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Threat of rain forces postponement of Blue Jays-Orioles game

Threat of rain forces postponement of Blue Jays-Orioles game

The threat of rain throughout the night forced the postponement of Thursday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore OriolesBy DAVID GINSBURG Associated PressJuly 8, 2021, 9:43 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — The threat of rain throughout the night forced the postponement of Thursday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles.Tropical Storm Elsa was poised to pelt the Baltimore area before and after the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start.The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 11.Baltimore won the opener of the three-game series on Tuesday night and the Blue Jays bounced back with a 10-2 rout on Wednesday. Prior to the finale Thursday, a shower forced batting practice to be cancelled as the tarp was placed on the field.Word of the postponement came around 5:20 p.m. after the skies had cleared and sun drenched the field at Camden Yards.ROSTER MOVEThe Orioles optioned struggling reliever Zac Lowther (0-1, 10.80 ERA) to Triple-A Norfolk and recalled RHP Shaun Anderson from the same minor league club. Anderson was claimed off waivers from Texas on July 4.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: LHP Ryan Borucki (forearm strain) pitched a perfect inning of relief in a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday night. “The feedback is that he felt good and he feels today,” said manager Charlie Montoyo, adding that it’s possible the reliever could be activated from the 60-day IL this weekend.Orioles: LHP John Means (shoulder strain) is scheduled to throw three or four innings in a rehab start for Double-A Bowie on Friday. If all goes well, the 2019 All-Star will have a final rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk next week and join the team after the All-Star break in Kansas City. “I’m projecting that his next start with us will be early on in the Rays series (July 19-21),” manager Brandon Hyde said.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Toronto closes the first half with a three-game series at Tampa Bay in a clash between teams chasing the first-place Red Sox in the AL East.Orioles: Jorge López (2-11, 6.02 ERA) seeks to avoid adding to his major league-high loss total Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Guerrero and Bichette carry Blue Jays past Orioles 10-2

Guerrero and Bichette carry Blue Jays past Orioles 10-2

BALTIMORE — On his first day with the Toronto Blue Jays, Trevor Richards spoke excitedly about the change of scenery and expressed delight about the benefit of playing for this team instead of pitching against it.“I’m glad I don’t have to face these guys anymore,” Richards said Wednesday afternoon, around 24 hours after he was traded from Milwaukee. “You look at our lineup, it’s unreal. I’m excited to be on this side of it.”The Baltimore Orioles sure know what he’s talking about. Getting production from the top to the bottom of the order, the Blue Jays hammered out 15 hits in a 10-2 blowout.Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three singles and drove in two runs to increase his major league-leading RBI total to 73, Bo Bichette homered, Teoscar Hernández had three hits and Cavan Biggio chipped in with a pair of RBIs.Guerrero hit RBI singles in the first and fourth innings to help Toronto build a 6-0 lead. The 22-year-old star also singled in third inning and finished 3 for 4 to raise his batting average to .341.Bichette drove in three runs and had three hits, including a two-run drive into the left-field seats that made it 9-1 in the sixth.That made it easy for Hyun Jin Ryu (8-5) to beat the Orioles for the third time since June 20. The lefty gave up five hits and one run in five innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.“He didn’t have the changeup the last three outings,” Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “When he has the changeup he can keep guys off balance, and that’s what he had today. It was a perfect outing going into the (All-Star) break.”Baltimore starter Matt Harvey (3-10) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 0-9 in 12 starts since May 1 and now ranks second in the AL in losses behind teammate Jorge López (11).“They just kind of singled me to death,” Harvey said. “It was one of those starts where I left the ball over the middle a little bit, they put the ball in play and it happened to be where we weren’t playing.”Harvey has a 7.70 ERA and has completed the fifth inning just once during his current skid, yet he continues to pitch every fifth day because manager Brandon Hyde has little else to choose from out of an injury-depleted, dreadful rotation.“Obviously frustrated. It’s been a rough first half,” Harvey said. “I’ve just got to hit the reset button. I think the break is going to help. I think a lot of us are banged-up and tired and definitely need the rest and time off.”The Blue Jays benefitted greatly from a replay review that overturned the original call and fueled a three-run first inning. With runners at first and second and no outs, Guerrero hit a liner to left that a diving Ryan McKenna was ruled to have caught, and Baltimore turned it into a double play.But replay showed he didn’t catch it, and Guerrero was credited with an RBI single. Randal Grichuk subsequently delivered a run-scoring groundout and Biggio followed with a double that brought home Guerrero.Toronto made it 6-0 in the fourth. After Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled in a run and Bichette chased Harvey with an RBI single, Guerrero ripped a 3-2 pitch from Adam Plutko into center field to bring in another run.COMING AND GOINGRichards has been traded twice, first from Tampa Bay and then from Milwaukee, since May 21. Both deals caught him by surprise, particularly the second one.“You’re never really expecting it in the middle of the season, especially after you’ve been traded,” Richards said. “It’s a shock a little bit, but a new atmosphere is good and I’m looking forward to it.”Richards worked a perfect sixth inning in his Toronto debut.To make room for Richards, the Blue Jays optioned struggling reliever Trent Thornton to Triple-A Buffalo.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RHP Julian Merryweather (strained left oblique) has experienced a setback in his bid to come off the injured list. “It’s taking longer than we thought it would,” said Montoyo, adding that the standout reliever has temporarily stopped throwing off the mound.Orioles: 3B Maikel Franco was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right ankle sprain. He hasn’t played since the injury occurred on June 30 in Houston but hopes to return immediately after the All-Star break.UP NEXTToronto rookie Alek Manoah (2-0, 2.70 ERA) makes his eighth major league start — the third against Baltimore — in the series finale Thursday night. The Orioles will start lefty Keegan Akin (0-4, 7.46).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Orioles power past Matz, Toronto for 7-5 victory in slugfest

