Sox beat O's 7-5

Sox beat O's 7-5
Tonight's game between the Orioles and the Red Sox wasn't your ordinary ballgame. Through nine innings, the two teams combined to score 11 runs; walk 11 times; get 27 hits and use 13 different pitchers. Dave Trembley talks with Gary Thorne about the O's never giving up in the loss The Orioles battled tonight, but the Red Sox came through when it counted. The game was tied 4-4 in the seventh when the Sox brought in Victor Martinez to pinch-hit with the bases loaded. It didn't take him...
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Slow finish doesn't take away from Joseph's solid season

Slow finish doesn't take away from Joseph's solid season
For most of this past season, Caleb Joseph carried a heavy load for the Frederick Keys. As a catcher, he had to handle a pitching staff that included top pitching prospects like Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. As a hitter he batted in the middle of the Keys' order. Joseph delivered on offense and defense. At the plate for much of this season he was the Carolina League's leading hitter. Fatigue finally caught up with him in August and his average tumbled when he batted just .156 for the...
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The uphill climb vs. Boston and New York

The uphill climb vs. Boston and New York
In a sport dominated by statistics, I can't find any stats to explain why the Orioles can't beat the Yankees or Red Sox. We all know the O's aren't better than those teams, not even close. And, yes, those clubs are now pushing for the post-season while the O's aren't pushing for anything. But they are 2-13 this year vs. Boston and 3-12 vs. New York. They can't win more than 14 percent vs. the Sox and 20 percent vs. New York? If a team won only 20 percent all year that club would...
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Weekend preview: Orioles at New York

Weekend preview:  Orioles at New York
Game Preview Orioles (56-83) at Yankees (91-50) Winning road games in the AL East has been a season-long problem for the Orioles. A big one at that. They are just 4-22 on the year in division road games. Starting tonight they will play three of them this weekend vs. the red-hot and almost certainly playoff-bound, New York Yankees. The O's are just 3-12 on the season vs. New York. Series Pitching Matchups: Fri, 7:05p - Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) vs. Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10). Sat, 1:05p -...
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Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Pettitte

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Pettitte
RHP Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) tonight will make his 9th Major League start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. In his last start vs. Texas, Tillman gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings. Tillman has allowed 3ER or less in six of eight starts. He has recorded three quality starts on the year. Tillman's first two starts: 6.75 Tillman's last six starts: 4.04 Tillman has been hurt by the longball, allowing 11 homers in 46 1/3. He has...
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O's take lead at New York (update - play ball again)

O's take lead at New York (update - play ball again)
The Orioles, looking to snap a ten-game losing streak vs. New York and a ten-game losing streak in New York, scored four in the 6th tonight to take a 7-4 lead on the Yankees. Brian Roberts' two-run single made it a 5-4 lead, the O's first lead of the night. Cesar Izturis followed with an RBI hit and Nolan Reimold added a sac fly. The four runs came off reliever Damaso Marte. Starter Andy Pettitte, who is 26-6 in his career vs. the O's, will not get a decision tonight. He gave up three...
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O's overcome the rain and the Yankees in 10-4 win

O's overcome the rain and the Yankees in 10-4 win
In a game played in the rain and wind in New York, the Orioles ended a ten-game losing streak vs. the Yankees with a 10-4 win. The O's also ended a ten-game losing streak in New York. The game was delayed an hour and 24 minutes at the start and for another hour and seven minutes in the top of the seventh. The contest ended at 1:28 AM Saturday morning. Trailing 4-1 after four, the O's went on to score the game's last nine runs. They put up two in the 5th, four in the 6th and three in the...
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Post-game Notes: O's take series opener in New York

Post-game Notes:  O's take series opener in New York
That streak is over - The Orioles snapped a ten-game losing streak vs. New York with Friday's win over the Yankees. It's their first win over New York since May 9th. The ten-game losing streak vs. New York was the O's longest since 1955. The O's also snapped a ten-game losing streak at New York. They entered tonight 0-6 this year at Yankee Stadium and their last win in New York before this one was on July 29, 2008. The O's are now 4-12 on the year vs. New York, but the Yankees are...
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Saturday afternoon baseball: O's at New York

