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Showalter: 'Our guys just refused to be outscored'

Showalter: 'Our guys just refused to be outscored'

BALTIMORE—Fifteen runs were scored in the first three innings. The game dragged on. 

Fortunately, for the Orioles, order was eventually restored, and they won despite being outhomered 5-0. 

In the end, the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 13-9 before 20,750 on Wednesday night. 

The Orioles (29-22) had lost the first two games of the series to Boston (32-21) and have cut the Red Sox’s lead to two in the AL East.

The first three innings took an hour, 41 minutes to play, putting it on a pace to last more than five hours. 

“Our guys just refused to be outscored tonight,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It was like playing a full game in the first three innings.” 

Play picked up a bit, and the game ended in just under four hours. 

Brad Brach (5-0), who always seems to be in the right place when the Orioles win in an unusual fashion, recorded five outs for the win. 

Clay Buchholz, who was sent to the bullpen last weekend, came in to start the fourth, and pitched two scoreless innings, but two runs scored in the sixth. 

Buchholz (3-6) walked Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo to start the seventh. Matt Wieters’ ground ball went through Dustin Pedroia to score Davis, and Trumbo scored on Ryan Flaherty’s infield out to give the Orioles a 10-8 lead. 

A single by Wieters that scored two, and an RBI base hit by Jonathan Schoop in the seventh extended the lead to 13-8.

Chris Young hit his second home run of the game against Darren O’Day in the eighth, but Zach Britton relieved him with two outs, and after walking David Ortiz, retired Hanley Ramirez on a force play and picked up his 15th save. 

For the second time in as many days, Mookie Betts hit home runs in the first two innings. He became the first major leaguer to do so. 

Mike Wright allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings and given a 4-1 lead after an inning, left on the short end. 

During Betts’ second at-bat, Wright threw a pitch high over his head, drawing a warning to both benches from home plate umpire Doug Eddings. 

Betts said he didn’t think it was intentional, and an upset Wright swore it wasn’t. 

“I just threw it too high. Was I trying to go in? Absolutely. 0-2, a guy that’s comfortable in the box, I’m trying to go in there, but I’d never throw at a guy’s face. That was way too high. I didn’t think a warning was necessary, but when a guy’s that hot, hit four, five home runs in two days, it has to come,” Wright said. 

Betts was so nonplussed he homered, anyway.

“I know what it looks like, and I know it's with a guy who's swinging real well against us,” Showalter said.

“I understand what it looks like. That's why I didn't argue a lot. If you look at things realistically there are two pitches there basically the same. But one guy hadn't hit 150 home runs against us in two days.”

Trumbo’s two-run single, Wieters’ sacrifice fly and Pedro Alvarez’s double gave the Orioles the temporary lead. 

Young’s two-run homer and Betts’ second homer in the second inning, tied it at 4. 

Manny Machado’s scoring fly ball in the second off Joe Kelly gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead.

Ortiz tied it at five with a home run, and after Vance Worley replaced Wright, Ryan Hanigan’s two-run single put Boston ahead 7-5. 

Schoop’s RBI double and singles by Flaherty and Machado gave the Orioles an 8-7 lead after three.

Joe Kelly allowed seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings and was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game so the Red Sox could add a reliever. Their bullpen was so taxed that reserve infielder Josh Rutledge warmed up in the eighth inning with his team trailing by five runs.  

Worley made it into the sixth when the Red Sox tied it at 8 on an RBI single by Pedroia. 

“There was a lot of everything in that game, so it’s a nice win and to be able to swing and have everybody contribute to the offense tonight was big,” Wieters said. 

“I think once you get into the grind, it doesn’t matter whether it takes an hour or whether it takes six hours. If you can come out on top, it always feels good at the end of the day.” 

NOTES: The 13 runs was an Orioles season high. Davis drew four walks for the second time this season, matching a career high. … Boston’s Xander Bogaerts has a 25-game hitting streak. … Rick Porcello (7-2, 3.68) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6, 6.36) on Thursday night. 

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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