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Jones shaken up, but says he's fine as Orioles lose

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Jones shaken up, but says he's fine as Orioles lose

NEW YORK – In the first month of the season, the Orioles have been plagued by injuries. J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters, Jonathan Schoop, Wesley Wright, Ryan Flaherty have spent time on the disabled list, and in the last two days, Everth Cabrera and Kevin Gausman joined them.

For a moment, it looked as if Adam Jones might, too.

Jones tried to make a leaping catch on Alex Rodriguez’s drive in the fifth inning. The ball glanced off his glove, and he fell. For a moment, Jones stayed on the ground as Rodriguez ran to third with a triple.

Manager Buck Showalter went out to check on Jones, but the four-time center fielder didn’t need the concern. For the moment, another crisis was averted, and the Orioles rallied, but fell short in a 5-4 loss, their fourth straight, to the New York Yankees before 38,731 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.

“I would have came out of the game if I wasn’t feeling good. I’m fine,” Jones said. “I’m fine. It doesn’t matter. I’m fine. I’m playing tomorrow. … You seen it, so I’m good. I appreciate the concern. I’m fine.”

Showalter was a little more cautious.

"I think he's probably going to be a little sore tomorrow. The only thing he said when I got out there was, 'I should have caught that ball.' He wouldn't tell me,” Showalter said.

“I was watching him up the runway, he was taking some swings off the tee. He's probably going to be a little sore. I looked at the replay between innings. Can't really tell whether it's his shoulder or rib cage. The trainer thought it was more his rib cage that he banged in there. We'll see."

Replays showed there may have been fan interference.

“I didn’t see that. I was paying attention to the ball, not anybody else. I just wish I had caught it. I was there. I was mad I didn’t catch it,” Jones said.

The Orioles showed some late life. It was just too little and too late. Allowing New York to get five quick runs, the Orioles made it a game, but still lost.

Dellin Betances (4-0) and Andrew Miller combined to get the final seven outs without a baserunner.

“When you have those two guys throwing the ball the way they were, we had very few opportunities but we just couldn't get that one blow,” Showalter said.

Manny Machado led off with a single. He moved to second on Jimmy Paredes’ infield out, and with two outs, Delmon Young singled to left, but Machado was thrown out trying to score by Brett Gardner.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the New York first with a single and advanced to third on a double by Gardner. Just like on Thursday night, Ellsbury scored on a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez. But this time, A-Rod’s fly ball was a routine one to center.

With two outs, Brian McCann hit his third home run to right off Miguel Gonzalez, and the Yankees (19-11) led 3-0.

Ellsbury walked to start the third. Gardner single and stole second. With two outs, McCann was intentionally walked, and Carlos Beltran doubled to score Ellsbury and Gardner for a 5-0 lead.

The Orioles (12-15) scored two runs in the fifth. J.J. Hardy and Ryan Flaherty walked, and Machado singled to score Hardy. With one out, Jones singled to load the bases. Flaherty scored on Young’s force play. Chris Davis was struck out by Justin Wilson to end the inning.

Gonzalez (3-2) was removed after four innings and five runs. T.J. McFarland, who was recalled from Norfolk earlier in the day, relieved him.

"You strive to be here, so I'm not necessarily surprised. The way it happened maybe was a little bit of a surprise. You go from being in Norfolk at 2:30 to pitching in Yankee Stadium at 8:30,” McFarland said.

Rodriguez’s triple was the only hit McFarland allowed in three innings.

The Orioles scored two runs in the sixth. Hardy doubled with two out. Flaherty was hit by a pitch, and Chris Martin relieved Wilson.

Machado walked to load the bases, and Paredes singled up the middle to score two, and New York led 5-4.

The Orioles are now 3-6 in one-run games.

“When you lose by one that means there’s one or two things in the game that can go either way. We’re close. We’re right there,” Jones said. “But this division, no one is going to run away in this division. We just need to get on a winning streak [for] ourselves and put ourselves right back in a good spot.”

NOTES: Gonzalez’s start was his shortest since he went 3 1/3 innings on Apr. 4, 2014. … Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 2.83) faces Chase Whitley (1-0, 0.75) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m.

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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