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Orioles earn split with White Sox behind Wright

BALTIMORE –- The Orioles started two rookies in Thursday’s doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. One got the win, and the other one nearly pitched well enough.

Mike Wright picked up his second win by lasting five innings in the second game, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-3 before 18,441 at Oriole Park.

In the first game, Tyler Wilson stopped by long enough to allow two runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss. The Orioles struck out 16 times.

Wilson (1-1), who pitched twice in relief last week, was recalled from Norfolk as the 26th man, and he was returned to the Tides after the game.

"Yeah, that was awesome. Tyler did such a good job. He actually did better than me, but ended up getting the loss,” Wright said.

Wright wasn’t as dazzling as he was in his first two starts when he pitched 14 1/3 shutout innings.

Oliver Drake, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton combined to pitch four hitless innings, though Drake walked three. Britton picked up his 13th save.

Each of the Orioles’ seven relievers worked in the doubleheader, and manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible that he’ll make a change in the bullpen for Friday’s game.

Chris Sale (4-2) worked 7 2/3 shutout innings in the first game, giving up four hits and striking out 12.

Chris Davis hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the ninth to prevent the shutout.

Adam Eaton led off the second game with a home run.
Manny Machado led off the Orioles’ first with a triple off Chris Beck (0-1), who was making his major league debut. With one out, Jimmy Paredes walked. Machado scored on Adam Jones’ infield out, and Davis’ ground-rule double gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

Adam LaRoche’s two-run home run in the third, his fifth of the season, put the White Sox (21-25) ahead 3-2.

With one out in the third, Jones singled, Davis walked and Jones scored on Steve Clevenger’s single to left field. Davis scored on J.J. Hardy’s infield single, and the Orioles (22-24) led 4-3.

Wright (2-0) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

Travis Snider’s first RBI in 21 games scored Ryan Flaherty in the bottom of the sixth. Flaherty doubled, moved to third on David Lough’s bunt and came home when Snider lined a ball just past Emilio Bonifacio at second.

Lough’s infield single scored Clevenger in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.

“Our offense hasn’t been producing [with] people in scoring position, so it’s good that in the last couple of days, we’ve been hitting the ball well when there’s runners on,” Machado said.

Thursday’s doubleheader was necessitated when last month’s riots postponed games of Apr. 27 and 28. The crowdless game of Apr. 29 followed.

Wilson (1-1) allowed two runs in the sixth. Eaton led off with a walk. He scored on Melky Cabrera’s double, and with one out, LaRoche’s double drove home Cabrera.

“That really came down to the ballgame, that inning. I've got to be little bit better to start the inning,” Wilson said.

Wilson did well enough to satisfy Showalter.

“Gave us a chance to win. Just matched up against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale had everything going today,” Showalter said.

Zach Duke struck out Machado in the eighth inning and the third baseman was ejected by home plate umpire Toby Basner after he slammed his bat. Machado asked Basner It was his third career ejection. The 22-year-old doesn’t find it particularly concerning.

“Why would it be? I’ve got hopefully 20 more years in my pocket to play baseball. There’s going to be more where that came from,” Machado said.

Chicago scored a run off Tommy Hunter in the ninth when Tyler Flowers’ fielder’s choice scored J.B. Shuck.

Davis hit two home runs on Wednesday and one in Thursday’s first game.

“I feel good in the box, starting to get some hits and do some things right. I think the last couple weeks I’ve been a little more patient for the most part. I had some game where I was a little too aggressive, but I feel like I’ve walked a lot more and had a little bit better at-bats,” Davis said.
 
Jake Petricka struck out Snider for his first save. Snider was the 16th Orioles batter to strike out.

NOTES: The win tied Showalter with Whitey Herzog for 35th place on the all-time win list for managers with 1,281. … Wei-Yin Chen has been confirmed as Saturday’s starter. The Orioles wanted to see how he did in his side session before they made a decision on him. … The Orioles and Tampa Bay open a three-game series on Friday night. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.83) faces Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.71).

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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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