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Orioles go home happy with second straight win, 5-3

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Orioles go home happy with second straight win, 5-3

NEW YORK — Before Tuesday night’s game, Buck Showalter remarked that he’d like to see his team win 15 straight and make some noise in the playoff chase.

The Orioles are still far from winning that many in a row, but won their second straight and captured their first series since mid-August with a 5-3 win over the New York Yankees before 30,038 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

“We are going to try to win out. We take every day as a start. I tell them all the time in advance meetings: “Today is an opportunity to do the things we are capable of doing,’” Showalter said.

Ubaldo Jimenez completed seven innings, the first starter since Kevin Gausman did that on Aug. 23, to pick up the win.

Jimenez (11-9) has won two straight for the first time since he won four consecutive starts in June, and five days after walking six in Toronto, he didn’t walk any.

“You want to go with everything you have for the last month of the season. I know things haven’t been the way we want them to after the second half (started). But you have to finish strong. You have to go with everything you have until the last day,” Jimenez said.

In seven, Jimenez allowed three runs on four hits, striking out eight and hitting a batter.

Jimenez believes that many have counted the Orioles out prematurely.

“That’s the way you have to think. You can’t be thinking that we’re out of it. You have to take every game like it’s your last and try to go with everything you have and let’s see what happens,” Jimenez said.

Steve Pearce homered in the eighth for the go-ahead run.

Darren O’Day worked a perfect eighth, and Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.

The Orioles’ last series win came when they swept Oakland Aug. 14-17.

“We found a lot of things the last couple of nights that looks like the things that we did this season to be in first place and be more competitive and things we’ve done the last three or four years,” Showalter said.

Nolan Reimold led the game off with a walk off CC Sabathia. After two infield outs, Reimold scored on Chris Davis’ single to left.

Carlos Beltran’s 15th home run of the year off Jimenez (11-9) with two outs in the first tied it at 1.

In the bottom of the third, Jimenez hit Didi Gregorius with a pitch. Stephen Drew singled. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded to short, but J.J. Hardy could get only one out after bobbling the grounder. With two outs, Beltran’s single gave New York (77-61) a 3-1 lead.

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After Sabathia launched a pitch over Davis’ head to start the fourth, he walked. Jonathan Schoop singled, but the Orioles couldn’t score.

Dariel Alvarez began the fifth with a walk and Reimold singled. Both moved over a base on Gerardo Parra’s bunt. With two outs, Davis was plunked by Sabathia to load the bases.

Against Adam Warren, Schoop hit a grounder to third. Drew muffed Chase Headley’s throw for an error allowing Alvarez and Reimold to score for a 3-3 tie.

Jimenez retired 12 straight until Dustin Ackley doubled with two outs in the seventh, and an out later, he finished the inning.

He believes he’s ready for a roll like the one he was on in June.

“I feel like my mechanics are better, it’s like how I was in the first half. I get on the mound and try to get people out. I’m not thinking about mechanics right now,” Jimenez said.

Pearce, who was robbed of an extra-base hit by Ackley in left field in the second, homered off Warren (6-6) with one out in the eighth, and the Orioles (67-72) led 4-3.

It was the first time Pearce hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later with the Orioles.

“We’re all backed into a corner,” Pearce said. “We know we're a long shot but we're still not out of this thing."

Davis, who reached base in each of his five at-bats, hit a ground-rule double in the ninth for a 5-3 lead. He singled, doubled, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

NOTES: With his eight strikeouts, Jimenez passed Orioles special assignment pitching instructor Ramon Martinez for ninth place on the all-time strikeout list for pitchers born in the Dominican Republic with 1,434. … The Orioles are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with Kansas City on Friday. Danny Duffy (7-7, 4.17) faces Mike Wright (2-4, 5.19). … Delmarva 3B Jomar Reyes was the second pick in the Dominican Winter League draft by Licey. … Manny Machado has reached base in 21 straight games against the Yankees, the longest by an Oriole since Brian Roberts in 2008-09. 

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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