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Miley gives up four as Orioles lose to Texas

Miley gives up four as Orioles lose to Texas

BALTIMORE—Wade Miley’s Orioles debut ended in some pain. Miley was hit in the lower left calf by a line shot by Rougned Odor to end the fifth, and he walked gingerly off the mound. 

By then, Miley gave up four runs, and was probably not going to pitch any further as the Orioles lost to the Texas Rangers 5-3 before 
28,762 at Oriole Park on Thursday night. 

Miley’s injury wasn’t serious, and manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t think it would prevent the new Orioles left-hander from taking his scheduled turn Tuesday night in Oakland. 

“Tightened up a little bit but it’s fine. It’s going to be fine. I don’t think it’s a big concern at all. It’s one of those things. I’m glad it hit me, would’ve been one more run if it didn’t hit me. So it worked out good,” Miley said. 

Miley worked quickly, and the game moved along nicely. It ended in two hours, 26 minutes for the second straight night, the two quickest games of the Orioles season. 

The Orioles (61-46) managed to take two of three games against the Rangers (63-46). 

“I was impressed with how well our guys pitched against them cause that's a tough lineup to go through and stay engaged in the game. We did for three games. That's the type of thing we're going to have be able to do to get where we want to go. I was proud of them, the way we presented ourselves against one of the best teams in the league and maybe in both leagues. They've got a lot of weapons,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

After a scoreless first inning, Jonathan Lucroy, who joined the Rangers on Tuesday, hit his first home run with Texas in the second. 

Delino DeShields doubled to start the third, and he later came home on Ian Desmond’s infield out. 

Desmond’s RBI single under Chris Davis’ glove scored DeShields in the fifth, and Carlos Beltran lofted a short fly ball to right that Jonathan Schoop nearly caught up with, but didn’t. It fell for a single, and Shin-Soo Chin scored for a 4-0 Texas lead. 

Chin, who was at first probably screened Davis, incidentally causing a run. 

“There’s always hindsight with things, but that’s one of the things you talk to your runners about. You try to get in that position. He almost had to guess where the ball was,” Showalter said. 

“Plays we normally make we didn’t make. The runner did a great job of shielding Chris on the one and some ground balls snuck through. But I liked what I saw.” 

Odor ended the inning by lining a ball off Miley’s leg. It caromed to Schoop, who threw to first for the third out. 

Miley stayed on the ground for a few moments, then slowly walked into the dugout.  

“It just got real tight. It was really tight. But after I walked it off a little bit it kind of released and it really hasn’t bothered me since,” Miley said.

Mark Trumbo hit his 31st home run of the season to center to start the fifth against A.J. Griffin. Pedro Alvarez followed with his 16th, and the Orioles cut the lead to 4-2. 

It was the 12th time the Orioles (61-46) had hit back-to-back home runs this season. 

Miley (7-9) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings. 

“I didn’t have very good command at all. Had to battle to make some pitches. Tough luck in the fifth inning. It happens,” Miley said. 

“Overall it’s not exactly how I wanted to go out and throw but at the same time. It’s baseball. You’re never going to do your best every time out, but I was able to make some pitches in some jams and get out of some stuff. But it’s something to build on and get the first one out of the way.”

Hyun Soo Kim led off the sixth with his fourth run, his first at home, and it was 4-3. 

“It would have been much better if that home run actually brought us a win, and because it wasn’t a win today, it didn’t really mean that much.”

Griffin (5-1) allowed three runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

Keone Kela got one out in the sixth, and making his Rangers debut, Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless seventh. 

After two shutout innings by Mychal Givens, Logan Ondrusek allowed a run in the eighth on doubles by Adrian Beltre and Odor.

Matt Bush pitched the eighth, and Sam Dyson picked up his 23rd save in the ninth. 

NOTE: Yovani Gallardo (3-3, 5.70) faces former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez (2-5, 4.06) on Friday night as the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. 


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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