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Around the American League East


Around the American League East

If only they still had baseball in the Olympics. With all of the rain delays in London, the gold medal might not be decided until after Michael Phelps has made another series of Subway commercials. Meanwhile, in the American League East

Red Sox: Got any of those T-shirts from Napoleon Dynamite, the ones that say, Pedro for president? Start selling them in Boston. New cult hero Pedro Ciriaco delivered again for the Red Sox, getting an RBI single in the 10th for the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Sunday. Ciriaco was called up from the minors a bit less than a month ago, but he has driven in go-ahead runs three times against the Yankees and is batting 11-for-22 overall against them. "Somehow in that situation, I feel confidence," Ciriaco said. On Sunday, the key hit was a little fly ball over a drawn-in infield. "We'll take bloops. We need them," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Yankees: In the Yankees view, David Robertson did what he was supposed to but got beaten by bad luck. His catcher had no issue with how the reliever pitched Pedro Ciriaco while giving up a bloop single for the deciding run on Sunday. It was a fastball in, and we tried to jam him, Russell Martin said. We did just that, and he got a break. Robertson said he wasnt affected by a long delay in the 10th while Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argued about a possible hit-by-pitch and ended up getting tossed. Its part of the game. There is not a whole lot you can do but remain focused, Robertson said.

Blue Jays: Its a short story about the long ball for Brett Cecil. The last eight runs hes given up, over three starts, have all scored via home runs. On Sunday, it was a three-run homer by Jhonny Peralta that cost him in the Blue Jays 4-1 loss to the Tigers. "I'm not going to change anything," said Cecil, who threw 6 23 innings and gave up four hits and struck out seven. "Just keep doing what I'm doing. Wins will come. More importantly, I just need to keep my team in the game. That's all I can do." Manager John Farrell said: "The old adage is solo home runs aren't going to beat you, it's what happens prior. The walk contributed, but I thought he threw a number of good pitches that were borderline and he didn't get the call on a few occasions. But still, three runs over six-plus innings, I thought he did a good job here today."

Rays: Its a cliche of a broadcasting miscue hearing a play-by-play guy say: Jones is throwing up in the bullpen. Not that anybody needed play-by-play on it, but Jeremy Hellickson was actually dealing with that problem on Sunday. However, he battled through his stomach issues to toss six shutout innings in the Rays 2-0 victory over the Angels. Tampa Bay beat Zack Greinke in his debut for the Angels. I felt good enough to go out there, Hellickson said. I felt I had to give us five or six to save the bullpen. My arm felt good, and that's all I really needed. Throwing strikes was the main thing. The last two games I've been attacking the hitters better than I have been. Having no walks is huge for me. I was getting ahead of guys, and the defense was making good plays for me."

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm