Adam Jones made Minnesota pay for walking Manny Machado in front of him, working a full count before lacing a two-run single into left field off Twins closer Kevin Jepsen, sending the Orioles to their third straight win, 5-3, in front of an announced 21,586 at Target Field.
During the dog days of late August, no baseball player considers himself 100 percent physically, but shortstop J.J. Hardy said he's trying to grind through multiple physical issues to remain on the field while attempting to break out of a funk at the plate.
As quickly as Camden Yards exalted following Gerardo Parra¿s go-ahead homer Friday night in the bottom of the sixth inning, the ballpark fell silent as the Orioles suffered through a nightmare eighth inning that sent them to a tough-to-digest 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Oriole Park.
SARASOTA, Fla. - For the first time this spring, Orioles starters Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Steve Pearce will make a road trip this afternoon at the O's travel north to Bradenton to play the Pirates at McKechnie Field.
Well, after beating the Orioles 5-4, on a scorching Saturday afternoon before 42,678 in the Bronx, the Yankees have risen like a phoenix and flown a half-game ahead of the Orioles and into second place in the American League East.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi had to be talking to himself on Friday night after an apparent double down the left field line by Eduardo Nunez in the fifth inning caromed off the knee of third base umpire Jerry Meals and bounded right to shortstop Ben Zobrist, limiting Nunez to one base.
First, the Orioles took the out ¿ and the air ¿ out of Yankees Stadium, jumping on the hosts to take a quick three-run lead Saturday afternoon. But knowing the way the Yankees play here in the Bronx, no lead is safe.
By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled.