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Showalters liven up Saturday with charity event


Showalters liven up Saturday with charity event

Where would you find Buck Showalter on a crisp October morning? How about at Oriole Park?

For once, Showalter came to the ballpark and wasn’t faced with questions about the Orioles’ six impending free agents. Instead, he and his wife, Angela hosted about 1,400 runners and walkers who participated in an event benefiting “KidsPeace,” a charity that promotes foster care.

As a young woman, Angela Showalter’s family took in foster children, and as an adult she’s become an enormous advocate of it.

Many of the runners and walkers dressed up for Halloween. Particularly inventive were the youngsters dressed as a crab and a box of Old Bay. They won the contest for best family costume.

Meanwhile, the World Series will extend at least through Sunday, prolonging the time before free agency begins.

Teams have five days after the World Series ends to speak with their own free agents, but they’ve been able to do that during the postseason.

It would be a surprise if any of the Orioles’ free agents: Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Darren O’Day, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce and Matt Wieters, sign with the team before free agency begins.

The Orioles will make qualifying offers, and the guess here is that they will include Chen, Davis and Wieters. This will enable the Orioles to get a draft choice next June as compensation for them signing elsewhere.

MLBTradeRumors.com has predicted that Wieters gets a four-year, $64 million contract. If that’s the case, it would seem hard to believe the Orioles would be the team to do that. If they’re still undecided on giving him a one-year qualifying offer for $15.8 million, why would they pay him even more annually for four years?

Fans who want to prolong the time before free agency begins may want to root for a seven-game World Series. If that happens, free agency won’t truly begin until Nov. 9.

The New York Mets win on Friday night turned what looked like a possible Kansas City Royals sweep into a competitive series.

Chris Young, who won Game 1 in relief starts against yet another Mets young star, Steven Matz.

Young pitched the final three innings in the 14-inning win on Tuesday night, and the 6-foot-10 inch right-hander, who played for the Mets in 2011 and 2012, hopes his stuff will be as strong in this game. Current Mets batters are hitting just .136 (8-for-59) against Young.

Game 5’s starters will be Matt Harvey and Edinson Volquez. Volquez left for the Dominican Republic after Game 1 when he learned of his father’s death.

Last night’s game featured a first. Raul Mondesi, Jr. made his major league debut in the World Series, the first time that’s ever happened. In the first two rounds of the postseason, the Mets carried infielder Matt Reynolds, who’s never played in the majors, but he wasn’t used.

Juan Uribe, who had a chest injury, recovered and was placed on the Series roster.

Mondesi, son of the longtime major leaguer Raul Mondesi, took the place of pinchrunner Terrance Gore on Kansas City’s roster.


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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.