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Davis' home run is big in Orioles' 2-1 win over Yankees


Davis' home run is big in Orioles' 2-1 win over Yankees

NEW YORK – It will take an incredible turnaround for the Orioles to make September compelling. Tuesday night was a reminder of how they need to win to make the seemingly impossible possible.

Three weeks ago, the Orioles were in the thick of the wild card race. Now, they are 7 1/2 games behind and competing with six other teams to try and catch the Texas Rangers.

The formula for their 2-1 win over the New York Yankees before 30,785 at Yankee Stadium was familiar. Creditable starting pitching, terrific outings by the bullpen, and a home run by Chris Davis.

Davis hit a leadoff home run in the ninth inning, his 41st of the season, and it continued his incredible hot streak. In his last seven games, Davis has six home runs and 10 RBIs, and his 41 homers are the sixth best in any Orioles season.

“He’s been solid in a time of need. He’s been able to dial up some things that we need. It’s hard to do because they all know what he’s capable of,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Davis hit the home run on a 2-0 pitch off Chasen Shreve (6-2), and it was the 10th he’s hit off a left-hander.

“Over the past few years I've just made little adjustments here and there and I tried to do everything I can to not overswing or go up there and look for a certain pitch. Just try to see the ball and hit it and it's worked out for me,” Davis said.

The win was just the fourth in the last 19 games for the Orioles (66-72), who will need to go 15-9 to merely avoid a losing season.

J.J. Hardy returned to the lineup after a stint on the disabled list, and Matt Wieters was back after missing three games. Adam Jones was out with a sore right shoulder.

“We’ve played a lot of these games and there’s such a fine line between a W and an L at this level, with some exceptions obviously. It’s a good reminder of how good they have been in close games throughout the last three years or four years or whatever it is,” Showalter said.

“I think there’s a confidence there too when you get a guy like J.J. back. You’re able to start putting a reminder of the team that you normally have on the field – Matt comes back – there’s a little more sense of a lack of anxiety because there’s some track record there in those types of games.”

Showalter hopes to have Jones back on Wednesday.

“I’d like for him to play tomorrow. I talked to him a little bit today. But we will see what tomorrow brings. I got two lineups on my desk: one with him in it, one without him in it,” Showalter said.

Darren O’Day (6-2) retired the final two batters of the eighth for the win. Zach Britton polished off the Yankees (77-60) in the ninth for his 31st save.

Masahiro Tanaka retired the first 12 Orioles hitters. Davis walked to lead off the fifth. With two outs, Wieters dribbled a ball to short right field for the first hit.

Kevin Gausman allowed five singles and a walk in the first five innings, but escaped without allowing a run.

Ryan Flaherty led off the sixth with his eighth home run of the season off Tanaka.

Tanaka allowed one run on six hits in eight innings. He struck out 10 and walked one.

Alex Rodriguez led off the sixth with a home run to left to tie the score. Gausman, who was removed after the homer has just one win in his last 20 starts.

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It was Gausman’s first time facing Greg Bird, a high school teammate in Aurora, Col.

Gausman struck him out twice, something he predicted on Monday.

"We actually went to dinner last night and I was joking, ‘I’m going to strike you out every one of your at-bats.’ But he also said he was going to hit a home run off me, so it goes both ways,” Gausman said.

The two old friends split the cost.

“I’m not going to buy him dinner before I pitch again him,” Gausman laughed.

T.J. McFarland relieved Gausman and pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings. McFarland, O’Day and Britton combined for four innings with just one baserunner

“This is exactly the type of ball that we’re capable of. That’s all we’re going to try and keep rolling from here, keep playing like that,” McFarland said.

NOTES: Rodriguez’s homer was the 3,056th hit of his career, surpassing Rickey Henderson for 22nd place on the all-time list. He has 15 seasons of 30 home runs, tying him with Hank Aaron for most in history.… Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9, 4.24) faces CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.27) on Wednesday night.

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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