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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

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Orioles lose to Blue Jays in late-inning thriller

BALTIMORE — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore's Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry the Toronto Blue Jays over the Orioles 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart. After Beckham's double, Anthony Santander singled to right and rookie Chance Sisco followed with an RBI double to make it 1-all.

Sanchez (1-1) got the victory, though, when Granderson hit a sidearmed fastball from Darren O'Day (0-1) over the right-field scoreboard. It was his first homer since signing as a free agent with Toronto this past offseason.

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Roberto Osuna got three straight outs for his fifth save. He became the youngest player in major league history (23 years, 62 days) with career 100 saves.

Orioles starter Andrew Cashner pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks. He struck out six.

On almost any other night, that would have been good enough to get the win. But Cashner -- making his third start with Baltimore after signing as a free agent in February -- had to settle for matching zeroes with Sanchez.

The Blue Jays broke up the scoreless duel in the eighth with an unearned run on a throwing error by Santander on a single to right by Yangervis Solarte.

Toronto's defense helped keep the no-hitter in the early innings. Right fielder Steve Pearce and center fielder Kevin Pillar made leaping catches on deep fly balls, and second baseman Devon Travis raced into the outfield to snag a fifth-inning blooper by Beckham.

Until the eighth, Sanchez was in the running to join Dave Stieb as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters for Toronto. Stieb beat Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.

 

 

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez sidelined with soreness

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez sidelined with soreness

It's just a little over a week until Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles and Spring Training is about to wrap up.

Player Updates:

Third baseman Renato Nunez took Monday off due to some right arm soreness. Although not serious, the projected starter at third is now listed as day-to-day. 

Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner had an eye-opening performance for the O's in their victory over the Tigers. Five innings, five strikeouts, three hits and one run is a good day's work.

The Orioles acquired catcher Lenin Rodriguez from the Phillies. At 20-years-old he's never made it out of the minors and the highest level he has reached is Low-A ball, where he played 21 games in 2018.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Tuesday 3/19: Orioles vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Wednesday 3/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week and a half away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Outfielder Austin Hays has had a stellar spring with the big league club, but he was optioned Sunday to spend some time in the minor leagues to start the season. His injury and resulting struggles in 2018 led the Orioles to want to see him find regular season success before rejoining the Major League squad. 

Starting rotation hopeful Mike Wright allowed four runs in five innings against the Yankees Sunday. Three of the eight hits he allowed to New York left the park, and the home runs accounted for each of the four runs he gave up.

Catcher Austin Wynns is getting closer to a return. Wynns has battled an oblique issue for much of Spring Training, but manager Brandon Hyde says he could return to action next week.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Monday 3/18: Orioles @ Tigers, 1:05 p.m., Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Tuesday 3/19: Orioles vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Wednesday 3/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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