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Orioles' offensive woes continue in loss to Yankees

Orioles' offensive woes continue in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—Vance Worley didn’t give the Orioles the start they needed, and their offense couldn’t give them the runs they craved. 

Chris Davis and Matt Wieters were missing from the lineup, and the Orioles’ slump continues. In their last 15 games, they’ve scored just 52 runs. 

After equaling a season high 18 games over .500 on Saturday, they’ve lost three straight with their 7-1 loss to the New York Yankees before 31,192 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. 

In the first two games of the series, the Orioles have just two runs on nine hits and lead the AL East by just a half-game over Boston. 

“We’re better than that,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Showalter is hoping that Wieters, who was hit by a pitch in his right foot on Monday night, and Davis who has been out with flu-like symptoms for the past two games, will play on Wednesday, but he hardly seem convinced. 

“Matt’s pretty sore and I talked to Chris before the game. He had a little better color, a little better look. He’s had a pretty tough go of it. I’m proud he came into the locker room and got back in the environment. He’s starting to eat a little bit. I think he tried to have a banana and some other stuff, but he’s just getting to the point where he’s able to hold some stuff down,” Showalter said. 
Worley (2-1) hadn’t started in more than three months. In the last game he started on Apr. 15, the Orioles (53-39) scored 11 runs, and Mark Trumbo hit two home runs in an inning. 

There was no such good fortune this time. While Worley was in the game, they had just two singles off Nathan Eovaldi (8-6), and he allowed three runs on three hits in 4 1/3 innings. 

Starlin Castro’s two-run homer in the second gave the Yankees (47-46) a 2-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI single in the fifth made it 3-0. 

Showalter didn’t seem displeased with Worley’s outing. 

“Good, I thought he attacked it well. We didn’t give him very much margin for error. Just not doing much offensively and they pitched pretty well,” Showalter said. 

Worley had four of the seven Orioles walks, but there was some griping about home plate umpire Todd Tichenor’s strike zone, particularly on the 10-pitch walk that Didi Gregorius worked out. Gregorius’ walk immediately preceded Castro’s home run.

“They were close,” Worley said with a grin. “They were close. For me, I’m a momentum kind of guy. Like I said, they put up some good at-bats and fouled a lot of good pitches off and made me work. A couple of the guys I wasn’t going to give into and give them something to hit, so they were patient enough to take the pitches that I wanted them to swing at. Fortunately, there were just three and it could have been worse,” Worley said. 

In the sixth, the Orioles had a promising rally that fizzled. Ryan Flaherty walked with one out, and Adam Jones singled. Flaherty scored on Joey Rickard’s double, his first extra-base hit since July 1. 


Manny Machado walked to load the bases, and Anthony Swarzak replaced Eovaldi. Trumbo popped beyond first base, and Rob Refsnyder, a converted second baseman playing first, raced to catch Trumbo’s pop and fired home to hold Jones at third. 

Jonathan Schoop ended the inning with a foul pop to short. 

Having two of their best hitters failing to put the ball into play proved costly as Castro hit a two-run double off Odrisamer Despaigne in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to 5-1. 

“When you get those opportunities you have to cash them in because you’re not going to get many,” Showalter said. 

Without Wieters, the Orioles went with Caleb Joseph, and he’s had 81 at-bats this year without an RBI. 

“Their starter tonight, he throws the ball really hard. He’s got nice sink on it, good cutter, good split, just kept us off balance, and then when we did get him on the ropes, we just didn’t take advantage of it,” Joseph said. “We’ve got to find way to continue to grind at-bats out, to get guys on base, whether it’s a walk or a two-strike hit or something. That’s something that we usually do that prolongs innings that gives us a chance to win games.”

Swarzak retired all eight batters to face him. 

Mychal Givens allowed a two-run homer to Chase Headley in the eighth. 

NOTES: Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference for the ninth time this season. Ellsbury has reached 23 times on interference, and according to Elias, that’s the most of any major leaguer since Pete Rose’s 29. … Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 5.77) faces Michael Pineda (3-9, 5.56) on Wednesday night. 


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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

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Orioles round out starting pitching rotation, finalize 4-year contract with Alex Cobb

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He gets $2 million of the deferred money on Nov. 30, 2022, and $1.8 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2023-32. If he doesn't pitch at least 130 innings in 2020, an additional $5.25 million of the final's year salary would get deferred, payable $1.75 million annually on Nov. 30 from 2033-35.


Cobb has a full no-trade this year, then can list 10 teams from 2019-21 that he cannot be dealt to without his consent.

He had spent his entire six-season big league career with Tampa Bay and was the last big-name starting pitcher available in a slow-moving free agent market. He joined Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, who were signed last month, in a revamped rotation that includes holdovers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman.

Cobb was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts last season. He pitched 179 1/3 innings in his first full year back after missing nearly two seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

He had turned down the Rays' $17.4 million qualifying offer in November, and Baltimore pursued him from the start of free agency.

"They didn't stop bothering me the whole offseason," Cobb said. "They were very persistent, and I think that you notice that confidence they have in you just by the way they speak to you and the questions you ask and not questioning anything that's gone on. Everyone's got flaws that they come with and potential things you could really harp on that might not be your strong suit, but they never went down that avenue. They always told me how much they like certain aspects of what I do on and off the field, and just kept repeating how well I fit in here."


Cobb is 48-35 with a 3.50 in six big league seasons. Baltimore will lose its third-highest draft pick, currently No. 51, and the Rays get an extra selection after the first round as compensation.

Jose Mesa Jr. was designated for assignment Wednesday to clear a roster spot.

Baltimore opens on March 29 at home against Minnesota, but Cobb won't be ready to pitch then. He has agreed to be optioned to a minor league affiliate to help build up innings.

"I'm going to be pushing it as quick as I can," Cobb said. "That's going to be up to them. They've invested in me for a four-year period and as much as we know how much every game matters even early in April, we're going to have to look out for the overall future of this whole thing and whole contract and whatever they determine to be the way to protect me and my feedback from the bullpens I'm going to be throwing here in the next few days will probably determine the timeline."

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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."