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Orioles watch homers sail out of park in 8-6 loss


Orioles watch homers sail out of park in 8-6 loss

BALTIMORE --- For the second straight night, balls were flying out of Oriole Park with alarming frequency. The Orioles hit three, but the Texas Rangers again hit four.

Those long balls doomed the Orioles to their second straight loss to the Rangers 8-6 before 27,370 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night.

Texas (40-38) hit three home runs off Miguel Gonzalez. A night before, they smacked four against Bud Norris.

“We scored, what, six runs? There was enough to win a baseball game. They just did a better job, pitched a little better,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Mitch Moreland, who hit two against Norris, had a long two-run shot in the second, his 13th. It scored Josh Hamilton, who was activated from the disabled list before the game.

Robinson Chirinos led off the fifth with his ninth, a line drive to left, and two batters later Robinson Chirinos his 10th. That gave Texas a 6-4 lead.

In between the home runs, the Rangers loaded the bases with none out in the third. Prince Fielder’s single scored Chirinos, and Rougned Odor came home when Adrian Beltre hit into a double play.

Gonzalez (6-5) allowed six runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

“Really the first two innings I felt good and then after that, I just lost it. Tried to get back to it, but it wasn’t really working. I was flying open. The mechanics weren’t there today. I felt really good in the pen, but it just didn’t work out today,” Gonzalez said. 

Moreland added a two run, opposite-field shot off Chaz Roe, giving him four homers in two games.

“You’ve got to make good pitches and Miggy got behind a lot tonight and I called some pitches that didn’t quite go as I planned. At the same time, probably the one home run that cost us the most was Moreland’s second one. I don’t think he thought he hit it good. I thought it was going to be a pop-up and it’d been a different game, maybe one run (deficit) instead of three,” Wieters said.

Gonzalez has given up three home runs twice in his last four starts, and Texas has gotten hot.

“The last couple games, they have been swinging it really well. This is an aggressive team. They are going to be hacking anything you throw around the plate,” Gonzalez said. “We have been swinging it really good, too. I feel bad that we couldn’t win this game because I didn’t do my job.”

Chris Davis hit a pair of two-run home runs off Colby Lewis, both to center. Adam Jones reached on an error by Odor with two outs, and Davis hit number 17. He hit his 18th, also with two outs, in the third. Jones, who had singled, scored on that one, too.

“I feel good at the plate, just trying to have good at-bats. I think it’s kind of contagious once one or two guys start feeling well, guys start swinging the bats throughout the lineup, putting up runs early and trying to give ourselves a little bit of a lead. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough tonight,” Davis said.

Manny Machado led off the fifth with a home run, his 16th, and the Orioles (41-36) trailed 6-5.

Lewis (7-4) allowed five runs on six hits in six innings.

After Machado’s home run, Lewis, Keone Kela, Tanner Scheppers and Shawn Tolleson retired 14 straight Orioles before J.J. Hardy walked with two outs. After taking second without a throw, Hardy scored on Travis Snider’s single. Snider stole second and Ryan Flaherty struck out as Tolleson recorded his 11th save.

Brad Brach pitched 2 2/3 innings, his longest of the season, and the Orioles may need to add an arm to shore up their bullpen for Wednesday.

“We have to kick it around whether we've got to make a move because we really don't have much length tomorrow,” Showalter said.

The Orioles could option Gonzalez and bring him back just before the All-Star break. Two possible relievers to recall are Jorge Rondon and Tyler Wilson.

Rondon could give the Orioles length for one day and then be optioned for Kevin Gausman. Wilson, who is Norfolk’s scheduled starter on Wednesday, has proven he can give the Orioles multiple innings.

“With a six-man pen you kind of have to manage it a little differently. You have to keep people out of harm's way but also present your best opportunity to win a game,” Showalter said

NOTES: The Orioles turned a season-high four double plays. … Machado extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Davis has a 10-game streak. … Wei-Yin Chen (3-4, 2.90) faces Nick Martinez (5-4, 3.39) on Wednesday night. … The Orioles signed outfielder Tristan Graham, their 22nd draft pick. They’ve signed 35 of their 41 picks.


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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