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Orioles win Yankees 5-4, but may lose Markakis

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Orioles win Yankees 5-4, but may lose Markakis

This may be the most painful win of the year for the Orioles. Forget for a moment that their wildly exciting 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees before a sellout crowd of 46,067 at Oriole Park on Saturday leaves them tied for first place in the AL East.They lost Nick Markakis.Markakis was hit in the left hand in the fifth inning by a pitch from CC Sabathia and immediately left the game. Orioles fans gasped.They remember how the offense struggled in the six weeks Markakis missed with after surgery to remove a hamate bone from his right hand. If Markakis is lost for a significant amount of time, manager Buck Showalter will have to find a new right fielder and leadoff hitter.Perhaps not coincidentally, the Orioles are 33-21 in games Markakis has led off. In the 35 games he missed, the Orioles were shut out six times.The Orioles (78-61) got back-to-back home runs from Mark Reynolds and Lew Ford in the second off CC Sabathia (13-5). Sabathia, who was 16-3 against the Orioles entering the game and 10-2 in Baltimore, failed to win in three starts against his favorite opponent this season.New York (78-61) took a 1-0 lead in the first. Derek Jeter singled, leading off. In his first game after missing 10 games with a left calf injury, Mark Teixeira doubled, and Jeter scored on Alex Rodriguezs fly ball.The Yankees led 2-0 in the second when Russell Martin walked and scored on Ichiro Suzukis double against Joe Saunders (2-1).In the bottom of the second, Reynolds 21st home run and Lew Fords third tied the score at 2. It was Reynolds seventh home run against the Yankees in the last eight days.They took a 3-2 lead in the third on a single by Markakis and an RBI double by Hardy.After Markakis left the game in the fifth, replaced by Nate McLouth, the Orioles scored twice more on Hardys 19th home run, a double by Adam Jones and a one-out single by Ford.Saunders worked 5 13 innings in his third start for the Orioles. He allowed two runs and five hits, walking two and striking out two. He left in the sixth with runners on first and second with one out. Darren ODay struck out Martin and Curtis Granderson to end the inning. In the seventh, ODay polished off the Yankees in order.Pedro Strop retired the first two Yankees in the eighth, but gave up a long home run to A-Rod, his 17th. After Robinson Cano walked and Martin singled, Brian Matusz rescued Strop by getting Granderson to pop out.Jim Johnson allowed a leadoff single to Suzuki to start the ninth. Eric Chavez singled, and Jeter bunted for a base hit to load the bases. Nick Swisher hit into a fielders choice to score Suzuki and Johnson got Teixeira to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end it, and secure his 42 save. Sabathia allowed 6 13 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.NOTE:-Zach Britton (5-1, 4.15) and Freddy Garcia (7-6, 5.09) are Sundays pitchers.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.

UP AND DOWN AGAIN

To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.

JUST KEEP HITTING

Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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