|BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )|
TORONTO ( MCGOWAN )
|969||BALTIMORE||+100||Ov 9,-110||+100||Ov 9,-120|
|970||TORONTO||-110||Un 9,-110||-110||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-7||+2||8-6||4.7||0.279||0.332||4.4||0.265||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||4-2||5.0||0.283||0.349||4.3||0.246||0.327|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-6||+3.8||8-7||4.6||0.244||0.322||3.6||0.242||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||4-3||5.0||0.258||0.343||4.3||0.234||0.356|
|4/9/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-4||W||155||8 un||O||12||9||0||10||5||1|
|4/14/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||7-1||W||+105||8 ov||P||13||7||0||6||5||0|
|4/16/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||3-0||W||-105||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||6||9||1|
|4/18/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||8-4||W||115||7.5 ov||O||15||11||0||11||12||0|
|4/19/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-4||L||125||9 un||U||5||7||1||6||3||1|
|4/20/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||5-6||L||145||8 un||O||12||11||3||8||9||0|
|4/21/2014||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||7-6||W||145||8 un||O||10||3||0||11||8||0|
|4/22/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||3-9||L||135||9.5 un||O||8||10||1||9||7||0|
|4/23/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||MCGOWAN(R)|| |
|4/24/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|4/25/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/11/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||2-0||W||140||8.5 un||U||3||3||0||5||8||2|
|4/12/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||1-2||L||100||9 un||U||7||9||0||9||8||0|
|4/13/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||11-3||W||-110||9 un||O||17||8||1||8||7||0|
|4/15/2014||MORROW(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||9-3||W||-125||7.5 ov||O||14||9||1||7||11||1|
|4/17/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||0-7||L||-120||7.5 un||U||4||4||2||10||8||2|
|4/17/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||5-9||L||-130||8 un||O||8||11||0||8||10||2|
|4/18/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||3-2||W||130||7.5 ev||U||9||9||0||10||12||1|
|4/19/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||5-0||W||110||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||4||7||0|
|4/20/2014||MORROW(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||4-6||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||9||0||5||4||0|
|4/29/2014||MCGOWAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)|| |
|4/30/2014|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|BALTIMORE: BALTIMORE (AP) - The transformation of the Baltimore Orioles clubhouse under manager Buck Showalter is complete.|
No longer do the Orioles hope to win. They expect it.
When Showalter took over in July 2010, he inherited a team with the worst record in the majors. Having gone without a winning season since 1997, Baltimore could only hope Showalter's knack for orchestrating quick turnarounds would take hold in a town that had switched its allegiance from baseball to football.
By 2012, the Orioles were back. Baltimore won 93 games, beat Texas in the wild-card matchup and took the New York Yankees to the limit before falling in the AL division series.
After missing the postseason last year, the Orioles are poised for a return. They maintained the nucleus of a team that went 85-77 and was in contention to the final week, then added right-handed starter Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz to an already potent lineup that led the majors in home runs in 2013.
''When you have talent, you have confidence,'' right fielder Nick Markakis said. ''Put them together and good things usually happen. We've got that right now. We know we have a good team and we're going to roll with it.''
Although Jimenez and Cruz didn't come aboard until after the start of spring training, Showalter never wavered in his belief that the Orioles would challenge the defending champion Boston Red Sox and retooled Yankees in the AL East.
''I felt that way whether or not we added Nelson and Jimenez,'' he said. ''That's a poor reflection on me and my staff if we thought we needed more to win.''
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Baltimore (9-9) at Toronto (10-9), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Chris Tillman's only defeat during a strong start to the season came against Dustin McGowan and the Toronto Blue Jays.
He'll have the chance to avenge that loss against McGowan on Wednesday night when the visiting Orioles try to avoid a third straight defeat to the Blue Jays.
One of Tillman's best outings came at home against Toronto (11-9) on April 11, when he gave up two runs and three hits over eight innings of a 2-0 defeat. Tillman (2-1, 1.71 ERA) has posted a 1.96 ERA but received five runs of support while going 0-2 in his last three starts against the Blue Jays after he went 3-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his previous four matchups.
The oft-injured McGowan (1-1, 4.85) threw a strong 6 1-3 innings against Tillman and the Orioles (9-10) to record his first win since June 22, 2008, and improve to 1-3 with a 5.29 ERA in seven starts versus Baltimore.
"You tip your cap," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after the loss earlier this month.
However, neither pitcher was sharp in their next outing after the April 11 meeting.
Tillman yielded three runs, seven hits and walked four while throwing 122 pitches in five innings of an 8-4 victory at Boston on Friday.
McGowan gave up three runs, six hits and four walks on 85 pitches over four innings while not factoring in the decision of a 9-5 loss at Minnesota in the nightcap of a doubleheader Thursday.
The right-hander will try to help the Blue Jays build on Tuesday's 9-3 series-opening victory and third in four games against the Orioles. Edwin Encarnacion, Melky Cabrera and Brett Lawrie hit three-run homers for Toronto, which overcame a 3-0 deficit to hand Baltimore its third defeat in four games.
"We have a very talented team and we know we can hit so when we start hitting it's going to be great to watch this team play," said Encarnacion, who hit his first homer after combining for 78 over the last two years.
He's 6 for 18 with five RBIs against the Orioles this season, and 5 for his last 16 (.313) with a home run versus Tillman.
Cabrera is batting .347 (17 for 49) with five homers and eight RBIs during an 11-game home hitting streak dating to last season, when he missed the final two months with a knee injury.
With a single and two walks Tuesday, teammate Jose Bautista has reached base safely in all 20 games this season.
Nelson Cruz, who also had a three-run homer in the series opener, is hitting .381 (8 for 21) with two home runs and nine RBIs while the Orioles have gone 2-3 on a seven-game trip through Boston and Toronto.
"It's not easy going through these (AL East) lineups," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said.
Cruz is 4 for 9 with two homers and five RBIs in his last two games at Toronto, but he's 1 for 7 with a double against McGowan.
It's possible shortstop J.J. Hardy (hamstring) and catcher Matt Wieters (forearm) could play Wednesday after both missed the last two games for the Orioles.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 2:34:04 AM EST|