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Mookie Betts continues to own Camden Yards in 5-3 Orioles loss

Mookie Betts continues to own Camden Yards in 5-3 Orioles loss

BALTIMORE--For a time on Tuesday night, the Orioles seemed as if they would pull off another exciting comeback wins. 

Mookie Betts had other ideas. 

After the Orioles had broken up a combined no-hitter by the Boston Red Sox and then tied the game at 3, Betts answered with a two-run home run, his second homer of the night. 

Driving in all five of the Red Sox’s runs and becoming the first opposing player to hit seven home runs in a season at Oriole Park—in just five games—Betts’ heroics dealt the Orioles a 5-3 loss before 26,014. 

Betts, who homered five times in two games on May 31 and June 1, hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning, and then the two-run shot in eighth. He has 28 home runs, 89 RBIs and a .315 average.

“I’m sure there are some numbers to dictate that it’s more us, but he’s been having that type of year against most everybody. He’s a really good player having a big year and we did a lot of good things to get back in the game,” manager Buck Showalter said.

“He’s a good player. We shouldn’t feel like he’s picking on us but I know it seems like it.”

With the game tied at 3, Betts hit his 28th home run off Brad Brach (7-2) to put Boston (66-52) ahead 5-3. 

“It was just a fastball. Just kind of cut on me. Was trying to go away and out, it was just a bad pitch. He took a good swing and hit it out,” Brach said.

Brad Ziegler (1-3) was the winner. He threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Robbie Ross, Jr. recorded an out, and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 21st save. 

Eduardo Rodriguez gave up only one baserunner, a walk to Chris Davis in the first four innings, and he struck out seven. 

After Rodriguez threw two balls to Steve Pearce, who was leading off the fifth, Boston manager John Farrell came to the mound and removed the left-hander. 

Rodriguez left with a tight left hamstring, and Matt Barnes came on to relieve him. Barnes completed the walk, which was charged to Rodriguez, and retired the next seven batters to face him. 

Jonathan Schoop came closest to a hit. His bloop was snared by second baseman Dustin Pedroia to end the sixth.  

“Eddie’s tough. We knew that when he was over here, and anytime you get a pitching change in the middle of the [fifth] inning, you’ve kind have got to readjust, but we play nine innings. We weren’t freaking out in the dugout. We just knew we had to put some hits together, and sometimes with this offense, it’s better to get them in bunches than spread them out,” Matt Wieters said. 

Barnes walked Mark Trumbo with one out in the seventh, and Pearce hit a dribbler that Xander Bogaerts couldn’t catch up with, and he reached with on the infield single. 

Fernando Abad relieved Barnes, and he walked Chris Davis to load the bases. Wieters singled to left, scoring Trumbo and Pearce. 

Ziegler replaced Abad and struck out J.J. Hardy for the third time. Hyun Soo Kim singled to load the bases, and Adam Jones drew a bases-loaded walk to allow the Orioles (66-52) tie the score at 3. 

Yovani Gallardo walked five batters in five innings, but it wasn’t until Xander Bogaerts became his fifth that one scored. 

Gallardo loaded the bases in the third with two outs. Mookie Betts flied to Davis in right to end the inning. 

In the fifth, Andrew Benintendi doubled to lead off. Pedroia hit a ball that caromed off Gallardo’s right forearm and right to J.J. Hardy, who threw to first to get the out. 

Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells came out to check on Gallardo, but he stayed in and walked Bogaerts and struck out David Ortiz. Then, Betts hit his first home run.

Gallardo allowed four hits in five innings. 
“It’s all right. It got me pretty good. It’s a little stiff, but I’ll be all right,” Gallardo said. 

Showalter said the Orioles would check on Gallardo Wednesday, but the right-hander doesn’t expect any tests.

“I mean if it were going to get hit I think it hit that one spot that’s mostly muscle. So just try to see how it feels tomorrow. Right now it’s just stiff, which I expected. But I think I’ll be all right,” Gallardo said.

NOTES: Chris Tillman has been scratched from Wednesday’s start because of shoulder discomfort. He’s been pushed back to Saturday against Houston. Dylan Bundy (6-3, 2.93) starts against David Price (10-8, 4.29). … T.J. McFarland allowed four runs on three hits in one-third of an inning for Frederick in his initial rehab assignment.

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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