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Wilson has best outing of career in win, as O's leave Boston in 1st place

Wilson has best outing of career in win, as O's leave Boston in 1st place

BOSTON—If the Orioles are going to play meaningful games in the last month of the season, they’re going to need extraordinary pitching performances. 

In two of the three games at Fenway Park this week, they received them. On Tuesday, Chris Tillman was superb, and two nights later, Tyler Wilson pitched the best game of his major league career. 

Wilson threw eight innings of shutout ball, his longest outing ever, giving up three hits as the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 5-1 before 36,557 at Fenway Park on Thursday night.  

The Orioles (38-27) took two of three from Boston (37-28) to take a one-game lead in the American League East. The two clubs don’t play again until Aug. 16. 

Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t necessarily believe his club and the Red Sox will be fighting for the AL East throughout the season.

“We’re trying to stay in the moment of every game. It’s an opportunity to get one game closer to getting a chance to play late in the year. Nobody knows,” Showalter said. 

The Orioles have won six of the 10 games played between the clubs, and taken two of three both times they’ve played at Fenway. 

“It’s not about us and them. I think this division, how good and how deep the pitching is and the offense, we’ll see. I always say look at the record after the All-Star break and we’ll see,” Adam Jones said. 

Jones had three RBIs and his eighth home run in the last 14 games. 

“I want to give a round of applause to Tyler Wilson. To stifle a lineup like this, he did a really good job throwing strike one. I think today’s about him, I don’t care about myself,” Jones said. “He went out there and in a rubber match of this game, a big series win and threw eight innings, eight strong innings."

Wilson (3-5) retired the first six batters to face him. Mookie Betts led off with a liner to left that Nolan Reimold made a diving catch on, and in the fifth, right fielder Joey Rickard slid to rob Travis Shaw. 

He gave up a single to Sandy Leon with two outs in the third. Betts walked, and Dustin Pedroia ended the inning with a foul pop to first that Chris Davis snared.

Paul Janish made the fourth excellent catch of the evening when he jumped to catch Xander Bogaerts liner to start the seventh. David Ortiz followed with a double breaking Wilson’s streak of 11 straight retired. 

“Oh man. That was a highlight reel. Those guys played awesome. They play awesome all year long, but when they can put a few plays in succession, it really kind of sparkles a little bit. Guys are diving for foul balls,” Wilson said. 

Showalter said he made it easier for his fielders.

“That type of defense seems to be played behind guys that throw the ball over the plate and work quickly,” Showalter said. 

Though Wilson threw a wild pitch, sending Ortiz to third, Jackie Bradley, Jr. grounded to Wilson, leaving Ortiz at third to end the seventh. 

Shaw singled with one out in the eighth, but Wilson left him at first as he struck out the side. 

Wilson wanted to finish the ninth, but he became the first Orioles starter to throw eight shutout innings in Boston since Mike Boddicker on Aug. 30, 1985. 

“It’s an easy decision for me to just sit there and let the bullpen take over the game when they’ve done as well as they have,” Wilson said. 

Brad Brach gave up a home run to Ortiz with two outs in the ninth

Jones hit a two-run home run off Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) in the third, his 13th of the season, and eighth in his last 14 games. 

In the fourth, Jones’ single scored Jonathan Schoop, and the Orioles took a 5-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Davis, and a run-scoring double by Schoop. 

Rodriguez allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings. 

The Orioles have three more division games this weekend when the Toronto Blue Jays come to Baltimore. The Blue Jays, who have won three straight trail the Orioles by two games. 

“You know how finicky this division is. It can go, one extreme to the next. One team can get hot, one team can get cold and especially when you get a cold team playing in the division, the winds seem to change hands a little different. So just grind it out, see where we [are] September 1,” Jones said. 

NOTES: J.J. Hardy was 1-for-5 in his third rehab game for Bowie. He played nine innings, and was 4-for-11 in the three games. …Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.38) faces Mike Wright (3-3, 5.31) on Friday.

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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