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Orioles beat Rays 3-2 in 14 innings


Orioles beat Rays 3-2 in 14 innings

When the Orioles began this season, their most optimistic fans were hoping for an end to their 14-season losing streak.That streak is finally over, but its no big deal.The Orioles won their 81st game of the season, securing their first non-losing season since 1997 with an excruciating 3-2 win in 14 innings over the Tampa Bay Rays before 25,130 at Oriole Park on Thursday afternoon.The win completed a three-game sweep of reeling Tampa Bay (77-64), which now trails the Orioles (81-62) by four games. For at least the next several hours, Baltimore leads the American League East over the Yankees, who play at Boston on Thursday night.The Orioles won five of seven games on the homestand with New York and Tampa Bay. The Rays open at three-game series at Yankee Stadium on Friday while the Orioles play three in Oakland.It was their 13th straight extra-inning win after losing the first two of the season.In the 14th, Adam Jones walked with two outs off Chris Archer (0-3). Endy Chavez singled and Manny Machado singled to score Jones with the game-winner.Randy Wolf (2-0), the seventh Orioles pitcher, got the win. He retired the only batter he faced in the top of the 14th. Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run in the fourth when Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria led off with singles. With Zobrist on third, Jeff Keppinger hit a sinking liner to center. Jones made a diving catch, and Zobrist scored.Through six innings, the Orioles didnt get a runner to third off Jeremy Hellickson , who allowed four hits and three walks in five-plus innings. Jake McGee relieved Hellickson and struck out all three batters he faced. On Wednesday, McGee struck out all four batters he saw.In the bottom of the seventh, Machado, Wednesday nights hero, bunted back to Wade Davis, who relieved McGee and bobbled the ball for an error. After Mark Reynolds struck out, Robert Andino walked and Taylor Teagarden doubled to score Machado and Andino.With a 2-1 lead, Chen took the mound in the eighth and walked Desmond Jennings. He moved to second on Teagardens passed ball, stole third and scored on Zobrists infield single.Chen was removed after 7 13 innings. He gave up two runs on eight hits.Darren ODay, Jim Johnson, Luis Ayala, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter and Wolf combined for 6 23 innings scoreless innings.Tampa Bay tied a club record with nine pitchers and set a team record, using 26 players.Archer was inserted into the game when Ryan Roberts was forced to leave with an injury to his left leg in the 11th . After taking an 0-2 count into his at-bat, Archer swung at a third strike, and then came into pitch. Hes the first AL pitcher to enter the game as a pinch-hitter since 1979.In the bottom of the 13th, the Orioles loaded the bases with none out, but Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon employed a five-man Tampa Bay infield, which resulted in a force out. Archer struck out Matt Wieters and Nate McLouth, and the game went on to the 14th.
NOTE:-Joe Saunders ( 2-1, 4.24) pitches for the Orioles as they begin a three-game series in Oakland on Friday night. Tommy Milone (12-10, 3.90) is the Athletics starter. Zach Britton will pitch on Saturday, and Sundays starter is undecided.

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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