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Orioles force fifth game with 2-1 13th inning win over Yankees

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Orioles force fifth game with 2-1 13th inning win over Yankees

NEW YORK  – It was just like so many Yankees-Orioles games this season. This one was different. It had a sense of finality.

If the Orioles had lost, they’d be heading home for the winter. Instead, they get to play another day.

Frustrated by the New York Yankees for 12 innings, the Orioles finally scored in the 13th to force a fifth and deciding game of their American League Division Series with a 2-1 win before 49,307 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

The Yankees and Orioles have played 22 games this season. They’ve each won 11. On Friday at 5:07 p.m. with the series tied at two games each, Jason Hammel and CC Sabathia hook up.

If the Orioles win on Friday, they get to play the Detroit Tigers on Saturday at Comerica Park in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

After losing their first extra-inning game in six months on Wednesday, the Orioles got back into their overtime comfort zone.

"It feels kind of normal, playing close games late, long games,” Nate McLouth said.

“We've played so many of those games that, we haven't come to expect it; we're comfortable in those situations."

Manny Machado led off the 13th with a double off David Phelps. He moved to third on an infield out by McLouth. J.J. Hardy doubled to left to drive in the go-ahead run.

“It was a lot closer than we would have liked, but at least it turned out on the right side," Hardy said.

Hardy was just 2-for-17 before his hit.

“I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the pressure, maybe it's the first time for a lot of us being here. It's funny, but the whole game I was telling myself, 'Don't try to do too much.' I'm trying to calm myself down and that wasn't working, so that at-bat I actually tried to tell myself to do a little bit more,” Hardy said.

Pedro Strop pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Jim Johnson, who allowed the game-tying home run to Raul Ibanez in the ninth inning on Wednesday, retired the Yankees in the 13th for the save.

“It’s the way it’s supposed to be and I’m guessing it’s going to be a one-run game tomorrow,” Johnson said.

With Joe Saunders pitching strongly, the Orioles left six on in the first four innings.

He worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing a run on three hits, walking four and striking out five, and felt the importance of the game.

“It’s pressure, anxiety, but you’ve got to battle through it,” Saunders said.

“You’ve just go to stay yourself, can’t try to do too much. And go out there and battle your tail off. I did that tonight.”

Seven relievers combined to allow just four hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings. Darren O’Day pitched 2 2/3 innings, his most in more than five years. He’s pitched five hitless innings in the series.

“It's the postseason. You've got to make those moves, you've got to get the outs. Yeah, I'm pitching a lot, but that's a good thing when the manager wants you in there,” O’Day said.

Saunders, who’s been in the postseason before, says it doesn’t get easier.

“It’s fun and it’s tense at the same time. I came back out [to the dugout] in the 10th or 11th and it felt like I had pitched yesterday,” Saunders said.

McClouth hit a home run to right field leading off the fifth off Phil Hughes, and saved a possible run in the bottom of the fifth.

With Russell Martin on first and one out, Nix hit a fly ball to left that McLouth made a great running catch on. He fired to Hardy at short, who relayed to first to easily double up Martin.

Derek Jeter doubled leading off the sixth, Ichiro Suzuki moved him to third with a bunt. Mark Teixeira walked. Jeter scored on Robinson Cano’s infield out, tying the score.

From there, it was scoreless, until the Orioles completed the win at 12:08 a.m.

“It’s tough. I can’t say that I know exactly what they’re going through,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“You try to put yourself in their shoes, but it’s just the a real test mentally and emotionally.”

Hammel, who started Game 1, is back for the deciding one.

“There’s no reason to pressure ourselves anymore. We’ve done this a million times this year,” Hammel said.

“It seems like we’ve played these guys to a one-run game every time out. It’s really nothing new.”

Nor is it new for Jim Thome, who’s in his 10th postseason.

“it should be a great night. This whole series has been great. That’s why you play a full series," Thome said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

Beloved former Oriole Nick Markakis is finally being recognized as an All-Star this week in Washington, D.C. at the 89th Midsummer Classic. 

The 34-year-old right fielder waited 12 1/2 Major League Baseball seasons for his name to be called. 

Markakis, who is on his way to having the best season of his career, is batting .323 and leading the NL with 120 hits. He received the most votes of any NL outfielder in fan voting.

A 22-year-old Markakis first arrived in the Orioles clubhouse in 2006 when the average age of the rest of the Orioles’ starting lineup was 32. The now 34-year-old finds himself as one of the oldest on a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at the halfway point of the season and only 1/2 game back from the first-place Phillies.  

MLB announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, which features Markakis batting 7th and playing right field for the National League. 

Catch Markakis and the rest of the field in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at 8 p.m. on FOX. 

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.

STREAKY

Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.