|975||BALTIMORE||+145||Ov 8,-110||+135||Ov 8,-105|
|976||WASHINGTON||-155||Un 8,-110||-145||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-27||+13.2||33-29||4.6||0.271||0.320||4.2||0.257||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.7||5-2||6.1||0.299||0.333||3.4||0.247||0.303|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-31||-4.4||30-31||3.9||0.234||0.298||3.4||0.238||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.6||4-2||5.3||0.281||0.345||3.3||0.270||0.304|
|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)||7-6||W||120||9 un||O||16||11||0||15||8||2|
|7/7/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||8-2||W||180||7.5 ov||O||15||7||0||7||8||0|
|7/8/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|7/13/2014||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|6/24/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||11||9||1||10||11||0|
|6/25/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||2-9||L||-140||7.5 un||O||2||4||0||13||7||0|
|6/26/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-5||L||-140||7.5 un||O||8||5||0||9||3||0|
|6/27/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-7||L||-115||7.5 ov||O||7||4||0||13||8||0|
|6/28/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||BEELER(R)||3-0||W||-145||9 un||U||7||6||0||3||4||0|
|6/28/2014||TREINEN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||7-2||W||125||8.5 un||O||10||7||0||6||5||1|
|7/4/2014||ROARK(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HAMMEL(R)||2-7||L||-155||7 ev||O||7||6||0||14||7||0|
|7/5/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||13-0||W||-190||7.5 un||O||19||9||0||5||4||0|
|7/6/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-1||W||-175||7 un||U||7||6||0||10||12||0|
|7/9/2014||ROARK(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)|| |
|7/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|7/13/2014||FISTER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|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.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Nationals Preview* ===========================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Baltimore (48-40) at Washington (48-39), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Even with reigning major league home run champ Chris Davis struggling, the Baltimore Orioles have maintained their power stroke - thanks in large part to Nelson Cruz - while surging to the top of the AL East.
Following another impressive display, Baltimore seeks its eighth victory in nine games Tuesday night as it faces Doug Fister and the host Washington Nationals.
Davis finished second in the AL MVP voting in 2013 after hitting .286 with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, but he entered Monday's contest mired in a 2-for-34 slump.
He snapped out of it in a big way, though, slugging a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 11th inning as Baltimore (49-40) went on to an 8-2 victory. J.J. Hardy followed Davis' blast with a homer, and Manny Machado added a two-run shot later in the inning to give him a career-high five hits.
Cruz hit his major league-leading 28th homer in the fourth for the Orioles, who belted four for the fifth time this season. Their 111 homers are second in the majors behind Toronto.
"With Nelson being as hot as he is, I just kind of thought, `This is my chance to redeem myself,'" Davis said. "I want to be the player I know I can be for these guys. I know it will be huge for this team if I can step up and start swinging a little bit. So it was definitely good to come through right there."
Nick Markakis went 3 for 6 to extend his hitting streak to five. He's 8 for 19 with a homer and two doubles off Fister (7-2, 2.93 ERA), who takes the mound in D.C. before this four-game set shifts to Camden Yards.
Fister struggled early but finished with an overall solid effort Wednesday, giving up three runs - all on a homer in the second - in seven innings of a 4-3 win over Colorado. He's allowed more than three runs twice in 11 starts.
"Doug felt really strong, which is an indication for him that the ball gets up in the zone a little bit," manager Matt Williams said. "But he battled through. He found it a little bit in the last couple of innings."
The right-hander is 3-2 with a 5.30 ERA in six starts against the Orioles, who will counter with Bud Norris as he looks to pick up where he left off before his injury.
Norris (7-5, 3.62) was on a roll before going on the disabled list June 27 with a right groin strain, winning four straight starts and posting a 0.92 ERA over the last three. His last appearance came June 21 when he gave up one run in five innings of a 6-1 win over the New York Yankees.
The right-hander threw a simulated game Saturday to tune up for this outing.
"You could get (Norris prepared) with a simulated game," manager Buck Showalter told MLB's official website. "If he's three weeks removed or four weeks (from his last start) it's different, but this is a DL period and he's not that far removed."
Norris is 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts against the Nationals, but he's had some trouble with Ryan Zimmerman, who is 4 for 11 with two homers in their matchups.
Zimmerman went 1 for 5 on Monday for the Nationals (48-40), who had won eight of their previous nine. Anthony Rendon homered, and Wilson Ramos is batting .415 during a career-high 11-game hitting streak after finishing with two hits.
Bryce Harper went hitless in three at-bats and is 4 for 24 in seven games since coming off the disabled list.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:13:40 AM EST|