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Mark Trumbo's 43rd home run gives Orioles split with Tampa Bay

Mark Trumbo's 43rd home run gives Orioles split with Tampa Bay

BALTIMORE—The Orioles had just finished off a split of the Tampa Bay Rays with four vital games against the Boston Red Sox at hand, Buck Showalter put the 2-1 win before 28,247 at Oriole Park on Sunday in perspective. 

“In a lot of ways, I thought today’s win was a very impressive win from my eyes,” Showalter said. 

How important was the win? 

The Orioles (82-67) lost two games to the Red Sox in the standings while dropping two of three to Tampa Bay (64-85). They entered Sunday trailing Boston by three games. The Red Sox were playing the New York Yankees Sunday night. 

Last week, the Orioles won two games in Boston to temporarily cut their deficit to one game. 

“I think we’ve battled that team pretty good this year, so I look forward to getting a chance and four games will be a real nice way to kind of see where we shake up at the end,” Mark Trumbo said. 

Trumbo hit his 43rd home run in the eighth inning to provide the big hit. He had missed the previous two games with back spasms. 

“This time of year, someone’s got to step up at some point in the game. We did a real nice job. It was a well-played game, but we just needed to get that hit there at the end. So it was nice,” Trumbo said.

The home run off Ryan Garton (1-1) enabled the Orioles to win a battle of the bullpens. 

After Wade Miley abruptly left the game in the top of the fifth inning with a muscle strain in his back, the bullpen allowed one run on five hits in five innings. 

Darren O’Day, who hadn’t pitched since Aug. 11 with a strain in his right shoulder, allowed a home run to Corey Dickerson on his first pitch in the fifth.

“It was awesome to be back. Be able to help the guys out They’ve been having a heavy workload down there. So to take one inning it’s helpful. Obviously the day was made even better by the win at the end there It was a good day,” O’Day said. 
He pitched in the fifth inning for the first time since May 20, 2012.

“I had an idea I was going to get in maybe earlier than usual. I didn’t anticipate it would be that early,” O’Day said. “Injury warmups are tough I’ve done a handful of them in my career. And yeah they’re not ideal.”

Donnie Hart, who extended his scoreless streak to 14 2/3 innings to begin his career, Mychal Givens, Brad Brach and Zach Britton combined for scoreless innings. 

Brach (10-3) who became the first Orioles reliever since Arthur Rhodes in 1997 to record 10 wins, pitched the eighth, and Britton worked the ninth for his 45th consecutive save. 

“Any time you have the starter go out in the fourth like that, especially when he’s pitching so well, is tough. Everyone was able to step up and pitch their inning and just kind of pass it to the next guy, like we’ve been saying all year. You pitch your inning, and you pass your baton toward the guys in the back,” Brach said. 

“There’s no playing for the next game type things now. You’ve got to win every game. You’ve got to play every game like it’s the last. Winning is the most important thing right now. You’ve just got to win any way that you can.”

Miley entered the game with an 8.41 ERA in eight Orioles starts, but pitched four scoreless innings allowing just one hit before his sudden exit.

“I kind of lost my balance. I felt something grab in my shoulder blade area. It kind of stayed there and didn’t go away, and in between innings, it kind of got a little worse. I felt it a little bit. I didn’t think it was smart to stay out there and try to deal with it,” Miley said. 

“If it was something I felt before, maybe I have an idea, but it’s something I never felt. I was a little nervous. I’m not going to lie about it. It feels a lot better right now, so hopefully some cramps. It was pretty hot, so we’ll go from there.” 

The Orioles other run came on Manny Machado’s sixth inning home run, his 36th.

Now, it’s on to the Red Sox.

“You want to be playing meaningful baseball. I’ve been on the other side and there is nothing fun about that. You want to be in it and we’ve put ourselves in that position,” Trumbo said. 

NOTES: Trumbo’s home run tied him with Rafael Palmeiro (1998) for sixth most home runs in an Orioles season. ... Rick Porcello (20-4, 3.12) faces Dylan Bundy (9-5, 3.88) on Monday 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