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Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland Attendance: 43,929
Orioles look to gain more ground on Angels
Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles
- The Angels beat the Nationals, 3-2, in Washington on Wednesday, splitting the two-game set. The Angels have now won seven of their last eight games, and now sit in the second AL Wild Card spot. The Angels have made the playoffs once since the 2009 season.
- The Orioles fell to the Mariners, 7-6, in Seattle on Wednesday in the rubber match of the series, dropping them to 3-6 in their last nine games. Baltimore has nine losses this season when scoring at least six runs, tied for fourth-most in the majors.
- The Angels took two of three in Anaheim when these teams met earlier this month. Each team had exactly 21 hits in the series, and the Angels scored a total of 10 runs, compared to the Orioles nine. Baltimore is 7-5 at home against the Angels since 2013.
- Andrew Heaney will be making his first start since April 5, 2016, after recovering from Tommy John surgery in July of that year. In 2015, Heaney was 6-4 with a 3.49 ERA. Heaney has one career start against the Orioles, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings.
- Jeremy Hellickson allowed six suns (all earned) in 5.0 innings against Oakland on Sunday, dropping to 7-7 on the season. Hellickson has allowed at least six earned runs in five starts this season. He has not won a game this year when allowing more than two runs.
- Manny Machado is hitting .333 since the All-Star break after hitting just .230 in the first half. His .103 increase is the biggest in the AL, and the second-biggest in MLB among qualified hitters (Odubel Herrera, +.127).
- Out as prez, advisor Hart leaves Braves
- Yanks interview ESPN's Boone for manager
- A's hire Matt Williams as 3rd base coach
- 5 minor leaguers receive drug bans
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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles started the weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels by doing what they've done all season -- play winning baseball at home.
They rallied from an early five-run deficit to hit five homers and scored a 9-7 victory over the Angels Friday. Now, the Orioles will try to keep this roll at Camden Yards going on Saturday night.
The victory improved Baltimore (60-62) to 36-23 at home -- compared to 24-39 on the road. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn't worry about the past; he just wants them to keep winning.
Showalter knows the Orioles have 40 games left and are fighting for a wild-card spot. They now are two games behind the Angels (62-60) and the Minnesota Twins (61-59), who are deadlocked for the last wild-card berth.
"You don't think about what it might have been," Showalter said. "You play again tomorrow and you play the next day and there's an opportunity around every corner. It has that potential always, but it depends on how we pitch tomorrow and the next day and the next day and the next day."
Both teams hit five homers in Friday's Baltimore win, but Manny Machado has finally gotten going. He's hit three grand slams in 11 games and given the Orioles a big lift, including his walk-off grand slam Friday, a game where Machado finished with seven RBIs.
"I know sometimes because of how fluid he is, sometimes people don't know how much he cares and how hard he works," Showalter said. "For a young player to go through the struggles he did with that kind of talent, to get back is a real testament to him and his makeup."
In the middle game of the series, Kevin Gausman (9-8, 5.08) will start for the Orioles versus JC Ramirez (10-10, 4.26). Gausman has pitched much better in the second half of the season, giving a boost to an inconsistent starting rotation.
The right-hander's last outing came on Aug. 14 in an 11-3 victory over the Mariners in Seattle. He allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings as the Orioles won the first game of that three-game series.
Gausman has a 1-2 career mark against the Angels along with a 5.11 ERA.
Ramirez has an 0-1 career record with a 7.27 ERA versus Baltimore. The last time he pitched against the Orioles was last week, taking the loss in a 6-2 Baltimore win.
He gave up six runs on eight hits in seven innings in that loss, the big hit being a Machado grand slam.
For the Orioles, Chris Davis and Welington Castillo both missed Friday's game due to undisclosed illness. There might be more news about them on Saturday.
Baltimore also has not announced a starter for Sunday's series finale but there's a chance it could be Chris Tillman. His last two appearances have come from the bullpen after losing his regular spot in the rotation by going 1-7 in his first 15 starts.
The Angels placed starter Tyler Skaggs on the bereavement list Friday (three days) due to the death of his grandfather. Manager Mike Scioscia said Skaggs will be available to start on Monday at home versus Texas.
The skipper said now his team needs to shake off blowing an early 5-0 lead and bounce back on Saturday.
"We got off to a lead...those guys, they hit the ball out of the park," Scioscia said. "It's obviously a good hitters park. They 1/8just 3/8 got the last big hit."
Updated August 19, 2017
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