Another important offseason deadline will approach at the end of this week as teams must tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by Friday at 8 p.m., otherwise making them free agents. Last year, the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo after he was nontendered.
A season that began with such difficulty for Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim landed him in the playoffs in his first year in the major leagues, starting in left field and batting second in Tuesday's American League wild-card game.
The Orioles arrived at the ballpark Thursday needing starting pitcher Chris Tillman to be the same guy who has thrown his body in front of just about every kind of adversity the team has faced over the course of this season.
In allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings, Ubaldo Jimenez turned in another in a string of short outings for the Orioles, whose starting pitchers have tested their manager's patience and their bullpen's limits recently. The starters accounted for only 18 innings in the four games in Seattle, and allowed 21 runs while doing it.