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Orioles drop their sixth straight to Red Sox


Orioles drop their sixth straight to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Most people dread Mondays. The Orioles are looking forward to it. To maximize home games late in spring training, the Orioles agreed to play five of their first seven in March away from Sarasota.

They didn’t win any of them.

The Orioles lost their sixth straight 8-7 to the Boston Red Sox before 9,808 at JetBlue Park on Sunday. They’re now 0-6-1.

Unlike four of the losses, the Orioles didn’t allow 10 or more runs, and their lineup which included few big names, managed to produce seven runs, including two in the ninth.

Mike Wright allowed two runs on four hits in two innings. Wright, who allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings in his first start, wasn’t as sharp this time.

Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Rusney Castillo each doubled off Wright.

“Those balls were blasted,” Wright said.

Despite that, Wright didn’t feel he threw poorly.

“I definitely located better this week than last week. The three doubles they hit, I thought they were pretty good pitches,” Wright said.

There were two notable injuries. T.J. McFarland was removed from the game with a tender left elbow in the fifth inning.

“I took him out a little early of his pitch count. We’ve got to check into that and see what’s going on there,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“I was watching him between innings. I always kind of look at the pitcher and he seemed uncomfortable. You get to know a guy and when he came it, I told [pitching coach Dave Wallace] and the trainer to ask him if he was OK and he said he was a little tender in the elbow. So we’ll check on that and see what happens.”

McFarland, who’s competing for the final spot in the bullpen, has allowed three runs on eight hits on 2 1/3 innings.

The scariest moment came in the sixth inning when minor league infielders Garabez Rosa and Ozzie Martinez collided. Martinez fell and had to be helped off the field.

He’ll be evaluated for concussion symptoms, Showalter said.

“He took a pretty good lick there,” Showalter said. “He got hit on the side of the head. We’ll get it updated up there. They’re not calling it anything right now.”

The Orioles best pitching performance came from Dylan Bundy, who threw a perfect seventh inning, striking out two.

“You can see it. Dylan’s had two or three outings now where he feels as good if not better the next time out, so that’s real encouraging for him and for us. I’m happy for Dylan. It’s good to see. Another step,” Showalter said.

“See how he feels tomorrow. He’s taken some real positive strides. He’s getting close to that point where it’s not about, ‘OK, how do I feel?’ He feels good every time out now, so knock on wood, that’s good.”

Hyun Soo Kim was again hitless. He’s 0-for-16 and struck out twice.

The only Orioles with multiple hits were Rosa and non-roster outfielder Alfredo Marte, who was 2-for-2. Rosa’s ninth inning single scored two runs.

Christian Walker drove in two runs. He leads the team with six RBIs.


-For the first time this spring, the Orioles will play two straight games at home. In the first of them on Monday, Ubaldo Jimenez, who allowed six runs while retiring just one batter in his initial start, pitches against Minnesota’s Phil Hughes.


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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