York by seven games in the AL East, and they’re not hitting.

“Our guys will punch back,” manager Buck Showalter vows.

They better start soon.

The Orioles (46-48) are two games below .500 for the first time since June 10, and those 18 wins in 23 games last month seems long ago and far away.

Now, their skid is 14 losses in 19 games after their 9-3 loss to the Yankees before 46,875 on Thursday.

“We’re not disappointed or frustrated. We got beat. Stop crying. That’s what I’m sick and tired of, man. Stop crying. Nobody in the clubhouse crying. We got beat. It’s a very good team over there. Go to Tampa and do what we’ve gotta go. There’s 60-some, 70-some games left. Nobody’s crying, man,” Adam Jones said.

Jones had a difficult series here, going just 2-for-12, as the Orioles offense sputtered.

“We didn't do the things we needed. It's frustrating,” Showalter said.

After the All-Star break, the Orioles won two of three against the Tigers and then, three losses here.

“The season doesn't stop and the challenges don't end. There's another challenge around every corner and that's what professionals have to do at this level is put the good things like Detroit behind them and the bad things that happened here,” Showalter said.

For the first half of the season, Ubaldo Jimenez could be depended upon to deliver a solid performance.

Something’s happened to him in the second half.

In his two starts since the All-Star break, Jimenez (7-6) has allowed 14 runs in seven innings. He had an awful first inning, giving up four runs as New York (52-41) batted around. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Jimenez struck out Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran flied to short left.

Chase Headley hit a long double to center, scoring three. Headley took third on a throw home, and scored on Didi Gregorius’ single to right.

“I put myself in trouble. I walked two guys and then I got two huge outs, and I didn’t get out of the inning,” Jimenez said.

It was the second straight rocky first inning for an Orioles starter. On Wednesday night, Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in the first.

Chris Davis homered to lead off the second, his 21st of the season. He homered in his last at-bat on Wednesday night.

Ellsbury got the run back in the second, leading off with his third of the season, and in the third, Jimenez was done.

“I was falling behind in the count. I kept throwing in the fat part of the plate, missing a lot right down the middle, and they took advantage of that,” Jimenez said.

With one out Gregorius singled. John Ryan Murphy singled, too, and Gregorius scored on Stephen Drew’s double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Jimenez, whose line was seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. It equaled Jimenez’s shortest start with the Orioles.

“His command's been bothering him a little bit. He's been wild in the strike zone. It's not like he's walking a bunch of people. He's a pitch away from getting out of that first inning and we're on our way, but he got a fastball right on the center of the plate to Headley and he paid a price. We just haven't swung the bats very well, either. They pitched well but it's been a combination of both,” Showalter said.

Hunter retired all five batters he faced, and Bud Norris gave up a two-run double to Ellsbury in the fifth to give New York a 9-1 lead.

The Orioles (46-48), who are two games under .500 for the first time since June 10, did little against Masahiro Tanaka (7-3).

Tanaka pitched 7 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked none. Davis was the only baserunner to reach in the first five innings. Besides his home run, he hit a fly ball to Gardner that he didn’t come close to catching for a two-base error in the fourth.

Jimmy Paredes doubled with one out in the sixth. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado homered in the eighth, the sixth for Hardy, and the 21st for Machado.

Jimenez says the clubhouse isn’t happy, but the team must press on.

“It’s not good. We came over here looking forward to winning the series, trying to keep it close, and then we lost three games. It’s hard, but we have to keep going,” Jimenez said.

COMING UP: Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.96) faces Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Tampa Bay.

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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.

FOR STARTERS

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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