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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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Kim begins two-day rehab assignment at Bowie

Kim begins two-day rehab assignment at Bowie

BALTIMORE—Hyun Soo Kim is in Bowie on Sunday. He’ll be the designated hitter on Sunday for the Baysox and will be left field on Monday. 

Kim, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, and before he went on his rehab assignment, manager Buck Showalter carefully explained the circumstances to him.

At the end of spring training, the Orioles wanted to send Kim to Norfolk, and he refused. His contract allows him to refuse minor league assignments. 

“I wanted him to understand [that] he’s coming back. I explained the whole DL, how it works,” Showalter said.

If everything works well, Kim will be activated on Tuesday. 

NOTES: J.J. Hardy is being rested on Sunday. Showalter hopes that Matt Wieters (foot) returns on Monday or Tuesday.  … DJ Stewart, the Orioles’ first round draft choice in 2015, left Saturday’s game in Frederick with a strained pectoral muscle. He’s day-to-day.


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Orioles try for three-game sweep against Indians

Orioles try for three-game sweep against Indians

Today's Game:

Cleveland Indians (56-40) vs. Baltimore Orioles (56-40), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Corey Kluber (9-8, 3.42) vs. Vance Worley (2-1, 3.16) 

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles sweep the Indians? They won four of the first five games between the teams.

Can Worley pitch deep into the game? On Tuesday, he allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

News and Notes:

The Orioles have won the season series from Cleveland for the second straight year for the first time since 1992-93. 

Kluber is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA in four starts against the Orioles. 

Chris Davis is 1-for-11 (.091) against Kluber. J.J. Hardy is 4-for-8 (.500) with a home run. Ryan Flaherty is 5-for-11 (.455). 

Zach Britton has pitched in three straight games, but thrown only 19 pitches.


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Kevin Gausman goes a strong seven in Orioles' 5-2 win

Kevin Gausman goes a strong seven in Orioles' 5-2 win

BALTIMORE—Kevin Gausman has pitched well this season. He just hasn’t had many wins. In his 17th start, Gausman picked up his second win. 

Gausman worked seven innings, and didn’t allow a run and only four hits in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians before 31,946 at Oriole Park on Saturday night. 

The win gave the Orioles (56-40) a 1 ½ game lead over Boston in the AL East. They Orioles are an outstanding 35-14 at home. 

Gausman (2-7) gave up a double to Carlos Santana to start the game, but he was the only Cleveland (56-40) runner to reach scoring position in the first eighth innings. Mike Napoli walked, but Jose Ramirez popped to third to end the fist. 

He struck out seven and walked three in throwing a career high 116 pitches. Gausman was helped out by three double plays in the fourth, five and sixth. 

Gausman’s best inning was the seventh, when he retired Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall and Tyler Naquin in order. He struck out Naquin three times. 

The Orioles have taken four of five against the Indians this season. 

“It’s always good. But it’s more important that we won this series. That’s a very good team that we are playing. I think they have the most runs scored in the American League. It’s a good offense and I think me and [Dylan] Bundy both pitched well the last few days and really everybody has pitched well. I think that more than anything is big. Any time you beat a team in the American League, especially a team that is leading their division, it’s huge,” Gausman said. 

Manager Buck Showalter has said he doesn’t care how many wins he’s starters have. 

“I’m happy to see the Orioles get the win and so is Kevin,” Showalter said. “I’m telling you, it’s not a topic or a theme. I understand that that’s something that’s consistently appearing and I’m sure because we talk about it a lot in here, but I’m happy that he got a return for a really good outing.”

For the second straight night, the Orioles scored three runs in the first inning. Adam Jones led off with a single. With one out, Manny Machado patiently waited Josh Tomlin out and then tapped a single to right. Jones was running on the pitch and made it to third.

Chris Davis grounded to second. Machado was forced, and Davis beat the throw to first, allowing Jones to score.  

Mark Trumbo hit his 30th home run to left field, and the Orioles had a 3-0 lead. Trumbo is just four games away from his career high set in 2013. 

“He's been very valuable. He's been a real consistent human being. He likes to compete. He doesn't like to fail. It's an honor to be around him,” Showalter said. 

At one point, Tomlin (10-3) retired 10 straight. He was removed after Pedro Alvarez hit a long home run to right field to start the seventh. It was Alvarez’s 12th of the season. 

J.J. Hardy singled off Jeff Manship. He eventually scored on Jonathan Schoop’s infield single to make it 5-0. 

Mychal Givens pitched a perfect eighth. Brad Brach allowed a two-run double to Lonnie Chisenhall with two outs in the ninth, and for the second straight night, Zach Britton recorded the final out and picked his 32nd save. 

Britton tied a major league record for most consecutive converted saves by a left-hander.  

“Just trying to roll with it, not really think about what’s going on just stay in the moment a little bit. I think it’s helping so far. Maybe in the offseason I can think about it a little more,” Britton said. 

Usually, Showalter tries to limit Britton to no more than three consecutive games, but he’s only thrown 19 pitches in three days. 
“If anything, the warmup is the hardest part of the last three days. If there’s an opportunity tomorrow, physically I feel fine,” Britton said.

NOTES: Showalter said that Darren O’Day will activated either Sunday or Monday. … It was the first time all season Brach had allowed more than one run. … Play was interrupted by rain for 14 minutes after the third inning. … The Orioles signed 34 of their 41 draft picks, including their first 17. The highest picked player not to sign was Tyler Blohm, a left-handed pitcher from Archbishop Spalding in Severn, Md. The 18th rounder will attend the University of Maryland in the fall. … Corey Kluber (9-8, 3.42) faces Vance Worley (2-1, 3.16) on Sunday. The first 20,000 fans 15 and over receive a Jim Palmer replica jersey.