Marte's homer stuns O's in ninth

Marte's homer stuns O's in ninth
The Orioles were one strike away from a homestand-opening win vs. Cleveland. They took a 4-3 lead to the top of the 9th and closer Jim Johnson got the first two batters out. Then Matt Laporta singled and number nine hitter, Andy Marte hit a two-run homer to left to put Cleveland ahead 5-4. The Tribe went on to the 5-4 victory on Marte's second homer of the year that made it into the first row of the left field seats. He hit a 3-2 pitch for the game winner. Melvin Mora had three hits and...
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Post-game Notes: Tribe wins on homer in ninth

Post-game Notes:  Tribe wins on homer in ninth
The Orioles began tonight with a record of 44 and 2 this year when leading after eight innings. The Indians were 4-62 when trailing after eight. But Andy Marte's two-out, two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch lifted Cleveland to a 5-4 win. Marte is batting .414-2-8 during an eight-game batting streak. This was the Orioles' fourth one-run game in their past five contests. They are 1-3 in those games and 14-19 in one-run games on the year. Gopher balls this year - Jim Johnson did not allow a...
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Friday baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Friday baseball:  Cleveland at Orioles
Game Preview Cleveland (57-70) at Orioles (52-76) The Orioles continue to play plenty of close games. They lost one last night and tonight look to even their four-game series with Cleveland at a win each at 7:05 p.m. Jason Berken (3-11, 6.49) will pitch for Baltimore and Fausto Carmona (3-8, 5.92) starts for Cleveland. Andy Marte's two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the top of the 9th Thursday gave Cleveland a 5-4 win in game one of this series. It was his second homer in 69...
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Relaxed Mickolio now putting up impressive numbers

Relaxed Mickolio now putting up impressive numbers
In a brief shot with the Orioles last year, nine games, reliever Kam Mickolio pitched to an ERA of 5.87. Through eight games and 11 1/3 innings with the team this year, the 25-year-old Mickolio has worked to an ERA of 0.79. He has allowed just five hits with 13 strikeouts. Right-handed batters hit .263 against him but lefty hitters are 0 for 19 with eight strikeouts vs. the product of Wolf Point, Montana. He worked 9 2/3 shutout innings over seven appearances before allowing a run Tuesday...
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Taking questions during a rain delay (first pitch now set for 8pm)

Taking questions during a rain delay (first pitch now set for 8pm)
OK, I'll try this again. While this rain delay goes on, feel free to ask any O's question - Major or Minors - and I'll take a shot at it. Post some questions right here and right now!!!
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Tonight's pitchers: Berken vs. Carmona

Tonight's pitchers:  Berken vs. Carmona
The start of tonight's game was delayed 56 minutes by rain. Tonight's first pitch was at 8:01 p.m. RHP Jason Berken (3-11, 6.49) tonight will make his 18th start of the year, his 10th at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. In 86 innings, Berken has allowed 113 hits, including 13 homers. The Orioles are just 4-13 when he starts. Berken, who has thrown over 100 pitches in a game just three times this year, is 1-6, 5.48 in nine home starts on the season. Berken has allowed 3ER...
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Baysox washout

Baysox washout
Double-A Bowie, which still has an outside shot to make the Eastern League playoffs, got rained out tonight at Reading. So now the clubs will play a doubleheader tomorrow at 6:35 p.m in what is a crucial four-game series for Bowie. Second-place Reading is a game and a half ahead of third-place Erie and Bowie is another game and a half back in fourth place. So the Baysox are three back of Reading for second place and a playoff spot as the clubs are about to open a series. Ryohei Tanaka (4-2,...
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Wieters leads Birds rout of Cleveland

Wieters leads Birds rout of Cleveland
Matt Wieters had a career-high four RBI while Felix Pie and Nick Markakis added three each in the O's 13-4 rout of Cleveland on Friday night. The O's scored 11 runs from the 4th through the 7th to turn a close game into a blowout. Wieters went 3 for 4 with two doubles and single. Pie had three hits including a double and solo homer before leaving the game with an apparent hamstring injury in the 7th. Markakis had three hits including a three-run homer. It was the O's second highest run...
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Wieters talks about his big night

Wieters talks about his big night
For Matt Wieters, he admits job one as a catcher is helping your pitcher behind the plate. But it's also nice to deliver when you stand at that plate. Tonight, Wieters drove in a career-high four runs in the O's 13-4 win over Cleveland. "I knew he (Fausto Carmona) had a good sinker so you gotta get something up and I was able to get some pitches up in the zone and hit them hard." Wieters had an RBI double in the second, another in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth. He said...
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Post-game Notes: O's crush Cleveland

Post-game Notes:  O's crush Cleveland
They kept scoring - It was the Orioles' second biggest night scoring runs this year. They plated 13 in the win over Cleveland, topped only by their 16-6 win over the Angels on August 14th. Six different O's drove in runs and five had multi-hit nights. The Birds went 15 for 36 at bat as a team and scored in five different innings. They were 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Felix Pie went 3 for 5 with a double and solo homer and 3 RBI before leaving with leg cramps and some...
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Saturday night baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Saturday night baseball:  Cleveland at Orioles
Game Preview Cleveland (57-71) at Orioles (53-76) After scoring three runs or less in 18 of 40 games in the second half, the Orioles offense broke out over the middle innings Friday night on the way to a 13-4 win over Cleveland. Tonight the clubs play game three of this four-game series with Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58) facing Cleveland's Jeremy Sowers (5-9, 4.93). The Orioles had 15 hits and went 7 for 14 with runners in scoring position in their second highest scoring game of the year. The...
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Plenty of praise for Berken

