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Orioles slug out a 9-4 win over the Angels

Orioles slug out a 9-4 win over the Angels

by Cam Ellis

Postgame analysis of the O's 9-4 win over the Angels in the opening game of their weekend series:

How it happened: Essentially the same way most of their wins happen: hitting home runs. The Orioles had a lead after just two pitches, as Joey Rickard homered to left center to leadoff the game. Three pitches later, Manny Machado parked one over the centerfield fence to give the Orioles a 2-0 lead for starter Mike Wright. They would score again in the third, this time courtesy of a Mark Trumbo home run. After a messy bottom of the 6th that saw the Angels tie the game at four, Chris Davis put Baltimore ahead for good in the next inning, hitting a 2-run shot of his own. 

What it means: The Orioles, at least for another day, will remain in first place in the AL East. With Boston losing to Cleveland on Friday night, the O's still have a 1 game lead over the Sox. Machado's home run could go a long way towards breaking him out of the slump he had been in during the last couple of games. 

Power surge: Though can you really call it a "surge" when the power is constant? Trumbo, Machado and Davis all added to their gaudy early season home run numbers on Friday night. Trumbo now leads the league with 13 home runs, Machado is tied for second with 12 and Davis is tied for third with 10. Considering they haven't gotten much production from players like Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, JJ Hardy or Pedro Alvarez, the Orioles 25-15 record is impressive - and scary for the rest of the AL East. 

Wright is enough: It wasn't the strongest outing for start Mike Wright, but when your offense puts up 9 runs, it's a start you can live with. Wright went 5.1 innings while allowing five runs on five hits. He also walked and struck out three. The Angels did the majority of that damage in the 6th inning, getting to him during the third time through the lineup. 

No chill: It wasn't Hector Santiago's best night. After getting knocked around by the Orioles to start the game, Santiago got tossed in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire John Tumpane. Santiago got angry, but he stayed on the mound and wasn't overly demonstrative. Mike Scioscia was understandably upset, as the 30,000 or so people who were there probably didn't pay the cost of admission to see Santiago pitch three innings before getting tossed for hurting the umps feelings. 

Up next: The O's and Angels go at it again tonight, this time with Kevin Gausman (0-1, 3.00 ERA) on the mound for Baltimore. The Angels will throw Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 8.49). First pitch is at 10:05. 

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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