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Orioles power past Angels 9-4 on 4 homers

Orioles power past Angels 9-4 on 4 homers

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning - one of four in the game by the Orioles - and Baltimore defeated the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday night in the series opener after blowing a three-run lead.

Mark Trumbo also hit a two-run blast, and Joey Rickard and Manny Machado added back-to-back solo shots for the AL East leaders who improved to 8-7 away from home. They had played just two road games since April 28 before opening a nine-game West Coast trip in Anaheim.

Angels starter Hector Santiago gave up Baltimore's first three homers before being ejected in the third inning for gesturing to home-plate umpire John Tumpane about how he was calling balls and strikes.

Davis put the Orioles ahead 6-4 with his two-out homer that just cleared the outstretched glove of left fielder Rafael Ortega. Angels reliever Jose Alvarez put his hands to his head and grimaced.

Mychal Givens (3-0) allowed two hits and no runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief. He had no strikeouts or walks.

Jose Alvarez (1-2) took the loss, giving up two runs and one hit in one inning while striking out two.

Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop each went 3 for 5 with a run scored for the Orioles, who had 14 hits. Machado was 2 for 4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

The Angels rallied with three runs in the sixth to tie the game at 4. Johnny Giavotella had an RBI single off Mike Wright, who left with the bases loaded. Carlos Perez hit a sacrifice fly and Gregorio Petit's RBI single tied it.

Los Angeles had won six of its last seven despite having 10 players on the disabled list, including five pitchers.

Trumbo hit his team-leading 13th homer on an 0-2 pitch in the third, with it landing in the left-field bullpen of his old team.

The Angels trailed 2-1 on Perez's RBI double in the second.

Baltimore added two runs in the eighth on Nolan Reimold's sacrifice fly and Rickard's RBI single.

Rickard hit the first leadoff homer of his career in the first and Machado followed with a shot that also went to left field, the eighth time the Orioles have gone back-to-back this season.

Santiago allowed four runs and three hits in 2 2/3 innings - his shortest outing this season - struck out two and walked three. The left-hander was coming off a career-high eight shutout innings while outdueling Felix Hernandez in a 3-0 win at Seattle last weekend.

Orioles starter Mike Wright gave up five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.

The Angels have scored 56 runs in the last nine games after getting just eight in their previous five.


Orioles: RHP Yovani Gallardo (right shoulder biceps tendinitis) is set to throw a bullpen session off the mound Sunday and then will toss a simulated game.

Angels: LHP C.J. Wilson (left shoulder inflammation) threw a simulated game Friday, with manager Mike Scioscia calling it "definitely a notch above" his previous session. Next up for Wilson are some rehab starts and he says he could be ready to return by the first week of June. ... OF Craig Gentry went 0 for 3 with a walk, two strikeouts and one run scored in a rehab assignment with Class-A Inland Empire on Friday. ... INF Jefry Marte was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. ... RHP Danny Reynolds was designated for assignment.


Making the once-a-year trip to Anaheim brings back memories for Trumbo and Orioles pitcher Darren O'Day. Trumbo is from nearby Orange and estimated 40 family and friends came to see him, while O'Day was drafted by the Angels in 2006.

O'Day began his career in the Angels' bullpen two years later, learning from the likes of Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Justin Speier and Darren Oliver.

"I saw K-Rod two series ago and we were just talking about old times when he used to make me sit on the ground," O'Day recalled. "No rookies were allowed to sit on the bench during September. Now I'm kind of the old guy in the bullpen. I'm trying to help the young guys get better."


Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) starts the middle game of the series.

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49) takes the mound after snapping a four-game skid with a win last Monday against the Dodgers. He is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two career games against the Orioles.

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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