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Orioles try for comeback falls short in 9-8 loss


Orioles try for comeback falls short in 9-8 loss

BALTIMORE –- With the non-waiver trading deadline edging closer, all sorts of rumors surrounded the Orioles on Thursday. There were reports of Milwaukee’s Gerardo Parra, Philadelphia’s Ben Revere and Cincinnati’s Marlon Byrd generating interest from the team.

By Friday at 4 p.m., perhaps there will be a new Oriole or two.

The current Oriole team saw their five-game winning streak end with a 9-8x loss to the Detroit Tigers before 30,136 at Oriole Park.

Detroit traded David Price to Toronto earlier Thursday and not long before game time sent closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh.

The Orioles (51-50) were down by seven runs in the fourth, and clawed their way back, but not all the way.

It was a horrible outing by Miguel Gonzalez. Seven of the first nine batters he faced got hits, but fortunately, allowed just two runs.

Ian Kinsler led off with a single. Jose Iglesias singled to right, and Kinsler was thrown out by Chris Davis when he slid past third base. Yoenis Cespedes singled, and with two outs, J.D. Martinez doubled to score Iglesias and Cespedes.

Gonzalez (9-7) loaded the bases in the second when he allowed three straight singles, but pitched out of it when Kinsler flied to short left and Iglesias hit into a double play.

The Tigers batted around in the fourth. Rajai Davis hit a two-run triple, and after Kinsler scored him on an RBI single, Gonzalez’s shortest start of this season was over.

In 3 1/3 innings, Gonzalez allowed five runs on 10 hits. The 10 hits equaled his career high, set on May 24 in Miami. It was his briefest start since Apr. 3, 2014 in Detroit.

“He just wasn't very crisp. Sticky night, good offensive team and he paid for his mistakes. Sometimes, like a lot of pitchers, you see Miguel scuffle a little bit the first part of it and get back in step, but he never really found his step,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Gonzalez had won two straight, including one against the Tigers on July 19.

“They definitely came out and swung the bat pretty good. They were aggressive since the first inning. Things didn’t go our way. They found the hole a lot, and definitely take a lot of positives. We hit really good. We played good defense. Bullpen kept us there, kept us in the ballgame,” Gonzalez said.

“It’s not always going to be your way. I got hit a lot last outing, line drives at guys. I got out of some tough innings. It was definitely tough to understand. You’ve just got to move on. I won’t think about this one and hope for the next one.”

Bud Norris relieved Gonzalez and picked off Kinsler at first. Iglesias doubled, and Cespedes hit his 18th home run of the year to left, and the Tigers (50-52) led 7-0.

Alfredo Simon, who pitched for the Orioles from 2008-11, didn’t allow a hit for the first three innings. Nolan Reimold walked to lead off the fourth, and Adam Jones hit his 16th home run to left field to cut Detroit’s lead to 7-2.

Cespedes’ RBI single and Martinez’s run-scoring double in the sixth made it 9-2.

Chris Davis hit a two-run home run to right, his 25th, in the sixth to cut the lead to 9-4.

Simon allowed four runs on two hits, both home runs.

“Felt like we'd make a run at them. Just couldn't shut them down there for a while,” Showalter said.

The Orioles drew to 9-7 in the seventh on a two-run single by Davis and an RBI single by Matt Wieters. An infield out by Manny Machado scored Jonathan Schoop in the eighth to draw the Orioles within one.

“We showed we are really good team and we can score. We can be down 10 runs and we can come back and score,” Schoop said.

Five Detroit relievers followed Simon, and Alex Wilson, who recorded his first career save was the only successful one. He retired the first four batters he faced until Wieters singled with two outs. J.J. Hardy grounded into a force play to finally end the game.

“I take a lot of positives (from it). But nothing I didn’t already know about our club and our guys. I get to be around them every day that’s why I’m so positive about things and always try to be because of what you saw out there tonight,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Jones’ home run was his 182nd with the Orioles, tying him with Ken Singleton for seventh place on the team’s all-time list. Brady Anderson is next with 209. … Buck Farmer (0-2, 9.22) faces Wei-Yin Chen (5-6, 2.88) on Friday night. … Hardy has a 13-game hitting streak, longest of the season for an Oriole.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes


Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.