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Wild 10-run inning gives Orioles 14-8 win over Royals


Wild 10-run inning gives Orioles 14-8 win over Royals

BALTIMORE – The Orioles had just scored 10 runs in an inning, hit two grand slams for the first time in 29 years and registered the third straight win.

Yet, all everyone wanted to talk about was Chris Davis getting hit in his right hip by a pitch.

Davis wanted to talk about the big inning.

“I mean I think that’s really the story of this game. It’s unfortunate that we’re going to look back on this game and see all negative things and remember it for that but two grand slams in one inning against that bullpen,” Davis said.

The 10-run inning, the most in more than 13 years led the Orioles to a 14-8 win over the Kansas City Royals before 45,420 at Oriole Park on Friday night.

Kansas City (83-58) has a terrific bullpen, but the Orioles (68-72) who were trailing 6-4, got grand slams by Nolan Reimold and Steve Clevenger in the eighth.

The Orioles are the first team in baseball history to twice hit two grand slams in an inning. Jim Dwyer and Larry Sheets did it on Aug. 6, 1986. It’s only been done eight times in baseball history.

Manny Machado also hit a homer off Kelvin Herrera (4-3), and manager Buck Showalter was ejected by home plate umpire Mark Carlson for arguing after Davis was hit by a pitch.

Franklin Morales threw a pitch that hit Davis. He glared at Morales, snapped his bat and angrily walked down to first with Showalter walking with him.

Showalter stood at first, and argued that Morales should have been thrown out. CC Sabathia threw a ball over Davis’ head in one at-bat Wednesday and then hit him in the next at-bat.

“Chris has certainly had his share of that. It just happened in New York twice. You get to a point to where your nose is rubbed in it. Sometimes it's harder to do what Chris did than what some other people might have done. It gets tough time and time again turning the cheek but our guys responded well to it,” Showalter said.

“Whatever comes our way, we'll handle it. You react to things you don't think are very ethical and you move on.”

Kansas City has had its share of incidents this season.

“In that situation you lose your head a little bit, your emotions are high,” Davis said. “Hopefully, it's done with."

Both teams were warned about intentionally throwing at hitters.

“The pitch wasn't at my head. It wasn't dirty. I get it. When you're getting lit up a little bit, there's frustration and I appreciate that it wasn't at my bean like it was the other night. But like I said, it's an emotional game and sometimes your emotions get the best of you, but hopefully that's where it stops."

Trailing 6-4, Jonathan Schoop led off with a double off Herrera. Clevenger grounded to Mike Moustakas at third, but Moustakas booted it for an error.

J.J. Hardy tried to bunt, but struck out. Gerardo Parra singled to load the bases.

Reimold’s grand slam, the first of his career, put the Orioles ahead for the first time in the game, 8-6.

The ball hit the top of the foul pole, but Reimold didn’t see it happen.

“I thought going around the bases they were going to challenge it and it was going to be taken away. And it would just be a strike. Didn’t want to be disappointed,” Reimold said.

Morales surrendered Machado’s 28th home run of the year.

Adam Jones singled, and then Morales hit Davis.

Steve Pearce’s double scored Jones, and the Orioles had a six-run inning and led 10-6.

Schoop walked to load the bases, and Clevenger hit his first career grand slam off Joba Chamberlain, and it was a 10-run inning.

“To be honest with you, I thought the grand slam was the inning before. I didn’t realize we had hit two grand slams until I heard it on the TV in the batting cage. It was good. It was surreal to get some runs off their bullpen and get some confidence going into this series,” Clevenger said.

Mychal Givens (2-0) got the win.

Lorenzo Cain homered twice for Kansas City.

Mike Wright started and allowed four runs on four hits in five-plus innings.

Dariel Alvarez hit his first major league home run in the third.

NOTES: Showalter was ejected for the second time this season and the 29th time of his career. …The Orioles went over the 2 million mark in home attendance. The crowd was the Orioles’ ninth sellout of the season. …Yordano Ventura (10-8, 4.34) faces Chris Tillman (9-11, 5.15) on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. The game will be telecast by FOX. … The Oriole are now 3-62 when trailing after seven innings. Kansas City is 63-3.

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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