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Hardy receives cortisone injection, undergoes MRI on back

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Hardy receives cortisone injection, undergoes MRI on back

Posted on 11 April 2014 by Luke Jones

BALTIMORE — Shortstop J.J. Hardy was not in the lineup as the Orioles began a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, but measures taken on Thursday appear to have the infielder ready to return over the weekend.

Missing six of the last seven games with lower back spasms, Hardy underwent magnetic resonance imaging and received a cortisone injection for his back and was instructed to rest after previously planning to work out at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on the off-day. The 31-year-old returned to the ballpark Friday to take infield and batting practice and expects to be back in the lineup on Saturday, a sentiment shared by manager Buck Showalter.

“I’ve made a bunch of big strides the last couple days,” Hardy said. “I came in today early and took some groundballs and took some swings. It all felt good. I’ll go through a normal day of practice and anticipate being in there tomorrow.”

Showalter added that Hardy was “more available” to come off the bench in the series opener than he was in the final game of the Yankees series. Ryan Flaherty has been filling in at shortstop with rookie Jonathan Schoop handling third base and Steve Lombardozzi playing second.

Hardy said his history of back issues earlier in his career has caused him and the training staff to take a cautious approach in not wanting to come back too soon and risk the back spasms being a recurring issue throughout the season.

“If I don’t play today, that will be six games and I can still play 156,” Hardy said. “That is kind of my goal. Trying to rush it and miss another six games because I tried to come back too early is definitely something I don’t want to do.”

In four games this season, the two-time Gold Glove Award winner is 5-for-15.

Outfielder David Lough was once again out of the lineup on Friday, but he is available off the bench, according to Showalter. He underwent concussion tests in Baltimore on Wednesday before returning to New York for the series finale and being used as a defensive replacement.

It remains uncertain what exactly is causing Lough’s symptoms at different points since mid-March, but Showalter said the organization is confident it is not because of a concussion.

Third baseman Manny Machado is scheduled to have two at-bats in a simulated game in Sarasota on Saturday, an encouraging step in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.

The 21-year-old will not run the bases but will face veteran left-hander Johan Santana at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Machado has yet to begin sprinting, but his participation in a sim game can’t be viewed as anything but good news.

Machado will be eligible to go on a minor league rehab assignment lasting up to 20 games once he is fully cleared to play, but it remains uncertain when that will happen.

Right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Bundy threw 35 fastballs off a regular mound in Sarasota on Friday as he continues his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery last year.

Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was scheduled to throw out the first pitch for Friday night’s game.

Here are Friday night’s lineups:

TORONTO
LF Melky Cabrera
2B Maicer Izturis
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
1B Adam Lind
C Dioner Navarro
CF Colby Rasmus
3B Brett Lawrie
SS Ryan Goins

SP Dustin McGowan (0-1, 13.50 ERA)

BALTIMORE
RF Nick Markakis
DH Delmon Young
1B Chris Davis
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
LF Nelson Cruz
2B Steve Lombardozzi
SS Ryan Flaherty
3B Jonathan Schoop

SP Chris Tillman (1-0, 1.35 ERA)

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Hardy moving closer to return to Orioles lineup

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Hardy moving closer to return to Orioles lineup

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The Orioles lineup finally broke out in a 14-5 win on Tuesday and received good news about the status of shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Though the 31-year-old was sidelined for the fourth time in five games while dealing with lower back spasms, manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday’s game that Hardy would have been available to come off the bench if necessary. Of course, the convincing win over the New York Yankees made Hardy’s use unnecessary as the Orioles provided more than enough offense to support a shaky outing from starter Wei-Yin Chen.

“A lot better, much more available,” Showalter told reporters of Hardy’s status prior to Tuesday’s win. “I’m optimistic he’d be an option [Tuesday]. We’ll see how the rest of the day goes. I wouldn’t have said that [Monday]. He’s improved, very close to being ready to start. … You can tell just by his face. So that’s good.”

