This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - Does anyone want to be the Orioles’ fifth starter? I’d do it, but it might interfere with my blogging. I considered Mike Wright to have the edge before last night, and it still could hold true, but he allowed five runs and seven hits in two innings against the Twins in Fort Myers. It’s important to remember that the competition doesn’t have ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Aneury Tav├írez is getting another start in center field tonight, as the Orioles travel to Fort Myers again to play the Twins. Adam Jones could get back in the lineup for Saturday’s home game against the Twins unless manager Buck Showalter wants to rest his center fielder following Team USA’s championship run in the World Baseball Classic. Ryan Flaherty ... read more

Trumbo on lack of spring attention: “I couldn’t care less”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Last year’s major league leader in home runs sits alone at his locker while another national reporter across the clubhouse locks up the saves leader in a prolonged conversation. Mark Trumbo is relieved that he isn’t the subject of daily interview requests. He’s certainly accessible, but he isn’t the type of guy who craves the spotlight. You’re far less likely to get ... read more

Positive early reviews for Welington Castillo

SARASOTA, Fla. - With Welington Castillo back inside the Orioles clubhouse and soon to be back in their lineup, the process continues of getting acclimated to a new pitching staff after signing as a free agent, spending about three weeks in camp and leaving for the World Baseball Classic. Castillo sits at the locker once occupied by Matt Wieters, the popular former starting catcher and ... read more

Wrapping up a 7-4 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chance Sisco hit the left field foul pole with two runners aboard in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a tie and give the Orioles a 7-4 win over the Rays. Sisco replaced Caleb Joseph behind the plate and had only one at-bat. He made it count, belting his first home run after infield singles by Joey Rickard and Paul ... read more

Short start tonight for Chris Lee (O’s win 7-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Rays 4 Recap: Chance Sisco hit an opposite-field three-run homer with two outs in the eighth to break a 4-4 tie ... Chris Lee lasted only two innings in his second start and allowed two runs and five hits. He threw 55 pitches, 32 for strikes ... Chris Johnson hit a two-run homer to center field in the fourth ... read more

Orioles make two cuts, Machado talks about WBC experience

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reduced their camp roster to 42 players, including nine non-roster invitees, by optioning left-hander Richard Bleier to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning right-hander Zach Stewart to minor league camp. Bleier, acquired from the Yankees last month, allowed three runs and 10 hits in seven innings. Stewart allowed six runs and 10 hits in 10 2/3 innings. He also tossed 1 ... read more

Machado set for Saturday lineup return (and more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Third baseman Manny Machado is taking batting practice this afternoon with the Orioles, his cap spun backward and his hips gyrating to the music filtering through Ed Smith Stadium. Machado returns to the lineup Saturday night against the Twins in Sarasota. Welington Castillo also is back from the World Baseball Classic, and manager Buck Showalter is deciding whether to have him catch ... read more