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Orioles fall to Mariners 7-2, lose first series at home

Orioles fall to Mariners 7-2, lose first series at home

BALTIMORE—As the Orioles prepared to board their plane to Anaheim, Calif. where they begin a nine-game road trip on Friday, they know they’re still in first place. 

Their lead is just .15 percentage points over the Boston Red Sox, and with their season nearly a quarter complete, Buck Showalter knows there are many unanswered questions about the American League East.

“We're in the middle of May. Everybody's trying to figure out who they are, whether they're a dancer or someone who spins the records,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles lost their first series of the year at home on Thursday. They’d won six of their seven series here and split a four-game set.

The Seattle Mariners ended these three games with a convincing 7-2 win over the Orioles before 35,012 on Thursday.

After their series against the Angels, the Orioles play at Houston and Cleveland before returning here on May 30. 

The Orioles (24-15) are 18-7 at home and 7-7 on the road. 

“It's two common denominators of teams that play in October - having an advantage at home and being competitive on the road. We know we have to follow that trend. It's long, tried and tested. We're going to some places where people are playing well,” Showalter said.

Aside from Opening Day, this was the only scheduled weekday afternoon game, and the fans here saw Tyler Wilson allow five runs in six innings. 

Adam Lind’s three-run homer in the sixth put Seattle (23-17) up by 5-1, and put the Orioles out of it.

Nelson Cruz’s RBI single, a roller up in the middle in the first, scored Norichika Aoki for the first run. 

The Orioles temporarily tied it at 1 in the second when Jonathan Schoop singled with two outs and scored on Pedro Alvarez’s double. 

Wilson (2-2) allowed two walks, but no hits from the time of Cruz’s single until Seth Smith drove in Ketel Marte in the fifth. Smith was thrown out trying for second by left fielder Joey Rickard, ending the inning.

Robinson Cano doubled to begin the sixth, and with one out, Kyle Seager was walked intentionally. Lind followed with his 15th career home run against the Orioles, and it was 5-1. 

Wilson allowed five runs on six hits in six innings. 

“I didn’t really have a good feel for my sinker today, which was kind of tough when you’re going against eight lefties in the lineup. I wish I would have found that a little bit earlier or stuck to it. One of the two. And then there in the sixth inning sometimes you end up giving up three trying to stop one and I think that’s what happened. I tried to make too good of pitches or tried to worry about stopping that guy from scoring on third, forcing the double play, and giving up three,” Wilson said.

Nathan Karns (4-1) gave up one run on four hits in five innings. Nick Vincent, Vidal Nuno, Joaquin Benoit and Steve Cishek finished up. 

The Orioles had their greatest threat in the eighth against Benoit. Ryan Flaherty walked with one out. Joey Rickard singled and Manny Machado walked to load the bases. Adam Jones grounded to short, scoring Flaherty. Chris Davis flied to center, ending the inning.

Dylan Bundy pitched three innings, the longest of his major league career. It went well until the ninth when Leonys Martin hit a two-run home run to make it 7-2. 

“Whatever lies in the future, I was just happy to get three innings under my belt now, especially at this level,” Bundy said. 

Showalter has said that it’s possible Bundy could even start later this season.  

“You can tell why this is an important year. We're trying to win and Dylan can contribute to that and also set him up to do things he's capable of in the future. So today was a good step for him,” Showalter said. 

Mark Trumbo, who had two hits and has a .309 average, is happy with how his new team is playing as the trip begins.

“You have to be. We’ve won a lot more than we’ve lost and mostly everyone is coming around to where you want to see them. You run into a good team like this and it’s going to happen. But who wouldn’t like to be in the position we’re in right now? I think we’re doing really well and we’ve just got to keep going,” Trumbo said.

NOTES: Mike Wright (2-3, 5.20) faces Hector Santiago (3-2, 4.32) at 10:05 p.m. on Friday as the Orioles begin a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels. Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez pitch on Saturday and Sunday against Matt Shoemaker and Jered Weaver. 

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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