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10:05 PM on CSCA, MASN O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

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The Baltimore Orioles moved back into sole possession of first place in the American League East with a strong start to their 10-game road trip and have won five of seven.

The Orioles will head further west when they visit the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a four-game series on Monday.

Manny Machado became the second player in history to homer in each of the first three innings when Baltimore dominated the rubber match with a 10-2 win at the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Machado drove in a career-high seven runs in the win and finished up the weekend 7-for-15 with nine RBIs and five runs scored to lead the Orioles offense.

The Athletics are stumbling along in last place in the AL West and totaled three runs while being swept at home in a three-game series by the Chicago Cubs over the weekend. Oakland has dropped eight of its last nine games and lost its ace on Sunday when right-hander Sonny Gray was placed on the disabled list with a forearm strain.

TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, MASN (Baltimore), CSN California (Oakland)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (3-8, 4.08 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Kendall Graveman (7-7, 4.46)

Gausman bounced back from a terrible start in a loss at Toronto on July 29 by holding Texas to two runs in seven innings while striking out seven in a win on Wednesday. The LSU product yielded one home run in that win and has had some trouble keeping the ball in the park with 20 homers allowed in 110 1/3 total innings. Gausman is still looking for his first road win of 2016 and is 0-7 with a 5.62 ERA in 11 starts away from home.

Graveman had a string of five straight quality starts come to an end when he was knocked around for six runs on nine hits - two homers - in four innings at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. The 25-year-old escaped without a decision in that contest but suffered the loss at Cleveland on July 29 - his first since May 19. Graveman has never had much success against the Orioles and was ripped for six runs on five hits - four home runs - in 2 2/3 innings at Baltimore on May 8.


1. Orioles OF Steve Pearce (right elbow strain) left Sunday's game and is day-to-day.

2. Oakland 3B Danny Valencia went 0-for-10 with three strikeouts over the weekend.

3. Baltimore LF Hyun Soo Kim scored at least one run in each of his last four starts.

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Game 1 (10:05)

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Team Records

63-47 |=======| 48-63

1st, +1.0 |=======| 5th, -16.5

Streaks / L10

+1, Won 4 of 6 / 5-5 |=======| -3 Lost 8 of 9 / 2-8

Team Offensive Rankings (AL)

BA: .264 (4th) |=======| BA: .249 (10th)

OPS: .775 (2nd) |=======| OPS: .705 (14th)

Runs: 522 (5th) |=======| Runs: 449 (12th)

HR: 168 (1st) |=======| HR: 121 (11th)

Last 7 Days

BA: .263 (4th) |=======| BA: .225 (12th)

OPS: .808 (4th) |=======| OPS: .657 (11th)

Runs: 36 (5th) |=======| Runs: 21 (12th)

HR: 15 (2nd) |=======| HR: 8 (12th)

Team Pitching Rankings (AL)

ERA: 4.20 (7th) |=======| ERA: 4.69 (14th)

WHIP: 1.37 (10th) |=======| WHIP: 1.40 (13th)

BAA: .258 (10th) |=======| BAA: .269 (13th)

TB: 1585 (6th) |=======| TB: 1762 (13th)

Last 7 Days

ERA: 2.91 (4th) |=======| ERA: 5.61 (12th)

WHIP: 1.06 (3rd) |=======| WHIP: 1.57 (14th)

BAA: .219 (5th) |=======| BAA: .219 (5th)

TB: 87 (1st) |=======| TB: 118 (10th)


ERA: 4.89 (13th) |=======| ERA: 5.22 (15th)

WHIP: 1.44 (13th) |=======| WHIP: 1.50 (15th)

BAA: .272 (12th) |=======| BAA: .285 (14th)

TB: 1071 (7th) |=======| TB: 1097 (11th)


ERA: 3.08 (1st) |=======| ERA: 3.89 (9th)

WHIP: 1.27 (6th) |=======| WHIP: 1.26 (5th)

BAA: .235 (5th) |=======| BAA: .245 (7th)

TB: 514 (7th) |=======| TB: 575 (13th)

NEW: Quality Start minimum requirements

* - Game ERA must be 4.00 or less with at least six innings pitched


Kevin Gausman


4.08 (1.31/.271)

106K / 27BB, 20HR

QS: 9


Three of Gausman's last four starts have been sub-4/6+ and has been going pretty well lately, but that ugly three inning six run performance against Toronto in the middle blemishes it a bit. He still finished July with a 4.88 ERA which is the highest of any month to this point, but he is off to a good start in August. The guy just can't keep his ERA under four this season due to inconsistency issues and he is still pretty much a two pitch pitcher (fastball/change up) that probably uses his fastball too much. Unfortunately for Gausman, he has the same dilemna as his opponent Kendall Graveman that being extreme home/away splits only it works in Graveman's favor. Gausman on the other hand is facing bad odds. He is a perfect 0-7 on the road with bad numbers otherwise. Gausman's four best starts of the season were all at Camden Yards and three were shutouts with all being at least seven innings. He has not fared well at all in two starts against Oakland and the one start at the Coliseum was awful. He still needs to find a way to deal with righties as they continue to demolish Gausman.

