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Jimenez wins 100th game, Orioles beat Nationals 4-1

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Jimenez wins 100th game, Orioles beat Nationals 4-1

WASHINGTON –– Ubaldo Jimenez walked out for his postgame interviews dripping with shaving cream. He had something to celebrate.

Jimenez became the 11th pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to record 100 wins on Tuesday night.

His win wasn’t especially artful, but statistically it didn’t look bad. Jimenez walked five, but allowed just three hits and an unearned run in six innings as the Orioles beat the Nationals 4-1 before 27,338 at Nationals Park.

Jimenez (12-9) won his third straight decision and had an RBI single, but it was his milestone win he was eager to talk about.

“It doesn’t matter how you look at it, it’s not easy. You have to go through a lot of tough times, a lot of good times and times you’re probably going to enjoy a lot. Once you get that number, you take a break and you look back and it seems like yesterday when I got to the big leagues. I already have eight years and 100 wins. It’s been a really enjoyable moment,” Jimenez said.

Manager Buck Showalter was happy for Jimenez.

“It’s a big moment for him,” Showalter said. “Sometimes we forget how long and good a career he’s actually had.”

The Orioles (74-76), who were rained out on Monday, had the backing of much of the crowd in this late season “Battle of the Beltway”, but the sense of fun that surrounds these games when they’re played in the warm weather, was absent as fall arrives.

Brad Brach pitched two hitless innings and Darren O’Day got his fourth save. O’Day was used where Zach Britton would normally pitch.

Britton revealed after the game he was suffering from a strained left lat muscle, one he hurt last week against Boston, and Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti have been monitoring the injury.

“Tried to come back and pitch in Tampa and it just kind of fired up again. The thing with Buck and Dave and Dom is they maintain the health of their pitchers probably better than anyone in the game. He doesn't want to risk my health or anybody's health right now at this point in the season. We're coming in every day expecting to be able to pitch and just kind of going day by day,” Britton said.

“But it's been a little bit of a challenge the last few outings to kind of get it to where I want it to be. So trying to nip it in the bud. It shouldn't be anything that lasts for a long time. Everything we've heard from the doctors is it's just a couple days. Kind of go day by day, really. It could just disappear the next day.”
 
The Orioles scored two runs in the second off Gio Gonzalez. With one out, Caleb Joseph and J.J. Hardy walked. Joseph took third on Junior Lake’s fly ball to right and scored when Jimenez singled to right-center.

It was Jimenez’s second hit and RBI of the season.

Nolan Reimold’s run-scoring single made it 2-0.

A horribly played half-inning by the Orioles led to a Washington (78-72) run in the fourth. Lake playing center in place of the injured Adam Jones, muffed Clint Robinson’s fly ball for a two-base error. Ian Desmond’s infield single put runners on first and third.

Michael A. Taylor popped to short right. Jonathan Schoop, who nearly collided with right fielder Steve Pearce, caught the ball with his back to the infield, wheeled and threw home, holding Robinson at third.

Jose Lobaton bounced to second where Schoop bobbled the ball for an error. Instead of a double play to end the fourth, Robinson scored, and the lead was 2-1.

Manny Machado singled with one out in the fifth and scored on a great slide after Chris Davis’ double. Pearce’s double drove in Davis, and the Orioles led 4-1.

It was Machado’s 500th hit, an impressive accomplishment for a player who turned 23 in July.

“It’s great that it came. I worked hard to get here,” Machado said. “Hopefully, I’ve got many more hits to come. Right now it’s just keep playing baseball. If more hits come, just gonna help the team in whichever way possible. Hopefully I can get more of them.”

Gonzalez (11-8) was removed after 4 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits.

The Orioles are five games behind Houston for the second wild card.

“I think we have a lot of things going our way. I think everyone’s clicking, everyone’s doing what they need to do, doing their job. I think that’s what it takes to get to where we want to go,” Machado said.

NOTES: The Orioles tied a season high by committing three errors. … Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.19) faces Max Scherzer (12-11, 2.90) on Wednesday night.

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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.

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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."

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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.