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Wallace thinks Tillman will return to form in 2016

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Wallace thinks Tillman will return to form in 2016

Buck Showalter likes to say he currently has the best coaching staff he’s had in his managerial career. At the head of that class is Dave Wallace, the 68-year-old pitching coach.

Wallace doesn’t like to seek attention, but during his long career, he’s been credited with making some good pitchers great, and some mediocre ones better.

For now, the Orioles have four starters, all right-handed, and they’ve been linked with free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir, though they’ve also spoken to right-hander Yovani Gallardo and others.

“Everybody wants a left-handed starter,” Wallace said. “I would rather have a real quality big league starter than just to get any left-handed starter.”

Wallace knows that Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez reverted last season.

“It always looks worse than it is. There were times last year when sometimes the ball didn’t bounce their way, especially Chris. I think Chris is a victim of a lot of things during the game,” Wallace said. “And then it works on you mentally a little bit. You’re looking for the negative.”

The Orioles will be allowing Kevin Gausman to pitch without restrictions in 2015. As Showalter said, the opponent will decide when Gausman leaves a game, not an innings limit.

“I think it’s time to take the kid gloves off him,” Wallace said. “His understanding of the game is so much better, his understanding of himself and what he needs to do.”

It’s likely that most of the pitchers Wallace works with in 2016 will be the same as 2015. Four of last season’s starters are back, and with Darren O’Day’s return, five of the relievers.

“It’s not 13 or 14 pitchers during the course of the season. You’re always looking for depth,” Wallace said. “That’s a conversation that’s ongoing every day. How can we be a little bit better? How can we get more depth if something happens out of the bullpen?”

The Orioles have added several left-handed relievers, and they recently signed another one. Jeff Beliveau, who has pitched 58 games with the Cubs and Rays in the last four seasons, was signed to a minor league contract.

After last season, his second with the Orioles, Wallace thought long and hard about whether to return for a third.

“I don’t know if I’ll ever retire, but I certainly considered doing something different,” Wallace said.

He enjoys developing pitchers and wants to spend time with his family, and says that Showalter was considerate of him as he deliberated.

“You wonder when you get down the road a little bit how long you’re going to do it. I still love the game,” Wallace said. “Seven o’clock, no one has more fun than I do.”

NOTES: Right-handed pitchers Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey top Baseball America’s Top 10 prospect list. Catcher Chance Sisco was third and third baseman Jomar Reyes fourth. They were followed by Mychal Givens, left-handed pitcher Chris Lee, shortstop Ryan Mountcastle, outfielder DJ Stewart and Mike Wright.

Besides Beliveau, whose signing was first reported by Baseball America, the Orioles re-signed right-handed pitcher Jason Stoffel, and signed left-hander Zack Dodson and outfielder Rubi Silva to minor league contracts.

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

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Orioles Roundup: Indians take down O's in 21-run slugfest

The Orioles lost their series opener in Cleveland 14-7 Thursday night. Here's the latest O's and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini launched a three-run home run in the third inning of Thursday's loss, his ninth homer on the year. Rio Ruiz chipped in with a two-run shot of his own, while Stevie Wilkerson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. 

Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings of work in relief of Dan Straily, who also gave up four runs. 

The Orioles activated relief pitcher Richard Bleier from the 10-day injured list Thursday. Bleier had been sidelined for almost five weeks with left shoulder tendinitis. RHP Jimmy Yacabonis was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk to make room on the roster.

INDIANS:

Jason Kipnis had a monster night at the plate Thursday, hitting two homers and driving in six runs. Carlos Santana also did major damage, collecting three RBI. 

Trevor Bauer allowed seven runs in five innings of work Thursday night, while the Indians bullpen polished off the win with four scoreless innings. A.J. Cole earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings in relief of Bauer.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Sunday 5/19: Orioles @ Indians, 1:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

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Orioles Roundup: O's swept by Yankees in day-night doubleheader

After two straight nights of rainouts, the Orioles finally got to play the Yankees in a doubleheader Wednesday. The O's dropped both games, losing Game 1 5-3 then falling to New York 3-1 in the nightcap. 

Baltimore now heads to Cleveland for a four-game series against the Indians. 

Here's the latest Orioles, Yankees, and Indians news. 

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

David Hess allowed five runs (four earned) in six innings of work in Game 1. The Yankees collected six hits against Hess, four of them leaving the ballpark. 

Speaking of the long ball, Trey Mancini smacked his eighth homer of the season in the Game 1 loss, a first inning solo shot off of J.A. Happ. 

Andrew Cashner pitched well in the nightcap, going six innings and allowing just two runs, but was hung with the loss as the Baltimore offense could only muster one run. 

The Orioles returned RHP Evan Phillips to Triple-A Norfolk after Wednesday's action. Phillips joined Baltimore in New York to serve as the 26th man for the doubleheader.

YANKEES:

J.A. Happ collected his third win of the season in Game 1 Wednesday after pitching 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save, getting his 11th just a few hours later in the nightcap. 

The Yankees hit four home runs in Game 1, SS Gleyber Torres launching two of them while C Gary Sanchez added to his team-leading tally with his 12th home run of the year. Torres hit yet another tater in the nightcap, a fourth inning solo shot.

Domingo German was dominant in Game 2, going seven strong and striking out eight Orioles while allowing just one run. German is now 8-1 on the season. 

Luke Voit went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs in Wednesday night's win. 

3B Miguel Andujar elected to undergo surgery on his torn right labrum, ending his 2019 season. 

INDIANS:

Cleveland had Wednesday off as they get set to host the O's this weekend. They'll be coming off a 9-0 win over the White Sox Tuesday in which Cleveland hit five homers, two of them coming off the bat of RF Jordan Luplow

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 5/16: Orioles @ Indians, 6:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Friday 5/17: Orioles @ Indians, 7:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Saturday 5/18: Orioles @ Indians, 4:10 p.m., Progressive Field 

Source: Rotoworld

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