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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Don Werner talks about O's minor league catchers

Don Werner talks about O's minor league catchers
Don Werner is in his seventh season in the Orioles' organization and in his third year as the O's minor league catching instructor. Werner oversees the instructing of catchers at all levels of the organization. He played seven seasons in the Majors and on June 16, 1978 caught a Tom Seaver no-hitter. Werner recently answered several questions about top catching prospect Caleb Joseph and some of the other catchers on the O's farm. What are your impressions of Caleb Joseph? "He's been...
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O's look to split the series

O's look to split the series
The Orioles take on the Boston Red Sox tonight at 7:05 to try to avenge yesterday's 10-0 loss and split the short two-game series. Jason Berken takes the hill tonight for the Orioles, looking to cool down the Red Sox bats and earn his fifth win of the year. His counterpart, 13-year veteran Paul Byrd, will look to earn his second win. The Red Sox look to follow up on their six-homerun performance yesterday to stay a game-and-a-half up on Texas for the wild card lead. Jason Berken has looked...
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Sox lead 2-1 after 3 innings

Sox lead 2-1 after 3 innings
The Orioles got two runners on with two outs in the 1st, but Melvin Mora flew out to center to end the threat. They could have used those two runs. After two walks by Jason Berken in the bottom half of the 1st, David Ortiz fought off a 3-2 pitch and it rolled down the third-base line for a hit. Jason Bay then did what Mora couldn't do with two outs, drive in two of the runners on base. The Orioles had another shot to take the lead in the 2nd, but couldn't capitalize once again. After...
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O's and Sox tied after 6

O's and Sox tied after 6
The fourth inning brought more clutch hitting by the Red Sox. Jason Varitek drove in Mike Lowell to get the Red Sox their third run of the game. In the fifth, Brian Roberts hit his 50th double of the year, stole third and scored on a Nolan Reimold sac-fly. Nick Markakis followed with a single, but Mora flew out to right to end the inning. The Orioles escaped the fifth down only by one, but it could have been much worse. With one out and runners on first and second, Jason Berken struck out...
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