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Jimenez, Tillman help Orioles pull out double shutout

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Jimenez, Tillman help Orioles pull out double shutout

BALTIMORE –- No one likes to play doubleheaders, Buck Showalter says. If the Orioles have to play two, the outcome couldn’t be any better than Sunday.

The Orioles not only swept the Cleveland Indians, they recorded shutouts in both games of the day/night doubleheader. The 4-0 win in the afternoon game and the 8-0 win in the night game were the first doubleheader shutouts by the Orioles since Sept. 6, 1974 in Cleveland, according to STATS.

Many of the 40,006 who came to Oriole Park on Sunday night were there to collect Buck Showalter Garden Gnomes.

They saw Chris Tillman allow just four hits in seven innings. Tillman bounced back from a horrible start in Toronto a week ago when he recorded just four outs and was charged with six runs.

Tillman and the first game starter, Ubaldo Jimenez, combined to throw 15 shutout innings, allowing eight hits, striking out 13 without a walk.

Showalter, who has tried to ignore the publicity surrounding the gnome, conceded that managing was better when starting pitching is that dominant.

“It's a lot easier. I don't take for granted how hard that is.” Showalter said.

T.J. McFarland, who served as the 26th man in the second game and was returned to Norfolk after the game, pitched two scoreless innings to finish the shutout.

The Orioles (41-34) have won four straight and are 18-4 since June 4.

Toru Murata, recalled to serve as the 26th man for the second game retired the first five Orioles hitters before Travis Snider reached on an error by second baseman Jason Kipnis. J.J. Hardy doubled, and both scored when Ryan Flaherty slapped a single to right field.

Chris Davis hit his 16th home run to lead off the fourth, and with one out Travis Snider hit his third for a 4-0 lead.

After Murata (0-1) walked J.J. Hardy, Marc Rzepczynski walked David Lough with two outs, and former Orioles reliever Ryan Webb served up a two-run double to Manny Machado and a two-run home run by Chris Parmelee for an 8-0 lead.

Snider also starred with the glove, robbing Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor with a sensational, sprawling catch for the second out of the sixth inning. He punctuated the catch by thrusting his glove in the air.

“I feel bad for the left center field grass,” Snider said. “I think I was the most surprised person in the stadium that I caught the ball, so I had to kind of soak it in for a second, make sure it was still in there.”

After the third out, Tillman waited on the field to publicly congratulate him.

“It was awesome, it really was. I was trying let him enjoy that standing O he got, but given the circumstances of the game, these guys had a rough go of it, I want to get back on the mound and show respect to the other team. I talked to him about it. It was fun, it really was fun to watch. He was pumped up about it, and I think all of us were,” Tillman said.
Cleveland is 33-41.

Jimenez (7-3) has won four straight starts and for the only time in his two seasons with the Orioles Jimenez allowed neither a run nor a walk, and it equaled his deepest start with the team.

Jimmy Paredes, who had his fifth straight multi-hit game, hit a two-run home run off Trevor Bauer (6-5) in the third, his ninth of the season.

In the sixth, Machado hit his 15th home run, and the Orioles scored on doubles by Paredes and Davis.

The Orioles move into first place by two percentage points over Tampa Bay for the first time since the season’s early days.

“It's a return for that (good play) but it can be very fleeting. The only thing I look at is the loss column every now and then. I don't pay much attention to the other part of it. See if you can stay engaged and roll the dice in September,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Machado has hit in 10 straight. … Indians manager Terry Francona was ejected in the ninth inning of the second game. … The first game was the 5,000th win in Orioles history. … The Orioles recorded their third sellout of the season in the afternoon game, 45,675… … Adam Jones, who started in center field in the first game for the first time since June 15, didn’t play in the second game. … The Orioles have won seven of their last eight series. They split the other series. … Jimenez has won four straight games for the first time since he won seven straight from May 15-June 17, 2010. …The Orioles open a four-game series with Texas on Monday. Wandy Rodriguez (4-3, 4.06) faces Bud Norris (2-6, 6.70).

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Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a five-game losing streak after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Here's the latest news about the Orioles, who are now 21-50:

Player Notes

ORIOLES:

In adding to his All-Star caliber season, Trey Mancini hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday. Mancini is averaging .305/.358/.564 this season with the aforementioned 15 home runs and 34 RBI.

RHP Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday. He has a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.

To add to the Orioles' pitcher woes, RHP David Hess is being moved the starting rotation into the bullpen. He is 1-9 on the season with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Orioles later this week.

Mychal Givens gave up the game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. The 29-year-old right-hander has converted just 6-of-11 save opportunities this year and owns an undesirable 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI singles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The infielder is hitting .310/.327/.384 with three home runs and 16 RBI over the course of 56 games played. 

RED SOX:

Marcus Walden blew his second save of the season by allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's win. In 39 2/3 innings this season, Walden is pitching to a 2.50 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 43/10 K/BB ratio and has gone 1-of-3 in save chances.

Marco Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Orioles. Hernandez has now picked up six hits (four of the extra-base variety) in 24 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 8.

Chris Sale delivered another dominant performance in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over six innings. Sale now has a 3.49 ERA to go with a 0.97 WHIP and 130/21 K/BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings. 

Injuries

RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

SP Andrew Cashner: Knee, sidelined

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up

Monday 6/17: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

The Orioles helped make one family's Father's Day a day that they will never forget. 

Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.

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