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Machado hits and gets hit leading Orioles to 4-3 win over Nats


Machado hits and gets hit leading Orioles to 4-3 win over Nats

WASHINGTON – Manny Machado couldn’t believe it. Two innings after he hit the home run that put the Orioles ahead by a run, Jonathan Papelbon threw his first pitch of his at-bat over his forehead. Two pitches later, Papelbon drilled him in the left shoulder and was immediately ejected.

Both benches emptied and stared each other down after home plate umpire Mark Ripperger threw Papelbon out.

Fortunately, nothing else came of it—except an exciting Orioles win that put them within four games of the wild card with 11 to play.

Machado’s two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the seventh propelled the Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Nationals before 27,991 at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

The Orioles (75-76) are four games behind Houston and also trail Minnesota by three and Los Angeles by 2 ½ for the final wild-card spot.

Machado kept his cool and didn’t engage with Papelbon, but was seething after the game.

“I mean a 10-year vet, with more than ten years in the game and he’s going to go out there and throw at somebody’s head,” Machado said.

"It’s something that’s uncalled for…It’s something that you don’t do. I expect more from a guy like that with the past that he has.”

Papelbon, the pitcher who allowed Robert Andino’s famous season-ending single in Sept. 2011, left the Red Sox. He’s watched from afar as Machado has become a lightning rod.

“I don’t necessarily think I’m being targeted. I’m going up there making good swings. If people are trying to hit me, it’s part of the game. I’m not worried about getting hit. I’ll take the hits. It’s part of the game. Pitchers out there, the ball can slip out of your hand, but when you throw at the head on first pitch right from the get-go. Then you throw a curveball and then you throw again at the head. That’s just [garbage]. It’s coward stuff. It’s just cowardly,” Machado said.

Papelbon, whose controversial acquisition by the Nationals, hasn’t been a popular or successful move, said he wasn’t throwing at Machado.

“They just said they deemed it intentional. They didn't give me any reason. I don't know if they have to give me a reason or not. But perception is reality. If Manny thinks I hit him, then that's what he thinks. I'm not going to sit here and go back and forth whether I did or whether I didn't, cause it doesn't matter. If he thinks I did, that's what he thinks,” Papelbon said.

“I don't know what's going through his mind right there. All I can tell you is I'm trying to go out there and pitch and do my thing out there, and that's all that really matters. Whether they want to get somebody tomorrow, that's up to them.”

Machado’s home run, his 30th, came with the Orioles behind 3-2.

J.J. Hardy led off the seventh with a double off Max Scherzer (12-12), and two outs later, Machado lined a home run that quickly flew to the left-center field seats.

“It’s one of the hardest balls I’ve hit all year and one of my hardest home runs. It was just a great swing I put on against one of the best in the game right now,” Machado said.

Chris Tillman, who hadn’t won in his last six starts, got the win. Tillman (10-11) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

“It was frustrating to begin with. I think the hitters let me know right away it wasn't good enough and I had to start making better pitches and we were able to do that and get to that point in the game where you feel like you've done the job,” Tillman said.

Mychal Givens and Darren O’Day combined for three perfect innings. O’Day picked up his fifth save.

The Orioles (75-76) are one game under .500 for the first time since Aug. 27.

Buck Showalter insists he doesn’t know his team’s standing.

“I haven’t even looked at it. I’m just trying to win every game and see where it takes us. But thanks for telling me now I’ve got to grind on that. I’m trying the ignorance is bliss thing,” Showalter said.

Scherzer walked Chris Davis with two outs in the first, and Steve Pearce hit his 14th home run of the year.

Tillman allowed a leadoff double to Anthony Rendon, and a run-scoring single by Yunel Escobar in the first.

After Bryce Harper walked, Tillman retired 12 straight until Michael A. Taylor walked. Taylor sped home on Wilson Ramos’ double to tie the score. Scherzer singled, and Ramos scored from third on Rendon’s sacrifice fly to give the Nationals (78-73) a 3-2 lead.

COMING UP: Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.72) faces Tanner Roark (4-6, 4.73) at 4:05 p.m. on Thursday.

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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