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Orioles drop their sixth straight, 3-2 to Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time in a month, the Orioles are under .500. Not many teams who are below the breakeven point with 37 games remaining play in the postseason.

The latest Orioles defeat, 3-2 to the Kansas City Royals before 29,734 at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday night, was their sixth straight.

That’s the longest Orioles losing streak since Sept. 19-24, 2013 when they also dropped six.

Their offense simply hasn’t produced with three runs or fewer in seven of the last eight games.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to score more runs,” manager Buck Showalter said.

It was suggested to Showalter that the Orioles seem as if they’re one hit away from winning these games.

“You’d like to think that, but we don’t get that hit,” Showalter said.

Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis were 0-for-13 with seven strikeouts. Davis is in an 0-for-16 slump with nine strikeouts.

“We’ve just got to do a better job with the bats. We’ve been real inconsistent,” Showalter said. “It’s takes a little bit of everything. Everybody wants to throw one big circle around one game. It’s a lot of things, a lot of things.”

Miguel Gonzalez continued to pitch unimpressively. After throwing 70 pitches in the first three innings, Gonzalez was taken out after 4 1/3. He allowed three runs on six hits.

Gonzalez (9-10) has lost four straight and hasn’t won since July 25. He’s the first Orioles pitcher to lose 10 or more games since Wei-Yin Chen dropped 11 in 2012.

He doesn’t seem like the same pitcher the Orioles have come to depend on—especially since missing two weeks in June with a groin injury.

"I hope so, yeah. Everything is fine. It's been rough ever since I came back from the disabled list, but sometimes the game's not fair and it's a game of failure,” Gonzalez said.

Kendrys Morales led off the second with a long home run. It was Morales’ 13th home run.

Kansas City (77-48) added two runs in the third. Ben Zobrist walked with one out. Lorenzo Cain singled Zobrist to third.

Eric Hosmer grounded to short. Paul Janish threw to first for the out, and Cain, who stopped in his tracks between first and second, stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Zobrist to score. Cain scored from second on Mike Moustakas’ single, and the Royals led 3-0.

“He’s gotten through some periods before where he’s gotten back into sync, but his command is the thing. He’s not a guy that’s going to overpower you,” Showalter said about Gonzalez.

The Orioles (62-63) scored two runs off Danny Duffy in the fourth with two outs. Matt Wieters walked and lumbered to third on Steve Pearce’s single to left. Jonathan Schoop’s single scored Wieters, and Caleb Joseph drove in Pearce with a single to center. Joseph advanced to third on Cain’s error, but Janish grounded out to first to leave runners at second and third.

Again in the sixth, the Orioles left runners on second and third as Joseph flied out to right against Luke Hochevar. Hochevar, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined to allowed two hits to the Orioles in the final 3 1/3 innings. Davis recorded his 12th save.

“We’ve got to create more opportunities and when we put multiple guys on base multiple innings in a row, you give yourself more room for error there. It’s tough when you get runners on base one or two times in an inning every game that guy up there is creating sawdust in the batter’s box trying to get the guy in. It’s not for a lack of effort. Everybody in this clubhouse is working their tails off trying to make a push here,” Joseph said.

Joseph was pleased with Gonzalez.

“There were a couple of times where it could have broke out and he did a good job of winding it back in. Those are the little things that get guys on track and he came out and he kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win. If a couple balls fall here and there, we’re talking about how this is a really good outing,” Joseph said.

Duffy (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

That’s not enough for the Orioles.

“Everybody’s trying to be the guy. That’s not always easy to do,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Mychal Givens has begun his Orioles career with a strikeout in 10 consecutive appearances. Steve Johnson was the last to do that. Only Anthony Telford and Moe Drabowsky, who started their career with 11 straight games with strikeouts, have more. … Wei-Yin Chen (7-6, 3.13) faces Johnny Cueto (2-2, 3.00) on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. … Janish had his first major league hit since Sept. 4, 2013.

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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 hecticfew 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

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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.