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Schoop's home run gives Orioles a 3-2 win over Nats


Schoop's home run gives Orioles a 3-2 win over Nats

BALTIMORE –- Manny Machado gave Jonathan Schoop some advice when he came to the plate. Tanner Roark had struck out Jimmy Paredes and J.J. Hardy for the first two outs of the ninth.

The score was tied at 2, and Machado, who has known Schoop for the past five years gave him some orders.

“Manny told me to hit a double for me to drive you in or hit a home run, one of those two. I said I’m going to try to hit a double for you and you drive me in. I didn’t want to be selfish, you know?”

Schoop drove a 2-2 pitch just into the left field stands, and the Orioles had a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals before 46,289 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Machado and the rest of the happy Orioles jumped all over Schoop as he crossed home plate.

“We’re brothers, and I know he’s really happy for me right now,” Schoop said.

Schoop returned from more than two months on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, and he has five home runs in 10 games.

The Orioles (44-42), who had lost eight of 10, will go into the All-Star break with at least a .500 record.

It’s always a boisterous crowd during “The Battle of the Beltways,” and the players sense it, too.

The Orioles have a far better record at home (27-16) than on the road (17-26), and coming off a road trip where they lost five of six.

“This is our home. We love to play here. We love to play in front of our fans. You can’t find a better atmosphere in baseball, I don’t think. And I think we thrive off that, we really do. I think we’ve shown that over the years and it’s fun to play in front of our fans,” Chris Tillman said.

Tillman worked through six innings, and has now started seen straight times without a loss.

The Orioles were down 2-1 entering the eighth and won for the first time this season when trailing after seven. They were 0-36.

“It’s nice because you want to win the games you should win, and also when you can sneak away with some wins that maybe you’ve been trailing late in the game, it’s nice to be able to scratch those off and see where you are at the end of the year,” Matt Wieters said.

Wieters’ double off Matt Thornton scored Chris Parmelee in the eighth to tie the score at 2. Parmelee led off with an infield single against Casey Janssen. He had been 1-for-23.

Zach Britton (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roark (4-4) had two quick outs, and was a strike from sending the game into extra innings.

Tillman labored through six innings and gave up two runs, but he got only one run in return when Adam Jones homered to left field leading off the fourth. It was his 12th of the season, and his eighth in 39 games against the Nationals.

Tillman, who allowed just one hit in the first four innings, allowed five in the fifth. Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond started the inning with singles. Jose Lobaton grounded into a double play, and Tyler Moore’s double scored Robinson to tie the score. Michael A. Taylor’s single drove in Moore, and the Nationals (46-39) led 2-1.

Tillman allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Gio Gonzalez didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning and left after walking Jimmy Paredes to start the seventh.

“We kept the team in the game pitching-wise. That guy (Gonzalez) is good. He’s a good pitcher. And you knew it was going to be a low-scoring game from the get-go. It was fun to be a part of,” Tillman said.

Manager Buck Showalter said that Wieters, who caught on consecutive days for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, won’t be doing the same on Saturday.

‘We're not going to do the back to back again until after the break and see where we are,” Showalter said.

Caleb Joseph will catch on Saturday night, Wieters on Snday.

“Doing the every other day, I feel I’m available every day to where I can go in and catch if I need to as opposed to catching back-to-back it kind of handcuffs the ability to make a move late and go back behind the plate so I think it felt good doing it, but I think a little bit longer will be good for my arm,” Wieters said.

NOTES: The crowd was the largest of the season and the fourth sellout. … Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.04) faces Miguel Gonzalez (7-5, 3.87) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will televised on FOX.


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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

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Nick Markakis makes All-Star debut after 12 1/2 seasons

Beloved former Oriole Nick Markakis is finally being recognized as an All-Star this week in Washington, D.C. at the 89th Midsummer Classic. 

The 34-year-old right fielder waited 12 1/2 Major League Baseball seasons for his name to be called. 

Markakis, who is on his way to having the best season of his career, is batting .323 and leading the NL with 120 hits. He received the most votes of any NL outfielder in fan voting.

