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Three home runs plus strong Chen start equal big win

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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 Roundup: Trey Mancini tries to remain persistent while Orioles beat themselves

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini tries to remain persistent while Orioles beat themselves

On Friday evening Baltimore fell short 9-1 to Boston. 

As the Orioles continued to struggle, Trey Mancini was the only thing that stayed constant. 

The Orioles have extended the record and are now one of the only two teams to have allowed at least 250 home runs in a season. 

PLAYER UPDATES:

SP Aaron Brooks had three poor innings. Starting with his fastball being tagged by Mookie Betts, followed by the changeup hit by Rafael Devers for an RBI double and the slider was smoked out at about 102 mph by J.D. Martinez.   

In the top of the 3rd, OF Mancini extended his hitting streak to 10 games when he doubled on a line drive to right fielder Mookie Betts and Johnathan Viller scored tying the score 1-1. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI. 

Following in the third, 1B Chris Davis had a fly ball that barely went anywhere. 

RHP Thomas Eshelman closed the final two innings against Boston. He allowed three runs on three hits and a walk, finishing with a 6.50 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 36 innings this season. The Orioles optioned him to Triple-A-Norfolk for a fresh arm. 

OF Dwight Smith Jr. has been out all month with a strained left calf. Before the start of the game on Friday Smith did some running in the outfield and is expected to be ready for a rehab assignment soon. 

OF DJ Stewart suffered a concussion earlier this month and has been sidelined for a week and a half. 

INJURIES: 

OF Dwight Smith Jr.:  Calf, Expected tp return in late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, Out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, Out until 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, Expected to return in September 

COMING UP:

Saturday, 8/17: Orioles @ Red Sox, 7:10 p.m., Fenway Park 

Sunday, 8/18: Orioles @ Red Sox,1:05 p.m., Fenway Park 

Monday, 8/19: Royals @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Kauffman Stadium  

Source Credit: Rotoworld 

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Should teams like the Orioles be punished for tanking?

Should teams like the Orioles be punished for tanking?

Sure, as fans it stinks to watch our favorite teams tank.

But it doesn't mean that we need a crackdown on tanking teams. Sometimes, tanking happens and it's not necessarily on purpose. (Okay sometimes it is, but not always!)

Sports Illustrated published an article Tuesday that proposed the idea of instituting a relegation system to punish baseball teams that tank too bad. (Think Premier League, but for MLB). 

The argument hinges on a number of teams who are currently playing some not-too-pretty baseball, with a specific focus on the Orioles. 

Yeah, in a three-game series earlier this week Baltimore gave up 32 runs and 16 homers to the New York Yankees.

And yeah, there were some pretty rough moments over those three games (as there have been over the course of the season. 

But isn't calling the Orioles "a group of kindergarteners masquerading as a baseball team" as the SI writer did going a little far?

Yes, watching teams like the Orioles go 39-81 (with a -242 run differential) isn't fun for fans (except of the opposing team. The same goes for watching the Tigers go 35-81 and the Blue Jays and Royals possibly put up their own 100-loss seasons. 

The thing is, when teams tank it makes those rare, illustrious wins that much more fun to watch. (Like when Rio Ruiz hit that walk-off bomb against the Astros on Sunday). And gives fans hope for the future (we're looking at you Adley Rutschman).

Teams already take a hit from tanking. Just look at how much attendance at Rays and Orioles games has declined.

And, as mentioned in the article, creating a system for relegation in MLB isn't really feasible. (The plan SI proposes would involve the three worst teams from the AL and NL each being sent down to Triple-A). 

Sure, that would make it a lot more interesting to see MLB-level (and salary) players face those players who make their careers in the minors. 

But we already see enough of that as is. Just look at that Orioles-Yankees series from earlier this week. 

Even announcer Gary Thorne was fed up with the level of play Baltimore produced. And that level of play in turn provided with one of the funniest moments of announcing this week--that Thorne call of Gleyber Torres' 13th home run against the Orioles.  

So, sure, it's not fun when pro teams tank. But it's also part of the game. And honestly, it can be pretty funny. 

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