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Orioles offense handcuffed by Hamels in another loss


Orioles offense handcuffed by Hamels in another loss

ARLINGTON, Tex. – At a most critical time of the season, the Orioles’ offense is producing almost nothing. The result was their eighth loss in nine games.

Cole Hamels, in his fourth start since his acquisition by the Texas Rangers at the trading deadline, totally shut down the Orioles.

Hamels allowed two hits in eight innings, none after the third, and struck out 10 as the Rangers beat the Orioles 4-1 on Friday night before 28,337 at Globe Life Park.

The loss puts the Orioles (63-65) 3 ½ games behind the Rangers (66-61) for the second wild card spot.

In the eight losses, the Orioles have scored just 19 runs. Against Hamels, just one.

“We’ve been struggling offensively and that is compounded (by Hamels). That’s the type of guy you get for six prospects,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He was good and we weren’t, so that’s a bad combination. We’re just not stringing much together offensively.

Matt Wieters singled in the first and Paul Janish doubled in the third off Hamels (2-1), and at one point retired 14 consecutive hitters.

The Orioles struck out 14 times on Thursday in Kansas City and 12 more times against Hamels and Shawn Tolleson.

“It’s been a challenge for us most of the year and will continue to be. You live with them if the run production is there, but it hasn’t been there. That’s a tough part of that,” Showalter said.

Kevin Gausman allowed two home runs to take the loss. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“It’s tough for me to fault many of our pitchers when you are going out there knowing that runs are going to be at a premium. Especially with Hamels out there and you compound that with some of our offensive woes right now,” Showalter said.

Gausman knows it’s harder to pitch now with the offense lagging.

"I kind of knew that going into the night, especially with the guy I was facing. He's been great all year and continues to be. He kind of settled in. I think he was a little sporadic early on, but he definitely settled in and put a pretty good start together,” Gausman said.

“It's tough. We like to win and that's kind of what we've been doing the last couple of years, so to have a skid like this obviously doesn't feel good. But we're one hit away, one pitch away, and I think that's the biggest frustrating thing.”

Making his major league debut, Dariel Alvarez quickly saved a run for the Orioles. With runners at first and third with none out in the second, Elvis Andrus lined to Alvarez in right, who threw a one-hopper to the plate to easily retire Adrian Beltre.

“He's kind of always like that down in Norfolk. He throws guys out left and right. He has probably one of the best outfield arms I've ever seen. Yeah, obviously that was huge. I don't think Beltre looked at the scouting report on the outfielders before the game. Yeah, he's definitely kind of a freak athlete. He swings hard and runs hard. He plays the game the right way. He has a really good arm out there in right,” Gausman said.

Alvarez was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

In the top of the third, the Orioles scored on a one-out double by Janish and walks to Manny Machado, Steve Pearce and Chris Davis. Davis’ bases-loaded walk was his 92nd RBI of the season.

After Davis’ walk, Hamels retired 14 straight until Machado walked with one out in the eighth, but Pearce quickly hit into a double play.

Shin-Soo Choo’s 16th home run off Gausman (2-6) to lead off the fourth, tied the score at 1.

"I thought I threw a pretty good pitch to Choo. I probably should have stayed away from him 3-1 but I tried to go fastball in. He put a good swing on it. It's pretty short down the right field line here. He just kind of got me, I guess,” Choo said.

Prince Fielder followed with a drive to center, but Adam Jones threw Fielder out trying for second.

Chris Gimenez’s one-out homer in the fifth, put Texas ahead 2-1. HHanser Alberto and Delino DeShields each singles, and Alberto scored on Choo’s infield out, and the Rangers led 3-1.

DeShields’ seventh-inning triple scored Will Venable and finished Gausman.

Tolleson allowed a ninth-inning single to Jones, then recorded the final three outs for his 27th save.

The final out was Jonathan Schoop’s fourth strikeout of the game.

“It’s really tough. Trying to go out and win, and things don’t go our way right now,” Schoop said.

COMING UP: Ubaldo Jimenez (9-8, 4.26) faces Martin Perez (1-3, 5.30) 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