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Gausman's road woes continue in 2-1 loss to Yankees

Gausman's road woes continue in 2-1 loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—The Orioles didn’t have Chris Davis available. He was sick back at the team hotel. Hyun Soo Kim missed his fourth straight game, and after the game, a new concern arose for the Orioles. 

Matt Wieters, who was hit by a pitch in his right foot in the first inning, was taken for X-Rays after the game. There was no report on Wieters, but manager Buck Showalter was clearly anxious about possibly losing his All-Star catcher. 

Two years after Tommy John surgery, Wieters has come back nicely and played without aftereffects. 

Showalter doesn’t want to lose Wieters for any length of time, and he’s hoping that Kim, who has a strained right hamstring, will avoid going on the disabled list. 

Without Davis and Kim, the Orioles offense continues to sputter. They’ve scored just 51 runs in the last 13 games, and lost 2-1 to the New York Yankees before 31,102 at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. 

The Orioles (53-38), who still lead Boston by 1 ½ games in the AL East, have been without Darren O’Day for seven weeks. O’Day is to pitch a simulated game on Tuesday afternoon, and Kim will participate. 

“He’s a good player. He’s been a big part of it…hopefully get him and Chris back shortly and Darren. Those are three guys we’d like to get back,” Showalter said. 

While Davis, Kim and O’Day mend, Showalter doesn’t’ want Wieters to join them. 

“I’m waiting with a little anxiety about what it’s going to show,” Showalter said before going to check on his catcher. 

The lack of offense clearly hurt Kevin Gausman, who pitched gallantly. Pitching on 11 days rest, he allowed two runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. 

Gausman (1-7) had a languid first three innings, throwing 60 pitches and left trailing by a run. He hasn’t won on the road in 22 starts, not since Aug. 17, 2014. 

“I feel for him a lot. We just haven’t scored runs for him,” Adam Jones said. 

“I love what he’s doing, I love his pedigree, I love that he went back out there and worked himself into the seventh, especially when he was north of 90 pitches.” 

Gausman gave up Alex Rodriguez’s first home run in exactly a month to start the second, and in the sixth, threw one up and in on him. Rodriguez hit the dirt and stayed there for a few moments. 

After Gausman struck him out with a split-finger fastball in the dirt, Rodriguez glared at him. 

“I got off to a little bit of a slow start. I didn’t feel as good to start the game obviously as I did toward the end of the start. I wish I could take back one pitch, that was really it,” Gausman said. 

The Orioles loaded the bases in the first against Ivan Nova (7-5), and in six innings scored only in the third when Jonathan Schoop homered. It was Schoop’s 16th, and it temporarily tied the game at 1. 

Brian McCann’s sacrifice fly in the third gave the Yankees (46-46) a 2-1 lead, and then Gausman retired 12 straight. 

“Even McCann’s [sac fly], he kind of got it just deep enough to get that run in. But I felt like I kind of locked in and got better as the game went on, so there’s really not much you can do,” Gausman said. 

In the fourth, the Orioles (53-38) looked as if they were going to threaten. With Nolan Reimold at first with one out, Ryan Flaherty’s single reached foul ground just past third base, but Reimold was easily caught off second base, and that helped truncate the inning. 

Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless seventh. He walked Flaherty, who stole second and moved to third on a bad throw by McCann, but stayed there as Betances struck out Jones and Schoop. Jones is 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Betances. 

When Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman get into the game, it’s tough to hit them. 

“They’re good for a reason, but they don’t walk around with zero ERAs,” Jones said. “We’re giving our efforts and just coming up a little short right now.”

Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Chapman finished the ninth for his 19th save. Chapman threw several pitches measured faster than 101 mph, and one that reached 105.  

With Davis and Kim out, and Wieters hurting, Showalter had just Caleb Joseph and Joey Rickard on his bench and he felt constrained against the powerful Chapman.

“That’s just…see if you can collide with one. We’re looking for a collision there,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: Flaherty has stolen six bases in his career without getting caught. … Vance Worley (2-0, 2.87) faces Nathan Eovaldi (7-6, 5.11) on Tuesday 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