Noting Tillman and Markakis

Noting Tillman and Markakis
Norfolk RHP Chris Tillman picked up his 8th win of the year tonight in game one of a doubleheader. Tillman and Norfolk beat Charlotte, 5-1. The righty went 6 2/3 and gave up seven hits and one run with no walks and seven strikeouts. Tillman, who had not allowed a run over his previous two outings, is now 3-0, 0.44 over his last three starts, allowing just one run in 20 1/3 innings. He improves to 8-5, 2.42 on the year and has allowed 2ER or less in 13 of 17 starts. Just a guess, but...
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Thome time

Thome time
Jim Thome took over the game tonight in Chicago, hitting two homers in two innings as the Sox pulled away from a 3-3 tie to lead the O's 10-5 in the seventh. Thome hit a 2-0 pitch for a three-run shot in the 5th to break a 3-3 tie. After an Adam Jones homer pulled the O's within 6-5, Thome hit a 2-1 pitch from Danys Baez out to center for a Grand Slam and a 10-6 lead. That's 7 RBI tonight for Thome and 14 in his last three games. He has nine career Slams. His last before tonight was on...
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Thome homers lead Sox past O's

Thome homers lead Sox past O's
The Orioles had a season-high eight extra-base hits tonight and got homers from Adam Jones and Nick Markakis, but all that was topped by Jim Thome. The slugger had a 7 RBI night as the White Sox out-slugged the Birds, 12-8 to start the second half. Thome's three-run homer in the 5th broke a 3-3 tie and, after the O's had pulled back within a run, his Grand Slam in the 6th made it a 10-6 lead. Thome, who now has 557 career homers, has knocked in 14 runs his last three games. Nick Markakis...
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Post-game Notes: O's fall at Chicago

Post-game Notes:  O's fall at Chicago
O's righty Jason Berken took the loss, falling to 1-7, 6.44. It was Berken's second worst start, topped only by the 9ER he allowed in just 3 1/3 innings June 6th at Oakland. Tonight, Berken gave six runs in 4 1/3 innings, allowing two homers. He had pitched to an ERA of 3.72 in his previous two starts. Berken is now 0-3, 10.26 in four road starts. He is 0-7 over his last nine starts and the Orioles are 2-8 in his ten starts in 2009. Gary Thorne talks with Dave Trembley after the O's...
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In the minors tonight

In the minors tonight
On the farm tonight - Triple-A Norfolk hosts Durham after losing the season opener 5-3 last night. The Tides struck out 14 times, their most since May of 2008. Jake Arrieta makes his season debut tonight. Last year with the Tides, he went 5-8, 3.93 in 17 starts. The next homer for Scott Moore will be the 100th of his minor league career. Today is Dennis Sarfate's 29th birthday. Steve Johnson pitches for Bowie tonight vs. Richmond. That is in the second game. The first game begins at...
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Afternoon baseball: O's at Chicago

Afternoon baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (40-49) at Chicago White Sox (46-43) It was a night where the O's pitching staff struggled to throw strikes vs. a hot-hitting team. That was not a good combination for the Birds as they lost 12-8 at Chicago to start the second half on Friday night. The O's pitchers allowed seven walks, three homers including a Grand Slam and 13 hits. It was the most runs the Orioles gave up since a 12-1 loss at Boston on April 20th. The Birds team ERA in the previous six games was...
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Today's pitchers: Bergesen vs. Buehrle

Today's pitchers: Bergesen vs. Buehrle
RHP Brad Bergesen (6-3, 3.54) today makes his 17th start of this season, his 7th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. the White Sox. In the final game before the All-Star break, Bergesen got the win vs. Toronto. In 6 2/3, he gave up seven hits and two runs, throwing 91 pitches. Over his last nine starts, Bergesen is 5-1, 2.35 (17ER in 65IP). Bergesen, 2009: Home: 6-1, 2.82 and team is 8-2 in his starts Road: 0-2, 4.82 and team is 1-5 in his starts Bergesen has recorded a team-leading 10...
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Strange last of the 5th

Strange last of the 5th
We haven't seen many innings like the bottom of the 5th today in an O's game this year. Brad Bergesen looked on his way to a three up, three down frame, but instead, the Sox went on to score four runs. In the same inning when an O's error opened the floodgates, Nolan Reimold and Nick Markakis threw out runners at the plate to end the frame. The O's have 20 outfield assists on the year. With one out and none on in the Sox 5th, Alexei Ramirez hit a routine grounder to short. Izturis...
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Error opens the door for Sox to top O's

Error opens the door for Sox to top O's
The throw from shortstop just glanced off Ty Wigginton's glove for a two-base error on the first baseman. Brad Bergesen, rolling along with a shutout to that point, would soon see this game unravel on him. There would have been two outs and none on in the last of the 5th if Wigginton held that ball. Instead, the White Sox would follow with six straight hits, score four runs, and go on to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon. Three pitches after the error, Jermaine Dye hit a...
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Post-game Notes: Sox make it two in a row over O's

