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Gallardo returns and gets the win as Orioles beat Jays 4-2

Gallardo returns and gets the win as Orioles beat Jays 4-2

BALTIMORE—The Orioles are desperately in need of another starting pitcher, and after nearly two months on the disabled list, may have found another in Yovani Gallardo.

Gallardo’s first start since coming off the disabled list wasn’t great, but it was good enough for a win. 

Throwing five innings, Gallardo gave up two runs as the Orioles held on for a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 41,901 at Oriole Park on Saturday. 

Gallardo is back. So is J.J. Hardy. On Sunday, they temporarily begin life without Manny Machado, whose four-game suspension starts on Sunday. 

With the win, the Orioles (39-28) maintain a one-game lead in the AL East over Boston. Toronto (39-32) is two games behind.

Gallardo got called third strikes on his first two batters, Ezequiel Carrerra and Josh Donaldson, walked Edwin Encarnacion and gave up a single to Michael Saunders. Justin Smoak popped to third to end the first. 

His only 1-2-3 inning was the second, and his most difficult was the third. Carrerra homered with one out, and then Gallardo loaded the bases before striking out Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki. 

Kevin Pillar walked to start the fourth and he scored on Devon Travis’ double, but Travis was easily thrown out third. 

Gallardo (2-1) gave up five hits and walked four and left with a one-run lead. 

“I was pleased with his outing,” manager Buck Showalter said. “To get that kind of start I think it bodes well. I'm excited about him the rest of the year. That's pretty hard to do. He was diligent about it. He's going to have to stay on it now to stay where he was today.”

Gallardo is scheduled to pitch again on Friday when Machado returns and the Orioles begin a four-game series with Tampa Bay.

“He'll get deeper in games as we go forward. He had a lot of adrenaline going today,” Showalter said. 

Gallardo put the time off to good use. 

“I did a lot of hard work,” Gallardo said. “Just able to finish those pitches and throw those fastballs and locate.”

Gallardo threw his fastball in the low 90’s. 

“I've been feeling pretty good ever since I started throwing the baseball. I made some pitches whenever I had to. It's just to be back out there once again. We got the win. I think that's the most important thing is [it's] a big win for us. It was nice to be back out there,” Gallardo said.

The Orioles scored two runs in the first with any official RBIs. Jonathan Schoop doubled with one out off R.A. Dickey (4-8). Machado doubled, but as Schoop ran around third, his third base coach Bobby Dickerson tried to stop him. Machado was halfway to third, and as the throw to third got away, Schoop scored. 

Machado moved to third on an infield out, and as Dickey’s knuckleball eluded catcher Josh Thole for a passed ball, Machado scored for a 2-0 lead. 

Schoop homered in the third, his 11th of the season.

Mychal Givens threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Brad Brach pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. 

Schoop, who had three hits scored the fourth run in the eighth when he and Machado, who also had three hits started the inning with singles off Jason Grilli. 

Chris Davis, who is 2-for-17 since being named the AL’s Player of the Week, struck out and Mark Trumbo’s pop to right was trapped by Carrera in right. 

Carrera recovered to force Machado at second, but Schoop scored.   

Zach Britton loaded the bases in the ninth, but got Josh Donaldson to hit into a game-ending double play and picked up his 21st straight save. 

Hardy was 1-for-3 in his return, and Machado moved back to third base—for a day. He’ll be back there on Friday. 

Machado was comfortable at the position he’s played for nearly four years. 

“Like I never left, like I never left. It was awesome,” Machado said. 

“I love playing that position. I’m excited to be back. I’m excited to have J.J. back. I think everybody in this clubhouse was pumped to have him back in here. I think everybody was happy. Just his presence takes us a lot way in here. He’s the captain of the infield, he’s the captain of this team. Just him in the lineup just makes us a whole better team.”

NOTES: Britton’s scoreless streak is at 19 innings in 17 games. … Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76) faces Chris Tillman (9-1, 2.87) on Sunday.  

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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