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Pineda makes Sunday a strikeout for Orioles


Pineda makes Sunday a strikeout for Orioles

NEW YORK –- In an overpowering performance, Michael Pineda struck out 16 Orioles in seven innings. That’s right. Sixteen.

The Orioles never had a chance and leave New York with five losses in six games.

Their 6-2 loss to the Yankees before 39,059 at Yankee Stadium was painful in nearly every way.

Not only did the Orioles not hit, but Bud Norris didn’t pitch well, and there were some fielding breakdowns.

Pineda struck out two batters in the first, allowed J.J. Hardy’s first home run in the second while striking out the side. Hardy was the only Orioles hitter not to struck out against him.

In the third, Manny Machado and Jimmy Paredes singled, and he struck out two more.

Pineda struck out Chris Davis and Alejandro De Aza in the fourth. In the fifth, he fanned Caleb Joseph, Ryan Flaherty and Machado. Machado threw his bat and pounded his helmet in disgust.

Paredes and Adam Jones struck out to start the sixth, giving Pineda (5-0) 14. After Delmon Young’s double, Davis grounded out.

Joseph and Flaherty, who each struck out three times against Pineda, were victims No. 15 and 16.

According to STATS, It was the most by an Orioles opponent in a nine-inning game.

The 16 strikeouts equaled the second most in Yankees history. Only Ron Guidry (18) in 1978 struck out more.


After Esmil Rogers allowed a run in the Orioles’ eighth, Dellin Betances struck out Young and pinch hitter Travis Snider for the final out. It was the Orioles’ 18th strikeout, a record for a nine-inning game.

While Pineda was wonderful, Norris wasn’t.

The fourth inning was an awful one for Norris (1-4). With one out, Carlos Beltran homered to right field, his first of the season. Chase Headley walked and Stephen Drew singled. Didi Gregorius singled to right, but Young elected not to throw home, and Drew scored.

Jacoby Ellsbury doubled to left. De Aza initially broke back, and by the time he realized his mistake, the ball was over his head. Headley and Drew scored, and the Orioles (13-16) trailed 4-1.

Norris was removed for Brian Matusz. This was the third time in his sixth starts Norris had failed to complete four innings.

Brian McCann’s fourth home run of the year made it 5-1.

New York (20-12) scored its final run in the seventh off Jason Garcia on a double by Gregorius.

NOTES: The Orioles have claimed RHP Jorge Rondon on waivers from Colorado. He will be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Rondon has three major league appearances with the Cardinals and Rockies in 2014-15.

-Tom Cheney struck out 21 Orioles in a 16-inning game in 1962 and Sam McDowell 16 in a 10-inning game in 1965,

-Ubaldo Jimenez (2-2, 2.36) faces Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.93) as the Orioles open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

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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