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Gallardo hit hard in Orioles' 8-7 win over Phillies


Gallardo hit hard in Orioles' 8-7 win over Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. – Yovani Gallardo watched three home runs sail out of Ed Smith Stadium. Tyler Goeddel hit his third pitch of the game out, and two batters later, spring training home run leader Makiel Franco hit one, and two innings later, another one, a three-run shot.

By the time Gallardo left with game, a batter after Franco’s second home run, the Orioles were trailing 5-0, but ended up with an 8-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies before 7,909 overheated fans on Monday.

Paul Janish’s two-run single in the eighth inning gave the Orioles their second win in three games, putting their record at 2-11-2.

Even though they gave up seven runs, they managed to reduce their team ERA slightly from 7.28 to 7.26—by far the worst in baseball.

The best news of the day came from the MRI orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leigh Ann Curl performed on Matt Wieters’ sore right elbow.

“It looked good," Showalter said. "Dr. Curl, she's been with us a long time, said it looked good structurally, so that was encouraging. Just get some of whatever's left in there, the soreness, but pretty positive. I know Matt felt good about it today."

Gallardo made his second start since signing. Both have come against the Phillies, and he’s allowed four home runs. Overall, Gallardo has given up eight runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“It’s just tough. It’s one of those things, I’m not trying to say that it’s easier for a hitter to prepare, but I think for a hitter, once you get that timing down, it seems like you can ask any hitter. Once you get that, they feel comfortable with it. For a starting pitcher, pitcher in general, it’s going out there for an inning, coming back, sitting down. Back and forth until your 90-pitch pitch count. The thing about it too is if you look at it, you haven’t pitched in a game in like six months,” Gallardo said.

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Gallardo could be the Orioles’ No. 2 starter, and it will be interesting to see if Showalter will allow him to face Tampa Bay on Saturday.

Showalter often likes to limit his pitcher’s exposure to teams they might be facing regularly and early season opponents.

On Thursday when the Orioles are playing the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins in a split-squad doubleheader, Vance Worley and Mike Wright, two pitchers not projected among the first five will be the starters. Ubaldo Jimenez, who faced the Twins in his last two starts, will be pitching in a Triple-A game at Twin Lakes Park.

Gallardo, who has been with Milwaukee and Texas, is training in Florida for the first time.

“The most important thing is feeling comfortable, thinking your rhythm and your mechanics are right. It takes time. That’s why you see a lot of guys who are out there. It’s frustrating for sure, but when you see a lot of guys going out there struggling with their command a little bit or the mechanics aren’t right, it’s tough. You’re facing big league hitters and you’re trying to get yourself ready with your mechanics. The most important thing is try not to get frustrated. It is tough, but you’ve just got to remember it’s spring and you’ve got a long ways to go.”

Manny Machado had a two-run home run, Adam Jones a solo shot.

Hyun Soo Kim and Joey Rickard, who have the most at-bats on the team, were given the day off. Mark Trumbo played right field, and Pedro Alvarez, who was hitless in three at-bats, was the designated hitter.

Alvarez will play at Dunedin on Tuesday against Toronto, Showalter indicated.

NOTES: Last year’s Rule 5 draft choice Jason Garcia was optioned to Double-A Bowie.

"We're all excited about that," Showalter said. "He's going to get ready to be a starter. This guy basically skipped full-season A last year. He just happened to spend it in Baltimore all summer, and that was the idea. We're going to give Jason the ball every fifth day with a work day."

Outfielder Henry Urrutia was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Earlier in the day, left-hander Chris Jones was also optioned to the Tides and Hunter Harvey was reassigned to minor league camp. There are 47 players remaining.

-The Orioles recorded their fifth sellout of the spring. … Chris Tillman makes his first start of the spring in Dunedin on Tuesday against Toronto’s Jesse Chavez.

-Former Oriole pitcher Steve Johnson was released by Texas.

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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