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Davis crushes two homers in Orioles' 5-4 win

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Davis crushes two homers in Orioles' 5-4 win


BALTIMORE –- Deep in a slump Chris Davis said on Tuesday night he’d have to stop swinging at pitches outside the strike zone. A day later, he hit two long home runs.

Davis’ second homer with one out in the eighth sent the Orioles to a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros before 16,401 at Oriole Park on Wednesday.

Tony Sipp’s first pitch to Davis landed deep into the right field seats. Sipp (2-2) was brought in for a left-on-left matchup. It didn’t work.

Brad Brach (3-0) got his second win in three days against Houston (30-18). He pitched a perfect eighth.

Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 12th save.

Brach, who is 10-1 in two seasons with the Orioles, loved to come to this ballpark as a kid in New Jersey to watch Cal Ripken. Now, he’s watching Davis.

“Any time you see that swing and he makes contact and the ball hit to right field you know it’s going to the bleachers. You just want to see how far it goes,” Brach said.

Coming into the game, Davis was 4-for-42. After getting the day off on Monday, Davis drove in the Orioles’ only run in Tuesday’s game with a sacrifice fly, and he had the two home runs. It was his first multi-home run game since he hit three in Pittsburgh last May 20.

"Swung at a couple breaking balls earlier in the count. Thought I did a better job of making an adjustment and making him throw it in the zone. That's big not just for me but for everyone in the lineup. I think the reputation on this team is out. A lot of teams are changing speed earlier in the count and trying to get us to chase,” Davis said.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, Jimmy Paredes doubled and Adam Jones dropped a bunt down and beat it out. With Davis up, the Orioles pulled off a double steal. Paredes’ steal of home was the first since Jones did it last Aug. 28.

Manager Buck Showalter isn’t usually an advocate of the steal.

“With Buck it's never out of the question to do something like that. When I saw Adam take off and I saw the throw go down to second, I took my eyes off the second baseman or the shortstop and I looked at Jimmy, so I didn't really see what the shortstop did. But Jimmy did a great job of getting to the outside and getting his hand in. That's just little things like that can put the momentum back in the team's dugout,” Davis said.

Davis followed with a long home run to right, his ninth of the season, and his first since May 11.

Steve Pearce was next and homered to left, his sixth of the season, and the Orioles first back-to-back home runs of the season.

That gave the Orioles (21-23) a 4-1 lead.

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed a second-inning run on singles to Evan Gattis, Colby Rasmus and a double by Chris Carter.

Of the 10 hits he allowed in seven innings, four were doubles.

“They have a really good lineup, but they're pretty aggressive. You have to make pitches down or they're going to be swinging right away,” Jimenez said.

In the sixth, Gattis’ double, Rasmus’ bunt single and a walk to Luis Valbuena loaded the bases with one out. Jimenez struck out Carter and retired Jason Castro on a fly to center.

Houston tied the score in the seventh on one-out singles by George Springer and Jose Altuve, a fielder’s choice by Preston Tucker that scored Springer and a two-run home run by Gattis, his 10th.

"I thought Ubaldo was really good. He deserved a lot better fate,” Showalter said. “It's just unfortunate. He really pitched well. He deserved a lot better."

Brach benefited from Pearce’s two-run home run in the seventh on Monday.

“I’m just glad to be out when we’re winning games. Just being the right guy at the right time and hopefully I can be the right guy out there for a few more times coming up,” Brach said.

NOTES: Tyler Wilson (1-0, 4.50) and Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) start Thursday’s doubleheader against Chicago’s Chris Sale (3-2, 4.21) and Chris Beck (Major League Debut). Wilson and Wright are the first Orioles rookies to start a doubleheader since Steve Johnson and Wei-Yin Chen on Sept. 24, 2012. The first game begins at 1:05 p.m. … The game started after a rain delay of one hour, 11 minutes. … In his second rehab start, Bud Norris allowed four runs on six hits in five innings at Bowie. He struck out seven and walked none. … The Orioles did not draw a walk for the seventh time this season.

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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.

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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."

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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.