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Orioles earn split with White Sox behind Wright


Orioles earn split with White Sox behind Wright

BALTIMORE –- The Orioles started two rookies in Thursday’s doubleheader with the Chicago White Sox. One got the win, and the other one nearly pitched well enough.

Mike Wright picked up his second win by lasting five innings in the second game, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-3 before 18,441 at Oriole Park.

In the first game, Tyler Wilson stopped by long enough to allow two runs in six innings in a 3-2 loss. The Orioles struck out 16 times.

Wilson (1-1), who pitched twice in relief last week, was recalled from Norfolk as the 26th man, and he was returned to the Tides after the game.

"Yeah, that was awesome. Tyler did such a good job. He actually did better than me, but ended up getting the loss,” Wright said.

Wright wasn’t as dazzling as he was in his first two starts when he pitched 14 1/3 shutout innings.

Oliver Drake, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton combined to pitch four hitless innings, though Drake walked three. Britton picked up his 13th save.

Each of the Orioles’ seven relievers worked in the doubleheader, and manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible that he’ll make a change in the bullpen for Friday’s game.

Chris Sale (4-2) worked 7 2/3 shutout innings in the first game, giving up four hits and striking out 12.

Chris Davis hit his 11th home run, a two-run shot in the ninth to prevent the shutout.

Adam Eaton led off the second game with a home run.
Manny Machado led off the Orioles’ first with a triple off Chris Beck (0-1), who was making his major league debut. With one out, Jimmy Paredes walked. Machado scored on Adam Jones’ infield out, and Davis’ ground-rule double gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

Adam LaRoche’s two-run home run in the third, his fifth of the season, put the White Sox (21-25) ahead 3-2.

With one out in the third, Jones singled, Davis walked and Jones scored on Steve Clevenger’s single to left field. Davis scored on J.J. Hardy’s infield single, and the Orioles (22-24) led 4-3.

Wright (2-0) pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits.

Travis Snider’s first RBI in 21 games scored Ryan Flaherty in the bottom of the sixth. Flaherty doubled, moved to third on David Lough’s bunt and came home when Snider lined a ball just past Emilio Bonifacio at second.

Lough’s infield single scored Clevenger in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.

“Our offense hasn’t been producing [with] people in scoring position, so it’s good that in the last couple of days, we’ve been hitting the ball well when there’s runners on,” Machado said.

Thursday’s doubleheader was necessitated when last month’s riots postponed games of Apr. 27 and 28. The crowdless game of Apr. 29 followed.

Wilson (1-1) allowed two runs in the sixth. Eaton led off with a walk. He scored on Melky Cabrera’s double, and with one out, LaRoche’s double drove home Cabrera.

“That really came down to the ballgame, that inning. I've got to be little bit better to start the inning,” Wilson said.

Wilson did well enough to satisfy Showalter.

“Gave us a chance to win. Just matched up against one of the best pitchers in baseball. Sale had everything going today,” Showalter said.

Zach Duke struck out Machado in the eighth inning and the third baseman was ejected by home plate umpire Toby Basner after he slammed his bat. Machado asked Basner It was his third career ejection. The 22-year-old doesn’t find it particularly concerning.

“Why would it be? I’ve got hopefully 20 more years in my pocket to play baseball. There’s going to be more where that came from,” Machado said.

Chicago scored a run off Tommy Hunter in the ninth when Tyler Flowers’ fielder’s choice scored J.B. Shuck.

Davis hit two home runs on Wednesday and one in Thursday’s first game.

“I feel good in the box, starting to get some hits and do some things right. I think the last couple weeks I’ve been a little more patient for the most part. I had some game where I was a little too aggressive, but I feel like I’ve walked a lot more and had a little bit better at-bats,” Davis said.
Jake Petricka struck out Snider for his first save. Snider was the 16th Orioles batter to strike out.

NOTES: The win tied Showalter with Whitey Herzog for 35th place on the all-time win list for managers with 1,281. … Wei-Yin Chen has been confirmed as Saturday’s starter. The Orioles wanted to see how he did in his side session before they made a decision on him. … The Orioles and Tampa Bay open a three-game series on Friday night. Miguel Gonzalez (5-3, 3.83) faces Nathan Karns (3-2, 3.71).



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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.


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."


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.