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Jones injured, Orioles lose three of four to Royals

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Jones injured, Orioles lose three of four to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Thursday brought more difficult news for the already challenged Orioles. Adam Jones became the second regular sidelined in the past five days. By the time the game was over, there was no word on his status.

J.J. Hardy is already on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, and Jones could be sidelined for some time, too.

Jones ran into the left-center field wall in the first inning chasing a ground-rule double by Ben Zobrist. He left in the third as the Orioles lost to the Kansas City Royals 5-3 before 31,155 on Thursday.

The Orioles (63-64) lost for the third time in four games against the Royals (78-49). The road trip concludes with three games in Texas beginning Friday night.

Yordano Ventura struck out 11 in six innings. He fanned Gerardo Parra, Chris Davis and Matt Wieters in the first, two more in the second, third and fourth.

The only hit the Orioles had in the first five innings was Paul Janish’s third inning single. Janish pinch hit for Jones. Parra moved to center field.

Chris Tillman allowed the ground-rule double to Zobrist that injured Jones in the first, but didn’t allow any runs until the fourth.

Mike Moustakas doubled and scored on Salvador Perez’s RBI single. After Alex Rios singled, Paulo Orlando’s sacrifice fly to right put Kansas City ahead 2-0.

Zobrist singled with one out in the fifth. Kendrys Morales walked, and Moustakas’ single scored Zobrist, and it was 3-0. Janish ended the inning with a great stop on a grounder by Salvador Perez, and he started a double play.

Janish had a sixth inning single for the Orioles second hit.

Orlando homered with one out in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

Tillman (9-8) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings.

Ventura (8-7) left after six. He allowed the two hits and walked four.

Ryan Flaherty homered off Kelvin Herrera in the seventh, but Kansas City got the run back in the bottom of seventh on an RBI single by Moustakas off Jorge Rondon.

Moustakas was 8-for-14 in the series with seven RBIs.

The Orioles scored two in the ninth against Greg Holland on an RBI doubles by Caleb Joseph and a run-scoring single by Manny Machado.

NOTES: Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.30) faces Cole Hamels (7-8, 3.82) on Friday night at 8:05 p.m. when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Texas. … The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain. … Kansas City pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts.

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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