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Orioles fall 7-0 to Red Sox as Rich Hill pitches complete game


Orioles fall 7-0 to Red Sox as Rich Hill pitches complete game

BOSTON— A very long time ago, a fellow named Rich Hill pitched for the Orioles. It was 2009, and Buck Showalter was still a year away from managing the team.

Hill had a hard time with the Orioles, with a 7.80 ERA in 14 games. For six years, Hill bounced to several organizations, and at times effective reliever.

Recently, the Boston Red Sox rescued Hill from the Independent League Long Island Ducks, and in his latest incarnation, he continued to baffle everyone.

The Orioles were continually befuddled by Hill, and lost 7-0 to the Red Sox before 32,411 at Fenway Park on Friday night.

Hill (2-0) allowed just two hits in pitching his first complete game in nine years, retiring 14 in a row after Nolan Reimold’s leadoff single.

Dariel Alvarez led off the ninth with a leadoff single.

“To get two-hit, yeah, that’s disappointing,” Caleb Joseph said. “We ran into a really good performance. The guy’s a veteran. He knows how to pitch.”

With two outs, Chris Davis nearly had a two-run home run, but Mookie Betts leaped far over the fence to rob Davis and give Hill the shutout.

He struck out 10, including Davis twice. Davis has 199 strikeouts, tying his 2013 club record.

Kevin Gausman allowed five runs in five-plus innings. All three batters who walked, scored.

“When he's had a challenging night, obviously it gets multiplied by how well their guy's pitching. And we just didn't make any adjustments to him. We talked about exactly what he's going to do and he did it. Hats off to him. But Gaus, the walks, he gets two outs and I don't know if it's a concentration thing,” Showalter said.

The Orioles (76-77) had won 11 of 15 and gotten themselves to within 3 ½ games of the wild card with 10 to play.

Now, even the time to dream may be over.

“This was a big game for us and I just kind of let my team down,” Gausman said.
Gausman walked Betts with two outs in the third. Dustin Pedroia singled, and Xander Bogaerts’ RBI double scored Betts. Pedroia was thrown out at the plate by J.J. Hardy’ relay from Steve Pearce.

In the fifth, Brock Holt walked, and later scored on Gausman’s wild pitch.

Gausman (3-7) allowed three more runs in the sixth as Pedroia walked and Bogaerts singled before Ortiz’s two-run double.

“I think I let my ego get the best of me, especially to Big Papi. I tried to throw a fastball by him and if I pull back a bit I probably hit my spot. I tried to throw it by him like the pitch before and like I said, left the pitch was too middle and he’s a future Hall of Famer. You just can’t do that,” Gausman said.

T.J. McFarland allowed an inherited runner to score on Holt’s double to give Boston (73-80) a 5-0 lead.

Gausman’s first two runs came with two outs.

“That’s something that I need to figure out. With two outs, I’ve been killing myself. Two outs, walking a guy and giving up a hit and then bringing up a good hitter, you put yourself in a bad situation. Especially putting that leadoff hitter on, it’s one of those tough things. Definitely frustrated and I’m trying to find the answers and just go forward and try to work harder,” Gausman said.

Showalter expected more out of Gausman.

"He gets out of his delivery for a few pitches and next thing you know he's painted himself in a corner. He's got 40 pitches almost after two innings and he really takes away some nights where he could go a lot deeper if he could economize some of that stuff,” Showalter said.

“When he has done it sometimes when he's followed [pitching coach Dave Wallace’s] lead on a couple things, but he gets away from it and just goes into power pitching and that doesn't always work up here."

Brian Matusz, who normally owns Ortiz, was brought in to face him after Bogaerts led off the eighth with a single off Jason Garcia. Ortiz doubled off Matusz, his third of the game, to make it 6-0. Holt’s infield single scored pinchrunner Josh Rutledge.

“Yeah, it’s disappointing. We still feel good. If we go in here and win the next two, you never know what could happen. Yeah, we’ve just got to keep showing up at the park and winning every game. We can’t throw the towel in now just because we lose. There’s still a chance,” Joseph said.

NOTES: The Orioles were shut out for the 10th time. …Wei-Yin Chen (10-7, 3.36) starts on Saturday against Craig Breslow (0-3, 4.53). Breslow will be making his first start after 522 major league relief appearances.

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


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.