Post-game Notes:  Sox make it two in a row over O's
For the second game in a row, the Orioles out-hit the White Sox, but lost the game. They entered this series with a record of 30-6 on the year when they had more hits than their opponent. That mark is now 30-8. The O's fall to 11-10 in one-run games and are now 21-19 in games decided by two runs or less. The error on first baseman Ty Wigginton in the last of the 5th led to four runs scoring, two were unearned. Brad Bergesen allowed six straight hits after the error. In six innings,...
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Sunday baseball: O's at Chicago

Sunday baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O's have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago's Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The O's have been swept three straight four times this season, all on the road. They were swept by Toronto, the Yankees,...
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Sunday baseball: O's at Chicago

Sunday baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O's have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago's Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The O's have been swept three straight four times this season, all on the road. They were swept by Toronto, the Yankees,...
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Sunday baseball: O's at Chicago

Sunday baseball:  O's at Chicago
Game Preview Orioles (40-50) at Chicago (47-43) After ending the first half on a positive note, with two straight series wins, the O's have begun the second half with two straight losses. They need a win today at 2:05 p.m. to avoid being swept three straight by the White Sox. Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) pitches for the Orioles vs. Chicago's Jose Contreras (4-7, 4.54). The O's have been swept three straight four times this season, all on the road. They were swept by Toronto, the Yankees,...
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Today's pitchers: Guthrie vs. Contreras

Today's pitchers:  Guthrie vs. Contreras
RHP Jeremy Guthrie (6-8, 5.35) today makes his 19th start of this season, his 9th on the road and his 2nd this year vs. Chicago. Guthrie has not pitched since July 7th at Seattle. That night he felt ill and left the game after just 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two hits and three runs. Doctors determined Guthrie had a virus and he missed his last start before the All-Star break. Last season, Guthrie allowed 2ER or less 17 times in 30 starts. This year he has done that just 3 times in 18...
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Guthrie pitches O's past Sox, 10-2

Guthrie pitches O's past Sox, 10-2
Jeremy Guthrie allowed just two runs over eight innings as the O's beat Chicago 10-2 Sunday to take the final game of the series. Guthrie improved to 7-8, 5.12. In eight innings he allowed just three hits, but two of them were solo homers to Dewayne Wise and Chris Getz. Guthrie, who improved to 1-3 in five career starts vs. the Sox, had pitched to an ERA of 6.23 over his previous seven starts. Brian Roberts led off the game with a single. He stole second, went to third on an error and...
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Post-game Notes: O's whip the Sox

Post-game Notes:  O's whip the Sox
The O's scored five in the 5th and four in the 9th on the way to Sunday's 10-2 win over the White Sox. The Orioles out-hit Chicago in all three games of this series. In the series, the O's scored 21 runs on 37 hits. They had a team average of .319 (37 for 116) over the weekend with 12 doubles and three homers. They out-hit the Chisox in all three games in the series. The O's improve to 1-2 on their nine-game, ten-day road trip. They are now 9-21 in series finale games and 5-10 on...
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Slow go on Sano right now

Slow go on Sano right now
When it comes to the Orioles and Dominican shortstop Miguel Angel Sano, two things remain pretty clear at this point. The O's still are very interested in pursuing Sano, who is an international free agent. But, like every other team in the Majors right now, that pursuit is in a holding pattern as the clubs await the results of MLB's investigation to determine if Sano is, in fact, 16 years old. A report surfaced over the weekend that MLB had completed its investigation and was about to...
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Bronx series begins: O's at Yankees

Bronx series begins:  O's at Yankees
Game Preview Orioles (41-50) at NY Yankees (54-37) After winning the final game of their series in Chicago, the Orioles begin a series in New York tonight. They'll look to end a seven-game losing streak at New York and begin to turn around their recent terrible record in AL East road games. While the O's are 12-8 at home this season vs. AL East opponents, they are just 1-11 on the road vs. the East. It gets worse than that. The Orioles are just 2-22 in the last 24 road games vs. the...
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Tonight's pitchers: Hernandez vs. Pettitte

Tonight's pitchers:  Hernandez vs. Pettitte
RHP David Hernandez (2-2, 3.94) tonight makes his 6th start of this season, his 4th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees. Hernandez was optioned to the minors on July 10th when Cesar Izturis was activated off the DL. Hernandez made his last start, last Monday for Double-A Bowie vs. Altoona. In four innings, he allowed two hits and one run. With Triple-A Norfolk this year he went 3-2, 3.30 in 11 starts. In 57 1/3 innings he struck out 79. Hernandez made his last Major...
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Yankees win with walk-off homer

Yankees win with walk-off homer
Hideki Matsui hit a 2-2 pitch from Jim Johnson over the wall in right in the last of the 9th and the Yankees picked up a 2-1 win over the Orioles Monday night. It was his 15th of the year. New York has now won eight home games in a row over the Orioles, who fall to 1-12 on the year in AL East road games. New York has won four in a row and is 17-5 over its last 22 games. The O's lost a game in which they gave up just four hits. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Nick Markakis...
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