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Orioles get three hits from Paredes, Joseph in 8-5 win

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Orioles get three hits from Paredes, Joseph in 8-5 win


MIAMI – For the second straight game, the Orioles won in a way that wasn’t particularly pleasing to the eye. However, it was certainly pleasing to them.

Trailing 3-0 after four, the Orioles scored two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two more in the eighth to best the Miami Marlins 8-5 before 19,977 at Marlins Park on Friday night.

The Orioles (19-20) have won four of five and are a game under .500 for the first time since May 6. It was the second straight grueling win for the team.

“Every win in the big leagues is huge, but especially when you have those kind of long games when you’re mentally in it for a long time, and there’s a lot of pitching changes, a lot of matchups played,” Caleb Joseph said.

Joseph and Jimmy Paredes had three hits and Tyler Wilson got his first major league win.

Paredes is now batting .353, and he now has enough at-bats to qualify for the batting title.

“He takes every at-bat like it’s his last and that is paying off,” Ubaldo Jimenez said.

Jimenez allowed three runs in four innings.

Dee Gordon led off the first with a single, stole second and third. He scored on Giancarlo Stanton’s single to left.

Ichiro Suzuki and Adeiny Hechavarria began the second with singles. Suzuki came home on Henderson Alvarez’s single to right. After Gordon grounded to first, Marcell Ozuna’s sharp ground ball to second was fielded by Paredes, who elected to throw home, but Ozuna was safe, and Miami (16-27) led 3-0.

The Orioles had one hit in the first three innings off Alvarez (0-4). In the fourth, they loaded the bases with two outs but J.J. Hardy flied to center, ending the inning.

Alejandro De Aza and Joseph started the fifth with singles. Delmon Young batted for Jimenez, and hit a long double to center to score De Aza. Manny Machado’s grounder to short scored Joseph.

Wilson (1-0) pitched a scoreless fifth, and in the sixth, the Orioles batted around and took a 6-3 lead.

Chris Davis and Travis Snider walked to start the sixth, Hardy bunted back to Cishek, but his throw to third was wild, and Davis scored. De Aza was walked intentionally to load the bases and Joseph singled to center off Steve Cishek to score Snider and Hardy.

Wilson bunted De Aza to third and Joseph to second, and with two outs, De Aza scored on Jimmy Paredes’ infield hit.

In the bottom of the sixth, Wilson allowed a single to Hechavarria, an RBI double to Michael Morse and a single to Gordon before yielding to Tommy Hunter.

Gordon stole his fourth base of the game, but Hunter deftly extricated himself by striking out Ozuna, getting Stanton on a pop out to first and Martin Prado on a grounder to third that Machado fielded on his knees.

“I thought Tommy had probably the big outing of the night, coming into the game in that situation and holding the lead,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Wilson got the win, but it was Hunter’s two scoreless innings that were key.

“It was great to get out there and obviously get a win, But I think I was just a benefactor of Tommy Hunter coming in and then pitching exceptionally well, honestly. Just being in the right place at the right time,” Wilson said.

Justin Bour singled off Hunter to lead off the seventh, and made it to third with one out, but was caught up in a rundown on Suzuki’s grounder.

Machado’s two-run double in the eighth made it 8-4.

Bour’s second home run of the year off Brad Brach cut the lead to 8-5 in the ninth

Zach Britton retired Hechavarria on a grounder for his 10th save.

The Orioles have won two games despite getting just seven innings out of their last two starters. The bullpen needs reinforcement, and it’s possible the team will add an arm. Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa and reliever Oliver Drake are both on the 40-man roster.

Showalter didn’t elaborate when asked about Bud Norris’ nine-run, 12-hit performance in his 2 2/3 inning rehab assignment at Norfolk. He said he would have to talk with Tides manager Ron Johnson, pitching coach Mike Griffin and Norris before decided on a course of action.

NOTES: Mike Wright (1-0, 0.00) faces Dan Haren (4-2, 3.47) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports. … Miami has lost eight straight, and five in a row since Dan Jennings became their manager. … Alvarez was put on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation after the game. … Former Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen signed with the Atlantic League York (Pa.) Revolution.

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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.

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

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Manny Machado to switch from third base to shortstop in final season with Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Even if Manny Machado doesn't switch teams this season, he almost certainly will be changing his position in the infield.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Saturday that Machado will move from third base to shortstop this spring, and shortstop Tim Beckham will be shifted to third.

The shuffle will become permanent unless something goes wrong -- or Machado gets traded to another club.

"There could be some adjustments if we don't like the feel of it, but that's where we're going to head into it," Showalter said at FanFest, an annual offseason event designed to promote interest in the club.

Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop did not attend.

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Machado becomes a free agent after this year and is sure to demand a huge contract. The Orioles have entertained trade offers for the 25-year-old, who's been an All-Star in three of his six seasons with Baltimore.

Dan Duquette, vice president of baseball operations for the Orioles, has to decide whether to deal Machado sometime between now and September or seek to sign him to a long-term deal.

"That's a big decision for the organization, obviously," Duquette said. "But we're planning on Manny being with the club. We explored all those options. We think the strongest option is for Manny to be on the ballclub."

Machado played in 156 games last season, offsetting a career-low .259 batting average with 33 home runs and 95 RBIs. He has averaged 35 home runs and 92 RBIs over the past three years.

Machado avoided arbitration this month by agreeing to a $16 million contract for 2018. He received $11.5 million last season.

Drafted as a shortstop as the third overall pick in 2010, Machado played third base with Baltimore next to slick-fielding J.J. Hardy, whose contract expired after last season.

So when they return to the field next month in Florida, the Orioles will have Machado at shortstop with Beckham on his left. Beckham came to Baltimore from Tampa Bay in July and played shortstop for the injured Hardy over the final two months.

"I think Tim would rather play shortstop, as Manny would," Showalter said. "Tim's big thing is getting an opportunity to play every day at one position. We need to settle both those guys into a spot and let them get into it."

Showalter said Machado was enthusiastic about the switch.

"All indications are, he's really excited about this," Showalter said. "I can't imagine him being in a better frame of mind or setup to do this. I think out of his respect for J.J. the past few years he's been very professional about it. But it's not like he's changing positions. He's going back to the position he's equipped to play."

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Deciding what to do with Machado is only one problem Duquette has faced this offseason. He's also been trying to fill out a starting rotation that currently consists of Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and perhaps Miguel Castro, who made his first major league start on Sept. 30 after pitching in relief for 75 games over three seasons.

"Obviously we have work to do to address some of the deficiencies on our ballclub," Duquette said. "We're going to continue to build our pitching staff, most notably the starting pitching."

If Castro joins the rotation, the Orioles will be further pressed to fill out the back end of the bullpen. Closer Zach Britton tore his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout and will likely miss the entire 2018 season, leaving setup man Brad Brach the odds-on favorite to take over as the stopper.

"I'm hoping I get a shot to close. I'd be lying if I say I didn't," said Brach, who served significant time as a closer in 2017 while Britton was sidelined with elbow and knee issues.

Brach had 18 saves but blew six chances.

"I think I did all right," Brach said. "Hopefully, I get another chance to do it."