Saturday afternoon baseball:  O's at New York
Game Preview Orioles (57-83) at New York (91-51) The Orioles ended a ten-game losing streak vs. the Yankees, but it surely was not easy. They overcame two rain delays and an early 4-1 deficit to post a 10-4 win in a game that ended just before 1:30 am on Saturday morning. Now, a few hours later, the O's and Yankees play game two of this series at 1:05 p.m. as Brian Matusz (4-2, 5.26) pitches vs. the Yankees A.J. Burnett (11-8, 4.19). Chris Tillman picked up his second win and Brian Roberts...
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Today's pitchers: Matusz vs. Burnett

Today's pitchers:  Matusz vs. Burnett
LHP Brian Matusz (4-2, 5.26) today is set to make his 8th Major League start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Matusz has wins over Cleveland and Texas over his last two starts, going 2-0, 3.21 in that time. He gave up just one run in seven innings vs. Cleveland and then gave up four runs in seven frames vs. the Rangers. Right-handed batters hit .336 off Matusz while lefties bat just .219. He gives up an average of .237 when pitching with...
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B-Rob notes (updated)

B-Rob notes (updated)
Brian Roberts entered today batting .183 since August 23. No one is thinking about that now as his second-inning Grand Slam off A.J. Burnett gives the O's the early 6-1 lead at New York. So, Roberts is 2 for 2 today, making him 3 for 5 with 7 RBI in this series. It was Roberts' second Slam of the year, he also hit one August 20th vs. Tampa. It's his 5th career Grand Slam. Brian Roberts entered today batting .183 since August 23. No one is thinking about that now as his second-inning...
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Matusz and Roberts lead O's past New York, 7-3

Matusz and Roberts lead O's past New York, 7-3
Brian Matusz made his first start at Yankee Stadium one to remember and Brian Roberts hit his 5th career Grand Slam as the Orioles beat the Yankees 7-3 Saturday afternoon. The O's have won the first two games in this series. A win Sunday would give the Orioles their first three-game sweep in New York since June of 1986. Matusz gave up just four hits and one run over seven innings. He is now 5-2, 4.63. He threw 106 pitches, topping 100 for the first time as a Major Leaguer. Over his last...
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Post-game Notes: O's look for Sunday sweep at New York

Post-game Notes:  O's look for Sunday sweep at New York
Matusz was the man - Winning pitcher Brian Matusz went seven innings for the third start in a row and had a strong outing for the third straight start. The 22-year-old lefty gave up just four hits and one run over seven innings, throwing 106 pitches. It's his first time going over 100 pitches in the big leagues. The Yankees went just 4 for 24 at bat today (.167) vs. Matusz and just one runner reached second base after the first inning. Over his last three starts, Matusz is 3-0, 2.57. ...
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Sunday preview: O's go for the sweep today at New York

Sunday preview:  O's go for the sweep today at New York
Game Preview Orioles (58-83) at New York (91-52) The Orioles entered their weekend series with the Yankees with just one win in their last 24 combined games at Boston and New York. Today, with a victory, they could pick up their first three-game sweep at New York since June 6-8, 1986. The O's sent rookie starters to the mound the last two games, but Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz both produced wins and are a combined 2-0, 3.75 in this series. The O's won 10-4 Friday and 7-3 on Saturday...
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Today's pitchers: Guthrie vs. Sabathia

Today's pitchers:  Guthrie vs. Sabathia
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) today is set to make his 29th start of this season, his 14th on the road and the 11th of his career vs. New York. Guthrie pitched seven scoreless innings Sunday vs. Texas as the O's posted a 7-0 win for their shutout of the year. Over his last four starts, Guthrie is 3-1, 1.33. Over 27 innings, he has allowed 22 hits, 4 earned runs with four walks and 13 strikeouts. Guthrie has allowed 2ER or less in eight starts this year, including the last four in a row....
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Sabathia wins 17th as New York routs O's

Sabathia wins 17th as New York routs O's
CC Sabathia pitched seven strong innings to pick up his American League-leading 17th win as the Yankees beat the Orioles 13-3 Sunday afternoon. The O's won the series but missed their chance for their first three-game sweep in New York since June of 1986. New York held a two-run lead, but then scored eight runs in the 8th to open the ten-run lead. Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 13-3 loss to Yankees Sabathia, now 17-7, 3.42, gave up just five hits and three runs over...
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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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