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Nolan Reimold's home run helps Orioles sweep Indians

Nolan Reimold's home run helps Orioles sweep Indians

BALTIMORE—Nolan Reimold hadn’t had many big hits recently. In fact, he hadn’t had many hits at all. Reimold broke out of an 0-for-16 slump with a two-run, game-ending home run.

It was his first home run since May 29, and just his second RBI since June 1.

The big home run gave the Orioles a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians, 5-3 before 37,821 at Oriole Park on Sunday. 

It was Reimold’s fifth home run of the season and the third game-ending homer of his career, but his first in nearly five years. 

With Joey Rickard on the disabled list, Reimold should be getting more opportunities to play. Reimold faced right-handed Cody Allen (2-4), and wasn’t expecting to hit for the left-handed Julio Borbon. 

“Actually I was really surprised. I was down underneath ready to pinch run in case they wanted me to do that. I wasn’t really expecting to hit with the righty out there. So, I’m glad he did pinch hit me,” Reimold said. 

“I haven’t been swinging the bat very well lately as it is. I was just in the cage a few innings before trying to work on some things.”

Pedro Alvarez struck out to start the ninth, but the ball got by Roberto Perez. Perez quickly retrieved the ball, but it hit Alvarez in the back and squirted away for an error.

“As long as I have been playing baseball the rule is you run down the baseline,” Alvarez said. “I saw the ball get away from him and I just ran down to first base. The ball crossed my path at some point, ricocheted off me and I beat the throw. I just think that's playing the game the right way.”

Ryan Flaherty’s bunt sent Alvarez to second, and after Caleb Joseph struck out, Reimold had the big hit on a 2-0 count.

“Nolan works hard at it. I know the hitting coaches said they’ve been working on a couple things the last couple days and think he’s real close. I think the key to it was laying off two breaking balls where you get into a hitter’s count and get a fastball,” manager Buck Showalter said.  

Darren O’Day (3-1), who in his first appearance since June 1 due to a strained right hamstring, struck out the side in the ninth and got the win. He seemed somewhat surprised to be in the game. 

“I did one rehab outing and you’d think that it’d be a game where we were down by a couple runs, just get your feet wet, but oddly enough I was more calm today than I usually am. I think it’s just being gone, being away from the guys and the competition, makes you appreciate what you get to do and to be in the moment and get to pitch in a big spot. There is guys standing out there in 90-something degrees and to be able to keep that going and perform in that arena I think it really helped me a lot,” O’Day said. 

Worley pitched seven innings, his longest outing since Sept. 21, giving up two runs on five hitsTyler Naquin’s RBI double and Perez’s sacrifice fly gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

The Orioles tied it in the fourth, Jonathan Schoop led off with a double and scored on Manny Machado’s single. Machado took second on the throw home and moved to third on Chris Davis’ infield out. Mark Trumbo walked.

Alvarez grounded to short, and Trumbo was out at second, and first base umpire Brian Gorman called Alvarez out at first, but it was quickly overruled after a replay challenge. Machado scored from third to tie the game at 2. 

Schoop hit a homer in the fifth, his 17th to give the Orioles (57-40) a 3-2 lead. 

After Naquin’s double, Worley retired 11 straight and left it up to Brad Brach for the eighth. 

Brach began by allowing a single to Jason Kipnis. Francisco Lindor grounded to Schoop at second, but with Kipnis passing him, Schoop tried to field it too quickly as was charged with an error. 

Mike Napoli’s single scored Kipnis and Cleveland (56-41) tied it at 3.

The Orioles are now 36-14 at home. 

“I don't know what it is but for some reason when we do come home we do seem to play all-around better. I don’t know if it’s because of our home fans or what, but we just seem to click. When we need big hits, we get it done,” Worley said.  

NOTES: Hyun Soo Kim was 0-for-3 in his rehab start at Bowie. …Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 6.07) faces Yovani Gallardo (3-2, 5.69) on Monday night as the Colorado Rockies begin a three-game series with the Orioles. 

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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