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Orioles’ Dylan Bundy Has Historically Bad Outing Against Royals

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It’s been a disastrous start to the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and it only got worse on Tuesday night.

Facing the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards, Orioles starter Dylan Bundy took the mound looking to get back on track following two bad starts in a row.

It didn’t happen.

Bundy faced seven hitters, retired none of them, and was pulled from the game looking at a 7-0 deficit.

Let’s recap what the Royals did to poor ol’ Bundy in order:

Jon Jay: single
Jorge Soler: two-run homer (KC 2-0)
Mike Moustakas: solo homer (KC 3-0)
Salvador Perez: solo homer (KC 4-0)
Lucas Duda: walk
Whit Merrifield: walk
Alex Gordon: three-run homer (7-0)

And that was all she wrote for Bundy after throwing 28 pitches, just 13 of them strikes, and four of those strikes leaving the yard.

Bundy’s meltdown on the mound marked the first time in the modern era (since 1900) that a pitcher has allowed four homers in a game without recording an out.

Yikes.

Baltimore allowed 10 runs in the first inning overall, losing the game 15-7, and falling to a woeful 8-27 on the season.

What started off as a strong season for Bundy has gone drastically south. After recording a 1.42 ERA in his first five starts (5 ER, 31 2/3 IP), the right-hander has posted a 19.00 clip (nine innings) in his last three, seeing his season ERA rise to 5.31.

You’ve got to think that something must be up with Bundy. One doesn’t simply dominate in his first five starts before turning into a single-A pitcher in his next three, with Tuesday being by far the worst of them. Just a total disaster.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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