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Gallardo's first start a success as Orioles go 2-0


Gallardo's first start a success as Orioles go 2-0

BALTIMORE – Surely Yovani Gallardo’s succeeding Orioles starters will be longer. But, his first one wasn’t bad.

Gallardo allowed just two hits in five innings as the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 before 12,622 chilled fans at Oriole Park on Wednesday night.

Gone was the excitement of Opening Day. The crowd was just a fraction of what it was when Monday’s game began, but the Orioles (2-0), continued to play complete ball.

The brilliant Minnesota rookie, Byron Buxton, had a pair of doubles, the only hits allowed by Gallardo, who walked three and struck out four. He was lifted after 89 pitches.

“I think he’s getting there. He’s a guy who’s going to add and subtract. I think he’s a guy who’s kind of evolved and knows who he is and who he isn’t. A guy who keeps you in the ballgame and gives you a chance to win it if you catch it and score some runs,” manager Buck Showalter said.

It was just the second time Gallardo has ever pitched here. He threw six shutout innings last year when he played for Texas, and he enjoyed his first start as a member of the home team.

“I’m excited, and having the opportunity to pitch here last year on the other side of the dugout. It’s a good feeling, the excitement in the stands and having the fans here cheering behind you, it’s a win-win,” Gallardo said.

The Orioles scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and fifth, to give Gallardo (1-0) a 4-1 lead by the time he left.

Jonathan Schoop’s bloop double to right, which eluded the diving Miguel Sano, scored the newly reenergized J.J. Hardy from first in the second inning.

Chris Davis hit his first homer, and the team’s first of 2016 in the third.

Showalter said that he’s noted that without the pressure of a contract year, Davis seems content.

“I think Chris seems to be in a rhythm about a lot of things in his life. You always wonder how things like that are going to affect people, but early on in the spring you could tell he was the right kind of comfortable. He had a great spring all the way around, work-wise, engaged and everything. He's been in a good place since he got to spring training. He just seems to be in a good rhythm about his life. I'm real proud of him,” Showalter said.

Davis’ walk on Monday led to the winning run, and his deep fly ball in the opener nearly went out.

He seemed touched by Showalter’s observation.

“I think the expectations we have for ourselves every season are so high that the pressure’s kind of self-inflicted. I think that every guy in here goes into the offseason with something in mind to get better at, to work hard on, to come to spring training prepared. We expect a lot of each other. The biggest thing for me is that I know that I’m going to be here for a number of years and trying to do everything to try and help this team win a championship,” Davis said.


Joey Rickard’s first major league RBI, a sacrifice fly brought home Hardy, who doubled to lead off the fourth. For the second straight game, Rickard had two hits.

Matt Wieters’ double drove in Mark Trumbo from first in the fifth.

The four runs were scored against Kyle Gibson (0-1).

Buxton scored on Joe Mauer’s scoring fly ball in the third.

Mychal Givens gave up Trevor Plouffe’s home run to left in the sixth.

Brad Brach got the last out of the sixth, and struck out the side in the seventh though he walked two.

Darren O’Day struck out two of his three batters in the eighth, and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his first save. Britton allowed a leadoff double to Eduardo Escobar and a walk to Brian Dozier, but struck out the side, the final of the team’s 13 strikeouts.

The Orioles, who strike out far more times than they walk, have an equal number of walks (six) as strikeouts on Wednesday night.

“I think it’s more of a conscious effort to swing at good pitches. We know the power potential this lineup has, the amount of damage that we are capable of doing. But we know we have to go out there and swing at good pitches,” Davis said.

Showalter is pleased with the patience.

“So far it’s been good,” Showalter said. “But we have 160 more.”

NOTES: The first 7,500 fans 14 and under receive an Orioles’ T-shirt on Sunday. … Ubaldo Jimenez faces Phil Hughes on Thursday night. … Britton recorded his 74th career save, tying him with Eddie Watt for seventh place on the Orioles’ all-time list.



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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