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Gonzalez's rough outing helps send Orioles to 14-5 loss


Gonzalez's rough outing helps send Orioles to 14-5 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Perhaps the most affable of all the Orioles, Miguel Gonzalez has everyone rooting for him. They hope that his third spring training start, like his first, was an aberration.

Gonzalez allowed 10 of his 14 baserunners to reach, and gave up six runs in the Orioles’ 14-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins before 8,596 at Hammond Stadium on Sunday.

In Gonzalez’s three starts, he’s given up 14 runs on 18 hits in 5 2/3 innings for an abysmal 22.24 ERA.

“Miguel’s not as crisp as he needs to be to be effective up here,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“He knows that. That’s what spring training’s about. I have a lot of confidence that he’ll pick it up as we go forward.”

Staked to a rare three-run lead by his team, which feel to 1-11-2, Gonzalez allowed two runs in the first and could have given up more had not right fielder Dariel Alvarez not gunned out Trevor Plouffe at third.

“You can just tell by body language by a lot of pitchers they don’t feel comfortable yet,” Showalter said.

“You’d like to see everybody be good every time out to have that feel good, but the reality is you ask them to go out and do something and work on something, and sometimes you don’t look as crisp as you’re going to be.”

Plouffe had a three-run home run in the second, and Gonzalez was yanked after Eddie Rosario tripled.

“I was just off a little bit. Flying open. I wasn’t consistent down, ahead. That’s important. Guys are being aggressive. I’ve just got to try not to do too much out there. I wouldn’t change anything,” Gonzalez said.

The Twins had seven hits, and Gonzalez walked three.

“We all know that this game is all about mental and momentum. As soon as I got the first guy out, I felt pretty good. Things are not going my way right now, and all I’ve got to do is just keep working hard and don’t get down, don’t get down. Keep my head up, and hopefully next time out, I’ll be all right,” Gonzalez said.

Late last year, Gonzalez had several rough outings and a trip to the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis, and acknowledged that he might be trying too hard.

“Sometimes you push yourself to be better, to impress people. We all know what we’re capable of doing. We all know that your teammates are going to be right there with you. It’s a matter of staying positive and staying accurate,” Gonzalez said.

Vance Worley was the only pitcher to merit kudos. He pitched two perfect innings.

Dylan Bundy allowed an unearned run in the fifth, and Hunter Harvey,gave up five runs in the sixth, and Jason Garcia gave up two runs in the seventh.

The Orioles walked 10.

“It’s frustrating to see our guys throw the ball so poorly command-wise. It’s something we can’t do,” Showalter said.

Christian Walker had two of the Orioles’ six hits including his second home run of the spring. Pedro Alvarez was 1-for-3 in his first game with the Orioles.

“I’m just very excited and happy to be out there today, getting the opportunity to play. When you can do something like that, it’s kind of puts icing on the cake a little bit, on top of things. I’m glad to get a couple of AB’s and a couple of reps out there today,” Alvarez said.

“I felt pretty good, surprisingly good for having a couple of weeks off.”

Showalter was happy about Alvarez’s first game.

“He was solid,” Showalter said. “He was happy to get out there…He had a lot of bounce to his step today.”

Alvarez had an uneventful day at first base, and was happy to hear that Showalter wasn’t going to restrict him to just being the designated hitter.

“That’s what I intend on doing as well. I came here with the intention of helping out in every facet and I know that means playing the field, too, and that’s what I want to do, too. Again, I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’m going to be given, and I’m thinking right along with Skip,” Alvarez said.

NOTES: The 14 runs allowed were a high for spring training and the fifth time the Orioles at least 10 runs in a game. … Andrew Triggs, who was plced on release waivers on Thursday when the Orioles signed Alvarez, was claimed by the Oakland Athletics. … Yovani Gallardo makes his second start with the Orioles on Monday against Philadelphia’s Alec Asher in Sarasota. Chris Tillman makes his first start on Tuesday against Toronto in Dunedin. Jesse Chavez pitches for the Blue Jays. On Wednesday, Kevin Gausman is matched against Pittsburgh’s Juan Nicasio. … Further cuts are expected Monday.

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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