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Jones' injury keeps him out for second straight night


Jones' injury keeps him out for second straight night

PHILADELPHIA – For the second time in the last three weeks, Adam Jones is out of the lineup for consecutive games. Jones had an MRI on his right shoulder on Tuesday, and said he hopes to play on Thursday.

Manager Buck Showalter rattled off several different nagging injuries on Tuesday, but for now the Orioles says it’s just one annoying one.

“You can point to a bunch of different things, but right now my shoulder's bothering me. I dove the other night, didn't feel too good. It's feeling a lot better today, so hopefully I'm in there tomorrow,” Jones said

Jones is always trying to talk himself back in the lineup, but Showalter knows that isn’t always the best thing.

“I'm really wanting to get him back to 100 percent. I think it's a good little...with all the nagging things he has - the ankle, the shin, the toe, and now this, the schedule gives us a chance to give him a couple days. Maybe three. I don't know. We'll see how it feels,” Showalter said.

“I think I'm more concerned, not concerned, about his shoulder throwing-wise. I want to make sure that's OK. The doctor said if we can give him a couple days and let it get completely back... So maybe two, maybe three days. I'm hoping that's what it is. No more than that."

Jones said he would be available in an emergency.


“I told him I am. He knows me. I try to be tough, but try to be human somedays against my own will. I'll be back out there tomorrow, I hope,” Jones said.

The last time he missed consecutive games, he was the designated hitter in the next one. That avenue isn’t available to Showalter for the next two games because the Orioles are in a National League park.

"I believe I could DH. But even then, it was an American League game yesterday. I mean, we've got guys swinging the bat good. There's no reason for me to go out there and try to be Superman. Let my body heal,” Jones said.

Jones always plays hard, but says as he nears 30, it’s harder.

“A lot more responsibility, I think, but being banged up, I might be. Last year in my twenties has been tough (laughs). You’ve just got to roll with the punches, take the grind as it comes. I’m not on the DL. I missed time being on the DL in the beginning of my career, so I’m in that stage, so I’m not as banged up as I think,” Jones said.

“I played through a lot of stuff this year already. It's frustrating so far because you're banged up a little bit, but it's part of the game, man. There are no reasons why it's happen and no reasons why it's not. Just got to roll with the punches and make sure that I'm healthy and not trying to hurt my body."

Jones said the sprained ankle that caused him to miss the two games last month still bothers him.

“You ain’t going to lose the feeling in your ankle. I still feel the ankle in ’09 when I sprained it. You don’t lose that kind of thing. When I’m done playing this game, hopefully 10 years from now, whatever injuries I’m leaving the game with, I’m going to keep them. I’m not going to get any more treatments. I’m not going to see one doctor. I’m done. It’s just the grind. I wouldn’t take any of it for granted. It’s part of it. I’m going to have some good stories to tell my grandkids and my kids when I’m limping,” Jones said.

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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.