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Orioles get their seventh straight win with 4 more homers

Orioles get their seventh straight win with 4 more homers

BALTIMORE—Mike Wright knew he was done after he had thrown seven innings and 108 pitches, more than he had ever thrown. 

One of those pitches, by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera landed over the Tigers bullpen in left center, a full 462 feet away. He didn’t watch. 

After 6 ½ innings, the Orioles led 3-2, but two innings, later, the score was much different. 

Thanks to three homers in the last two innings, the Orioles made another tight game into a late-inning romp, and ended up with a 9-3 win over Detroit before 32,178 at Oriole Park on Friday night. 

Wright (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings, but again home runs were the topic of the night.

Could he have expected the taut game to morph into a blowout? 

“Yea. I mean, have you looked at our lineup? God. They hit one home run 460. We hit a bunch. That’s exciting. That’s really nice to see, your offense clicking like it’s clicking right now,” Wright said. 

Jonathan Schoop had two home runs and drove in a career high five runs, Matt Wieters had a two-run shot and Adam Jones had his fourth home run in five games. 

The Orioles (23-12), who have won seven straight games for the second time this season, have 54 home runs and are on a pace to hit 249. 

Detroit (15-21), has lost 11 of 12, and manager Brad Ausmus, is feeling the heat. His team took a 2-0 lead on Miguel Cabrera’s mammoth home run, and then the Orioles went to work. 

It seems the Orioles truly think they can always come back. 

“Everybody's going to say that, all 29 other teams. But some people think it and others believe it,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

The game was scoreless until the sixth when Cabrera hit one of the longest home runs ever hit at Oriole Park. 

“It’s painful. You never want to give up a home run, it doesn’t matter who it’s to. That’s a really, really long home run. It’s the same as a shorter home run, just like anybody. It doesn’t matter who’s in the box. I’m trying to get him out, especially when it’s a big-name guy and that’s the guy you’re trying not to let hurt you. You know, I can’t let that happen. As far as the distance goes? It’s all right. It’ll make some highlight videos,” Wright said. 

For the second time in just 35 games, the Orioles have a seven-game winning streak. They began the season by winning a franchise-best seven straight, and now have equaled it. 

On Sunday, they’ll try for their longest winning streak since Apr. 22-May 1, 2005 when they won eight straight. 

Anibal Sanchez (3-4) gave up two hits through the first five. In the sixth, Jones doubled to left with one out in the sixth, and after Chris Davis flied to right, Mark Trumbo doubled over left fielder Steven Moya’s head to score Jones. 

Wieters homered to right, his second of the year, and first since Apr. 19, and the Orioles led 3-2. 

“It’s nice to hit a homer any time, but especially the way Mike battled out there. I went out there in the sixth and told him, just keep us at 2-0. He was able to do it, and for the bats to come alive there and get him a win is big,” Wieters said.

Jonathan Schoop lined a home run to left field, his sixth, leading off the seventh to give the Orioles (23-12) a 4-2 lead. 

Brad Brach started the eighth inning by allowing a double to Ian Kinsler. After he struck out J.D. Martinez and retired Cabrera on a foul to first, Victor Martinez singled to left, and it was 4-3. 

Jones led off the eighth with his fifth home run of the year. Davis walked, Trumbo singled, and with one out, Ryan Flaherty reached on an infield single. Schoop hit a home run to deep left field, his seventh of the season and his second career grand slam.

“This team is capable of doing anything. No matter if you’re losing by seven, six, five runs, you believe you can score the same amount of runs. We believe we have the team to do it,” Schoop said.

Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season. Showalter said that he wasn’t going to use Darren O’Day or Zach Britton because they had worked two straight games. 

NOTES: The Orioles are 16-5 at home. Their 16 home wins are the most in baseball. …The Orioles have hit three grand slams this season. … Brach saved one game last season. … Michael Fulmer (2-1, 6.00) face Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.16) on Sunday. 

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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