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Showalter names fourth starter, undecided on fifth

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Showalter names fourth starter, undecided on fifth

SARASOTA, Fla. – Mike Wright has won the Orioles’ fourth starter job. Manager Buck Showalter has told the 26-year-old right-hander that he’ll get the start on Apr. 8 against Tampa Bay.

“Mike won the job. Mike pitched well this spring, and had a great year last year in Triple-A. It’s his time. I don’t know how much simpler you can make it,” Showalter said.

Wright is 2-2 with a 4.79 ERA in six spring starts. He’s allowed 11 runs on 23 hits in 20 2/3 innings.

He was 3-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 12 games with the Orioles last season.

Wright will stay in Florida until Saturday when he will pitch in a minor league game.

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Showalter hasn’t decided on the final member of the rotation. Kevin Gausman will begin the season on the disabled list, so it could be Tyler Wilson, who was told he made the club.

“I’ve got a strong lean, but it could change. We’re going to leave ourselves some [room]. That fifth starter’s not needed until the 10th, so the options to pitch game five will be available in the bullpen for a few days,” Showalter said.

“We’ll see how we’re going to use Tyler yet, but Tyler made the club. I told him today. That was fun. Now, the fun ones go away.”

Gausman and Brian Matusz will start the season on the disabled list, and assuming Showalter is going with 12 pitchers to start the season, two spots are unaccounted for.

T.J. McFarland, Zach Phillips, Chaz Roe and Vance Worley are the leading contenders for the final two spots.

“I don’t have anything undecided right now, but some variables come into play that changes, I don’t want to make where we are right now apparent because it could change. We all know what’s floating around the waiver wire right now. There’s a lot of good players that people just couldn’t carry. There’s a name that comes across, seems like every half hour, that we consider,” Showalter said.

“It’s always tough this time of year. You’ve got somebody you’ve been with all spring and feel like you’ve got a pretty good feel for it and taking somebody that someone feels like is that much better, potentially. That’s a tough call. It really is. We look at all of them as we come across. I like the guys we got. I like where we are,” Showalter said.
 
NOTES: Showalter met with Hyun Soo Kim for a third time in an attempt to persuade the South Korean to accept a demotion to Triple-A Norfolk. There’s no indication the solution is any closer to resolution. The Orioles have until midday Sunday to set their roster.

“There’s some things going around that everybody’s considering, just some options there. We’ll bring that to pass at some point. We all know what Sunday at noon means,” Showalter said.

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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