|BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )|
OAKLAND ( SAMARDZIJA )
|977||BALTIMORE||+165||Ov 7.5,+100||+140||Ov 7,-120|
|978||OAKLAND||-175||Un 7.5,-120||-150||Un 7,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-29||+12.6||33-33||4.4||0.267||0.316||4.1||0.255||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||3.9||0.250||0.289||3.3||0.241||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||38-28||+3.3||29-31||4.7||0.249||0.323||3.5||0.233||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||2-3||3.9||0.230||0.275||2.4||0.236||0.277|
|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|
|7/11/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||7||0|
|7/12/2014||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||0-3||L||-150||9 ev||U||5||6||0||9||8||0|
|7/13/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||WHITLEY(R)||3-1||W||-140||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||4||2||0|
|7/18/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|7/19/2014||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|7/23/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|7/7/2014||CHAVEZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||5-0||W||-165||7.5 un||U||9||9||0||5||7||2|
|7/8/2014||GRAY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||6-1||W||-155||6.5 un||O||11||6||0||8||9||1|
|7/9/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-5||L||-120||7 un||P||5||5||1||10||8||1|
|7/10/2014||KAZMIR(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||6-1||W||-110||7 un||P||10||6||1||6||7||0|
|7/11/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-3||L||135||6 ov||U||6||6||0||5||1||0|
|7/12/2014||CHAVEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||2-6||L||-105||7 un||O||5||3||0||14||10||1|
|7/13/2014||GRAY(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||4-1||W||-150||7.5 ov||U||7||5||1||6||6||0|
|7/24/2014|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.''
|OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.|
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Athletics Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Baltimore (52-42) at Oakland (59-36), 10:05 p.m. EDT
After a record-setting first half, the major league-leading Oakland Athletics are looking to pick up where they left off before the All-Star break.
So are the Baltimore Orioles, who have climbed to the top of the AL East.
These division leaders square off Friday night in Oakland in their first meeting since things got heated early last month.
The Athletics (59-36) won 4-1 at Seattle on Sunday to set a franchise mark for victories in the first half. Oakland, which has won six straight and 11 of 12 at home, owns a 1 1/2-game lead over Los Angeles in the West.
The A's were well represented by six players - as well as newcomer Jeff Samardzija - at Tuesday's All-Star game. Catcher Derek Norris went 1 for 2 with a run scored as the AL won 5-3.
"Hopefully in several months we can look back and talk about how we were able to give ourselves home-field advantage," closer Sean Doolittle told MLB's official website. "A lot can happen between now and then, of course, but we know what the goal is."
Oakland took two of three at Baltimore from June 6-8, but that series was overshadowed by two bench-clearing incidents caused by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.
He got into it with Josh Donaldson following what seemed to be a routine tag by the A's third baseman in Game 1, then appeared to purposely let go of his bat on a swing-and-miss two days later after Fernando Abad twice threw inside.
"What he's doing, it's a disgrace to baseball, and I think it's sad to see someone of his talent and national recognition have things like that stain your career," Norris said afterward.
Machado, who served a five-game suspension for his actions, is hitting .410 with five homers over a 16-game stretch. The Orioles (52-42), winners in 10 of 13, hadn't entered the break in first since 1997.
"We have a goal of going out and winning the division this year," Chris Davis said after hitting a two-run homer in Sunday's rain-shortened 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees. "We wanted to kind of control our own destiny. We're definitely in the driver's seat right now and hopefully we can keep it going."
The Orioles will try to stay hot against Samardzija, who is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in two starts since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander went the distance in last Friday's 3-2 loss at Seattle, yielding five hits and striking out five.
This marks his first appearance against the Orioles, who counter with Chris Tillman (7-5, 4.11). The right-hander has gone 2-3 with a 2.47 ERA over his last seven starts while receiving an average of 2.9 runs of support.
"I think (I'm) getting better," Tillman said. "I had a rough start, but it's not how you start; it's how you finish."
Tillman is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA in three outings against the A's. Yoenis Cespedes has struck out three times in as many at-bats in their matchups.
It was a memorable All-Star experience for Cespedes, who joined Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to successfully defend their Home Run Derby titles. Cespedes, though, is 2 for 41 with one RBI and 11 strikeouts in his last 11 games.
Donaldson has also struggled, going 7 for his last 45. His only hit in 12 at-bats against the Orioles this year was a homer.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 8:49:11 PM EST|