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Showalter enters exclusive club with Orioles triumph

1,000 CLUB:The Orioles boss joins Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Bobby Valentine among active managers with 1,000 wins


J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles hits a home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York on Tuesday.

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Buck Showalter earned his 1,000th victory as a major league manager and Brian Matusz ended his 11-month losing streak as the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered off struggling Phil Hughes (1-4), giving the Orioles their first win in five tries against the Yankees this year.

Showalter, whose first win came 20 years ago across the street at old Yankee Stadium when New York’s Scott Sanderson beat Boston ace Roger Clemens, improved to 1,000-958 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. He joined Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Bobby Valentine among active managers in the 1,000-win club.

Matusz (1-3) allowed six hits in 6-1/3 innings to win for the first time since beating Oakland on June 6 last year. He had been 0-12 with a 10.47 ERA in 14 starts since, the longest active losing streak in the majors and one short of the Orioles record set by Mike Boddicker from 1987 to 1988.


In St Petersburg, Florida, Matt Joyce had two of Tampa Bay’s three hits, a solo homer and an RBI triple, to help the surging Rays beat Seattle for their ninth victory in 10 games.

Tampa Bay rookie Matt Moore (1-1) scattered seven hits over five innings to get the win, which kept the first-place Rays atop the AL East standings.

Michael Saunders hit a solo homer and Jesus Montero went four-for-four for Seattle, but the Mariners were none-for-five with runners in scoring position. They have lost four straight following a four-game winning streak.

Joyce tripled off starter Hector Noesi (1-3) and scored on Luke Scott’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead in the first. Joyce’s team-leading sixth homer made it 3-1 in the third.

Burke Badenhop and Joel Peralta combined for three scoreless innings out of Tampa Bay’s bullpen. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to earn his eighth save in eight opportunities.

The Rays played without third baseman Evan Longoria, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list before the game with a partially torn left hamstring. The three-time All-Star is expected to be sidelined for four to eight weeks.


In Toronto, Brett Lawrie homered leading off the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a comeback victory over Texas.

Francisco Cordero blew a save opportunity in the top of the ninth, but Lawrie won it in the bottom half against Mike Adams (0-1) with a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in left-center, his third.

It was the second Blue Jays homer of the game to bounce off the wall and out: Kelly Johnson’s three-run shot in the third did the same.

Jose Bautista also connected for Toronto, who rallied from 5-0 down to beat the team with the best record in baseball.

Cordero (1-1) allowed Michael Young’s tying single in the ninth.

Rangers outfielder Josh -Hamilton (back) sat out for the second straight game and remains day to day.


In Detroit, Michigan, Austin Jackson had four hits and Rick Porcello pitched eight strong innings to lead the Tigers past Kansas City.

The Tigers scored five runs in the first and won for only the third time in 11 games. Porcello (2-2) took advantage of the offensive support to snap out of his slump, allowing three runs and seven hits. In his previous two starts, the right-hander was 0-2 with a 15.26 ERA.

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