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Gallardo gives up 7, Orioles score 16

SARASOTA, Fla. – For the second straight day, the Orioles received a subpar pitching performance from a starter and a huge offensive output.

Yovani Gallardo struggled into the fourth inning, giving up seven runs while the Orioles had 20 hits in their 16-8 win over the Boston Red Sox before a sun-soaked crowd of 8,518 at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday.

For the third straight game, J.J. Hardy hit a home run, and Manny Machado hit one for the second consecutive game. Chris Davis, who hadn’t homered since his first at-bat in the Orioles’ spring home opener on Mar. 2, followed Machado’s homer with his own.

Audry Perez, a catcher likely returning to Triple-A Norfolk, had a three-run home run and four RBIs, and Mark Trumbo drove in three while Adam Jones had three hits.

Gallardo’s spring ERA ballooned to 16.88 as he gave up five runs in Boston’s second.

“You can look at every spring training I’ve had throughout my career and I think it’s…they’ve been bad. It’s a good they don’t count for your career. It’s one of those things. At the end of the day, no matter what you have to do, you’re here to work on things,” Gallardo said.

Manager Buck Showalter wasn’t displeased with Gallardo, who didn’t sign until late last month. Gallardo will probably start the final game in Sarasota, on Thursday against Atlanta. Showalter said he’s not looking for big things until early next month.

“In April I am. That’s when the results count,” Showalter said.  

One player the Orioles probably won’t be seeing next month is Christian Walker, who was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Walker’s path to first base is blocked by Chris Davis, and he’ll be going to the Tides to play left field every day.

He played there twice without incident this spring, and the Orioles want to see if he can play there in the major leagues.  

Showalter said his play in left wasn’t an eye-opener.

“No. He kept them open. They were already open. Christian’s got a track record,” Showalter said. “He can do this.”

Walker had four homers and 14 RBIs early in camp, but slumped in recent days to finish with a .227 average, was the team’s organizational player of the year in 2014.

“Obviously, the sample size is very short, and it is learning a new position regardless of how quickly I can learn something or pick something up, so I’m going to take my time with it and get the reps I need. Whenever anything’s good and ready, it will be my time,” Walker said.

Hardy is hitting .333 and his spring has delighted Showalter.

"It's been evident to me since the first probably week of spring training, just him moving around and just the body language, everything when you know J.J. as well as we do,” Showalter said.

“People forget this is a shortstop capable of hitting 20-30 home runs and hitting .270 when healthy."

The Orioles skipped Gallardo’ first start because of his late signing, and in his first two, both against Philadelphia, the Phillies scored eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Seven days before, Gallardo was supposed to start at Port Charlotte against Tampa Bay, but it was rained out after the Orioles made two outs in the first.

A minor league start was hastily arranged for Monday.

“It was a little crazy, but it shows the most important thing is the pitch count, to get the pitch count up,” Gallardo said. “And make sure I didn’t miss that start. Otherwise, I would have been falling behind like I was earlier in the camp.”

NOTES: The Orioles play Pittsburgh at Bradenton on Sunday night. Ubaldo Jimenez will face Trevor Williams. … The team still has 43 players in camp. … The Orioles spring record is 8-14-4. They’re 6-4-2 at home and 2-10-10 on the road.

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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