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A-Rod's historic homer helps doom Orioles 4-3

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A-Rod's historic homer helps doom Orioles 4-3

NEW YORK –- The Orioles loss to the New York Yankees was overshadowed by Alex Rodriguez’s milestone.

After sitting out last year because of his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, A-Rod hit his 661st home run, passing Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list.

The run was big in the Orioles’ 4-3 defeat to the Yankees before 39,816 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.

When Rodriguez hit his historic home run in the third inning, he acknowledged the crowd by stepping out of the dugout.

“I certainly thought the days of curtain calls for me were long gone,” Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez hit the homer off Chris Tillman, who’s allowed four of his 661.

“I don’t like it. Anytime you give up a home run, I don’t like it. He’s one of the all-time greats. You’ve got to respect it. Any time you make a mistake to that guy, he’s going to make you pay. He pretty much did twice,” Tillman said.

For a moment in the first, it looked as if Rodriguez would hit the historic home run, but Delmon Young made a great catch to rob him of the run. But, A-Rod did get an RBI because Jacoby Ellsbury scored on the sacrifice fly.

“I was upset with myself for missing there. Put a good swing on it, but at the same time, he made a great catch and he kept us in that game,” Tillman said.

Tillman (2-4) allowed four runs on 10 hits.

The Orioles (12-14), who have lost three straight in New York against the Mets and Yankees (18-11), grabbed an early lead when Jimmy Paredes hit his fourth home run in the first off Nathan Eovaldi (3-0).

Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled off Tillman, and after Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly, Mark Teixeira singled to score Gardner, and the Orioles trailed 2-1.

It was a pattern that repeated. After Caleb Joseph’s home run in the third, Tillman gave up the big A-Rod homer, and the Orioles trailed 3-2.

“It's just frustating for him. After we scored runs, we gave runs right back. And that’s where you'd like to get some shutdown innings. And Chris will. He’s getting there,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You don't see him miss, he’s been wild in the strike zone and that’s been a challenge for him.”

Tillman walked three batters. In his six starts this season, he’s walked at least three four times.

“Got ahead, got deep in the count, got to have a feel for the hitter, got to execute a pitch, and multiple times tonight, I didn’t,” Tillman said.

Travis Snider and Joseph doubled in the fifth to tie the score at 3, but in the bottom of the fifth, Gardner and Teixeira doubled, and it was 4-3.

Eovaldi left in the sixth with runners on first and third and two outs, but the Orioles, who had six hits, had no more against Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.

"They've got a good bullpen. Those two guys, we hope to try to control the game before those guys get it. But when those guys get in there, it’s a little bit tougher,” Steve Pearce said.

Pearce played second after missing the two games with the Mets due to illness. He had a new double play partner, J.J. Hardy, who played his first game of the season after missing the first 25 with a strained left shoulder.

Hardy was 0-for-4, and was the middleman on a 5-6-3 double play that preceded Rodriguez’s at-bat.

Miller got his 12th save and has allowed just three hits in 14 2/3 innings.

Showalter gave Ryan Lavarnway a pinch hitting chance in the ninth when he hit for Snider because he had few right-handed options. Lavarnway struck out.

Everth Cabrera was put on the disabled list just before the game with a bruised left foot. Cabrera was hit by a pitch by Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night.

Yeah, I was kind of surprised because last night, it was about a 75 [mph] curveball that hit me on the top [of the foot]. I was playing normal, and I woke up this morning and it was really sore. It is [maybe] something in there. I’ve got an MRI tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens,” Cabrera said.

NOTES: Chris Davis struck out in each of his four at-bats. He has 44 strikeouts in 25 games. … Tillman’s 10 hits allowed were one short of his career high. He has a 7.30 ERA in eight career starts at Yankee Stadium. … Ryan Flaherty is scheduled to be activated on Friday. Rey Navarro will be returned to Norfolk. Flaherty was on the disabled list with a strained right groin. … Miguel Gonzalez (3-1, 2.59) faces Adam Warren (3-1, 2.59) on Friday night.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: David Hess has 'good chance' of making Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just six days away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Despite not having a great spring, pitcher David Hess has a "good chance" of making Baltimore's Opening Day roster, manager Brandon Hyde told reporters Thursday. Hess is likely to slot in as one of the Orioles' five starting pitchers. In six Grapefruit League appearances (four starts), he has an 0-2 record and 7.50 ERA. 

The Orioles made another round of cuts Thursday, reassigning utility man Jake Reinheimer and RHP Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer put up an impressive 407/.429/.593 in 20 games this spring, but was never really in consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. 

Pitcher Josh Rogers tweaked his back after catching his spike in the mound during the Orioles' 7-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates Thursday and was removed as a precaution. With Opening Day less than a week away, Rogers probably won't make another Spring Training appearance. Meanwhile, Miguel Castro continued his strong spring, tossing a scoreless inning against Pittsburgh. In Grapefruit League play, Castro has an 11/2 K/BB ratio. 

Right fielder Joey Rickard had a stellar day at the place against the Pirates, doubling twice to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .395. On the flip side, first baseman Chris Davis struck out three times against Pittsburgh, and is now batting just .148 this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Sunday 3/24: Orioles @ Phillies, 1:05 p.m., Spectrum Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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