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A day before his birthday, Machado gets great gift

A day before his birthday, Machado gets great gift

LOS ANGELES—Manny Machado led American League third basemen throughout the entirity of All-Star voting, so it was no surprise Machado was named to start his first All-Star Game.

Machado, who turns 24-years-old on Wednesday, will be joined at San Diego’s Petco Park by four Orioles. Outfielder Mark Trumbo, catcher Matt Wieters and relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach were also selected. 

In 2013 and 2015, Machado was chosen as a reserve. This is the first time he’s won the fan vote.

“It’s awesome. When the fans actually go out there and put a lot of votes out for you, it’s humbling. I’m so excited for right now, to go to San Diego and start my first all-star game. This is by far my best All-Star gift, the best birthday gift I can get. I’m just excited and very humbled at the same time,” Machado said. 

He’s batting .325 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs. 

“It’s not just about participating, but having a few guys on your same team go with you, just makes the trip a lot better. I think we have 25 of us that should go to the All-Star game. We have a great team. None of this is possible without each other. We are a family here. To go with a couple teammates of us, together, I think is awesome. It makes the All-Star Game a little more awesome, a little more unique when you have your buddies there with you,” Machado said. 

It’s the second time in the last four years that five Orioles were chosen.

“Real proud of them,” manager Buck Showalter said. “For the organization, for the fans. It’s good to see that they got there by different ways. Somebody asked me which one meant more. I think they all mean something. The fans, the players, the managers picked. All are very deserving.”

Trumbo is an All-Star for the second time, and the first with the Orioles. He leads the American League with 24 home runs, and also has 62 RBIs and is batting .282. 

He’s in his first year with the Orioles.

“I think it is probably a little bit more special maybe. But any chance you get to do something like this it is equally as cool probably,” Trumbo said.

Wieters is an All-Star for the fourth time. He was voted as the starter in 2014, but couldn’t play because of Tommy John surgery. He’s batting .268 with nine home runs and 38 RBIs.  

“It’s a fun event. It’s a fun game, just to be there with some of the better players in the game, I’m excited. First one after the surgery, you can take a little bit of extra satisfaction to be able to get back after having surgery, Wieters said. 

Britton made the All-Star team for the second straight year. He has converted all 23 of his save opportunities. Britton is 2-1 with an 0.80 ERA. 

“It’s pretty cool. It was obviously a big honor last year to go. I kind of that thought about it coming into this year, hopefully I could perform at that level to get selected for the second straight year is pretty cool,” Britton said. 

Brach, who is 0-1 with a 1.01 ERA becomes the rare middle reliever chosen. It’s his first selection. 

“I know if I was managing the game, I would want Brad down there,” Showalter said. 

The middle reliever heard about it when Showalter contacted his wife. 

“That was fun because I don’t get to deliver much good news,” Showalter said. “Anytime you’ve been together and things weren’t necessarily rosy, that means a lot.”

Brach is the second consecutive Orioles middle reliever to make the All-Star team.

“I started to think about it more because more questions were being asked. That was pretty much the only reason why. Obviously, the anticipation building up to it was a lot. I found it, and it’s good news,” Brach said. 

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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