|BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )|
BOSTON ( PEAVY )
|969||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 9,-115||+105||Ov 9,-125|
|970||BOSTON||-120||Un 9,-105||-115||Un 9,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-27||+10.2||31-29||4.5||0.268||0.319||4.2||0.257||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.7||4-3||6.0||0.294||0.340||4.1||0.261||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-32||-12.6||21-35||3.5||0.239||0.307||4.0||0.258||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-4||3.9||0.260||0.340||5.0||0.268||0.305|
|6/22/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||8-0||W||190||7.5 ev||O||12||6||1||4||8||2|
|6/23/2014||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||6-4||W||-105||7.5 un||O||15||10||0||8||6||0|
|6/24/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-4||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||9||7||1||11||8||0|
|6/25/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||NOESI(R)||5-4||W||-145||9 ov||P||12||8||0||11||10||0|
|6/27/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||COLOME(R)||2-5||L||-130||8.5 un||U||3||4||0||9||6||1|
|6/27/2014||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||4-1||W||+100||8.5 un||U||10||10||0||5||4||0|
|6/28/2014||CHEN(L)||TAMPA BAY||BEDARD(L)||4-5||L||-140||8.5 un||O||8||3||1||10||8||0|
|6/29/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||7-12||L||+105||8.5 un||O||13||7||0||18||9||0|
|7/5/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||2-3||L||125||8.5 ev||U||5||4||1||9||8||3|
|7/5/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||7-4||W||150||9 un||O||16||11||0||6||6||2|
|7/6/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|7/7/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||CHEN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/22/2014||LESTER(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)||7-6||W||105||7.5 un||O||13||6||1||9||5||0|
|6/23/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||3-12||L||135||6 un||O||7||5||0||14||6||1|
|6/24/2014||PEAVY(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||2-8||L||-110||7.5 ov||O||8||12||1||10||5||0|
|6/25/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||5-4||W||115||7 ov||O||11||5||0||8||3||0|
|6/27/2014||WORKMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)||0-6||L||110||9 un||U||3||6||0||9||5||0|
|6/28/2014||LESTER(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||2-1||W||140||7 un||U||7||4||1||5||6||0|
|6/29/2014||LACKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)||8-5||W||-105||8 un||O||12||7||1||9||5||0|
|6/30/2014||PEAVY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||0-2||L||-165||9 ev||U||2||2||0||5||6||0|
|7/1/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-2||L||-175||9.5 un||U||8||10||0||7||5||0|
|7/2/2014||WORKMAN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||9-16||L||-180||9 ov||O||16||14||0||19||5||1|
|7/7/2014||BUCHHOLZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||CARROLL(R)|| |
|7/8/2014||WORKMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|7/9/2014||LESTER(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|7/10/2014||LACKEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)|| |
|7/11/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/12/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)|| |
|7/13/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.''
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - Last season was one to remember for fans of the Red Sox - and one to forget for the players.|
Soon after Boston's third World Series championship in 10 years, that bearded bunch decided to put it behind them and focus on what they must do to keep winning.
''It was a dream come true last year,'' pitcher Jake Peavy said. ''It's a new year. I think that's been a slogan of ours on the text messages that we've been exchanging with the guys, `Hey turn the page, it's a new year, it's 2014.' We haven't done anything and, obviously, some teams in our division got awfully better.''
The Red Sox won't be sneaking up on them, not after rebounding from a 69-93, last-place finish in the AL East to a 97-65 record, a 28-win improvement.
''You've got the bull's-eye on your back,'' second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. ''You want to get everybody's best, so I think it's going to be a fun challenge for everybody.''
John Farrell's disciplined, businesslike approach worked in his first year as Boston's manager. That, and the influx of players to improve the toxic clubhouse chemistry, made the one season under the animated Bobby Valentine seem like a distant memory.
Those players, including Jonny Gomes, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino, return. The Red Sox lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees then signed Grady Sizemore as a possible replacement. Sizemore missed the last two seasons with knee and back injuries that required surgery but has had a healthy, productive spring training.
''In this group, no one's going to let anybody sit back and relax,'' Pedroia said. ''We're always going to push each other and make sure that we're respecting the game and playing the game the right way. If we do that, we should be all right.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Red Sox Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Baltimore (47-40) at Boston (39-48), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Nelson Cruz got back to carrying Baltimore's surging offense and there's little reason to believe the Orioles can't continue hitting against Jake Peavy.
The Orioles will try to stay atop the AL East with their sixth win in seven games as they take on the slumping Boston Red Sox on Sunday in the finale of a three-game set.
Baltimore (47-40), which ranks among MLB leaders with 107 home runs and a .266 batting average, is enjoying another surge with 6.0 runs per game and a .294 average with 13 homers over its last seven.
The Orioles bounced back from a walkoff 3-2 loss in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader with a 7-4 win in the nightcap and moved ahead by one game in the division with Toronto's loss in Oakland.
Cruz, who has team highs of 27 homers and 70 RBIs, had been batting .162 over his previous 17 games before going a career-best 5 for 5 Saturday night. He fell just shy of the cycle when he was thrown out at third in the eighth inning.
"I tried one last year and I got thrown out at third, too," said Cruz, who last tripled in 2011. "It's why I don't try it."
Adam Jones added three more hits Saturday, leaving him 15 for 32 over a nine-game hitting streak. He's also batting .414 with four home runs and nine RBIs over his last 15.
Now Baltimore will try to add to Peavy's woes while improving to 7-6 in the season series with the Red Sox (39-48), who are 1-4 on their 10-game homestand.
Peavy (1-7, 4.82 ERA) hasn't won since late April, dropping seven straight decisions while posting a 5.65 ERA in his last 12 starts. Making matters worse, Boston's offense has provided him with just six runs of support over his last five.
The right-hander's ERA is slightly better at Fenway Park (3.81), but he's still 0-3 over nine starts there this season. He's 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight road outings. Peavy allowed two runs over six innings in Monday's 2-0 home loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Peavy had been 2-0 with a 3.15 ERA in three career starts versus Baltimore before giving up nine runs and 18 hits - including four home runs - over 12 2-3 innings in two meetings this season.
Jones has gone 6 for 7 with a home run when facing Peavy in 2014, while Cruz, Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty have also homered in the matchup. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy, though, are a combined 3 for 32 lifetime against him.
Manny Machado went 2 for 5 Saturday night in his return from a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing his bat on the field against Oakland on June 8.
Another scoring outburst would certainly make things easier on Kevin Gausman (3-2, 3.86), who is expected to be recalled from Triple-A. The right-hander was sent down after allowing five runs over five innings in a 5-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on June 27.
In his only career start against the Red Sox, he gave up two runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 5-4, 13-inning home win June 13, 2013.
Stephen Drew, hitting .136 coming into Saturday, went deep in both games for his first homers since Boston's World Series-clinching win in Game 6.
"Everybody's grinding," Drew said after the Red Sox fell to 12-19 since June 2. "We're working hard."
|Last Updated: 9/16/2014 2:32:48 PM EST|