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Orioles' bats are quiet in 3-0 loss to Rays

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Orioles' bats are quiet in 3-0 loss to Rays


BALTIMORE –- Each time the Orioles near the .500 mark, something happens. After winning two straight to get back to a game under the breakeven mark, the Orioles got just three hits and went quickly and quietly.

The Tampa Bay Rays shut out the Orioles 3-0 before 38,177 at Oriole Park on Saturday. It was the fourth time the Orioles have been shut out this season, and three of those times were by Tampa Bay.

For the first time this season, the Orioles (23-25) played without Adam Jones, who was out with a mildly sprained left ankle. David Lough played center in his place.

After the game, manager Buck Showalter said that Jones had an X-Ray and MRI on the ankle, and that it was structurally sound. He’ll be reevaluated on Sunday.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched seven innings, and allowed three early runs, but his teammates did almost nothing offensively.

“Wei-Yin pitched well. We didn’t do much,” Showalter said..

Brandon Guyer led off the game with a double off Chen. Joey Butler grounded to short, but J.J. Hardy’s throw to Manny Machado at third was not in time. Guyer scored on Evan Longoria’s fly ball to center.

Steven Souza, who homered off Miguel Gonzalez in the second inning on Friday, hit one off Chen in the second, and Tampa Bay (24-26) made it 3-0 in third on Butler’s third home run of the year.

“Unfortunately today, I allowed a couple of runs very quick, so I think that kind of put some pressure on my teammates. I only want to try and prevent the opponent from scoring runs, but sadly, I can’t do that well today,” Chen said through his translator.

Erasmo Ramirez (3-2) allowed two hits to Steve Clevenger, in the second and in the fifth. Clevenger was out at the plate trying to score on Ryan Flaherty’s two-single to end the fifth.

“It was a hard hit ball to left field. I got a good jump. It was just right at ‘em. Unfortunately, it was right at ‘em. It was really close at the plate. It could have been overturned, but he just got me, and that’s the way it goes,” Clevenger said.

Showalter wasn’t critical of third base coach Bobby Dickerson’s decision to send Clevenger.

“Runs were at a premium. Sometimes in a game you have to take some chances that may not work out,” Showalter said.

Clevenger has four hits in seven at-bats in his two games since being recalled from Norfolk.

“I’m not too worried about my offense here. I really want to catch well and make the pitching staff want to throw to me. I’m not focused too much on my offense. We lost the game today, and I’m not satisfied with that,” Clevenger said.

Ramirez pitched seven shutout innings, giving up just three hits.

Brandon Gomes pitched a spotless eighth and Brad Boxberger worked the ninth for his 14th save.

For the second straight game, an Orioles reliever loaded the bases with none out. Darren O’Day escaped from that jam on Friday night, and after he walked Rene Rivera and allowed two infield singles, Chaz Roe struck out Longoria and got Logan Forsythe on a line drive to Ryan Flaherty at second. Flaherty stepped on second for the unassisted double play.

Chen (1-4) allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings.

In the last three weeks, the Orioles have had not winning nor losing streak longer than two games.

“You try to be consistent and there are a lot of things you strive to be consistent in a lot of areas besides the physical part of it. You just kind of hope the season settles down and we get some consistency. There's a lot of excuses there, none of which I want to hear. It's challenging playing really good teams, the best in the world, and you've got to do a lot of things well over a really long period of time to do what we need to do and what we've done in the past. Our guys know that,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Bud Norris will pitch on Tuesday for Norfolk in his third rehab start. “Hopefully that will be his last start. It's the last step. Get his legs under him. We're not looking for him to pitch nine shutout innings. Just looking for him to continue down the path. He's very close. We'll see what the next few days bring. Without any off days, it's hard to plan too deep,” Showalter said.

-The Orioles haven’t been at .500 since May 5. … Ryan Lavarnway, who refused an outright assignment to Norfolk, has signed a minor league deal with Atlanta. … Jake Odorizzi (3-5, 2.31) faces Chris Tillman (2-6, 5.59) on Sunday. … The game was played in just two hours, nine minutes.

[RELATED: Norris will be a starter, not a reliever]

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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.