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Five forgettable moments from the 2015 Orioles season

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Five forgettable moments from the 2015 Orioles season

In a year that seemed much more bad than good for the Orioles, here are five forgettable moments that stand out.

1) May 23-What did Brian Matusz do?

In the 12th inning of a scoreless game in Miami, home plate umpire Jordan Baker and third base umpire walked toward Matusz, checked his arm and after a few moments ejected him.

Matusz, who is among the least controversial of the Orioles, was ruled to have had a foreign substance on his forearm, and he was ejected. The Orioles lost the game 1-0 in the 13th, and Matusz was suspended for eight games. Earlier in the week, Milwaukee’s Will Smith had also been ejected and suspended for eight games.

Marlins manager Dan Jennings, in his first week as a big league skipper, got his first win.

Matusz’s suspension was upheld, and the Orioles had to play a man short for eight games. They went 7-1.

2) August 23-Machado comes up short

J.J. Hardy’s groin was hurting, and he had to come out of the game. Jimmy Paredes pinch ran for him in the 11th inning, and it was obvious that Manny Machado would move from third base to shortstop for the first time in his major league career.

Paredes moved to third to begin the 12th, and with one out, the Minnesota Twins’ Eduardo Escobar hit a ground ball to shortstop that Machado booted. Escobar wound up on second. Two batters later, Shane Robinson hit a grounder to third that Paredes muffed, and the Twins scored an unearned run for a 5-4 win. Afterward, Machado was angry, but got a chance to redeem himself at short when Hardy went on the disabled list. It was the end of a homestand that begin with five wins in six games and ended with four straight losses to Minnesota.

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3) August 30-Jones speaks out

After the Twins sweep, the Orioles went to Kansas City and Texas and fell completely out of the playoff hunt, losing six of seven.

The first game against the Royals featured one of those breathtaking rallies. Kansas City scored seven runs with two outs. After the Royals had seven straight hits, including hitting for the cycle in four at-bats, the Orioles 3-1 lead was an 8-3 deficit. By Sunday when the Orioles were shut out by a rehabbing Derek Holland, Adam Jones had enough.

The night before, Machado ended the game with a protested checked swing, and a day later, Jones angrily denounced fans who thought the team had no chance for the postseason.

“We’re still right in the thick of things,” Jones said even though the Orioles were four games under .500.

“To say our effort level wasn’t there, that’s a slap in the face and I want to slap somebody in the face who says that.”

4) September 20-Britton blows a save at Tampa Bay

The Orioles lost 15 of 18 to fall out of the race. Despite that, they still insisted they had a chance. In their next three series, they won two of three each time, and won two of their first three against Tampa Bay.

With a 5-4 lead heading to the ninth, Zach Britton allowed two runs to the Rays in the ninth. Brandon Guyer hit a leadoff home run, and with the bases loaded, Kevin Kiermaier beat out an infield single, and the ultra-reliable Britton blew his fourth save of the season.

Britton was suffering from a sore lat muscle, and didn’t pitch again for a week. Darren O’Day closed out the Orioles’ three-game sweep in Washington.

5) Sept. 25-27 Shut Out in Boston

For three days, the Orioles did nothing in Boston. They were shut out three straight times by the same opponent for the first time in franchise history. In 1957, two different teams shut them out in three straight games.

Rich Hill, who had a horrible few months for the Orioles in 2009, shut them out 7-0 on Friday night. The next day, seven relievers blanked them 8-0, and on Sunday, Henry Owens pitched into the eighth inning in a 2-0 loss.

There were other bad moments, too. The Orioles allowed 10 or more runs 10 times, six against Toronto. Five of the 10 losses came after Sept. 1 with expanded bullpens not helping. The Orioles were no hit by Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma, the first time they’d been hitless since Sept. 2007.

Even though the Orioles won their final five games of the season to finish at .500, fans expected more, and the season will be viewed as disappointment, with many more bad moments than good ones.

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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