Six-time All-Star Joe Mauer announced his retirement on Monday. He was the last player to be represented by Baltimore-based agent Ron Shapiro, who also represented many Orioles stars, including Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer.
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.
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.
After sending right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk following his start Tuesday night, the Orioles have recalled first baseman Christian Walker from Norfolk and he will start today's afternoon game in Minnesota, batting fifth as the Orioles' designated hitter.
Kevin Gausman was torched for eight runs (seven earned) in just 3 2/3 innings of work, as the Minnesota Twins earned the series victory with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Target Field.
The Orioles (79-57) had their four-game winning streak snapped and saw their lead in the American League East division drop to 8 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. The Twins (60-77) have won just two of their last nine games.
Extra days of rest have helped right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. On regular four days rest, he¿s 12-6 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 career starts. But when he receives more than four days rest, he¿s 9-7 with a 2.97 ERA in 24 career starts.
After an unsightly April in which he was winless and struggled with control while pitching to a 6.59 ERA, Jimenez turned the calendar to a new month Friday night and dominated a Twins team he¿s had much success against in his career.
In the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday night's 84th All-Star Game, Adam Jones led off with a double against the Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee, moved to third on a single by the Minnesota Twins' Joe Mauer and then scored on a fielder's choice ground out by J.J. Hardy.
TORONTO -- Four Orioles players are still in line to start for the American League in this year¿s All-Star Game, but one race is getting extremely close, according to the latest AL all-star fan balloting results released Saturday night.