Post-game Notes: NY takes series finale

Post-game Notes:  NY takes series finale
Not this time - O's starter Jeremy Guthrie was on a four-start roll that ended today, as he allowed 12 hits and five runs in 5 2/3IP. Guthrie is now 10-14, 5.06. Over his previous four starts, Guthrie was 3-1, 1.33 and had allowed just 4ER over 27 innings. The O's are now 11-18 in Guthrie's 29 starts. In 12 games, 11 career starts vs. New York, Guthrie is 3-6, 4.78. The O's bullpen, which had pitched to an ERA of 7.05 over the last 14 games, really struggled today. In 2 1/3 innings,...
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Series preview: Rays at Orioles

Series preview:  Rays at Orioles
Game Preview Tampa Bay (72-71) at Orioles (58-84) With three weeks to go in Major League baseball's regular season, tonight the Orioles host Tampa Bay at 7:05 p.m. It's the start of a seven-game homestand, the O's next to last homestand of the year. The O's host Tampa for four games and Boston for three over the next seven days. Tonight, David Hernandez (4-7, 5.05) pitches for the O's vs. the Rays David Price (7-7, 4.65). The Orioles took two of three from New York over the weekend. ...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Price

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Price
RHP David Hernandez (4-7, 5.05) tonight will make his 16th start of this season, his 8th at home and the 1st in his career vs. Tampa. Hernandez allowed four hits, all homers in a loss Tuesday vs. Boston. He gave up six runs in just 2 2/3 innings. Hernandez has given up seven homers in 7 2/3 vs. New York and Boston over his last two starts. He has allowed 12 homers over his last 23 innings and 21 on the year in 82 innings. Giving up the longball is one reason he has struggled recently. ...
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Thoughts on David Hernandez

Thoughts on David Hernandez
The quality of David Hernandez's pitches was not his problem tonight. The location of said pitches was a huge problem. Tonight he struck out five batters in three plus innings, so when he put the ball where he wanted he got positive results. That was not often enough however, not nearly. But he gave up nine hits and five runs, including two more homers. His pitches usually were up and in the middle of the plate, two big problems. The recent numbers on Hernandez are alarming. He's given...
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Rays break out on offense, end streak vs. the Orioles

Rays break out on offense, end streak vs. the Orioles
Number nine hitter Reid Brignac led the way as Tampa Bay broke out of its hitting slump and beat the Orioles Monday 8-4 to end an 11-game losing streak. That was the longest losing streak in the Majors this year. The Rays had scored just eight runs over their past seven games and 23 runs during the losing skid. Brignac went 4 for 4 with a homer, two doubles and 3 RBI as Tampa overcame a 4-1 first-inning deficit behind a 15-hit attack. His two-run homer in the second was the first of his...
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Post-game Notes: Rays win series opener

Post-game Notes:  Rays win series opener
Long time coming - Tampa Bay snapped an 11-game losing streak with Monday's 8-4 win. During the streak, the Rays were out-scored 61-23. Tampa was 0-7 on its current road trip, losing four at New York and three in Boston. A loss would have extended Tampa's losing skid to 12 games, which would have been its longest since September of 2004. The Tampa club record is 15 losses in a row in 2002. This was the Rays first win since September 2nd vs. Boston. Tampa offense: During losing streak:...
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Tuesday preview: Tampa at Orioles

Tuesday preview:  Tampa at Orioles
Game Preview Tampa (73-71) at Orioles (58-85) The Tampa Bay Rays seemed due, maybe overdue, for an offensive breakout. After starting a road trip 0-7 by scoring eight total runs, the Rays matched that in one night, taking the first game of a series Monday at Camden Yards. Tonight, the O's host Tampa in game two of this series and seven-game homestand. Jason Berken (4-11, 6.02) pitches for the Orioles vs. Jeff Niemann (12-5, 3.57). With Monday's 8-4 win, Tampa snapped an 11-game losing...
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Tonight's pitchers: Berken vs. Niemann

Tonight's pitchers:  Berken vs. Niemann
RHP Jason Berken (4-11, 6.02) tonight will make his 21st start of the year, his 12th at home and the 2nd of his career vs. Tampa. Over his last four starts, Berken is 2-0, 3.38 which has lowered his ERA for the year from 6.72 to 6.02. Berken has struggled in the first inning this year, giving up 21 of his 66 runs and a batting average of .352 in the first frame. Berken, 2009 season: Home: 2-6, 4.95, 11 starts Road: 2-5, 7.35, 9 starts The Orioles are 5-15 when Berken starts, losing the...
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Wieters with 5 RBI as O's top Tampa

Wieters with 5 RBI as O's top Tampa
When Pat Burrell followed a first-inning, three-run homer with an RBI single in the third, Tampa had an early 5-0 lead on the Orioles. Jason Berken appeared headed for his 12th loss. But, as Berken settled down, the O's bats, especially that of Matt Wieters, came alive and the Birds rallied to beat Tampa 10-5 Tuesday. Each team has one win in this four-game series. After scoring twice in the 3rd and once in the 4th, the O's scored three in the 5th to take the lead. Luke Scott's RBI...
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Post-game Notes: Wieters and Berken lead O's past Tampa

Post-game Notes:  Wieters and Berken lead O's past Tampa
Comeback win - The O's trailed tonight's game 5-0 after 2 ½ innings. The O's then scored 10 unanswered runs over the next six frames to post a 10-5 win. The O's had 16 hits in the game, five for extra-bases with three doubles and two homers. Rookie Matt Wieters went 3 for 4 with a double, two-run single and three-run homer. Wieters, who entered tonight with just one RBI in his last 13 games, tonight produced a season-best 5 RBI. His previous season high was 4 RBI...
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Wednesday baseball: Tampa at Orioles

