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Orioles push across run in the eighth for 4-3 win


Orioles push across run in the eighth for 4-3 win

BALTIMORE –- It was around this time last season the Orioles started consistently winning. Their starters pitched deep into the game, the bullpen was effective, their defense was exemplary, and they got clutch hitting.

A year later, it seems to be happening again.

Jimmy Paredes, who wasn’t even with the Orioles a year ago, got three hits and scored the eventual winning run in the eighth in a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians before 31,102 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Paredes helped keep the team afloat in the season’s early weeks,

Through his first 33 games, Paredes, who was nearly taken off the Orioles’ 40-man roster over the winter, was batting .353.

Then, he slumped, and his average fell below .300.

Now, he’s hot again. With his three hits, he’s 11-for-21 and his average is back up to .319.

“I’ve got a better swing now. I’m not swinging at bad pitches. Sometimes I chase bad pitches, but I’ve got to keep doing what I’m doing now. I feel a lot better now. I feel like when I was starting [the season],” Paredes said.

Manager Buck Showalter was trying to ride the Paredes wave as long as he could, yielded earlier this month when he cooled off and reinforcements arrived.

“He's not going to let this opportunity get away from him. His intensity level every at-bat is the same. He goes through periods when he gets selective. He's a hard guy to pitch to when you think about it. You don't sit there in one spot with one speed on him. People know about him and he's still doing it. That's what's impressive,” Showalter said.

With the scored tied at 3, Paredes hit the first pitch off Marc Rzepczynski (1-3) for a double, and Davis hit his second for a single to right, and a 4-3 lead.

The Orioles (39-34), who have won 16 of 21 and are just one game out of the AL East lead, took a 3-2 lead into the eighth.

Darren O’Day (5-0) allowed a one-out home run to Carlos Santana, his ninth to tie the score.

Wei-Yin Chen, who was banished abruptly and temporarily to Frederick after pitching eight scoreless innings against New York on June 15, returned and allowed two home runs in his six innings. Brandon Moss hit a high shot to right field in the second, his 12th, and Ryan Raburn led off the fourth with his fourth.

Chen insisted the quick trip to the minors wasn’t on his mind.

“I didn’t even think about it because that’s something that’s in the past,” Chen said through a translator. “Today, I was just focusing on the game. That’s all. Trying to get hitters out.”

Even though he expressed his disappointment through Twitter, Chen said he and Showalter are fine.

“We haven’t had a chance to talk today but I don’t think there is any problem,” Chen said. “We talked before I got optioned. So, I don’t think there’s anything between us.”

The Orioles scored three runs off the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber.

J.J. Hardy homered in the second, his third and first since May 15.

In the sixth, the Orioles took a 3-2 lead when Paredes started the inning with a single and ran to third on Chris Parmelee’s one-out double. He scored on Hardy’s sacrifice fly.

Ryan Flaherty’s bloop single scored Parmelee.
Kluber struck out 10, the 20th time this season the Orioles have fanned at least that many times in a game according to STATS LLC.

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 22nd save as the Orioles moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.

“As a team, we’re playing pretty similar, I think, to last year,” Britton said. “We started off slow and then we picked up the pace. For us, it’s about everything coming together, pitching, defense, our defense has been outstanding the last couple of months. Pitching is starting to get better, and guys are getting the big hits when we need them.”

NOTES: Showalter said that the demotion of T.J. McFarland, who was optioned to Norfolk before the game, could be temporary if the Orioles decide to put Adam Jones on the disabled list.

“Nobody wanted to send Mac out. The way it will all shake out probably is not apparent today,” Showalter said. “It's not comfortable having that conversation with T.J. He's been key in three or four games for us already, a difference-maker. He'll be back. And we will be at seven [relief] pitchers at some point, hopefully soon.”

Davis played right field for the first time since Oct. 3, 2012. … Cody Anderson (0-0, 0.00) faces Chris Tillman (5-7, 6.22) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX.

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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