A 22-year-old Markakis first arrived in the Orioles clubhouse in 2006 when the average age of the rest of the Orioles’ starting lineup was 32. The now 34-year-old finds himself as one of the oldest on a Braves team that is 10 games above .500 at the halfway point of the season and only 1/2 game back from the first-place Phillies.  

MLB announced Tuesday night's starting lineups, which features Markakis batting 7th and playing right field for the National League. 

Catch Markakis and the rest of the field in Tuesday night's All-Star Game at 8 p.m. on FOX. 

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Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5


Machado homers as Orioles beat Rangers 6-5

For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field.

All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade.

Machado homered before being removed on a wet day, Adam Jones hit a three-run double and Baltimore rallied past the Texas Rangers 6-5 Sunday.

Machado was taken out of the game in the fifth inning by manager Buck Showalter after a 26-minute rain delay. The move was designed to get their star player off a sloppy field, because the last-place Orioles are entertaining offers for Machado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"Obviously there's a different situation going on with Manny. You all know that," Showalter said. "That had a lot to do with it."

Plain and simple, the Orioles can't afford to have Machado get hurt. Now, more than ever.

"A month ago he wouldn't have come out of the game," Showalter acknowledged. "We know that. You know it."

After being replaced by Jace Peterson, Machado sat in the dugout, wearing a sweatshirt and joking with his teammates.

"I don't know why (Showalter) did it or not," Machado said. "He just told me, `I'm going to take you out. You had a good first half and go represent us well in the All-Star Game.'"

Machado is Baltimore's lone representative for Tuesday's showcase. He has spent his entire career in Baltimore, but his contract expires after this season and the Orioles don't appear interested in locking him up with a long-term deal.

"I'm going to the All-Star Game as an Oriole and as a shortstop. It's just always a blessing," Machado said. "I thank God. I thank my family for always supporting me, my teammates, the fans, the organization. I mean it's just been very incredible."

In a matchup between two teams staggering into the break, Texas got a first-inning grand slam from rookie Ronald Guzman but quickly gave the lead away in losing for the seventh time in nine games.

Machado ignited the comeback with his 24th homer, and Jones' bases-clearing double in the third off Mike Minor (6-6) put Baltimore ahead to stay.

"I'll be fine," said Minor, who yielded five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. "I'll reflect a little bit and then get back to it."

The game ended when Texas pinch-runner Carlos Tocci was thrown out at the plate on a double by Elvis Andrus. Running from first base, Tocci was tagged out by catcher Caleb Joseph following throws by right fielder Mark Trumbo and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

"Textbook," Showalter said.

Texas manager Jeff Bannister called it a "situation where they had to throw it on line to throw Tocci out. They executed well."

Tanner Scott (1-1), the first of four Baltimore relievers, earned his first big league win.

Zach Britton, another Oriole supposedly on the trading block, worked the ninth for his fourth save, the second in two days.

Texas broke on top when Miguel Castro issued three straight walks and Guzman sent a one-out drive over the right-field wall for his first career grand slam.

It was 4-1 in the third when Joseph hit an RBI double and Jones doubled down the left-field line following a walk to Machado.

Shin-Soo Choo homered in the seventh to get the Rangers to 6-5.


Choo opened the game with a walk, extending to 51 his single-season club record streak of games reaching base via a hit, walk or HBP. ... Texas' Delino DeShields went 0 for 3, stretching his hitless drought to 28 at-bats. ... Jones snapped a 1-for-16 skid with his third-inning double.


Rangers: RF Nomar Mazara was given the day off after hurting his hand Saturday night in the outfield.

Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (back) was set to make his final rehab start Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (oblique) and OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) likely won't come off the DL before August, Showalter said. ... RHP Andrew Cashner (neck strain) will be activated from the DL on Saturday or Sunday to face Toronto, Showalter said.


Rangers: The rotation after the All-Star break, beginning Friday against visiting Cleveland: Martin Perez, Bartolo Colon, Cole Hamels, Yovani Gallardo and Minor.

Orioles: After the All-Star break, Dylan Bundy will start at Toronto on Friday night.