Wednesday baseball:  Tampa at Orioles
Game Preview Tampa (73-72) at Orioles (59-85) Following a pleasing comeback victory, the Orioles host Tampa tonight in game three of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Birds were behind 5-0 after Tampa batted in the top of the third Tuesday night. But then the comeback was on and 10 unanswered runs later, the O's had a 10-5 win. Tonight at 7:05 p.m. Chris Tillman (2-3, 4.91) pitches for the Orioles vs. Andy Sonnanstine (6-9, 7.15). In two starts against the O's this year,...
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Tonight's pitching matchup: Tillman vs. Sonnanstine

Tonight's pitching matchup:  Tillman vs. Sonnanstine
RHP Chris Tillman (2-3, 4.91) tonight will make his 10th Major League start of the year, his 5th at home and his 2nd career start vs. Tampa Bay. The 21-year-old Tillman got the victory Friday at New York. Over five innings, he allowed nine hits and four runs and fanned a season-high eight batters. Tillman has recorded three quality starts and has allowed 3ER or less in six of his nine starts. Tillman, 2009: Vs. right-handed hitters: .374 average, 8 homers Vs. left-handed hitters: .223...
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Wieters potential

Wieters potential
When you watch Matt Wieters drive in five runs one night and easily throw Carl Crawford out trying to steal the next, you can see his massive potential. That's with the glove and bat. Wieters threw Crawford out at second base tonight. He got a guy who currently has 56 steals, has five career 50-steal seasons and is the AL stolen base leader in four of the last five years. The stats say Wieters is only about average compared to others in the AL in caught stealing. But after a real slow...
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Wieters hits walk-off homer in 9th, O's top Tampa

Wieters hits walk-off homer in 9th, O's top Tampa
Minutes after seeing the O's lose a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth inning, Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer to left in the last of the 9th to give the O's a 4-2 walk-off win over Tampa. Luke Scott led off the 9th and drew a walk. Wieters then hit his two-run shot out to left off Russ Springer. It was his second homer in two nights and 7th on the year. In the three games in this series, Wieters is 5 for 10 with two homers and 9 RBI. Also tonight he threw out Carl Crawford twice on...
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Post-game Notes: A Wieters' walk-off for the win

Post-game Notes:  A Wieters' walk-off for the win
Yes, but can he walk on water? - Matt Wieters' two-run homer in the last of the 9th gave the O's a 4-2 win over Tampa tonight. Wieters went 1 for 3 with 3 RBI. Wieters has two homers and 8 RBI over the past two games. In the three games of this series vs. Tampa, Wieters is 5 for 10 with two homers and 9 RBI. Over his last 11 games, he is batting .333 (13 for 39) with two homers and 9 RBI. This was the Orioles 3rd walk-off homer this year: ***May 27 - Nolan Reimold vs. Toronto, bottom...
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Series finale: Tampa at Orioles

Series finale:  Tampa at Orioles
Game Preview Tampa (73-73) at Orioles (60-85) At a time when the Orioles are counting on their young players, now and in the future, Wednesday was a game where Orioles youth was served. Rookie right hander Chris Tillman pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit ball. Rookie catcher Matt Wieters hit the game winning homer, a two-run shot off Russ Springer in the last of the ninth. Tillman tied a season high by going 6 2/3. For the first time all year he did not strike out a single...
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Tillman finds that less is more

Tillman finds that less is more
A day after giving up just one run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings, his best Major League start yet, Chris Tillman said pitching with less velocity led to better results. "Results-wise, I would say it was my best. But I don't think I pitched like myself. I kind of backed off on my velocity some, kind of stepped out of who I am. I just wanted to have a good outing to build off of. "I know the velocity would be there if I need it. I just wanted to see what would happen if I backed off...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hendrickson vs. Davis

Tonight's pitchers:  Hendrickson vs. Davis
LHP Mark Hendrickson (5-4, 4.43) tonight will make his 50th appearance and 8th start of this year, his 5th start at home and his 3rd start of the season vs. Tampa. Hendrickson tonight takes over the rotation spot of Brian Matusz. The rookie lefty has been shutdown for the rest of the season due to his innings load. So Hendrickson tonight makes his first start of the year since May 12th vs. Tampa, when he gave up five runs over two innings. Hendrickson has pitched much better this season out...
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Walk-off rookies

Walk-off rookies
There have been three walk-off homers hit by rookies in the American League this year and two have been hit by Orioles. *Nolan Reimold, May 27 vs. Toronto *Luis Valbuena (Clev), August 22 *Matt Wieters, September 16 vs. Tampa With a win tonight, the Orioles would win a four-game series for the first time all year. Previously they have lost five and tied four 4-game sets. Matt Wieters 9 RBI over his last three games, matches his output of his previous 24 games. And, finally, in our...
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Davis pitches a gem as Rays top O's

Davis pitches a gem as Rays top O's
Tampa right hander Wade Davis pitched a four-hit shutout tonight, in just his third Major League start, as the Rays beat the Orioles 3-0, in front of 12, 436 at Camden Yards. This came just days after Davis gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 in his last start vs. Boston. The 24-year-old walked two, fanned ten and threw 124 pitches in picking up his first Major League win. The O's were blanked for the 9th time on the season. The O's best chance to break through vs. Davis came in the first inning...
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