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McLouth's eighth inning home run gives Orioles 4-3 win


McLouth's eighth inning home run gives Orioles 4-3 win

A month ago, few Orioles fans knew that Nate McLouth was in the organization. Buried in Norfolk, McLouth was about to opt out of his minor league contract and look for a big league deal. Tides manager Ron Johnson convinced the Orioles they should give McLouth a look. Theyre glad they did.McLouth powered a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox before 10.955 at Oriole Park on Monday night.With the Orioles (70-57) trailing 3-2, Mark Reynolds, who allowed the go-ahead run to score on a misplay, walked with one out, and McLouth hit his second home run on a 1-0 pitch off Brett Myers (2-2) for a 4-3 lead.The Orioles have won three straight and remain tied with Oakland in the wild card chase. Theyre 13 games over .500, which equals a season-high. They won their 13th straight one-run game, a franchise high. They're 24-6 in one-run games.Pedro Strop (5-2), who allowed the go-ahead run in the eighth, got the win. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 40th save.Lew Ford hit his first major league home run since July 29, 2007 leading off the second. With one out and the bases loaded, it looked as if the Orioles could be getting ready for a big inning. With Nick Markakis at bat, Manny Machado was leading off second. As Liriano threw, shortstop Alexei Ramirez moved about 15 feet to his right, and Markakis lined it right to Ramirez, who flipped to second to nab Machado.In the first, Markakis had tried to come home from third with Ford at bat after Lirianos pitch got away from A.J. Pierzynski, but Pierzynskis throw to Liriano was in time to get Markakis.In the sixth, Dewayne Wise grounded to Mark Reynolds at first. Wei-Yin Chen dropped the toss from Reynolds for an error, and then Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run home run, his 16th of the season. Chicago (71-56) led 2-1.Chen allowed two runs-one of them unearned--on four hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the sixth off Francisco Liriano. Matt Wieters walked, Ford singled and Jesse Crain walked Reynolds to load the bases. Crain walked McLouth to score Wieters, but the Orioles wasted an opportunity when Machado bounced to third. Youkilis throw to Pierzynski forced Ford. He had plenty of time to get Machado at first, but inexplicably didnt. Robert Andino struck out, and hes now in a 1-for-26 slump. Markakis grounded to short, and the Orioles had eight left through six.In the eighth, Strop allowed singles to Wise and Youkilis to start the inning. With Wise at third, Adam Dunn, one of the slowest runners in baseball, grounded to second. Andino fielded it, and found no one to throw to. Reynolds had gone too far out of his lane, and Youkilis scored, and Dunn had an RBI single for a 3-2 Chicago lead.NOTES:-Tommy Hunter had a two-hit shutout for Bowie against Erie. Dylan Bundy pitches on Tuesday.-J.C. Romero, who was designated for assignment on Friday, has been granted free agency.-Infielder Cory Segui, son of former Oriole David Segui, has been promoted from Gulf Coast to Aberdeen.-Kevin Buck, whose ninth birthday is Tuesday, was given a special day at the ballpark courtesy of Casey Cares. The fourth grader, who has a rare blood disease, got to meet several Orioles.-Chris Tillman (6-2, 3.71) and Chris Sale (15-4, 2.65) are Tuesday's pitchers.

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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