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Gonzalez status still uncertain after allowing one run


Gonzalez status still uncertain after allowing one run

SARASOTA, Fla. – Has Miguel Gonzalez done enough to secure his place in the Orioles rotation?

Gonzalez came into Tuesday night’s game knowing that both Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright have outpitched him this month, and that he needed a much better performance than he’s offered in his early outings.

He allowed one run on seven hits in five innings in the Orioles’ 4-4 10-inning tie with the Atlanta Braves before 6,575 at Ed Smith Stadium.

It wasn’t dominating, but the outing enabled him to drop his ERA from 12.56 to 9.78.

“I know it’s toward the end and I wanted to get a good outing just to feel better and mentally and overall I did good,” Gonzalez said.

Manager Buck Showalter offered a tepid endorsement.

“He had good results. He had good results tonight. Good to see him get that. I know it’s been a challenge for him as far as results go,” Showalter said.

Gonzalez’s command was improved
“A little better. A little better. Not as good as I’ve seen him. But he had better feel for all his secondary pitches. That’s what allowed him to get some results, and some really good defense behind him,” Gonzalez said.

The decision on the final starter is one of many decisions to be made in the final few days of spring training.

Earlier in the evening, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette acknowledged that Hyun Soo Kim, who didn’t play for the third straight game, wouldn’t make the Orioles’ 25-man roster.

Showalter discussed a possible assignment to Norfolk with Kim, who cannot be assigned there without his consent, a few days ago. He and Duquette revisited it with the South Korean on Tuesday.

“I don’t know, yet. It’s kind of in his hands. I don’t know if he has agreed to it or not,” Showalter said. “Anyway, if that happens, it could give him an opportunity to get more acclimated and kind of get it going at that level and I know he’s considering going there. I’m not sure where that is…I think he’s contemplating his next career move.

A decision needs to be made soon.

“Who knows? He might decide to go to Norfolk and really get going and come up here and really be a contributor. I don’t know. I don’t think anybody’s that smart. I just knew there were some other guys here outperforming him and we’re trying to take our best 25, which he could still potentially be a part of at some point,” Showalter said.

With this effort, Gonzalez hopes he can stave off the young right-handers, both of whom pitched well on Monday.

“We’re all here to support each other and I know Mike and Tyler Wilson have been doing a really good job and I’m happy with them. They’re trying to get on the team and I’m going to do the best I can to help the team win and that’s what we’re here for,” Gonzalez said.

Manny Machado led off the first with a home run. It was Machado’s fifth of the spring, and the second straight game the Orioles began with a home run.

In his first game behind the plate since Mar. 12, Matt Wieters hit his first home run of the spring.

The third Orioles run scored in the sixth inning on Mark Trumbo’s RBI single. That scored Adam Jones, who led off the inning with a double.

Zach Phillips, who followed Gonzalez, had a rough outing. He allowed three runs in the sixth. With Brian Matusz starting the season on the disabled list, Phillips is trying to make the club as a left-handed situational reliever.

Darren O’Day and Zach Britton each pitched perfect innings, striking out two. Dylan Bundy Bundy allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

Garabez Rosa continued his hot hitting with a ninth-inning RBI single to tie the score at 4.

NOTES: The Orioles optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Triple-A Norfolk. He batted .182 this spring. There are 40 players left in camp. …Chris Tillman makes his final March start against Detroit’s Shane Greene at 6:05 p.m. on Wednesday. … Hunter Harvey suffered a groin injury in a minor league game on Tuesday. Showalter said it was a tweak. … The Orioles traded left-handed pitcher Chris Jones to the Los Angeles Angels for ou(tfielder Natanael Delgado and infielder Erick Salcedo. … The Orioles’ five-game winning streak came to an end. They are 10-14-5. The five ties are the most since 2012 when they had six ties.

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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