|BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )|
LA ANGELS ( WEAVER )
|923||BALTIMORE||+145||Ov 7.5,-120||+160||Ov 8,-115|
|924||LA ANGELS||-155||Un 7.5,+100||-170||Un 8,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-31||+13.2||36-34||4.4||0.264||0.313||4.2||0.256||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||3-4||3.6||0.213||0.267||3.9||0.247||0.298|
|vs Right-handed Starters||39-25||+9.9||32-30||5.3||0.265||0.329||3.9||0.232||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||2-5||4.3||0.256||0.319||3.9||0.227||0.265|
|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)||4-5||L||150||7.5 un||O||7||3||0||7||3||0|
|7/19/2014||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||8-4||W||145||7.5 un||O||13||9||0||8||5||1|
|7/20/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||2-10||L||140||7.5 un||O||3||6||1||15||8||3|
|7/21/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||4-2||W||120||8.5 un||U||6||2||1||8||8||0|
|7/22/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)||4-2||W||125||8.5 ov||U||7||6||0||3||4||0|
|7/23/2014||TILLMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)|| |
|7/29/2014||TILLMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|7/10/2014||SANTIAGO(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)||15-6||W||-130||9.5 un||O||17||3||1||9||5||2|
|7/11/2014||RICHARDS(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)||3-0||W||-170||9.5 un||U||8||2||2||6||8||1|
|7/12/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)||5-2||W||-155||9.5 ov||U||11||9||1||4||7||1|
|7/13/2014||SKAGGS(L)||@ TEXAS||BAKER(R)||10-7||W||-150||10 un||O||15||9||0||10||2||1|
|7/29/2014||WEAVER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.''
|LA ANGELS: ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton didn't exactly fit in right away with the Los Angeles Angels after they accepted owner Arte Moreno's lavish free-agent contracts.|
Now that both sluggers feel much more comfortable and confident in Orange County, they know it's time the Angels started getting more wins for their money.
The Angels' four-year absence from the playoffs is embarrassing for an organization with a sky-high payroll and equally lofty expectations, but they seem capable of ending the drought if the club's various pieces finally add up properly.
Pujols and Hamilton are full of spring optimism after those disappointing 2013 efforts, while superstar Mike Trout is back for the third full major league campaign in his already remarkable career.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-LA ANGELS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Angels Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Baltimore (55-44) at Los Angeles (59-40), 10:05 p.m. EDT
Though they're on the verge of being swept at home for only the second time this season, the Los Angeles Angels should feel confident giving the ball to Jered Weaver.
The right-hander looks to continue a strong stretch at Angel Stadium on Wednesday night, while Anaheim native Chris Tillman will try to lead the Baltimore Orioles to their first road sweep since early May.
The AL East-leading Orioles (55-44) have a major league-best 122 home runs, and they've used the long ball and solid pitching to claim back-to-back 4-2 victories in the first two of this three-game set.
After Adam Jones homered twice Monday, Jonathan Schoop's two-run shot broke things open Tuesday as the Angels lost two straight for the first time since June 15-16.
Now the Orioles can earn their first sweep in Anaheim since August 2010, though they could be without Manny Machado for a second straight contest due to lower back stiffness.
"It's still a little tight, but I got a shot and we'll see where we are tomorrow," Machado said.
Even if Machado is able to go, Baltimore faces a difficult challenge against Weaver (10-6, 3.43 ERA), who has gone 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA while allowing just two home runs over his last six outings - all Los Angeles victories. He gave up two runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 3-2, 16-inning home win over Seattle.
Weaver is 5-2 with a 2.26 ERA in his last 10 starts at home, where the Angels (59-40) haven't been swept since opening the season with three straight losses to the Mariners.
He's gone 6-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 career starts versus Baltimore. He had a four-start winning streak against the Orioles snapped on June 10, 2013, when he allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 4-3 road loss.
Jones homered off him in that contest and is 5 for 16 with four RBIs in the matchup. His last four hits in 18 at-bats over his past five against the Angels have been homers.
Fellow All-Star Nelson Cruz - second in the majors with 28 home runs - is hitting .227 with two homers and 20 strikeouts in 66 career at-bats in the matchup.
The Orioles turn to Tillman (7-5, 4.03) as they seek their first road sweep since taking three in Tampa Bay from May 6-8. He's 6-0 despite a 4.96 ERA in 12 road starts, though he's allowed just four runs over 20 2-3 innings in his last three.
The right-hander gave up two runs over 6 2-3 innings Friday before the bullpen blew his lead in the ninth of a 5-4 loss at Oakland. He's allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight straight outings.
Tillman, who starred at Fountain Valley High School in Orange County, is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in two career starts against the Angels. In his only outing in Anaheim, he surrendered three hits over eight shutout innings in a 5-1 win May 2, 2013.
He'll have to be careful with All-Star MVP Mike Trout, who is batting .357 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last nine games after hitting his 24th homer Tuesday.
The Angels lead the majors with 5.0 runs per game, but they've totaled 12 and hit .184 with runners in scoring position while dropping three of four.
"You're not going to square it up every night, and you're not going to find a hole every night," manager Mike Scioscia said. "We certainly haven't the last couple of nights."
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 11:03:27 AM EST|