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Orioles break their four-game losing streak behind Tillman

Orioles break their four-game losing streak behind Tillman

NEW YORK—Buck Showalter was back. So were Chris Davis and Manny Machado. But Adam Jones was out, and so were Joey Rickard and Matt Wieters. 

Yet another cobbled together lineup. This one produced four runs, and the most runs since July 8. The 4-1 win over the New York Yankees before 42,476 at Yankee Stadium on Thursday sent the Orioles home happy.

In the Orioles’ previous eight games, they’ve scored four runs or fewer and, in the first three games of this series, had managed just three runs. 

Thanks to Chris Tillman’s 14th win, and two runs in the first and seventh the Orioles left the Bronx with a smile. 

“They’re pitching well, and we’re not swinging the bat particularly well, and you come out of it with a ‘W,’ and we won one in a row, and we’re going home,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

For the fourth straight start, Tillman (14-2) allowed a run in seven innings, and he’s averaged four hits in each start. 

That’s as good of a four-pitch mix as he’s had. He’s had some good ones, too. You can tell. He was really trying to give us what we needed today. It’s good to get him some runs early to give him some margin for error,” Showalter said. “That’s impressive, especially when you keep in mind he’s been facing these guys for a long time, and they know everything he’s going to try to do, and he can still do it.” 

After going 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position in the first six games after the All-Star break, the Orioles scored two runs in the first. With one out, Jonathan Schoop reached on an infield single, and took third on Machado’s single. With two outs, Davis walked to load the bases, and J.J. Hardy singled off shortstop Didi Gregorius’ glove to drive home Schoop and Machado for a 2-0 lead off CC Sabathia (5-8).

“It was four games. I don’t know all the stats and everything, but I know we lost four in a row,” Hardy said. “You go through these stretches throughout the season and you’ve just got to stay positive and things will turn around.” 

Tillman walked two and allowed a single in the first inning, but pitched out of trouble. Gregorius scored on Starlin Castro’s RBI single in the second. That gave New York (48-47) its only run. 

“After the first inning, I feel like we got in sync. Was able to command all four to both sides. When you have that, it’s fun. You get to go out and make pitches and Caleb did an outstanding job of getting back on track there,” Tillman said. 

Wieters had caught Tillman in each of his first 20 starts. With Wieters out, Joseph worked well with Tillman.

“I had a lot of fun today. I told him that. To be able to command all four pitches to both sides of the plate, you’re giving the catcher a lot more weapons and when you’re able to give the catcher the ability to call whatever he wants in whatever situation he wants to, it turns out to be fun,” Tillman said. 

Joseph, who caught three consecutive games for the first time this season, said there wasn’t much of an adjustment.

Tillman ended by retiring 16 of his last 17 batters. 

The Orioles (54-40) added two more runs to take a 4-1 lead in the seventh on one-out singles by Joseph and Julio Borbon and a two-run double by Schoop. 

“That was big. That game just kind of had a feeling of just a one-run game not being good for us, so that was a big hit for Schoopie and the team,” Hardy said.

Brad Brach worked a scoreless eighth and Zach Britton a perfect ninth for his 30th save. 

Showalter is hoping to get Jones, who’s out with a back spasm, Wieters, who has a bruised right foot, and Rickard, who injured his right thumb trying to field Brett Gardner’s triple in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game, back shortly. 

“We’re so close with a lot of them. I’m hoping they’re a day or two type things. I don’t want to lose a guy for 13 days, so we’ll probably just wait on it,” Showalter said. 

He said he was feeling better.

“I was real smart with Chris Tillman pitching. I know I’m living right…We were in good hands,” Showalter said.

NOTES: The Orioles have reached agreement with Brandon Bonilla, their 13th round draft pick. Bonilla, who signed for $100,000 is in Sarasota. He’s the son of Bobby Bonilla, who played for the Orioles. …The Cleveland Indians come to Baltimore for three games beginning Friday night. Trevor Bauer (7-3, 3.36) faces Dylan Bundy (2-2, 3.70) on Friday. 

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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