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Jones would play for U.S. in World Baseball Classic

Jones would play for U.S. in World Baseball Classic

BALTIMORE – Adam Jones says that he will play for the United States in next March’s World Baseball Classic if asked. Jones played for the U.S. team in 2013. 

Manny Machado has said that he will play for the Dominican Republic’s team. Hyun Soo Kim, who played for South Korea in both 2009 and 2013, hasn’t declared his plans. Jonathan Schoop played for the Netherlands in 2013. 

It’s possible that Zach Britton, Chris Davis or Chris Tillman could be asked to play for the U.S. team, too. 

“People smarter than me think that it’s great for the game to grow it globally. If players want to do it…I’m a little biased. I’m always thinking about what best serves the Orioles,” Showalter said. “Some of our guys, talking to them a little bit, I think we’re going to have some participation.”  

The Orioles will play the Dominican Republic’s team during spring training in Sarasota, and it will be interesting to see if Machado plays for the Dominican. 

“It’s something that people think is important, and I can see why, so we’ll cooperate as usual,” Showalter said. 

NOTE: Third base coach Bobby Dickerson will manage in winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

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Late comeback not enough for Orioles against Athletics

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Late comeback not enough for Orioles against Athletics

BALTIMORE -- Ryon Healy homered twice and had three RBIs, Matt Lowrie hit a two-run drive and the Oakland Athletics beat the sinking Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Tuesday night.

The Athletics used homers by Lowrie and Healy to take a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and Healy connected in the fifth for a five-run cushion.

Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Baltimore and Jonathan Schoop singled in two runs in the eighth to make it 5-4, but Khris Davis blunted the comeback with his 34th home run in the ninth.

Baltimore hasn't won consecutive games since Aug. 5-7. The Orioles (60-64) began the day trailing five teams for the second AL wild card.

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) gave up three homers and has won only one of his last eight starts. He has surrendered a career-high 29 home runs this season, most on the Baltimore pitching staff.

The last-place A's long ago fell out of playoff contention, but they've been tough on the Orioles. The teams split a four-game series in Oakland earlier this month, and each team has won a game in this series heading into Wednesday's finale.

The Athletics may have lost promising rookie pitcher Paul Blackburn for an extended period. The right-hander was struck in the wrist with a line drive off the bat of Trey Mancini in the fourth inning and left the game.

Oakland did not immediately provide an injury update.

Simon Castro (1-1) pitched two innings to earn his first win since Aug. 31, 2015 and Blake Treinen got four outs for his fifth save.

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Trout hits first multihomer game of season against Orioles

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Trout hits first multihomer game of season against Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena each hit two home runs off Kevin Gausman, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday night for their eighth win in 10 games.

Trout homered in the first and third innings, and Valbuena connected in the second and fourth to give Los Angeles a four-run lead.

It marked the second straight night in which the Angels got all their runs via the long ball. In the series opener, Los Angeles homered five times in a 9-7 defeat.

Trout went deep Friday night, too, and now has 26 home runs. He has six seasons with at least 25, tied with Tim Salmon for most in franchise history.

It was Trout's first multihomer game of the season and ninth of his career.

JC Ramirez (11-10) allowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings before leaving with right forearm tightness. In his last start against the Orioles, the right-hander gave up six runs in seven innings on Aug. 7.

That defeat dropped the Angels to 55-58. Now they are 63-60 and in thick of the AL wild-card race.

Gausman (9-9) struggled through four innings, allowing five runs and six hits. The four homers he surrendered matched a career high.

In his past 11 starts, Gausman has lost only twice -- both against the Angels.

After Trout homered on the fourth pitch of the game, the Orioles got a run in the bottom of the first when Tim Beckham doubled and scored on a wild pitch.

Valbuena led off the second with a drive to center and Trout made it 3-1 in the third. In the fourth, Andrelton Simmons snapped an 0-for-19 skid with a double and Valbuena followed with his 15th home run on an 0-2 pitch.

Baltimore has lost seven of 11 and has not won successive games since Aug. 5-7.