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Machado ejected in ugly brawl, Orioles go on to big win

Machado ejected in ugly brawl, Orioles go on to big win

BALTIMORE—The brawl will dominate the Orioles news for days to come. Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura will both be suspended, and there will be appeals. 

The aftermath will take away from what’s been an exciting stretch for the Orioles. 

After losing the first two games of a 10-game homestand, the Orioles have now won six of seven, many in exciting fashion, and they’re still in first place in the AL East. 

The easiest win of the bunch won’t be remembered for four home runs, but for the nasty dustup. 

Ubaldo Jimenez struggled trying to make his case for staying in the Orioles rotation, and his teammates supported him with four home runs as the Orioles went on to a 9-1 win over the Kansas City Royals before 28,110 at Oriole Park.

By the time Machado was hit, the Orioles led 5-1. Two batters late, Mark Trumbo hit a two-run home run, his major league-leading 20th, and Chris Davis followed with his 12th.

An inning later, Adam Jones hit his ninth home run. 

“I didn’t have much doubt with how they’d respond. I thought we were already having a good game considering the type of stuff we were facing. I’m very proud of how our guys handle adversity. We’ve been on both sides of it. I think sometimes you show certain things even more when you have some things not go your way. Our guys have been good at that,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Machado has been thrown out of four games. His most noted ejection came on June 8, 2014 when he was suspended for five games because he threw a bat. 

Ventura was suspended for seven games in Apr. 2015 for his part in a brawl between Kansas City and Chicago.

The Orioles (34-23), who have won six of seven, scored four runs in the first inning. Ventura, who was 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five previous starts against the Orioles, gave up four runs in the inning.

Jones and Hyun Soo Kim began with singles. Jones scored on Machado’s RBI double. Kim and Machado came home on Trumbo’s double. Jonathan Schoop’s single scored Trumbo, and Ventura (4-4) nearly trailed 6-0, but center fielder Lorenzo Cain leaped high over the fence in front of the Orioles bullpen to snare Pedro Alvarez’s potential home run. 

Ryan Flaherty led off the bottom of the second with his first home run of the season, and it landed on Eutaw Street. 

Trumbo, who is in his first season with the Orioles, was happy with what he saw before—and after—the skirmish.
“It’s really nice. It’s what you want to see. There are a lot of emotions going on and there’s a lot of things that can happen. Hopefully you can use it to your advantage and not the other way around and I think everyone was pretty fired up after that and we were able to get a few runs across,” Trumbo said.
Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run on nine hits and walked three. He left after allowing a double to Reymond Fuentes to lead off the sixth. 

Kansas City had at least two baserunners in each inning and only 
Machado’s perfectly timed jump robbed Fuentes of a base hit, and Flaherty’s nice stop of Escobar’s grounder to third kept the Royals from scoring in the second. 

Kansas City (30-28), losers of six straight, were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Jimenez (3-6) allowed the first four batters of the fourth to reach on three singles and a bases-loaded walk to Fuentes. 

However, Jimenez retired the next three batters to escape the inning.

Despite the win, it may not be enough to keep Jimenez in the rotation. Yovani Gallardo pitched his second and possibly final rehab assignment and could take Jimenez’s place in the rotation as soon as Sunday in Toronto.

“I thought he was fortunate. Made some good defensive plays behind him. The end game statistically will look OK. That’s a lot of pitches in five-plus. I thought he made some pitches when he had to, but I thought he was fortunate,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: The four runs in the first inning matched a season-high. … Flaherty has two Eutaw Street home runs. … Edinson Volquez (5-5, 4.03) faces Chris Tillman (7-1, 3.33) on Wednesday 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