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Norris benefits from Orioles terrific offense


Norris benefits from Orioles terrific offense

BALTIMORE – Bud Norris had an awful spring training and a terrible beginning to the 2015 season. In his first three starts, he allowed 20 earned runs.

His fourth start was much better.

Norris pitched six scoreless innings before allowing a three-run home run in the seventh and benefitted from a season high in runs.

The Orioles’ 18-7 win over the Boston Red Sox before 43,802 at Oriole Park on Sunday was a joy for fans to watch.

Manager Buck Showalter didn’t hesitate when asked what was more important to him, Norris or the offense.

"Bud, without a doubt. That's the Bud that pitched well for us last year. This guy won 15 games last year and he was in attack mode today,” Showalter said.

Eighteen runs was the most the Orioles scored since Apr. 14, 2006 when they beat Cleveland 18-9.

After Friday night’s agonizing loss, the Orioles had a five-game losing streak, their longest since Sept. 2013.

But the rest of the weekend was a much more positive experience. David Lough’s 10th inning home run gave the Orioles an exciting win on Saturday, and a day later, they put on an offensive display.

Delmon Young had five RBIs, Chris Davis, Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes each had three RBIs. All three and Rey Navarro in his third game, had three hits.

“It was one we kind of needed, we had been playing sloppy baseball for the past week or so. It was good to get out of the rut, we’ve been swinging the bats well. We just haven’t been playing on the defensive side of the ball well,” Young said.

The Orioles (9-10) scored their first run in the second without a hit. Mookie Betts dropped Young’s fly ball leading off the second for a two-base error. He moved to third on a fly ball by Davis, and scored on Pearce’s sacrifice fly to left.

In the third, the Orioles scored six, their biggest inning of 2015. Ryan Lavarnway singled, breaking an 0-for-12 streak. With one out, Everth Cabrera singled, and Manny Machado walked to load the bases.

Adam Jones walked off Wade Miley (1-2), scoring Lavarnway. Young’s single scored Cabrera, and Davis hit a long double to center to score two. Pearce’s bloop single and Paredes’ infield out drove in runs, giving the Orioles a 7-0 lead after three.

Miley was knocked out after Pearce’s single. He allowed seven runs, six earned on five hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Navarro singled, and with one out, Machado walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by Anthony Varvaro. Young’s two-out single scored Navarro and Machado for a 9-0 lead.

Navarro’s first major league RBI, a fifth-inning single made it 10-0.

Davis’ fourth home run to center field, in the sixth, gave the Orioles their 11th run, and a moment later, Paredes’ RBI triple pushed the lead to 12-0.

“That’s a lot of run support for sure. This is the American League East. We’re always reminded that every inning it can happen that quick. You’ve got to be careful, make really good quality pitches,” Norris said.

Norris (1-2) allowed four hits and three walks in the first six innings, but had that 12-run lead. In his first three starts, he had a total of five scoreless innings, and though he didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning, he had that big lead.

Pablo Sandoval’s three-run home run in the seventh ended Norris’ day. In 6 2/3, he gave up three runs on seven hits.

“I’ve had a couple of rough ones that I wasn’t very happy about, but to come back out here, to do it at home, to finish with a series win, which was really nice. Excited with that, keep building on that, keep going,” Norris said.

Jason Garcia relieved Norris and allowed Hanley Ramirez’s seventh home run.

The Orioles added six more runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Jones, a two-run double by Young, a run-scoring single by Pearce, an RBI double by Paredes and a passed ball.

Boston (10-9) cut the led to 18-7 on a three-run home run by Ramirez in the ninth off Garcia, his eighth.

The Orioles hope that there’s some carryover as they look for their first three-game winning streak of the season on Monday night against Chicago.

“Momentum stops when you go to sleep. It’s a new pitcher, a new day,” Young said. “It’s not like softball when the same girl is pitching every day.”

NOTES: The 18 runs were the most the Orioles scored against the Red Sox. Their 20 hits were a season high. The last time the Orioles scored more than 18 was on Sept. 28, 2000 when they scored 23 against Toronto. … Hector Noesi (0-2, 5.23) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 2.30) on Monday night.


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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