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Orioles cut Yankees lead to two with 8-3 win

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Orioles cut Yankees lead to two with 8-3 win

NEW YORK After three innings, Chris Tillman was suddenly out of the game. His right elbow had stiffened. All season long, Orioles pitchers have been notably free of injuries to their arms, shoulders and elbows. That may not be the case now.Enter Randy Wolf. Activated on Friday, Wolf was making just his sixth relief appearance in 14 major league seasons. Wolf allowed a run and three hits in 3 13 innings as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-3 before 46,501 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.The Orioles (74-59) won two of three this weekend and leave New York just two games behind the Yankees (76-57) in the AL East.Tillman, who entered the game with a 10.69 ERA in four career starts at Yankee Stadium, allowed a two-run home run to Chris Dickerson in the second.Dickerson started because Curtis Granderson injured his right hamstring on Saturday. His home run came on his first at-bat of the season. Tillman allowed two runs, two hits, walked two, struck out two and allowed a pair of wild pitches in his three innings.He was replaced by Wolf (1-0), who allowed an RBI single to Nick Swisher in the fifth. Wolf walked one and struck out one.Phil Hughes (13-12) held the Orioles to two singles in the first four singles. Mark Reynolds hit a long home run to left, his 15th of the season, and third of the series to lead off the fifth.In the sixth, Nate McLouth walked, Adam Jones singled and Matt Wieters singled to score McLouth. Reynolds followed with another home run to left for a 5-3 lead. It was his second two-home run game of the series.In the seventh, with Markakis at first, Jones hit a long fly ball that Dickerson leaped for and caught, robbing him of a home run. Jones stood between first and second in disbelief.In the seventh, Wolf gave up a leadoff single to Ichiro Suzuki. After Andruw Jones flied to right, Luis Ayala replaced Wolf and hit Jayson Nix with a pitch. Derek Jeter hit into a double play to end the inning.The Orioles scored three runs against five New York pitchers in the
eighth on a bases-loaded walk to Robert Andino and a two-run single by Markakis.

NOTE: -Markakis is 13-for-26 in six games at Yankee Stadium since being moved to leadoff.-Wieters became the first Oriole to hit in his first 14 games of the season against the Yankees.-The Orioles begin a three-game series in Toronto on Monday afternoon. Joe Saunders (0-1, 10.13) faces J.A. Happ (3-1, 4.58). It will be the Orioles fourth afternoon game in the past five days.

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

The Orioles have finally found their man.

After entering the Winter Meetings without having yet hired their new manager, a rarity in this era of baseball, the Orioles announced Friday that they had hired Brandon Hyde to fill the role.

Hyde joins the organization after spending half a decade in Chicago under Joe Maddon, and many years prior with the Marlins. He has a long background in player development, something that was important to new Orioles GM Mike Elias, which makes sense considering the state of the organization and their upcoming rebuilding process.

Hyde is 45, so he’ll have the opportunity to stick in Baltimore for a long time if he finds success, however, Elias defines it, in the next few seasons. Many times, the manager leading a team as it embarks on an organizational rebuild is not the same one who leads them back into contention, but the Orioles front office will certainly hope Hyde is up to both tasks.
 
“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager, in a statement released Friday.

“Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

Elias was thought to have preferred someone with Major League experience, so as to avoid saddling an up-and-coming manager with multiple 90-plus loss seasons inevitably on the horizon in Baltimore. Hyde technically has experience coaching in the big leagues, though it comes in the form of a single game. The Marlins lost his one game as acting manager 2-1 to the Rays, and Jack McKeon was named interim manager the next day.

Maddon has developed a reputation as a stellar communicator and somebody open to analytics, and it stands to reason that Hyde would follow a similar style of leadership, especially considering how critical those traits are in the eyes of Elias.

Hyde replaces Buck Showalter, a beloved figure in Baltimore after his 8 ½ seasons at the helm brought winning baseball back to a city desperate for relevancy. Showalter’s contract was not renewed at the end of this past season, an understandable decision given his age and how long it will be until the franchise is ready to compete again.

Reports swirled about Hyde being named the 20th manager in franchise history as early as Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, though Elias and the front office were quick to emphasize that nothing was official at the time. In the end, Hyde does end up accepting the job, and he’ll be introduced at a press conference Monday.

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was, along with Hyde, one of six finalists who interviewed for the position, so the Nats won’t be losing a valuable piece of their staff.

The Orioles are in the honeymoon phase of the rebuild, where hope springs eternal and the losses to come haven’t set in yet. Hyde checks all the boxes for what Elias was looking for, and despite his relative inexperience, he’s someone who should excite, if not necessarily inspire, the fanbase in Charm City.

Orioles fans won’t have many exciting acquisitions to cheer on in the near future, but they may have just made one of their most impactful. The O’s finally have their GM-Manager combination set for the foreseeable future, and they’ll hope to experience as much success and more as the previous regime.

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

Orioles new general manager Mike Elias is a busy man out in Las Vegas. Not only is he looking to add much needed talent to Baltimore's roster but he is also searching for a new manager. Elias interviewed six candidates, including Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, for the vacancy. On Monday, Elias said they were “pretty far along in the process.”

Then the reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Orioles had found their man. 

For a second straight year, Joe Maddon's bench coach has landed a managerial job (Davey Martinez). 

But, in the words of College Gameday's Lee Corso "Not so fast my friend!"

Does that mean Hyde is not the manager? Not necessarily. It likely means Elias wants the news to come out on his terms.