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Turner, Hill star as Dodgers take 2-1 lead over Cubs

Turner, Hill star as Dodgers take 2-1 lead over Cubs

Everyone remembers that Jake Arrieta was an Oriole. Few people remember that Justin Turner was, too. 

Tuesday night’s winning and losing pitcher in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series are former Orioles. 

Turner homered off Arrieta in the sixth inning in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers now lead 2-1 in the NLCS. 

Arrieta was the loser and Rich Hill, who pitched for the Orioles in 2009, threw six shutout innings for the win. 

Turner, who has a .391 postseason average in three years with the Dodgers, has made himself into a most valuable player who could be a highly coveted free agent. 

In December 2008, the Orioles were eager to get Matt Wieters ready to be their regular catcher the following season and traded the incumbent, Ramon Hernandez to Cincinnati. 

The Orioles received Turner as well as Brandon Waring, who spent many years in the Orioles farm system, and the late Ryan Freel from the Reds. 

Turner eventually made his major league debut for the Orioles but played just 17 games for them in 2009 and 2010. 

His path at second base was blocked by Brian Roberts while Miguel Tejada began 2010 at third and Cesar Izturis played shortstop. Turner was lost on waivers in late May, about two months before Buck Showalter took over as Orioles manager. 

Turner’s manager with the Orioles, Dave Trembley liked Turner’s attitude, but the team didn’t feel it had a place for him. 

It would have been interesting to see if Showalter could have seen something in Turner had he still been with the club. When Showalter took over, he was eager to look at players who’d been shunned, and that’s how Robert Andino got a look.

Turner was claimed by the New York Mets and played well for them in 2011-13. It wasn’t until the Dodgers signed him once he was non-tendered by the Mets in December 2013 that he’s become a star.

In his three Dodger seasons, Turner has hit .296 with 50 home runs and 193 RBIs. He’s been Los Angeles’ regular third baseman the last two seasons.

Hill was 3-3 with a frightful 7.80 ERA in 18 starts for the Orioles in 2009. Since then, he’s been with eight different major league organizations — including three stints with the Red Sox — and one Independent League team.

In 2015, Hill wanted to reinvent himself as a starter and had two starts with the Long Island Ducks where he was a teammate of Ducks player-coach Lew Ford, a former Oriole. 

He was signed by the Red Sox and shut out the Orioles in Sept. 2015 and inked a one-year, $6 million deal with Oakland.

After a 12-5, 2.12 season with the Athletics and Dodgers, the 36-year-old could be one of the most valued starters in an extremely thin free agent market. 

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

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Red Sox beat Orioles 6-2 to clinch home field through Series

The Boston Red Sox broke a 106-year-old franchise record with their 106th victory on Monday night, clinching home-field advantage through the postseason by beating the Baltimore Orioles 6-2 thanks to a pair of hits from major league batting leader Mookie Betts.

Nathan Eovaldi struck out 10 hapless Orioles batters to assure the Red Sox of the best record in baseball this season and home-field advantage through the World Series, if they make it that far. For now, they know they will open the Division Series at Fenway Park on Oct. 5 against the winner of the AL wild-card game between the New York Yankees and mostly likely Oakland.

The 1912 Red Sox won 105 games in their first season at Fenway Park.

The Orioles (45-111) became the sixth AL team and the first since the 2003 Tigers to lose 111 games, falling 60 games behind Boston (106-51) in the division. It's the first time since 1939 that teams separated by 60 wins in the standings have played each other.

Boston scored four in the second inning, getting back-to-back doubles from Steve Pearce and Brock Holt, an RBI single from Christian Vazquez and Betts' two-run homer over the Green Monster. It was the 32nd homer of the season for Betts, a new career high.

Betts also singled and scored in Boston's two-run fourth, moving him into the major-league lead with 125 runs scored. In his last three games, he is 10 for 16 with three homers and four doubles, and he leads teammate J.D. Martinez (.328) in the AL batting race.

