|PITTSBURGH ( MORTON )|
BALTIMORE ( NORRIS )
|** Doubleheader Game #1|
|969||PITTSBURGH||+110||Ov 8.5,-105||+105||Ov 8.5,-115|
|970||BALTIMORE||-120||Un 8.5,-115||-115||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||8-15||-8.2||9-12||3.7||0.222||0.290||4.2||0.258||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||1-6||2.3||0.188||0.264||3.6||0.242||0.310|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-9||+3.2||11-8||4.9||0.274||0.326||4.7||0.277||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||5-2||5.3||0.262||0.321||6.1||0.304||0.365|
|4/25/2014||COLE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||0-1||L||105||7 ov||U||4||8||1||8||10||0|
|4/26/2014||LIRIANO(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||6-1||W||100||7.5 ov||U||7||3||0||5||9||0|
|4/27/2014||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-7||L||180||7.5 ev||U||3||5||0||9||2||0|
|5/1/2014||MORTON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||CUMPTON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|5/5/2014||MORTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||CUMPTON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||COLE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|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)||10-8||W||105||8.5 ev||O||12||5||0||16||10||0|
|4/24/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)||11-4||W||125||9 un||O||14||7||0||7||4||0|
|4/25/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||0-5||L||-110||8.5 un||U||7||9||1||11||9||0|
|4/26/2014||CHEN(L)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||3-2||W||-135||8.5 ev||U||8||8||0||11||11||2|
|4/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-9||L||+125||7.5 un||O||5||4||1||13||8||1|
|5/2/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|5/3/2014||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)|| |
|5/4/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMOS(L)|| |
|5/8/2014|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The roars have faded. The giddiness of ending 21 years of futility and coming with a game of the National League championship series, too.|
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in some ways just another NL contender these days. That dark cloud of two decades of losing is gone after a remarkable 94-68 surge and the playoff berth that came along with it in 2013.
Now the franchise needs to figure out what to do with the rest of its life. For three seasons a club that was a laughingstock when manager Clint Hurdle took over in December 2010 has slowly made inroads to relevance.
Suddenly, the ''World Series or bust'' attitude owner Bob Nutting has espoused for years doesn't seem so laughable anymore.
Press reigning NL Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle on what his team can possibly do for an encore despite a relatively quiet offseason and he responds with his usual eternal optimism.
''Excellence is verb, not a noun,'' Hurdle said. ''You're going to continue to push forward. Our goal is to win a sixth world championship. The fact is, we haven't won an LCS or a division series. We need to maintain our focus on the things we need to do.''
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Orioles Preview* =========================
Pittsburgh (10-16) at Baltimore (12-12), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Rain is playing havoc on Manny Machado's season debut for the Baltimore Orioles.
Machado was poised to be activated from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates was postponed. The teams also didn't play Wednesday because of bad weather, and they'll look to finally complete the two-game series with a single-admission doubleheader Thursday.
The 2013 All-Star third baseman hasn't played for Baltimore (12-12) since undergoing left knee surgery in October.
After a rehabilitation assignment that consisted of playing three games for Class A Frederick, Machado was convinced he's ready to compete again at the major league level.
"The last couple days definitely helped," he said Tuesday. "I felt ready a couple days ago. ... It was just a matter of getting the repetitions. I feel good. That's the main thing. I feel great. My body feels good, everything feels good. I'm just excited to be up here."
The 21-year-old Machado hit .283 with 14 homers, 71 RBIs and 51 doubles last year, his first full season in the majors.
"I'm ready to play baseball. I'm going to go out there and make whatever play comes my way," he said. "I made a couple of nice plays in the lower levels, and I feel good defensively. I feel great (there). I'm not concerned about anything."
His first test will come against the Pirates, who had a major league-best 15-5 interleague record in 2013. That included a nine-game road win streak to close the season against AL opponents.
Pittsburgh (10-16) has yet to play outside the NL Central as it opens a five-game interleague stretch. The Pirates haven't fared well, losing eight of 10 following Sunday's 7-0 defeat at St. Louis.
"I don't know if I've ever been involved in something like this before," manager Clint Hurdle told the Pirates' official website. "We don't make up the schedule, just play it."
Pittsburgh dominated AL teams in 2013 thanks to its pitching. The Pirates' 2.23 interleague ERA ranked second in the majors and their .199 opponents' batting average ranked first.
The Pirates have been let down this year by a starting staff that owns baseball's worst record at 3-13, including 1-8 with a 4.68 ERA in the last 14 games.
Baltimore, meanwhile, has seen its fortune at the plate at home reversed this season. The Orioles averaged 4.7 runs at home a year ago for baseball's fourth-best mark but are at a major league-worst 2.6 this year, totaling six runs in losing two of three to Kansas City last weekend.
"It's one of those things you can't really know why what's going on but hopefully the next series we come up and score some runs for the pitchers," said Nelson Cruz, whose two-run homer in Sunday's 9-3 loss gave him 18 RBIs in the last 10 games.
Slugger Chris Davis was placed on the disabled list over the weekend with a strained left oblique. Davis led all AL players with a .427 interleague average last year.
"There are going to be injuries - that's why you have a 40-man roster," center fielder Adam Jones told the Orioles' official website. "That's why you have guys in the minor leagues. Now, you have guys that are backups. You never know what could happen."
Jones is batting .186 at home, Cruz is at .189 and Jonathan Schoop .179.
Those hitters will try to add to the woes of Pirates Game 1 starter Charlie Morton (0-3, 4.35 ERA), who is 0-5 with a 4.16 ERA in his last 11 outings, including one in the postseason. The right-hander lost his lone start against Baltimore in 2011.
Morton dropped his third straight start April 23 when he gave up four runs in six innings and matched a career worst with five walks in a 5-2 defeat to Cincinnati.
He'll be opposed by Bud Norris (1-2, 4.44), who is coming off his first win after giving up three runs over six innings in an 11-4 victory at Toronto last Thursday.
Norris is 4-5 with a 3.48 ERA in 10 starts against the Pirates. Neil Walker is 9 for 21 with a homer and a double in their matchups.
Chris Tillman (3-1, 3.38) gets the ball in the nightcap for his first appearance against Pittsburgh. Tillman has a 0.69 ERA at home compared to 5.21 on the road.
The right-hander seeks a third straight victory after being fortunate to beat the Blue Jays on April 23, giving up seven runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 10-8 win.
Brandon Cumpton gets his second start of the season for Pittsburgh in the second game. The right-hander made his 2014 debut last Thursday at home against Cincinnati, allowing two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 2-1 loss.
The Orioles have won seven of 12 interleague meetings with the Pirates, going 5-1 at home.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 8:45:21 AM EST|