Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Feldman

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Feldman
RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.24) tonight will make his 8th Major League start of this season, his 4th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Texas. Tillman did not get a decision in his last start, Saturday at home vs. Cleveland. Over five innings and 90 pitches he gave up just one run and six hits. Tillman's first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman's last five starts: 3.34 ERA Tillman has recorded three quality starts and has allowed 3ER or less in six of seven starts. The Orioles are 2-5 when...
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Feldman the road warrior

Feldman the road warrior
Quick, who are the only two AL pitchers with more wins than Texas righty Scott Feldman? You mean there are only two? CC Sabathia has 16 wins, Justin Verlander 15 and Feldman joins two others for third in the AL with 14 wins. The Orioles are finding out about him tonight as he has pitched five shutout innings allowing just two hits so far and has a 4-0 lead. No Oriole has reached as far as second base yet tonight. Over his last three starts, he has now thrown 17 2/3 consecutive scoreless...
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Feldman pitches Texas to a series-opening win

Feldman pitches Texas to a series-opening win
Texas right hander Scott Feldman picked up his 15th win, one off the AL lead, as the Texas Rangers beat the Orioles 5-1 Friday night to start a three-game series. Feldman entered with 12 2/3 scoreless innings and did not give a run until the sixth. On the night he pitched 6 2/3, allowing four hits and one run. He improved to 15-4, 3.62 on the season. Feldman became the first Texas pitcher since Bobby Witt in 1990 to win seven straight road decisions. In 14 road games on the year, he is...
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Post-game Notes: Rangers take series opener

Post-game Notes:  Rangers take series opener
He won again - Winning pitcher Scott Feldman did not allow an Oriole to get to second base until the 6th inning and that was also the inning he lost his shutout and a scoreless streak of 18 1/3 innings. Feldman is now 15-4, 3.62 on the year after pitching 6 2/3 tonight and throwing 102 pitches. Over his last three starts, he is 3-0, 0.47. He won his 7th straight road decision tonight, the first Ranger to do that since Bobby Witt in 1990. In 14 road games this year, he is 11-1, 2.80. He...
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Saturday afternoon baseball: Texas at Orioles

Saturday afternoon baseball:  Texas at Orioles
Game Preview Texas (76-58) at Orioles (54-81) The Orioles pitching staff struggled in its three-game series vs. New York, giving up 24 runs as the Birds lost three straight. The O's offense scuffled Friday in a 5-1 loss vs. Texas to open a three-game series. Today, at 4:05 p.m. in game two of this series, Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) will pitch for the Orioles vs. Texas right hander Kevin Millwood (10-8, 3.61). Today's game will be telecast on the Fox TV network. The Orioles were held to...
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Today's pitchers: Matusz vs. Millwood

Today's pitchers:  Matusz vs. Millwood
LHP Brian Matusz (3-2, 5.28) today will make his 7th Major League start of the 2009 season, his 3rd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Texas. Matusz is coming off his best start of the year. He got his 3rd win Sunday vs. Cleveland when he allowed just four hits and one run over seven innings. It was his longest outing of the year, the fewest hits he had allowed and he had a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 96 pitches vs. the Tribe. Matusz took a no-hitter into the fourth Sunday...
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Matusz and O's top Texas, 5-4

Matusz and O's top Texas, 5-4
After a poor start, O's rookie lefty Brian Matusz settled in and pitched a solid game Saturday as the Orioles beat Texas 5-4 at Camden Yards. The loss was damaging to the Rangers, who would have pulled within one game of Boston in the wild-card race with a victory. Matusz allowed three runs in the first and not much after that. He improves to 4-2, 5.26. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced. Matusz allowed six hits and four runs over seven innings, throwing 93 pitches. He allowed...
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Matusz talks about his win over Texas

Matusz talks about his win over Texas
After he gave up three runs, including a homer, in the first inning today, it didn't look like Brian Matusz would pitch deep into this game. But the rookie lefty settled down and settled in and pitched seven innings vs. Texas to get his fourth Major League win. "I didn't feel like I struggled in the first, I just made some bad pitches. The home run ball was up. But I felt like I had good stuff. I was in a good rhythm today. But's it's tough to say you'll have a good game when you...
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Post-game Notes: Matusz pitches O's past Texas

Post-game Notes:  Matusz pitches O's past Texas
Another win for the rookie - After giving up three runs in the first today, Brian Matusz was strong after that. He pitched seven innings for the second start in a row and is now 4-2, 5.26 on the year. Matusz, who retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced, needed 52 pitches for his first three innings, but just 41 for the last four frames. He did not give up a hit over those last four innings. Over his last two starts, he is 2-0, 3.21 with wins over Cleveland and Texas. Today he threw...
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Sunday afternoon baseball: Texas at Orioles

Sunday afternoon baseball:  Texas at Orioles
Game Preview Texas (76-59) at Orioles (55-81) After a 5-4 win over Texas on Saturday night the Orioles and Rangers meet today at 1:35 p.m. in the third and deciding game of this series. The Orioles have a chance to gain just their second series win since the All-Star break with a victory today. The O's are just 1-11-2 in 14 series in the second half. Today, Jeremy Guthrie (9-13, 5.17) pitches for the Orioles vs. lefty Derek Holland (7-9, 5.62). Brian Matusz pitched seven innings to pick...
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Today's pitchers: Guthrie vs. Holland

