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Jimenez wins 100th game, Orioles beat Nationals 4-1


Jimenez wins 100th game, Orioles beat Nationals 4-1

WASHINGTON –– Ubaldo Jimenez walked out for his postgame interviews dripping with shaving cream. He had something to celebrate.

Jimenez became the 11th pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to record 100 wins on Tuesday night.

His win wasn’t especially artful, but statistically it didn’t look bad. Jimenez walked five, but allowed just three hits and an unearned run in six innings as the Orioles beat the Nationals 4-1 before 27,338 at Nationals Park.

Jimenez (12-9) won his third straight decision and had an RBI single, but it was his milestone win he was eager to talk about.

“It doesn’t matter how you look at it, it’s not easy. You have to go through a lot of tough times, a lot of good times and times you’re probably going to enjoy a lot. Once you get that number, you take a break and you look back and it seems like yesterday when I got to the big leagues. I already have eight years and 100 wins. It’s been a really enjoyable moment,” Jimenez said.

Manager Buck Showalter was happy for Jimenez.

“It’s a big moment for him,” Showalter said. “Sometimes we forget how long and good a career he’s actually had.”

The Orioles (74-76), who were rained out on Monday, had the backing of much of the crowd in this late season “Battle of the Beltway”, but the sense of fun that surrounds these games when they’re played in the warm weather, was absent as fall arrives.

Brad Brach pitched two hitless innings and Darren O’Day got his fourth save. O’Day was used where Zach Britton would normally pitch.

Britton revealed after the game he was suffering from a strained left lat muscle, one he hurt last week against Boston, and Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti have been monitoring the injury.

“Tried to come back and pitch in Tampa and it just kind of fired up again. The thing with Buck and Dave and Dom is they maintain the health of their pitchers probably better than anyone in the game. He doesn't want to risk my health or anybody's health right now at this point in the season. We're coming in every day expecting to be able to pitch and just kind of going day by day,” Britton said.

“But it's been a little bit of a challenge the last few outings to kind of get it to where I want it to be. So trying to nip it in the bud. It shouldn't be anything that lasts for a long time. Everything we've heard from the doctors is it's just a couple days. Kind of go day by day, really. It could just disappear the next day.”
The Orioles scored two runs in the second off Gio Gonzalez. With one out, Caleb Joseph and J.J. Hardy walked. Joseph took third on Junior Lake’s fly ball to right and scored when Jimenez singled to right-center.

It was Jimenez’s second hit and RBI of the season.

Nolan Reimold’s run-scoring single made it 2-0.

A horribly played half-inning by the Orioles led to a Washington (78-72) run in the fourth. Lake playing center in place of the injured Adam Jones, muffed Clint Robinson’s fly ball for a two-base error. Ian Desmond’s infield single put runners on first and third.

Michael A. Taylor popped to short right. Jonathan Schoop, who nearly collided with right fielder Steve Pearce, caught the ball with his back to the infield, wheeled and threw home, holding Robinson at third.

Jose Lobaton bounced to second where Schoop bobbled the ball for an error. Instead of a double play to end the fourth, Robinson scored, and the lead was 2-1.

Manny Machado singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a great slide after Chris Davis’ double. Pearce’s double drove in Davis, and the Orioles led 4-1.

It was Machado’s 500th hit, an impressive accomplishment for a player who turned 23 in July.

“It’s great that it came. I worked hard to get here,” Machado said. “Hopefully, I’ve got many more hits to come. Right now it’s just keep playing baseball. If more hits come, just gonna help the team in whichever way possible. Hopefully I can get more of them.”

Gonzalez (11-8) was removed after 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits.

The Orioles are five games behind Houston for the second wild card.

“I think we have a lot of things going our way. I think everyone’s clicking, everyone’s doing what they need to do, doing their job. I think that’s what it takes to get to where we want to go,” Machado said.

NOTES: The Orioles tied a season high by committing three errors. … Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.19) faces Max Scherzer (12-11, 2.90) on Wednesday night.

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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.