With All-Star third baseman Manny Machado still on the 15-day disabled list while recovering from offseason knee surgery, the Orioles have been without a pair of Gold Glove defenders on the left side of the infield.

Left with a short bench, Showalter has been forced to use Ryan Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi, and Jonathan Schoop at three infield positions, but the trio combined to go 8-for-15 with four runs scored on Tuesday to ease concerns about the bottom of the order.

With the Orioles scheduled to play a night game Thursday to conclude their three-game set with New York before an off-day, Showalter could elect to keep Hardy on the bench for one more game to be on the safe side before the Orioles return to Camden Yards to begin a six-game homestand.

Chen struggles again

Lost in the offensive explosion occurring in Tuesday’s win was another lackluster effort by Chen, who earned the win despite allowing four earned runs and nine hits in five innings of work.

In two starts, Chen has allowed eight earned runs and 21 hits over 10 2/3 innings. The Taiwanese lefty has yet to issue a walk this season, but he’s often been up in the strike zone while catching too much of the plate.

The Yankees and Red Sox did have their share of hits that weren’t exactly clobbered against Chen — suggesting he’s been unlucky on top of his overall ineffectiveness — but his start to the 2014 season continues a disturbing trend from the end of last season. Over his last nine starts dating back to Aug. 27, 2013, Chen has allowed 72 hits over 46 innings of work while posting a 6.65 earned run average and a 1.85 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched).

Of course, Chen’s track record over the first two-plus seasons of his career suggests he’s much better than what he’s shown recently, but his lack of command within the strike zone has been alarming.

Bats finally wake up

After being held to just 22 runs in their first seven contests, the Orioles plated 14 runs and bashed 20 hits to quell premature panic about the offense. The last time the Orioles collected 20 hits was May 10, 2011.

All nine starters collected at least one hit and all but one (Matt Wieters) had multi-hit games. Wieters, Adam Jones, and Delmon Young each hit home runs to match the Orioles’ total of three long balls in the first seven contests of the year.

Wieters and Young each collected three runs batted in against Yankees pitching.

 

 

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Jimenez own worst enemy in struggles against Yankees

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Jimenez own worst enemy in struggles against Yankees

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Luke Jones

The book on Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez throughout his major league career has been the tendency to be his own worst enemy.

With an array of pitches and ability that suggest he should be a perennial Cy Young Award candidate, Jimenez has instead struggled to find consistency due to command issues that once again plagued him in Monday’s 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

The right-hander surrendered eight hits — several of the bloop variety — and four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings at Yankee Stadium, but the five walks issued transformed a potentially-respectable outing into one in which he failed to make it out of the fifth inning and suffered his second loss of the season.

In addition to free passes elevating his pitch count, Jimenez began the bottom of the third with a walk to No. 9 hitter Yangervis Solarte, who scored the first run of the game on a double play. The Baltimore pitcher then walked Kelly Johnson with two outs an inning later to put a runner in scoring position before Solarte drove in the second New York run of the game.

Appropriately enough, Jimenez walked former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts to conclude his rough 109-pitch outing before lefty Zach Britton entered to walk Johnson to force a run home in the fifth inning.

Jimenez entered Monday’s game averaging 4.0 walks per nine innings in his career — which equals former Baltimore pitcher Jake Arrieta’s frustrating career mark — and has never been able to work deep into games consistently because of high pitch counts and free passes. His 3.30 earned run average a year ago was his best since his 2010 All-Star season with Colorado, but Jimenez only managed to complete 182 2/3 innings in his 32 starts and hasn’t reached the 200-inning plateau since 2010 despite having made at least 31 starts in each of the last three seasons.

No one doubts Jimenez’s upside — it’s why the Orioles gave him a four-year, $50 million contract in February — but his propensity for issuing walks and throwing too many pitches won’t bode well competing against the American League East and its patient lineups if pitching coach Dave Wallace can’t help the 30-year-old keep his unorthodox mechanics in check.

Over the course of the season, you’re going to get the good Jimenez and the bad Jimenez, but the Orioles have seen too much of the latter through his two starts of the 2014 season.

