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Orioles beat Red Sox 5-4 to snap losing streak


Orioles beat Red Sox 5-4 to snap losing streak

BALTIMORE -- It was the quietest Buck Showalter we’ve seen in the five years he’s been there. Exhausted from an emotional day of attending his father-in-law’s memorial service in Nashville, Showalter returned to his adopted home only to find that a demonstration outside the ballpark turned rowdy.

He arrived in the third inning, spent already then watched his team turn a loss into a win.

Most days, he’d be a lot more forceful talking about his team’s win, but this time he was so soft he could hardly be heard.

David Lough’s 10th inning home run off Koji Uehara gave the Orioles a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night before a crowd that was announced at 37,359.

The win broke a five-game losing streak, the longest since Sept. 2013.

"It's tough. You play in all types of situations. There's a lot of things going on around our city. And rightfully so, your mind wanders some. We're all human beings,” Showalter said.

Lough’s home run came after a bizarre ninth inning when an error by Manny Machado led to a tie game.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight excellent innings, allowing a two-run home run to Mike Napoli in the second and little else.

The eight innings equaled his career high, and it was the first time an Orioles pitcher even pitched in the eighth.

With the score 3-2, Zach Britton walked Dustin Pedroia to start the ninth. He struck out David Ortiz. Hanley Ramirez hit a ball up the middle that second baseman Rey Navarro stopped, but it was an infield hit. Napoli hit one off Britton’s glove for another hit, loading the bases.

Pablo Sandoval grounded to third. Machado stepped on third to force Ramirez, and for a moment, the game looked to be over. But, Machado’s throw to first was wild, and Pedroia scored with the tying run.

Machado squatted by third base, seemingly in disbelief that he’d thrown the ball away, and the game was tied at 3.

With the Orioles (8-10) trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th, Adam Jones tripled off Koji Uehara (1-1). He scored on Chris Davis’ sacrifice fly to left, and then Lough followed with his first home run to right.

“I just wanted to put together a good at-bat. I know the odds of him, and what he throws. He likes to throw a splitter a lot. I just wanted to put together a good at-bat, maybe try to draw a walk or whatever, and then got that 3-2, and he ended up throwing me one over the plate where I got a good piece of wood,” Lough said.

Lough was just 1-for-8 before the home run, his first game-ending homer. He had missed the beginning of the season with a hamstring injury.

“Much needed win. This team is made to be resilient,” Jones said.

“[Lough] needed that. The team and the individual. I’m glad he was in that situation. Started the season on the DL and hasn’t been playing. Got an opportunity and rode with it.”

Brian Matusz (1-2) got the win. Matusz retired Ortiz on a double play to end the 10th.

Xander Bogaerts homered off Brad Brach leading off the 10th giving the Red Sox (10-8) a 4-3 lead.

Jimmy Paredes had four hits, and his fifth inning home run gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead.

Alejandro De Aza led off the first with a double to center off Justin Masterson. He scored on Paredes’ two-base hit. After Jones grounded out to Masterson, Paredes scored from third on Davis’ sacrifice fly to right.

Boston tied the score at 2 in the second on a walk to Ramirez. Napoli homered to the right field foul pole, his first.

The Red Sox had three hits in the fourth, but didn’t score because Ramirez was thrown out trying to score on Allen Craig’s single, ending the inning, on De Aza’s throw from left.

Paredes homered with two outs in the fifth off Masterson. It was his third in just seven games.

Showalter needed some time to consider what the city went through.

“These guys are aware of what’s going on. I’m sure we’ll have people talk about spending the night here. They’re aware of it. There are so many things that can take your attention away from a baseball game, rightfully so, rightfully so. As important as we think this is, there are some things that are more important,” Showalter said.

NOTES: J.J. Hardy received a cortisone shot in his left shoulder and will be inactive for three days. He is scheduled to be reevaluated on Wednesday. … Jones is 15-for-30 (.500) in eight home games with four homers and nine RBIs. … Wade Miley (1-1, 6.08) faces Bud Norris (0-2, 17.42) on Sunday afternoon.

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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