Splits & Sits

212 vs. left: .235/.270/.358, 5HR

256 vs. right: .302/.354/.488, 15HR

Bases Empty: .309

RISP: .217

RISP w/2 outs: .220

Men on w/2 outs: .194

Man on 3rd, < 2 outs: .267

2016 Away (11 starts)

(0-7) 5.62 (1.54/.309)

Career @ Oakland Coliseum (1 starts)

(0-1) 4 IP, 9H, 5ER, 2BB, 6K

Career vs. OAK (2 starts)

(1-1) 4.91 (1.45/.295), HR

vs. Batter

Coco Crisp 3/5, S-HR, BB

Jed Lowrie 0/5

Stephen Vogt 1/4, BB



Kendall Graveman


4.46 (1.41/.283)

74K / 36BB, 16HR

QS: 9

Graveman had a decent April (4.03) and June (4.33) and followed that up with an outstanding July (2.68), but has not got off on the right foot so far in August. He allowed six runs on nine hits (2HR) and a walk in four innings against the pesky Angels. Graveman has horrendous home/away splits with his best being at home fortunately for him. He also has atrocious numbers against the Orioles especially at Camden Yards where those numbers are far worse, so Graveman is put into the best possible circumstances to give him the best odds of pitching well here against the Orioles. He was slaughtered back on May 8th when he allowed six runs (4HR) on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings at Camden Yards in an 11-3 massacre.

Splits & Sits

278 vs. left: .294/.371/.424, 8HR

247 vs. right: .272/.297/.385, 8HR

Bases Empty: .270

RISP: .250

RISP w/2 outs: .216

Men on w/2 outs: .289

Man on 3rd, < 2 outs: .455

2016 Home (8 starts)

(3-3) 2.92 (1.20/.251), 3HR

Career vs Baltimore (3 starts, 2 relief)

(0-2) 10.13 (1.88/.351), 6HR

vs. Batter

Adam Jones 1/8, S-HR

Manny Machado 2/7, 2B, HR, 3RBI

Steve Pearce 1/7, RBI

J.J. Hardy 2/6, 2B, RBI

Mark Trumbo 3/5, 2B, HR, 2RBI

Jonathan Schoop 3/4, 2B, S-HR

Chris Davis 1/4, 2BB

Caleb Joseph 1/3, 2B, 2RBI

Nolan Reimold 1/2, RBI

Matt Wieters 0/2

Pedro Alvarez 1/1, S-HR, BB

The Orioles dealt James Shields a standing death out on the mound yesterday needing only four outs to score eight runs on only six hits with four of those hits being home runs. I think this is probably more due to Shields being terrible than it is the Orioles offense waking up. He was just that awful which is unknown territory for Shields as he has never been this bad. His worst season before 2016 was way back in 2010 where he threw 203.1 innings to a 5.18 (1.46/.294) with 34 home runs allowed in 34 appearances. This season in 128 innings, Shields has pitched to a 6.68 ERA with 24 home runs allowed in 22 starts and is crusing for some career bests he probably doesn't want to reach. It looks like he will have to reinvent himself to some degree if he wants to be consistently good like he has been for most of his career. He's only 34 it's not like the guy is old yet and he never relied on velocity more than he did command. Anyway, the Orioles now go to Oakland to face them for the second time this season in the midst of playing horrible baseball. This road trip could turn out ok after all for the Orioles, but teams in slumps always eventually come out of it and losing eight of nine is a pretty deep funk.

Graveman probably gets the slight edge here just because the dramatic home/away splits these two have fall in Graveman's favor. Neither have pitched well against their opponents though Graveman is far worse, but pitches way better at the Coliseum generally this season. Gausman is coming off a good start and Graveman a bad one, but both have generally been pitching well lately.

With Toronto's loss, the Orioles regain sole possession of first place by a game and, of course, Boston loses their second in a row to drop back to three again and also drop out of the second WC spot as Detroit now has sole possesion of it and sit two back of Cleveland in the division. Texas took two from Houston after dropping the first game and dropping the Astros to third in the division as Seattle has won three in a row and are 3.5 back of the WC with Houston four back. Houston will face those pesky Twins next, Seattle plays Detroit as they will look to get closer to the WC and Texas heads to Colorado. Meanwhile, Toronto plays the Rays and Boston against the Yankees who are still somehow only five back of the WC and one game above .500.

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Monday 8/8 10:05pm

Kevin Gausman ®

@ Athletics - Kendall Graveman ®

1. Adam Jones ® CF

2. Hyun Soo Kim (L) LF

3. Manny Machado ® 3B

4. Chris Davis (L) 1B

5. Mark Trumbo ® RF

6. Pedro Alvarez (L) DH

7. Matt Wieters (S) C

8. Jonathan Schoop ® 2B

9. J.J. Hardy ® SS

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> farmhand Andrew Triggs will start for the A's against the O's on Thursday.</p>— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) <a href="

">August 9, 2016</a></blockquote>

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So, did yesterday's HR and reaching base 4 times mean that Chris Davis is out of his slump?





The Sleeping Giant has awoken !!!


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MESS at the crowd tonight

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We're minutes away from 1st pitch and lots of good seats available. Loud "O" heard during anthem <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a> <a href="https://t.co/Defsr3kZz0">pic.twitter.com/Defsr3kZz0</a></p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="

">August 9, 2016</a></blockquote>

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