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Wieters' 11th inning home run gives Orioles 2-1 win

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Wieters' 11th inning home run gives Orioles 2-1 win

BALTIMORE – Most of the evening belonged to Nick Markakis. But, in the end it was Matt Wieters who won the night.

Markakis enjoyed a great ovation in his return to Baltimore with the Atlanta Braves, and he was the usual pesky hitter, going deep into counts, and giving some offensive life to his team.

There was only so much Markakis could do, and Wieters finally hit a game-ending home run in the 11th inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 win over the Braves before 26,256 at Oriole Park on Monday night.

The evening began with Markakis receiving a long standing ovation from the fans. Kevin Gausman stepped off the mound and let the cheering continue.

“I was pretty proud of how everybody responded to him. It was one of those things where we were all in the dugout wanting to applaud too, but you kind of did it with your heart and not your hands,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Markakis went 2-for-5 with a first inning double and an eighth inning single, but he could only watch when Wieters led off the 11th with a home run to right-center field on a 1-0 pitch from Luis Avilan (2-4), the fifth pitcher for the Braves (46-53).

It was Wieters’ fourth game-ending home run of his career.

“It won’t ever get old. It’s a great feeling, to put a good swing on the ball at a time when you need it. It’s a good feeling. You’ll never get tired of it,” Wieters said.

The Orioles (49-49) have won three straight and are at .500 for the 14th time this season, tied for third most in club history.

Brad Brach (4-2) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win.

The Orioles (49-49) have won three straight.

“Right now being where we are, cherishing a win is big, to be able to keep piling up wins, and keep piling up wins because that’s what we need to do. It’s nice to get a win, but any win is a nice win,” Wieters said.

Kevin Gausman pitched 7 2/3 innings, the longest of his career. Gausman allowed six hits.

He had retired nine straight until Markakis singled with two outs in the eighth. Cameron Maybin dumped a single to right, sending Markakis to third.

Gausman exited to as loud an ovation as Markakis elicited two hours before.

"I felt pretty comfortable out there. You get through the fifth scoreless, I think that's when your confidence starts to get up. Me and [Wieters], we were on the same page the whole game,” Gausman said.

Brian Matusz struck out Freddie Freeman to keep the game scoreless.

Braves starter Alex Wood allowed just three hits to the Orioles in 7 1/3 innings.

In the ninth, Zach Britton struck out A.J. Pierzynski and then Adonis Garcia hit his second home run of the season to right field, giving Atlanta a 1-0 lead.

Atlanta called on its closer, Jim Johnson for the bottom of the ninth.

Adam Jones began the inning with an infield single. Wieters singled to center, and Jones reached third. Jones scored on J.J. Hardy’s sacrifice fly. Travis Snider lined to right and Lough struck out to send the game into extra innings.

The Orioles, most of whom played with Markakis, remember him fondly, and they liked hearing the crowd’s reaction.

“It was cool to see the ovation. I knew Orioles fans were going to give him a great ovation, and I know he appreciated it. Nick does like he always does. He answered it when the time was [right],” Wieters said.

Gausman is getting to be an expert at these special occasions, as the starter for Derek Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium, and the guy who began Markakis’ career as a visitor.

He let the moment breathe.

“That's just one of those things, you've just got to feel out the situation. Anybody would have,” Gausman said. “What he did for this team, for the city. I think it's funny that he was still playing right here. Just kind of weird, kind of different seeing him in a different uniform. But obviously we all love him and respect him. Just one of those guys that did everything the right way. He made it pretty easy." 

Markakis was always one of Showalter’s favorites.

“We miss him,” Showalter said.

NOTES: Gausman is winless in his last 12 starts. …Hardy has a 10-game hitting streak. … In Sunday’s game, Tommy Hunter was incorrectly charged with a wild pitch. Runners were on first and second, and Caleb Joseph threw out James Loney attempting to advance to second. The runner on third advanced on a fielder’s choice. … Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.49) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6, 3.81) on Tuesday night.

 

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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.