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Orioles have a nothing weekend in Boston, literally


Orioles have a nothing weekend in Boston, literally

BOSTON – After a lost weekend in Boston when the Orioles suffered three consecutive shutouts for the first time since July 29-31, 1957, there’s little for them to play for.

Their faint playoff hopes they came here with after winning 11 of 15 and sweeping the Nationals, are gone after a silent three games here.

Seven games remain, and the Orioles must win six of them to end the year with a winning record, and five to simply finish .500

“You want to be a winning team, but if you’re not in the playoffs what does a winning season mean?” Zach Britton said.

“Our goal is not to be a winning club, it’s to be the club that wins the World Series. Maybe if you’re talking to me five years ago, then yeah, OK, we’re happy with .500 or over .500. But not now, not after being in the ALCS last year. This is unacceptable to our standards. No matter any way you cut it, if we’re not in the postseason this year, it’s a disappointment.”

The disappointment continued on Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox before 33,306 at Fenway Park.

On Monday, the Orioles (76-79) begin a seven-game homestand against the Blue Jays and Yankees.

“Guys are realistic in there, but at the same time, we’re not thinking that we’re done. We have seven games left and if anything you’re playing for pride and you’re playing to make it tougher on Toronto and New York. Toronto has clinched a playoff spot, but New York hasn’t. We don’t want anybody celebrating on our field and that’s the mindset we’re taking into this homestand,” Britton said.

How bad was the weekend?

The Orioles were swept in Boston for the first time since July 7-10, 2011. At least that was a four-game sweep.

The trio of shutouts were their first since Chicago and Cleveland blanked them 58 years ago, and for the only time since the franchise arrived in Baltimore in 1954, they were shut out in three consecutive games by the same team.

On Sunday, Henry Owens joined in the fun that Rich Hill and a bevy of relievers began in blanking the Orioles. Owens (4-3) pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Orioles for the second time in 11 days.

The Orioles had just five hits on Sunday and 12 this weekend with only two for extra bases.

“It happens. This is baseball. Nothing's deflating, man. It's baseball. We're grown men. When you go through tough times you just fight through them. No complaining, no crying about it,” Adam Jones said.

“I don't think anybody's been pressing. We've just been getting our butts kicked.”

Ubaldo Jimenez (12-10) was a hard-luck loser, pitching decently, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings.

“We pitched well enough to win some of these games here,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Britton, who hadn’t pitched in a week because of a strained left lat muscle, threw a scoreless eighth.

Jones returned after missing five games with back spasms and was 1-for-4.

“They had us off-balance the entire series. I know I only played one game, but they had us off-balance. We hit balls hard right at guys. Just nothing to show for it. It happens like that. Previous series we had a lot of balls falling for us in D.C. It's just a game of inches and in this series we didn't get any of those inches,” Jones said.

Chris Davis had a two-out single in the first. That was the Orioles’ only hit in the first five innings. Gerardo Parra walked with two outs in the second, and Nolan Reimold reached on an error in the third.

Manny Machado singled in the sixth, stole second and moved to third on Jones’ single. Steve Pearce’s grounder to third ended the threat.

Boston (75-80) scored a run in the first. Brock Holt walked and moved to third on Xander Bogaerts’ single. Bogaerts was thrown out at second, but moments later Holt scored on a wild pitch.

Blake Swihart led off the third with his third home run of the season, and it was 2-0.

Noe Ramirez, Tommy Layne and Robbie Ross finished the shutout.

“It’s frustrating. Our guys are prepared. They work hard to be prepared. They know exactly what the guy’s going to do, and they’re still able to do it. Everybody’s trying so hard to get it back with one swing, and this game doesn’t work like that,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Hunter Harvey, who was seen by team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs, will see Dr. James Andrews on Oct. 5 for an examination of his right elbow. …The Orioles begin a four-game series with Toronto at home on Monday night. Chris Tillman (10-11, 5.16) starts against Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13).

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

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Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings as Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-1

TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up hits to the first three Baltimore batters Saturday.

The Orioles got just two more hits the rest of the afternoon.

Stroman pitched seven sharp innings for his second win in three starts and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-1 for its sixth straight victory over the struggling Orioles.

"He started working both sides of the plate with his sinker and I think that threw them off a little bit, especially late in counts," Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said. "Overall it was just kind of vintage Stroman."

Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb picked up his major league-worst 13th loss. The Orioles dropped to 1-8 against Toronto this season.

