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Johnson implodes, Yankees take Game 1 in Baltimore


Johnson implodes, Yankees take Game 1 in Baltimore

Jim Johnson walked right to his locker. He knew he cost the Orioles the first game of the Division Series, and as usual, he was meeting his inquisitors with no complaints.There have been very few times this season when Johnson has needed to speak first. When he does his job, as he almost always does, there are others to speak for him.Sadly, this was his night for all the wrong reasons.Entering a game tied at 2 in the ninth, Johnson gave up a home run to Russell Martin on his third pitch, and things only got worse as the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees 7-2 before 47,841 at Oriole Park in Game 1 of their American League Divisional Series.By the time Johnson left, he had faced six batters. Five of them scored.Made a mistake, obviously to Martin and a couple of other mistakes over the middle of the plate. We paid for it obviously, Johnson said.I didn't hold up my end of the bargain.After a delay of nearly two and-a-half hours, the Orange Towel waving crowd screamed on almost every pitch, appreciating the teams first postseason home game in 15 years. Martins home run was followed by soft singles by Raul Ibanez and Derek Jeter, and with Eduardo Nunez pinch-running at third for Ibanez, Suzuki squeezed him home with a bunt single. With one out, Robinson Cano doubled to left to score Jeter and Suzuki, and suddenly, it was a four-run deficit.After Johnson was relieved by Tommy Hunter, Nick Swishers sacrifice fly scored Cano, who moved to third on an error.Only twice this season had Johnson allowed more than two earned runs. He allowed five, one of them unearned in a third of an inning.That's why we play five games. Every time we take the field we compete. We're going to play hard. It's unfortunate to lose the first game, especially at home, but we make it easy now. We're going to battle back and play hard," Johnson said.There have been just a few times when manager Buck Showalter has had to get Johnson.Hes the reason why were out there playing this game tonight, one of the big reasons, Showalter said.Tonight, just wasnt his night.CC Sabathia pitched 8 23 innings, falling short of a complete game when he allowed Lew Fords double with two outs in the ninth on his 120th pitch. Entering this season, Sabathia was 16-2 against the Orioles, but this year was different. Sabathia was 0-2 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts in Baltimore, but the postseason is different.We stayed in it as long as we could. I think we had some opportunities early in the game to push some runs across but were finding out what playoff baseball is all about, Chris Davis said.
Youve got to capitalize on every opportunity you give yourself and we werent really able to do that.
The Orioles scored two runs in the third inning on a two-run single by Nate McLouth, but left seven runners in the final six innings.
It felt like he got a head of a lot of our hitters and obviously staying in the game as long as he did, he kind of wore us down, Davis said.
Sabathia allowed two runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out seven.Jeter hit Jason Hammels second pitch of the game for a single up the middle. Suzuki followed with a double to left-center to score Jeter. The Orioles were quickly retired by Sabathia in the first and second. Hammel, started for the first time since he reinjured his surgically repaired right knee on Sept. 11 and worked until the sixth. He pitched 5 23 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out five.In the third, Davis and Ford began the inning with singles. Both moved up a base on Robert Andinos bunt and scored on McLouths two-run single to right. In the fifth, the Orioles had first and third with one out, but couldnt score. That was their last, best opportunity. We are not even supposed to be here, you know. We are playing with house money. We are going to ride this thing out. They threw their horse tonight, he pitched a great game for them. We had that big hit; we couldnt push nothing across after that, Mark Reynolds said.On Monday night, the teams play Game 2 with Wei-Yin Chen pitching against Andy Pettitte. The teams will head to New York for Game 3 on Wednesday. The Orioles hope there is at least a Thursday.Its one loss and we will forget about tonight and be ready to go tomorrow, Matt Wieters said.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.


Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.


To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.


Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.


Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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