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Gonzalez hit hard in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Marlins


Gonzalez hit hard in Orioles' 5-2 loss to Marlins

MIAMI--- It was a quiet Orioles clubhouse. Their offense had been mostly silent the last two games, and they were eager to find their way out of Marlins Park.

There was the bizarre ejection of Brian Matusz on Saturday night, and the disappearing offense. They had no runs in 13 innings and none in the first five innings on Sunday.

By then, the Orioles were down by five runs in a 5-2 loss to the Miami Marlins before 23,834.

In their first 37 games, the Orioles hit 46 home runs. This weekend they hit none.

“We know we’re capable of better, but we haven’t put much together offensively. It’s something we’re going to have to do better and give our pitchers some breathing room,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Adam Jones was 3-for-15 in the three games. Chris Davis was 1-for-12 and J.J. Hardy 1-for-10 before being rested on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Orioles (19-22) had a chance to reach .500 for the first time since May 6. Now, they’re back at three games under with the surprising Houston Astros coming into to Baltimore. The Astros lead the AL West by 6 ½ games.

“This is the adversity stage. How do you respond to this? That’s what makes and separates the big league guys and the good teams. How do you come back from struggles? How do you combat that? How do you make the adjustments?” Jones said.

Against Tom Koehler (3-3), the Orioles didn’t have a baserunner for the first four innings, and finally scored in the sixth.

They had the bases loaded in the seventh with one out, but Steve Pearce hit into a double play. In the eighth, they had the bases loaded twice. Davis’ infield out scored Manny Machado, but Ryan Lavarnway, who is just 3-for-28 this season, grounded to second with two outs.

“Offense has been a challenge for us,” Showalter said. For the 14th time in 22 losses, the Orioles scored two runs or fewer, and they’ve lost all of those games. They’re 1-15 when scoring three or fewer.

Most of the Orioles had never seen Koehler. That doesn’t fly with Showalter.

“That’s a very convenient excuse. He didn’t do anything we didn’t know he was going to do. He just did it very well,” Showalter said.

Jimmy Paredes’ drove in Machado with the first run on a foul fly to left. His on-base streak ended at 20, but he’s hitting a robust .344.

“The only person who is really hitting the ball is Paredes. So I think everybody needs to go hover around him, grab his bats and rub his bats against everybody else’s bats,” Jones said.

Besides the lack of offense, Miguel Gonzalez, who has arguably been the Orioles’ most effective starter had a poor outing, perhaps his worst of the season. He allowed multiple hits in the second, third, fourth and fifth.

Martin Prado led off the second with a single. Justin Bour doubled, and Prado scored on Christian Yelich’s infield out.

With one out in the third, Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna singled. Giancarlo Stanton walked, and Gordon scored on an infield out.

Miami (18-27) scored twice in the fourth. Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria began the inning with singles. Jhonathan Solano hit into a force. Koehler’s bunt moved runners to second and third, and after Gordon was walked intentionally. Ozuna’s two-run single made it 4-0.

Prado led off the fifth with his third home run.

Gonzalez (5-3) was charged with five runs and a career-high 10 hits in four-plus innings. His fastball wasn’t working.

“Obviously we know this team is very aggressive. First pitch, second pitch, they're not going to give in. My off-speed wasn't really where I want it. That's why they put the ball in play and things worked their way and didn't work our way,” Gonzalez said.

Chaz Roe, whose contract was purchased on Sunday from Norfolk, pitched two scoreless innings and Matusz awaiting word on his fate, added two more.

Hardy was rested for the first time since he returned from a shoulder injury that cost him the first 25 games of the season. He could have pinch hit for Lavarnway in the eighth or for Matusz in the ninth.

“I wanted to give J as much of the day as I could. There’s a situation where I also know we only had two guys left on the bench, and only one versatile player and Ryan’s got as much pop as anybody, and J.J. hasn’t been swinging the ball real well. I also thought he could benefit from a day off the field. “He’s fine. And now we’re trying to keep him that way. He’ll be in the lineup tomorrow,” Showalter said.

NEXT: Wei-Yin Chen (1-3, 2.90) faces Houston’s Dallas Keuchel (6-0, 1.67) on Monday at 1:35 p.m.


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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.


Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."


Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.