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Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

Cubs' win means Orioles move up on World Series drought list

The end of the 71-year Cubs World Series drought certainly qualifies as big news. It was fun to watch the fans at Wrigley Field and the Cubs bask in their triumph and sets up a World Series between two teams that have won a Series in a combined 174 years. 

Just a few months ago, the Cleveland Indians might have been vying for the sentimental underdog role, but the Cavaliers’ winning of the NBA championship last June has made the Cubs a clear favorite in the eyes of the U.S.

The Cubs’ win now moves the Washington Nationals, who started life as the Montreal Expos, to the top of the no World Series list. The Expos, an expansion franchise in 1969, never reached the Series, and the Nationals, despite excellent teams of late, haven’t either. 

In second place is the Seattle Mariners, who began life in 1977. They won 116 games in 2001, lost in the American League Championship Series, and haven’t been to the postseason since. 

The Mariners have played in three ALCS’ while the Expos/Nationals franchise has played in only one NLCS, in 1981.

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Of the teams that have played in World Series, the original franchise that has gone the longest without getting back is the Pittsburgh Pirates, who beat the Orioles in a stinging 1979 World Series. 

Many Orioles fans still cringe at listening to “We are Family” by Sister Sledge. 

The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Orioles in a taut American League East race in 1982. 

Who can ever forget the farewell to Earl Weaver after the final game at Memorial Stadium that season? 

Milwaukee went to the World Series that season, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. 

The Brewers, who switched leagues in 1998, lost in the NLCS to the Cardinals in 2011, but haven’t played in the Series as a National League team.

And believe it or not, the Orioles now have the fifth longest World Series drought. 

Next season marks 34 years since a World Series was played in Baltimore. 

Since then, the Orioles moved from Memorial Stadium to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and have played in three American League Championship Series. 

In the time since the Orioles won the World Series, 25 other teams have made it there including four teams—Arizona, Colorado, Miami and Tampa Bay—that didn’t even exist then. 

It’s a great argument for parity. 

The Cubs are the team with the best record in baseball, and the Indians, came within one win of equaling Texas for the best record in the American League. (Cleveland had a game rained out in Detroit in the last week of the season that wasn’t made up.) 

In recent years, the Red Sox and White Sox have broken long dry spells, and this year someone else’s goes away while another stays on. 

A World Series in Baltimore would be fun, and while fans may be frustrated that the three postseason appearances in the last five years haven’t gotten the Orioles to the holy grail, the franchise is in good hands, and should be a contender again in 2017.

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

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Trumbo homers twice, drives in 5 as Orioles beat Rangers 9-6

 Mark Trumbo could have looked around the diamond at his Orioles teammates and wondered, "Who are these guys?"

With veterans Adam Jones and Chris Davis out of the starting lineup, Trumbo alone represented experience on a young, struggling team.

The slugger homered twice and drove in five runs, and Baltimore beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 in a back-and-forth game Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.

"There's a few of us guys that have been around a little longer than most," Trumbo said. "The production comes and goes, but the mindset is the big thing, and I think these guys are doing a good job."

Entering the series, Trumbo hadn't gone deep since July 9. He completed the four games 7 for 16 with three homers and nine RBIs as Baltimore totaled 21 runs.

Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Orioles.

Trumbo singled home a run in the first inning. His two-run homer in the third put Baltimore ahead to stay at 6-5 against starter Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut.

"Just pitch execution, poor command, too many balls up in the zone," Hutchison said. "When you do things like that, those are the results that you're going to have."

Both of Trumbo's homers came with two strikes.

"I've been getting to two strikes a lot lately and still getting some hits," he said. "I hit a changeup (from Hutchison), and I put some good wood on it."

The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo left the game after his two-run homer against Matt Moore in the seventh.

"(Trumbo) almost didn't play today," Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "His knee's been a little sore. I noticed running around the bases on the second home run."

Another difference was Baltimore's beleaguered bullpen, which allowed only one run and one hit in 7 1/3 innings.

Tanner Scott (2-2), the second of six Orioles pitchers, shut out Texas for 2 1/3 innings, which tied his longest major league outing. He relieved starter Yefry Ramirez with the bases loaded and two outs in the second and struck out Ronald Guzman.

Mychal Givens retired the final four batters for his second save.

Jace Peterson led off the game with a single and scored on Trumbo's single for a short-lived 1-0 lead.

Ramirez retired the first two Rangers hitters but gave up a triple to Elvis Andrus. After two walks loaded the bases, Robinson Chirinos singled home two runs.

The Orioles regained the lead at 4-2 in the second on a three-run homer by Wynns, the No. 9 batter.

The Rangers scored three runs in the bottom half on Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly, Andrus' groundout and a broken-bat single by Joey Gallo for a 5-4 advantage.

Gallo and Rougned Odor homered in each of the first three games of the series, but their streaks were stopped on Sunday.


Orioles: Davis didn't play for a second straight game. Showalter said, "He's banged up a little bit. We're going to give him the benefit of another day and the off day Monday." ... Showalter said it's likely that OF Craig Gentry, who has missed six weeks because of a fractured rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Bowie. ... INF Steve Wilkerson (strained left oblique), who hasn't played since July 1, could go on a rehab assignment Thursday.


To make room for Hutchison on the roster, the Rangers optioned RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx to Triple-A Round Rock for the third time this season.


Andrus extended his hitting streak to 16 games, equaling a career best. It's also the longest current run in the majors.


Orioles: Begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Alex Cobb (3-14, 5.83 ERA) will start against Rays newcomer Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 4.27).

Rangers: LHP Martin Perez (2-4, 6.50) pitches Monday as Texas hosts Seattle and LHP Wade LeBlanc (6-2, 3.95) to begin a three-game series.

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

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Adam Jones helps Little League team with $8.5K donation

Adam Jones continues to be one of baseball's Good Dudes. 

Jones, who's been recognized before for his philanthropic efforts around Baltimore, made headlines recently when he donated $8.5 thousand dollars to the Mamie Johnson Little League team. 

Mamie Johnson are headed to the Mid-Atlantic Finals of the Little League World Series qualifying tournament but needed $10k in travel assistance to get there. That's where Jones, who orginally learned of the team on Twitter, stepped in: 

When asked about his donation, Jones said, "I want to see the next generation get an opportunity to succeed. Me being a black man trying to integrate more African-Americans into baseball, this was a no-brainer.''

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