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Davis turns 30 as Orioles beat Twins 4-1


Davis turns 30 as Orioles beat Twins 4-1

SARASOTA, Fla. – This was the day that Chris Davis turned 30, and in his honor, the Orioles wore green uniforms.

They actually didn’t wear green to celebrate Davis’ birthday or mammoth new contract, but for St. Patrick’s Day.

“I feel pretty good today. I feel like I’ve got a little spring in my step,” Davis said.

He had some spring chasing after Byung Ho Park’s foul pop. Davis snared it after running toward the stands behind first base.

Davis also had to enjoy Mike Wright’s start. Wright threw five scoreless innings and was the first Oriole to even pitch into the fifth.

Wright gave up two singles in both the first and fourth, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter as the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 before 6,872 at Ed Smith Stadium in the second half of a split-squad doubleheader.

In the afternoon portion, the Orioles lost to the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers 9-5.

This week, the Orioles have been playing much more crisply and after failing to win their first 12 games, have won four and tied one of their last seven to improve to 4-12-3.

“As we get closer to the bell, there’s a time you get engaged in the preparation and then you get engaged in the competition,” manager Buck Showalter said.
“They get tired of all the preparation.”
Two of those wins have come against Minnesota, and in both the Orioles allowed just one run.
Showalter enjoyed playing a night game without the heat and the wins that contribute to inflated scores. He was pleased with Wright, who in his last start, gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings against the Yankees.
“Normal condition game, attacked the zone. I thought Caleb [Joseph] did a real nice job of slowing him down,” Showalter said.
In Wright’s four starts, he has an ERA of 5.40.

“I wouldn’t say it’s the best I’ve felt. I felt really good, but I have my last three starts – every single one of them felt pretty good,” Wright said.

In the first inning, the Orioles turned a double play to help Wright.

“I’ve had a lot of times when I’ve had a guy on first or first and second and really needed a double play and it just hasn’t seemed to happen, so for that to come, especially right there in the first, was huge,” he said.

Unlike others, Wright doesn’t like to say he’s experimenting with a particular pitch.

“Usually, the guys that are working on stuff, they have a spot. And I don’t have a guaranteed spot, so to get the results is huge, because even though you’re doing your part – you’re making your pitches – if you’re giving up runs, it doesn’t look good to put you on the roster. To get the results is good for confidence and it makes me feel better going home tonight,” Wright said.

Earlier this week, Showalter noted that there were not five set starters.

“I felt like that ever since I came in. Everything’s a competition, even if there were five set spots, there was no telling what happens. For me not to come out here and compete would be not good for myself or the team, so I was coming out to compete ever since Day One. I don’t think anything’s changed since he brought that to light,” Wright said.

Adam Jones had three hits and raised his average to .346. His fourth inning home run gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead. He drove in the second run with a sixth inning double. Mark Trumbo’s single scored the third.
Brad Brach and Mychal Givens followed Wright with scoreless innings. Darren O’Day gave up Minnesota’s only run in the eighth.
Davis was hitless in his first game as a 30-year-old.

“I won’t necessarily freak out. I mean, if you call waking up crying in your bed freaking out, I guess. I think people were like, ‘Forty is the big one.’ Like 30 doesn’t (matter). I feel like 30 is a big deal, Davis said.

“To me, it just sounds older. I think really in the baseball world it’s a little bit older than it is in the real world, so to speak. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens. If I have to come out of the game because I’m cramping up or something like that, or my hip starts hurting, I’ll let you guys know.”

NOTES: Showalter said that he will cut at least two players on Friday. …Miguel Gonzalez pitches against CC Sabathia on Friday in Tampa as the Orioles play the New York Yankees.

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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