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Orioles roll on with 5-3 win over Red Sox


Orioles roll on with 5-3 win over Red Sox

Sometimes, things just cant be explained.Before Wednesdays game, Buck Showalter admitted that the Orioles had been lucky in some ways, especially defensively.Ill be the first to tell you: We were fortunate with the things we were doing at certain positions to win some of the games we won, Showalter said.In recent days, with the arrival of Manny Machado at third base, the defense has tightened up and the magic continues.Bostons Aaron Cook had no-hit the Orioles for five innings. In the sixth against four Red Sox pitchers, the Orioles scratched out five runs on their way to a 5-3 win before 22,259 at Oriole Park.The win was Baltimores ninth in 11 games. Their 64-53 record puts them first in the AL wild card chase. They havent been 11 games over .500 since June 18.Cook took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, but that quickly disappeared. Nick Markakis walked with one out. J.J. Hardy singled, and Nate McLouth scored Markakis. Adam Jones bounced back to Cook, but his throw was into center field to score Hardy to tie the score at 2.After Matt Wieters doubled to score McLouth, Davis hit a grounder to second. On Dustin Pedroias throw to home. Jones barreled into Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but the Bostonian held onto the ball for the second out. Mark Reynolds two-run double made it 5-2.Cook (3-6) was charged with all five runs, three of them unearned in 5 13 innings.Miguel Gonzalez (5-2) was the winner. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.Gonzalez could have been the loser, but the five-run inning gave him the win.The Red Sox (57-61) scored two runs off Gonzalez in the fifth. Scott Podsednik led off with a single. He moved to second on a single by Nick Punto. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to scored Podsednik, and Punto scored on Carl Crawfords fly to center. J.C. Romero relieved Gonzalez in the seventh and committed an error that led to a run. Luis Ayala, Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson finished with 2 13 perfect innings. Johnson picked up his 35th save of the game. NOTES: -Strop recorded his 17th straight scoreless appearance. Hes pitched 16 13 shutout innings since July 3.-Bostons Adrian Gonzalez and manager Bobby Valentine were ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the top of the eighth.-Ellsbury has hit in 38 straight games against the Orioles-If Wilson Betemit is put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist, Joe Mahoney is a possible callup from Norfolk. Mahoney is a left-handed hitting first baseman, who had a brief audition with the team early last month. -Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.40) and Clay Buchholz (10-3, 4.24) are the probable pitchers for Thursday.

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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.