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Orioles finally snap losing streak to win in New York

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Orioles finally snap losing streak to win in New York

NEW YORK -- The Baltimore Orioles had been waiting a while for a big hit. Adam Jones was glad to step up and deliver.

Jones lined a go-ahead home run, Andrew Cashner pitched six strong innings and the Orioles snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the New York Yankees 5-2 on Thursday night.

Baltimore had been held to under three runs in four of their five losses. The Orioles then sent nine batters to the plate during a five-run seventh inning to put away a previously dominant Masahiro Tanaka.

"It's huge," said Jones, who has half of the Orioles' six homers this season. "Then it started back over after I hit the home run. Bases got empty and then we put up three more runs."

"I said it, when we're all swinging the bat good, we just pass the baton to the next guy. When you got a guy in front of you who hits the ball hard, it's an incentive to yourself that you want to do the same thing," he said.

Giancarlo Stanton, making just his fourth big league start in left field, made a nice leaping attempt in front of the fence but wasn't able to haul in Jones' homer.

Aaron Judge had given New York a 1-0 lead in the sixth with his second home run of the year.

Cashner (1-1), who was hit hard in his first start of the season, held the Yankees to just one hit before serving up Judge's home run.

The righty allowed two hits and struck out five as Baltimore bounced back from a three-game sweep at Houston.

Facing the power-hitting Big 3 -- Stanton, Judge and Gary Sanchez -- Cashner kept them at bay, holding them to just one hit in eight at-bats.

Judge's fence-clearing shot was the 58th of his career in 189 games, making him the quickest to get there in MLB history.

Cashner then left it up to his offense to take care of the rest.

"I think more than anything, it's guys sticking with the process and just trusting," he said. "It's been a tough go for us to start, but with Adam hitting that big homer, you know he had the big homer on opening day, I think it kind of let some guys breathe a little bit."

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his first save of the season in two chances.

Tanaka (1-1) had won his last six home starts, including two in the 2017 postseason. He cruised during his first six innings before the Orioles chased him in the seventh.

After serving Jones' homer on a slider, the New York right-hander retired Chris Davis before giving up a single to Tim Beckham.

"I knew it was not an ideal pitch and as soon as it left, I knew he got the barrel of the bat but I thought maybe it was 50/50," Tanaka said through a translator.

Reliever Chad Green gave up consecutive singles and Anthony Santander hit an RBI double. Trey Mancini added a two-run single extended the lead 5-1.

Neil Walker hit an RBI double in the bottom half, but Darren O'Day then entered with two on and got Miguel Andujar to pop out to end the inning. The Yankees loaded the bases in the eighth before Walker grounded back to O'Day.

New York had the potential tying run on deck after Tyler Wade walked with one out in the ninth, but Brach struck out Brett Garner to end it.

"If we can get it to Judgie we've got a chance, right?" Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "And that's kind of what you hope for in that ninth inning."

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

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Orioles finally hire Brandon Hyde as new manager

The Orioles have finally found their man.

After entering the Winter Meetings without having yet hired their new manager, a rarity in this era of baseball, the Orioles announced Friday that they had hired Brandon Hyde to fill the role.

Hyde joins the organization after spending half a decade in Chicago under Joe Maddon, and many years prior with the Marlins. He has a long background in player development, something that was important to new Orioles GM Mike Elias, which makes sense considering the state of the organization and their upcoming rebuilding process.

Hyde is 45, so he’ll have the opportunity to stick in Baltimore for a long time if he finds success, however, Elias defines it, in the next few seasons. Many times, the manager leading a team as it embarks on an organizational rebuild is not the same one who leads them back into contention, but the Orioles front office will certainly hope Hyde is up to both tasks.
 
“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager, in a statement released Friday.

“Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

Elias was thought to have preferred someone with Major League experience, so as to avoid saddling an up-and-coming manager with multiple 90-plus loss seasons inevitably on the horizon in Baltimore. Hyde technically has experience coaching in the big leagues, though it comes in the form of a single game. The Marlins lost his one game as acting manager 2-1 to the Rays, and Jack McKeon was named interim manager the next day.

Maddon has developed a reputation as a stellar communicator and somebody open to analytics, and it stands to reason that Hyde would follow a similar style of leadership, especially considering how critical those traits are in the eyes of Elias.

Hyde replaces Buck Showalter, a beloved figure in Baltimore after his 8 ½ seasons at the helm brought winning baseball back to a city desperate for relevancy. Showalter’s contract was not renewed at the end of this past season, an understandable decision given his age and how long it will be until the franchise is ready to compete again.

Reports swirled about Hyde being named the 20th manager in franchise history as early as Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, though Elias and the front office were quick to emphasize that nothing was official at the time. In the end, Hyde does end up accepting the job, and he’ll be introduced at a press conference Monday.

Nationals bench coach Chip Hale was, along with Hyde, one of six finalists who interviewed for the position, so the Nats won’t be losing a valuable piece of their staff.

The Orioles are in the honeymoon phase of the rebuild, where hope springs eternal and the losses to come haven’t set in yet. Hyde checks all the boxes for what Elias was looking for, and despite his relative inexperience, he’s someone who should excite, if not necessarily inspire, the fanbase in Charm City.

Orioles fans won’t have many exciting acquisitions to cheer on in the near future, but they may have just made one of their most impactful. The O’s finally have their GM-Manager combination set for the foreseeable future, and they’ll hope to experience as much success and more as the previous regime.

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

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Orioles GM Elias calls reports of Brandon Hyde being next manager "premature"

Orioles new general manager Mike Elias is a busy man out in Las Vegas. Not only is he looking to add much needed talent to Baltimore's roster but he is also searching for a new manager. Elias interviewed six candidates, including Nationals bench coach Chip Hale, for the vacancy. On Monday, Elias said they were “pretty far along in the process.”

Then the reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Orioles had found their man. 

For a second straight year, Joe Maddon's bench coach has landed a managerial job (Davey Martinez). 

But, in the words of College Gameday's Lee Corso "Not so fast my friend!"

Does that mean Hyde is not the manager? Not necessarily. It likely means Elias wants the news to come out on his terms.