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Orioles lose fifth straight to Red Sox, 7-5


Orioles lose fifth straight to Red Sox, 7-5

BALTIMORE – The 2015 season isn’t even three weeks old, and the Orioles have their longest losing streak since Sept. 2013.

An inopportune walk and costly error hurt the Orioles and they lost their fifth straight to the Boston Red Sox 7-5 before 37,359 on Friday night at Oriole Park.

With the game tied at four in the eighth, Tommy Hunter got the first two outs. Against Brian Matusz, Pablo Sandoval, who is 0-for-13 when facing left-handers, walked.

Darren O’Day replaced Matusz (0-2) and faced pinch hitter Allen Craig, who bounced a ball to third that Manny Machado couldn’t come up with and was charged with an error.

Brock Holt hit a three-run home run to right, and the Red Sox (10-7) led 7-4.

In Thursday night’s loss, the Orioles walked eight batters.

"We only walked two guys tonight, and the two really bit us against a good team,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Manny's as good a third baseman as you can find. He made a couple plays in that game that a lot of third basemen don't make, one for sure. He's bailed us out a lot of times. I think the walks hurt us.”

Matusz has walked seven batters in just 7 1/3 innings this season.

“You've got to be able to throw the ball over the plate, give your fielders a chance. That's been my problem so far this year is being able to throw strikes. You've got just got to be able to throw strikes,” Matusz said.

Alexi Ogando (1-0) faced two batters in the seventh and got the win.

The Orioles haven’t lost five straight since Sept.19-24, 2013 when they dropped six in a row.

“Nobody's going to feel sorry for us. This is not the type of club that's going to wallow around in self pity,” Showalter said.

Rick Porcello struck out the first five Orioles he faced: Alejandro De Aza, Machado, Jimmy Paredes, Adam Jones and Chris Davis.

He didn’t allow a hit until Machado singled to center with one out in center. Paredes homered to right, his second, and the Orioles (7-10) led 2-0.

Miguel Gonzalez allowed three hits and hit a batter through four, and after he got the first two outs of the fifth walked Mookie Betts. Dustin Pedroia singled, and David Ortiz, who managed to anger Jim Palmer enough that he chided him on Twitter this week, homered to right, his fourth of the season.

Ortiz’s antics of last Sunday, which led to his ejection, annoyed Palmer, and Big Papi enjoyed the ride around the bases, which did not end with a gesture toward Palmer, who was in the broadcast booth.

Hanley Ramirez followed with a home run to left, his sixth of the year, and suddenly the Orioles were behind 4-2.

In his major league debut, Rey Navarro doubled to left in his second at-bat, moved to third on a fly to center by Caleb Joseph and scored on Everth Cabrera’s single to left. Navarro struck out in his first at-bat.

Machado reached on an error by Sandoval at third to start the sixth, and was thrown out at second by Ramirez in left after Paredes flied to him.

Gonzalez became just the fourth Orioles starter to finish six innings in the first 17 games. He gave up four runs on eight hits.

“I think we all know what we are capable of doing as starters. We all want to go six, seven eight innings. Right now, it’s not going our way but we just got to keep working hard at it and things will change for sure,” Gonzalez said.

Showalter was pleased with Gonzalez’s effort.

“I didn't think Miguel was carrying his normal stuff and he got through it. He painted himself in a little bit of a corner there,” Showalter said. “He's pitched very well to Ortiz. He kind of got backed in a corner there. We scored some runs, we did some good things to get back in it. There are good things you can take out of it.”

The Orioles tied it at four in the seventh. Davis walked, Young singled, and Craig Breslow replaced Porcello. Navarro bunted both runners along, and Joseph was walked intentionally. Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to left. Each runner moved up a base. Ogando walked pinch hitter Steve Pearce, and with the bases loaded, Machado struck out on a 3-2 count.

Davis homered off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth, his third of the year.

Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his third save. He allowed singles to Joseph and Pearce, but with runners on first and third got Machado to pop out and struck out Paredes.

NOTES: Former Maryland standout Dez Wells threw out the first pitch. … Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.74) faces Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 3.07) on Saturday night.

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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