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Orioles go home happy with second straight win, 5-3

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Orioles go home happy with second straight win, 5-3

NEW YORK — Before Tuesday night’s game, Buck Showalter remarked that he’d like to see his team win 15 straight and make some noise in the playoff chase.

The Orioles are still far from winning that many in a row, but won their second straight and captured their first series since mid-August with a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees before 30,038 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

“We are going to try to win out. We take every day as a start. I tell them all the time in advance meetings: “Today is an opportunity to do the things we are capable of doing,’” Showalter said.

Ubaldo Jimenez completed seven innings, the first starter since Kevin Gausman did that on Aug. 23, to pick up the win.

Jimenez (11-9) has won two straight for the first time since he won four consecutive starts in June, and five days after walking six in Toronto, he didn’t walk any.

“You want to go with everything you have for the last month of the season. I know things haven’t been the way we want them to after the second half (started). But you have to finish strong. You have to go with everything you have until the last day,” Jimenez said.

In seven, Jimenez allowed three runs on four hits, striking out eight and hitting a batter.

Jimenez believes that many have counted the Orioles out prematurely.

“That’s the way you have to think. You can’t be thinking that we’re out of it. You have to take every game like it’s your last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.

Steve Pearce homered in the eighth for the go-ahead run.

Darren O’Day worked a perfect eighth, and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.

The Orioles’ last series win came when they swept Oakland Aug. 14-17.

“We found a lot of things the last couple of nights that looks like the things that we did this season to be in first place and be more competitive and things we’ve done the last three or four years,” Showalter said.

Nolan Reimold led the game off with a walk off CC Sabathia. After two infield outs, Reimold scored on Chris Davis’ single to left.

Carlos Beltran’s 15th home run of the year off Jimenez (11-9) with two outs in the first tied it at 1.

In the bottom of the third, Jimenez hit Didi Gregorius with a pitch. Stephen Drew singled. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to short, but J.J. Hardy could get only one out after bobbling the grounder. With two outs, Beltran’s single gave New York (77-61) a 3-1 lead.

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After Sabathia launched a pitch over Davis’ head to start the fourth, he walked. Jonathan Schoop singled, but the Orioles couldn’t score.

Dariel Alvarez began the fifth with a walk and Reimold singled. Both moved over a base on Gerardo Parra’s bunt. With two outs, Davis was plunked by Sabathia to load the bases.

Against Adam Warren, Schoop hit a grounder to third. Drew muffed Chase Headley’s throw for an error allowing Alvarez and Reimold to score for a 3-3 tie.

Jimenez retired 12 straight until Dustin Ackley doubled with two outs in the seventh, and an out later, he finished the inning.

He believes he’s ready for a roll like the one he was on in June.

“I feel like my mechanics are better, it’s like how I was in the first half. I get on the mound and try to get people out. I’m not thinking about mechanics right now,” Jimenez said.

Pearce, who was robbed of an extra-base hit by Ackley in left field in the second, homered off Warren (6-6) with one out in the eighth, and the Orioles (67-72) led 4-3.

It was the first time Pearce hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later with the Orioles.

“We’re all backed into a corner,” Pearce said. “We know we're a long shot but we're still not out of this thing."

Davis, who reached base in each of his five at-bats, hit a ground-rule double in the ninth for a 5-3 lead. He singled, doubled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

NOTES: With his eight strikeouts, Jimenez passed Orioles special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez for ninth place on the all-time strikeout list for pitchers born in the Dominican Republic with 1,434. … The Orioles are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with Kansas City on Friday. Danny Duffy (7-7, 4.17) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.19). … Delmarva 3B Jomar Reyes was the second pick in the Dominican Winter League draft by Licey. … Manny Machado has reached base in 21 straight games against the Yankees, the longest by an Oriole since Brian Roberts in 2008-09. 

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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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