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Orioles drop another one-run game to Twins, 3-2


Orioles drop another one-run game to Twins, 3-2

BALTIMORE –- For the second straight night, the Orioles suffered a painful one-run defeat.

Chis Tillman had a one-run lead entering the seventh, but he allowed two runs and the Minnesota Twins beat the Orioles 3-2 on Saturday night before 35,301 at Oriole Park.

Minnesota (62-61) has won the first three games of this four-game series, by 13 runs the first night, and one in the other two.

“They're pitching well and we're not particularly grouping a whole lot together. It's a bad combination,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Tillman (9-8) lost for the first time since May 31, and is winless in six lifetime starts against the Twins.

The Twins played little ball to scratch out two runs in the seventh while the Orioles (62-60) fell to 17-21 in one-run games.

“It’s a good lineup. They do the small things that win ballgames. I feel like they’ve bunted four, five, six times in the last two games. They’re willing to take the out to advance them. They’re doing it at the right times,” Tillman said.

Steve Clevenger singled with one out in the second and scored on Henry Urrutia’s double off Kyle Gibson.

After Brian Dozier walked and Joe Mauer singled with one out in the first, Tillman retired 14 straight.

“For the most, my pitches, all of them were there for me throughout, and I didn’t have a spot where I didn’t want to throw a certain pitch, which has kind of been the case in the past, but tonight I felt I had all of them,” Tillman said.

Eduardo Escobar doubled to center beginning the sixth. Byron Buxton sacrificed Escobar to third, and Dozier singled past a drawn-in infield to tie the score at 1.

Chris Davis walked leading off the sixth. Matt Wieters singled, and both advances on Jonathan Schoop’s bunt. Clevenger was walked intentionally, and Davis scored on J.J. Hardy’s sacrifice fly.

Minnesota scored two runs in the seventh off Tillman. Eddie Rosario walked with one out. Torii Hunter singled with Rosario moving to third. Kurt Suzuki’s safety squeeze scored Rosario, and Brad Brach replaced Tillman.

Escobar was walked intentionally, and Buxton’s single to left scored Hunter, and Minnesota led 3-2.

Tillman allowed three runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“We just didn't score many runs. He pitched well enough to win,” Showalter said.

Gibson gave way to Casey Fien, who for the second straight night picked up the win. Fien (4-5) retired the four batters he faced.

Trevor May allowed only an infield single by Clevenger in the eighth while Kevin Jepsen got his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

In the first three games of the series, Twins relievers have allowed just one hit in 8 1/3 innings.

“They made some good pitches and sometimes we get ourselves out as much as they're getting us out, too,” Showalter said.

In the first six games of this homestand, the Orioles had three game-winning home runs in winning five of six. Now, they must win on Sunday to assure a winning homestand before heading to Kansas City and Texas for seven games.

Minnesota’s bullpen didn’t help

“These guys are throwing the ball real well. It’s tough to watch. For us, the last two, three games, they’re throwing the ball real well, especially out of the bullpen. Late in the game, I feel this team has been good. The way their bullpen’s throwing, it’s been tough,” Tillman said.

The frustration has to be increasing for Orioles hitters.

“Every day somebody else has to come up and pick everybody up. I think we’ve been playing great baseball, great D. We’ve been hitting. We’re just a couple hits away,” Manny Machado said.

“It’s nothing that we should be worried about, just keep our heads on right, keep playing baseball. There’s a lot of games left to be played. We’re not worried about this. We’ve got to stay strong, stay where we need to be and stay on the right path.”

Over the last two seasons, the Twins have won seven straight against the Orioles.

“I don't know if there's frustration. You know how good the competition and you know how good you have to be. It's not like you just throw your gloves and balls out there and things happen. You've got to make them happen between the lines. There's a fine line as you've seen the last two nights between those two things. It can turn very quickly. But the last three games have been frustrating for us, especially the last two. But we've got an opportunity very shortly tomorrow,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Rosario had gone 73 at-bats between walks and struck out 21 times. … Mike Pelfrey (6-7, 3.62) faces Kevin Gausman (2-5, 4.48) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. … Showalter said that he’ll probably give J.J. Hardy Sunday off.

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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