Orioles power past Matz, Toronto for 7-5 victory in slugfest

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles enjoyed a departure from the norm, winning a game by combining a potent hitting attack with solid starting pitching.Pedro Severino and Cedric Mullins homered off Steven Matz, Anthony Santander also went deep and the Orioles powered past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 Tuesday night.Toronto hit three home runs, too, including No. 28 by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but all those long balls came after Baltimore had taken a 7-1 lead.The Orioles own the worst record in the American League in part because their starting rotation has been riddled by ineffectiveness and injuries. On this night, however, a right-hander making his first start in the majors turned in a performance he will forever cherish.Spenser Watkins (1-0) allowed one run and three hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out two in becoming the first Baltimore starter to win a game since June 8.“His first ever major league start, and I thought he threw with no fear,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “We haven’t gotten five innings often, so to see him go five innings was fantastic.”The 28-year-old Watkins said his one-inning relief appearance against the Angels on Friday night helped prepare him for this outing, but didn’t do much to relieve the jitters.“There were absolutely some nerves going on. The excitement of that first start, the adrenaline was definitely there,” he said.After Severino put Baltimore in front with a two-run drive in the fourth inning, Mullins’ team-high 16th homer with a man on launched a five-run fifth and chased Matz (7-4).“He’s their best hitter. You hang a slider to good hitter and they’re going to make you pay,” Matz lamentedSantander capped the outburst with a two-run blast off Trent Thornton that landed on Eutaw Street, far beyond the right-field wall at Camden Yards.The night did not start well for Watkins, who walked leadoff hitter Marcus Semien and yielded a single to Bo Bichette before Guerrero lined a run-scoring fly to left.Matz was in control until Severino connected in the fourth, and Mullins — Baltimore’s lone All-Star representative — made it 4-1 with a drive to center that ended Matz’s second start since returning from a trip to the injured list with COVID-19.“He’s getting there,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said.Guerrero hit solo shot in the eighth after Randal Grichuck went deep in the seventh, and Lourdes Guriel Jr. capped the scoring with a two-run drive in the ninth.BULLPEN HELPThe Blue Jays fortified their relief corps Tuesday by obtaining RH Trevor Richards and minor league righty Bowden Francis from Milwaukee for 1B Rowdy Tellez.“We’re looking to improve our bullpen, so that’s a good move,” Montoyo said. “I’m going to miss Rowdy, but Trevor Richards is going to help us out.”Toronto’s bullpen has 10 blown saves this season and an ERA over 4.50 since the beginning of May. The 28-year-old Richards started the year with Tampa Bay before being traded to Milwaukee, where he went 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 appearances.WELCOME TO THE SHOWEleven players (including Watkins) have made their major league debut with the Orioles this season, more than any other team. “When I replay the game and see the family in the stands, that’s when it hits me a little bit more — what it means to all the people that help get them here,” Hyde said. “It’s a very special moment for them.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: C Alejandro Kirk is “100 percent” recovered from a hip flexor strain that put him on the DL in May, according to Montoyo, who said the 22-year-old native of Mexico is honing his game in the minors as a precursor to his return to the Jays.Orioles: LHP John Means, who’s been sidelined since June 5 with a shoulder strain, threw two innings for Single-A Aberdeen in a rehab stint on Sunday. The 2019 All-Star, who tossed a no-hitter against Seattle on May 5, will pitch again Friday for Double-A Bowie. “He’s on track to join us after the (All-Star) break,” Hyde said. … RHP Travis Lakins underwent elbow surgery Tuesday and should be good to go at spring training, Hyde said.UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (7-5, 3.65 ERA) starts Wednesday night, looking to improve to 3-0 this season against Baltimore. The Orioles will go with Matt Harvey (3-9, 7.34), who’s 0-8 in 11 starts since May 1.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Astros club 4 HRs, beat Orioles 13-0 for 10th straight win

