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Orioles tie Yankees for first place with 10-6 win

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Orioles tie Yankees for first place with 10-6 win

For years, there have been many large crowds at Yankees-Orioles games in Baltimore. A large portion, and in some cases a majority of the fans were pulling for the Yankees.Thursday may have been a harbinger of a major change.Not only did the Orioles tie New York for the AL East lead with a 10-6 win before a passionate throng of 46,298, but they may have finally won the hearts and minds of Baltimore.Thousands of tickets were sold months in advance because the Orioles were honoring Cal Ripken, but many more were sold when the importance of this four-game series became apparent.The stands were packed with something the current Orioles havent seen, thousands wearing orange and cheering relentlessly for them.After the Orioles frittered away a 6-1 lead, Adam Jones rocketed his 28th home run of the year off David Robertson (1-6) to lead off the eighth. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run home run, his second of the game. It was his third two-home run game in six days, all against the Yankees (77-60).New York manager Joe Girardi brought in Boone Logan to face Chris Davis, and he sent his 24th home run to right field to put the Orioles up 10-6.When Matt Wieters hit a three-run home run to left field in the first, the roar was deafening. Wieters 19th home run followed Adam Jones RBI single, and gave the Orioles (77-60) a 4-0 lead off David Phelps.The game also marked the return of Jason Hammel who worked into the sixth inning, but had an awfully scary moment in the fourth.Robinson Cano lined a ball off his right elbow, but Hammel stayed put. He allowed the Yankees first run on an RBI single by Curtis Granderson in the fourth, but finished the inning out.In the fourth, Robert Andino hit his sixth home run of the year off Phelps for a 5-1 lead.After Hammel, who missed nearly two months after right knee surgery walked Alex Rodriguez to start the sixth, Randy Wolf, who rescued Chris Tillman on Sunday, relieved him.Hammel worked five-plus innings, allowed a run on six hits, walked two and struck out six.Reynolds hit a home run in the bottom of the sixth, his 19th of the season, to make it 6-1. It was Reynolds third in the last three games.Wolf didnt allow a hit until Rodriguezs RBI double in the eighth. That set the Yankees up for a five-run inning and a 6-6 tie.Pedro Strop relieved Wolf and allowed an RBI single by Curtis Granderson to make it 6-3. As he did in New York on Saturday, Strop walked two straight batters, Russell Martin and Chris Dickerson.Dickersons bases-loaded walk forced home Eric Chavez and then Strop gave up a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki to score Granderson and Martin.With the tie, manager Buck Showalter hooked Strop, who didnt retire any of his four hitters for Darren ODay. ODay (7-1) retired Jeter, the only batter he faced on a pop to secondJim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth to close it out.
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NOTES:-The six home runs were a season high.- Showalter said he expected that Jake Arrieta, wholl be officially recalled on Friday, would be the final addition to the roster. The team will send some players to the Instructional League in Sarasota, Fla. in case theyre needed because of injuries.-Tillmans right elbow was scheduled to be examined on Thursday. He could be cleared to pitch this weekend, but may skip a turn.-Wei Yin Chen (12-9, 3.79) and Phil Hughes (13-12, 4.18) are Fridays pitchers.

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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