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McLouth's hit gives Orioles 3-2 win over Rays


McLouth's hit gives Orioles 3-2 win over Rays

Two months ago, Nate McLouth was playing before tiny crowds in Norfolk. On Wednesday night, McLouths ninth-inning hit off the right field wall scored Manny Machado with the game-winning run as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 before 26,076 at Oriole Park.Machado led off the ninth with a single to left off Kyle Farnsworth (1-5). Robert Andino bunted him to second and McLouth smacked a ball high off the wall.The Orioles (80-62) began the night in a first-place tie in the AL East.
Tampa Bay (77-65) now trails by three games.Jim Johnson (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win.B.J. Upton homered on the second pitch off Miguel Gonzalez. It was the 22nd home run of the year for Upton, who homered three times on Sunday. Gonzalez has allowed leadoff home runs in three of his five home starts.In the bottom of the first, Nate McLouth and J.J. Hardy led off with singles off Alex Cobb. Adam Jones drove a ball to deep center. Upton ran after it and made a leaping catch to rob Jones.Matt Wieters and Wilson Betemit had RBI singles to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead. The Orioles left the bases loaded and failed to further capitalize on their most promising scoring chance.In the top of the third, Ben Franciscos RBI double tied the score.As the game creeped along, no one could score. The Rays had the bases loaded in the sixth, but Gonzalez escaped.He got through an exhausting six innings, allowing two runs and six hits, walking five and striking out four.Darren ODay had runners on first and second in the seventh with two outs and struck out Francisco.The Orioles had fewer chances. Cobb was yanked with first and second in the fifth in favor of Jake McGee, who struck out all four Orioles he faced.Wade Davis fanned two of his three in the seventh.In the eighth, Wieters doubled and Mark Reynolds walked with two outs, but Chris Davis popped to right against Joel Peralta for the third out.In the top of the ninth, Jeff Keppinger singled, stole second on a very close play, and with two outs, Evan Longoria rolled a ball to Machado at third.Machado knew he couldnt get Longoria at first, but alertly saw that pinchrunner Rich Thompson had made too wide a turn around third.
Machado flipped the ball to J.J. Hardy, and Thompson was caught in a rundown for the third out.NOTES:-Jones has a 10-game hitting streak.-Jim Thome (herniated disc) has improved enough so that he may start batting in Instructional League games in Sarasota, Fla. over the next few days. Troy Patton (sprained right ankle) may be pitching in games, Showalter said.-Wei-Yin Chen (12-9, 4.06) faces Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.33) on Thursday afternoon. Game time is 12:35 p .m.

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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.