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Orioles continue hot play with 6-4 win over Phillies

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Orioles continue hot play with 6-4 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA –- For Buck Showalter, April and May are like the early rounds of a boxing match. Now, it’s time to really fight.

The Orioles continued their domination of the horrid Philadelphia Phillies, winning their third straight and 11th of their last 13 with a 6-4 win before 26,162 at Ctizens Bank Park on Wednesday night.

Once the Orioles (34-31) took a five-run lead, fans began booing the Phillies (22-45), losers of nine straight and 20 of 23.

It was just two weeks ago that Orioles had lost their fifth straight and dropped six games below .500.

“April, May, it's like fighters in the first few rounds kind of feeling their way around, trying not to get knocked out and trying to figure out what the other guy's got and what they have. And then sooner or later you've got to start throwing punches,” Showalter said.

Showalter has watched his club begin to hit with the return of Matt Wieters to the lineup and the pitching continues to perform admirably.

Ubaldo Jimenez worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing a late three-run home run to Freddy Galvis, but otherwise did quite well. For the second time this season, Jimenez who handed out walks with alarming regularity a year ago, didn’t allow one. He struck out eight.

“That’s everything. That’s what I’m trying to do every time out there is commanding the fastball. I made the hitters earn it instead of walking guys and getting bad counts. That’s what I want to do out there,” Jimenez said.

Chris Parmelee gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first with his third home run in two games.

“Trying to keep it simple up there and kind of ride the wave as long as you can. There’s ups and downs in the game and you do your best to try and keep it as level as possible,” Parmelee said.

The Phillies tied it in the bottom of the first. Chase Utley singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on Wieters’ thowing error. Utley scored on Jimenez’s wild pitch.

The Orioles batted around in the fourth against Kevin Correia. Travis Snider reached on an error by Galvis. Parmelee walked. Snider moved to third on Chris Davis’ fly to right. Wieters singled to score Snider. Hardy’s single loaded the bases. Ryan Flaherty struck out.

David Lough doubled to score Parmelee and Wieters. He’s now 9-for-13 against Correia (0-1). Jimenez’s infield single scored Hardy, and it was a 5-1 lead.

Snider homered to lead off the fifth, his second and first since Apr. 12.

Correia allowed six runs, four of them unearned on seven hits in five innings.

Jimenez (5-3) pitched out of trouble in the fourth when Miakel Franco led off with a single. Ryan Howard doubled, and with runners on second and third, Jimenez struck out Domonic Brown, Cameron Rupp and Cody Asche.

He retired 10 straight until Rupp singled with one out in the seventh. Asche bunted for a base hit, and then Galvis’ three-run home run cut the Orioles lead to 6-4.

Jimenez realizes the Orioles have to capitalize against less talented teams.

“You have to go out there with everything you have. We’ve been there. We know what it is to be struggling. It’s hard to get out of that situation. As an opposing team, you have to go with everything you have and don’t’ give them a chance,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez struck out pinch hitter Cesar Hernandez and allowed a triple to Ben Revere before Chaz Roe got the final out of the seventh.

Roe and Brian Matusz each recorded two outs and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

Lough replaced the injured Adam Jones in center field for the second straight game, and notices similarities between last year and this year.

“Earlier I was talking to people, it’s like, ‘Hey, it’s still early, it’s still early. So now that we’ve got things going, I think everything is clicking for us and like I said you have to have that good team chemistry. We hang in there,” Lough said.

NOTES: The Orioles signed 14 more draft choices. The most prominent was 11th round draft choice, Ryan Meisinger, a right-handed pitcher from Dunkirk, Md. Also signed were LHP Robert Strader (12), LHP Nick Vespi (18), LHP Will Dennis (23), 3B Kirvin Moesquit (24), RHP Rocky McCord (26), RHP Andrew Elliott (30), LHP Will Shepley (31), RHP Steven Klimek (33), RHP Kory Groves (34), LHP Xavier Borde (36), 2B Jack Graham (38) UTIL Frank Crinella (39) on RHP Michael Costello (40). On Tuesday, the Orioles signed their second first-round pick SS Ryan Mountcastle, sixth-round pick RHP Jay Flaa and 10th rounder LHP Reid Love. … Bud Norris (2-4, 8.29 faces Sean O’Sullivan (1-5, 5.08) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

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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."