Orioles' Davis to sit out end of inglorious season

Orioles' Davis to sit out end of inglorious season

BALTIMORE — Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has evidently put an end to one of the worst seasons in major league history.

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Davis likely won’t play in any of the Orioles’ final four games.

Davis isn’t injured. He’s just had enough of a miserable season that’s gotten worse down the stretch.

If he doesn’t play this weekend, Davis will finish with a .168 batting average, lowest by a qualifier in big league history. The previous record was .179, by Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.

Davis lifted his batting average to .180 on Sept 5. Since then, he’s 1-for-37 with 20 strikeouts.

Approached by a reporter before Friday night’s game against Houston, Davis declined to comment.

Davis has 16 homers, 49 RBIs and 192 strikeouts in 128 games for a team that owns the worst record in the majors.

The two-time major league home run leader is in the midst of a seven-year, $161 million contract he signed after the 2015 season.

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Adam Jones And His Wife Donate $150,000 To Baltimore Charities

Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Adam Jones And His Wife Donate $150,000 To Baltimore Charities

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Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has three more games with the team before he enters free agency at the end of the regular season. However, that hasn’t stopped him and his wife from donating $150,000 to several Baltimore-area charities.

According to the Baltimore SunJones and his wife Audie, made the donation in conjunction with with the team’s charitable foundation, continuing a partnership that they have carried out for the last six seasons.

The donations will be split up among six charities that serve communities in the Baltimore area. The six charities are, Living Classrooms, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, Stocks in the Future, Harlem Lacrosse, Sharp Dressed Man, and Baltimore Urban Baseball Association. Jones explained the reason for the donation in a statement issued by the team.

“These incredible organizations are doing amazing work to empower Baltimore’s youth, which has always been our top priority,” Jones said. “Audie and I personally met with each of these groups and we were so inspired by their various missions. We know that educational opportunities are critical for inner-city children, and we are proud to support causes that will help these kids achieve academic success, develop financial literacy and ultimately pursue higher education.”

Jones and the Orioles begin what could be his final three-game set in Baltimore later tonight against the Houston Astros.

Devers homers twice as Red Sox rout Orioles

Devers homers twice as Red Sox rout Orioles

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Rafael Devers hit a pair of home runs with six RBIs and Xander Bogaerts drove in four runs to reach the 100-RBI mark as the Boston Red Sox added to their franchise-best victory total Wednesday with a 19-3 rout over the visiting Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.

Five of the Red Sox’s 22 hits were home runs, including one for Bogaerts and one for J.D. Martinez, whose 42nd of the season also gave the Red Sox their 200th on the year. Boston hit 168 home runs last season.

Martinez is now tied with Dick Stuart (1963) for most home runs in a debut season with the Red Sox. Devers has 21 home runs while Bogaerts hit his 22nd. Blake Swihart added a homer, his third.

The Red Sox took control in the opening inning with a two-run double from Bogaerts, and a three-run double from Devers. The game was scheduled after Tuesday night’s game was rained out.

The Red Sox became just the 15th team to win at least 107 games, and the first since the 2006 Seattle Mariners won 116. With just 51 defeats, the Red Sox matched a season high by moving 56 games over .500.

The Orioles lost for the 112th time this season, tied for sixth most in the modern era with the 1952 Pittsburgh Pirates. It is the most losses in a season since the 2003 Detroit Tigers lost 119 games.

The Orioles hit two second-inning home runs, getting a solo shot from Trey Mancini, his 24th, and a two-run shot from Renato Nunez, his eighth. Baltimore then loaded the bases on a single and two walks with one out before Red Sox starter David Price escaped that jam.

Price (16-7) gave up three runs on six hits over five innings with three walks and six strikeouts. The left-hander’s victory came after his six-decision win streak was snapped last Wednesday when he gave up six runs to the New York Yankees.

The Red Sox also had nine doubles, by nine different players, to increase their major league-leading total to 344. Devers had four hits, while Martinez and Andrew Benintendi had three hits each. MVP candidate Mookie Betts reached base three times.

In his first career start and 17th career appearance, Orioles right-hander Ryan Meisinger (2-1) recorded just one out, giving up five runs on four hits with a walk. It was his first career loss.

–Field Level Media

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Orioles rookies dress up in costume for final road trip

Orioles rookies dress up in costume for final road trip

The Orioles’ massive September featured 19 rookies at one point, and those who made the trip from New York to Boston on Sunday got to enjoy a team tradition along the way.

Sunday night marked the Orioles’ rookie dress-up day, and there were plenty of highlights: DJ Stewart dressed as Santa Clause. Renato Núñez, Cedric Mullins, Jimmy Yacabonis and Steve Wilkerson were riding a unicorn, dinosaur, camel and chicken, respectively. Miguel Castro was a mime, Ryan Meisinger was a cow, and Austin Wynns was a penguin. David Hess was Waldo. And there were many more.

Once they arrived in Boston, right fielder Adam Jones and infielder Tim Beckham took the team on display around the city, an endeavor Jones streamed live on Instagram. Jones’ day also included riding in the luggage van from the team hotel to Yankee Stadium, and bringing the lineup card to home plate since it didn’t include his name.

Seems like everyone had a fun day.

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A's score all 10 runs in one inning, one-hit Orioles in beatdown

A's score all 10 runs in one inning, one-hit Orioles in beatdown

The A’s had a third inning to remember with 10 runs crossing the plate in an absolutely dominant win Wednesday night in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — Matt Olson homered during a 10-run third inning in which the first 11 batters reached base, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.

Oakland totaled 10 hits and two walks in its biggest inning of the year. Olson provided the big blow – a three-run shot off Andrew Cashner (4-15) – and three different players had two hits.

