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Baltimore Orioles

Stadium: Oriole Park at Camden Yards | Manager: Buck Showalter
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Orioles.2595361583.61
AL East2nd2nd1st2nd
American League 5th6th1st5th

Last Game

Wed, August 20
U.S. Cellular Field
Baltimore Orioles
at
Chicago White Sox
BAL4Final3CHW

Pitching

W: W. Chen (13-4)
L:
H. Noesi (7-9)
S:
Z. Britton (27)

Home Runs

BAL - S. Pearce (13),N. Cruz (33),A. Jones (24)  
CHW
- A. Garcia (3)

Schedule

Sat Aug 9
W 10 - 3STL
Recap
Sun Aug 10
L 8 - 3STL
Recap
Mon Aug 11
W 11 - 3NYY
Recap
Tue Aug 12
NYY
Postponed
Wed Aug 13
W 5 - 3NYY
Recap
Fri Aug 15
L 2 - 1at CLE
Recap
Sat Aug 16
L 6 - 0at CLE
Recap
Sun Aug 17
W 4 - 1at CLE
Recap
Mon Aug 18
W 8 - 2at CHW
Recap
Tue Aug 19
W 5 - 1at CHW
Recap
8:10 pm EDT
Today
W 4 - 3at CHW
Recap
2:20 pm EDT
Fri Aug 22
at CHC
2:20 pm EDT
Sat Aug 23
at CHC
2:20 pm EDT
Sun Aug 24
at CHC
7:05 pm EDT
Mon Aug 25
TB
7:05 pm EDT
Tue Aug 26
TB
7:05 pm EDT
Wed Aug 27
TB
7:05 pm EDT
Thu Aug 28
TB
7:05 pm EDT
Fri Aug 29
MIN
7:05 pm EDT
Sat Aug 30
MIN

Standings

AL
East
CONF
W-L
Overall
W-L
Baltimore64-4773-52
Toronto55-5565-62
New York50-5463-61
Tampa Bay51-5561-65
Boston47-6156-69
Fantasy Analysis | 1408584265
Chris Tillman becomes important hot-hand play
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With the season winding down and no time but the present to make up ground in the standings, you may no longer be able to wait out the most talented players, trusting them to make a bigger impact in the long run. Instead, you may have to turn to a hot-hand play.

And at least at starting pitcher, there are few hands hotter than Chris Tillman right now.

In his last 14 starts -- or more than half his season so far -- he has a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, and he's been consistently good throughout that stretch, throwing 12 quality starts. A reduced strikeout rate early on was reason for skepticism, but over his last five starts, he has averaged 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most encouraging of all, we've seen him go on a run like this before, finishing out last season with a 3.39 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 8.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 11 starts. Of course, that doesn't explain why he had a 5.20 ERA over 13 starts in between. He seems to have a little Matt Garza in him, looking like waiver fodder half the time and a Fantasy mainstay the other half.

Can you trust that Tillman has legitimately broken out this time? I wouldn't, but again, that's not the most pertinent question to ask this time of year. Can you trust him right now? I would.

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J.J. Hardy: Left thumb injury still affecting me
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Despite a mini-tear at the plate, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is still affected by a left thumb injury that had him out for a week earlier in the month, per the Baltimore Sun.

"Maybe I'm not trying to do too much because I can't," he said. "That's my only explanation, but [the thumb injury] is definitely not in the past. ... Swings and misses don't feel good. I've just got to limit that."

Hardy is 7 for 20 with a home run since his return. He has fanned just twice during that stretch.

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Chris Tillman excellent against the White Sox
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman turned in an excellent start Tuesday against the White Sox.

Tillman allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out nine and walked one. The only blemish against Tillman was a solo home run by Jose Abreu in the first inning. Tillman would give up his two other hits in the second and third inning. He then tossed three perfect innings before walking Abreu in the bottom of the seventh. Tillman worked around the walk, and did not allow a hit over his last five innings.

With the win, Tillman improved to 10-5. He'll take on the Rays in his next start.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1408491890
Steve Pearce showing signs of life
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Back in June, Steve Pearce was one of the hottest pickups off the waiver wire, seemingly joining J.D. Martinez in shedding the Quadruple-A label with a .361 batting average, five home runs and 1.099 OPS for the month. In May and June combined, he hit .336 (47 for 140) with nine home runs and a 1.033 OPS.

His season took a sharp turn thereafter, his ownership rate plummeting from 77 to 23 percent as he hit just .173 (14 for 81) from July 5 to Aug. 16. The Orioles lost faith, routinely sitting him for David Lough and Delmon Young, and all hope seemed lost for the 31-year-old journeyman.

But I ended that stretch at Aug. 16 for a reason. In two games since, he's 5 for 10 with three doubles and a homer. It's a laughably small sample size, but given what he provided in the weeks leading up to it, it stands out. And particularly if you play in a standard Rotisserie league, where each team starts five outfielders and a third corner infielder, you may want to make a move for him depending how his next couple games go.

Given his minor-league track record, which includes a career .294 batting average and .893 OPS as well as a 31-homer season in 2007, I think he could go the way of Brandon Moss, another minor-league slugger presumed to be a Quadruple-A player until a team finally gave him an extended look. Of course, the Orioles will have to stick with Pearce for him to have that chance, but I wouldn't dismiss him just yet.

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Orioles jumble weekend rotation
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Orioles have altered their weekend rotation, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Ubaldo Jimenez will be skipped the next time through, so the club had to make a few changes. Bud Norris will get the call Saturday. Miguel Gonzalez has not officially been announced for Sunday's game yet, but it looks like he'll receive the start. Chris Tillman will pitch Monday. 

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGNick Markakis , RF.295
HRNelson Cruz , DH32
RBINelson Cruz , DH84
OBPNick Markakis , RF.359
SLGNelson Cruz , DH.512
RAdam Jones , CF71
SBDavid Lough , LF7
WWei-Yin Chen , SP12
ERAChris Tillman , SP3.55
WHIPBud Norris , SP1.21
KChris Tillman , SP114
SVZach Britton , RP26
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