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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers
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Miguel Cabrera drives in two as Tigers top Orioles

May 14, 2022, 2:38 AM

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Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 scoreless inning, Miguel Cabrera hit his 504th career home run and the host Detroit Tigers held off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 on Friday.

Rodriguez (1-2) allowed five hits and four walks while striking out three to record his first win since signing with Detroit as a free agent. Will Vest, who entered with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, struck out Ramon Urias and Rylan Bannon for his first career save.

Cabrera had an RBI double along with his solo homer, while Spencer Torkelson had two hits and drove in a run.

Orioles starter Jordan Lyles (2-3) gave up four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and fanned six. Baltimore's Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander hit solo homers in the eighth inning.

Detroit took the lead in the third. Robbie Grossman drew a one-out walk, and Javier Baez hit into a fielder's choice. Cabrera then ripped a double into the right-center-field gap to knock in Baez.

The Tigers chased Lyles with three runs in the sixth. Cabrera hit his second homer of the season, which barely cleared the left field fence. With two outs, Jonathan Schoop singled and Willi Castro doubled down the right field line, bringing in Schoop. Castro advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Torkelson's infield single.

After setting down the first two batters in the seventh, Rodriguez walked Robinson Chirinos and Chris Owings. Andrew Chafin entered in relief, and Cedric Mullins reached on an infield single to load the bases. Chafin then struck out Jorge Mateo to snuff out the threat.

The Orioles jumped on Jacob Barnes in the eighth, homering on the first two pitches he threw. Mancini drilled his second homer of the season to left and Santander blasted his fourth to right. Baltimore loaded the bases later in the inning, but Alex Lange induced a Mullins popout on a 3-2 pitch to keep the score at 3-2.

Tigers closer Gregory Soto was pulled with one out in the ninth after he hit two batters with pitches and walked another. Vest then entered and recorded the dramatic save.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers try to beat last year’s woeful start, face Orioles

May 13, 2022, 1:38 AM

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The Detroit Tigers began last season by losing 24 of their first 33 games.

With a home loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night, the Tigers would duplicate that dubious record with the season one-fifth complete.

Last season, the Tigers were expected to struggle as they continued their rebuilding process. But after they made a number of pricey free-agent acquisitions and added veterans in trades, the Tigers entered 2022 expecting to compete for a playoff berth.

Instead, they are already at the bottom of the American League, in danger of just playing out the string the last 4 1/2 months unless a major turnaround occurs.

"I don't care about last year, I don't care to compare it," second-year manager A.J. Hinch said. "I get it. Everybody wants an analysis. I've got to figure out how to beat the Orioles tomorrow. We're tired of losing."

The Tigers have lost nine of their last 10 games, including four of a five-game series with Oakland that ended Thursday with a 5-3 defeat.

Detroit was shut out on Wednesday 9-0 and trailed 3-0 on Thursday afternoon before tying the game in the sixth. It was just the second time they have scored as many as three runs during their 10-game swoon.

"I felt good about the game when we battled back because we needed some spark and we got it," Hinch said. "We got a couple of good hits and Miggy (Miguel Cabrera) gets a double and then after Miggy's hit, we had one positive at-bat in the last 13 or 14 plate appearances. ... Just a different way to lose."

Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will make his seventh start of the season for Detroit. He's still seeking his first victory despite delivering his best outing of the season last week at Houston, when he gave up just one hit -- a solo home run to Jose Altuve -- and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings on Saturday.

"All my pitches were working," Rodriguez said. "I feel like the mistake that I made to Altuve was the right pitch, I just missed it right on the middle of the plate. Other than that, I feel like everything was working really well."

Rodriguez is quite familiar with Baltimore as a member of Boston's rotation for six seasons. He's faced the Orioles 22 times, beating them 12 times -- more than any other club he has faced. He has a 12-5 record and 3.11 ERA against Baltimore.

He'll be opposed by Jordan Lyles (2-2, 4.05 ERA), who will also be making his seventh start. Lyles pitched a season-high 7 1/3 innings against Kansas City on Sunday, allowing four runs (two earned) as he walked one with five strikeouts.

The Orioles wound up losing that game 6-4, but manager Brandon Hyde appreciated how Lyles pitched deep into the contest.

