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Orioles home run barrage overshadows Jimenez's bad inning

Orioles home run barrage overshadows Jimenez's bad inning

BALTIMORE—The Orioles had to forget about Ubaldo Jimenez’s rocky start. He teased them, throwing five scoreless innings before things came apart in the sixth.

That storyline may be familiar. But, there’s another one that’s becoming just as familiar, and that’s the Orioles offense bailing out a substandard start with a basket full of runs. 

It’s happened twice in a row, and on Thursday night, the Orioles hit a season-high seven home runs to make everyone forget about Jimenez for a while. 

Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones each hit two homers, and Manny Machado hit a three-run home run to give the Orioles the lead in a 12-7 win over the Boston Red Sox before 21,534 at Oriole Park on Thursday night.

“It was nice to score that many runs regardless because our guys just decided they were going to outscore them,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

After two losses, the Orioles (30-22) won the final two games of the four-game series from Boston (32-22). The series ends how it started with the Orioles trailing the Red Sox by a game in the AL East. 

In the seventh, Ryan Flaherty led off with a walk off Robbie Ross, Jr. (0-1). Francisco Pena, in his first game with the Orioles, singled, and Machado hit his 14th home run off Junichi Tazawa, and it was an 8-5 lead. 

Mychal Givens (4-0) pitched two innings in relief of Jimenez for the win. 

In the eighth, the Orioles scored four more on home runs by Pedro Alvarez, a two-run shot by Pena, his first major league home run, and Jones’ second of the game.

On Wednesday night, the Orioles scored 13 runs without a home run. They followed that by scoring 12—all on home runs.

“Ubaldo gave us five strong innings and then it got away from us and our guys figured out a way to win the ballgame,” Showalter said. 

Christian Vazquez led off the sixth with a double. Mookie Betts walked, and Dustin Pedroia singled to load the bases. 

Xander Bogaerts drove in two runs with a single to center, and after pitching coach Dave Wallace visited Jimenez, David Ortiz hit a three-run home run to right, and Boston led 5-4. 

“They just came out swinging. They hit pretty much everything I threw. I threw a couple fastballs up. In the first five innings, everything was down. I just got hit in that inning,” Jimenez said.

After not making it through two innings against Cleveland, Jimenez said that overall this was a better performance.

“The first five innings, of course it is. The last inning, it's not something that I wanted to do,” Jimenez said. “I have to look for the positive things. I was able to improve.” 

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Machado led off with a single. Machado slid hard into Bogaerts on Chris Davis grounder, but after a review, Machado’s slide was not ruled out of bounds, and the call stood. 

Trumbo hit a long two-run home run to left off Rick Porcello, his 16th., 

Flaherty led off the fifth with a single, and Jones hit his first home run as a leadoff hitter, and the lead was 4-0.

Trumbo hit his 17th homer, tying him for the major league lead to tie the score at 5 in the sixth inning. His two home runs were estimated at 899 feet.  

“I’ve seen him play for five, six years now. I’ve been able to see a lot of his home runs, and now I’m glad they’re for us instead of against us,” Jones said. 

Jones’ second home run was the 200th in his Orioles career. He’s just the seventh to do that. Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Boog Powell, Brooks Robinson, Rafael Palmeiro and Brady Anderson are the others. 

“It means I’ve been here a long time and been fortunate enough to stay healthy,” Jones said. 

Jones is getting used to batting leadoff.

“I think it’s something different. I don’t know. Get a fastball first pitch sometimes,” Jones said.

NOTES: Showalter said that J.J. Hardy, who is on the disabled list with fracture in his left foot had a CT scan in Sarasota, Fla., and his foot is improving, but he’s not yet on the field and won’t be returning to the club yet. …With his next RBI, Jones will tie Cal Ripken for most RBIs at Oriole Park. Jones has 367. … Brian Duensing, whose contract was purchased earlier in the day from Norfolk, pitched the ninth, allowing two runs. … Relievers currently on the Orioles roster are 16-4. … The New York Yankees arrive for a three-game series that begins Friday night. Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 3.71) faces Chris Tillman (7-1, 2.92). 

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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