The Baltimore Orioles’ second straight 100-loss season featured 11 double-digit defeats, 14 successive losses against the New York Yankees and not a single series sweep.No one ever promised the first year of this massive rebuilding project was going to be pretty.“We’re still losing games, way more than we want to,” rookie general manager Mike Elias said. “This is not fun. It’s not easy to crawl out of.”Fielding a team with very little star power and a conservative salary structure, Baltimore went 54-108 — an improvement over last year’s 47-115 disaster but nevertheless the second-worst record in the majors behind Detroit. Elias fired 25 members of the front office and scouting staff and promised new hires in an effort to match up with the AL East contenders. Now, he enters his first full offseason with Baltimore confident that the organization has taken a significant step toward becoming the latest edition of the worst-to-first … [Read more...] about Orioles GM Elias finds positives in rebuild after 108 losses
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Detroit News staff and wires Published 6:12 AM EDT Aug 8, 2019 Baltimore — Having deflated the Baltimore Orioles' spirit with an unprecedented show of power, the New York Yankees bid farewell to Camden Yards for 2019 after going 10-0 in a ballpark that simply could not contain their fence-busting lineup. Gio Urshela and Kyle Higashioka each hit two home runs, and the Yankees' long-ball outburst against Baltimore reached historical proportions Wednesday night in a 14-2 blowout that extended New York's winning streak to eight games. Cameron Maybin also went deep for the Yankees, who tied a major league record with 16 home runs in a three-game series. New York has hit 52 homers against the Orioles this season, breaking its own major league mark of 48 against the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. The Orioles were outscored 32-12 in the Yankees’ three-game sweep. The sensation that comes with being dominated in a lopsided series reached a melting point for the last-place … [Read more...] about Watch: Orioles’ Chris Davis restrained from going after manager
Being the most aggressive, living-in-the-present, future-be-damned franchise in baseball has served the Boston Red Sox well, bringing together the players who last season delivered the franchise its fourth World Series title this century. Doing so required the Red Sox to push their payroll well beyond the luxury tax threshold and to strip their farm system of prospects, but as the saying goes, “Prospects are cool; parades are cooler.” It was easy to get behind the Red Sox’s philosophy when the team was winning 108 games and going 11-3 against the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 postseason. But when that same team, with largely the same roster, approaches the 20-game mark of the new season as one of the worst teams in the game – with a 6-13 record, a minus-42 run differential and a 6.01 ERA entering Friday – the effects are doubly concerning, and the solutions are few. The Red Sox’s aggression carried them to a … [Read more...] about The Red Sox went all-in last season and won big. It’s costing them this year.
BOSTON (AP) — Gold Glove center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made two key catches and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 Friday night, giving the World Series champions their first two-game winning streak of the season. Baltimore’s Chris Davis lined out as a pinch-hitter to end the game, extending his record hitless streak for a position player to 0 for 54. Andrew Benintendi homered and Xander Bogaerts had three hits, helping Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) and the Red Sox improve to 5-9. Bradley made a diving grab in the fourth, then ended a threat in the eighth with by robbing Joey Rickard of extra bases and Baltimore of a run. Bradley planted his right foot in the padding of the Green Monster and pushed himself just high enough off the wall to grab the ball. The catch helped preserve a 4-2 lead and Boston tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, one on a sacrifice fly by Bradley. Rodriguez (1-2) had a strong start, keeping the Orioles hitless through … [Read more...] about Red Sox top Baltimore 6-4 for second-straight win
ON THIS DAY IN SPORT 1859: George Giffen, former South Australia all-rounder, described as Australia's WG Grace, was born. 1871: The first international rugby match took place at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, between England and Scotland, with the latter winning. 1988: Down beat Derry in Armagh, 2-6 to 0-10, while Dublin overcome Longford at Croke Park, 0-10 to 0-4, to reach the semi-finals of the National Football League 1988: After more than 1,000 matches in all competitions, former England, Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Ray Clemence announced he would retire at the end of the season at the age of 39. 1989: Referee Kelvin Morton awarded a record five penalties in the Second Division match between Crystal Palace and Brighton. Only two were converted, one by each side, and Palace won 2-1. 2004: France's 24-21 victory over England gave them a Grand Slam in the RBS 6 Nations. 2007: Tom Hicks and George Gillett's takeover of Liverpool was completed, after shareholders agreed to … [Read more...] about On this Day, March 27 1988: Down defeat Derry in the National Football League quarter-finals