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Machado angry at checked swing call in Orioles loss


Machado angry at checked swing call in Orioles loss

ARLINGTON, Tex. –- Manny Machado was livid. He screamed at home plate umpire David Rackley, pleading with him to ask for help on a checked swing that ended the game.

Rackley called Machado out, and the frustration of losing for the ninth time in 10 games got to him. Machado screamed at Rackley while manager Buck Showalter rushed out to get between the two.

The game was over.

The Orioles left the tying run at third, and the go-ahead run at first, as Machado struck out.

A 4-3 Orioles loss to the Texas Rangers before 29.768 at Globe Life Park ended angrily.

“You’ve got to ask there, situation of the game. Changes the whole at-bat, but just we ask them. You’ve got to check. You’ve got to check on that,” Machado said.

“It’s just part of the game. We’ve lost one-run games. Don’t get me wrong. We’re playing against teams that are great, teams that are battling, teams that hopefully are going to be in the playoffs. I mean, it’s not easy. We’re just one hit away, one out away.”

The Orioles entered the ninth trailing by a run against Texas closer Shawn Tolleson. Jonathan Schoop singled and took second on Caleb Joseph’s infield out. Dariel Alvarez walked, and Ryan Flaherty hit into a fielder’s choice.

With Schoop at third and Flaherty at first, Machado was quickly angered by Tolleson’s first pitch, called a strike, but one that Showalter said was “four inches off the plate.”

The count was 1-2, and Machado tried to hold up.

“I think it’s just an overall thing. There’s a lot going on. There’s frustration, I mean, that at-bat, winning run on first, tying run on third. You want to get ahead in that situation. We want to take that into the next inning or give us an opportunity to do something that we needed to do. It’s not something that they’re just starting to do. They’ve done it for a long time, but you’ve got to check. That’s all we ask. A nice little check. See what happens,” Machado said.

Ubaldo Jimenez allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Rangers, and the Orioles (63-66) have lost five of six games on the road trip and nine of 10 overall.

It wasn’t just Machado’s call that annoyed Showalter.

“We’ve got too many other things that happened in that game that we could have done to make it not matter,” Showalter said.

Fortunately for the Orioles, their road trip ends on Sunday. That may be one of the few positives they can find.

In each of the nine games, they’ve scored three runs or fewer, and have now dropped three games under .500 for the first time since July 24. Their 66 losses equal last year’s total.

Texas scored three in the third on an RBI double by Shin-Soo Choo and a two-run homer by Adrian Beltre.

Martin Perez retired the first 11 Orioles until Adam Jones singled with two outs in the fourth.

The Orioles tied the score at 3 in the top of the fifth.

Steve Pearce led off with a home run to left, his ninth of the season. With one out, Joseph singled and Alvarez sent him to third with his first major league hit, a double. Paul Janish’s fly to right scored Joseph, and Alvarez came home on Machado’s RBI single.

It was the first three-run inning for the Orioles (63-66) since Aug. 21 when they scored three against Minnesota in the sixth.

Jimenez (9-9) allowed a two-out triple to Elvis Andrus. After Will Venable was walked intentionally, Mychal Givens allowed a double to Bobby Wilson, giving Texas (67-61) the lead.

It was the fourth straight time Jimenez didn’t finish six innings.

Perez (2-3) allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Machado’s strikeout gave Tolleson his 28th save.

If the Orioles are going to somehow make a playoff run, they’ve got to start quickly.

“We had a good run earlier this year and then we followed it right with a bad run. We still have one more month of baseball. And it’s got to start tomorrow. We’ve got to turn this thing around. And we know we are capable of doing it. I think we’ve got the right guys for it,” Pearce said.

Machado is remaining positive, too.

“I mean, I got faith in this team, and we all trust each other that we’re going to get where we need to get to. We’re not worried about this,” Machado said. “I think we’re just one good game away from starting a nice streak, and going where we need to go,” Machado said.

The Orioles clubhouse was somber after the game, and that’s understandable.

“Frustrated. They are frustrated. So, there’s one way to take that frustration away,” Showalter said. 

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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