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Jimenez gives up seven as Orioles lose again


Jimenez gives up seven as Orioles lose again

NEW YORK –- These are desperate times for the Orioles. They got swept in Yankee Stadium for the first time in more than five years. They’ve trailing New York by seven games in the AL East, and they’re not hitting.

“Our guys will punch back,” manager Buck Showalter vows.

They better start soon.

The Orioles (46-48) are two games below .500 for the first time since June 10, and those 18 wins in 23 games last month seems long ago and far away.

Now, their skid is 14 losses in 19 games after their 9-3 loss to the Yankees before 46,875 on Thursday.

“We’re not disappointed or frustrated. We got beat. Stop crying. That’s what I’m sick and tired of, man. Stop crying. Nobody in the clubhouse crying. We got beat. It’s a very good team over there. Go to Tampa and do what we’ve gotta go. There’s 60-some, 70-some games left. Nobody’s crying, man,” Adam Jones said.

Jones had a difficult series here, going just 2-for-12, as the Orioles offense sputtered.

“We didn't do the things we needed. It's frustrating,” Showalter said.

After the All-Star break, the Orioles won two of three against the Tigers and then, three losses here.

“The season doesn't stop and the challenges don't end. There's another challenge around every corner and that's what professionals have to do at this level is put the good things like Detroit behind them and the bad things that happened here,” Showalter said.

For the first half of the season, Ubaldo Jimenez could be depended upon to deliver a solid performance.

Something’s happened to him in the second half.

In his two starts since the All-Star break, Jimenez (7-6) has allowed 14 runs in seven innings. He had an awful first inning, giving up four runs as New York (52-41) batted around. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a single, Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez walked to load the bases. Jimenez struck out Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran flied to short left.

Chase Headley hit a long double to center, scoring three. Headley took third on a throw home, and scored on Didi Gregorius’ single to right.

“I put myself in trouble. I walked two guys and then I got two huge outs, and I didn’t get out of the inning,” Jimenez said.

It was the second straight rocky first inning for an Orioles starter. On Wednesday night, Kevin Gausman allowed three runs in the first.

Chris Davis homered to lead off the second, his 21st of the season. He homered in his last at-bat on Wednesday night.

Ellsbury got the run back in the second, leading off with his third of the season, and in the third, Jimenez was done.

“I was falling behind in the count. I kept throwing in the fat part of the plate, missing a lot right down the middle, and they took advantage of that,” Jimenez said.

With one out Gregorius singled. John Ryan Murphy singled, too, and Gregorius scored on Stephen Drew’s double.

Tommy Hunter replaced Jimenez, whose line was seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. It equaled Jimenez’s shortest start with the Orioles.

“His command's been bothering him a little bit. He's been wild in the strike zone. It's not like he's walking a bunch of people. He's a pitch away from getting out of that first inning and we're on our way, but he got a fastball right on the center of the plate to Headley and he paid a price. We just haven't swung the bats very well, either. They pitched well but it's been a combination of both,” Showalter said.

Hunter retired all five batters he faced, and Bud Norris gave up a two-run double to Ellsbury in the fifth to give New York a 9-1 lead.

The Orioles (46-48), who are two games under .500 for the first time since June 10, did little against Masahiro Tanaka (7-3).

Tanaka pitched 7 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked none. Davis was the only baserunner to reach in the first five innings. Besides his home run, he hit a fly ball to Gardner that he didn’t come close to catching for a two-base error in the fourth.

Jimmy Paredes doubled with one out in the sixth. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado homered in the eighth, the sixth for Hardy, and the 21st for Machado.

Jimenez says the clubhouse isn’t happy, but the team must press on.

“It’s not good. We came over here looking forward to winning the series, trying to keep it close, and then we lost three games. It’s hard, but we have to keep going,” Jimenez said.

COMING UP: Chris Tillman (7-7, 4.96) faces Chris Archer (9-7, 2.73) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Tampa Bay.

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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.

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Even if Manny Machado doesn't switch teams this season, he almost certainly will be changing his position in the infield.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Machado will move from third base to shortstop this spring, and shortstop Tim Beckham will be shifted to third.

The shuffle will become permanent unless something goes wrong -- or Machado gets traded to another club.

"There could be some adjustments if we don't like the feel of it, but that's where we're going to head into it," Showalter said at FanFest, an annual offseason event designed to promote interest in the club.

Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not attend.


Machado becomes a free agent after this year and is sure to demand a huge contract. The Orioles have entertained trade offers for the 25-year-old, who's been an All-Star in three of his six seasons with Baltimore.

Dan Duquette, vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, has to decide whether to deal Machado sometime between now and September or seek to sign him to a long-term deal.

"That's a big decision for the organization, obviously," Duquette said. "But we're planning on Manny being with the club. We explored all those options. We think the strongest option is for Manny to be on the ballclub."

Machado played in 156 games last season, offsetting a career-low .259 batting average with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs. He has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBIs over the past three years.

Machado avoided arbitration this month by agreeing to a $16 million contract for 2018. He received $11.5 million last season.

Drafted as a shortstop as the third overall pick in 2010, Machado played third base with Baltimore next to slick-fielding J.J. Hardy, whose contract expired after last season.

So when they return to the field next month in Florida, the Orioles will have Machado at shortstop with Beckham on his left. Beckham came to Baltimore from Tampa Bay in July and played shortstop for the injured Hardy over the final two months.

"I think Tim would rather play shortstop, as Manny would," Showalter said. "Tim's big thing is getting an opportunity to play every day at one position. We need to settle both those guys into a spot and let them get into it."

Showalter said Machado was enthusiastic about the switch.

"All indications are, he's really excited about this," Showalter said. "I can't imagine him being in a better frame of mind or setup to do this. I think out of his respect for J.J. the past few years he's been very professional about it. But it's not like he's changing positions. He's going back to the position he's equipped to play."


Deciding what to do with Machado is only one problem Duquette has faced this offseason. He's also been trying to fill out a starting rotation that currently consists of Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and perhaps Miguel Castro, who made his first major league start on Sept. 30 after pitching in relief for 75 games over three seasons.

"Obviously we have work to do to address some of the deficiencies on our ballclub," Duquette said. "We're going to continue to build our pitching staff, most notably the starting pitching."

If Castro joins the rotation, the Orioles will be further pressed to fill out the back end of the bullpen. Closer Zach Britton tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout and will likely miss the entire 2018 season, leaving setup man Brad Brach the odds-on favorite to take over as the stopper.

"I'm hoping I get a shot to close. I'd be lying if I say I didn't," said Brach, who served significant time as a closer in 2017 while Britton was sidelined with elbow and knee issues.

Brach had 18 saves but blew six chances.

"I think I did all right," Brach said. "Hopefully, I get another chance to do it."