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Four home runs power Orioles to 8-0 win

Four home runs power Orioles to 8-0 win

BALTIMORE—As the Orioles were constructing their 2016 team, it became apparent that this team had the potential to hit lots of home runs. 

It’s rare when something in baseball turns out the way many had predicted, but the Orioles power numbers are real, and the forecasts were accurate. 

On Friday night, they became the second Orioles team to feature six hitters with 20 or more home runs. 

In all, they hit four as the Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-0 before 24,226 at Oriole Park. 

Pedro Alvarez hit his 20th, joining Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop with 20 or more. 

Trumbo, Davis and Machado each homered, too. 

“That’s what we were hoping for in spring training when we were fielding questions along the same lines. What is this offense capable of? And I think in a lot of ways we’ve had the kind of production we were looking for,” Trumbo said. 

Alvarez’s 20th, a two-run shot that landed on Eutaw Street, his second this season, gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead. Davis hit his 33rd, another two-run home run, and Trumbo hit his 41st. 
“It’s something that’s been talked about a long time, so there’s the potential for that. Not too surprised that this team has been able to do such a feat and we definitely have the caliber of players to do so,” Alvarez said. 
Machado, wearing gaudy gold shoes in honor of Major League Baseball’s observance of pediatric cancer awareness day, hit a two-run homer in the fourth, his 33rd. 

The Orioles (73-61) have hit 213 home runs, and are on pace to hit 257, which would match the team record set in 1996. That year, the Orioles had seven players hit 20 home runs or more. 

This year’s team is different. For the first time, the Orioles have three 30 home run hitters: Trumbo, Davis and Machado. 

“I've got a really good seat and I don't ever take it for granted, the things that they do against the best pitchers in the world. It's not like they're sneaking up on anybody, either. So it's just been a consistent threat we've had all year. It's who we are, and that's OK. We'll score enough runs,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Trumbo, who had never had more than 34, has the seventh most home runs in an Orioles season. 

“That’s where we excel when we are going well. Pitchers really having to pick and choose who they want to go after. If we have some depth in the lineup, which we definitely do, that can make for a pretty tough time for the opposition if we’re going well,” Trumbo said. 

Dylan Bundy (8-5) pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits, walking four and striking out five. 

Bundy rebounded from last Saturday’s rough start when he gave up five runs in four innings against New York (69-64). 

“Command was better. He got some things go his way, too. Couple balls they hit hard that we caught,” Showalter said. “Things like that that have been kind of working against us, we got some breaks tonight. But Dylan was good. He really shows a lot of maturity pitching. He’s had a couple times when he’s had some big leads and doesn’t take his foot off the gas at all. If anything, he kind of slows the game down a little bit. It’s been impressive to watch him when we’re ahead,” Showalter said. 

Bundy got the offensive support he needed.

“It’s interesting every time I come to t ballpark and watch this offense hit. We’ve got a good lineup, and they can put up runs for us,” Bundy said. 

Chad Green (2-4) started for the Yankees, but left the game with pain in his right elbow after walking Machado in the second. 

Donnie Hart, Vance Worley and Tommy Hunter combined to pitch a perfect 3 1/3 innings. The two hits allowed by the Orioles were the fewest of the season, and the shutout was the team’s sixth, and third against New York. 

Jones returned to the lineup after missing a week with a strained left hamstring. He was 2-for-4 and drove in the Orioles’ first run with a bloop single in the six-run second.

“It's just the presence of him running out to center field to start the game. He comes in with a lot of time off and whacks a breaking ball into center field for a base hit. It's kind of like 'Adam's back,’” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs made their Orioles debut. Each was inserted in the eighth inning, and went 0-for-1. … Showalter tied Miller Huggins for 25th place among managers with 1,413 wins. … CC Sabathia (8-11, 4.31) faces Kevin Gausman (6-10, 3.73) on Saturday night. 

 

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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