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Orioles offensive futility goes on, lose 5-0 to Yankees

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Orioles offensive futility goes on, lose 5-0 to Yankees

NEW YORK—The most unusual lineup of the season was shut out on Wednesday night. It wasn’t a surprise.

The Orioles didn’t have Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, and late in the game Adam Jones left with a back spasm. 

Davis and Machado have the flu as does manager Buck Showalter, who also missed the game. Bench coach John Russell managed the club in Showalter’s absence. 

The Orioles need to get well, physically and mentally. They suffered their fourth straight defeat and fell out of first place as they lost 5-0 to the New York Yankees before 35,681 at Yankee Stadium. 

It’s the first time since June 4 the Orioles haven’t been in first place. They trail Boston by a half-game. 

It was the fourth time the Orioles (53-40) had been shut out this season, and they’ve scored just 52 runs in the last 16 games and two or fewer in their last five. 

Jones played down his back spasm after the game, and assured everyone he’d play on Thursday. 

“I’ve got nothing else to do,” Jones said. 

The Orioles’ bats have fallen silent. Since the All-Star break, they’re just 3-for-33 with runners in scoring position. 

“We put together some good at bats. We’ve created some situations,” Jones said. “At the end of the day, it you keep creating the opportunities, one of these days they’re going to come true.” 

The Orioles hoped for better against Michael Pineda, but with three of their best hitters unavailable, they couldn’t capitalize on some good scoring chances. 

With two on in the second, Ryan Flaherty struck out to end the inning, and in the fourth, the Orioles wasted a bases-loaded opportunity. Nolan Reimold and Flaherty struck out to end the inning. 

“We get a big pop right there and it could have been a different story. Right now we’re not getting that and we’ve got to find a way to make it happen a little bit more. Push that one or maybe two runs across there and I think it’s a different ballgame right there. You get deep in the game and the backend of their bullpen is tough. We had our opportunities early and right now we’re not getting that hit,” Russell said. 

In the fifth, Jones flied out to right with two outs, leaving Joey Rickard at second.

Mark Trumbo led off the sixth with a double and daringly advanced to third on Pedro Alvarez’s fly ball to left. He stayed there as J.J. Hardy and Reimold struck out to end the inning. 

There were no Orioles baserunners in the final three innings. Dellin Betances, Nick Goody and Chasen Shreve combined for three perfect innings. 

Yovani Gallardo allowed a triple to Brett Gardner on his first pitch. Two batters later, Carlos Beltran knocked Gardner in with a sacrifice fly to center. 

Mark Teixeira’s eighth home run of the year made it 2-0 in the fourth. 

Gallardo loaded the bases in the sixth with none out and Teixeira’s walk scored Jacoby Ellsbury with the third run. After Starlin Castro hit into a double play, Gallardo got to come out for the seventh. 

For the first time since June 27, 2015, Gallardo (3-2) completed seven innings, but allowed a fourth run on a triple by Ronald Torreyes and a scoring fly by Gardner. 

“All my pitches were working. I think one mistake that I’d like to take back was the one to Teixeira. I tried to throw a cutter in to him, and it came back over the plate,” Gallardo said. 

Beltran’s home run off Chaz Roe in the eighth gave the Yankees (48-46) a 5-0 lead.

Pineda (4-9) allowed five hits, walked two and struck out eight in six innings. 

Russell isn’t sure that Davis, Machado and Wieters will return on Thursday. 

“Chris plans on trying to play tomorrow. He took [batting practice] today, he’s feeling a lot better. I think Matt’s still day-to-day, and Manny, we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. We’re going to have to take it a day at a time and see how these guys respond and come back from it. It’s tough right now. We lost some key guys from our lineup and you lose that many at once, it makes it pretty tough. Hopefully, they’ll start trickling back into the lineup sooner rather than later,” Russell said. 

Russell said that he expects Showalter to return on Thursday. 

“It’s probably going to have to take a hurricane hitting New York for him to not be here tomorrow,” Russell said.

NOTES: Hyun Soo Kim, who is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, says he’ll stay with the club instead of going to Sarasota, Fla. while he’s on the DL. … Chris Tillman (13-2, 3.29) faces CC Sabathia (5-7, 3.94) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. 

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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