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Most star pitchers missing from US WBC roster

Most star pitchers missing from US WBC roster

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto's R.A. Dickey heads a starting pitching staff missing David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain on the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic.

Milwaukee's Ryan Braun, Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees' Mark Teixeira and the Mets' David Wright are among 27 players on the roster announced Thursday. The roster also includes Joe Mauer and Jimmy Rollins, and the bullpen is headed by Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel.

Final 28-man rosters are due Feb. 20 and must include at least 13 pitchers and two catchers. The U.S., managed by Joe Torre, opens against Mexico on March 8, then plays Italy and Canada to complete its first-round group.

Venezuela's roster includes AL Triple Crown winner MVP Miguel Cabrera, World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval and pitcher Felix Hernandez. The Dominican Republic has Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes, Adrian Beltre and Hanley Ramirez, and Puerto Rico has Carlos Beltran and Yadier Molina.

Chien-Ming Wang is on Taiwan, and Bruce Chen is the first major leaguer on China's team. Cuba's roster does not include any defectors in the major leagues. Japan also does not have any major leaguers.

Italy's roster includes Francisco Cervelli (born in Venezuela), Jason Grilli (born in Oak Hill, Mich.) and Nick Punto (born in San Diego).

The U.S. roster:

Pitchers: Jeremy Affeldt (San Francisco), Heath Bell (Arizona), Mitchell Boggs (St. Louis), Steve Cishek (Miami), Tim Collins (Kansas City), R.A. Dickey (Toronto), Luke Gregerson (San Diego), Derek Holland (Texas), Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta), Kris Medlen (Atlanta), Chris Perez (Cleveland), Glen Perkins (Minnesota), Vinnie Pestano (Cleveland), Ryan Vogelsong (San Francisco)

Catchers: J.P. Arencibia (Toronto), Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee), Joe Mauer (Minnesota)

Infielders: Willie Bloomquist (Arizona), Brandon Phillips (Cincinnati), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia), Mark Teixeira (N.Y. Yankees), David Wright (N.Y. Mets)

Outfielders: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Adam Jones (Baltimore), Giancarlo Stanton (Miami), Shane Victorino (Boston), Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay).

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Bullpen movement continues:Orioles swap out Bridwell for Ondrusek

Bullpen movement continues:Orioles swap out Bridwell for Ondrusek

Continuing to actively move relief pitchers, the Orioles swapped out Parker Bridwell for Logan Ondrusek on Thursday. 

Bridwell, who had been with the Orioles since Sunday, and allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings in two appearances, returns to Triple-A Norfolk, and Ondrusek, who was signed as a free agent on July 29, was recalled from Bowie.

In six games, Ondrusek allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings for a 6.75 ERA before he was sent to the Baysox on Aug. 11.

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The right-handed Ondrusek, who was touted for his ability to retire left-handed batters, struggled against lefties with the Orioles. They were 4-for-8 against him with a home run two walks while right-handers were 1-for-11.

In three games with the Bowie, Ondrusek has a 6.75 ERA. 

Bridwell allowed a grand slam home run to Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning of Wednesday night’s game against Washington, and manager Buck Showalter indicated that Bridwell would probably be sent down for a fresh arm. 

With Ubaldo Jimenez starting against the Nationals on Thursday night, Showalter wants relievers who can give him multiple innings, if needed.

NOTE: Juan Bell, who was acquired by the Orioles in the trade that sent Eddie Murray to the Los Angeles Dodgers, died on Wednesday at 46 of kidney failure in the Dominican Republic.

The infielder batted .167 in 113 games for the Orioles from 1989-91. Bell also played for Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Montreal and Boston. He was the brother of Toronto Blue Jays slugger George Bell.

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Jimenez tries to complete four-game sweep of Nats

Jimenez tries to complete four-game sweep of Nats

Tonight's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (70-56) vs. Washington Nationals (73-53), Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. 7:05 p.m.  

Starting pitchers:

Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10, 6.94) vs. Max Scherzer (13-7, 3.05)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles win four straight against the team with the second-best record in the National League? They're one game behind Toronto and Boston for the AL East lead.

Can Jimenez continue his success against the Nationals? He's 6-1 with a 2.32 ERA in eight starts and 4-0 with an 0.92 ERA at Nationals Park.

News and Notes:

Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts against the Orioles.

Adam Jones is 11-for-25 (.440) with three home runs against Scherzer. Manny Machado is 1-for-15 (.067) with a home run. 

