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Orioles endure painful loss to Padres after long trip

Orioles endure painful loss to Padres after long trip

BALTIMORE—Twenty-four hours after the Orioles endured a long trip to Arlington, Tex. to play a makeup game, they returned home to resume their homestand. 

Playing a team full of unknowns, the Orioles were undone by a horrid seventh inning from Mychal Givens, and they lost 10-7 to the San Diego Padres before 23,876 at Oriole Park on Tuesday night. 

Givens (5-1) allowed all five batters he faced in the seventh to reach, and three of them scored. 

The only good thing for the Orioles (40-30) was that they kept their American League East lead because Boston, who trails by a game, also lost. 

Tyler Wilson had a messy outing. He allowed nine hits, walked one and hit two batters in six innings. 

Somehow, he left the game leading. 

“Tonight was one of those nights where I didn't feel like I had much of anything.” Wilson said. “And I really had to battle. Really had to force contact early in the count, and as a byproduct of that you're going to give up hits. That's just a byproduct of the way I pitch as well, which is OK. But I kind of have to force contact early, don't want to fall behind and give those guys a chance to do some damage.” 

Matt Kemp’s RBI single gave San Diego a 1-0 lead in the first. 

Luis Perdomo, a Rule 5 draft choice, making his fourth major league start retired the first eight Orioles, and then walked the ninth, Francisco Pena. 

Adam Jones’ RBI double tied the score, and Hyun Soo Kim’s single gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third. 

Wilson gave up two runs in the fourth on Derek Norris’ ninth home run and a run-scoring single by Wil Myers.

Pedro Alvarez’s two run home run to left in the fourth put the Orioles ahead 4-3. 

Alvarez added a long two-run homer to right in the fifth, and the Orioles led 6-3. He has nine home runs this season, and his first multi-homer game since Aug. 22, 2014. 

Givens came in to start the seventh, and delivered the worst outing of his career. It resulted in his first loss after seven consecutive wins as a major leaguer. 

He allowed a double to Matt Kemp, singles to Yangervis Solarte and Melvin Upton, Jr., and walked Ryan Shimpf and Derek Norris. 

“He tried to pick it up a little bit after the fact, but just never could really seem to find it. Kind of reminds he’s going to have some nights like that with his experience level where he just can’t seem to find it. He never really got a hold of it,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

While Givens left with a 6-5 lead, he presented Oliver Drake, who’d been called up from Norfolk earlier in the day, with an awful situation. 

Bases loaded, none out, and on Drake’s first pitch, he threw one in the dirt and Solarte scored with the tying run. Christian Bethancourt grounded to second. 

Jonathan Schoop looked as if he wanted to throw home to get Upton, but he fumbled it for a moment, and threw to first for the out, and San Diego (30-42) had a 7-6 lead. 

Showalter didn’t want to use Brad Brach or Dylan Bundy. Brian Duensing was injured, and needed to use Odrisamer Despaigne in the ninth inning. As a result, he’s left with Ubaldo Jimenez to start Wednesday. 

Perdomo allowed four runs in five innings. Kevin Quackenbush (5-3)  threw a perfect sixth, and Brad Hand did the same in the seventh. 

Ryan Buchter began the eighth with two outs, and then J.J. Hardy single, Ryan Flaherty walked and so did Matt Wieters. 

Fernando Rodney retired Jones on a grounder to second, ending the eighth. Rodney recorded his 15th save, but gave up a run on a single by Alvarez, his fifth RBI. 

San Diego added three runs off Zach Britton, who needed the work, in the ninth. 

Showalter knows what the club has been through the past two days, and isn’t using it as an excuse. 

“You know what? People really don’t want to hear it. They really don’t. It’d be very easy to complain about it, but we do this for seven, eight months for seven days a week and we are all lucky to do it, and no one really wants to hear about it. Having a late night and not sleeping very much, people do it every day of their lives who work 9 to 5,” Showalter said. 

NOTES: The game was delayed by rain at the start for 38 minutes. Rain delays this season have totaled five hours, 59 minutes. … Erik Johnson (0-2, 8.44) starts against Jimenez (3-7, 7.34) on Wednesday). … Delmarva C Yermin Mercedes was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week.  


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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.


Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."


Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.