Plenty of praise for Berken
Can a pitcher with a record of 4-11 and ERA of 6.33 get praise from his manager? Jason Berken got it today from Dave Trembley, in large doses. Trembley talked at length about how Berken has persevered through tough times to emerge pitching well now for the O's. On August 2nd, Berken was 1-9, 6.93 and seemingly on his way back to Triple-A. Over his last five starts, he is 3-2, 4.94 and is 2-0, 3.37 over his past two starts. Last night, Berken gave up two runs over five innings to get the...
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Tonight's pitchers: Tillman vs. Sowers

Tonight's pitchers:  Tillman vs. Sowers
RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 4.58) tonight will make his 7th Major League start of this season, his 3rd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. Tillman, who has allowed 3ER or less in five of his starts, has lost his last two outings vs. Tampa and Minnesota. Tillman first two starts: 6.75 ERA Tillman last four starts: 3.65 ERA Right-handed batters are hitting .314 off him while lefties bat .246 vs. Tillman. He has recorded three quality starts and the O's are 2-4 when he...
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Strange night for Tillman

Strange night for Tillman
The bottom line is this - Chris Tillman has allowed just one run to the Indians through five innings tonight. But if runs were scored for just hitting the ball hard, the Tribe would have a big lead now. Loud outs count, too, however and Tillman has acquired a few of them tonight. He has been spotty with his control and fallen behind a few hitters, but still has not walked a batter. It sure seems like he doesn't have his best stuff. I guess he can tell us for sure after this game. Tillman...
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Taking rain delay questions (game set to resume soon)

Taking rain delay questions (game set to resume soon)
UPDATE - The rain has been gone for quite a whille at Camden Yards. One problem here now is standing water, plenty of it, in each dugout. The drainage system seems to have been overloaded or something and there is more water on the field and certainly in the dugouts than after the usual rain delay. We'll keep you posted on this. Looks like I've now got a few minutes on my hands in the press box. Just like the other night, if you want to send in any rain delay questions, write them in...
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Play has resumed at Camden Yards

Play has resumed at Camden Yards
We are back playing baseball after a delay of one hour and 37 minutes at Camden Yards. The O's are batting and leading 2-1 in the last of the 5th. Nolan Reimold has walked tonight, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 16 consecutive games. Nick Markakis had an RBI double in the first tonight, it's his 89 RBI of the year. He began tonight tied for 6th in the AL in RBI. Adam Jones has returned to the lineup tonight with a walk and a groundout. Lefty Rafael Perez is now pitching...
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Marte again leads Cleveland to victory

Marte again leads Cleveland to victory
This time Andy Marte hit his game-winning homer in the 6th inning, not in the 9th. Not long after the game resumed after a rain delay of one hour and 37 minutes, Chris Ray took the mound in the 6th replacing starter Chris Tillman. Marte came up with Cleveland trailing 2-1. With two men on, he hit a pitch from Ray over the left field wall for a 4-2 lead and Cleveland went on to a 5-3 win on Saturday night in front of 24,358 at Camden Yards.Dave Trembley talks with the media after the O's 5-3...
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Post-game Notes: Tribe tops O's

Post-game Notes:  Tribe tops O's
Another key big fly - For the second time in three nights, Andy Marte hit a homer that led directly to an Indians win. His two-run homer in the 9th Thursday led the Tribe to a 5-4 win. His three-run shot in the 6th tonight put Cleveland ahead 4-2 in a game the Indians won, 5-3. In this series, Marte is 5 for 11 with two homers and 6 RBI. He now has a ten-game hitting streak going and during the streak is 15 for 36 with three homers and 12 RBI. Matt LaPorta went 4 for 4 on the night and...
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Sunday afternoon baseball: Cleveland at Orioles

Sunday afternoon baseball:  Cleveland at Orioles
Game Preview Cleveland (58-71) at Orioles (53-77) After dropping two of three vs. Cleveland, the Orioles will need a win this afternoon at 1:35 p.m. to split this four-game series with the Indians. Andy Marte hit a three-run homer in the 6th inning Saturday night to put Cleveland ahead 4-2 and the Tribe went on to a 5-3 win. Marte's two-run homer in the 9th Thursday lifted Cleveland to a 5-4 win. The Orioles are 1-2 this year vs. Cleveland and 39-43 all-time vs. the Tribe at Camden...
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Today's pitchers: Matusz vs. Masterson

Today's pitchers:  Matusz vs. Masterson
LHP Brian Matusz (2-2, 6.46) today will make his 6th start of the Major League season, his 2nd at home and the 1st of his career vs. Cleveland. Matusz, whose longest outing so far is 5 2/3 innings, has posted wins over Detroit and Tampa. In his only previous home start, he allowed 11 hits and five runs over 5 2/3 innings August 15th vs. Los Angeles. The Orioles are 2-3 when he starts. Right-handed batters are batting .402 with four homers off Matusz while lefties are hitting just .176. ...
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