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Orioles trying to get back to Baltimore with a win


Orioles trying to get back to Baltimore with a win

ARLINGTON, Tex. Late Thursday afternoon, the Orioles took batting practice at the empty Rangers Ballpark.They needed it.After being held to five hits in the last two games and losing two of three at Tampa Bay, the Orioles will try to win the first-ever American League Wild Card Game.The Orioles will face the slumping Texas Rangers. Texas led the AL West handily all season, lost seven of nine, including three straight to Oakland, and they shockingly found themselves in the Wild Card Game.The Orioles lost five of seven to the Rangers, and were outscored 56-24.When we get beat, we dont mess around, manager Buck Showalter said.Texas won the last two American League titles and were on the verge of winning the World Series last season in the sixth game. Theyre trying to be the first three-time AL champions since the Yankees won four straight from 1998-2001.I read into it that theyre real good. They are, Showalter said.He managed the Rangers from 2002-6, and maintains an off-season home in Dallas.
Five Orioles: Chris Davis, Tommy Hunter, Darren ODay, Pedro Strop and Taylor Teagarden, played for the Rangers as recently as last season. Three of Showalters coaches, Rick Adair (pitching), Wayne Kirby (first base) and DeMarlo Hale (third base) also worked for the Rangers. The fact that were in Texas is kind of ironic, Davis said.I think just being in the postseason is good enough for us.
The Orioles get to the postseason with an identical record to the Rangers93-69. Its a 24-game improvement from a year ago, which is extraordinary.After a hot start, the Orioles cooled off for nearly two months. In mid-July, their record was 46-44, and they finished 47-25. The American League is so difficult that even with a second Wild Card team, the Rays, who won 90 games, didnt qualify. Last Sunday, the Orioles left Baltimore, certain theyd get to play at home again, either as AL East champs, in a tiebreaker against the Yankees or as top Wild Card team.Instead, after losing two of three at Tampa Bay, they have to play this most difficult I dont think most people thought that Oakland would come back and beat them, Adam Jones said.They handled their business and changed scenarios.Texas is sending Japanese import Yu Darvish to face Baltimore on Friday.Darvish (16-9, 3.90) struck out 221 batters in 191 13 innings. He also hit 10 batters, so Jones, who was hurt 13 times, might have to watch out.He throws 94, 95 mph. He throws cutters, sliders, curveballs. He can spot up on you. Hes a big guy, Jones said.We can try and build a scouting report on him as the game is going on.A year ago, the Orioles declined to bid on Darvish, who signed a six-year, 56 million contract with the Rangers last winter.A lot of different pitches, probably some pauses in his windup, Davis said.We know his reputation. Were going to look at him on tape probably today or tomorrow and try and get a gameplan and go after him.When asked his opinion about Darvish, Showalter joked: Hes an expensive one.

A moment later, he talked about Wei-Yin Chens high praise for Darvish and amended his assessment.Hes pretty special, Showalter said.The Orioles must find a way to get to Darvish. If they can, they will host their first home playoff game since 1997.If the Orioles win, theyll host New York for two division games on Sunday and Monday. If they lose, theyll disappoint their fans who were counting on a least one game at home. We grinded like heck for a chance to roll the dice to have a chance to win in October, Showalter said.Were trying everything possible to get back to Baltimore.

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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