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Orioles, Chen lose ground in 5-3 defeat to Rays


Orioles, Chen lose ground in 5-3 defeat to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Orioles captivating season may yet end with an American League East division title.Its just going to be a little bit harder now.Shortly after the Orioles lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 before 13,666 at Tropicana Field on Monday night, they learned the New York Yankees had regained a one-game lead in the East.Once the Yankees scored nine runs in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles knew the challenge was going to be more difficult.The 10-2 New York win was digested quickly."They win? That's a given. They're playing home the rest of their games, so you know that's a given. We'll do what we can do," manager Buck Showalter said.The Orioles (92-68) have two more games with the Rays while the Yankees have two more against the sad-sack Red Sox.We dont care. We didnt take care of our business. We cant control other people. We lost. Thats something we had control over. When it comes to the Yankees, you cant control them, cant control whether they win or lose, Adam Jones said. On Sunday night, the Orioles had clinched a postseason spot, but they now have to look to the Texas Rangers for help. The Rangers began a three-game series with Oakland, losing 4-3 on Monday night.The Orioles and Oakland are now tied for the Wild Card lead. If the teams finish tied, Oakland will host the game on Friday due to beating the Orioles in the season series.Wei-Yin Chen (12-11), who hasnt won a game since Aug. 19, looked to be in decent shape after he allowed just one run in the first six innings, a fourth-inning leadoff home run to Ben Zobrist.The Orioles did little against Alex Cobb (11-9). Through six, J.J. Hardys single was their only hit. Matt Wieters tied the score with an opposite field home run to left in the top of the seventh.Evan Longoria grounded to Manny Machado to lead off the seventh, but Machado booted the ball for an error.It led to three runs.Should have caught it, Machado said. Took a little side spin on me, ate me up. Shouldve taken a step forward, but I should have made the out. I couldnt find the ball and once it hit my glove it bounced up, I had no shot after that. Jeff Keppinger singled Longoria to third. Ben Francisco flied to left, but Nate McLouths throw wasnt close. Longoria scored to make it 2-1.Rich Thompson ran for Keppinger and took third on Sam Fulds single. After Ryan Roberts popped to short, Chris Gimenezs double scored both Thompson and Fuld for a 4-1 Rays lead.Luis Ayala replaced Chen, who pitched 6 13 innings, allowing four runs, three of them unearned, on six hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Chen is now winless in six starts.That's just stats. The only thing I wanted to prove to everybody is prove that I can pitch," Chen said through a translator.Jake McGee pitched a perfect eighth in relief of CobbThe Rays added a run in the eighth when B.J. Upton led off with a double off Pedro Strop. Upton moved to third on Zobrists infield out. Longoria walked and Upton scored on an infield out for a 5-1 lead.Chris Davis hit his sixth home run in the past five games, a two-run shot off Kyle Farnsworth. He has 32 homers.Fernando Rodney walked Jones. Wieters reached on an infield single, but Rodney struck out Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds before getting Endy Chavez to ground out to the mound to end the game. Rodney earned his 47th save.NOTES: -There was some concern Jones injured his ankle late in the game, but both he and Showalter dismissed that.-Davis, who was named AL Co-Player of the Week, is the first Oriole to homer in five straight games since Melvin Mora did it late in the 2005 and early in the 2006 season.Davis, who shared the award with Detroits Justin Verlander, batted .423 with five homers, 10 RBIs last week. Hes the second Oriole to win the award this season. Machado won it for his first week in the majors in August.-Wilson Betemit (right wrist) has been given clearance to begin hitting in five-to-seven days.-Miguel Gonzalez (8-4, 3.45) and James Shields (15-9, 3.62) are Tuesdays pitchers. Showalter has decided on a pitcher for Wednesday. He says he has four options.

-Tsuyoshi Wada, who had Tommy John surgery in May, began playing catch last week. Hes rehabbing in Sarasota, Fla., and will stay there through December when hell return to Japan for a month.

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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