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Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 to tie series at 1

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Orioles beat Yankees 3-2 to tie series at 1

The Orioles no longer fear going to Yankee Stadium.For years, they lost consistently there. This year, they won six of nine in the Bronx, winning two of three in each series. Theyll need to do it again.On Wednesday, the Orioles will have a chance to take a 2-1 lead in their American League Division Series. After Sunday nights disappointing loss, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the seventh inning, and the bullpen toughened as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 3-2 before 48,187 at Oriole Park on Monday night.The Orioles must win two of three to advance to the American League Championship Series.The two out of three in the regular season means nothing now that its the postseason, Adam Jones said.We aint coming back home. Theres no Game 5 in Baltimore.Game 3 will be at 7:37 p.m. on Wednesday. Miguel Gonzalez and Hiroki Kuroda are the pitchers. Game 4 is Thursday, and if there is a fifth game, it will be on Friday night.On Saturday, the American League Championship Series begins at the winner of the Detroit-Oakland series. The Tigers lead 2-0.The Orioles and Yankees have split 20 games18 in the regular season and now two in the Division Series.We know its a tough task ahead of us, but you like the mathematics of it after tonight, manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles win drew a large crowd in the clubhouse, including managing partner Peter Angelos, who walked around, congratulating players. Angelos rarely appears in the clubhouse, and his presence drew a stir.It was the Orioles first home playoff win since Game 1 of the ALCS on Oct. 8, 1997exactly 15 years ago and Showalters first win in the division series since Oct. 4, 1995 after seven straight losses.The tenor around the Orioles clubhouse is serious, but loose.This aint the regular season. This is the playoffs. This is a whole new ballgame, Robert Andino said.You saw the crowd. This is what its about. The ballpark was extraordinarily loud, and Chen in his first taste of playoff baseball, noticed it.I didnt want to think too much, Chen said through his translator.Chen won his first game since Aug. 19, allowing just two runs, one of the unearned, on eight hits in 6 13 innings. Darren ODay got an out, Brian Matusz got four, and Jim Johnson rebounded from his disastrous performance on Sunday to retire the Yankees in order in the ninth.There was no question Showalter would use Johnson again.The players have to know a manager doesnt live in a what-have-you-done-for-me lately world, Showalter said.After a delay of 40 minutes at the start, Derek Jeter led with a single off Chen. Ichiro Suzuki reached on an error by first baseman Mark Reynolds. Alex Rodriguez lined to Andino at second, who doubled up Suzuki. Robinson Canos double to right scored Suzuki.Andy Pettitte, who was starting his 43rd postseason game, a record, retired the first six Orioles. The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third. With two outs, Andino and Nate McLouth singled. J.J. Hardy walked to load the bases. Andino and McLouth scored on Chris Davis single to right. Jones, who was 2-for-20, singled. Hardy didnt pick up third base coach DeMarlo Hales signal waving him home, and stayed at third.Matt Wieters popped out to leave the bases loaded.Wieters led off the sixth with a double to right-center, and scored on Reynolds RBI single for a 3-1 lead.We're going to concentrate on Wednesday and we'll take it from there. We'll enjoy this one a little bit and then focus on the next game," Wieters said.In the seventh, Eduardo Nunez hit a sinking fly to right that Chris Davis tried to dive for. When the ball eluded him, Nunez smartly turned the play into a double. Jeters single to left scored Nunez to make it 3-2.Suzuki hit into a force, and Darren ODay replaced Chen and struck out A-Rod. Cano was walked intentionally by Matusz. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Nick Swisher, whos now 1-for-20 against Matusz, flied to left to end the inning.In the eighth, Teixeira led off with a single, Martin and Granderson were struck out by Matusz, and Nunez popped to first to end the inning.Pettitte, whose 27 wins against the Orioles in the regular season, is the second-most in history, worked seven-plus innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out four.The Orioles took a train to New York, looking forward to the three-game opportunity.Weve played good baseball there. Thereve been a few times when weve gone down early and were able to battle back, Davis said.

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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.

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Even if Manny Machado doesn't switch teams this season, he almost certainly will be changing his position in the infield.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Machado will move from third base to shortstop this spring, and shortstop Tim Beckham will be shifted to third.

The shuffle will become permanent unless something goes wrong -- or Machado gets traded to another club.

"There could be some adjustments if we don't like the feel of it, but that's where we're going to head into it," Showalter said at FanFest, an annual offseason event designed to promote interest in the club.

Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not attend.

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Machado becomes a free agent after this year and is sure to demand a huge contract. The Orioles have entertained trade offers for the 25-year-old, who's been an All-Star in three of his six seasons with Baltimore.

Dan Duquette, vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, has to decide whether to deal Machado sometime between now and September or seek to sign him to a long-term deal.

"That's a big decision for the organization, obviously," Duquette said. "But we're planning on Manny being with the club. We explored all those options. We think the strongest option is for Manny to be on the ballclub."

Machado played in 156 games last season, offsetting a career-low .259 batting average with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs. He has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBIs over the past three years.

Machado avoided arbitration this month by agreeing to a $16 million contract for 2018. He received $11.5 million last season.

Drafted as a shortstop as the third overall pick in 2010, Machado played third base with Baltimore next to slick-fielding J.J. Hardy, whose contract expired after last season.

So when they return to the field next month in Florida, the Orioles will have Machado at shortstop with Beckham on his left. Beckham came to Baltimore from Tampa Bay in July and played shortstop for the injured Hardy over the final two months.

"I think Tim would rather play shortstop, as Manny would," Showalter said. "Tim's big thing is getting an opportunity to play every day at one position. We need to settle both those guys into a spot and let them get into it."

Showalter said Machado was enthusiastic about the switch.

"All indications are, he's really excited about this," Showalter said. "I can't imagine him being in a better frame of mind or setup to do this. I think out of his respect for J.J. the past few years he's been very professional about it. But it's not like he's changing positions. He's going back to the position he's equipped to play."

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Deciding what to do with Machado is only one problem Duquette has faced this offseason. He's also been trying to fill out a starting rotation that currently consists of Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and perhaps Miguel Castro, who made his first major league start on Sept. 30 after pitching in relief for 75 games over three seasons.

"Obviously we have work to do to address some of the deficiencies on our ballclub," Duquette said. "We're going to continue to build our pitching staff, most notably the starting pitching."

If Castro joins the rotation, the Orioles will be further pressed to fill out the back end of the bullpen. Closer Zach Britton tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout and will likely miss the entire 2018 season, leaving setup man Brad Brach the odds-on favorite to take over as the stopper.

"I'm hoping I get a shot to close. I'd be lying if I say I didn't," said Brach, who served significant time as a closer in 2017 while Britton was sidelined with elbow and knee issues.

Brach had 18 saves but blew six chances.

"I think I did all right," Brach said. "Hopefully, I get another chance to do it."