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Tommy Hunter agrees to $1.82M deal with Orioles

Tommy Hunter agrees to $1.82M deal with Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) Pitcher Tommy Hunter and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year.

The 26-year-old right-hander was 7-8 with a 5.45 ERA in 20 starts and 13 relief appearances last year and was a big part of the Orioles' stretch push that earned the team's first playoff appearance since 1997. He was 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last 10 games.

Seven Orioles remain eligible to file for arbitration Tuesday: catcher Matt Wieters; right-handers Tommy Hunter, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day; left-handers Brian Matusz and Troy Patton; and infielder Chris Davis.

Hunter's agreement was announced Monday.

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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.

 

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Orioles place Ubaldo Jimenez on paternity list

Orioles place Ubaldo Jimenez on paternity list

BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list shortly before Saturday night’s game. 

Jimenez was at the hospital with his wife, who is delivering the couple’s first child. He hasn’t pitched since July 8. He will be on the paternity list for three days.  

With Vance Worley pitching on Sunday and Odrisamer Despaigne unavailable because he pitched 3 2/3 innings on Friday night, the Orioles recalled Tyler Wilson from Norfolk to serve as the team’s long man for Saturday night’s game. 

Wilson, who was sent to Norfolk on July 3, is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 16 games with the Orioles. In two games with the Tides, Wilson allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. 

Matt Wieters remains out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, and Caleb Joseph gets the start. Wieters bruised his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in Monday night’s game. 

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“I think they’ve done the MRI,” Showalter said. “They’ve done everything. They know what they’re dealing with. I’ll be frank with you, I’m hoping Monday. I was really hoping to not have to do that night game, day game with Caleb [Joseph on Saturday and Sunday], but we’ll see. If I have to put him in there emergency, then we may look at it differently depending on how he feels.”

Showalter said that he’s not afraid of using Joseph in six straight games because with a month’s rest due to his testicular surgery in late May, he’s fresher than he normally would be. 

Hyun Soo Kim, who could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, will begin a two-day rehab assignment at Bowie on Sunday. Kim is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. 

T.J. McFarland (left knee) is getting close to throwing from the mound. McFarland has been throwing from 90-120 feet in Sarasota, Fla. 

Showalter said that Brian Duensing (left elbow), who is on the 60-day disabled list, is progressing.