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Strop can't hold lead as Orioles lost to Yankees 4-3


Strop can't hold lead as Orioles lost to Yankees 4-3

For nearly all the season, the Orioles bullpen has been a sure thing.Sure, there have been a few missteps. There was one on Saturday.Pedro Strop relieved Wei-Yin Chen in the seventh inning and walked his first two batters and turned a likely win into an ugly loss.As a result of the New York Yankees 4-3 win over the Orioles before 46,122 at Yankee Stadium, Baltimores deficit in the AL East, grew to three games.For most of the game, it looked as if they could narrow it to one.In the first inning, Nick Markakis led off with a walk. He moved to third on J.J. Hardys single and scored on Nate McLouths double play grounder.
In the bottom of the first, McLouth made a brilliant diving catch on Derek Jeters fly ball while Mark Reynolds, Fridays offensive and defensive star, applauded into his glove. Markakis followed with a nice catch on Nick Swishers fly. Chen retired the first 11 Yankees until Robinson Cano hit his 28th home run of the season with two outs in the fourth.By then, the Orioles (73-59) led 3-0. Manny Machados RBI single in the second and Matt Wieters 18th home run in the fourth gave them the lead.Chens second hit was a single to Swisher in the sixth. Cano followed with a long fly to right that Markakis caught at the wall.Wieters has hit in 13 straight games this season against the Yankees, the first Oriole to do that since Cal Ripken in 1996. In the seventh, former Oriole Steve Pearce singled with one out, his first hit as a Yankee. With one out, Chen (12-8) walked Jayson Nix and gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Nunez.Strop replaced Chen and walked Ichiro Suzuki to load the bases and Jeter on a full count to tie the score at 3. Swisher bounced to short. J.J. Hardy bobbled it and Nunez came home with the go-ahead run.Boone Logan (6-2) pitched two scoreless innings for New York (76-56).David Robertson worked a perfect eighth and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 35th save.In his first start at Yankee Stadium, Chen allowed four runs-three earnedon four hits in 6 23 innings. He walked two and struck out four.Yankees starter David Phelps allowed three runs and three hits and walked six in 4 23 innings.NOTES: -New Yorks Curtis Granderson left the game with a right hamstring injury. -Chris Tillman (7-2, 3.26) and Phil Hughes (13-11, 4.02) are Sundays pitchers.

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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