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What's Steve Johnson's 2013 role with Orioles?

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What's Steve Johnson's 2013 role with Orioles?

What will the Orioles do with Steve Johnson?

Johnson was one of many feel-good stories of 2012, exceeding most people’s expectations. After years of toiling in the minor leagues, he finally got a chance.

But, did he get an authentic one?

Johnson got invited to spring training for the first time, but didn’t stay long. He went back to Norfolk.

In 2011, Johnson didn’t do well at Norfolk, with a 2-7 record and 5.56 ERA. He’d been promoted after going 5-1 with a 2.16 ERA at Bowie.

For some, he was just another minor league pitcher, but for the Orioles, he was family.

Steve’s father, Dave was probably the ultimate hometown hero. Part of the fabled 1989 “Why Not” team, Johnson symbolized the blue-collar ethos of the Memorial Stadium crowd.

A generation later, his son made the major leagues.

Steve Johnson went to St. Paul’s, and instead of going to college, went off to play minor league ball when the Dodgers drafted him in the 13th round of the 2005 draft.

After four years, he finally made it to Double-A, and was shockingly traded to the Orioles along with Josh Bell for George Sherrill.

There was that hometown thing again. No one would have noticed if another Double-A pitcher named Johnson had been a pick-up, but it was Dave’s kid.

After baseball, Dave Johnson stayed around Baltimore and got into broadcasting, keeping his profile high.

After seven starts with Bowie in 2009, Johnson was taken by the San Francisco Giants in the Rule 5 Draft.

The Giants, who would win the first of two World Series that season, quickly returned Johnson to the Orioles. Back to Bowie Johnson went.

Johnson was 4-8 with a 2.86 ERA at Norfolk, but there were a few special trips during that season.

There was the two-day trip to the West Coast in early July where he sat in the bullpen unused before being returned.

Then came the debut. On July 15, Johnson pitched the final two innings at home against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers before getting sent back to Norfolk.

Johnson got called back up for the third time to start against Seattle on Aug. 8. He struck out nine in six innings and won. He won all four of his decisions and three of his four starts, though he didn’t pitch regularly.

On the roster for the Wild Card Game, Johnson wasn’t active for the Division Series, though was with the club.

His stat line was impressive: 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA, just 23 hits and 46 strikeouts in 38 1/3 innings.

That still doesn’t guarantee Johnson a place on the 2013 Orioles. There’s lots of competition for starting spots: Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez will be back. Joe Saunders could be. Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are coming along. Tsuyoshi Wada will be back, too.

Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter may still be around, too, and last week, the Orioles added Zach Clark to the 40-man roster.

Johnson could be a long man, but so could Arrieta, Clark or Hunter.

The Orioles could try converting him to short relief, but for now, they looked stacked there.

Johnson’s accomplishments in 2012 were impressive. He just hopes the Orioles find a place for him.

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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