Hardy still on mend

Shortstop J.J. Hardy missed his third game in four days on Monday as he continues to nurse lower back spasms that started on Friday in Detroit.

He told reporters prior to the series opener against the Yankees that his back was improving, but it remains unclear whether he will be available to play on Tuesday afternoon. It’s understandable that the Orioles wouldn’t want to be hasty in placing the veteran on the 15-day disabled list, but his back spams have left manager Buck Showalter shorthanded on the bench.

With two runners on and one out in the seventh, New York manager Joe Girardi summoned lefty Matt Thornton to face the left-handed Ryan Flaherty, a situation that typically calls for a pinch hitter. The problem was that Showalter was without another infielder as Delmon Young, Steve Pearce, and Steve Clevenger were his only available bench options.

Young and Pearce provide viable options against left-handed pitching, but their lack of versatility and speed isn’t ideal off the bench. Should Hardy be sidelined any longer, the Orioles may need to take a long look at adding another infielder to the 25-man roster as they’ve already leaned heavily on Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi, and rookie Jonathan Schoop in the infield.

And it’s part of the reason why the Baltimore lineup has managed just 22 runs in its first seven games of the season.

Reimold shifted to 60-day DL

With the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from the Cleveland Indians on Monday, the Orioles transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list, which is just the latest disappointment in the 30-year-old’s career.

At this point, any health-related setback isn’t surprising for the right-handed hitter as he wasn’t progressing enough with his surgically-repaired neck to warrant a roster spot to begin the season. Monday’s development makes him ineligible to return until late May, and Showalter said Reimold continues to receive treatment on his neck in Sarasota.

There’s no question that Reimold has been through hell physically with two spinal fusion surgeries over the last two years, which is what made the Orioles’ decision to sign him to a one-year, $1.025 million deal over the winter so surprising. Inking him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training would have been reasonable, but guaranteeing his contract seemed excessive at the time and certainly does now as he still isn’t 100 percent.

The good news for the Orioles is that they weren’t depending on Reimold to be a real contributor in the lineup as they were in each of he last two years as they acquired left fielder David Lough from Kansas City and signed designated hitter Nelson Cruz over the winter. Anything they get from Reimold is icing on the cake, but his shift to the 60-day DL certainly won’t create any optimism of him being able to contribute.

 

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Hardy scratched with back spasms for second time in three games

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Hardy scratched with back spasms for second time in three games

Posted on 06 April 2014 by Luke Jones

Already trying to snap a four-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, the Orioles were forced to scratch shortstop J.J. Hardy for the second time in three games as he continues to deal with lower back spasms.

Hardy was originally slated to play with Tigers starter Justin Verlander on the hill, but manager Buck Showalter removed him from the lineup less than an hour before first pitch as the 31-year-old experienced spasms in a different spot than he did Friday when he missed the opening game of the Detroit series. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Orioles’ 7-6 loss on Saturday.

The All-Star shortstop’s back issues aren’t an encouraging development for Baltimore as third baseman Manny Machado continues to work his way back to full strength from offseason knee surgery and started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Ryan Flaherty was moved from third base to take Hardy’s place at shortstop while rookie Jonathan Schoop was inserted in Sunday’s lineup to play at third.

Hardy is 5-for-15 in four games this season and had three career homers against Verlander, making his absence disappointing as the Orioles were facing the 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player.

 

 

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Bovada sets Chris Davis 2014 home run total at 39.5

Posted on 25 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv, Twitter: @BovadaLV). Here are some of the more interesting player stats.

