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Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox


Davis' 13th inning single ends Orioles' 6-5 win over Red Sox

BALTIMORE – Chris Davis had one thought as he stood at the plate with the winning run on third and none out.

“Don’t strike out. That’s what I told myself,” Davis said. “No, I was just looking for a pitch over the plate to get it in the infield or through the infield.”

Davis didn’t strike out, but he did line a ball past a drawn-in Boston Red Sox infield, and celebrated as Gerardo Parra trotted home with the winning run.

The Orioles had somehow come up with a 6-5 win over the Red Sox in 13 innings in front of what remained of 21,260 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Boston used nine pitchers, and after Manny Machado hit a home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead, seven relievers combined to allow just one hit, Jonathan Schoop’s ninth inning infield single, until the 13th.

Parra walked off Jonathan Aro (0-1) to start the 13th. Manny Machado singled Parra to third. Robbie Ross, the ninth Boston (68-76) pitcher came on to face Davis, who lined a single on a 2-1 pitch into right-center.

“A lot of times in those situations you get caught trying to do too much, I was trying to not do too much. Even though the first swing I took I almost fell down, it kind of set me up for the next swing,” Davis said.

Manager Buck Showalter lauded Parra for taking the extra base.  

“I thought one of the key plays was Parra going from first to third there. That's a baseball player play and that's something you can't equivocate with analytics or anything. That's just a baseball player making a play, knowing they're playing deep with no doubles and ball taking him away from his target on glove side. It's a tough throw,” Showalter said.

Chaz Roe (3-2), the seventh Orioles pitcher, threw a scoreless 13th for the win.

Showalter used Darren O’Day and Zach Britton for the third straight day as the Orioles (71-73) won their third straight game and their sixth of seven.

“It's that time. You do things all through the year so when you get to September you can push the envelope a little bit,” Showalter said.

It’s highly unlikely he’ll use Britton and O’Day on Thursday and will likely stay away from Brad Brach, who pitched in his second straight game.

With two additional pitchers, Oliver Drake and Tyler Wilson, called up before Tuesday’s game, he has five relievers: Drake, Wilson, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland and Jorge Rondon, who didn’t pitch Tuesday.

The Orioles have won three straight series for the first time since late June, and are 5 ½ games behind Houston, which fell out of first place in the AL West, for the final wild card spot.

“After the long slide that we had where we just couldn’t put anything together or do anything right, a couple of the wins that we’ve had lately against the teams that we’ve been playing have kind of rejuvenated the team,” Davis said.

“Obviously at this time of the year, you know what’s at stake. You know that you have to be almost perfect. That in itself kind of gives us a jolt and we’ve been playing well.”

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He couldn’t hold a 4-1 lead, and allowed three runs in the fifth.

“It’s a little bit disappointing because I only threw five innings, so it’s never good when you do that, but the good thing is that we won the game. That’s why whatever I did doesn’t matter right now. It’s all about the team,” Jimenez said.

Joe Kelly, who had won eight straight starts left in the third inning with tightness and fatigue in his right shoulder.

The Orioles scored four runs in the third. Steve Pearce hit a two-run home run.

In the fifth, the Red Sox scored three runs to tie the score at 4, but the Orioles overturned a safe call on Pablo Sandoval at third to end the inning.

Machado hit his 28th home run in the fifth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Shaw led off the eighth with a home run off Brian Matusz, his 11th to tie the score at 5. Showalter seems to like when his team doesn’t get noticed.

“I like the part when you get noticed at the end when you're playing in the playoffs,” Showalter said. “You get a little crispness back in the air, and it reminds everybody what fall baseball is like. We still feel like it's there for us if we can get the momentum needed.”

NOTES: Henry Owens (2-2, 5.25) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.45) on Wednesday. … Reading beat Bowie 3-1 in the first game of the Eastern League championship.

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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.