Post-game Notes: Rays take series opener

Post-game Notes:  Rays take series opener
The O's began their nine-game road trip with a one-run loss at Tampa. The Birds are now 12-16 in one-run games and have lost seven of their last eight one-run decisions. Matt with a longball - Matt Wieters two-run homer in the 8th was his 4th of the season. He has hit two solo shots and a pair of two-run homers. It was his first homer since July 5th, Wieters had gone 28 games without a longball. Gary and Buck talk with Dave Trembley after the O's 5-4 loss to the Rays Nick Markakis...
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Wednesday baseball: O's at Tampa

Wednesday baseball:  O's at Tampa
Game Preview Orioles (48-71) at Tampa Bay (64-54) Orioles pitchers have been giving up the longball a lot in recent games and Tampa Bay hit three homers to beat the Orioles Tuesday night, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game series. Tonight, in game two of this series at 7:08 p.m. at Tropicana Field, Chris Tillman (1-0, 4.88) pitches for the Orioles vs. Jeff Niemann (10-5, 3.86). O's pitchers have given up nine homers the last three games and 34 in the last 21 games. The Orioles have...
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Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Niemann

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Niemann
RHP Chris Tillman (1-0, 4.88) tonight makes his 5th Major League start of this season, his 3rd on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Tampa. Tillman's first two starts: 6.75 ERA (8ER in 10 2/3IP) Tillman's last two starts: 3.38 ERA (5ER in 13 1/3IP) Right-handed batters are hitting .327 off Tillman while lefties are batting just .214. The O's are 2-2 in his four starts. Tillman has allowed nine of his 13 runs in the first two innings of his starts. In two road starts, he is 0-0,...
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Tillman's poise

Tillman's poise
Chris Tillman showed some big-time poise in the bottom of the first inning tonight. Meanwhile, home plate umpire Mark Wegner is sure missing a good game, at least missing some good Tillman pitches. I give the 21-year-old right hander immense credit for keeping his poise while Wegner was missing pitches and forcing Tillman to work to the max to get out of a bases-loaded jam. But he was forced to throw 31 pitches. Will that catch up to him in the second inning tonight? Maybe the 5th or...
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Another solid Tillman outing

Another solid Tillman outing
Chris Tillman gave up just three runs, all on solo homers, in six innings plus tonight at Tampa. He leaves trailing 3-0 and might absorb his first Major League loss. But he pitched very well in this game and maybe had his best curveball of any of his five O's outings. Tillman tonight: 6IP, 7H, 3R-ER, 2B, 3K.....101 pitches. I thought he might not come out for the seventh inning, but I kind of liked the fact that he did, despite throwing 100 pitches through six. Dave Trembley showed...
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Rays use three homers to top O's, 3-1

Rays use three homers to top O's, 3-1
Chris Tillman allowed three solo homers and took his first Major League loss as Tampa Bay beat the Birds 3-1 Wednesday night to take the first two games of this series. Pat Burrell homered in the 4th, Ben Zobrist in the 6th and B.J. Upton took Tillman deep leading off the 7th. Tillman, now 1-1, 4.80, gave up seven hits and three runs over six innings. He threw 101 pitches and his ERA over his last three starts is 3.72. Jim and Buck interview Dave Trembley after the O's 3-1 loss to the...
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Post-game Notes: Tillman takes first ML loss

Post-game Notes:  Tillman takes first ML loss
O's pitching has been hampered by the longball all year, especially in the last few games. Chris Tillman allowed three solo homers tonight and the O's have allowed six homers in two games in this series. The Birds have allowed 12 homers over the last four games and 37 in the last 22 games. Tillman time - Tillman, now 1-1, 4.80 through five Major League starts, gave up three runs and seven his over six innings. He walked two and fanned three, throwing 101 pitches. Still, Tillman has...
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Thursday preview: O's at Tampa

Thursday preview:  O's at Tampa
Game Preview Orioles (48-72) at Tampa Bay (65-54) The Orioles have yet to win a series since the All-Star break. They won't win this one either as they have lost the first two games of a three-game set at Tampa Bay. Tonight, the clubs meet at 7:08 p.m. as the Orioles look to get one win in this series. Lefty Brian Matusz (1-2, 6.75) will pitch vs. the Rays James Shields (7-9, 3.88). The Orioles have lost 5-4 and 3-1 games in this series. Tampa hit three solo homers Wednesday night to...
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Tonight's pitchers: Matusz vs. Shields

Tonight's pitchers:  Matusz vs. Shields
LHP Brian Matusz (1-2, 6.75) tonight makes his 4th Major League start of this season, his 3rd on the road and the 1st of his career vs. Tampa. In his Major League debut, August 4th at Detroit, Matusz got a win, giving up just one run over five innings. Over his last two starts vs. Toronto and Los Angeles, he has given up 9ER and 18 hits over 8 1/3 innings. The Orioles are 1-2 in his starts. Right-handed batters are hitting .436 vs. Matusz in those starts with 24 hits in 55 at bats. ...
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Noting B-Rob Slams

Noting B-Rob Slams
Brian Roberts hit a Grand Slam in the 6th tonight to break a 1-1 tie and give the Orioles a 5-1 lead at Tampa. It's his 12th homer of the year, his 2nd in two nights and his 4th career Grand Slam. Roberts career Grand Slams: 5-22-03 at Anaheim off Troy Percival 5-28-03 v. Anaheim off Ramon Ortiz 6-20-04 at Colorado of Shawn Chacon 8-20-09 at TB off Lance Cormier Roberts is 2 for 4 in tonight's game, extending his batting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .391 (18 for 46) during his...
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Roberts' Slam leads O's past Tampa, 8-7