That was more than enough offense to enable the A’s to match their longest winning streak of the season. Oakland trails first-place Houston by three games in the AL West and owns a comfortable lead for the second AL wild card.

Daniel Mengden (7-6) pitched five innings of no-hit relief after entering in the second for starter Liam Hendriks, who went one inning by design.

Baltimore’s lone hit was a clean single to left field in the first by Trey Mancini.

The A’s have already clinched their 10th series win in the last 13 (10-1-2) and will go for a three-game sweep of the woeful Orioles on Thursday night. After going a major league-best 34-15 since the All-Star break, Oakland is 32 games over .500 (89-57) for the first time since September 2003.

Baltimore has lost six in a row to fall to 41-104, the worst record in the majors. It’s the eighth time this season the Orioles have been mired in a skid of at least six games.

After breezing through the first two innings, Cashner never got another out. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Matt Chapman, who hit a two-run double.

Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis followed with singles before Olson hit his 26th home run. Three singles and a walk followed before the crowd of 10,480 offered a mock cheer when Cody Carroll got Ramon Laureano to hit a popup for the first out.

Laureano singled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth and hit his first career triple in the seventh. Needing a home run to complete the cycle, the rookie looked at a called third strike in the ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland has used the disabled list 26 times this season, compared to 23 last year. The club record is 27, set in 2016.

Orioles: DH Mark Trumbo (knee surgery) and LHP Richard Bleier (lat surgery) dropped by the clubhouse, even though both are done for the year. The hope is that both will be available at the start of the 2019 season. “We like where it’s headed. Everything’s been fine,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I wouldn’t commit that they’re both going to be there on opening day, but there’s a chance.”

YOUTH IS SERVED

Left fielder DJ Stewart became the 14th player to make his major league debut with Baltimore this season, tying the Orioles record set in 1955.

The Orioles will start a pair of rookie pitchers in the upcoming series against the White Sox. Luis Ortiz – part of the haul in the July trade for Jonathan Schoop – makes his first major league start Friday night, and Yefry Ramirez will go Saturday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (3-4, 4.02 ERA), who has a 6.55 ERA in two career starts against Baltimore, gets the ball in the series finale Thursday night.

Orioles: Dylan Bundy (7-14, 5.58 ERA) looks for his first victory since July 29. He’s 0-5 in his last seven starts with 11 home runs allowed.

Adding DJ Stewart gives Orioles another chance to act in own interest with young players

Adding DJ Stewart gives Orioles another chance to act in own interest with young players

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he plans to hand a major league debut to outfield prospect and former top pick DJ Stewart on Wednesday, another step in fulfilling the team’s vow to go young over the last few months of the season and look to the future.

Those claims were drastic when the Orioles’ brass made them in trading away five former All-Stars — Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, Brad Brach and Jonathan Schoop — plus former first-round pick Kevin Gausman, and because they were made in the best interest of the club long-term, they were largely accepted.

Nearly two months since the Machado trade, though, the execution on the field hasn’t been as strong as expected. Save for the presence of Cedric Mullins (against right-handed pitching) and the everyday role handed to Renato Núñez at third base, it’s hard to find any other ways the Orioles are working to serve their best interests of late. And they’re running out of time to change that.

From waiting this long to call up Stewart — who it’s clear they were simply waiting for a reason to add in the first place — to bringing back former top prospect Chance Sisco and starting him twice in seven games, the total picture amounts to a collective half-measure in truly buying into what they’re touting as the plan. A couple starts for Josh Rogers and the pending look at Luis Ortiz don’t do much to swing that, either.

Stewart’s addition coming on the heels of three days on the bench for Adam Jones creates a complicated circumstance, one that has little to do with Stewart himself. As a first-round draft pick who has been buffered from criticism by the highest levels of the organization, Stewart was bound to be here this month despite an uneven season at Triple-A Norfolk. He also has the name recognition to give the team cover for him playing over Jones in whichever outfield alignments they want to try.

Yet as the team returned home Tuesday from a nine-game road trip that ended with Jones on the bench, the veteran outfielder and mainstay on the team was the only player any of the paltry crowd at Camden Yards really cheered for. Jones’ situation shouldn’t be that complicated, and any further mistreatment on his way out of Baltimore might alienate those who stick around the ballpark this month as the proverbial purple lights across the parking lots pull them toward football.

They can play Stewart, Mullins and Jones across the outfield and mix in Joey Rickard and John Andreoli without truly limiting the potential benefit of this month. That part is simple.

So, too, should be getting Sisco more involved. This time last year, when he was a September call-up for the first time and making his debut after a solid season at Norfolk as the team’s top prospect, he was brought along slowly but benefited plenty.

His struggles earlier in the season, and the fact that he didn’t get it going in Norfolk once he went down for good, should be moot at this point. If he couldn’t handle making the team out of spring training and leading a major league staff as a rookie, that’s just as big an internal evaluation issue as it is with Sisco himself. Plenty of players struggle early. Adjustments can take time. Austin Wynns’ development is just as important, and Caleb Joseph is starting to hit again, but Sisco is at a stage in his career where being a passenger doesn’t do much good.

It’s why Mullins is playing through the league’s adjustment to him, and why Stewart should get that chance over these next few weeks. Mullins and Sisco are 23. Stewart is 24. Through the team’s unprecedented season and their own progress, they’re scrapping for a major league opportunity with players who were a long way from the majors at that age. A few weeks to see if they can hack it before the team has to begin making plans for 2019 and beyond could make a big difference by the time they and the Orioles are ready for the big time again.

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