Trade-bait Jones shines as Orioles beat Archer, Rays 15-5
BALTIMORE (AP) — As rumors of potential trades and possible deals swirl around the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, Adam Jones and Chris Archer are trying the best they can to simply play baseball and await their fate.
The rebuilding Orioles are looking to deal Jones before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and he put on quite a show for any potential suitor. Jones hit an RBI single in the first inning, singled and scored in the fourth and homered off Austin Pruitt in an eight-run seventh that turned a 4-3 game into a rout.
“We all know what’s going on with the trade rumors and stuff but we still bring it every day,” Jones said. “We have an opportunity and an obligation to ourselves and our teammates to come out here and play the game hard every day. It’s great that everyone is still being a consummate pro.”
Because Archer’s name has cropped up in trade rumors, there was speculation this could be his final start with Tampa Bay. It was hardly a memorable performance: The right-hander allowed seven hits and three runs in six innings, had just three strikeouts and took the loss.
“I haven’t really had a chance to think about it a lot. The next four days is going to be, I don’t know what the right word is, but there’s a lot of curiosity,” Archer said.
“It’s a great clubhouse, and everybody in here has expressed the concern. If nothing happens at 4:01, we’re all going to know at the same time. It’s hard to put energy into something I literally have no control over.”
Archer (3-5) is signed through 2019, and his contract includes team options in 2020 and 2021. While that could make the 29-year-old appealing to some clubs, he’s won only three of 17 starts and has a 4.31 ERA.
“I thought Arch was pretty efficient there or a while, but once they saw him they started making some adjustments,” manager Kevin Cash said. “He left a couple sliders up in the zone, and they made him pay. Then it snowballed from there.”
Schoop put the Orioles up 4-1 with a fifth-inning drive off Archer that carried deep into the left-field seats. It was his 16th homer of the season, and tied a major league record for home runs in consecutive games by a second baseman.
Schoop also had two RBI singles in the seventh, Baltimore’s biggest inning of the season.
Andrew Cashner (3-9) gave up two runs in six innings to earn his first win in 10 starts since May 21. It was his first victory in 13 career starts at Camden Yards, including 11 this season.
Right fielder Carlos Gomez pitched the eighth for the Rays. He walked four of the five batters he faced and committed two balks.
He was replaced by catcher Jesus Sucre, who gave up a hit but retired the side.
Rays: C Wilson Ramos (left hamstring strain) will run through a series of catching drills Saturday and could begin a rehab assignment next week, Cash said. ... LHP Blake Snell (left shoulder fatigue) threw 90 feet without soreness on Thursday, but Cash said, “I don’t think we’ve gotten to the point yet where we’re committing to slotting him back in. He’s still got to go past some things.”
Orioles: C Andrew Susac, who hit .115 with Baltimore in nine games earlier this year, was placed on the DL by Triple-A Norfolk after being struck on the left forearm by a foul ball on Thursday.
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The Rays have tied a club record (set in 2015) by using 18 rookies. LHP Jalen Beeks, obtained from Boston on Wednesday, is poised to be No. 19.
Rays: Ryne Stanek (1-2, 1.86 ERA) makes his 15th start and 33rd appearance of the season on Saturday night. He’s thrown 38 2/3 innings in 32 games.
Orioles: Kevin Gausman (4-8, 4.54 ERA) takes the mound Saturday after losing his last two starts. The right-hander is 1-6 in 12 starts since May 11.
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