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Orioles end homestand with 6-3 loss to Red Sox


Orioles end homestand with 6-3 loss to Red Sox

Chris Tillman had the opportunity to continue his outstanding string of starts. He didnt.Tillman, who had won four straight before losing his last start on Saturday, reverted to the pre-2012 pitcher. He threw an incredible number of pitches, worked hard and had nothing to show for it.His sloppy pitching set a negative tone, and after he left the game, Luis Ayala allowed three runs in the sixth to the Boston Red Sox as they beast the Orioles 6-3 before 25,483 at Oriole Park on Thursday night.The loss was just the third on the longest homestand of the season. The Orioles won seven of 10 and now face a most challenging six-game road trip to Detroit and Texas.With a 64-54 record, theyre still very much in the wild card hunt. The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first off Clay Buchholz (11-3). Nick Markakis and J.J. Hardy began the inning with singles. Both moved up on Nate McLouths infield out and scored on Adam Jones double. The Red Sox (58-61) got a run back in the second. With two outs, Nick Punto walked. Pedro Ciriaco walked, and Scott Podsednik singled to walk Punto.Mark Reynolds continued his hot hitting by leading off the second with his 12th home run and fourth in six games to make it 3-1.Buchholz, whos 7-3 against the Orioles has won seven of his last eight decisions over the past three months.Once he got out of the second after Omar Quintanilla was gunned out at home by Cody Ross, Buchholz cruised.He allowed just two hits over the next six innings. In eight innings, he allowed three runs and eight hits. Buchholz struck out seven and walked three. Tillman labored into the fifth. With one out, Carl Crawford singled. Dustin Pedroia doubled Crawford to third, and he scored on Tillmans wild pitch. Pedroia tied the score on Adrian Gonzalezs fly ball. That was Tillmans 110th and final pitch of the game. He threw 4 23 innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five and threw two wild pitches.After Kevin Gregg finished the fifth, Ayala started the sixth.Podsednik doubled with one out, Jacoby Ellsbury walked. Crawford hit into a fielders choice, then stole second. With runners on second and third, Pedroia dribbled a ball to third. Manny Machado couldnt handle it, and Podsednik scored. Adrian Gonzalez and Ross both had RBI singles off Ayala (4-4), and Boston led 6-3.Alfredo Aceves struck out the side in the ninth for his 24th save of the season.NOTES:-Steve Johnson pitched the eighth and ninth innings. He was scheduled as Saturdays starter, but Zach Britton may be recalled from Norfolk to start then instead.-Adam Jones was hit by a pitch for the 11th time this season.-Ellsbury was hitless in four at-bats and his 38-game hitting streak against the Orioles ends.-The Orioles hit into double plays in the second, third and fourth innings.-The Orioles open a three-game series in Detroit on Friday. Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.54) and Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.46) are scheduled to pitch.

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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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."