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Wei-Yin Chen impressive in 4-0 blanking of Phillies

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Wei-Yin Chen impressive in 4-0 blanking of Phillies

BALTIMORE --- In their previous 14 games, the Orioles hadn’t had a starter get an out in the seventh inning. On Monday night, Wei-Yin Chen did much better.

Chen completed eight innings for the fourth time in his career, allowing just four hits as the Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 before 23,730 at Oriole Park

It was the ninth win in the past 11 games for the Orioles (32-31).

Philadelphia (22-43) has lost seven straight and 17 of 20.

Chen, walked one and struck out nine in getting through eight.

“It’s been a while since I had that, so yes, I feel great. But today, the reason I have that is because my teammates we had great offense, great defense and great bullpen. That’s the only reason we win the game,” Chen said through his translator.

After a 27-minute delay for rain, Chen (3-4) raced through the first three innings, allowing only a walk in the second to Chase Utley.

Cesar Hernandez led off the fourth with a bunt base hit, but he was quickly taken care of when Maikel Franco hit into a double play.

It wasn’t until Cameron Rupp flied out to right to lead off the sixth that a Phillies batter hit the ball in the air. It was the only putout recorded by the Orioles outfield.

Aaron Harang (4-8) started his fourth game against the Orioles. His first came in June 2005 with Cincinnati.

Chris Davis had the first hit, a bunt single to third base to start the second.

The Orioles scored in the fifth. Travis Snider doubled off the left field with two outs and scored on J.J. Hardy’s line single.

Jimmy Paredes singled with one out in the sixth. Adam Jones hit into a force out, Davis walked, and Matt Wieters launched a three-run home run to right, his second, and the Orioles (32-31) led 4-0.

Manager Buck Showalter is impressed with Wieters’ bat, especially with playing in just eight games.

“It's a different level of pitching, a different level of intensity but I thought that would be something that should come fairly quickly. Matt, especially a couple games, you could tell he was getting the bat to the right places,” Showalter said.

The Orioles have won all six games Wieters has caught since his return from Tommy John surgery. The one-year anniversary of the surgery is Wednesday.

Wieters said that he isn’t sure when—or if—he’ll be able to catch consecutive games.

“No date yet. Kind of see how it feels. We’ll have to go through a slight progression of just picking up a ball and throwing some long toss on the day in between. It’s something to where it’s better to be playing every other day than push it too hard and have to take some time off, so I just want to be able to be around as much as I can and play as much as I can to be able to help this team,” Wieters said.

“It feels good. It’s a major surgery that’s done to it, so I’m going to have some different feelings than I had before the surgery. It feels good. It feels strong. I feel confident I can make every throw. I think the big thing now is being able to get that recovery on the day in between, still.”

Hernandez led off the seventh with a double, and Franco was called out on strikes by home plate umpire Eric Cooper. Franco argued and was quickly ejected.

Utley singled to right to start the eighth. He was thrown out trying for second by Nolan Reimold. Cody Asche singled and moved to second on a wild pitch by Chen. Cameron Rupp struck out and Chen equaled his career high for the fourth time, the second this season.

“He was strong tonight. He was ready to go from the get-go as you could see. From his last start, he wanted to get deep in the game. He came out there with a plan and he carried it out,” Wieters said.

Chen made three putouts at first, and made some nifty plays.

“With so many ground balls in the infield, I had to run so many times, so I kind of feel tired,” Chen joked.

Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth, and the Orioles had their fourth shutout of the season in just two hours, nine minutes.

Chen has eight quality starts this year, but just three wins.

“It's one of those things that if you're consistently pitching well, then those things work themselves out,” Showalter said. “Over the long haul, you'll get rewarded for it.”

NOTES: The Orioles will need to drop a player when they add 1B/OF Chris Parmelee. …Jerome Williams (3-6, 5.71) starts against Chris Tillman (4-7, 5.68) on Tuesday night.

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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