NEW YORK Joe Saunders and Chris Tillman both sat next to each other in the interview room before Wednesdays Game 3. One of them will start Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Thursday, Neither knows who will start.We were kind of hoping you would tell us because we dont know yet, Saunders cracked to a reporter.Well see how tonight goes, manager Buck Showalter said. Whoever it is, me or Chris, were going to go out there and do our job, Saunders said.Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts since he was acquired by the Orioles in late August, won the Wild Card Game in Texas last Friday.Tillman, who was 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA, pitched last Wednesday in Tampa Bay.I think our trusts us, and either way we go, I feel like we can get the get the job done, Tillman said.Tillman hasnt yet pitched in the postseason, and for the first two games, hes been in the bullpen watching.The intensity was huge, Tillman said. I think youve just got to treat it like another start. You cant put too much pressure on yourself. Its not fair to yourself, not fair to your team.Saunders has only pitched once at Yankee Stadium, earning a win, allowing two runs in six innings.If hes given the assignment, hell treat like a start in May.You have to approach it like its just another game. If you try to do too much, put too much pressure on yourself, youre going to runn into problems and things are going to snowball on you, Saunders said.Tillman is 2-2 with a 9.95 ERA in five starts. His team has won six of nine times this year at Yankee StadiumIts fun playing here, Tillman said.I think we all enjoy playing here as well. Its one of the nicer stadiums we get to go to, but from a player standpoint you get on the field, I think we focus on what we need to do and not buy into all that stuff.If theres a Game 5, it would be Jason Hammel against CC Sabathia. Hammel threw some before Wednesdays game.
The Baltimore Orioles are now on a five-game losing streak after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.
Here's the latest news about the Orioles, who are now 21-50:
In adding to his All-Star caliber season, Trey Mancini hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday. Mancini is averaging .305/.358/.564 this season with the aforementioned 15 home runs and 34 RBI.
RHP Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday. He has a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.
To add to the Orioles' pitcher woes, RHP David Hess is being moved the starting rotation into the bullpen. He is 1-9 on the season with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance.
Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Orioles later this week.
Mychal Givens gave up the game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. The 29-year-old right-hander has converted just 6-of-11 save opportunities this year and owns an undesirable 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings.
Hanser Alberto went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI singles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The infielder is hitting .310/.327/.384 with three home runs and 16 RBI over the course of 56 games played.
Marcus Walden blew his second save of the season by allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's win. In 39 2/3 innings this season, Walden is pitching to a 2.50 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 43/10 K/BB ratio and has gone 1-of-3 in save chances.
Marco Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Orioles. Hernandez has now picked up six hits (four of the extra-base variety) in 24 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 8.
Chris Sale delivered another dominant performance in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over six innings. Sale now has a 3.49 ERA to go with a 0.97 WHIP and 130/21 K/BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings.
RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL
SP Andrew Cashner: Knee, sidelined
OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL
OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL
SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL
SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL
DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL
Monday 6/17: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
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Best Father's Day surprise 🧡🧡🧡 pic.twitter.com/l0NA2fvXiQ— NBCSports Washington (@NBCSWashington) June 16, 2019
Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.
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