Baltimore Orioles

Chris Davis – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season   

Over/Under                   39½

 

Chris Davis – Total RBI’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   113½

 

Adam Jones – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   30½

 

Adam Jones – Total RBI’s in the 2014 Regular Season 

Over/Under                   95½

 

Nelson Cruz – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   25½

 

Matt Wieters – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season  

Over/Under                   23½

 

J.J. Hardy – Total HR’s in the 2014 Regular Season      

Over/Under                   24½

 

Nick Markakis – BA in the 2014 Regular Season           

Over/Under                   .285

 

Ubaldo Jimenez – Total Wins in the 2014 Regular Season       

Over/Under                   12½

 

Chris Tillman – Total Wins in the 2014 Regular Season

Over/Under                   11½

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Orioles reportedly open to trading Wieters, Hardy

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Orioles reportedly open to trading Wieters, Hardy

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

The MLB general manager meetings in Orlando have garnered plenty of attention centered around the Orioles and trade speculation related to catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Represented by super agent Scott Boras, Wieters does not become a free agent until after the 2015 season, but all indications are pointing to it being a difficult task for the Orioles to sign the All-Star catcher to a long-term deal. The 2007 first-round pick will be approaching age 30 when he’s scheduled to hit the free-agent market in two years.

Multiple reports are suggesting the Orioles would be open to trading either player for the right price. There were reported discussion between the Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals about a deal involving Hardy and right-handed pitcher Shelby Miller, but that deal was rejected by St. Louis.

The Orioles seek an impact starting pitcher for the top half of the rotation currently led by 16-game winner Chris Tillman.

Hardy is entering the final season of a three-year, $22.5 million that includes an eight-team no-trade clause.

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Davis, Jones, Hardy earn 2013 Silver Slugger Awards

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Davis, Jones, Hardy earn 2013 Silver Slugger Awards

Posted on 06 November 2013 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

Louisville Slugger tonight announced that 1B CHRIS DAVIS, SS J.J. HARDY and CF ADAM JONES have been awarded the Silver Slugger Award for their 2013 seasons. The three Silver Slugger Awards won by the Orioles are the most of any team in the major leagues in 2013 and are the most by the club since the award began in 1980.

Davis was awarded his first Silver Slugger Award after leading the major leagues with 53 home runs, 138 runs batted in and 96 extra-base hits (42 doubles, one triple and 53 homers). He finished in the top 10 in the AL in slugging percentage (2nd, .634), OPS (2nd, 1.004), runs (T-2nd, 103) and doubles (T-3rd, 42). Davis is the third Orioles first baseman to claim a Silver Slugger Award, joining EDDIE MURRAY (1983-’84) and RAFAEL PALMEIRO (1998).

“Receiving this award is very humbling, as there are some really great hitters that play first base in this league, so it means a lot to me,” said Davis. “Batting in the middle of the order, you want to pose a threat at all times, and I’m grateful that the opposing managers and coaches recognized not only the success that I had, but also the success of the team as well.”

Hardy was tabbed for his first Silver Slugger Award after leading AL shortstops in homers (25) and RBI (76), while finishing second in slugging percentage (.433) and OPS (.738) and fifth in average (.263). He is the third Orioles shortstop to win the Silver Slugger Award, joining CAL RIPKEN, JR. (eight awards, 1983-86, ’89, ’91, ’93-’94) and MIGUEL TEJADA (2004-’05).

“I am really honored to win this award because the coaches and manager’s vote means so much to you as a player,” said Hardy. “They see you quite a bit in the division, but for the guys you only play against a handful of times to notice not only you, but also two of your teammates, that is a good sign for the direction the Orioles are headed. And then to be mentioned in the same sentence as Cal and Miggy as an offensive player, that just leaves me speechless.”

Jones became the first Orioles outfielder to win a Silver Slugger Award as he led AL outfielders in homers (33) and RBI (108) and finished third in doubles (35) and slugging percentage (.493) and sixth in batting average (.285).

“It is a tremendous honor and with all of the great Orioles outfielders of the past, I’m surprised that I am the first to win one,” said Jones. “While it is a great individual honor for all three of us, the ultimate goal is to win games and bring a championship to Baltimore.”

The Orioles have now had 11 different Silver Slugger Award winners and 20 total winners, with DH AUBREY HUFF (2008) the last to receive the award. The 2013 trio joins Huff, Murray, Palmeiro, Ripken, Tejada, CA MICKEY TETTLETON (1989), 2B ROBERTO ALOMAR (1996) and 3B MELVIN MORA (2004) as Orioles recipients.

Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who select the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in their respective leagues. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

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Hardy scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to back spasms

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Hardy scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to back spasms

Posted on 17 August 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — Already playing with a short bench after optioning outfielder Henry Uruttia to Triple-A Norfolk Friday night, the Orioles scratched shortstop J.J. Hardy from Saturday’s lineup due to back spasms.

Hardy was scheduled to hit seventh and play at his customary shortstop position before the club announced a lineup change just over an hour before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Hardy was described as “day to day,” but it was unclear whether he was available in any capacity for the Orioles’ 8-4 win in the second game of a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies.

The 30-year-old started feeling some discomfort in his back on Friday and underwent treatment earlier Saturday before manager Buck Showalter was made aware of it during batting practice. The Orioles decided to exercise caution with Hardy’s history of occasional back spasms but are optimistic that the back issue won’t be an issue moving forward.

“I didn’t want anything to flare up long-term, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings,” Showalter said. “I thought he and the trainers managed it pretty well. I appreciate him being honest, but he wanted to play. He thought he could play with it.”

Ryan Flaherty was scheduled to serve as Saturday’s designated hitter, but he was moved to the shortstop position while Steve Pearce served as the DH. The only healthy bench players available to manager Buck Showalter were backup catcher Taylor Teagarden and infielder Alexi Casilla since right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson was recalled earlier in the day to serve as an extra arm out of the bullpen.

Stinson was used in Saturday’s game, throwing 19 pitches, but Showalter was unsure whether the Orioles would need to option him back to Norfolk in favor of a hitter.

Entering Saturday night, Hardy had played in all but one of the Orioles’ 121 games this season, hitting .254 with 22 home runs, 66 runs batted in, and a .735 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

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Oriole’s All-Stars Head To New York For Mid-Summer Classic

Posted on 14 July 2013 by brianbower

Major League Baseball will hold its annual All-Star game at Citi Field in Flushing, New York on Tuesday evening.

It has been a special season thus far from the Orioles and they will send five representatives including three starters to play in the mid-summer classic in 2013.

It is great to see the Baltimore Orioles are finally back on baseballs radar after so many down years. Prior to last season the Orioles haven’t had more than one All-Star since the 2005 season.

Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones will travel to his third All-Star game in his career where he will start. Shortstop J.J. Hardy will hold down his position making his second appearance in the summer classic, his first in an Orioles uniform.

Perhaps the biggest story for the orange and black before the break this year is the bat of first baseman Chris Davis. Davis will get the start at first base for the A.L. and  finished with 8,272,243 fan votes. Davis is the second first-time All-Star to lead the voting, joining Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001).

Davis furthered his cause for making the All-Star roster on Sunday when he hit his 37th homerun of the year joining Reggie Jackson for the most home runs hit before the break in American League history.

Young phenom third baseman Manny Machado will join his teammates in New York where he is slated to be a reserve behind the Tigers Miguel Cabrera. Machado is having a decent season where he leads MLB in doubles hit and is among the top ten in the league in hits.

Pitcher Chris Tillman has been named as a replacement for Justin Verlander, who’s starting today for the Tigers. This is the first All-Star selection for Tillman, 25, who’s 11-3 with a 3.95 ERA in 19 starts this season, with 89 strikeouts in 111 2/3 innings.

Below is a look at the history of the Baltimore Oriole’s players selected to the All-Star Game.

