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Orioles beat Yankees in 13, force Game 5 of ALDS

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Orioles beat Yankees in 13, force Game 5 of ALDS

NEW YORK  – It was just like so many Yankees-Orioles games this season. This one was different. It had a sense of finality.
 

If the Orioles had lost, they’d be heading home for the winter. Instead, they get to play another day.
 

Frustrated by the New York Yankees for 12 innings, the Orioles finally scored in the 13th to force a fifth and deciding game of their American League Division Series with a 2-1 win before 49,307 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
 

The Yankees and Orioles have played 22 games this season. They’ve each won 11. On Friday at 5:07 p.m. with the series tied at two games each, Jason Hammel and CC Sabathia hook up.
 

If the Orioles win on Friday, they get to play the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Comerica Park in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
 

After losing their first extra-inning game in six months on Wednesday, the Orioles got back into their overtime comfort zone.
 

"It feels kind of normal, playing close games late, long games,” Nate McLouth said.
 

“We've played so many of those games that, we haven't come to expect it; we're comfortable in those situations."
 

Manny Machado led off the 13th with a double off David Phelps. He moved to third on an infield out by McLouth. J.J. Hardy doubled to left to drive in the go-ahead run.
 

“It was a lot closer than we would have liked, but at least it turned out on the right side," Hardy said.
 

Hardy was just 2-for-17 before his hit.
 

“I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the pressure, maybe it's the first time for a lot of us being here. It's funny, but the whole game I was telling myself, 'Don't try to do too much.' I'm trying to calm myself down and that wasn't working, so that at-bat I actually tried to tell myself to do a little bit more,” Hardy said.
 

Pedro Strop pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Jim Johnson, who allowed the game-tying home run to Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning on Wednesday, retired the Yankees in the 13th for the save.
 

“It’s the way it’s supposed to be and I’m guessing it’s going to be a one-run game tomorrow,” Johnson said.
 

With Joe Saunders pitching strongly, the Orioles left six on in the first four innings.
 

He worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five, and felt the importance of the game.
 

“It’s pressure, anxiety, but you’ve got to battle through it,” Saunders said.
 

“You’ve just go to stay yourself, can’t try to do too much. And go out there and battle your tail off. I did that tonight.”
 

Seven relievers combined to allow just four hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Darren O’Day pitched 2 2/3 innings, his most in more than five years. He’s pitched five hitless innings in the series.
 

“It's the postseason. You've got to make those moves, you've got to get the outs. Yeah, I'm pitching a lot, but that's a good thing when the manager wants you in there,” O’Day said.
 

Saunders, who’s been in the postseason before, says it doesn’t get easier.
 

“It’s fun and it’s tense at the same time. I came back out [to the dugout] in the 10th or 11th and it felt like I had pitched yesterday,” Saunders said.
 

McClouth hit a home run to right field leading off the fifth off Phil Hughes, and saved a possible run in the bottom of the fifth.
 

With Russell Martin on first and one out, Nix hit a fly ball to left that McLouth made a great running catch on. He fired to Hardy at short, who relayed to first to easily double up Martin.
 

Derek Jeter doubled leading off the sixth, Ichiro Suzuki moved him to third with a bunt. Mark Teixeira walked. Jeter scored on Robinson Cano’s infield out, tying the score.
 

From there, it was scoreless, until the Orioles completed the win at 12:08 a.m.
 

“It’s tough. I can’t say that I know exactly what they’re going through,” manager Buck Showalter said.
 

“You try to put yourself in their shoes, but it’s just the a real test mentally and emotionally.”
 

Hammel, who started Game 1, is back for the deciding one.
 

“There’s no reason to pressure ourselves anymore. We’ve done this a million times this year,” Hammel said.
 

“It seems like we’ve played these guys to a one-run game every time out. It’s really nothing new.”
 

Nor is it new for Jim Thome, who’s in his 10th postseason.
 

“it should be a great night. This whole series has been great. That’s why you play a full series.

 

 

 

 

 

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Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

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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.

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