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Orioles smack six home runs to erase bad first inning in 11-3 win over Oakland

Orioles smack six home runs to erase bad first inning in 11-3 win over Oakland

BALTIMORE – In Sunday’s first inning, Chris Tillman was quickly in trouble.  He allowed three runs in the first inning, and only a fine throw home by Joey Rickard prevented a fourth. 

What seemed to be a long day for the Orioles turned into a happy one instead as they hit a season high six home runs in their 11-3 win over the Oakland Athletics before 43,690 at Oriole Park. 

The Orioles hit home runs in each of the first four innings to bail Tillman out. 

Tillman toughened after the first inning, giving up just two hits in his last 5 1/3 innings. 

“We kind of got back into that game. That picked me up huge,” Tillman said. 

Manny Machado drove in a career high six runs with a two-run home run in the first and a grand slam in the eighth. 

Machado hit his eighth home run of the year off Kendall Graveman (1-4) in the first to cut Oakland’s lead to 3-2. 

Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop hit back-to-back home runs in the second. That gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead. It was the fourth time this season the Orioles have hit consecutive home runs. 

Alvarez’s home run landed on Eutaw Street, the first time this season a ball has landed there. 

“That was a big old boy home run,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Mark Trumbo hit his ninth home run of the season in the third, and Rickard’s third in the fourth gave the Orioles a 7-3 lead. 

Machado’s grand slam was his second of the season and third of his career. He has nine homers this season.

“I think that’s kind of what we’ve talked about all along. We have power up and down the lineup, and I think Schoopy’s homer and Joey getting one out of here today, it’s just a nice showing for just about everybody,” Trumbo said.  

Thirty games into the season, the Orioles (18-12) are in first place, but Showalter knows the remaining 132 games will be difficult.

“We don't panic when we get behind. I think it helps the pitchers, too. We're going to have some games where you have to win 1-0, 2-1. It's going to be a long, challenging season. We're in for a long ride together,” Showalter said. 

Tillman (4-1) had a rough first inning. Billy Burns singled, and he hit Mark Canha. Josh Reddick’s RBI single scored Burns, and Danny Valencia’s Baltimore Chop scored Canha. Yonder Alonso droubled to left to bring home Reddick, but Rickard’s throw home via Machado at short gave nailed Valencia at the plate. 

Oakland (14-18) led 3-0.

“That defense is pretty special, all the way around, throughout the whole game. They had a lot of hard hit balls off me that we made a lot of good plays on. Offensively, you know these guys are going to do that. They’re an impressive offense,” Tillman said. 

For more than a month, attendance had been sparse. The weather was poor, and games were unpleasant to watch because of that. On Sunday, the weather was wonderful and the crowd was large.

“You couldn’t ask, with all the weather and all the stuff that we’ve played in through the season so far, you couldn’t have dialed up a more perfect day to play baseball,” Showalter said. 

“You just really want to play a good game, an entertaining game that you win on a day like today, because you don’t get many opportunities where you’ve got a full house and the weather’s letter perfect after … It’s kind of a Baltimore coming out after the winter and the weather that we’ve had in April.”

The Orioles finished their 10-game homestand at 6-4. They scored runs in bunches early in it, had a scoring slump in the middle and finished strongly. They won games with home runs, and sometimes with just good pitching. 

“The homers are not always going to be there. The other day bottom of the 10th, we won by a sac fly. As long as the pitchers give us a chance and we maintain as a team, doing the right thing, getting guys over, pitching well. Getting out of innings, helping out our pitching staff. I think things will turn out great,” Machado said. 

NOTES: Schoop has an 11-game hitting streak. … Tyler Wilson (1-1, 3.04) faces Jose Berrios (1-1, 6.75) as the Orioles begin a three-game series in Minnesota against the Twins on Monday night. …. The Orioles “Mother’s Day Catch on the Field” raised more than $20,000 for the Orioles’ Charitable Foundation. … Reddick has hits in eight consecutive at-bats, tying an Oakland record. … The crowd was the second largest this season. … Athletics backup catcher Josh Phegley pitched and retired the final two batters in the eighth inning.

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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