 

SEASON PLAYER
2012 Adam Jones, Jim Johnson, Matt Wieters
2011 Matt Wieters
2010 Ty Wigginton
2009 Adam Jones
2008 George Sherrill
2007 Brian Roberts
2006 Miguel Tejada
2005 Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, B.J. Ryan, Brian Roberts
2003 Melvin Mora
2002 Tony Batista
2001 Cal Ripken
2000 Cal Ripken, Mike Bordick
1999 Harold Baines, B.J. Surhoff, Mike Mussina
1998 Cal Ripken, Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar
1997 Cal Ripken, Randy Myers, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1996 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Roberto Alomar
1995 Cal Ripken
1994 Lee Smith, Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1993 Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina
1992 Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina
1991 Cal Ripken
1990 Cal Ripken, Gregg Olson
1989 Cal Ripken, Mickey Tettleton
1988 Cal Ripken
1987 Terry Kennedy, Cal Ripken
1986 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Don Aase
1985 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken
1984 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Mike Boddicker
1983 Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken, Tippy Martinez
1982 Eddie Murray
1981 Ken Singleton, Eddie Murray, Scott McGregor
1980 Al Bumbry, Steve Stone
1979 Ken Singleton, Don Stanhouse
1978 Eddie Murray, Mike Flanagan, Jim Palmer
1977 Ken Singleton, Jim Palmer
1976 Mark Belanger, Bobby Grich
1975 Jim Palmer
1974 Bobby Grich, Mike Cuellar, Brooks Robinson
1973 Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson
1972 Bobby Grich, Jim Palmer, Pat Dobson, Dave McNally, Brooks Robinson
1971 Jim Palmer, Don Buford, Mike Cuellar, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1970 Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1969 Paul Blair, Davey Johnson, Dave McNally, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1968 Davey Johnson, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson
1967 Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1966 Steve Barber, Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson
1965 Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson
1964 Luis Aparicio, Brooks Robinson, Norm Siebern
1963 Luis Aparicio, Steve Barber, Brooks Robinson
1962 Jim Gentile, Milt Pappas, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1961 Jackie Brandt, Jim Gentile, Brooks Robinson, Hoyt Wilhelm
1960 Chuck Estrada, Jim Gentile, Ron Hansen, Brooks Robinson
1959 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell, Jerry Walker, Hoyt Wilhelm, Gene Woodling
1958 Gus Triandos, Billy O’dell
1957 Gus Triandos, George Kell, Billy Loes
1956 George Kell
1955 Jim Wilson
1954 Bob Turley

 

Stats obtained from ESPN MLB

 

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

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Orioles pitcher Tillman added to AL All-Star team

Posted on 14 July 2013 by Luke Jones

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BALTIMORE — In a surprise that arrived as the Orioles were recognizing their 2013 All-Star selections on the field prior to Sunday’s game, starting pitcher Chris Tillman was named to take part in Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field in New York.

Taking the place of Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander who pitched on Sunday, Tillman becomes the fifth Orioles player to be named to the American League All-Star team and the only pitcher. He is 11-3 with a 3.95 earned run average in 19 starts while serving as one of the club’s most consistent starting pitchers in the first half.

“It’s an honor,” Tillman said after Sunday’s 7-4 win over Toronto. “It was kind of a surprise to find out last minute. It’s special for the city and for me to go with my teammates.”

Tillman entered Sunday fourth in the league in wins and 23rd in ERA — a number that will prompt many to say he isn’t deserving of the honor — and owns a 20-6 record since June 25, 2012. He has the second-highest winning percentage among AL starters over that span, trailing only Detroit’s Max Scherzer.

Acquired along with fellow All-Star representative Adam Jones from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard trade prior to the 2008 season, Tillman is now the fourth of the Orioles’ five All-Star representatives this year who was originally acquired via trade. Third baseman Manny Machado was drafted with the third overall pick of the 2010 draft while Jones, Tillman, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and first baseman Chris Davis were trade acquisitions of former president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

“He’s not a secret around the league,” said manager Buck Showalter, who found out a couple days earlier that Tillman might be added to the All-Star roster. “He wasn’t drafted here. He got here in a trade. Somebody else is real smart. Not me, but somebody was smart getting him here. We’re lucky to have him, and he’s got an interesting future.”

This year’s All-Star Game will mark the first time the Orioles have had five or more representatives since the 1997 game when third baseman Cal Ripken, second baseman Roberto Alomar, center fielder Brady Anderson, starting pitchers Mike Mussina and Jimmy Key, and closer Randy Myers were all selected to participate.

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