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Miley allows 6 early runs and Orioles fall behind in AL East

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Miley allows 6 early runs and Orioles fall behind in AL East

BOSTON—The Orioles came into Fenway Park a confident bunch. In each of their first two road series, at Tampa Bay and Detroit, they won two of three games. 

Trailing the first place Boston Red Sox by two games, the Orioles took a step back after a nightmarish 12-2 loss before 37,551 on Monday night. 

Wade Miley, who pitched the 2015 season for the Red Sox, had never faced them as a visitor, and may not want to again. 

Miley (8-13) recorded only four outs and allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings. In eight starts with the Orioles, he’s given up 33 runs in 35 1/3 innings for a horrifying ERA of 8.41. 

After the game, Miley objected to a query about how well he’s pitched with the Orioles. 

“Obviously, that’s not really a good question. I mean obviously haven't been really good,” Miley said. 

He said he didn’t know what had been holding him back. 

“I don’t know. I mean, if I knew I wouldn’t be in this position right now,” Miley said. 

Miley, who is signed through next year at $8.917 million with a $12 million option for 2018, delivered his shortest career start. 

“He’s struggling a little bit with his delivery, trying to find it. It’s a tough time to be searching for it. It’s there. He just hasn’t been able to get to it and tonight was an example of that. He’s capable of better,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Because of Miley’s ineffectiveness, the Orioles (78-65) fell three games behind Boston (81-62) and dropped a game behind Toronto (79-64) in the wild card battle. The Orioles lead Detroit by a game for the second wild card spot. 

The first five Red Sox batters got hits, and all of them scored. Mookie Betts’ two-run double was the big hit. 

Fortunately, Miley was able to pick Chris Young off first to end the inning. The five-run first equaled the Orioles worst first. 

“I thought I had a pretty good game plan going in but obviously not. Obviously a really good team over there. They swing the bats pretty well, so they got me,” Miley said. 

When Miley loaded the bases with one out in the second, manager Buck Showalter had seen enough, and Vance Worley came on. 

Worley issued a bases-loaded walk to Hanley Ramirez. Miley allowed six runs on eight hits in 1 1/3 innings. It was the second time Miley didn’t get out of the second inning.

In the embarrassing 15-8 loss to Houston, Miley frittered away a lead that four Orioles home runs in the first five batters provided. 

Worley has often saved the day for the Orioles, but this one was too far gone. He allowed three runs, including home runs by Ramirez and Young.

Oliver Drake gave up David Ortiz’s 33rd home run of the season, his 536th lifetime. That ties him with Mickey Mantle on the all-time home run list. 

Brian Duensing allowed two runs in the seventh, but Jayson Aquino pitched a perfect eighth. 

Showalter knew that Miley didn’t have his best stuff. 

“They’re a really good offensive club like we are and they’re going to make you pay for those mistakes. Made a lot of them. Kept hoping he might find his step, but he didn’t. They hit a lot of balls hard and they kind of flip one over first base and you know it’s not going to be his night. He’s not the only one. We had trouble pitching with other people, too,” Showalter said. 

David Price (16-8) allowed two runs on home runs to Chris Davis, his 37th in the second and Manny Machado, his 35th, in the fourth. Those were the only hits the Orioles had in Price’s eight innings. He struck out nine and didn’t walk a batter. 

“David is pitching as well as anybody in baseball right now. That’s why he can command those types of commitments that they made to him. Tonight’s a good example of how important those guys are. He’s become so much of a pitcher and now his stuff is up to par, too, so you give him really four pitches to work with, it’s a tough proposition,” Showalter said.

The two hits equaled a season low for the Orioles. On May 17, they were held to two hits in a 10-0 loss to Seattle started by none other than Miley. 

Steve Pearce, who has been battling a left forearm injury, tweaked it again. 

“He’s been doing so well with that forearm issue. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” Showalter said. “He’s been doing so well with it lately. It’s kind of disappointing that it hit him again,” Showalter said. 

NOTE: Dylan Bundy (8-5, 3.82) faces Drew Pomeranz (2-4, 3.97) 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