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Three home runs plus strong Chen start equal big win


Three home runs plus strong Chen start equal big win

NEW YORK – One of the most popular new statistical tools is exit velocity. It measures how hard balls are hit. When it comes to the hot hitting Jimmy Paredes, Buck Showalter doesn’t need to use data.

“Your ears tell you what exit velo is when guys are hitting up here. Jimmy’s making some loud noises up here,” Showalter said.

Paredes had three more hits and is batting .347 after the Orioles’ 6-2 win over the New York Yankees before 41,280 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

Near the end of an outstanding spring training, Paredes strained his back and started the season on the disabled list. In the three weeks he’s been active, Paredes has five home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 games.

“He wants to stay in the lineup. Every time you think he might be kind of cooling off a little bit, he reminds you he’s not. He wants to stay in this lineup, and he’s done what it takes. He doesn’t want to go through all those things he’s been through, waiver wires and what have you. He wants to make sure he’s found a home,” Showalter said.

The win helped the Orioles (13-15) break a four-game losing streak and prevent them from going four games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

It’s been an unprecedented two weeks for the Orioles. Two postponements due to unrest in Baltimore, a game played without fans, and three hastily arranged “home” games in Tampa Bay. They won three of four, but lost the first four games in New York, two to the Mets at Citi Field, and two more to the Yankees.

“Being in the same hotel and not really having to move makes it a little bit easier on you, but at the same time you kind of get tired of the same old thing over and over,” Davis said.

Davis, Paredes and Alejandro De Aza hit home runs. The three home runs equaled a season high.

Paredes also had a triple and single.

"I feel great because we got a win. We had to stop the losing, right? So this was a good [starting] point now because we put a lot of energy and a lot of good swings from the guys. We’ll see what happens starting today,” Paredes said.

Paredes’ third-inning home run started the scoring off Chase Whitley (1-1). It was Paredes’ third of the season. Davis hit his seventh in the fourth, and three batters later, De Aza, who had been in a 4-for-34 slump, added his third home run, a two-run shot. That gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead.

In his first five starts, Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) had one loss and four no-decisions. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out seven and walking one.

Chen struck out the side in the third and seventh innings.

In the fifth, Manny Machado doubled and scored on Delmon Young’s one-out single.

Whitley allowed five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Chen allowed a hit in the first and second innings, then retired nine straight batters before Chase Headley singled, Stephen Drew doubled, and John Ryan Murphy hit a sacrifice fly.

Headley was impressed with Chen.

“He’s a guy that it says the heater is 90, 91 but it plays up. He does a good job of climbing the ladder especially when he’s got two strikes. That’s what makes him effective. Some guys the 90 miles per hour fastball feels a lot harder and he’s one of those guys,” Headley said.

The Orioles’ sixth run came in the seventh inning on Paredes’ triple and Young’s single off David Carpenter.

New York (19-12) scored in the eighth on an RBI single by Carlos Beltran off Tommy Hunter. Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an error by Ryan Flaherty to start the inning. Flaherty, who didn’t start was inserted as a defensive replacement in the eighth.

Two runners reached against Darren O’Day, who started the ninth, and Zach Britton recorded the final two outs for his sixth save.

Showalter hopes that Bud Norris will be able to start on Sunday, but he didn’t feel well and was sent back to the hotel on Saturday. If Norris is unable to start, the Orioles will use their bullpen on Sunday. T.J. McFarland, who pitched three innings on Friday, will be able to pitch, Showalter said.

NOTES: De Aza has four home runs in 13 games at Yankee Stadium. … The Orioles also hit three home runs against Tampa Bay on Apr. 6 and Toronto on Apr. 11. … Norris (1-3, 9.75) is scheduled to face Michael Pineda (4-0, 2.97) on Sunday afternoon.

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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.