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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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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Reeling O's set for 3-game weekend in Minnesota

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Reeling O's set for 3-game weekend in Minnesota

The Baltimore Orioles (10-16) hit the road for Minnesota this weekend. Here's your news and notes ahead of the 3-game set. 

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Right fielder Steve Wilkerson hit his first MLB home Wednesday night, a solo shot to put Baltimore up 4-1. It proved to be the deciding run, as the White Sox scored only two more runs in the game. 

John Means earned the win on his 25th birthday Wednesday, hurling five innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk, striking out six. Means is now 3-2 on the season. 

Chris Davis missed out on Wednesday's win due to a personal matter. After a historically cold start, Davis is hitting .360 in his last nine games. 

A pair of Orioles fans, Joe and Katie Demski, got married in their O's jerseys on Wednesday. Congrats to the lovely couple. 

TWINS:

Eddie Rosario leads the major leagues with 10 home runs and is tied for third with 13 outfield assists defensively. His eight long-balls through 17 games marked the most in Twins history since Tony Oliva (1966, seven). 

One of the hottest hitters in Major League Baseball is 25-year-old Jorge Polanco. Not only did the shortstop hit for the cycle already, but he's batting a cool .366 and took Justin Verlander deep recently. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Sunday 4/28: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Monday, 4/29: Orioles @ White Sox, 8:10 p.m., Comiskey Park 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Steve Wilkerson's first MLB homer lifts O's over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Steve Wilkerson's first MLB homer lifts O's over White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in the rubber game of their three-game set Wednesday night. Here's the latest O's and White Sox news. 

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Right fielder Steve Wilkerson hit his first MLB home run in the fourth inning, a solo shot to put Baltimore up 4-1. It proved to be the deciding run, as the White Sox scored only two more runs in the game. 

John Means earned the win on his 25th birthday Wednesday, going five innings and allowing just one run on four hits and a walk, striking out six. Means is now 3-2 on the season. 

Chris Davis missed out on Wednesday's win due to a personal matter. After a historically cold start, Davis is hitting .360 in his last nine games. 

A pair of Orioles fans, Joe and Katie Demski, got married in their O's jerseys on Wednesday! 

WHITE SOX:

Ervin Santana suffered his second loss of 2019, giving up four runs (all earned) on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. The 36-year old's ERA now sits at 9.45. 

First baseman Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in two runs for Chicago in the losing effort Wednesday. The two-time All-Star had a good game but is off to a cold start overall, now batting just .231 in 2019. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Sunday 4/28: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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