Renato Nunez had three hits for the Orioles, who fell to 2-15 against Boston and 18-61 on the road this season.

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Six days after throwing six scoreless innings against the Yankees, Eovaldi (6-7) allowed one run on four hits in five innings, walking none but uncorking a pair of wild pitches.

Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-16) gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in three innings, striking out five.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Yefrey Ramirez is scheduled to start on Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to give him an extra day or two. "I think Yefrey will pitch again, I just don't know when," Showalter said.

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after feeling soreness in his left shoulder during a swing and leaving Sunday night's game. ... INF Eduardo Nunez ran on Sunday to test his hamstring and was scheduled to run again on Monday with the goal of having him back in the lineup by Wednesday or Friday.

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LHP David Price (15-7) tries to bounce back from a rough start in Yankee Stadium in the second game of the series in what could be his last start of the regular season.

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Orioles avoid three-game sweep with 2-1 win over Blue Jays

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Orioles avoid three-game sweep with 2-1 win over Blue Jays

One night after setting a dubious record for losses, the Baltimore Orioles were ready to savor a rare win against a division rival.

Rookie DJ Stewart hit his first major league home run and Baltimore used five pitchers to avoid a three-game sweep by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Wednesday night.

The Orioles bounced back one night after taking their 108th loss of the season, the most since moving to Baltimore in 1954. They remained three away from the franchise mark set by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

"I was thinking about it tonight how many times I walked down that long hall to get here after a great win, trying to temper the enthusiasm," manager Buck Showalter said. "I still feel elated after we win a game and then I think about all the good things that went on, especially defensively tonight."

Jimmy Yacabonis started for Baltimore and threw four scoreless innings, followed by Mike Wright (4-2), who blanked the Blue Jays over two innings. Miguel Castro allowed a solo homer to Billy McKinney in the eighth that cut the lead to 2-1 before Tanner Scott managed the final out of the inning.

Mychal Givens picked up his eighth save for Baltimore.

Stewart, who was promoted Sept. 11 from Triple-A Norfolk, gave the Orioles the lead when he led off the third with a towering shot off Estrada that caromed off the right-field foul pole. He also had a double in the seventh and scored an insurance run on a single by Cedric Mullins off Tim Mayza.

"I've felt comfortable every at-bat pretty much," Stewart said. "I think there was one at bat I kind of went up there chasing a little bit, just trying to get that hit. I felt comfortable for the most part, but whenever you see one fall for the first time, it's a little bit of a relief that not only are you feeling well but you're seeing the results also. It was definitely big for me."

Toronto won the season series 14-5.

"Any chance you have to try and sweep a team is a big one," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "We have had a pretty tough year ourselves so you try to build and win as many games as you can."

The Blue Jays' Marco Estrada (7-13) bounced back from his previous outing when he tied a career-high by allowing eight runs against the Yankees. He was charged with one run and four hits with five strikeouts and one walk over six innings.

"It was a good outing. I made a lot of good pitches," Estrada said. "One got away from me and the kid hit it out, Congrats to him. Weren't too many hard hit balls."

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the fourth against Yacabonis, who was making his fifth career start. However, he escaped the jam when Kendrys Morales hit a fly ball to Adam Jones, who threw out McKinney trying to score from third. It was Jones' 99th career assist and first in right field.

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Blue Jays C Russell Martin has not played since Sept. 3. Manager John Gibbons wants to give Luke Maile and rookie Danny Jansen an extended look behind the plate.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Rookie C Chance Sisco will not travel with the team to New York. He took a foul ball off his mask Sunday against the White Sox and is still waiting to be cleared from concussion protocol.

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Blue Jays: Sam Gaviglio will start the opener Thursday in Tampa Bay. He has gone 1-8 since July 20 and lost both games against the Rays this season.

Orioles: Rookie Yefry Ramirez (1-6, 5.50 ERA) will make his 11th start Friday in New York. He tied a career high with seven strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the White Sox.