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Schoop's home run gives Orioles a 3-2 win over Nats


Schoop's home run gives Orioles a 3-2 win over Nats

BALTIMORE –- Manny Machado gave Jonathan Schoop some advice when he came to the plate. Tanner Roark had struck out Jimmy Paredes and J.J. Hardy for the first two outs of the ninth.

The score was tied at 2, and Machado, who has known Schoop for the past five years gave him some orders.

“Manny told me to hit a double for me to drive you in or hit a home run, one of those two. I said I’m going to try to hit a double for you and you drive me in. I didn’t want to be selfish, you know?”

Schoop drove a 2-2 pitch just into the left field stands, and the Orioles had a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals before 46,289 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Machado and the rest of the happy Orioles jumped all over Schoop as he crossed home plate.

“We’re brothers, and I know he’s really happy for me right now,” Schoop said.

Schoop returned from more than two months on the disabled list with a sprained right knee, and he has five home runs in 10 games.

The Orioles (44-42), who had lost eight of 10, will go into the All-Star break with at least a .500 record.

It’s always a boisterous crowd during “The Battle of the Beltways,” and the players sense it, too.

The Orioles have a far better record at home (27-16) than on the road (17-26), and coming off a road trip where they lost five of six.

“This is our home. We love to play here. We love to play in front of our fans. You can’t find a better atmosphere in baseball, I don’t think. And I think we thrive off that, we really do. I think we’ve shown that over the years and it’s fun to play in front of our fans,” Chris Tillman said.

Tillman worked through six innings, and has now started seen straight times without a loss.

The Orioles were down 2-1 entering the eighth and won for the first time this season when trailing after seven. They were 0-36.

“It’s nice because you want to win the games you should win, and also when you can sneak away with some wins that maybe you’ve been trailing late in the game, it’s nice to be able to scratch those off and see where you are at the end of the year,” Matt Wieters said.

Wieters’ double off Matt Thornton scored Chris Parmelee in the eighth to tie the score at 2. Parmelee led off with an infield single against Casey Janssen. He had been 1-for-23.

Zach Britton (1-0) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

Roark (4-4) had two quick outs, and was a strike from sending the game into extra innings.

Tillman labored through six innings and gave up two runs, but he got only one run in return when Adam Jones homered to left field leading off the fourth. It was his 12th of the season, and his eighth in 39 games against the Nationals.

Tillman, who allowed just one hit in the first four innings, allowed five in the fifth. Clint Robinson and Ian Desmond started the inning with singles. Jose Lobaton grounded into a double play, and Tyler Moore’s double scored Robinson to tie the score. Michael A. Taylor’s single drove in Moore, and the Nationals (46-39) led 2-1.

Tillman allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings.

Gio Gonzalez didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning and left after walking Jimmy Paredes to start the seventh.

“We kept the team in the game pitching-wise. That guy (Gonzalez) is good. He’s a good pitcher. And you knew it was going to be a low-scoring game from the get-go. It was fun to be a part of,” Tillman said.

Manager Buck Showalter said that Wieters, who caught on consecutive days for the first time on Monday and Tuesday, won’t be doing the same on Saturday.

‘We're not going to do the back to back again until after the break and see where we are,” Showalter said.

Caleb Joseph will catch on Saturday night, Wieters on Snday.

“Doing the every other day, I feel I’m available every day to where I can go in and catch if I need to as opposed to catching back-to-back it kind of handcuffs the ability to make a move late and go back behind the plate so I think it felt good doing it, but I think a little bit longer will be good for my arm,” Wieters said.

NOTES: The crowd was the largest of the season and the fourth sellout. … Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.04) faces Miguel Gonzalez (7-5, 3.87) on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The game will televised on FOX.


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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