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Orioles roll on with 5-3 win over Red Sox

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Orioles roll on with 5-3 win over Red Sox

Sometimes, things just cant be explained.Before Wednesdays game, Buck Showalter admitted that the Orioles had been lucky in some ways, especially defensively.Ill be the first to tell you: We were fortunate with the things we were doing at certain positions to win some of the games we won, Showalter said.In recent days, with the arrival of Manny Machado at third base, the defense has tightened up and the magic continues.Bostons Aaron Cook had no-hit the Orioles for five innings. In the sixth against four Red Sox pitchers, the Orioles scratched out five runs on their way to a 5-3 win before 22,259 at Oriole Park.The win was Baltimores ninth in 11 games. Their 64-53 record puts them first in the AL wild card chase. They havent been 11 games over .500 since June 18.Cook took a 2-0 lead into the sixth, but that quickly disappeared. Nick Markakis walked with one out. J.J. Hardy singled, and Nate McLouth scored Markakis. Adam Jones bounced back to Cook, but his throw was into center field to score Hardy to tie the score at 2.After Matt Wieters doubled to score McLouth, Davis hit a grounder to second. On Dustin Pedroias throw to home. Jones barreled into Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but the Bostonian held onto the ball for the second out. Mark Reynolds two-run double made it 5-2.Cook (3-6) was charged with all five runs, three of them unearned in 5 13 innings.Miguel Gonzalez (5-2) was the winner. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.Gonzalez could have been the loser, but the five-run inning gave him the win.The Red Sox (57-61) scored two runs off Gonzalez in the fifth. Scott Podsednik led off with a single. He moved to second on a single by Nick Punto. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double to scored Podsednik, and Punto scored on Carl Crawfords fly to center. J.C. Romero relieved Gonzalez in the seventh and committed an error that led to a run. Luis Ayala, Pedro Strop and Jim Johnson finished with 2 13 perfect innings. Johnson picked up his 35th save of the game. NOTES: -Strop recorded his 17th straight scoreless appearance. Hes pitched 16 13 shutout innings since July 3.-Bostons Adrian Gonzalez and manager Bobby Valentine were ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt in the top of the eighth.-Ellsbury has hit in 38 straight games against the Orioles-If Wilson Betemit is put on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right wrist, Joe Mahoney is a possible callup from Norfolk. Mahoney is a left-handed hitting first baseman, who had a brief audition with the team early last month. -Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.40) and Clay Buchholz (10-3, 4.24) are the probable pitchers for Thursday.

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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