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Ubaldo Jimenez leaves in second as Orioles lose 9-5

Ubaldo Jimenez leaves in second as Orioles lose 9-5

BALTIMORE—It wasn’t until Friday morning that the Orioles finally made their choice for a starting pitcher official. Ubaldo Jimenez got the start, and he delivered an awful one. 

Jimenez faced 11 batters and seven of them reached. After the seventh got on, Jimenez was out of the game, and the questions will begin about his future with the club.

Will he put in the bullpen once again? Will the club eat the approximately $20 million left on his four-year, $50 million contract.

Jimenez allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Angels 9-3 before 44,317 unhappy fans at Oriole Park on Friday night. 

The large crowd gathered to honor the 1966 World Series champions, and not an hour after they cheered loudly for Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer and Boog Powell, they booed nearly as loud when Jimenez teetered. 

Jimenez has had a horrible stretch where he’s failed to complete even two innings in three of his last eight starts. 

“There’s no doubt about it, this is the toughest thing that I have had to face,” Jimenez said. “I have to keep going, keep working hard and hopefully find something that’s going to get me out of this thing.”

The Angels (37-50), who have won four straight, didn’t have an extra-base hit off Jimenez (5-9), who gave up five singles and walked two.

“We had tried to put him in the bullpen, see if we could work some things out there. But necessity put him back in there, so we'll attack it after the break,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

With the loss, the Orioles (49-36) saw their AL East cut to one game over Toronto.

Mike Wright, who was another option to start, was called up on Friday from Norfolk and struggled as well, filling the bases in the third with none out when he hit two batters and walked one. 
A run scored, and Chaz Roe began warming up. Wright got out of the inning when Yunel Escobar hit a grounder back to the mound, and he began a double play. 

Wright soldiered through the sixth. His 4 2/3 innings were the second longest by an Orioles reliever this season. In the fourth, two runs scored on a pair of errors from the normally sure handed J.J. Hardy. It was the first time he’d made multiple errors in a game since June 5, 2014 when he made three. In his first 39 games this season, Hardy made just two miscues. 

A third hit batter, C.J. Cron, who was hit for the second time, led to a ninth run. Cron suffered a fracture in his left hand and will be reevaluated on Monday. 

“Mike had some struggles too. That's why we were trying to leave him alone down there if we could, but it's necessary to have somebody who could provide some length,” Showalter said. 

Matt Shoemaker (4-9), allowed three runs in five-plus innings, and after Cam Bedrosian relieved him, he hit Jonathan Schoop on the batting helmet, earning a warning to both benches by home plate umpire Mike Everitt.

Adam Jones led off the first with his 17th home run of the year and Manny Machado nearly had one, but Daniel Nava in left leaped high and robbed him of one. According to ESPN, the Orioles have had seven home runs taken away. No other team has more than two. 

Jonathan Schoop hit his 13th home run in the fourth, and Mark Trumbo’s RBI single in the sixth made it 9-3. Mark Trumbo’s two run, two out homer in the ninth, his 27th, made the final score 9-5.

Jimenez remains popular for his work ethic.

“He’s a professional, and that’s the thing. He knows. Every day he shows up here, he’s going to do what he can to help the team win, he’s going to do what he can to get himself better. He knows that he wants to pitch better. He wants to pitch better for the team, and we want him to pitch better,” Matt Wieters said.

“He comes here, works every day, and like I said, we’re all rooting for him to get it turned around and go out there and pitch like we know he can.”

NOTES: Darren O’Day threw on flat ground and will do so again on Sunday. He’ll head to Sarasota, Fla. during the break and meet the team in Tampa Bay when it resumes play on July 15. … Jones’ leadoff home run was the Orioles first on a first pitch since Brian Roberts did it on July 31, 2007. … Jones has 210 home runs with the Orioles, passing Brady Anderson for sixth on the all-time home run list. … Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 6.10) faces Nick Tropecano (3-2, 3.28) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. 

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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 hecticfew 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

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

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Baltimore Orioles add to their rotation, sign RHP Andrew Cashner

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Cashner to a two-year, $16 million contract on Thursday after searching for starting pitching all offseason.

The 31-year-old Cashner is 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in eight major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, San Diego, Miami and Texas, including 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA for the Rangers last year. The deal with the Orioles has an option for 2020.

He'll join right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the rotation.

"I do know that they need some starting pitching, and here it is, show up every day and whoever I can help out, help out and my job is to come here and pitch and win," Cashner said.

Cashner's deal could be worth $41 million over three seasons if he pitches 200 innings annually. He gets a $3 million signing bonus, payable in equal installments each Jan. 15 from 2020 through 2021.

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Cashner has salaries of $5 million this season and $8 million in 2019, and there is a $10 million option for 2020 that would become guaranteed if he pitches 340 innings combined in the next two seasons. If he reaches 360 innings, it would become a player option.

He can make $5 million in performance bonuses each year.

There are $1,525,000 per season in bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 10 and 15, $625,000 for 20 and $400,000 for 30.

Cashner also can make $3,475,000 each year based on innings: $250,000 each for 110 and 120, $275,000 for 130, $350,000 for 140, $750,000 for 150 and $400,000 apiece for 170, 180, 190 and 200.

Cashner was at the Orioles' spring training facility, and was due to head to his Texas home for a few days before returning on Sunday when Baltimore's full squad is required to report. He'll likely work out with the team for the first time Monday.

He has little experience against the Orioles, but said he was excited to join the team.

"It's a lineup you can't really make a lot of mistakes against," Cashner said. "It's a lot of power in there, and I got to pitch (for) San Diego one year in Baltimore. Really cool stadium, really neat, a lot of history. It's one of my favorite places to pitch, so I'm looking forward to making that my home (stadium) every night."

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Manager Buck Showalter said Cashner would be an ideal addition to the club.

"He's a veteran starter. That's a good deal for both us and him," Showalter said. "He's a guy who's pitched well in the American League. That's something that I think played in his favor."

Cashner said that he began negotiations with Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson last fall and in a challenging offseason for free agents, he said patience was vital.

"I don't think it's been difficult. It's been interesting. It's been different," Cashner said.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, Baltimore placed left-hander Zach Britton (Achilles) on the 60-day disabled list.