"I absolutely hate seeing that win-loss in parentheses next to my name," Cobb said. "It's sickening."

Stroman (3-7) allowed one run and five hits. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, the first time this season he has topped 100.

Stroman is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month. He went 0-5 in seven starts before the injury.

"Since he's come back from the DL he's been really good," manager John Gibbons said. "I just think he's pitching like he's always pitched."

Stroman said he's focused on forgetting his early season struggles.

"I know I didn't have the first half I wanted but I've always been someone who prides myself on the second half and finishing strong," Stroman said. "That's something I'll look to continue to do this year."

Friend and teammate Devon Travis likes what he's seen from Stroman since the right-hander returned from injury.

"He's got that fire back," Travis said. "He's really under control. I think he's locking in on every single pitch."

Seunghwan Oh worked the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his seventh save in 12 opportunities.

Baltimore scored one run or fewer for the 27th time, the most in the majors.

The first three Orioles batters all singled, although Jonathan Schoop was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. After Adam Jones gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead with an RBI hit to right, Mark Trumbo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Blue Jays answered with a three-run fourth against Cobb, taking advantage of a key Orioles error.

Justin Smoak opened the inning with a walk and, following a video review, was ruled safe at second after Cobb's high throw pulled shortstop Tim Beckham off the base on at attempted force play.

"That's not it in a nutshell but I can understand why that's the focus, a play we haven't been making," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Randal Grichuk followed with an RBI double, a second run scored on Diaz's double play grounder, and Maile capped the rally with an RBI single.

Diaz had four hits Friday, including the game-winning single in the 10th. He went 2 for 3 Saturday with a pair of singles.

The Blue Jays made it 4-1 in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez doubled, advanced on a fly ball and scored on Cobb's balk.

Cobb (2-13) lost his sixth straight decision, allowing four runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings. Showalter said Cobb was removed to avoid worsening a blister on his pitching hand.

"I was only going to have a few more pitches going into the sixth so he felt like the risk-reward was not really worth it," Cobb said.

Grichuk made the defensive play of the game, a running catch on the warning track in left center to retire Trumbo for the first out of the ninth.


Jones and Chris Davis got stuck in an elevator at the team's downtown hotel following Friday night's defeat. Jones documented much of the saga on Instagram. The players and fellow passengers were eventually rescued by Toronto Fire Services staff. The sound system at Rogers Centre played a few bars of Aerosmith's `Love in an Elevator' before Jones batted in the fourth inning Saturday.


Toronto won without hitting a home run for just the third time in 26 games this season.


Orioles: Baltimore is expected to demote a reliever when RHP Andrew Cashner (neck) is activated off the 10-day disabled list Sunday.


Cashner (2-9, 4.56) last pitched July 10, when he allowed five runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings against the Yankees. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29) is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three July starts.

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

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Manny Machado pens goodbye to O's fans on Instagram

Days after being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that captivated much of Major League Baseball, former Oriole Manny Machado took to Instagram to thank the only organization he's ever known. 

The 26-year-old's contract expires at the end of this season, which the Orioles chose not to renew as the last-place club enters a rebuilding phase. 

Machado put up big numbers in the team's first 97 games totaling career-highs in home runs (24), RBIs (65), OBP (.387) and OPS (.962). 

He is expected to play shortstop for a Dodgers club which finished the first half of the season 10 games above .500 in a competitive, tight NL West. 

The Dodgers will pay Machado $6.3 million. 

To my Baltimore family, I’ve spent the last few days trying to figure out how I would say goodbye but there wasn’t an easy way to do it. I first joined this organization at the age of 17 and these past eight years have far exceeded anything I ever could’ve imagined. Throughout the ups and downs, you embraced me unconditionally and you took a kid from Miami and brought me up as one of your own. I’ve enjoyed my time here and you all have played a big part in that!! Thank you Birdland! You are forever in my heart! To the Baltimore Orioles, it has truly been a blessing to put on that uniform every day. To the Angelos Family & Dan Duquette, thank you for making my dreams come true!!! To Buck and the coaching staff, thank you for your commitment and dedication to making me the best player and teammate I can possibly be…I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you. To my teammates, we’ve shared some amazing times with lots of memories & friendships that I’ll cherish forever. Schoopy, I love you bro and I know you will carry the torch!!! ! Much love always, Manny #13

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