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Davis, Trumbo, Machado homer as Orioles romp 10-2

Davis, Trumbo, Machado homer as Orioles romp 10-2

BALTIMORE – After three nights playing in sterile Tropicana Field, the Orioles had to quickly adjust to playing on an unseasonably cool Baltimore evening.

With the temperature at game time, a brisk 48 degrees, the Orioles managed to defeat the Chicago White Sox, breaking their six-game winning streak, 10-2 before 14,568 on Thursday night. 

Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo all hit home runs despite the unfavorable conditions.

“We’ve got big boys over here, and when we hit the ball, the ball’s going to go out,” Machado said. “We’ve just got to keep swinging and keep doing what we’ve been doing, and things will work out.” 

In the Orioles’ previous four games, three of them losses, they had only five runs. On Wednesday night, they had just three hits in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay. 

It was 25 degrees cooler than in the dome. 

“You had to square one up to get it out of here tonight. A lot of good things, a lot of good at-bats, good approaches,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Todd Frazier hit a two-run home run off Tyler Wilson in the first inning to give Chicago (16-7)  a 2-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the first, Machado walked with one out, and moved to second on Davis’ single. With two outs, Adam Jones, who’d been 1-for-33 against John Danks (0-4), doubled to center scoring Machado, but Davis was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. 

The Orioles (13-8) scored four in the third. Machado’s RBI double scored Joey Rickard with one out. Davis hit his seventh home run the center, and Trumbo followed with his sixth to the Orioles bullpen. 

Davis seemed not to be bothered by the conditions. 

“It didn’t seem like it for us. The conditions weren’t favorable, but you can’t let that bother you. I thought as an offense, we did a great job of not trying to do too much, going out there and taking what the game gave us,” Davis said. 

It was Trumbo’s first RBI at home after hitting his first 17 away from Baltimore. 

“I think we all put really good swings on it. It would have been a shame if they didn’t go, because when you hit it like that, it’s nice to be rewarded. That’s kind of what happened. Maybe we hit them early enough in the night that they did travel, but Manny killed that one at the end,” Trumbo said

Wilson got the first two outs in the fifth, but after he hit Adam Eaton and walked Jimmy Rollins, was done. He’d thrown 91 pitches. 

“You definitely want to obviously go a little bit deeper into the game than I did just for the sake of pitching deep into a game and saving the bullpen,” Wilson said. “You want to do a little bit better job”

Mychal Givens walked Jose Abreu to load the bases and struck out Frazier. 

In the sixth, Givens (2-0) allowed a pair of two-out singles, but struck out Austin Jackson to end the inning. 

The Orioles broke the game completely open in the sixth. J.J. Hardy doubled, and scored when second baseman Brett Lawrie booted Nolan Reimold’s grounder. 

Jonathan Schoop singled, and with one out, Rickard walked. After Chicago pitching coach Don Cooper visited the mound to talk to Jake Petricka, Machado hit his second career grand slam, his seventh of the year, and the Orioles led 10-2.

“I was going up there, being aggressive, keeping my same approach. I don’t know what he was going to try to do, but I was trying to do some damage there. He left the pitch up, and I took advantage of it,” Machado said 

NOTES: Machado’s five RBIs are a career high. … Hyun Soo Kim had his second pinch hit in as many at-bats. … It’s the second time the Orioles have scored 10 or more runs this season. … Carlos Rodon (1-2, 4.05) faces Mike Wright (1-2, 6.23) on Friday night. … The win was Showalter’s 1,353rd as a major league manager. He ranks 30th on the all-time wins list. 


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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