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Gausman walks 6 in 4 innings as Orioles lose, 6-2

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Gausman walks 6 in 4 innings as Orioles lose, 6-2

SAN FRANCISCO—Orioles pitching coach watched Kevin Gausman miss pitch after pitch. He wanted Gausman to stay the course, and not give in to the San Francisco Giants. 

“He was like, ‘Hey, no matter what, you’ve just got to keep pitching.’ He’s like, ‘I don’t care if you walk 10 guys. You’ve just got to keep pitching,’” Gausman said. 

Gausman kept pitching, and walked nine while striking out nine in four innings as the Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East with a 6-2 loss to San Francisco before 41,456 at AT&T Park on Saturday night. 

Six walks was a career high. He actually set his career high by walking five of his first 13 batters. His nine strikeouts were one short of his career high. He struck out seven in the first three innings, striking out the side in both the second and third. 

“I thought I had really good command tonight and that’s what frustrating. You get a couple pitches to go your way and that might be a completely different outing and a completely different game,” Gausman said. 

San Francisco (66-50) took a 2-0 lead in the second when Hunter Pence walked, and Joe Panik hit a ground-rule double. Denard Span’s two-run single scored Pence and Panik. 

Gausman (3-10) gave up two runs on four hits. 

Madison Bumgarner (11-7) gave up three hits in seven innings, and Gausman said he got some calls that he didn’t.
 
“I thought I threw a lot of strikes tonight. I thought the most frustrating thing is knowing that the guy on the other side of the rubber is getting those pitches. So when you see that, that’s when it can kind of [annoy you] a little bit. But there’s nothing you can really do about it. You just try to battle. I only gave up two hits, but obviously six walks in four innings isn’t going to do it,” Gausman said. 

In the sixth, Adam Jones tried to bunt and was hit by the pitch in his right index finger, but after he fell to the ground in pain, was ruled out on a ground out to Bumgarner. 

After manager Buck Showalter consulted with home plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who made the call and crew chief Jeff Kellogg, a call was made to the New York replay center, and the play was deemed nonreviewable because O’Nora ruled Jones swung.

“The ball hits his finger and he doesn’t make an attempt at it, it’s a dead ball, OK? They say it’s nonreviewable once he made an attempt at it, so there was no challenge, and we were told it was nonreviewable,” Showalter said. 

“You could get into why and what is deemed reviewable, but would have liked to have gotten it right, but if he thinks he offered at it. I haven’t looked at it. I don’t really know. Brian’s a good umpire. I wish he’d given a little bit more of the bottom of the zone tonight because Gaus wasn’t that wild,” Showalter said.

Jones stayed in the game, and said he was fine to play on Sunday. 

“I know it hit my finger and it hit my knee. Those are two things I know for certain. The ruling and the language? I don’t necessarily know the rules and the language. But we’ll get them tomorrow,” Jones said. 

The Giants scored two runs off Vance Worley in the sixth when Span drove in Eduardo Nunez and Panik with another two-run single. Nunez had walked and Panik had his second ground-rule double of the game. 

Brandon Belt hit a two-run home run off Ubaldo Jimenez in the seventh, his 14th of the season for a 6-0 San Francisco lead. 

The Orioles (65-51) loaded the base with two outs in the ninth on a walk to Chris Davis, an infield single by Matt Wieters and a walk to Nolan Reimold. They avoided the shutout on a two-run single by Ryan Flaherty. 

Santiago Casilla threw one pitch to Jones, who grounded to third for the final out. Casilla earned his 27th save. 

Since Joey Rickard is on the disabled list, the Orioles don’t have many alternatives to Jones in center field. 

“We’re pretty thin in center field. It’s Adam or Adam,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Orioles pitchers walked a season-high nine batters. … Steve Pearce struck out for Worley as a pinch hitter in the seventh. It was his first at-bat since he left Sunday’s game with a forearm injury. … Yovani Gallardo was used as a pinch hitter for Gausman in the fifth. He struck out. … The longest road trip of the season ends Sunday at 4:05 p.m. when Wade Miley (7-10, 4.98) faces Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.93).

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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