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Johnson pitches Orioles to win in ML debut

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Johnson pitches Orioles to win in ML debut

Twenty-three years ago, an unknown pitcher who bounced around the minor leagues made his first start in his hometown. Dave Johnson puzzled the Minnesota Twins with a one-run, complete game victory.Fast forward precisely 23 years later. His 24-year-old son, Steve, whod been dismissed as a marginal prospect , did his father one better. He pitched six innings and struck out ninemore than his dad did in any of his 77 major league appearances.Johnson started off strongly by throwing his first 13 pitches for strikes and ended by striking out Seattles Trayvon Robinson on the way in the Orioles 9-2 win over the Mariners before 17,312 at Oriole Park on Wednesday night. With his father nervously roaming the ballpark, Johnson struck out the first two Seattle (51-62) hitters, allowed a two-out single to Jesus Montero, then polished off John Jaso on three pitches.Twelve pitches, 12 strikes.Johnson (1-0) allowed a two-run sixth-inning home run to Kyle Seager among his five hits, He walked two in addition to his nine strikeouts.Before the game, manager Buck Showalter defended using Johnson.Steve never cheated the process. Statistically, hes having as good a year as anybody in Triple-A. He deserves this opportunity, and Im glad hes getting it, Showalter said. He earned this pitching-wise. He was our best option to pitch tonight. Thats why hes here.Johnson was chosen only because Tuesday nights game went 14 innings, and Wednesdays scheduled starter, Tommy Hunter warmed up in the bullpen for a possible 15th inning.Hunter was sent to the bullpen in case Johnson needed early help.He didnt.Johnson had some challenges in the second inning when he loaded the bases with one out, but reacted quickly when Munenori Kawasaki tried to squeeze home a run. His throw home to Matt Wieters was in time to force Seager.The Orioles (60-51) won their fifth straight. Its their fifth five-game run, and theyre nine games over .500 for the first time since June 26.Beginning the game tied for the second AL wild card spot, the Orioles scored two runs off Kevin Millwood (4-10) in the first on a two-out double by Matt Wieters. Wieters tied a career high by driving in five runs with two doubles and an infield out.Millwood, who led the AL in losses with 17 in 2010, the season he played with the Orioles, had a night that brought back unhappy memories. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.Nick Markakis had a triple and a two-run home run, and Adam Jones had three hits. Mark Reynolds his ninth home runThe Orioles led 7-0 after four, and added two more in the seventh.
NOTES:-Dylan Bundy allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 13 innings for Frederick against Lynchburg. He walked two and struck out seven.-The Orioles open a four-game series with Kansas City on Thursday night. Its likely Wei-Yin Chen (10-6, 3.46) will pitch tomorrow night against Will Smith (2-4, 6.00). The Orioles are giving Mandarin Chinese Chen T-Shirts to the first 10,000 fans 15 and over.

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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