|BALTIMORE ( CHEN )|
TAMPA BAY ( ODORIZZI )
|967||BALTIMORE||+100||Ov 8,-110||+110||Ov 7,-110|
|968||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 8,-110||-120||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-23||+4.5||25-24||4.3||0.266||0.315||4.3||0.259||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||0-7||2.7||0.237||0.278||2.0||0.212||0.280|
|vs Left-handed Starters||5-15||-13.4||8-11||3.0||0.229||0.295||4.8||0.257||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||2-5||2.7||0.237||0.314||3.3||0.199||0.257|
|6/3/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||SAUNDERS(L)||8-3||W||100||9.5 ev||O||17||11||0||7||8||0|
|6/4/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||6-5||W||-110||9 ov||O||13||12||1||11||7||2|
|6/5/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||6-8||L||100||9.5 un||O||8||4||3||13||7||0|
|6/11/2014||CHEN(L)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||6-0||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||4||2||0|
|6/16/2014||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|6/17/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)|| |
|6/18/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|6/20/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|6/21/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|6/22/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|6/23/2014|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/2/2014||COBB(R)||@ MIAMI||WOLF(L)||1-3||L||-140||7 ev||U||6||5||1||5||2||0|
|6/3/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-1||L||-115||7.5 un||U||8||3||0||5||4||0|
|6/10/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-1||L||+120||7 un||U||8||11||1||3||5||0|
|6/11/2014||BEDARD(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||6-3||W||+110||7 ev||O||7||6||0||9||11||1|
|6/13/2014||COBB(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||6-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||11||7||0||4||7||1|
|6/14/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||3-7||L||-140||8 un||O||10||7||1||7||6||0|
|6/15/2014||PRICE(L)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||4-3||W||-155||7.5 ov||U||10||12||0||6||3||0|
|6/23/2014|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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.''
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-TAMPA BAY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Rays Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Baltimore (35-33) at Tampa Bay (27-43), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Wei-Yin Chen hasn't lost in over six weeks, and his latest performance was his best of the season.
Chen looks to extend his personal winning streak and help the Baltimore Orioles to their longest run against the Tampa Bay Rays in seven years Monday night.
Chen (7-2, 3.76 ERA) has already matched his win total from last season, thanks largely to going 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts since a 6-1 loss at Minnesota on May 3.
The left-hander was masterful Wednesday, retiring the first 11 batters - six by strikeout - before yielding four hits, fanning another batter and leaving after the seventh in a 6-0 win over Boston.
"There is not much difference between this outing and the previous outings but I think if I had to say one, it's my command," Chen said through a translator. "My command on my breaking balls. I was able to locate them in the strike zone or out of the strike zone. That's the main difference."
He hasn't had much trouble with his commend over his last seven starts against the Rays (27-43), compiling a 2.03 ERA and a 3-1 record. He yielded one run over 6 1-3 innings in a 7-1 victory over Tampa Bay on April 14.
That was the first of the Orioles' five straight wins over Tampa Bay this season after dropping 11 of the previous 13. They haven't put together a longer winning streak over the AL East rival since taking eight in a row in 2007.
Baltimore (35-33) is 4-3 on this 13-game stretch against division foes. After this three-game series at Tropicana Field, the Orioles visit New York for three games this weekend.
They settled for a split of a four-game set with East-leading Toronto, falling 5-2 Sunday.
"It was a good series," said Chris Tillman, Sunday's pitcher of record. "We would have liked to have liked to come out on top, but we split against the team that's leading the league. Just come back better next time."
Some improvement at the plate would surely help. Baltimore is batting .200 with runners in scoring position in seven games, going 4 for 23 (.174) while dropping two of the past three.
Chris Davis should be back in the lineup after getting Sunday off, but the slugging first baseman is batting .164 with four homers, eight RBIs and 31 strikeouts over his last 19 games.
Visiting Tropicana may not help since he's 3 for 29 with one homer, two RBIs and 13 strikeouts in seven games there.
The major league-worst Rays (27-43) enter this 10-game homestand after winning three of four following a 1-14 skid.
David Price struck out 10 over eight innings and Yunel Escobar drove in two runs Sunday in a 4-3 win at Houston.
Jake Odorizzi (2-7, 4.85) starts for Tampa Bay seeking his first win since May 14.
The right-hander is 0-4 with a 4.78 ERA over his last five starts, but he's been backed by six total runs and none in three of those outings.
Odorizzi had one of his sharpest outings of the season Tuesday, allowing one run and three hits over 7 1-3 innings in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis.
He said being more aggressive in the strike zone was a big reason for the longest outing of his career.
"Just kind of an eye-opening situation," Odorizzi told the team's official website. "Why didn't I do this my previous outings? It was a good building point."
He allowed three runs in five innings of a 3-0 loss at Baltimore on April 16.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:35:16 PM EST|