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Orioles end homestand with 6-3 loss to Red Sox

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Orioles end homestand with 6-3 loss to Red Sox

Chris Tillman had the opportunity to continue his outstanding string of starts. He didnt.Tillman, who had won four straight before losing his last start on Saturday, reverted to the pre-2012 pitcher. He threw an incredible number of pitches, worked hard and had nothing to show for it.His sloppy pitching set a negative tone, and after he left the game, Luis Ayala allowed three runs in the sixth to the Boston Red Sox as they beast the Orioles 6-3 before 25,483 at Oriole Park on Thursday night.The loss was just the third on the longest homestand of the season. The Orioles won seven of 10 and now face a most challenging six-game road trip to Detroit and Texas.With a 64-54 record, theyre still very much in the wild card hunt. The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first off Clay Buchholz (11-3). Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy began the inning with singles. Both moved up on Nate McLouths infield out and scored on Adam Jones double. The Red Sox (58-61) got a run back in the second. With two outs, Nick Punto walked. Pedro Ciriaco walked, and Scott Podsednik singled to walk Punto.Mark Reynolds continued his hot hitting by leading off the second with his 12th home run and fourth in six games to make it 3-1.Buchholz, whos 7-3 against the Orioles has won seven of his last eight decisions over the past three months.Once he got out of the second after Omar Quintanilla was gunned out at home by Cody Ross, Buchholz cruised.He allowed just two hits over the next six innings. In eight innings, he allowed three runs and eight hits. Buchholz struck out seven and walked three. Tillman labored into the fifth. With one out, Carl Crawford singled. Dustin Pedroia doubled Crawford to third, and he scored on Tillmans wild pitch. Pedroia tied the score on Adrian Gonzalezs fly ball. That was Tillmans 110th and final pitch of the game. He threw 4 23 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five and threw two wild pitches.After Kevin Gregg finished the fifth, Ayala started the sixth.Podsednik doubled with one out, Jacoby Ellsbury walked. Crawford hit into a fielders choice, then stole second. With runners on second and third, Pedroia dribbled a ball to third. Manny Machado couldnt handle it, and Podsednik scored. Adrian Gonzalez and Ross both had RBI singles off Ayala (4-4), and Boston led 6-3.Alfredo Aceves struck out the side in the ninth for his 24th save of the season.NOTES:-Steve Johnson pitched the eighth and ninth innings. He was scheduled as Saturdays starter, but Zach Britton may be recalled from Norfolk to start then instead.-Adam Jones was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season.-Ellsbury was hitless in four at-bats and his 38-game hitting streak against the Orioles ends.-The Orioles hit into double plays in the second, third and fourth innings.-The Orioles open a three-game series in Detroit on Friday. Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.54) and Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.46) are scheduled to pitch.

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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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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.

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