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Tillman gets another loss as Rays beat Orioles 9-5


Tillman gets another loss as Rays beat Orioles 9-5

BALTIMORE –- Chris Tillman looked great in spring training. After three excellent seasons, the Orioles even discussed a long-term contract with him.

Tillman won two of his first three starts, but hasn’t won since. In losing his career-high sixth straight, he allowed five earned runs for the fourth time this season.

The Orioles’ 9-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays before 36,945 at Oriole Park on Sunday sent the Orioles on their seven-game road trip to Houston and Cleveland with a homestand that started with four wins in six games, but ends with two losses.

Tillman hasn’t won since Apr. 18.

“I’m making some good pitches but not enough. When I’m falling behind, not making that quality pitch to get out of it. It’s frustrating. It really is. But we don’t stop working, we got to get better. We all know that. And I’ve got some work to do,” Tillman said.

Delmon Young, who hadn’t homered in 115 at-bats, homered twice off Jake Odorizzi and Manny Machado also had two, but that was the extent of the Orioles’ offense.

Tillman gave up six runs, five of them earned on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“Mentally, I’m good. I feel really good with where I’m at. It’s just execution, it all comes down to execution. You make a pitch we get out of it, we are sitting here celebrating instead of going on the road with a loss. It’s unfortunate, two guys had big days like we did. We weren’t able to come out of it with a win,” Tillman said.

Adam Jones missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. He sat on the bench for some of the game, and he took the plane for Houston after the game. He missed two consecutive games for the first time since Sept. 19, 2011. 

Young homered for the first time in the first to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead, and his second homer in the third tied the score at 2.

Tampa Bay scored two runs in the second. Logan Forsythe doubled, and with two outs, Nick Franklin walked. Bobby Wilson dumped a single to short right field scoring Forsythe and Young’s throw was wild allowing Franklin to score, too.

Tillman (2-7) allowed four runs in the fifth on a walk to Evan Longoria, a single to David DeJesus and a single to right by Forsythe. Steven Souza homered to left-center, his third in three games this series. That put the Rays ahead 6-2.

Young reached base for the third time off Odorizzi (4-5) in the fifth when he walked. After Chris Davis walked to load the bases, Steve Pearce grounded out to third.

Chaz Roe relieved Tillman and struck out four batters in 1 1/3 innings. Roe has struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings since joining the Orioles (23-26).

DeJesus led off the seventh with a home run off Oliver Drake, the first run he’s allowed in the majors. It was DeJesus’ fifth, and Tampa Bay (26-25) led 7-2.

Manny Machado’s two-run home run in the seventh, cut the lead to 7-4. It was Machado’s seventh, but his first since May 11. Machado also homered to lead off the ninth.

Odorizzi allowed four runs in six-plus innings.

With two runners on, Brad Boxberger got the final two outs to earn his 15th save.

The Orioles end May with a 13-16 record. Every time the team neared .500, they backed away. What will it take for the Orioles to get hot.

“Everybody healthy. That’s what it’s going to take. Everybody on the field and that’s a part of baseball, the beauty of it. It’s 162 games. Everybody’s going to be hurt, everybody’s going to be down. We’ve just got to keep battling, keep battling, pick up each other and keep running with it. It’s a long season. We’re right where we need to be. Keep grinding. Keep playing baseball, and things will keep falling into place,” Machado said.

NOTES: Showalter said that Matt Wieters, who catches Bud Norris on Tuesday in Norfolk could join the Orioles in Houston on Thursday to be the designated hitter or he could catch Tillman in Cleveland on Friday. Wieters is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list on Thursday.

“I think that will be good. He's ready to go, at-bats and everything. He needs all the time, but looking forward to getting him on the fourth if everything goes well Tuesday. Or the fifth,” Showalter said.

-Machado and Young are the first pair of Orioles to homer twice in a game since Davis and Machado on Sept. 26, 2012. …Jimmy Paredes is in a 1-for-22 slide. … The Orioles open a four-game series in Houston on Monday night. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.14) faces Brett Oberholtzer (0-0, 3.00).


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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

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Orioles Roundup: O's acquire Keon Broxton from Mets

The Orioles made a flurry of moves before falling to the Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:


Baltimore acquired OF Keon Broxton from the Mets for international signing bonus slots. Broxton hit .143 in 34 games with New York this season before he was designated for assignment last week. The Orioles designated RHP Yefry Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Broxton. 

The Orioles transferred RHP Alex Cobb from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL, meaning he won't be back until late June at the earliest. Cobb has been out since April 27 with a lumbar strain. Baltimore also claimed RHP Chandler Shepherd off waivers for the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk. 


Giancarlo Stanton has been pulled away from his rehab assignment with High-A Tampa and placed back on the 10-day injured list with left calf tightness. Per manager Aaron Boone, Stanton will be shut down for the next 7-10 days. 

Boone also told reporters Zach Britton was unavailable for Wednesday's game against his former team, and CC Sabathia could miss his next start due to knee trouble. 


SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/23: Orioles vs. Yankees, 12:35 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Friday 5/24: Orioles at Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Coors Field
Saturday 5/25: Orioles at Rockies, 9:10 p.m., Coors Field

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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.