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Norris has one bad inning and Orioles lose 3-2

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Norris has one bad inning and Orioles lose 3-2

NEW YORK –- Bartolo Colon was all around the plate on Tuesday night. Orioles hitters waved at the ball, and while they threatened, rarely did much against the 41-year-old portly right-hander.

Colon didn’t walk a batter. It was his fifth straight start without a walk, and he struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings.

Manny Machado and Chris Davis did homer, but the Orioles lost 3-2 to the New York Mets before 20,534 at Citi Field,

Bud Norris gave up three runs in the fourth, but hung around through seven, posting the Orioles’ seventh straight quality start. He retired his final 11 batters.

Norris (1-3) allowed three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four, but he was no match for Colon.

"He's been doing it for so long. I feel like he's pretty much got a scouting report on every hitter in the big leagues. He's a guy I faced a number of times, but you know you're always in for a battle,” Davis said.

“You can’t go up there and just sit on one pitch or take a bunch of pitches. If you take some pitches, you’re most likely going to be down in the count. He has gotten better over the years.”

The Mets (17-10), who had been shut out 1-0 by the Nationals in their previous two games, scored three runs in the fourth.

Lucas Duda led off with a double to center off Norris (1-3). With one out, Daniel Murphy’s single to right scored Duda. Wilmer Flores doubled down the left field line, and Kevin Plawecki’s double to left scored Murphy and Flores for a 3-0 New York lead. All three RBIs came on 0-2 pitches.

The Orioles (12-12) had a fine opportunity to score in the fourth when Adam Jones and Davis led off with singles. They moved up on Delmon Young’s roller to Norris. Caleb Joseph struck out and Travis Snider grounded to first.

Colon (5-1) retired eight straight until Young singled to lead off the seventh, but he struck out Joseph and Snider and got Everth Cabrera to ground out to second to end the inning.

The Orioles stayed in the game only because Jones made two terrific plays in center, saving Norris from further damage. He crashed into the wall to rob Duda from an extra-base hit to end the fifth, and ran down Dilson Herrera’s fly ball to right-center in the seventh.

“Adam had a tremendous game in center field. He kept a lot of damage down. He played shallow, he cut off a ball in front of him and ran two or three balls down that most centerfielders, with the exception of theirs, would have run down,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“Adam was a big part of that game being so close.”

Norris had an awful spring training, and due to last weeks’ two postponements was pitching on eight days rest.

“Bud gave us a chance to win,” Showalter said. “Bud was effective, and he gave us a chance…He pitched well for the most part. But we’ve been giving up some 0-2 base hits we shouldn’t but I can’t fault him. He gave us a chance to win.”

In his first three starts, Norris allowed 20 runs in 10 1/3 innings. In his last two, he’s given up six in 13 2/3 innings.

“I’m really finding my stride. I didn’t have a great camp, but I feel strong and I’m right where I want to be mentally. This is a tough game, got to keep making pitches. Once the ball leaves my hand, I have no control over it. But I feel good our rotation has been very good, we know what we can do. We kind of build off each other,” Norris said.

Machado hit a home run to left with one out in the eighth, his fifth of the year. After Jimmy Paredes flied to deep left, Carlos Torres replaced Colon.

Colon has pitched 40 1/3 innings this season and has walked only one.

Davis hit his sixth home run off the year off Jeurys Familia to lead off the ninth.

Familia recorded his major league-leading11th save by retiring Young, Joseph and Snider.

NOTES: Showalter said that Steve Pearce, who didn’t play because of a stomach virus, was available to pinch hit. Pearce will be re-evaluated on Wednesday night. Colon became the first pitcher to record a win against one team pitching for seven different teams. … The Orioles have lost seven straight games to the Mets. They’re at .500 for the eighth time this season, matching their 2014 total. … Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 1.59) faces Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.34) on Wednesday night. … J.J. Hardy was 1-for-4 and Ryan Flaherty 1-for-3 in their second rehab games at Bowie. 

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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