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Orioles sweep Yankees, within one win of 500


Orioles sweep Yankees, within one win of 500

BALTIMORE – The Orioles come back on Sunday with something to play for—a .500 record. After their doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees, the Orioles are within one win of their fourth straight non-losing season.

Saturday night’s 4-3 win over New York before 35,198 at Oriole Park was their fourth straight.

Tied at 3 in the bottom of the eighth. Paul Janish singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch by Dellin Betances (6-4), moved to third on a bunt single by Gerardo Parra and scored on another wild pitch and the Orioles (80-81) led 4-3.

Parra had six hits in the doubleheader.

T.J. McFarland (2-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 36th save.

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled through six innings, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two hit batters.

Manny Machado homered in the third, his 35th of the year. He homered in the first game, too. It was the fourth straight game he’s hit a home run. He’s the second player in team history with 100 runs, 30 homers and 20 stolen bases. Brady Anderson in 1996 was the other.

“I don’t know what else you can ask a guy to do. He’s stolen a base for us, he’s played as good of defense as you can play, he helped us in the one hole when we had a need there. And I think you are seeing a guy evolve into somebody capable of hitting some other spots in the order. And that’s kind of how you hope the process goes when you first bring him up,” Showalter said.

Nolan Reimold had a leadoff homer in the first, his sixth of the season.

New York (87-74) needed a win or a Houston loss to secure home field advantage for their wild-card game, but didn’t get it.

“It’s just what you are supposed to do, regardless of who you are playing. And our guys have all year. They’ve never given in, and they’ve competed and I’m real proud of them,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I know I put myself in Houston’s shoes, I know how I would expect a team to play. But I think we all know that’s not always the case. They ran everything they had at us.”

Jimenez had a rough 2014, but a much better 2015. He finishes 12-10 with a 4.11 ERA.

“It was way better than last year, for sure. It’s not like a great season. It’s an improvement compared to last year,” Jimenez said.

Wei-Yin Chen’s probable last outing with the Orioles was another fine one, allowing two runs in six-plus innings in a 9-2 win in the first game of the doubleheader.

Chen (11-8) gave up four hits and three walks, and didn’t allow a run for the first six innings. By then, the Orioles led 7-0.

He presumably finishes his Orioles career with a 46-32 record.

“During these four years, I really want to thank all my teammates, my manager, everyone on the team. Everybody really helped me a lot. I learned a lot in these four years,” Chen said through his translator.

Chen is expected to do well on the free agent market. He should be one of the top second-tier starting pitchers.

“I would be happy if I was given the chance to come back here. But sometimes as a professional player, it’s inevitable that you have to change teams and adapt to a new environment. I don't know where I will pitch next year, I just know I will do my best to pitch [in] each game,” Chen said.

Machado had three RBIs. Another run scored in the first when he grounded into a double play.

“There’s something about Wei-Yin. He comes out every day and grinds and pitches to the last [out] is made. He’s a guy we definitely want in this organization. He’s a guy we love to play behind. He’s definitely going to be missed. Hopefully, we’ll re-sign him back because we need him here,” Machado said.

The Orioles scored single runs in the first, third and fifth off Ivan Nova (6-11). They scored four runs in the sixth and three in the seventh.

If the Orioles win their game on Sunday, they’ll finish with a .500 record.

If you're not the last team standing, then those type of things are for people who look at stats,” Showalter said. “There's been so many positives this year. There's that negative feeding frenzy that goes on this type of year when you're not in the playoffs."

NOTES: Machado is the first Oriole to homer in four straight games since Caleb Joseph in Aug. 2014. … Michael Pineda (12-9, 4.24) faces Chris Tillman (10-11, 5.05) on Sunday at 3:05 p.m.

[RELATED: Chris Davis voted Most Valuable Oriole for second time]

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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.