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Orioles offense held in check in 3-1 loss to Angels


Orioles offense held in check in 3-1 loss to Angels

BALTIMORE – Nine times out of ten, the Orioles will win a game when their starter allows two runs in seven innings. The 10th time was Friday night.

Wei-Yin Chen gave up a run in each of the first two innings, but the Orioles did almost nothing with Jered Weaver.

Chen threw his fourth straight quality start, but has gotten just one win out of his fine work. He was the hard luck loser as the Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 before 35,470 at Oriole Park.

“What was hard luck was drawing Weaver on top of his game,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Weaver (2-4), who pitched a complete game six-hit shutout against Houston a week ago, followed that gem up by allowing just three hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Only J.J. Hardy had any success. Coming into the game 3-for-23 against Weaver, Hardy singled in the second and hit his second home run of the year in the eighth. He also reached base on Weaver’s two-base throwing error in the fifth.

Adam Jones’ bunt single leading off the seventh was the only other hit. Jimmy Paredes walked in the first.

“He's a tough guy to face, man. He knows how to pitch. He's been doing it for a long time. He's a guy that if you go up there and try to get too aggressive, he uses it against you. But at the same time, if you go up there and try to take pitches, you can be behind him,” Chris Davis said.

Davis struck out, was robbed of a hit by right fielder Kole Calhoun in the fourth and hit into a double play immediately after Jones bunted his way on.

Chen (1-2) gave two runs on five hits in seven innings.

"Overall I felt pretty good. Well, there was those bumpy innings in the first two, but luckily I made adjustments,” Chen said through his translator.

After Aybar scored, no runner made it to third off Chen, who has allowed seven runs in his past 28 innings.

“He gave us a quality start. He just pitched really well. He pitched [to] both sides of the plate, gave us a chance to win. We just couldn’t scratch out anything against their guy,” Caleb Joseph said. “It’s just one of those games where we pitched really well and couldn’t scratch anything out to win.”

Albert Pujols hit his sixth home run of the year to left field with two outs in the first.

Chen gave up a double to Erick Aybar leading off the second. Aybar moved to third on an infield out and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Carlos Perez.

Chen was relieved by Tommy Hunter after allowing a leadoff walk to Calhoun in the eighth. Mike Trout hit into a double play, and Pujols grounded to short.

Joe Smith relieved Weaver with one out in the eighth, and struck out Joseph. Manny Machado singled to center, and Alejandro De Aza flied to right.

Hunter allowed a run in the ninth on singles to David Freese and Aybar. Pinch runner Taylor Featherston scored on a sacrifice fly by Johnny Giavotella, and Los Angeles (18-17) led 3-1.

Huston Street allowed a one-out single to Jones in the ninth, retired Davis on a long fly to center, and struck out Travis Snider to end the game. It was his 12th save of the season.

Joseph knew it was an opportunity that eluded the Orioles.

“It does stink when you pitch so well, and you feel like you have a good chance to win that ballgame, and we just can’t get anything on offense,” Joseph said. “We can manufacture a run here and there. We can get guys on base and really pressure the defense. We just couldn’t do it today.”

In a year where Major League Baseball has emphasized pace of game, the Orioles have certainly quickened their games. Friday’s game was played in two hours, twenty-three minutes, the fourth time they’ve played a game in under 2 ½ hours. They’ve lost three of them.

Showalter said that he found no enjoyment with a well-pitched game that didn’t end with an Orioles victory.

“The people who think it's a good game are just trying to get out of here before three hours. We're trying to win here. Anything that ends with an L on our side isn't enjoyable,” he said.

NOTES: Bud Norris will not pitch on Saturday because of bronchitis. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-2, 2.41) will face Matt Shoemaker (2-3, 3.61). Showalter left open the possibility that Norris could pitch Sunday if he felt better on Saturday. Otherwise, Chris Tillman will go. … Machado has a 20-game on-base streak. … Paredes’ 12-game hitting streak ended. 

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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