|BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )|
WASHINGTON ( ROARK )
|913||BALTIMORE||+125||Ov 7,-120||+125||Ov 7,-115|
|914||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 7,+100||-135||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-33||+17.8||37-40||4.3||0.258||0.306||4.0||0.251||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||2-5||2.9||0.210||0.281||2.7||0.217||0.262|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-37||-6.5||36-38||4.0||0.239||0.304||3.3||0.235||0.286|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.6||3-4||4.3||0.242||0.314||3.6||0.242||0.280|
|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)||2-3||L||160||8.5 un||U||6||5||2||7||11||0|
|7/24/2014||CHEN(L)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)||4-0||W||125||6.5 un||U||8||4||0||5||6||0|
|7/25/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)||2-1||W||180||6.5 un||U||6||3||0||8||8||0|
|7/26/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ SEATTLE||YOUNG(R)||3-4||L||-105||8 un||U||3||7||0||7||5||1|
|7/27/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||3-2||W||105||7.5 un||U||9||11||0||10||11||0|
|7/29/2014||TILLMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||7-6||W||+120||8.5 un||O||10||7||2||11||8||1|
|7/30/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||4-3||W||+125||8 un||U||6||3||0||4||3||0|
|7/31/2014||NORRIS(R)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||0-1||L||+100||9 un||U||5||9||0||12||11||0|
|8/4/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|8/5/2014||NORRIS(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||CHEN(L)||@ TORONTO||HUTCHISON(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||HAPP(L)|| |
|8/8/2014||TILLMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|8/9/2014||JIMENEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||LACKEY(R)|| |
|8/10/2014||GAUSMAN(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|8/11/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/21/2014||FISTER(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||7-2||W||-150||11 ev||U||13||11||0||10||8||2|
|7/22/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||7-4||W||-180||10.5 ov||O||11||7||0||13||8||0|
|7/23/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-6||L||-150||10 un||P||12||10||1||11||8||3|
|7/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||4-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||12||12||0||4||6||1|
|7/26/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||0-1||L||-110||7 un||U||4||7||0||4||2||0|
|7/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||5||8||0||7||6||2|
|7/28/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||6-7||L||-140||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||10||5||1|
|7/29/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-3||L||-130||7 un||U||5||11||0||7||5||0|
|7/30/2014||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||6||0|
|8/5/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||FISTER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/7/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|8/9/2014||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|8/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Baltimore (61-48) at Washington (59-49), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles managed to avoid the Washington Nationals' Tanner Roark last month after his scheduled start was pushed back due to weather.
The forecast, however, looks good for Monday night.
Roark tries to win a career-best fifth consecutive outing as these beltway rivals make up a postponement in the nation's capital.
The Nationals dropped two of three to the Orioles from July 7-10. Roark (11-6, 2.74 ERA) was slated to pitch in that home-and-home series but was skipped after the clubs were rained out July 8.
Baltimore probably isn't looking forward to its first matchup with Roark, who has thrown seven innings of one-run ball in each of his last four starts. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out seven in Wednesday's 4-3 win at Miami, giving him an 8-2 mark and 2.20 ERA in his last 10 starts.
"Tanner continues to pitch well for us," manager Matt Williams told MLB's official website. "He pitched pretty well, he kept us in the game."
No rain is predicted for Monday in Washington.
The NL East-leading Nationals (60-49) had dropped four of five before posting back-to-back wins over Philadelphia. Denard Span stayed hot with two more hits and an RBI as the Phillies won 4-0 on Sunday to split a four-game set.
Span has recorded at least one hit in 15 of his last 17, batting .433 with 14 runs and eight stolen bases. He's reached safely in 29 straight.
The AL East-leading Orioles (62-48) have won seven of 10 after taking two of three from Seattle. Nick Markakis hit a leadoff home run in Sunday's 1-0 victory and collected three of his team's five hits.
Baltimore had never won a game in which the lone run came on a leadoff homer. Each of the Orioles' last six victories have been decided by one run.
"As many times as we come here after a game knowing the offense picked up the pitching, it's kind of evened out," said manager Buck Showalter, whose team has batted .189 over a 14-game stretch. "If we can get both going - as every team tries to do - it would be a little more fun."
Kevin Gausman (5-3, 3.70) takes the mound for Baltimore looking to build on Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander retired the first 14 batters he faced and gave up three runs and three hits over seven innings.
Gausman was hit hard in his only start against the Nationals, a 9-3 road loss May 28, 2013. He allowed seven runs and a career-high three homers over 4 1-3 innings in what was his second big league appearance.
Gausman could get his first look at Bryce Harper, who figures to be back in the starting lineup after coming on as a defensive replacement Sunday. Harper is hitting .212 in nine games against the Orioles.
The slumping Nelson Cruz should return for Baltimore after getting a day to clear his head. Cruz is among the major league leaders with 75 RBIs, but he has two and has batted .110 over his last 20 games.
"They're not getting him out," Showalter said. "He's getting himself out, mostly."
Baltimore has won 15 of 22 against the Nationals and five of its last seven in Washington.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 7:04:43 PM EST|