|BALTIMORE ( NORRIS )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|961||BALTIMORE||+110||Ov 9,+105||-105||Ov 9,+115|
|962||TORONTO||-120||Un 9,-125||-105||Un 9,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-15||+1.4||10-21||3.7||0.251||0.303||3.5||0.253||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-4||3.4||0.228||0.280||2.9||0.214||0.255|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-37||+8.4||39-40||4.7||0.266||0.329||4.3||0.258||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||4.9||0.276||0.335||3.7||0.237||0.283|
|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)||7-3||W||130||7 ev||O||14||7||0||8||6||1|
|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||NORRIS(R)||NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)|| |
|8/12/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/24/2014||STROMAN(R)||BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||8-0||W||-110||8 ov||P||14||8||0||1||3||0|
|7/25/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-6||L||120||8 un||O||10||6||0||11||5||0|
|7/26/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CAPUANO(L)||6-4||W||120||8.5 ov||O||9||11||0||8||11||0|
|7/27/2014||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GREENE(R)||5-4||W||115||9 ov||P||12||9||0||7||4||1|
|7/28/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||14-1||W||130||9 ov||O||14||7||1||5||6||0|
|7/29/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DE LA ROSA(R)||4-2||W||-105||8.5 un||U||12||8||0||7||8||1|
|7/30/2014||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||WORKMAN(R)||6-1||W||105||9 un||U||9||9||0||8||8||2|
|7/31/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ HOUSTON||BUCHANAN(R)||6-5||W||-150||9 un||O||11||3||1||8||7||0|
|8/1/2014||HAPP(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||5||4||1|
|8/2/2014||DICKEY(R)||@ HOUSTON||OBERHOLTZER(L)||2-8||L||-130||8 un||O||6||7||2||13||5||1|
|8/3/2014||STROMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||1-6||L||-160||8 ov||U||8||5||1||9||6||0|
|8/11/2014||HUTCHISON(R)||@ SEATTLE||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|8/12/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|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.''
|TORONTO: TORONTO (AP) - All winter long, the Blue Jays' primary concern was upgrading the starting pitching. The biggest story in Toronto this spring, though, is the one about the free agent arm that got away.|
After months of inaction, the Blue Jays thought they'd landed right-hander Ervin Santana on a one-year deal in early March. But when injury concerns flared up in Atlanta, Santana signed a similar deal with the Braves instead.
''I think it's pretty obvious we were involved, it didn't work out. I'm trying to take the high road here,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said after Santana turned him down, saying he'd rather pitch in a spacious National League park than face AL East foes in Toronto's hitter-friendly dome.
Anthopoulos, who'd previously come ''extremely close'' to acquiring a starter through trade, must now start the season with almost the same staff he took north last year. Right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the 2012 NL Cy Young winner, will be the opening-day starter again, while left-hander Mark Buehrle gets the third slot.
But none of the other three leading contenders, right-handers Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchison, and left-hander J.A. Happ, have ever pitched 200 innings, and all three are coming off injuries. Morrow was limited to 10 starts last year by a nerve problem in his forearm, Hutchison hasn't pitched in the majors since elbow surgery in 2012, and Happ missed most of 2013 after being hit in the head by a line drive. Happ dimmed his own chances with an awful spring.
Santana, who has topped the 200-inning mark five times, would have given the Blue Jays valuable depth. Without him, there's more chance they'll need starts from touted but untested youngsters like Kyle Drabek, Sean Nolin, and Marcus Stroman.
Still, a confident Dickey insisted Santana would have been more ''bonus'' than ''necessity'' to Toronto. ''I feel like we have what we need,'' he said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Baltimore (62-48) at Toronto (60-53), 7:07 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Blue Jays had been cruising along before running out of steam over the weekend.
They'll try to regroup Tuesday night in the opener of a crucial three-game home set against the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto (60-53) had won six straight and nine of 10 after beating Houston 6-5 on Thursday, but it went on to lose the final three games of that series by a combined 17-4. The Blue Jays fell 6-1 on Sunday to conclude a 6-4 trek.
"Everybody is tired," manager John Gibbons said. "It was a good road trip, it could have been a great one, but we have a welcome day off (Monday) and then we play the team we're chasing."
Toronto is four games behind the Orioles (63-48) heading into arguably its most important series of the year. These division rivals have split 10 meetings thus far, with Baltimore winning four of the last six.
"We've been playing good baseball," Gibbons told MLB's official website. "The last three games didn't go our way, pure and simple. But (now) we play the teams that matter. Baltimore, then Detroit and Seattle, three really good teams ... we'll have a little bit better idea where we're at after that."
Toronto now turns to Mark Buehrle (11-7, 3.11 ERA), who finally got back in the win column with Wednesday's 6-1 victory at Boston. The left-hander allowed one run over 6 2-3 innings for his first win since June 1.
"I try to stay even-keel whether I'm doing good or bad," he said. "But there are times when you go out there and get your butt handed to you a few times - there's a thought in the back of your mind, like 'Am I done? Can I still get it done?' ... Maybe it's myself driving myself crazy, but this definitely feels good."
Buehrle yielded four runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 4-2 loss at Baltimore on June 12, dropping to 1-4 with a 5.86 ERA against the Orioles since the start of last year. Melky Cabrera has had his number over the years, going 17 for 30 with two homers in their matchups.
Baltimore is coming off Monday's 7-3 win at Washington in a makeup game. Caleb Joseph was 2 for 3 with a homer and three RBIs and Nick Markakis went deep for the second consecutive day.
"It was a tough one, and then again tomorrow and the next day," manager Buck Showalter said. "These guys get to sleep around 5 or 6. It's part of what we have to go through to get what we're trying to get done."
The Orioles give the ball to Bud Norris (8-7, 3.69), who threw seven scoreless innings in Thursday's 1-0, 13-inning defeat to the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander has already faced Toronto three times this year, going 2-0 with a 1.83 ERA.
Blue Jays infielder Brett Lawrie is set to come off the disabled list after missing six weeks with a broken finger. He's hitting .216 with three homers and eight RBIs against the Orioles this year.
Baltimore's Nelson Cruz is batting .365 with five homers and 14 RBIs during a 14-game stretch against Toronto. However, Cruz has gone a major league-worst 7 for 70 with one RBI and 18 strikeouts since July 11.
Markakis, 8 for 16 in four games this month, is hitting .328 in his last 15 north of the border.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 1:10:56 PM EST|