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Orioles lose 3-2 to Yankees, trail by five games in AL East


Orioles lose 3-2 to Yankees, trail by five games in AL East

NEW YORK— The Orioles came into Yankee Stadium knowing it was a big series even if many didn’t want to acknowledge it. They trailed the Yankees by four games and wanted to leave the Bronx closer to the top.

After Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to New York before 37,993, the Orioles will need to win the remaining two games of the series to cut into the Yankees’ advantage, which now stands at five games.

There wasn’t much margin for error. Jonathan Schoop hit a foul ball down the third base line with two runners on in the fifth. Chris Parmelee sent a long fly ball to center with a runner on second.

“We took a shot at them and Parm squared up a ball there that didn't fall. I thought Jon's ball was going to be fair for sure, but hopefully some of those inches will go our way tomorrow,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the first with a double off Wei-Yin Chen. He moved to third on a bunt by Brett Gardner and scored on Alex Rodriguez’s fly ball to center.

The Yankees (51-41) took a 2-0 lead in the second when Brian McCann and Chris Young led off with singles. McCann scored on Chase Headley’s double.

“I wasn’t able to control the situation as I wanted to in the first couple of innings and allowed a couple of extra-base hits. I allowed two runs in the first two innings, and I think that gave the team some burdens, and that’s why we lost the game today,” Chen said through his translator.

Nathan Eovaldi didn’t allow a hit until Adam Jones’ infield single in the fourth.

Eovaldi walked two in the fifth, but the Orioles (46-46) hit into three force plays. After Schoop’s ball was foul, he grounded to third.

In the sixth, Jimmy Paredes singled with one out. Jones reached second on an infield single and scored on Matt Wieters’ single. Justin Wilson (3-0) replaced Eovaldi and allowed a single to J.J. Hardy to tie the score at 2 after 5 ½. Wieters was caught off second in a rundown to end the inning.

Didi Gregorius singled with two outs in the sixth and scored on Brendan Ryan’s double and New York took a 3-2 lead.

“I wanted an outside pitch, and it was outside, but maybe it caught a little bit too much of the plate, but still that’s where I wanted it. That was a grounder, and it found a hole, and I think that’s just baseball. Sometimes a grounder will just find a hole, and you have to accept that,” Chen said.

Chen (4-6) allowed three runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. That’s the second most hits he’s allowed this season.

Wilson worked a scoreless inning. Dellin Betances recorded five outs, and Andrew Miller worked the ninth for his 21st save.

“You knew it was going to be tough, especially with Eovaldi throwing the ball as well as he is and Chen throwing the ball as well as he is. You thought it was going to be a pretty good pitching matchup coming into the game and they were able to get the lead and then turn it over to their bullpen, which is pretty good,” Wieters said.

The Orioles are at .500 for the 13th time this season.

“There’s still a lot of games left, so hopefully we can hit our stride and go through a little run, but the only way we’re going to be able to go through a big run is take it one day at a time and try to win tomorrow,” Wieters said.

The Orioles won two games in Detroit and after an off day wanted to get some big hits. It didn’t happen. Showalter said that the Orioles need to do what they did last month when they got hot.

“A little bit better timing with some hits and things go our way a little bit better. It's not from lack of effort. Unless you guys bring it up every day like most of the time you do, we know that regardless of what somebody else is doing that we're going to have to get to a little different level that we know we're capable of,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Adam Jones is the Orioles winner of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association “Heart and Hustle” Award. Jones was cited because of his play and his community activities. The final winner will be announced on Nov. 10. … Kevin Gausman (1-1, 5.00) faces Ivan Nova (1-3, 3.42) on Wednesday night. … The game had a brief delay of 15 minutes when light rain fell after 1 ½ innings. … The Orioles are 0-7 when they don’t have an extra-base hit.

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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."