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Orioles split with Yankees after 13-3 defeat

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Orioles split with Yankees after 13-3 defeat

After an exhausting, emotional weekend, the Orioles and Yankees end up exactly where they began. New York leads the American League East by a game after they pounded the Orioles 13-3 before 40,346 on a perfect Sunday afternoon. The Orioles and Yankees not only split the four-game series; they each won nine games in the season series. The Orioles were looking for their first season series win over New York since 1997.A day after the Orioles (78-62) won an emotional game, losing Nick Markakis for at least six weeks with a broken left thumb, they suffered their worst loss since July 16 when they lost by 12 to Minnesota.Emotions were high when the game began. The Yankees were still upset about the controversial ending of Saturday nights game when Mark Teixeira bounced into a double play.Television replays showed that Teixeira, who was playing his first game after missing 10 with a strained left calf muscle, clearly safe.Teixeira apparently reinjure the calf muscle on the play and could miss the rest of the season.

The Yankees (79-61) scored a run off Zach Britton in the first on an RBI single by Robinson Cano.Brittons last out was a liner back to him by Nick Swisher that deflected off him and hit his face. He recovered and threw out Swisher, and walked off the mound shaking his head.Everything seemed fine starting the fourth, but Britton (5-2) quickly came unglued. He gave up a long single to Alex Rodriguez to start the inning, then walked Cano, Russell Martin and Steve Pearce. After Pearces walk scored A-Rod, Britton struck out Andruw Jones, then gave up RBI base hits to Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki. Derek Jeter walked with the bases loaded to score Pearce, and the Yankees led 5-0. It was Brittons first loss in his last six starts. His last loss came at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 1. Hes now 1-3 against New York with a 7.71 ERA in six starts.While the Yankees were pecking away at Britton, Freddy Garcia was resting on their bench. When he returned for the fourth, he allowed a two-run double to Wilson Betemit, who was starting for the first time since Aug. 11. Matt Wieters drove in the third run with a single, and the Orioles were with 5-3.Joba Chamberlain (1-0) relieved Garcia and struck out four of the six batters he faced for the win.Jake Arrieta made his first major league relief appearance and pitched three innings. He allowed three runs on Curtis Grandersons 35th home run in the sixth and a two-run single by Granderson in the seventh. By then, it was 8-3.The Yankees scored five more runs in the eighth. Jeter hit a two-run home run off Kevin Gregg for his ninth hit of the weekend. He has 3,279 hits, just four shy of Willie Mays for 10th place on the all-time list. Granderson had a two-run double in the inning, amassing five RBIs after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth.

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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