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With Britton on bench, crushing Blue Jays HR sends Orioles home for winter

With Britton on bench, crushing Blue Jays HR sends Orioles home for winter

TORONTO — With the best reliever in baseball watching, the Orioles lost the wild-card game in the 11th inning. 

Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run home run gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-2 win over the Orioles in the wild-card game on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. 

The Blue Jays go to Arlington, Texas to face the Rangers in the American League Division Series while the Orioles go home. 

Zach Britton never pitched in the game while manager Buck Showalter used six relievers. 

In the bottom of the 11th, Brian Duensing came in and struck out Ezequiel Carrera, and the Orioles’ seventh pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez came in for Devon Travis. 

Travis singled, and Josh Donaldson singled Travis to third and after Showalter came to the mound to talk to Jimenez, the Orioles elected to pitch to Encarnacion, who promptly ended their season with a home run to left.

Franciscl Liriano got the win. He was one of the five Toronto relievers who held the Orioles hitless over the final 5 1/3 innings. 

Mark Trumbo’s two-run home run in the fourth in the fourth inning gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

After Marcus Stroman retired the first nine Orioles to face him, Adam Jones singled to right leading off the fourth. He moved to second on Hyun Soo Kim’s infield out. Manny Machado hit a liner to center that Kevin Pillar made a terrific catch on, and Trumbo, playing in his first postseason game, lined the homer to left. 

Trumbo is the first Oriole to homer in his postseason debut since Geronimo Berroa in 1997. 

The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Michael Saunders hit an opposite-field double to left. Kevin Pillar hit a drive to right that Michael Bourn couldn’t catch, and it fell for a double. Saunders, who held at second, stopped at third. 

Saunders scored on Carrera’s single to center. 

The finished Chris Tillman, who allowed two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. 

Mychal Givens threw one pitch to Travis, who bounced into an inning-ending double play. 

Givens retired Toronto in order in the sixth, and punctuated the inning by striking out Jose Bautista looking.

In all, Givens recorded seven outs without a baserunner, striking out three. 

Bautista’s home run leading off the second inning gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

Stroman allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. 

Brett Cecil retired Matt Wieters on a slow roller to start the seventh, but walked Chris Davis. Joe Biagini came on to strike out Jonathan Schoop and Bourn. 

After Givens came out, Donnie Hart faced pinch-hitter Melvin Upton, Jr. As Upton was flying out to left, a projectile came out of the stands aimed at Kim, who caught the ball for the third out. 
Showalter came out on the field to check on Kim and spoke for several minutes about the incident with the umpires. 

Jason Grilli retired J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Kim in order in the eighth. 

Brad Brach allowed a one-out single to Carerra in the eighth, but Devon Travis hit into a double play. 

Roberto Osuna came in for the ninth, and overpowered the Orioles.

Machado grounded out to Osuna while Trumbo and Wieters struck out. 

Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a double off Brach. Edwin Encarnacion was walked intentionally. Bautista struck out, and Darren O’Day replaced Brach, and for the second time in the game, a new reliever got a double play on his first pitch as Russell Martin grounded into a 5-4-3 DP. 

After Davis flied to right, Osuna came out of the game with an injury, and Francisco Liriano, who many thought would start, retired Schoop and Bourn to send the game into the bottom of the 10th. 

O’Day retired the Blue Jays as Jones caught up with Pillar’s long fly in right-center to send the game into the 11th.  

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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