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Beliveau hopes for a shot in Orioles bullpen

Two weeks ago, the Orioles held their three-day minicamp in Sarasota, Fla. The temperatures were chilly for Florida—in the low 50’s. It was hard to imagine that two weeks later that we’d spend several days digging out of a record snowstorm in Baltimore.

With just over three weeks now left before pitchers and catchers report for spring training on Feb. 18, several of those pitchers who came to minicamp will sit in the same clubhouse. There will be many more pitchers there then.

One of the pitchers hoping to impress the Orioles is Jeff Beliveau, who threw for a few minutes on flat ground during the second day of Orioles minicamp.

It’s a relief for Beliveau, who underwent surgery on his left labrum in April after pitching in five games for Tampa Bay.

The Orioles signed Beliveau to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation last month, and the left-hander is looking to return to the major leagues.

Beliveau pitched in 58 games for the Cubs and Rays from 2012-15.

“Sitting and watching baseball being played all year last year was a tough thing to do. You can’t do anything. Yes, just take it day-by-day, and just see how it goes. That’s the only way you can handle it,” Beliveau said.

Beliveau is still throwing off flat ground, but thinks he’ll ready to pitch when spring training begins, though he could be held back a bit at the start of camp.

In 2014, Beliveau was impressive with a 2.63 ERA in 30 games for Tampa Bay. He allowed just one home run in 24 outings.

Beliveau, who will be competing with several other left-handers, is pitching in a division he’s familiar with.

“I like pitching in the AL East, and I did fairly well, and I think that’s one of the reasons why they approached me, and I think I did have some success against these guys. They saw me pitch against them, and I think that’s what it was. I was just looking for somewhere to play, the best opportunity, and this seemed like the best fit for me,” Beliveau said.


Manager Buck Showalter was eager to get a closer look at Beliveau.

“It'd be good to see Beliveau get healthy. He's got a pretty good track record when healthy. You can just tell from his delivery they don't see the ball well off him. That's why his velocity plays up,” Showalter said.

Pitching coach Dave Wallace got a chance to see Beliveau work for three days, and is eager to see him in training camp.

“I remember him now in ’14. It was the Rays against some of our left-handers. He’s one of those guys that it appears that he’s pretty deceptive, and you don’t see the ball off him. We don’t know that yet, but yeah, it does intrigue you,” Wallace said.

The Rhode Island native, who is familiar with winter storms, had a bigger concern last year, rehabbing from surgery.

“A lot of different thoughts go through your head. Not only is there a whole physical side to it, there’s a mental side. Taking it day-by-day, not trying to do too much. Not trying to do too much in the weight room at first. Just really trying to stick with the schedule, go about your business, do what you can when you can do it,” Beliveau said.

“I had like a divot in the back of my shoulder just because the doctor said from the injuries, those muscles are shut down. Your brain tells your body to shut those muscles down. Now that it’s fixed, and it’s structurally intact, I was able to build those muscles back up. Now, it’s just getting my arm in condition to throw and throw in game situations.”

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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