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Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

Showalter says Jimenez is Orioles' best option to start

WASHINGTON—Ubaldo Jimenez is Buck Showalter’s choice to start Thursday, and he’s not backing down from it. 

“He’s actually probably the most equipped. He’s pitched well here and against these guys, and two-fold, we’ve looked at our options and [he’s] the one most worthy of getting the opportunity,” Showalter said. 

“Actually, [it] makes our bullpen work a little bit better too the other four days. He’s a guy who is physically better suited to pitch, to start.” 

Vance Worley threw three innings on Tuesday night, and that eliminated him. 
“Here’s the part of that. If he doesn’t pitch that game last night, probably Zach [Britton] or [Brad] Brach or [Mychal] Givens or all three of them would have been in that ballgame. In order for us to be good tonight and the next night, we need somebody to do that job,” Showalter said, adding: “It’s not a given that Vance would do well as a starter.”

Jimenez has pitched well, and in 2010 had even a better year than Chris Tillman is having now.  

“Ubaldo’s got that type of pedigree. He’s pitched well in this situation before. He pitched well in Minnesota that day, all things considered. It’s going to be tough on him because he hasn’t started in a while, but he’s built up and he’s the most experienced option we have. I’m not going to get into critiquing what our other options are. I do know one thing. Everybody’s getting blocked and claimed this time of year. We think Ubaldo is our best option right now,” Showalter said. 

Showalter thinks that Wright will do better in this stint with the Orioles because he won’t be starting—for now.

“It’s a different role than he had before because he provided length and could fit the role that we needed because Parker [Bridwell] hadn’t pitched back-to-back much, so we have to be careful there. Parker comes in and pitches, two, three innings tonight we’d probably get somebody to replace him because we’re not going to go without arms to protect everybody. We’ll see when the smoke clears today what we’re going to do tomorrow,” Showalter said. 

Showalter said that T.J. McFarland, who’s currently rehabbing with Bowie was discussed as an option for the role Wright is going to fill, and could be added if Bridwell is swapped out. He did say that ideally, he’d prefer McFarland get one or two more outings before he’s brought back.

NOTES: Joey Rickard, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a thumb injury, will be reexamined on Sept. 2. … Brian Duensing (elbow) threw seven pitches in the Gulf Coast League in his first rehab appearance.  … LHP Ashur Tolliver (hamstring) is throwing batting practice for Norfolk. 

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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