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Orioles hit 4 homers in 1st, unbelievably still lose

Orioles hit 4 homers in 1st, unbelievably still lose

BALTIMORE – The Orioles need to forget about the most dizzying loss in memory. They became the first major league team to hit four home runs before recording an out, and they still lost. They hit five home runs in all, and still managed to get embarrassed by the Houston Astros. 

Manager Buck Showalter watched Wade Miley, the starter acquired just before the nonwaiver trade deadline cough up a four-run lead in the second inning. 

Ubaldo Jimenez and Tyler Wilson gave up seven more runs as the Orioles lost to the Houston Astros 15-8 before 34,422 stunned fans at Oriole Park on Friday night.

The 15 runs were the most allowed by the Orioles (67-54) this season.

Three of Miley’s four starts with the Orioles have been rough. He’s allowed 18 earned runs in 17 innings for a 9.53 ERA. 

“I know he’s frustrated, but he’s not the only one who struggled pitching tonight,” Showalter said. 

When Showalter summoned Vance Worley in the seventh, it became a certainty the Orioles would need another long man for Saturday’s game. 

Odrisamer Despaigne, who was with the club earlier this season, is listed as Norfolk’s starter for Saturday, and could be headed here since Wilson was optioned to the Tides after the game. 

Miley allowed a leadoff home run to George Springer, but after the Orioles tied a club record with four home runs in the first inning, the lead was gone in just minutes. 

A 5-1 lead became a 6-5 disadvantage. Miley recorded five outs, all on strikeouts, but gave up six runs on six hits. 

“It was terrible. It’s embarrassing for that to happen. I flat-out stunk. Everything I threw was in the middle and to a team like that., they’re not expecting to miss,” Miley said. 

“I made a lot of mistakes over the middle of the plate. Even if I had strikeouts. A lot of fastballs, trying to get ahead. But they were just middle-cut and those guys drove them. Then again, that’s on me. I’ve got to set a better tempo than that. And then the offense picked me up in the first inning scoring the five obviously. And then I give it right back. That can’t happen. You can’t ruin games like that.” 

Miley’s plight was understood by his former teammate in Arizona Mark Trumbo. 

“I’ve been through it personally, so I know what he’s going through. In-season trades are extremely difficult. He’s doing the best he can to get acclimated. I’m not making excuses for him. He’s probably not quite adjusted yet, and until he kind of feels at home, it’s tough to go out there. He’s going to battle. He’s going to give it what he has, and we’re always there for him,” Trumbo said. 

Miley is scheduled to start again Wednesday at Nationals Park where he has an 0.92 ERA in three starts. He hopes for improvement. 

“It’s frustrating. It’s embarrassing for me. I know I’m better than this. I got to make some adjustments. We still have a month and a half to go. We are right there in this thing, but I got to go out and give us a chance. That’s just unacceptable. I got to be better,” Miley said. 

Adam Jones led off the bottom of the first with his 24th home run of the season off Houston Astros right-hander Collin McHugh. It was his fourth leadoff home run of the season.

After Hyun Soo Kim singled, Manny Machado hit his 28th home run of the season, and a pitch later, Chris Davis hit his 28th, and his fourth in the last three games. 

Mark Trumbo, who leads the majors in home runs, hit his 36th, and the Orioles led 5-1, and then things went south.

“It’s not ideal. That game could have gone a few different ways, unfortunately it got away from us,” Trumbo said. 

The Orioles (67-54) last had a lead at 7-6. 

Houston (62-60) had five RBIs from Jose Altuve and four hits by George Springer. 

Jimenez (5-10) gave up three runs on three hits in three innings. 

Chris Devenski (2-4), allowed just one hit in four innings, a fifth-inning home run by Pedro Alvarez that cut the Astros lead to 9-8, but then Houston pulled away with six unanswered runs.

A night before, the Orioles scored 13 runs, and the Astros looked sorry. 

“Our guys turn the page very quickly, just like their team did before tonight's game. You can't sit there and live in that world. If you do, you're going to have it happen again and again and again. That's why our guys have been engaged in this division because they don't do that,” Showalter said. 

NOTE:  Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66) faces Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46) on Saturday night. 

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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.

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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."

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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.