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Tillman pitches Orioles to 3-1 win over Mariners

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Tillman pitches Orioles to 3-1 win over Mariners

Nearly two years ago, early in Buck Showalters tenure as manager, the Orioles pitchers threw 30 straight scoreless innings. Any chance of surpassing that streak ended when the Seattle Mariners scored in the eighth inning.By then, the Orioles had a lead, one that they held, winning their third straight, 3-1 over the Mariners before 21,484 on Monday night.The Orioles registered consecutive shutouts on Saturday and Sunday at Tampa Bay, and with Chris Tillman pitching well, and recording his fourth consecutive win, their wild card chances are looking better and better.Tillman (5-1), who won his fourth straight, retired the first 10 Mariners, and didnt allow a hit until Mike Carps single with one out in the fifth.He allowed a leadoff singles to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth and John Jaso in the seventh.In the eighth, Eric Thames hit a leadoff double and scored on Munenori Kawasakis single. Kawasaki was tagged out trying to go to second on the throw home.That ended the scoreless streak at 27 consecutive innings. From Aug. 27-31, 2010, Orioles pitchers had 30 straight scoreless innings.Tillman pitched 7 13 innings, allowing a run and five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Pedro Strop got the final two outs of the eighth. Jim Johnson allowed two infield singles in the ninth, but escaped with a scoreless inning for his 33rd save.The Orioles scored their runs in the third. With one out, Lew Ford singled off Jason Vargas (12-8). Ford scored on Mark Reynolds double. Reynolds was hitless in nine at-bats on the Orioles trip to Tampa Bay, but scored the only run on Sunday.He also had a fourth-inning single and seventh-inning double.After Omar Quintanilla flied to left, Nick Markakis hit a home run to right field. It was Markakis 11th home run of the year.After going 1-for-14 against Vargas, who had won five straight and was named AL pitcher of the month, Markakis had a single in the first and the home run. Vargas was credited with a complete game, pitching eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked none.NOTE:-Zach Britton (1-1, 8.35) will pitch for the Orioles on Tuesday against the Mariners Blake Beavan (7-6, 5.06)

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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.

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

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2018 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Manny Machado maintains big lead among A.L. shortstops

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado took an even larger lead in the latest update for 2018 MLB All-Star Game voting.

The superstar shortstop maintained his position at the top of American League shortstops in the second round of All-Star voting updates, released Tuesday morning. 

After the first ballot was released, Machado led the shortstops category by over 100,00 votes.

This week, he now holds north of a 200,000-vote lead over last year’s American League starter, Carlos Correa.

The Astros’ Correa jumped from fourth to second this past week while the Indians’ Francisco Lindor dropped to third.  

Machado now has 671,133 votes, seventh among all American League players. For the second straight week, Machado remained the only Orioles player on the list.

Through 69 games in 2018, Machado is batting .310 with 18 home runs, 15 doubles and 53 RBIs. He is posting his best OPS (.945) and on-base percentage (.377) in his career, a bright spot for the O’s, who sit dead last in MLB with a 20-50 record.

The All-Star voting will be open until July 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET and fans can vote five times every 24 hours.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 26.

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