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Orioles pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

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Orioles pitching continues to go south in loss to Yankees

NEW YORK—After the Orioles returned from their longest road trip of the season with a 5-5 record, many of the teams’ fans were relieved. 

The Orioles were just a half-game out of first place, and the schedule was full of home games and lots of contests against American League East teams. 

It’s changed drastically in the past 12 games. The Orioles have lost eight of those games, and on Saturday, it was a 13-5 loss to the rejuvenated New York Yankees before 38,843 at Yankee Stadium.

Three times this season, the Orioles have given up 10 or more runs in consecutive games, and in the first two games of this series, they’ve given up 27 runs and 36 hits. 

It’s the first time they’ve allowed at least 18 hits in consecutive games since Aug. 11-12, 1993, and their ERA in the last 11 games is a frightful 8.23.

“It’s just not going for us. Nothing really, really to it. Just not getting any hits, clean hits. Just outhitting us. They’re doing what they need to be doing, and we’re not. Nothing’s falling for us. No excuses,” Manny Machado said. 

Dylan Bundy (7-5) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings. T.J. McFarland, in his first game in nearly two months, gave up four on a pair of two-run homers in two-thirds of an inning, and the normally reliable Mychal Givens gave up three runs while retiring just one batter.

Givens allowed the first five New York (67-61) batters to reach in the sixth as the game got uncontrollably out of hand. 

“T.J. just got back from a two-month sabbatical. Brad and Zach [Britton] and Mychal pitched some big innings for us here recently, back to the Washington series. Other teams were good, too. All pitching everywhere is a little worn down some. That’s why you see some lopsided games. That’s a tough time, August. That’s why we try to be so diligent in April, May June and July, making sure you have your bullets this time of year. We will. We were able to stay away from people getting over-extended,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Bundy was honest in assessing his outing.

“Not good. Anytime you can’t get through five or six innings, it’s not a quality start. I didn’t give my team a very good chance to win today. That’s my fault- got to get better next time,” Bundy said. 

The only Oriole pitcher to not allow a run was Donnie Hart, who has pitched 9 1/3 innings in his 10 big league appearances without being scored upon. 

“I can’t really pinpoint it. Obviously, I left a lot of balls up in the zone. And they were able to capitalize on it. It’s frustrating. I tried to come in and do a job there and give length to the bullpen and I wasn’t able to do that. It kind of stresses the rest of the guys down there in the pen. But you know, you get kicked down, you have to get back up and do it again tomorrow,” McFarland said.

Wunderkind Gary Sanchez hit his 11th home run in the fourth off Bundy, becoming the fastest major league player to hit 11. 

Starlin Castro, who had four hits, and Aaron Hicks hit two-run home runs off McFarland. 

Tommy Layne (1-1), the second of five New York pitchers got the win. 

Before the game, the Orioles added Julio Borbon, who started in center field because Adam Jones was out with a strained left  hamstring. The move temporarily left them with 11 pitchers, and a move could be made after the game to add another since the bullpen again had to cover major innings. 

In the past two games, Orioles relievers have thrown 10 2/3 innings, and nearly all the minor league pitchers on the 40-man roster have been used in the past eight days. Two that haven’t been are Oliver Drake and Jason Garcia, but both have been up during the season. 

In the third inning, the Orioles (70-59) had a 2-1 lead and thought they had something to celebrate when Chris Davis hit his 31st home run of the season to center field. 

It was the Orioles’ 200th home run of the season. This team has hit 200 homers faster than any other in franchise history except for the 1996 version, which hit a record 257 home runs. 

The Orioles have hit 200 or more home runs in five consecutive seasons. 

Mark Trumbo hit his 39th home run with one out in the fifth. Davis followed with his 32nd. 

“What’s going on right now doesn’t surprise anybody. They’ve all experienced it. The Yankees have, we have. It happens different times of the season. They’re all challenging times, and our guys always seem to respond well,” Showalter said.

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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.