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Orioles blow 3-run lead, playoff hopes on hold

Orioles blow 3-run lead, playoff hopes on hold

NEW YORK—Wade Miley couldn’t hold the lead. Brad Brach couldn’t hold the tie. As a result, the Orioles, who conceivably could have clinched a wild-card berth on Saturday, have to wait until Sunday—and maybe longer—to see if they qualify for the postseason. 

The Orioles’ 7-3 loss to the New York Yankees before 33,222 at Yankee Stadium was disheartening because a 3-0 lead disappearned with seven unanswered runs. 

Brach, who had been ultra-reliable for much of the year, gave up four runs in the eighth, and the Orioles have to play game 162 on Sunday and still hope for help. 

The Orioles’ magic number remains at two. Toronto, which trails the Orioles by a half-game, is playing at Boston, and Detroit, trailing by 1 ½, plays at Atlanta. Seattle, which can only tie for the wild card hosts Oakland on Saturday night.

“I’ll watch them. It would have been nice to watch them with the win today. But at the same time, still watch them and I’ll pull for the Braves and I’ll pull for the A’s and I’ll pull for the Red Sox tonight,” Matt Wieters said. 

Miley, who gave up two runs in six innings and took a 3-2 lead into the seventh gave up a game-tying home run to Tyler Austin with one out in the seventh. 

After pitching brilliantly a week ago, giving up a run in 8 2/3 innings, Miley went home to be with his wife, who delivered a baby boy. 

Miley gave up a run in the fifth on an RBI single to Tyler Austin and an RBI double to Chase Headley in the sixth, but the Orioles (88-73) still led 3-2. 

Manager Buck Showalter chose to keep the left-handed Miley in the game for the seventh because the Yankees, with an expanded roster. had a plethora of left-handed hitters on the bench.

“This convoluted thing called ‘September baseball,’ you’re just picking your poison when you’ve got guys like [Gary] Sanchez [Brian] McCann and [Didi] Gregorius and [Jacoby] Ellsbury and all those guys sitting over there,” Showalter said. 

“That’s why guys on the field shake their heads about the way it is now. But that didn’t beat us. We just didn’t pitch. The big thing is we didn’t score any runs after the three we put up.”

Austin led off the seventh with a home run to tie the game in the seventh, and Brach (10-4) allowed four runs in the eighth. He walked Ellsbury with one out in the eighth. Chase Headley doubled, and Austin Romine singled to center, and the Yankees (84-77) had a 5-3 lead. 

Brett Gardner’s double scored two more runs in the eighth, and New York led 7-3 after eight. 

“I was not good today. That was pretty much it. Fortunately, this was game 161,” Brach said. “Just not very good today.” 

After Austin’s home run, Ronald Torreyes singled, and Showalter brought Mychal Givens in. Givens got out of the seventh, and after Donnie Hart retired Brian McCann to start the eighth, Brach came in.

“It seemed like we were in control there for six innings and then all of a sudden you look at the scoreboard, and it’s tied, and I just went out there and got out of hand quick and didn’t turn around quick enough,” Brach said. 

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the second when Mark Trumbo doubled to right. Chris Davis walked with one out, and both runners moved up on an infield out by Jonathan Schoop. Michael Bourn singled to score Trumbo and Davis. 

Manny Machado hit his 37th home run in the third off Luis Severino and the Orioles led 3-0. 

In the last six innings, the Orioles had just three singles off six New York pitches. Tyler Clippard (2-3) got the win with a scoreless eighth. 

The Orioles had a chance to add on in the seventh when Machado walked with two outs, and Mark Trumbo, who had four hits singled, but Machado overslid third and was tagged out. 

Miley came out and soon the lead was gone. 

“We know what we have to do. We just have to come back tomorrow, flush this game, and win the ballgame tomorrow,” Miley said. 

Kevin Gausman will pitch against the Yankees’ Luis Cessa, and while the Orioles will be playing, all the other contenders will be in action simultaneously. 

Showalter isn’t surprised that Sunday’s game could decide whether their season goes on. 

“It’s a real tribute to our guys to have an opportunity like we have tomorrow. That’s how we look at it. They’ve done a lot of things to give us that opportunity and I’m real proud and honored to be with them today and tomorrow,” Showalter said.

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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