"We really haven't had that, a guy (who is) able to take the ball and is irritated when he comes out in the eighth inning, which I'm happy about," Hyde said. "The guy wants to stay on the mound. I think it's fantastic. It's huge."

Jorge Mateo and Anthony Bemboom hit solo home runs for the Orioles Thursday as they edged the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 for their sixth win in eight games.

Rylan Bannon gave Baltimore a bit of a boost on Thursday. Called up from Triple-A Norfolk, Bannon had a single in his first major league at-bat. He was acquired in the 2018 Manny Machado deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I trusted the scouting report. I stuck to my approach," Bannon said. "I got a pitch middle and put a good swing on it. It was a fastball right down the middle."

--Field Level Media

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
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Royals-Orioles postponed to Monday due to rain

May 7, 2022, 10:24 PM

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The Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles game scheduled for Saturday in Baltimore was rained out.

The Orioles announced the game would be rescheduled for Monday, May 9.

It was the second straight game rained out for the teams, as Friday's Game 1 opener was rescheduled as well. The teams are now scheduled to play a double-header Sunday with the final game to occur Monday.

--Field Level Media

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Royals-Orioles is latest MLB rainout; will play doubleheader Sunday

May 6, 2022, 8:27 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles' home game against the Kansas City Royals was the fifth Major League Baseball game washed out due to rain Friday.

The game was postponed until Sunday, when the Royals and O's will play a traditional doubleheader beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Fans who had tickets for Sunday's originally scheduled game will be allowed to use them to stay for both games of the doubleheader.

Starting pitchers for Sunday's games were not yet confirmed. Friday was set to be the opener of a three-game series and the first time the two clubs have met this season.

Games in Chicago (Dodgers-Cubs), Cleveland (Blue Jays-Guardians), Philadelphia (Mets-Phillies) and New York (Rangers-Yankees) were also postponed earlier Friday due to inclement weather.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera records 3,000th career hit

April 23, 2022, 6:36 PM

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera recorded his 3,000th career hit with a first-inning single to right field off Colorado Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela on Saturday in Detroit.

Cabrera, 39, is the 33rd major league player to reach 3,000 hits and the first Venezuelan player to do so.

The future Hall of Famer also became the seventh player in major league history with both 3,000 hits and 500 homers. He joins a fraternity limited to Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Eddie Murray, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols and Alex Rodriguez.

The two-time American League MVP, 2012 Triple Crown winner, four-time batting champion and 11-time All-Star had three hits on Wednesday before going hitless Thursday and then seeing Friday's scheduled series opener postponed due to rain.

"Seeing Miguel grow from a teenager taking batting practice on neighborhood fields in Venezuela to becoming one of the best players in baseball history has been one of the great joys of my life," Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila said in a statement. "His humility, passion for having fun and genuine love of the city of Detroit are completely unmatched and joining the 3,000 hit club only strengthens his standing as one of the game's all-time greats. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we know there are many more exciting times on the horizon."

Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch also praised Cabrera in a statement.

"Congratulations to Miguel Cabrera on his 3,000th career hit! Like Tigers fans, I've been proud to witness Miggy's amazing and historic 3,000 hit and 500 home run milestones, putting him among a select few MLB legends. I thank Miguel for a career of exciting, Hall of Fame caliber play towards our objective of championship baseball for Tigers fans. Miggy has and continues to build his status as one of the greatest Tigers of all-time."

--Field Level Media

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Orioles LHP John Means to undergo Tommy John surgery

April 23, 2022, 5:25 PM

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Baltimore Orioles left-hander John Means announced Saturday that he will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured pitching arm.

Means, 28, will miss the rest of the season after making only two starts in 2022. He went 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA.

"Hey all, just wanted to put a statement out," Means wrote on his Twitter page. "After multiple MRI's it's confirmed that I need Tommy John surgery.

"I'm obviously disappointed, but more motivated than ever.

"In the meantime, I'm looking forward to watching what this team can do this year."

In 70 career games (65 starts), Means is 20-24 with a 3.81 ERA. He earned an All-Star selection in 2019.

