The Orioles no longer fear going to Yankee Stadium.For years, they lost consistently there. This year, they won six of nine in the Bronx, winning two of three in each series. Theyll need to do it again.On Wednesday, the Orioles will have a chance to take a 2-1 lead in their American League Division Series. After Sunday nights disappointing loss, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning, and the bullpen toughened as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 before 48,187 at Oriole Park on Monday night.The Orioles must win two of three to advance to the American League Championship Series.The two out of three in the regular season means nothing now that its the postseason, Adam Jones said.We aint coming back home. Theres no Game 5 in Baltimore.Game 3 will be at 7:37 p.m. on Wednesday. Miguel Gonzalez and Hiroki Kuroda are the pitchers. Game 4 is Thursday, and if there is a fifth game, it will be on Friday night.On Saturday, the American League Championship Series begins at the winner of the Detroit-Oakland series. The Tigers lead 2-0.The Orioles and Yankees have split 20 games18 in the regular season and now two in the Division Series.We know its a tough task ahead of us, but you like the mathematics of it after tonight, manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles win drew a large crowd in the clubhouse, including managing partner Peter Angelos, who walked around, congratulating players. Angelos rarely appears in the clubhouse, and his presence drew a stir.It was the Orioles first home playoff win since Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 8, 1997exactly 15 years ago and Showalters first win in the division series since Oct. 4, 1995 after seven straight losses.The tenor around the Orioles clubhouse is serious, but loose.This aint the regular season. This is the playoffs. This is a whole new ballgame, Robert Andino said.You saw the crowd. This is what its about. The ballpark was extraordinarily loud, and Chen in his first taste of playoff baseball, noticed it.I didnt want to think too much, Chen said through his translator.Chen won his first game since Aug. 19, allowing just two runs, one of the unearned, on eight hits in 6 13 innings. Darren ODay got an out, Brian Matusz got four, and Jim Johnson rebounded from his disastrous performance on Sunday to retire the Yankees in order in the ninth.There was no question Showalter would use Johnson again.The players have to know a manager doesnt live in a what-have-you-done-for-me lately world, Showalter said.After a delay of 40 minutes at the start, Derek Jeter led with a single off Chen. Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. Alex Rodriguez lined to Andino at second, who doubled up Suzuki. Robinson Canos double to right scored Suzuki.Andy Pettitte, who was starting his 43rd postseason game, a record, retired the first six Orioles. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third. With two outs, Andino and Nate McLouth singled. J.J. Hardy walked to load the bases. Andino and McLouth scored on Chris Davis single to right. Jones, who was 2-for-20, singled. Hardy didnt pick up third base coach DeMarlo Hales signal waving him home, and stayed at third.Matt Wieters popped out to leave the bases loaded.Wieters led off the sixth with a double to right-center, and scored on Reynolds RBI single for a 3-1 lead.We're going to concentrate on Wednesday and we'll take it from there. We'll enjoy this one a little bit and then focus on the next game," Wieters said.In the seventh, Eduardo Nunez hit a sinking fly to right that Chris Davis tried to dive for. When the ball eluded him, Nunez smartly turned the play into a double. Jeters single to left scored Nunez to make it 3-2.Suzuki hit into a force, and Darren ODay replaced Chen and struck out A-Rod. Cano was walked intentionally by Matusz. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Nick Swisher, whos now 1-for-20 against Matusz, flied to left to end the inning.In the eighth, Teixeira led off with a single, Martin and Granderson were struck out by Matusz, and Nunez popped to first to end the inning.Pettitte, whose 27 wins against the Orioles in the regular season, is the second-most in history, worked seven-plus innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out four.The Orioles took a train to New York, looking forward to the three-game opportunity.Weve played good baseball there. Thereve been a few times when weve gone down early and were able to battle back, Davis said.
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.
The Orioles have announced that Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and field manager Buck Showalter will not return to the organization in 2019. Duquette and Showalter are currently completing contracts that conclude at the end of the month.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) October 4, 2018
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."
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.
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.
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.
LHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season.