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Orioles baffled by deGrom in 5-3 loss to Mets


Orioles baffled by deGrom in 5-3 loss to Mets

BALTIMORE –- Over the last six years, since June 2009, the Orioles have dropped nine straight games to the New York Mets. This bizarre streak continued on Tuesday night when Jacob deGrom completely mystified the Orioles for the second time this season.

deGrom allowed just one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Orioles 5-3 before 34,068 at Oriole Park.

Many of those on hand were sporting Mets jerseys, and they were watching their team, which handily leads the NL East, in a pennant race for the first time in years.

The Orioles (61-57) saw their four-game winning streak end, though they rallied for two runs in the ninth.

Kevin Gausman (2-5), who has won just one of his last 16 starts, allowed three runs in six innings.

Curtis Granderson hit Gausman’s second pitch for a home run to right.

In the third, Wilmer Flores singled, and with two outs, Daniel Murphy doubled to left. Jonathan Schoop momentarily bobbled the relay, allowing Flores to score.

“That was a mistake on me. I was trying to get it so quick out of my glove and it dropped,” Schoop said. “I played a poor game today and I’ve got to get better, for my teammates and myself.”

Granderson homered with one out in the fifth, his 22nd, and New York (64-55) led 3-0.

“I knew runs were going to be, kind of at a premium tonight. I just tried to pitch as well as I can. Obviously, three runs in six innings wasn’t enough tonight,” Gausman said.

deGrom (12-6) had retired 12 straight since Matt Wieters’ second inning single when J.J. Hardy doubled. He tried to score on Henry Urrutia’s single, but was easily thrown out at the plate by left fielder Michael Conforto.

“I got a pretty good jump there. I’m going when he starts swinging the bat. He hit it soft apparently, I didn’t see the play, but I guess it was a one-hopper. And he made a pretty good throw, strong arm. I would have been really surprised if I got held up there. With two outs like that, you got to try,” Hardy said.

Manager Buck Showalter defended third base coach Bobby Dickerson’s call.

“You're not going to get too many opportunities to score off him so you'd better take a shot at it when you can,” Showalter said.  

Gerardo Parra hit his third home run in the last four games with one out in the sixth.

In May, deGrom allowed one run on six hits in seven innings, and he got two more outs in his second start against the Orioles. He was removed after Manny Machado smacked his 100th pitch down the third base line for a single.

Tyler Clippard replaced deGrom, and Parra lined to right field. Granderson leaped to rob him of an extra-base hit, and Parra hopped up and down at first base and threw his helmet.

The Mets added two runs in the ninth when Conforto singled to lead off the ninth against Mychal Givens. Wilmer Flores reached when Schoop dropped Machado’s relay throw at second for his second error.

“We battled back, but there were some mistakes I made today and I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to play better,” Schoop said.

Brad Brach walked Granderson to load the bases with none out.

Murphy’s sacrifice fly scored pinch runner Juan Lagares, and Flores scored on a wild pitch.

Chris Davis, who had struck out three times against deGrom walked with one out and Wieters singled.

Jeurys Familia struck out Schoop and Steve Clevenger reached on an error. Hardy walked to score Davis, and Urrutia walked to score Wieters. Machado grounded to third, and the Mets held on. Familia picked up his 33rd save.

Gausman was long out of the game by the time the Orioles ralled.

“I think we showed some fight at the end. Unfortunately, still got the loss. That was the biggest thing. I wanted to keep us rolling. I feel like our offense is kind of clicking right now, but that guy was pretty good tonight,” Gausman said. “Winning four in a row, the way we beat Oakland, kind of felt like we were starting to get going.”

Showalter remains confident in the Orioles, but was impressed by the Mets.

“They’re a good team. So are we,” he said.

NOTES: Noah Synderagaard (7-6, 3.07) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.92) on Wednesday night. … The game’s start was delayed 46 minutes by the threat of rain. … Davis struck out three times against deGrom. He’s struck out all six times he’s faced him and has 151 strikeouts this season. … Schoop committed two errors in a game for the second time in his career. The last time was Apr. 11, 2014.


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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