Means tossed a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 5, 2021.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers-Rockies postponed due to weather; DH Saturday

April 22, 2022, 10:42 PM

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Friday's game between the host Detroit Tigers and the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

It will be made up Saturday as part of a split doubleheader. The originally scheduled game will remain at 1:10 p.m. ET, while Friday's game was rescheduled for 6:40 Saturday.

The Tigers were set to start left-hander Tarik Skubal (0-1, 3.72 ERA) against Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela (1-0, 2.16 ERA) on Friday. The teams' pitching plans for Saturday's games were unknown.

Tigers star Miguel Cabrera stands at 2,999 career hits, with his approach of 3,000 drawing scores of fans to Comerica Park. After the Tigers' three-game home series with Colorado, they are scheduled to hit the road for three games at the Minnesota Twins and three at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

--Field Level Media

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Orioles shuffle LHP John Means (elbow) to 60-day IL

April 17, 2022, 6:39 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles transferred left-hander John Means to the 60-day injured list Sunday with a sprained elbow.

Means initially was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday, two days after he left a start early due to pain in his pitching arm.

"It's going to be a while," Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday. "... It'll be a while for some results to come back, but I wouldn't expect him to pitch any time soon."

Means, who turns 29 on April 24, said he felt forearm pain during his Opening Day start against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8. He dealt with more discomfort in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and departed after four innings and just 51 pitches. He gave up two runs and two hits.

Means has a 3.38 ERA in eight innings this season. He has allowed three runs, eight hits, two walks and struck out seven.

Overall, Means is 20-24 with a 3.81 ERA in 70 career appearances (65 starts) over four-plus seasons with the Orioles. The highlight of his career came on May 5 of last season when he threw a no-hitter and struck out a career-best 12 against the Seattle Mariners.

Also on Sunday, the Orioles optioned left-hander Alexander Wells to Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of right-hander Marcos Diplan from the Tides.

Wells, 25, owns a 2-3 record with a 6.45 ERA in 12 career appearances (eight starts) with the Orioles. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief in his lone 2022 outing.

Diplan, 25, went 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in 23 relief appearances in Baltimore last season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals
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Tigers-Royals game postponed due to inclement weather

April 17, 2022, 3:37 PM

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Sunday's finale of a four-game series between the Detroit Tigers and host Kansas City Royals was postponed due to inclement weather.

The game between the American League Central rivals will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on July 11.

The Tigers posted a 4-2 win over the Royals on Thursday and a 2-1 victory the following night. Kansas City, however, snapped a five-game skid with a 3-1 triumph on Saturday.

The Royals are scheduled return to action on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against the visiting Minnesota Twins.

The Tigers open a three-game series versus the visiting New York Yankees on Tuesday.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers SS Javier Baez (thumb) lands on 10-day IL

April 16, 2022, 8:48 PM

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The Detroit Tigers placed shortstop Javier Baez on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right thumb injury.

Baez said he jammed his thumb celebrating the Tigers' come-from-behind win on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox, in which Baez had the game-winning hit. He aggravated it a few days later and hasn't played since Monday.

His placement on the injured list is retroactive to April 13. The Tigers have yet to announce the corresponding move.

"The more he's sore, the more it gives me pause to put him back in there," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday, before Baez was placed on the IL. "It takes one swing to blow this thing back up to where we were four, five days ago. It's really tricky with thumbs."

Baez, 29, signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Tigers last November. On the season, he is batting .316 (6 for 19) with one home run, four RBIs, one walk and four strikeouts in five games.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers elevate RHP Wily Peralta to active roster

April 16, 2022, 2:51 PM

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The Detroit Tigers promoted right-hander Wily Peralta from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers designated right-hander Bryan Garcia for assignment.

Peralta, who will turn 33 next month, made three relief appearances in the minors -- one with Class-A Lakeland and two with the Mud Hens -- to get him ready for the season in lieu of spring training.

He posted a 4-5 record with a 3.07 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) last season with Detroit.

Peralta owns a 54-61 mark with a 4.36 ERA in 230 career games (138 starts) with the Milwaukee Brewers (2012-17), Kansas City Royals (2018-19) and Tigers.

