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Orioles sweep Red Sox on three home runs, 6-5

BALTIMORE –- After the Orioles found out Brian Matusz’s eight-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his arm was upheld last Friday, they knew they’d play a man short.

It hasn’t mattered.

The Orioles have won five of six since the suspension began, and on Thursday night, recorded both their first series sweep and four-game winning streak of the season.

Thanks to three home runs, the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 before 22,480 at Oriole Park.

Chris Tillman benefitted from the home runs and good defense, and while the bullpen wasn’t as airtight as it was the last two nights, it was good enough.

Manager Buck Showalter’s bullpen allowed a run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings. In the three-game series, sans Matusz, they gave up just four hits in 12 innings.

“They kind of rally around it. Not that there's a safety net. It was going to be a need. They saw it coming. They knew. They're trying to pick up Brian and pick up the team,” Showalter said. “We're covered until we get to Sunday, then Brian's got to get some people out to be useful. He's getting them out down in Sarasota, that's for sure.”

Matusz has been throwing extended spring training games in Sarasota while his teammates thrive without him.

While he’s been gone, Matt Wieters and Nolan Reimold have returned. Wieters works well with Tillman, and Reimold have seven putouts, several of them challenging, and he hit his first home run as an Oriole since July 10, 2013.

"I was thinking tonight watching Nolan, this is a guy who basically broke his neck diving in the stands for his team, his family, his city, whatever,” Showalter said.

Reimold’s third-inning home run gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead.

“I don’t think I was thinking. It was just happening. But I was soaking it up. I was enjoying it. It was fun to be back out there in Camden and playing for the Orioles again,” Reimold said.

Adam Jones homered off Wade Miley with two outs in the first, his 10th. In the bottom of the second, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy singled with one out. Davis scored on Steve Pearce’s single.

Three batters after Reimold’s home run, Delmon Young’s RBI single scored Jones for a 4-0 lead.

Tillman (4-7) retired the first nine Boston batters, thanks to some deft fielding. Reimold ran down Brock Holt’s drive to left for the game’s second out, and Manny Machado went near the outfield grass to field Hanley Ramirez’s ground ball and throw him out to end the first.

Dustin Pedroia and Holt began the fourth with singles. Ramirez walked to load the bases. David Ortiz hit a short fly to left. Pedroia scored on Mike Napoli’s fly to center, and Pablo Sandoval doubled with two runs to cut the Orioles’ lead to 4-3.

As he has so many times in the past, Wieters was there to guide Tillman through the game. He is especially meaningful to Tillman.

“Everyone knows what Wieters is capable of, especially with me. Having played together for so long and coming up together, he knows me inside and out,” Tillman said.

Machado hit his 10th home run with two outs in the fourth.

Miley and manager John Farrell argued in the dugout when he was lifted after the fourth. In two starts against the Orioles (29-30) this season, Miley (5-5) has allowed 12 runs on 14 hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Tillman walked Ramirez to start the sixth, and with two outs Sandoval singled. Brad Brach replaced him and allowed an RBI single to Xander Bogaerts.

In 5 2/3 innings, Tillman allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Machado reached on a two-base error by Sandoval to start the seventh. Reimold walked off Steven Wright, and Machado took third on Jones’ fly to left. He scored on Wieters’ sacrifice fly to center and the Orioles led 6-4.

Ortiz hit his seventh home run off Chaz Roe with one out in the eighth. Boston (27-34) cut the lead to 6-5.

Zach Britton pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Reimold and Tillman have played together since 2008, and as the Orioles moved within a game of .500, the winning pitcher took a moment to appreciate Reimold.

“Nolan is a special player. On any given night he’s capable of doing some impressive things, and tonight was one of them,” Tillman said.

NOTES: In Bowie, Kevin Gausman allowed four hits on four hits in 3 1/3 innings against Binghamton. He struck out four and walked none. …The New York Yankees begin a three-game series on Friday night. Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.02). Pineda struck out 16 Orioles on May 10.

 

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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.