Zach Britton allowed his first earned run since Apr. 30, but he still has his streak of 38 consecutive saves intact.

The Orioles could make another roster move. Parker Bridwell could be sent down and another reiiever brought up.

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Machado's 4 RBIs help Orioles win 3rd straight over Nats

Machado's 4 RBIs help Orioles win 3rd straight over Nats

WASHINGTON—The Orioles looked like they had easily won their third straight game against the Nationals. Taking a two-run lead to the eighth, the Orioles added five runs, and had a 10-3 advantage heading to the bottom of the ninth. 

Daniel Murphy hit a grand slam home run off rookie Parker Bridwell, and suddenly it was 10-3, and Zach Britton was in the game. 

Britton gave up an earned run, his first since Apr. 30, a total of 43 games and 44 1/3 innings, then tried to get Anthony Rendon at second on a grounder to the mound by Wilson Ramos.

When that failed, the tying run was on, and Ryan Zimmerman was up. 

Britton got a double play, the long game was over, and so was his streak. 

The Orioles’ 10-8 win over Washington before a sellout crowd of 39,100 at Nationals Park, was their third straight, and Britton, who didn’t earn a save because he came in with a three-run lead without the tying run on base, at bat or on deck, and didn’t pitch an inning, still has his saves streak intact. 

“I was a little bit caught off guard, but I felt pretty good once I got in the game. Just everything that happened—the home run by Murphy, get going. I just really didn’t make good pitches tonight, really, all the way through. I think I threw maybe one good pitch, and that was about it,” Britton said. 

“I wasn’t even thinking about it. I was just thinking about needing to make some good pitches. I was getting frustrated, but it happens. A bad outing. I’ve had plenty. You’ve just got to execute pitches there. They’re a good hitting team, and right off the bat, I just didn’t make any good pitches. I just need to keep the ball down, and I wasn’t able to. I got fortunate even on the double play ball, it wasn’t crisp but I got fortunate right there.”

Britton was able to ensure that Wade Miley got his first win with the Orioles in his fifth game. 

Miley, was 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA in his first four starts. He allowed two runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. 

“Right now this time of the year it may be important for us because we’re some thin ranks right now and we need all our healthy pitchers to do what they’re capable of doing. There’s not much margin for error as we go forward here with 30-some games left,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Miley had help from Manny Machado, who had four hits and four RBIs. 

“We know it’s going to be a battle. They’re a great team over there and they’re not just going to give up. We knew that. It’s just a matter of the time. They haven’t been swinging the bat like they have been, and we’ve finally clicked a little bit,” Machado said. 

The Orioles (70-56) quickly gave Miley (8-10) a 4-0 lead. Machado hit a two-run home run. Chris Davis doubled, Mark Trumbo walked, and Tanner Roark (13-7) hit Jonathan Schoop and Matt Wieters with pitches to score Davis. Trumbo scored on J.J. Hardy’s fly to center.

It could have been worse, but Trea Turner made a terrific sliding catch on Adam Jones’ liner to start the game. 

Washington (73-53) got a run back in the bottom of the first on Anthony Rendon’s RBI double. 

Jones began the second with an infield single, and he took second on Murphy’s error. Machado’s single gave the Orioles a 5-1 lead. 

Danny Espinosa’s 20th home run of the year in the fifth made it 5-2. 

Mychal Givens, who came on with runners on second and third in the sixth, got the next three outs, and struck out Espinosa in the seventh. Pinch hitter Ben Revere doubled, and Turner tied a franchise record with his eighth straight hit, a single.

Werth fouled to Davis, and tossed his bat away, as Donnie Hart came into face Murphy, who singled to score Revere, but struck out Bryce Harper. 

“It was good. As a competitor, this is a situation that you wanted to be in, I was kind of hoping and wishing that the phone rings and he calls my name,” Hart said. 

Machado’s fourth RBI, a single to right, scored Kim, and the Orioles moved ahead 6-3 in the eighth. 

In eight games at Nationals Park, Machado is batting .472 (17-for-36) with three homers and nine RBIs. 

Schoop added an RBI single, and Wieters hit his 11th home run, a three-run shot, to center field for a five-run inning off Blake Treinen and a 10-3 lead. 

“Ultimately we would have loved to keep Zach out of the game, so every run’s important, but getting a win is the most important thing,” Wieters said.