Astros club 4 HRs, beat Orioles 13-0 for 10th straight win

José Altuve silenced the booing fans at Camden Yards with a two-run homer, José Urquidy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros stretched their winning streak to 10 games by breezing past the Baltimore Orioles 13-0By DAVID GINSBURG Associated PressJune 24, 2021, 2:33 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — José Altuve silenced the booing fans at Camden Yards with a two-run homer, José Urquidy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the Houston Astros stretched their winning streak to 10 games by breezing past the Baltimore Orioles 13-0 Wednesday night.Yordan Alvarez, Abraham Toro and Chas McCormick also homered for the Astros, who outscored the lowly Orioles 26-3 during a three-game sweep. Houston’s 10-game run is its longest since May 2019 and two short of the club record.“To me, we’re doing what we’re capable of doing and I still think we’ve got a couple of guys who can get better,” Astros manage Dusty Baker said. “The guys are feeling good about themselves and that’s what you want.”Altuve was greeted with jeers every time he stepped to the plate during the series, mostly because he was the Most Valuable Player during a 2017 season in which the Astros won the World Series but were later found to have been stealing signs. The Astros leadoff man has heard boos from opposing fans in almost every stadium this season, but Altuve has nevertheless hit 17 home runs, including a drive in the fourth inning off Thomas Eshelman (0-1) that made it 6-0.“They spoiled some good pitches and put some good swings on some balls that were in the zone,” Eshelman said.Alvarez and Toro connected in the seventh off knuckleballer Mickey Jannis and McCormick added a solo shot in the eighth.Urquidy (6-3) didn’t need to be dominant on a night in which the Astros banged out 17 hits, but the right-hander nevertheless struck out six, walked one and permitted just one runner past second base. He’s won six of his last seven decisions and gone seven innings in three straight starts.“He had outstanding control,” Baker said. “He always has control, but tonight he had command. He threw some quality strikes. He’s getting better and better each outing.”Baltimore has lost 13 of 14 and Thursday will seek to snap a 19-game skid on the road in Buffalo against the Toronto Blue Jays.KNUCKLING UNDERJannis launched his big league career by striking out Alvarez, but ended up yielding seven runs and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old righty is the eighth Oriole to make his debut this season. “They were all over him after a good first inning,” manager Brandon Hyde said.PICK YOUR POISONIn an effort to get MLB batting leader Michael Brantley to take a load off his feet, Baker started Alvarez in left field and used Brantley as the designated hitter. While conceding that Brantley is the better outfielder, Baker was willing to make that sacrifice on behalf of a player who was sidelined from May 25 to June 7 with tightness in his right hamstring.“It has more to do with Michael, the workload on Michael’s legs,” Baker said. “Don’t forget he’s coming off that hammy. You’ve got to pick your poison. Do I give up some defense or do I take a chance on losing Michael? I’m more worried about that. We’re trying to protect Michael and keep his bat in the lineup at the same time.”Brantley went 2 for 4 to raise his batting average to .356 before leaving for a pinch hitter.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: OF Kyle Tucker was activated from the 10-day injured list following an unspecified illness. Houston made roster space by optioning C Garrett Stubbs to Triple-A Sugar Land. … 3B Alex Bregman, who strained his left quad on June 17, probably won’t be back until after the All-Star break. “It’s going to be at least two to three weeks or more,” Baker said. “These things don’t heal that quickly.”Orioles: OF Anthony Santander was back in the lineup after missing two starts with a tender left ankle, an injury that will be monitored on a daily basis for the foreseeable future. “Right now he has good days and bad days,” Hyde said. “We’re trying to manage it as best as we possibly can.”UP NEXTAstros: Luis Garcia (5-4, 2.82 ERA) faces host Detroit on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.Orioles: Dean Kremer (0-6, 6.20) makes his 12th start of the season — and second in a row against Toronto — to help launch a four-game series.———More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Greinke, Astros beat Orioles 3-1 for 9th straight win

