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Showalter, Duquette sign extensions with Orioles

Showalter, Duquette sign extensions with Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Buck Showalter was tired of hearing about his contract. Ever since the end of the most successful season in 14 years, the Baltimore Orioles manager was pestered about the contract.

Showalter would tell everyone that he had a deal for the 2013 season, and he had more job security than most American workers. He wasn't worried.

Now, Showalter has more job security than almost any American worker including almost all his players, and so does the Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

On Wednesday, the Orioles announced extensions for both. Showalter's is a five-year extension; Duquette's a four-year one. They'll be under contract through the 2018 season with the Orioles.

The 56-year-old Showalter was eager to leave the press conference and join many of his players who had gathered for a three-day mini-camp.

``I'm ready to go down to that locker room,'' Showalter said. ``I'd like to think that nothing changes from my perspective.''

When Showalter joined the Orioles in Aug. 2010, he had a contract that ran through 2013. Duquette joined the team on a three-year contract in Nov. 2011. In their first season together, Baltimore won 93 games and the American League Wild Card game in Texas before falling in five games to the New York Yankees in the AL Divisional Series.

Duquette, 54, was hired by the Orioles after being out of the game for nearly a decade.

``I was very grateful for the opportunity. I missed baseball and was glad to be back,'' Duquette said.

Only one of Showalter's players, outfielder Adam Jones, has a contract as long as the manager's. Last May, before signing a six-year extension, Jones sought out the manager to make sure Showalter was committed for the long-term. Convinced he was, Jones re-signed.

``I'm really looking forward to having the focus be back on our players,'' Showalter said.

Duquette and Showalter hardly knew each other before teaming in Baltimore. Now, they make jokes about talking baseball on Christmas.

``He's one of the great pros in the game,'' Duquette said. ``I've never had more fun working with a man or more respect working with a manager. He's one of the great managers in the game. We're so lucky to have him here in Baltimore.''

The Orioles will begin spring training on Feb. 12, and Showalter can't wait.

``When we get to spring training,'' he said, ``I'll be right back to being the same grumpy old guy I guess I am.''

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Orioles hit 3 home runs off Chris Archer in 6-3 victory over Rays

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Orioles hit 3 home runs off Chris Archer in 6-3 victory over Rays

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning, Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop also went deep, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on a cold, damp Monday night at Camden Yards.

All three home runs were off Chris Archer (2-1), who gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander didn't allow a long ball in his previous four starts this season.

Baltimore trailed 3-1 before Kim and Schoop connected on successive pitches in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Archer hit Seth Smith with a pitch, and Jones followed with a drive deep into the left-field seats.

It was the fifth win in seven games for the Orioles, whose 13-5 record is best in the American League.

Corey Dickerson homered for the Rays, who fell to 1-7 on the road.

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Coming off an intense three-game series against the Red Sox that drew huge crowds to Camden Yards, the Orioles performed before 11,142 hearty fans, most of whom didn't make a whole lot of noise until Kim and Schoop got Baltimore's offense going.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs, three hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. After he gave up four walks and a double in the fourth, Vidal Nuno entered with the bases loaded and struck out Dickerson and Kevin Kiermaier.

Mychal Givens (3-0) followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Brad Brach worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Dickerson put the Rays in front with his third career leadoff homer, all this season. Tampa Bay leads the majors with 25 first-inning runs.

Smith doubled and scored on a groundout by Chris Davis in the third. Smith had been sidelined since April 18 with a strained right hamstring.

Shane Peterson's two-run double gave the Rays a 3-1 lead in the fourth. The liner landed so close to the right field foul line that Orioles manager Buck Showalter asked for a replay, but the call stood.

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Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes receives suspension for buzzing Orioles' Manny Machado

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes receives suspension for buzzing Orioles' Manny Machado

NEW YORK (AP) – Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado.

The commissioner's office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the process is done.

Barnes was ejected Sunday after sailing a fastball past Machado's helmet at Baltimore. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in nine games this season.

On Friday night at Camden Yards, Machado made a late slide that injured Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

On Sunday, Machado batted in the sixth inning and dodged out of the way when Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez threw three pitches down and in around the knees. Machado came up again in the eighth and Barnes' fastball whizzed behind his helmet.

The Orioles and Red Sox play again next Monday at Fenway Park.

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