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Jones leaves with shoulder injury in Orioles' 8-6 loss

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Jones leaves with shoulder injury in Orioles' 8-6 loss

NEW YORK – Adam Jones never wants to come out of games. Never. And he never wants to be out of the lineup when the Orioles are struggling.

On Monday, Buck Showalter saw something he didn’t like, and removed Jones in the bottom of the eighth inning with right shoulder soreness.

Jones missed eight games in June with a right shoulder injury, and has dealt with a sprained left ankle and tests for concussion-like symptoms in a most difficult year.

With their All-Star center fielder out of the game, the Orioles lost to the New York Yankees 8-6 before 31,039 at Yankee Stadium.

It was their 15th loss in 18 games, and they’ve now dropped into a tie for last place with Boston.

The Orioles (65-72) are seven games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

“I always want to be out there for our players no matter what. if we are going good, going bad it doesn’t matter. I want to always be the guy, the leader on the field. If I'm in the dugout or not playing, I don't feel as if I’m the leader. When I'm out there playing, all the guys they seem to follow suit,” Jones said.

For a guy who hates to come out, 2015 hasn’t been easy.

“It’s been different. Hit 30. Lot of people say when you hit 30 a lot of things change. It’s what happens when you play 150-plus games. Bound to have something down there happen. Run into walls, dive. play the game hard, play it the right way. Body just takes the brunt of it,” Jones said.

Jones says he’ll be playing on Tuesday night. The Orioles, who have now lost nine straight series openers at Yankee Stadium, dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season, get J.J. Hardy back from the disabled list.

Wei-Yin Chen continued to pitch poorly. In his last two starts, he’s allowed 10 runs on 18 hits in 9 2/3 innings. He couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead against New York (77-59).

“I was really expecting a little more. He had six days [rest]. We tried to freshen him up. You’ve all seen with what we’ve done with the starting pitching all year. It’s more of a mental, emotional fatigue people have this time of year,” Showalter said.

Chen took a 4-2 lead into the fifth inning and coughed it up. Alex Rodriguez homered to lead off, his 29th, and the 682nd of his career. With two outs, Chen walked Greg Bird and John Ryan Murphy homered to right field, a two-run shot, and the Orioles were behind 5-4.

Manny Machado’s 27th home run off Justin Wilson (5-0) tied it at 5 in the seventh.

By then, Chen was long gone.

“I think I probably wasn’t in my best shape during the past few starts and when you’re getting into a slump you tend to be over-thinking about stuff and trying to not let anyone hit your pitches. I think that’s kind of a vicious circle there,” Chen said through his translator.

The Orioles haven’t gotten deep starts recently. Not since Kevin Gausman, who worked 6 2/3 on Aug. 28, has a starter even completed six.

“I think every starter, we all want to go deep in the game. But for now I think I can only think about my situation. I can’t think about other people. I think that’s the same for every other starting pitcher,” Chen said.

The Orioles scored four runs off Michael Pineda in the second. Chris Davis led off with a walk. Jimmy Paredes singled, and on an 0-2 pitch, Jonathan Schoop hit his 12th home run of the year for a 3-1 lead.

Machado drove in Nolan Reimold with the fourth run, but Ryan Flaherty was thrown out at the plate.

Jorge Rondon (0-1) pitched a scoreless sixth, but walked Carlos Beltran and after Chris Young singled, Greg Bird hit an 0-2 pitch from Brian Matusz into the Yankees bullpen, and New York (77-59) had an 8-5 lead.

In the eighth, Dellin Betances walked the bases loaded with two outs and struck out Joseph, who slammed his bat and snapped it over his leg in frustration.

“I like that. It shows you are human,” Jones said. “We are not going to go out there and make it look like we are pouting. That’s not the makeup of this team. But I like to see it. It’s a situation where you know he wants to come through.”

Davis’ RBI single off Andrew Miller in the ninth made it 8-6.

NOTES: The Orioles optioned RHP Oliver Drake and outfielder Junior Lake to Norfolk. … LHP Cesar Cabral was outrighted to Norfolk. … Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.59) faces Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.73) on Tuesday night.

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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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