Greinke, Astros beat Orioles 3-1 for 9th straight win

Zack Greinke took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Myles Straw homered and drove in two runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 for their ninth straight victoryBy DAVID GINSBURG Associated PressJune 23, 2021, 3:07 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBALTIMORE — Dusty Baker has been around long enough to know what it takes for a team to get on a lengthy winning streak.After watching Zack Greinke stymie the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night for Houston’s ninth straight victory, Baker was asked to explain the reason behind the Astros’ most successful run since the 2019 season.“We’re getting good starting pitching,” the longtime manager declared. “That’s where it starts.”Greinke took a four-hitter into the eighth inning and Myles Straw had two RBIs in Houston’s gritty 3-1 win. One night earlier, starter Jake Odorizzi pitched five hitless innings to spark a 10-2 rout of the lowly Orioles.Greinke (8-2) allowed one run and five hits with four strikeouts and a walk over 7 1/3 innings. Facing the Orioles for the first time since 2010, the 37-year-old righty permitted only one runner past second base in lowering his ERA to 3.56.The 18-year veteran attributed his solid outing to re-discovering his command of the fastball.“It hasn’t been that great,” Greinke acknowledged. “I can’t remember when it was good. It’s been a while.”On this night, he was overpowering.“The guy knows how to pitch,” Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart said. “He’s been getting outs and doing this for a long, long time. He keeps you off balance with fastball, curveball, changeup.”Brooks Raley got two strikeouts in the eighth and Ryan Pressly finished for his 11th save in 12 tries.Straw hit a solo shot in the second inning and singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh before Chas McCormick added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.“He’s using the whole field, he’s turning on the ball,” Baker said of Straw, the No. 8 hitter in the lineup. “We’re just glad he’s doing his thing. We need him, especially at the bottom of the order there.”Riding their longest streak since a 10-game run in May 2019, the Astros own the best record in the AL (45-28). Houston has won seven straight series after taking the first two of this three-game set.Baltimore has lost 12 of 13 and owns the AL’s worst record (23-50). Right-hander Jorge López (2-9) gave up two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings but was outdone by Greinke.Straw put the Astros up 1-0 with his third home run in 432 career at-bats. The liner to left was initially ruled a double, but the call was overturned after a replay showed the ball clearing the 7-foot wall — and the glove of leaping outfielder Austin Hays — before bouncing back onto the field.Baltimore used a walk, a single and a fly ball by Cedric Mullins to tie it in the third.López was lifted in the seventh after McCormick led off with an infield hit. Straw greeted Hunter Harvey with an opposite-field bloop to right that landed in front of a diving Stewart, and by the time the outfielder retrieved the ball and got it to the plate, McCormick had already scored.REST FOR THE WEARYAstros SS Carlos Correa was given the day off after going the distance Monday night in a game that lasted 3:40 and featured rain delays totaling 1 hour, 41 minutes. Baker originally planned to sit Correa later this week in Detroit before the Monday marathon “kind of messed up our plans.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Pedro Báez (shoulder) threw around 20 pitches off the mound Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, and hopes to throw on the side again Wednesday. “He said his shoulder is feeling great,” Baker said of the former Dodgers reliever, who has yet to play this season. … OF Kyle Tucker is on the verge of returning after being placed on the injured list on June 15 with an illness. … RHP Josh James (left hip surgery) is “about ready to go” on a rehab assignment with Class A Fayetteville, according to Baker.Orioles: LHP Bruce Zimmermann (biceps tendinitis) will be sidelined at least two or three more weeks, manager Brandon Hyde said. The rookie last pitched on June 13. … OF Anthony Santander missed a second straight start with a tender left ankle. He struck out as a pinch-hitter.ROSTER MOVEThe Orioles selected the contract of RH knuckleballer Mickey Jannis from Triple-A Norfolk and designated RHP Mac Sceroler for assignment. Jannis has never pitched in the majors.UP NEXTAstros RHP José Urquidy (5-3, 3.65 ERA) faces rookie RHP Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 1.93 ERA) in the series finale.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports