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For starters, Orioles aren't close to Giants

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For starters, Orioles aren't close to Giants

Orioles fans had to be a little envious. They watched the San Francisco Giants easily dispose of the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles had five more wins during the regular season than the Tigers.

They split their six games with Detroit. Surely, the Orioles could have done better against the Giants.

San Francisco had 94 wins, one more than the Orioles, but there was one important facet that separates the teams, starting pitching.

Everyone saw the Giants starters dominate the seemingly overmatched Tigers. Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder did little in the World Series despite dominating regular seasons.

And for all the insipid in-game interviews with Justin Verlander, he had a rotten start in Game 1, and after that Detroit was done.

Now, about those San Francisco starters. The Giants’ five starters, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum all had 10 or more wins.

San Francisco got 71 wins from its five starters, who began all but two games in 2012.

Lincecum was 10-15, but the other four were all at least five games over .500.  At 16-5, Cain was 11 over.

Just one Orioles starter, Wei-Yin Chen had more than 10 wins, and at 12-11, was just one game over .500.

Twelve Orioles started at least two games, and eight of them started 10 or more.

Even with those great starters, the Giants had only five complete games and 53 saves while the Orioles had just one complete game, by Jason Hammel, and 55 saves. Fifty-one of the saves were by Jim Johnson. 

Offensively, the Giants scored just six more runs than the Orioles. They had the fewest home runs in the majors, 103 and just one player, Buster Posey had more than 12.

Baltimore had 215 home runs, more than double the Giants’ total. Five players had more than 20.

San Francisco had five players with more than 10 stolen bases, and their on-base percentage was .327. The Orioles had just two players with 10 or more steals, and their on-base percentage was .311.

Seven Orioles had more than 100 strikeouts. The Giants had just two.

There are players on the Orioles the Giants would surely covet: Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Manny Machado.

The franchises have few links. One of them is at catcher. Matt Wieters and Posey played against each other in college.

Wieters is a year older, and was chosen fifth by the Orioles I 2007 out of Georgia Tech. A year later, Posey was also picked fifth from Florida State.

This was Wieters’ first time in the postseason. Posey now has two World Series titles. Wieters was in the postseason for the first time.

It’s natural that these players, whose teams played last in June 2010 will be compared.

Next August, the Orioles will visit San Francisco for three games. Then, comparisons will be easier to make.

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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