Garcia, 26, sports a 5-3 record with a 6.12 ERA in 72 career relief appearances with Detroit.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Baltimore Orioles
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Orioles place LHP John Means (elbow) on IL

April 16, 2022, 1:24 AM

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Baltimore Orioles left-hander John Means has an elbow strain and was placed on the 10-day injured Friday, two days after he left a start early due to pain in his pitching arm.

The Orioles announced that Means' injury is to his elbow after manager Brandon Hyde previously said the injury was a forearm muscle strain. Means will undergo further testing.

Means, who turns 29 on April 24, said he felt forearm pain during his Opening Day start against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 8. He dealt with more discomfort in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and departed after four innings and just 51 pitches. He gave up two runs and two hits.

"Never felt the forearm before," Means said after Wednesday's outing. "It's always been little things in the shoulder. I've never felt it, and that's what worried me a little bit."

The move is retroactive to Thursday.

Means has a 3.38 ERA in eight innings this season. He has allowed three runs, eight hits, two walks and struck out seven.

Overall, Means is 20-24 with a 3.81 ERA in 70 career appearances (65 starts) over four-plus seasons with the Orioles. The highlight of his career came on May 5 of last season when he threw a no-hitter and struck out a career-best 12 against the Seattle Mariners.

Baltimore also recalled right-hander Travis Lakins from Triple-A Norfolk and outrighted left-hander Kevin Smith to the same affiliate.

Lakins, 27, went 4-7 with a 4.21 ERA in 62 appearances (four starts) over the past three seasons -- 2019 with the Boston Red Sox followed by two campaigns with the Orioles.

Smith didn't get into a game with the Orioles.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers OF Robbie Grossman injures groin

April 12, 2022, 10:55 PM

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Detroit Tigers right fielder Robbie Grossman exited Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox with right groin tightness.

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch is worried it could be a more serious setback.

"Right groin tightness is what he reported," Hinch told reporters. "We fear it's a little more of a strain, which would lead to more of an issue."

Hinch said a strain would likely lead to Grossman being placed on the 10-day injury list.

Grossman was injured in the fifth inning while on the basepaths. He was on first base and ran on a pitch in which Jonathan Schoop hit a foul pop-up to third. Grossman slid into second base and got up and retreated for first but was thrown out.

"I don't know if it was the change of direction at second base or what," Hinch said. "He went out for defense, came back in (after the inning) and immediately went to (trainer Doug Teter)."

Victor Reyes replaced Grossman in the field in the top of the seventh.

Grossman is off to a slow start, batting .059 (1-for-17) in five games. He is a .249 career hitter with 73 homers and 322 RBIs in 887 games over 10 seasons with the Houston Astros (2013-15), Minnesota Twins (2016-18), Oakland Athletics (2019-20) and Tigers.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Orioles signing RHP Matt Harvey to minors deal

April 7, 2022, 4:00 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles are close to signing veteran right-hander Matt Harvey to a minor-league deal, MLB Network reported Thursday.

The team plans to send the 33-year-old to Florida for extended spring training and gradually let him ramp up, per the report.

Harvey was 6-14 with a 6.27 ERA in 28 starts for the Orioles last season.

An All-Star with the New York Mets in 2013, Harvey has struggled to maintain that level since having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and missing the entire 2014 season.

He is 50-66 overall with a 4.42 ERA in 180 games (172 starts), striking out 867 batters in 966 1/3 innings with the Mets (2012-13, 2015-18), Cincinnati Reds (2018), Los Angeles Angels (2019), Kansas City Royals (2020) and Orioles.

--Field Level Media

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Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull agrees to 2-year deal

April 5, 2022, 6:20 PM

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Right-hander Spencer Turnbull avoided arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to terms on a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, however the Detroit Free Press reported it was for $3.65 million.

Per the newspaper, Turnbull will earn $1.5 million in 2022 and $2.15 million in 2023. He can receive an additional $125,000 in performance bonuses in 2023, when he is expected to be healthy for the start of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Turnbull, 29, posted a 4-2 record with a 2.88 ERA in nine starts last season. He highlighted his campaign with a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 18.

In his career, Turnbull has an 11-25 record and a 4.25 ERA. That includes a 3-17 record (4.61 ERA) in 2019.

--Field Level Media