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Tillman gets another loss as Rays beat Orioles 9-5

BALTIMORE –- Chris Tillman looked great in spring training. After three excellent seasons, the Orioles even discussed a long-term contract with him.

Tillman won two of his first three starts, but hasn’t won since. In losing his career-high sixth straight, he allowed five earned runs for the fourth time this season.

The Orioles’ 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 36,945 at Oriole Park on Sunday sent the Orioles on their seven-game road trip to Houston and Cleveland with a homestand that started with four wins in six games, but ends with two losses.

Tillman hasn’t won since Apr. 18.

“I’m making some good pitches but not enough. When I’m falling behind, not making that quality pitch to get out of it. It’s frustrating. It really is. But we don’t stop working, we got to get better. We all know that. And I’ve got some work to do,” Tillman said.

Delmon Young, who hadn’t homered in 115 at-bats, homered twice off Jake Odorizzi and Manny Machado also had two, but that was the extent of the Orioles’ offense.

Tillman gave up six runs, five of them earned on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“Mentally, I’m good. I feel really good with where I’m at. It’s just execution, it all comes down to execution. You make a pitch we get out of it, we are sitting here celebrating instead of going on the road with a loss. It’s unfortunate, two guys had big days like we did. We weren’t able to come out of it with a win,” Tillman said.

Adam Jones missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. He sat on the bench for some of the game, and he took the plane for Houston after the game. He missed two consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 19, 2011. 

Young homered for the first time in the first to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and his second homer in the third tied the score at 2.

Tampa Bay scored two runs in the second. Logan Forsythe doubled, and with two outs, Nick Franklin walked. Bobby Wilson dumped a single to short right field scoring Forsythe and Young’s throw was wild allowing Franklin to score, too.

Tillman (2-7) allowed four runs in the fifth on a walk to Evan Longoria, a single to David DeJesus and a single to right by Forsythe. Steven Souza homered to left-center, his third in three games this series. That put the Rays ahead 6-2.

Young reached base for the third time off Odorizzi (4-5) in the fifth when he walked. After Chris Davis walked to load the bases, Steve Pearce grounded out to third.

Chaz Roe relieved Tillman and struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings. Roe has struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings since joining the Orioles (23-26).

DeJesus led off the seventh with a home run off Oliver Drake, the first run he’s allowed in the majors. It was DeJesus’ fifth, and Tampa Bay (26-25) led 7-2.

Manny Machado’s two-run home run in the seventh, cut the lead to 7-4. It was Machado’s seventh, but his first since May 11. Machado also homered to lead off the ninth.

Odorizzi allowed four runs in six-plus innings.

With two runners on, Brad Boxberger got the final two outs to earn his 15th save.

The Orioles end May with a 13-16 record. Every time the team neared .500, they backed away. What will it take for the Orioles to get hot.

“Everybody healthy. That’s what it’s going to take. Everybody on the field and that’s a part of baseball, the beauty of it. It’s 162 games. Everybody’s going to be hurt, everybody’s going to be down. We’ve just got to keep battling, keep battling, pick up each other and keep running with it. It’s a long season. We’re right where we need to be. Keep grinding. Keep playing baseball, and things will keep falling into place,” Machado said.

NOTES: Showalter said that Matt Wieters, who catches Bud Norris on Tuesday in Norfolk could join the Orioles in Houston on Thursday to be the designated hitter or he could catch Tillman in Cleveland on Friday. Wieters is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.

“I think that will be good. He's ready to go, at-bats and everything. He needs all the time, but looking forward to getting him on the fourth if everything goes well Tuesday. Or the fifth,” Showalter said.

-Machado and Young are the first pair of Orioles to homer twice in a game since Davis and Machado on Sept. 26, 2012. …Jimmy Paredes is in a 1-for-22 slide. … The Orioles open a four-game series in Houston on Monday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.14) faces Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.00).

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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.