Orioles nearing deal with Alex Cobb (final update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles played the waiting game again in free agency and are close to scoring with the biggest piece remaining on the free agent market. Right-hander Alex Cobb is nearing an agreement with the Orioles, according to a source, and would become the third starter signed by the club since opening camp. Confirmation could come later tonight. Cobb, 30, spent all six ... read more

Wynns on being cut: “It was definitely a shock” (game cancelled)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles and Rays won’t play baseball tonight at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The game has been cancelled due to rain and a tornado watch in the area. There’s no makeup date in the Grapefruit League. Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and Miguel Castro were supposed to pitch tonight, but instead will make the trip to Tampa for Wednesday night’s ... read more

Early notes on Davis, Valencia and pitching matchups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis said he received about 12 plate appearances yesterday at the minor league camp and a nasty bruise on his right shin after being drilled by a pitch from Tampa Bay’s Chih-Wei Hu. Davis had the shin wrapped today and said he might wear a protective guard on it, but it won’t prevent him from staying in the lineup. With extra ... read more

Taking another look at camp competitions

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis built up his spring at-bats yesterday at Twin Lakes Park, where the spectators included executive vice president Dan Duquette, and he should remain in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays in Sarasota. MASN is carrying it live, so pull up a sofa and enjoy baseball under the lights. The forecast is calling for rain, of ... read more

Santander cementing spot on opening day roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The absence of Mark Trumbo on opening day due to a strained quadriceps muscle could provide regular at-bats for Anthony Santander in the designated hitter role. He also could get some starts in the outfield as manager Buck Showalter maneuvers players and takes advantage of his roster flexibility. No one is debating whether Santander makes the club and can stay for the ... read more

Ynoa on his injury, Araujo on his chances to make club

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t provided an explanation for Danny Valencia’s removal from today’s lineup. Manager Buck Showalter will update the media in Lakeland. Valencia was in the clubhouse this morning. He hit a two-run homer yesterday and is 6-for-29 (.207) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in 11 games after signing a minor league deal on March 2. Gabriel Ynoa ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers (Valencia scratched)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ projected regulars are staying back today as the team travels to Lakeland to play the Tigers. Austin Hays is in right field and batting third and Pedro Álvarez is playing first base and batting fourth. Danny Valencia is starting at third base and Anthony Santander is the designated hitter. Chance Sisco is catching. The list of reserves includes Mike Yastrzemski, ... read more

Tillman on the spring training balancing act

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman is toeing more than the pitching rubber. There’s also a fine line beneath his spikes. Use spring training to work on various things, but also understand the importance of achieving results. Throw pitches in sequences that contradict your approach in the regular season, but also record outs and lower your ERA. It’s the type of balancing act that can make ... read more