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Orioles score four in the eighth for 4-3 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Through seven innings, the Orioles had just two hits. Their playoff hopes were nearly over.

But, then, the Orioles woke up against Alex Colome and came away with a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays before 9.617 at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night.

Matt Moore, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, had pitched masterfully and held a 3-0 lead.

A half-inning later, the Orioles scored four runs, and they managed to creep closer to the Houston Astros, who they trail by 4 ½ games.

“It felt like a W all the way right?” manager Buck Showalter said.

Colome (6-5) allowed a leadoff single to Jonathan Schoop, then got two outs. Gerardo Parra singled Schoop, who had gone to second on a wild pitch to third.

Steve Clevenger’s RBI single scored Schoop with the first run. Manny Machado’s single scored Parra with the second. After Colome’s wild pitch, Chris Davis was walked intentionally to load the bases.

Adam Jones singled to right, bringing pinchrunner Ryan Flaherty and Machado home, and the Orioles (72-74) led 4-3.

“Somebody's going to succeed, one of the two. Good thing it was me today,” Jones said.

Chaz Roe (4-2) retired four batters for the win. Brad Brach pitched a scoreless eighth, and with Zach Britton unavailable, Darren O’Day worked the ninth for his third save.

The Orioles have seven wins in nine games and are 4 ½ games behind Houston for the second wild card. The Astros lost four straight to Texas.

Showalter knows how important these games are, and this game was a big one.

“Obviously mathematically it is. Opportunities are the games you play, two, three hours, four hours. That’s your opportunity and you don’t have 100 more. You have, X number left. Our guys are aware of what each game means,” Showalter said.

Chris Tillman pitched one of his better games this season, and truly had nothing to show for it. Tillman allowed three strange runs.

In the third inning, John Jaso hit a home run that got stuck in a catwalk in right field. It was just the fifth ball in the history of the ballpark, which has hosted the Rays since 1998, that couldn’t be dislodged.

Jones prevented Tampa Bay (70-76) from adding on in the fourth when he made a diving catch on Kevin Kiermaier’s sinking liner in center with two on.

“Huge, huge. Runners on base, he made a great play. I think he made two or three great plays tonight. I think those ones where he goes back, people don’t really notice that. He’s one of the best in the game at that. That’s why,” Tillman said.

Tillman got the first two outs of the sixth before James Loney doubled. Steven Souza walked, and Matt Wieters tried to pick off Souza. The throw was errant, and Loney took third on Wieters’ error.

Tim Beckham singled off Tillman’s glove, scoring Loney. Kiermaier’s infield single off Brian Matusz scored Souza, and Tampa Bay led 3-0.

Tillman allowed three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“Tilly was good, he gives up the deflection off him and Brian gave up the swinging bunt, that was really deflating, a   lot of guys would have pulled the dirt in around them at that point but our guys didn’t they came right back at them,” Showalter said.

Tillman has not won in his last six starts.



Moore retired the first nine Orioles before Nolan Reimold led off the fourth with a double. Schoop singled in the sixth with one out.

Moore allowed no more baserunners. In seven innings, he gave up just the two hits and didn’t walk any.

He entered the game with an 8.42 ERA and hadn’t pitched more than five innings in any of his previous eight starts.

O’Day was pitching for the fourth time in five nights. Showalter decided Zach Britton needed a second straight day off.

“I had an idea, thought Zach might have another day off. You never now what Buck is going to do. I thought I might pitch the ninth. I stretched a half-inning later, if that’s relevant,” O’Day said.

The Orioles must catch not only Houston, but Minnesota, Los Angeles and Cleveland, too.

Jones isn’t doing any scoreboard watching.

“We’ve got to take care of our own business. You can't clean everybody else's house when your house is dirty,” Jones said.

NOTES: David Ortiz hit the last ball to get stuck in the catwalk exactly seven years ago. … Schoop has a career long 10-game hitting streak. … Tyler Wilson (2-1, 1.29) faces Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.14) on Friday night. … Reading beat Bowie 9-3 at Prince George’s Stadium. The Baysox trail 2-1 in the Eastern League finals.

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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.

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Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."

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Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.