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Orioles get runs early, hold on for 6-3 win

Orioles get runs early, hold on for 6-3 win

BOSTON—In the desperate games, Buck Showalter is going to do things out of the ordinary. For the third time this season against the Boston Red Sox, Showalter called on Zach Britton for a save of more than three outs. 

On Tuesday night, Britton came in and recorded four outs and converted his 42nd consecutive save as the Orioles scored five runs early, and held on for a big win. 

Britton, Tommy Hunter, Donnie Hart and Brad Brach combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits as the Orioles beat the Red Sox 6-2 before 38,041 at Fenway Park. 

It looked as if it could be one of those nights where runs came easily for the Orioles. After they torched Drew Pomeranz for five runs in the second, their bats were strangely quiet. 

With the win the Orioles (79-65) are two games behind Boston (81-63) for the AL East lead. They’re tied with Toronto for the first wild-card spot thanks to Tampa Bay’s 6-2 win over the Blue Jays. 

“We’re watching, but at the same time, once you get later in that game, we’re just focusing on what we have to do because we know if we do our jobs, we’re going to have a chance to win the game,” Britton said. 

“It really doesn’t matter what they’re doing. We have to win our games and then kind of keep it out of other teams’ hands. That’s the biggest thing right now. We don’t want to rely on other teams. We kind of want to create our own destiny.”

The Orioles scored five runs in the second on a three-run home run by J.J. Hardy, his ninth, and a two-run shot by Nolan Reimold. 

It was Reimold’s first home run since July 24, and it doubled his second half totals to two homers and four RBIs. 

Reimold was playing because Steve Pearce wasn’t. Pearce strained his right forearm on Monday night, and he’s scheduled to have it examined Wednesday. Pearce’s absence may mean more opportunities for Reimold.

“I go through stretches where it looks like I’ve never played before, but it just takes longer to break out of it unless you’re an everyday guy,” Reimold said. 

All five runs were scored against Pomeranz (2-5) who was removed after Manny Machado singled to start the third. 

The Orioles didn’t score again until Jonathan Schoop led off the ninth with his 24th home run. 

Dylan Bundy teetered in the second inning when he walked three batters, including two straight with the bases loaded, giving Boston two runs. 

Bundy (9-5) didn’t allow another baserunner until Xander Bogaerts led off the fifth with his 19th home run, and the Orioles lead was 5-3. 

“He ain’t happy about coming out of that game, but I thought he was…his tank was on the other side towards the end,” Showalter said.

 “Second inning was probably one of the keys to the game, didn’t let it get away from him. If you look at the people he was facing, they got…there’s nothing fancy about it. They’ve got wiffle ball numbers, most of their guys, it seems like.” 

Chris Young walked to start the sixth, and after Jackie Bradley, Jr. flied to center, Tommy Hunter replaced Bundy and his first batter, Ryan Hanigan hit into a double play, ending the inning. 

Bundy allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“It could have been a lot worse. It could have been 6-5. Or something like that. It could have been way worse. Think I got three pop-ups, something like that. I was fortunate they popped the ball up,” Bundy said. 

Hunter left with one on and one out in the seventh, and in his first matchup with David Ortiz, young left-hander Donnie Hart retired Ortiz on a fly out to left, and Brad Brach got Mookie Betts to do the same. 

Brach struck out Hanley Ramirez as the eighth begun, and Travis Shaw singled and Young flied to right, and manager Buck Showalter called on Zach Britton for a four-out save. 

Britton recorded those four outs, the fourth time he’s done that in a save situation, and the third time against Boston. He has 42 consecutive saves. 

“You run out of things to describe what he’s done for us this year and last. To go out there in the ninth inning and go three up, three down, the top of their order, on the road, that’s hard to do. I think we’re 7-7 with these guys, and we know how good they are, so we get a chance to win another series on the road, which is something we knew we were going to have to do,” Showalter said. 

NOTE: Kevin Gausman (7-10, 3.61) faces Rick Porcello (20-3, 3.21) on Wednesday night. 

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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