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Gausman pitches seven strong innings in 6-2 win

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Gausman pitches seven strong innings in 6-2 win

BALTIMORE – Kevin Gausman looks as if he has come of age. Up and down, from Baltimore to Norfolk, out with shoulder tendinitis. That’s all over.

Gausman pitched seven strong innings, and the Orioles moved three games over .500 for the first time since July 6 with a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers before 45,968 at Oriole Park on Saturday night.

In his last start, Gausman pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings. Against the Tigers, Gausman allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and no walks and picked up his first win as a starter this season.

Manager Buck Showalter likes where Gausman is.

“Just maturity level,” Showalter said. “He's got a pretty fresh arm going right now. But I've got to tell you, he didn't get much help. There were five or six, I'll be nice and say borderline pitches, he didn't get that I thought could have made it even better than it was. But he was really good. He attacked and had a good feel for all his pitches."

Gausman is relieved to know that he’s here for the rest of the season. The Orioles haven’t said it, but it’s obvious. He’s in the rotation.

“Just knowing when you're going to pitch and when you're going to throw your sides only helps you. [I'm] definitely feeling comfortable. I think I feel really comfortable pitching here, which is a lot different than when I first came up. I was always scared to give up home runs here. Everybody tells you how small the park is, and it's a hitter's park. That's one thing; I've just kind of felt comfortable here this year,” Gausman said.

Manny Machado led off with a single against Anibal Sanchez. In his first at-bat with the Orioles, Gerardo Parra, who became the 1,000th Oriole, doubled to right. Machado scored on Chris Davis’ infield out.

Matt Wieters, who started at first base for the second time in his career, singled to score Parra.

Parra was greeted with a big ovation before his first at-bat.

“I feel surprised. I feel happy. I feel a little bit nervous. I want to say thank you for the fans. I want to concentrate in that at-bat and make it a good one,” Parra said.

Showalter was impressed with his at-bats. Parra went 1-for-3 with a walk.

“Selective. Very calm. I like the calmness of it. Nice little pick-me-up,” Showalter said.

There were only three fly ball outs, and Parra caught two of them. One of them was the game’s final out.

“I feel comfortable in the field. Adam Jones in center field, he helped me move [according to] who’s hitting. When you have a guy like that, a teammate like that, you feel like easy, relaxed in the field,” Parra said.

Jimmy Paredes doubled to lead off the second. He scored on Joseph’s RBI single for a 3-0 lead.

J.J. Hardy extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a leadoff single in the fourth, and Joseph homered to left with two outs, his eighth of the year, and the Orioles (53-50) led 5-0.

Gausman retired the first 11 Detroit (50-54) batters before Ian Kinsler singled with two outs in the fourth. With one out in the fifth, James McCann singles, and Nick Castellanos hit his 11th home run to right field to cut the Orioles’ lead to 5-2.

Castellanos’ home run was the first Gausman has allowed at home in 24 innings here.

“Kevin is getting into a nice routine here as well,” Joseph said. “He was in the bullpen and made a few other starts and now he’s starting to settle in here as well. And that’s the kind of starting pitching we need to make a run here.”

Machado hit his 23rd home run of the season with two outs in the seventh off Sanchez (10-9). Sanchez allowed six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Not only is Machado hitting for power, but he stole his 15th base in 19 attempts.

“The stat I like is he's contributing to wins,” Showalter said.

Gausman (2-2) was relieved by Brad Brach. Brach threw two scoreless innings.

Showalter had two anxious games the previous two nights, one-run games, a win and a loss. This one was a much more enjoyable one.

“We pitched real well tonight. You look at the numbers we're given up the previous two games, there was some good pitching in that. It just wasn't from people that are capable of a lot better,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Parra also has a 15-game hitting streak. … The Orioles registered their seventh sellout of the season. … Daniel Norris (1-1, 3.86) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6, 3.73) on Sunday afternoon. … Matt Wieters’ last started at first was on Aug. 21, 2011.

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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