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Orioles lose second in a row to Yankees, 4-3

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Orioles lose second in a row to Yankees, 4-3

NEW YORK – Following two losses to the New York Yankees, the Orioles fell to a season-high six games out of first place. The Orioles remain optimistic that they can still be a factor in the American League East.

Before the game, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the Orioles would be aggressive buyers in the trade market, no matter how they perform over the next several days.

Since the All-Star break, the Orioles are 2-3 after their 4-3 loss to the Yankees before 43,887 at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night.

Only Ryan Flaherty’s two-run home run in the third and Chris Davis’ homer with two outs in the ninth prevented the night from being a total washout.

After Manny Machado’s third inning double, the Orioles were hitless for 6 1/3 innings until Davis’ homer.

“I feel like we’re a hit or two away,” Davis said.

The problem was the Orioles were down by three runs because Kevin Gausman allowed five of the first six Yankees batters to reach.

“Obviously I’m not happy about it,” Gausman said.”I think what I did after that was pretty good, kind of kept us in the game.”

Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double and scored on Brett Gardner’s RBI single. With one out, Mark Teixeira hit his 24th home run and New York (52-41) had three runs.

Brian McCann singled and Carlos Beltran walked, but then Gausman struck out Chase Headley and Didi Gregorius.

Gausman retired eight in a row and didn’t give up another run until Alex Rodriguez hit his 20th home run of the season, a long shot to left-center with one out in the fifth.

The Orioles (45-46) didn’t score until Flaherty hit his two-run home run in the third, his fourth of the season.

Ivan Nova (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits in six innings. He walked three, but Machado was doubled off second in the first on Adam Jones’ soft liner in the first and J.J. Hardy and Flaherty didn’t score in the fifth.

“They pitched pretty well. We just didn't put much pressure on Nova. He had a lot of in and outs in a hurry, but Kevin held them where he should have and I was proud of that. He presented himself well,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Gausman (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.

“I knew after the first inning my stuff was good. I was going to have to mix in pitches with these guys. It’s a veteran lineup, so you can’t throw the same pitch too many times in a row. You get them out on a split the first time, they’re not going to make it easy on you the second time,” Gausman said.

Jason Shreve, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller closed it out. Miller has 22 saves, though he did allow Davis’ 20th homer with two outs in the ninth.

Showalter watched as his team was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, an all-too-familiar statistic.

“It's not a matter of hanging heads, you just get frustrated because you know that you're capable of better and you realize there are games left. Those type of things are for people who live in a minute to minute world. We understand the challenge that's ahead of us for a lot of baseball,” Showalter said.

On Thursday, the Orioles will try and avoid their first three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium since June 1-3, 2010.

“You don't start getting into that woe is me and the breaks. You make them. We had a couple things go our way, too. They hit a couple line drives that we caught, too,” Showalter said. “I don't live in that world that we're not getting some breaks and somebody else is. I think that's an excuse. You've got to make them. You've got to make your breaks."

NOTES: Showalter was sorry Wesley Wright’s time with the Orioles didn’t work out. Wright was released on Wednesday.

“He’s a good young man and hopefully a fresh start somewhere will put him back on the path we thought he’d be on,” Showalter said.

…The Orioles will pick fifth in Round B of the Competitive Balance Draft next June. … Flaherty started at first base for the first time this season. … Ubaldo Jimenez (7-5, 3.29) faces Masahiro Tanaka (6-3, 3.65) on Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. … Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez and Wei-Yin Chen face Chris Archer, Erasmo Ramirez and Matt Moore in the three-game series at Tampa Bay beginning Friday. … Rodriguez has 3,024 hits and moved into 24th place on the all-time hit list passing Lou Brock. … Betances has allowed one run on 10 hits in 19 1/3 innings against the Orioles. He’s struck out 29.

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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