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Orioles allow big fifth inning and lose 8-6 to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Over the last 10 games, the Orioles have won seven times. In their three losses, they’ve allowed runs by the basketful. In fact, in their last five, they’ve allowed at least eight runs.

On Friday night, Tyler Wilson made his third start and gave up six runs as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Orioles 8-6 before 10,697 at Tropicana Field.

The Orioles (72-75) had a 3-2 lead heading into the fifth, but the Rays (71-76) scored six in the inning.

Friday’s loss didn’t help the Orioles’ wild card chances. They remain 4 ½ games behind Houston for the final wild-card spot.

“It’s definitely frustrating. We’ve just got to do a better job, both sides of the ball. And we’ve got to keep fighting. I know we’re a long shot but we’re still not out of it,” Steve Pearce said.

Pearce had two home runs.

Wilson was starting for the first time in a week, and his fastball just wasn’t there.

“He’s going to have a challenge then. But that’s his forte and I think he will pitch better,” manager Buck Showalter said. “You got to keep in mind these guys have never really pitched in September before. So, it’s part of the process and I think he will learn from it.”

Drew Smyly struck out his first four batters, and with two outs in the second, Smyly (3-2) hit Pearce with a pitch. Caleb Joseph walked, and on the eighth pitch of his at-bat, J.J. Hardy hit his eighth home run of the year, and his first since July 29 for a 3-0 lead.

Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer with two gone in the second, and his ninth of the season to cut the Orioles’ lead to 3-2.

Tampa Bay scored six runs in the fifth. With one out, John Jaso singled and Mikie
Mahtook, who tied a club record with five hits, doubled. Evan Longoria was walked intentionally.

Grady Sizemore’s double cleared the bases, and Chaz Roe replaced Wilson.

Roe walked Steven Souza, and James Loney doubled to score two.

With two outs, Nick Franklin blooped a ball that Jonathan Schoop should have allowed Adam Jones to field. It fell behind Schoop, and Loney scored for an 8-3 lead.

Wilson (2-2) was charged with six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“I was really excited for how the team came back last night from 3-0 to win that game. That’s an opportunity to really build some momentum coming into the last homestretch of the season. I thought about it all last night and coming in today how important it is for a starting pitcher to take command of the game from pitch one-and that’s how momentum is built,” Wilson said.

“I was pretty amped up when I went out there and a combination of being excited and having that adrenaline going for not only a spot start but an opportunity to kind of build some momentum for the team, led to what it led to.”

His catcher knew what Wilson was dealing with.

“Sometimes, you can run off that adrenaline for six or seven innings and do a really good job, but when you just don't have command of the fastball, it makes it more difficult,” Joseph said.

Schoop singled with two outs in the sixth, and Pearce hit his 12th home run, a two-run shot, and Tampa Bay led 8-5.

Smyly allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Brandon Gomes recorded four outs. Steve Geltz pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 35th save.

Pearce homered off Boxberger with one out in the ninth for his third multi-home run game.

Mychal Givens was the bright spot in his first major league game in the area he grew up in. Givens pitched two perfect innings, struck out three, caught a hard line hit by Souza and deftly covered first to complete a 3-6-1 double play.
Joseph had no explanation for the Orioles’ blowout losses.

"I wish there was something we could pinpoint so we could keep those games close, especially with the call-ups we have, we can start to play matchups late in the game and win a game like we did last night. I think for the most part it just comes down to keeping us in the game early on, and if we have a chance toward the end of the game, we like our chances,” Joseph said.

NOTES: Schoop has an 11-game hitting streak. … Pearce has seven home runs in 19 games at Tropicana Field. ...Wei-Yin Chen (9-7, 3.44) faces Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.75) on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. … Bowie beat Reading 9-1 to even the Eastern League championship series at 2-2. The deciding game is Saturday night at 6:05 p.m. at Prince George’s Stadium.

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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.

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Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."

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Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.