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Gausman start spoiled by long McCutchen homer


Gausman start spoiled by long McCutchen homer

SARASOTA, Fla. – Kevin Gausman gave up one of the longer home runs Andrew McCutchen has ever hit. After Gausman breezed through three innings, McCutchen hit a long two-run home run beyond the picnic plaza in left field at Ed Smith Stadium.

But, what bothered Gausman, who became the first Orioles pitcher to throw four innings on Wednesday, was a walk to Pittsburgh’s Francisco Cervelli.

Gausman allowed three runs on four hits, striking out three in addition to the walk.

Fans who were here will remember the long homer.

“It was just a breaking ball. Hung it. I threw him all fastballs first at-bat and was really trying to get ahead right there. Should have thrown more of an out breaking ball, but I wanted to throw a strike. He’s a pretty good player. He doesn’t miss those pitches. That’s probably the worst breaking ball I threw all day,” Gausman said.

“It just goes to show you. I’m more mad about walking Cervelli than giving up the home run. Andrew McCutchen is going to get his hits and get his home runs, but if you can minimize solo home runs, it’s a completely different story than two-run homers.”

Gausman was matched against the Pirates’ Juan Nicasio, who struck out 10 Orioles in four innings. According to STATS, he was the first pitch to strike out 10 batters in four innings or less in a spring game since St. Louis’ Lance Lynn did it on March 14, 2014.
“He looked pretty good. He looked like he was throwing a lot of stuff up there. Got a lot of looking strikeouts. That’s one of those things I feel like he’s a guy who’s obviously throwing hard right now and throwing all of his pitches for strikes. If he can do that in spring, you can have a really good spring. Our lineup is a very tough lineup and that doesn’t happen very often,” Gausman said.

Manager Buck Showalter is relieved he won’t be seeing Nicasio this season since the Orioles don’t play Pittsburgh.

“That guy, he’s going to have a tough time to make their club, I’m told. That’s pretty good stuff there. That was legit, OK? Sometimes, you go, ‘Geez, we’re not swinging the bats well today.’ Well, sometimes it’s the pitcher,” Showalter said.

Gausman pitched two scoreless innings at Tampa Bay on Mar. 5, and then pitched in a “B” game against the Pirates last Thursday.

“I felt really good. This is my second game, really. I felt good to get through four innings. That was my end goal. Even my last inning, I gave up a couple of runs, but I only did it in 17 pitches. That’s a goal of mine is to let the inning just kind of completely get away from you. You’re going to give up runs, but if you can minimize your pitches in every inning, you’re still going to go deep in the game and kind of give your team a chance to win, so I felt good about that,” Gausman said.

Showalter was pleased with Gausman.

“Couldn’t have drawn it up much better except for maybe the last inning. I think he got challenged a little bit physically. That’s about as hot a day as you want to play in spring training,” Showalter said.

Gausman said he expects the other starters to begin pitching better.

“I would say so. It’s definitely a process. Early on, a lot of guys are kind of fine tuning mechanics, just trying to find everything. It’s a little bit different in spring training. It’s a different schedule, different everything, so it takes a little bit to get used to it but I know we’re all excited to get the regular season started and get the ball every fifth day, definitely,” Gausman said.

The Orioles team ERA dropped from 7.11 to 6.86.

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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