Roberts' Slam leads O's past Tampa, 8-7
The Orioles produced seven runs on two swings as Brian Roberts hit a Grand Slam and Nolan Reimold a three-run shot in Thursday's 8-7 win over Tampa. The O's avoided the series sweep and ended a five-game losing streak. Roberts hit his fourth career Slam off Lance Cormier in the 6th to break a 1-1 tie. An inning later, after Tampa cut the 5-1 lead to 5-4, Reimold delivered his three-run shot. It was Reimold's first homer since July 31st vs. Boston He had hit just one over his last 41...
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Post-game Notes: Roberts, Reimold lead O's to win

Post-game Notes:  Roberts, Reimold lead O's to win
A B-Rob blast - Brian Roberts turned a 1-1 tie into a 5-1 Orioles lead when he hit a Grand Slam off Lance Cormier in the 6th inning. Cormier had just entered the game in relief of starter James Shields. It was Roberts' fourth career Grand Slam and first in over five years. Roberts has hit two homers in two games and three over his last five games. Roberts career Slams: 5-22-03 at Anaheim off Troy Percival 5-28-03 v. Anaheim off Ramon Ortiz 6-20-04 at Colorado off Shawn Chacon 8-20-09 at...
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Weekend preview: O's at Chicago

Weekend preview:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (49-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-59) After playing three games at Tampa decided by four total runs, the Orioles move on to Chicago for the second stop on a nine-game road trip. Pitching Matchups for the Series: Fri, 8:11p - Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) v. Gavin Floyd (10-7, 3.94) Sat, 7:05p - David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) v. John Danks (10-8, 3.96) Sun, 2:05p - Jason Berken (2-11, 6.72) v. Mark Buehrle (11-6, 3.78) The Birds ended a five-game losing streak with Thursday's...
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Tonight's pitchers: Guthrie vs. Floyd

Tonight's pitchers:  Guthrie vs. Floyd
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.66) tonight will make his 25th start of the season, his 12th on the road and his 6th in his career vs. the White Sox. Sunday vs. the Angels, Guthrie allowed seven runs (all earned) and ten hits in 5 2/3 innings. Over his last five starts, he is 0-4, 7.55. He has allowed 2ER or less in just four of 24 starts this year, after doing that in 17 of 30 starts in 2008. The Orioles are 8-16 when Guthrie starts, losing his last five outings. Guthrie has given up 41 of...
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Passing Mr. October

Passing Mr. October
When Jim Thome crushed a homer to center field in the 4th tonight to tie the game with the Orioles at 1-1, he moved past one former Oriole on the all-time homer list and set his sights on another. Thome entered this game tied for 12th on the all-time homer list with 563 with Reggie Jackson. Now he has 564 and that is five behind Rafael Palmeiro, who at 569, is 11th on the all-time list. I bet most fans would have guessed that Reggie had more homers than Raffy. The homer was Thome's 4th...
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Roberts homers twice in O's win at Chicago

Roberts homers twice in O's win at Chicago
Brian Roberts hit two homers in a game for just the second time in his career as the Orioles beat the White Sox 5-1 in Chicago in game one of a three-game series. Roberts, who has 14 homers on the year, has now homered in three straight games. He has hit four homers over the last three games and five homers in his last six games. Roberts hit a solo homer off Gavin Floyd in the 3rd and his two-run shot off Floyd in the 8th broke a 1-1 tie. Jim Hunter talks with Dave Trembley about Jeremy...
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Post-game Notes: Homer happy Roberts leads O's to win

Post-game Notes:  Homer happy Roberts leads O's to win
B-Rob with a longball, then another - Brian Roberts homered for the third game in a row, and this time he hit a pair of homers to lead the O's past Chicago 5-1 on Friday. He hit a solo shot off Gavin Floyd in the 3rd and his two-run shot in the 8th off Floyd broke a 1-1 tie and sparked a four-run inning. It was Roberts' second career two-homer game. He also hit two out on September 6, 2006 at Los Angeles. Roberts has now homered four times in the last three games and five times in...
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Saturday baseball: O's at Chicago

Saturday baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (50-72) at Chicago White Sox (62-60) Led by a Brian Roberts home run binge, the Orioles have now won back-to-back games on their current road trip and could win their first series since the All-Star break with a victory tonight. Roberts hit his 4th career Grand Slam, leading the O's past Tampa on Thursday. Last night he homered twice as the O's beat Chicago 5-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Over the last three games, Roberts is 6 for 14 with four homers and 8...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Danks

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Danks
RHP David Hernandez (4-5, 4.20) tonight will make his 12th Major League start of this season, his 7th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the White Sox. After a four-start stretch where Hernandez had pitched to an ERA of 2.31, Hernandez's ERA is 7.20 (12ER over 15IP) over his last three starts. Hernandez has allowed 12 homers in 64 1/3 innings. He has allowed eight homers over his last four starts. Right-handed batters hit .274 off him while lefties bat .295. Hernandez gives up an...
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Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago

Hernandez and O's fall at Chicago
O's starter David Hernandez gave up three runs and three hits over four innings and took the loss as the Chicago White Sox beat the Orioles 4-1 Saturday to even the series. Carlos Quentin's solo homer in the 2nd gave Chicago a 1-0 lead and it grew to 3-0 in the 4th on RBI from Alexei Ramirez and Mark Kotsay. The O's cut a 4-0 lead to 4-1 in the 7th. Luke Scott drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a wild pitch. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 4-1 loss to the White...
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