Today's pitchers:  Guthrie vs. Holland
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (9-13, 5.17) today will make his 28th start of this season, his 15th at home and the 5th of his career vs. the Texas Rangers. Guthrie, who has a career high 13 losses, has pitched well recently. Over his last three starts, he is 2-1, 1.80. Monday, he allowed two runs over six innings in taking a loss vs. New York. He leads the AL in earned runs allowed (92) and in homers allowed (30). Guthrie has allowed 2ER or less in seven starts on the year and in his last three in a...
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Guthrie and O's blank Texas, 7-0

Guthrie and O's blank Texas, 7-0
Jeremy Guthrie continued his recent excellent pitching and the Orioles blanked Texas 7-0 Sunday to win the series with their third shutout of the year. Guthrie pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and is now 10-13, 4.96. Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1, 1.33. Matt Albers pitched a scoreless 8th and Kam Mickolio got out of a two on jam in the 9th to preserve the shutout. The O's took a 2-0 lead in the second. After a Melvin Mora single and a walk to Jeff Fiorentino, Chad...
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Post-game Notes: Guthrie and O's top Texas

Post-game Notes:  Guthrie and O's top Texas
Guts with a win - Jeremy Guthrie and two relievers teamed on a 7-hit shutout in the O's 7-0 win over Texas Sunday. Guthrie, now 10-13, 4.96, worked seven innings and gave up six hits and one walk and had six strikeouts. Guthrie threw 110 pitches, 73 for strikes as he lowered his ERA under 5.00 for the first time since May 30th. Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1 1.33 (4ER over 27 IP). Guthrie has allowed 1ER or less in three of his last four starts. It's the second time this...
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With some help, Wieters is making strides on defense

With some help, Wieters is making strides on defense
It was the first inning of a game on August 14th at Camden Yards. The LA Angels were in town and one of the game's best base stealers, Chone Figgins, was on first base. He broke for second with the pitch. Catcher Matt Wieters jumped quickly out of his crouch and fired a strike to second to gun down Figgins. In the dugout at the time was O's minor league catching instructor Don Werner, someone who has spent a lot of time with Wieters the past two seasons. He glanced at his stopwatch,...
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Widlansky wins Carolina League batting title

Widlansky wins Carolina League batting title
Even though he was not listed once this year among the Carolina League leaders, Frederick Keys first baseman-outfielder Robbie Widlansky ends the season as the league's leading hitter, winning the batting title. Widlansky went 0-4 in the Keys final game Monday at Wilmington. But he will end the year with a batting average of .340, far above anyone else. The O's 11th-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic in 2007, will end the year about 15 plate appearances short of qualifying for the...
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Play ball at Fenway: O's at Boston

Play ball at Fenway:  O's at Boston
Game Preview Orioles (56-81) at Boston (79-58) After winning back-to-back games to take a series from playoff contending Texas, the O's begin a five-game road trip tonight that will take them to Boston and New York. The O's are a combined 1-12 in those parks this season. Pitching Matchups in Boston: Tues, 7:05 p.m. - David Hernandez (4-6, 4,54) v. Clay Buchholz (4-3, 4.40). Wed, 7:05 p.m. - Jason Berken (4-11, 6.07) v. Paul Byrd (1-1, 7.56). Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings on Sunday...
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Hernandez done after 2 2/3

Hernandez done after 2 2/3
David Hernandez got off to a rough start giving up two first inning home runs. The first was a two-run bomb to Dustin Pedroia and the second was a solo to Kevin Youkilis. Hernandez seemed to battle his control in the first inning. However, he seemed to regroup in the second before giving up another solo home run to Alex Gonzalez. Chris Lambert, just recalled Tuesday, has entered the game with the O's down 5-0. Hernandez threw 83 pitches. His final line: IP 2.2, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4...
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Orioles down nine after six innings

Orioles down nine after six innings
Chris Lambert was greeted with a three-run home run by J.D. Drew increasing Boston's lead to 8-0. Clay Buchholz is still stifling the O's holding them to two hits and no runs. In addition, Buchholz has walked only one Oriole all night. The Birds, on the other hand, have used five pitchers. David Hernandez, Lambert, Brian Bass, Alberto Castillo and Chris Ray have all seen action against Boston. The pitchers have allowed five walks through six innings and continue to trail Boston 9-0.
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Red Sox beat O's 10-0

Red Sox beat O's 10-0
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Orioles 10-0 on the strength of six home runs and a strong start by Clay Buchholz. Buchholz only allowed three hits to the Orioles batters and walked one. Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit two of Boston's six home runs in the game. Gary Thorne talks with Dave Trembley after the O's 10-0 loss to Boston David Hernandez had a short outing, giving up six runs in 2 2/3 innings. The bullpen didn't fair much better against Boston's bats giving up four...
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Hoes and Avery solid for Delmarva

Hoes and Avery solid for Delmarva
Xavier Avery and L.J. Hoes were drafted out of high school by the Orioles last year. They both then went on to play solid ball in the Gulf Coast League last summer. This season, the O's brass decided to see how the pair would handle the full-season with the Delmarva Shorebirds in low Class-A ball. At just 19, the pair played to rave reviews in the South Atlantic League. Neither hit .300, nor did the O's expect them to. They just made solid, steady progress which should lead to them...
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