Last-place teams Orioles, Rangers open series

Both the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles almost certainly will be sellers at the major-league trade deadline.
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As a result, there should be plenty of scouts in attendance when the teams open a three-game series beginning Friday at Camden Yards.

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has been bombarded at his locker by visiting media trying to get any insight on where the All-Star might be heading. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that Machado will be dealt to another team because he is a free agent at the end of the season and the last-place Orioles are already out of contention.

Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields left the previous game after diving for a fly ball in the sixth inning. However, he could be back on the lineup Friday.

He’s being evaluated; back, upper-neck area, Banister said. I just took him out to be evaluated.

The Orioles will counter with the struggling Alex Cobb (2-11, 6.67) in the opener. Cobb has had trouble getting on track all season. He had to leave his last start in the sixth inning after suffering a blister on his right index finger. Cobb allowed five runs and seven hits before departing.

It was getting hot later on in the game, so tried to cool down a lot between innings with ammonia and wet towels and stuff, and just hot spots started popping up in that last inning, and I could feel it kind of affecting my pitches quite a bit, so the move was to just get out of there, said Cobb, who is 1-0 with a 2.91 Authentic Gerry Cheevers Jersey ERA in five career starts against the Rangers. I’ve dealt with it in the past. Should only be short-term issue. It won’t harm my next outing, I don’t believe.

Jorge Alfaro homered and drove in three runs, Nick Pivetta took a three-hitter into the seventh inning and Philadelphia squeezed past the Orioles 5-4 Thursday night.

The game was the makeup of a May 15 rainout. Coming from New York before heading to Miami, the Phillies got 12 hits off Kevin Gausman (4-7) while building a 5-0 lead against the team with the Andrew Billings Youth Jersey worst record in the majors.

There were some tired guys out there, but they grinded it out, manager Gabe Kapler said. When you’re tired, it’s very difficult to bring your A game. I’m really proud of our men today.

Alfaro, the No. 9 hitter, singled and scored in the third inning, hit a two-run double in the fourth and led off the fifth with his sixth home run.

Homers by Trey Mancini and Jace Peterson brought the Orioles within a run, but Philadelphia held on to move a half-game ahead of idle Atlanta.

The day after that May 15 rainout, Pivetta allowed two hits and struck out 11 over seven innings in a 4-1 win at Baltimore.

This time, the 6-foot-5 righty had a no-hitter through four innings and finished with seven strikeouts. Pivetta (6-7) gave up three runs and five hits before being pulled with two outs in the seventh.