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Red Sox win 8-0, shut out Orioles for second consecutive game

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Red Sox win 8-0, shut out Orioles for second consecutive game

BOSTON – As the Orioles season winds down, the offense gets quieter and quieter. For the second straight game, the Orioles were shut out by the Boston Red Sox.

On Friday night, it was 35-year-old Rich Hill, who hadn’t thrown a complete game in nine years. A day later, it was seven relievers who combined on a shutout.

The Orioles got just five hits in losing to the Red Sox 8-0 before 36,316 at Fenway Park on Saturday.

"I think the thing I point out is we haven't scored a run in 18 innings. The story for me kind of starts and stops there,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Wei-Yin Chen, who is likely in his final days with the Orioles, allowed two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

That wasn’t so bad, but Oliver Drake and Jorge Rondon combined to allowed six unearned runs as the Orioles committed three errors for the second time in five games.

“It’s just one of those games, you can’t tell why it went bad,” Matt Wieters said. “It didn’t feel, from behind the plate, that we gave up eight runs, but when you look at the scoreboard you know we did.”

Manny Machado made two of those errors, giving him 20. It was the second time this season he’s made two.

“People expect him to catch everything and he just about does,” Showalter does.

Chen (10-8) will start against New York on Friday night, and then seek fame and fortune as a free agent. While the Orioles are expected to proffer a qualifying offer, Chen is expected to reject it.

He had no run support and watched as the Orioles (76-78) dropped 4 ½ games behind Houston for the final wild-card spot with eight games to play. In order to even have a winning season, the Orioles must six of their final eight.

Craig Breslow got his first start after 522 relief appearances and pitched four scoreless innings. Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo had planned on a 40 pitch limit. Instead, Breslow pitched a career high four innings and threw 55 pitches.

Heath Hembree (2-0) followed with a scoreless fifth. Matt Barnes threw two shutout innings. Alexi Ogando, Tommy Layne and Noe Ramirez worked the eighth, and Jonathan Aro pitched the ninth.

Entering this series the Orioles won 11 of 15, including a three-game sweep against the Nationals.

"We swung it better in Washington, but we just went through a two-game period here where we haven't done much offensively. I'll be the first to tip my hat to the other team, but we're capable of better.”

For the fifth straight game, the Orioles were without Adam Jones, who has been suffering from back spasms. Zach Britton, who hasn’t pitched since last Sunday because of a sore left lat, was cleared to return.

“Well, we did some good things in Washington without [Jones]. We did some things pitching-wise without Zach. The good news is Darren [O’Day] was not available again today, but Zach was. Hopefully, we'll get that back on its feet, but if we don't score any runs there won't be any need for him,” Showalter said.

The Red Sox (74-80) scored a run off Chen in the fifth. Brock Holt walked with one out, and Josh Rutledge doubled to score Holt.

In the sixth, Rusney Castillo doubled with two outs and scored on Holt’s single.

“Overall, I feel good, but in the fifth and sixth innings, I kind of lose my command out there and couldn’t get back in time. That’s the thing I’m not happy about today,” Chen said through his interpreter.

Two more runs scored on Machado’s error in the seventh.

Boston added four unearned runs in the eighth on errors by Machado and Steve Pearce.

The Orioles had multiple runners on three times. Jonathan Schoop singled and Gerardo Parra doubled with two outs in the second. In the fifth, J.J. Hardy singled and Nolan Reimold walked with two out, and in the eighth, Ryan Flaherty singled and Machado walked.

“It's September baseball, when you can pitch that many pitchers. It doesn't happen in August or whatever. It's a whole different thing. You've got to be ready for all the things, whether it's the guy last night or the five, six, seven guys they used today out of the bullpen. That's where you are in September. We just didn't score,” Showalter said.

The Orioles were shut out for the 11th time this season, and it was the second time this season they’ve been blanked in consecutive games.

Chris Davis, who has been robbed of five home runs, struck out twice to run his season total to 201, the seventh 200-plus strikeout season in major league history.

NOTE: Ubaldo Jimenez (12-9, 4.16) faces Henry Owens on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

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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.