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Davis' 11th inning homer snaps Orioles' losing streak


Davis' 11th inning homer snaps Orioles' losing streak

BALTIMORE – The game already lost, Chris Davis asked Buck Showalter to remain in Tuesday night’s game. The Orioles trailed by 11, Davis was slumping, and the team was playing horribly.

Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters were out of the game, but Davis wanted to stay in.

Davis hit a long two-run home run, and Showalter took note.

A night later, the Orioles needed Davis’ power, and he delivered twice, with a two-run home run that initially tied the game, and a long home run in the 11th to win it.

The badly needed home run, measured by ESPN at 459 feet, gave the Orioles a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 15,963 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.

“I was so tired at that point that I was just really happy. I really didn’t watch it. At that point in the game I was taking whatever I could get. Someone said it almost hit the scoreboard. I don’t know about all that. I didn’t see where it landed,” Davis said.

Davis took three balls off Matt Andriese (3-5), and then swung. Three home runs in two days. He was glad he asked to stay in the Tuesday night debacle.

“I didn’t like the way things were going. I didn’t like the way I was playing. I just wanted to try to get something started and continue to play hard, had a good at-bat. There may have been some carryover, but I think more than anything it’s just an attitude. It’s not over. Enough’s enough and just trying to turn it around,” Davis said.

Showalter felt Davis remaining in the game on Tuesday was vital.

“Him playing the last inning or two last night might have been the key to tonight and the rest of our season. Those are the little things that go unnoticed,” Showalter said.

“You don't just dial it up and say, 'OK, it's my time. Here we go.' It just doesn't work that way. I wish it did, where we could dial it up. It's that time. He's had X-number of whatever. The other team doesn't cooperate all the time. It wasn't a hard decision putting a green light on there, OK? That wasn't Einstein. That was pretty easy."

The Orioles (64-69) had lost 12 of 13.

It was Davis’ 38th home run, his second of the game, and his fourth career game-ending shot.

Brad Brach (5-2) was the winner. He pitched two scoreless innings.

Kevin Gausman allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings, but it could have been even worse.

Steve Pearce’s leaping catch stole a home run from Brandon Guyer in the first, and Jones’ throw home caught Logan Forsythe at the plate. Forsythe tried to score on Kevin Kiermaier’s single, the third of the inning.

J.P. Arencibia started the third with a long fly ball down the left field line that was confirmed as a home run after a three minute, 45 second delay. It was his second in two games.

With one out, Guyer doubled and Evan Longoria homered to left.

Gausman dropped Davis’ toss of John Jaso’s grounder for an error. Forsythe’s doubled and Asdrubal Cabrera walked to load the bases. James Loney singled for a 4-0 lead, and Gausman was out of the game.

“I’m just glad we won. That’s the biggest thing. Especially with what we are going through right now. That’s the biggest thing, we came right back and put up four, and it was a great game. You can kind of tell, we didn't want to lose,” Gausman said.

Pearce doubled off Erasmo Ramirez to start the third. With one out, Machado singled to score Pearce. Parra’s double scored Machado, and with two outs, Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the score at 4.

Mychal Givens surrendered consecutive doubles to Arencibia and Grady Sizemore in the sixth, and Tampa Bay (66-67) ed 5-4.

Longoria hit his second home run in the ninth off Darren O’Day to make it 6-4.

Matt Wieters walked off Brad Boxberger to lead off the ninth, and Jonathan Schoop hit his 11th home run of the year to tie the score at 6.

NOTES: The Orioles optioned OF Dariel Alvarez to Frederick because he has visa issues getting into Canada where the Orioles head for a three-game series with the Blue Jays on Friday. Alvarez will return to the Orioles after the Keys’ season ends on Monday.

Showalter says the Orioles will probably add a position player and pitcher for the Toronto series. They do not anticipate placing Miguel Gonzalez on the disabled list.

Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 4.34) faces Drew Hutchison (13-2, 4.87) on Friday night at Rogers Centre. … The Orioles have seven game-ending home runs and a major league leading 41 outfield assists.

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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.


Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."


Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.