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Kim disappointed in U.S. debut with Orioles


Kim disappointed in U.S. debut with Orioles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Hyun Soo Kim’s new world began in the middle of Disney World. Kim was hitless in three at-bats, but otherwise had a debut that went smoothly on Tuesday.

Kim was removed after his third at-bat in the sixth inning.

“I could have done better. I didn't put my best performance out there. I wish I can do better next time,” Kim said through his interpreter.

Manager Buck Showalter enjoyed watching his new left fielder play

“It’s good to get this one under his belt. He’ll probably play again tomorrow,” Showalter said.

Kim and the Orioles had some fans among the 4.655 at Champion Stadium. A few Korean flags were spotted.

“I wasn’t really expecting to see a lot of fans that were here to see me performing. It was a pleasant surprise, and I will try actually to show what I can do to return what the fans are giving me throughout the baseball games,” Kim said.

“I was nervous a bit and thought too much going into the plate. I was thinking about too many movements of the pitcher's pitches, and I wasn't able to really perform the best.”

On Wednesday, the Orioles will again face the Atlanta Braves, but they’ll have Kim and most of their regulars in the lineup for their first home game.

They took a 4-0 lead in the third thanks to a two-run home run by Ryan Flaherty and played to a 4-4 10-inning tie.

Flaherty, who had three hits in this weekend’s intrasquad games including a bunt single.

“He’s a guy you can trust. He knows how to play and you know what you’re going to get from him. Those guys are hard to find. One of those things that analytics doesn’t show up is the trust factor, where their fingers don’t shake when it’s on the trigger, and Ryan’s one of those guys,” Showalter said.

Flaherty says that he’s hitting as well as can be expected for facing three days of live pitching.

“I think every guy’s in a different position. For a lot of guys in camp come in ready. Those other guys have time to get ready in camp. There’s other guys who come to camp.  You’ve got to be ready. Try to do as much as you can in the offseason and get ready,” Flaherty said.

During a pause in the action in the fourth inning, Flaherty and former teammate Nick Markakis, both left-handers joked about hitting to the opposite field.

“I think when I’m hitting the ball the other way is probably when I’m hitting my best.”

Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, who are in effect competing for the final bullpen spot, combined for three scoreless innings.

“I felt really good. It’s probably one of the best spring training games I think I’ve ever had. It felt really solid,” Wright said. 

“I still have a little bit to work on. My location wasn’t the best. My [velocity] was good, so sometimes that kind of trumps the hitters this early in the year. I know I’ve got to get a little better before the season starts.”

Wilson pitched the third inning after Wright worked the first, and he may pitch one of Saturday’s split-squad games. Showalter is skipping Chris Tillman as a precaution because of his hip flexor, but Tillman is expected to start next week.

“The first game is always exciting. It’s so good to get out there and toe it up and compete against another team, another uniform. There’s nothing like getting experience. You can throw as many bullpens as you want, train as much as you want in the offseason, but that type of competition and that sense of competing and getting outs is the most important type of reps you can get,” Wilson said.

Early spring training games aren’t usually memorable, but the Kim debut made this one stand out-at least a little.

“I believe there aren't that many things that are too much different from Korea. But I assumed there would be much different going into the game,” Kim said.

NOTES: Christian Walker drove in three runs with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.

-Ubaldo Jimenez starts against the Braves’ Aaron Blair on Wednesday.

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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