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Wrapping up Orioles' 4-2 win over Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Left-hander Nick Additon retired the side in order in the eighth inning, Tim Alderson survived a one-out walk in the ninth and the Orioles opened their Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-2 win over the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Francisco Peguero, Steve Clevenger and Alex Gonzalez each had two hits. Jemile Weeks reached base twice and scored two runs, and

Updating Britton, Brach and Tillman (O's win 4-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Rays 2 Recap: Chris Tillman retired six of the seven batters he faced and struck out three while focusing mostly on his fastball command. Leadoff hitter Jemile Weeks reached base twice and scored two runs in the first two innings, as the Orioles led from start to finish. Need to know: Eddie Gamboa struck out two while retiring the

Weeks off and running

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Jemile Weeks made a leaping catch at second base in the Orioles' first intrasquad game. He singled, walked, and moved up a base on a fly ball into right-center field in the second game. In two innings of today's exhibition opener against the Rays, Weeks has doubled, walked, stolen a base and scored two runs. Is this guy trying to tell

Orioles PR director passes away (with Angelos statement and Buck quote)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play their first exhibition game today with heavy hearts, the loss of a beloved member of the organization bringing great pain to all of us. Monica Pence Barlow, the club's director of public relations, passed away early this morning after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 36. She also was a fighter - tougher than anyone

Orioles and Rays lineups (Chris Jones released)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will keep most of their projected regulars back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex for today's exhibition opener against the Rays in Port Charlotte. For the Orioles Jemile Weeks 2B Francisco Peguero CF Steve Clevenger C Steve Pearce 1B Nolan Reimold DH Henry Urrutia RF Alex Gonzalez SS Xavier Paul LF Michael Almanzar 3B Chris Tillman RHP For the Rays

Presley talks about Schoop, Urrutia and Reimold

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn't revealed his lineup for today's exhibition opener against the Rays, but he's not likely to send a bus of a bunch of projected starters to Port Charlotte. With the Rays sending former Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard to the mound, Jonathan Schoop figures to play today after homering the past two days. Yes, they were only intrasquad games,

Notes and quotes following intrasquad game (with photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The visiting Orioles swept the two-game intrasquad series from the home team at Ed Smith Stadium with today's 3-0 victory. If you placed any bets, seek professional help immediately. Tim Berry reached his pitch count in the top of the fourth, walking two batters and giving up an infield hit to Julio Borbon. Kelvin De La Cruz walked Jemile Weeks leading off

Schoop does it again (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - That's two intrasquad games and two home runs for Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Schoop drove an 0-1 pitch from Bud Norris over the left-center field fence in the top of the first inning, the ball slamming off the wooden television platform. An absolute bomb. Schoop drilled a two-run shot off Steve Johnson in yesterday's game. Francisco Peguero singled off Norris, but

Notes on Berry, Casilla, Bundy, Hardy and Cruz

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play their intrasquad game at 11 a.m. today at Ed Smith Stadium. It's closed to the public. Here are a few injury updates: * Outfielder Quintin Berry swung a bat today and said his back is "pain-free." "I'm ready to go whenever," he said. "I think it's just precautionary now." * Alexi Casilla continues to receive treatment on his

Today's intrasquad lineups include Nelson Cruz

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their final intrasquad game today before diving into the Grapefruit League schedule. It's scheduled to last four or five innings. I should add weather permitting, because it's overcast and rain could change those plans. The lineups are in reverse alphabetical order today. Nelson Cruz must have talked his way into the lineup. He's starting in left field for the

Today's intrasquad game and a note on Norris

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is going easy on his team today, shortening the intrasquad game to four or five innings with an 11 a.m. start that will enable his players to leave the complex by early afternoon. The media isn't trying to talk him out of it. Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris are the listed starters today for the O's and Orioles

Notes and updates after today's intrasquad game (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Henry Urrutia singled twice and walked today in the visiting team's 4-3 victory over the home team in the Orioles' first intrasquad game. Urrutia's second hit came off Tim Alderson with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. The game ended after Michael Almanzar flied out. Julio Borbon had an RBI single off Fabio Castillo in the bottom of the

Schoop homers in intrasquad game (Young and Davis homer)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to option infielder Jonathan Schoop to Triple-A Norfolk rather than place him on the opening day roster, but he's not conceding anything. Schoop hit a long two-run homer off Steve Johnson in the top of the second inning of today's intrasquad game, giving the visiting team a 2-0 lead. Johnson struggled to find the plate, walking three batters

Notes on Cruz, Gonzalez, Berry, Meek and more (plus video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects every pitcher used in today's intrasquad game, scheduled for eight innings, to work one inning. The Thursday intrasquad game is scheduled for four or five innings because Showalter wants to treat his players to a shorter day. Showalter said there's a 55 percent chance that it will be played on the Camden Yards replica field, which would

Davis on leading off: "It's been a while"

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla says his right hamstring is still sore and he will spend the day icing it. Casilla remains day-to-day after leaving yesterday's workout. Chris Davis can't remember the last time he batted first prior to today's intrasquad game. Guys who can launch a ball 500 feet aren't your prototypical leadoff hitters. Davis has never batted first in the majors.

Today's intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles just posted their lineups for today's intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. Chris Davis is leading off for the home team. I'm guessing that he campaigned hard for that job. Nelson Cruz's name isn't listed on the cards. Manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that Cruz wouldn't play. Visitor Michael Almanzar 3B Steve Clevenger C Ivan DeJesus Jr. SS Xavier Paul

Looking at today's intrasquad game and the 40-man roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Let the games begin. Not the real ones that count in the Grapefruit League standings, but the intrasquad games that lead into Friday's exhibition opener against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman will make today's starts, each pitcher going one inning. Matusz also will try to get through the entire day without being forced to talk about his

Josh Hart finishes his assignment on Frank Robinson

SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles instructed 19-year-old outfielder Josh Hart to head over to the Ed Smith Stadium complex yesterday, he expected to receive some valuable baseball lessons. He had no idea, however, that it would include a history lesson. You probably know the story by now, since it's starting to gain national attention. Orioles manager Buck Showalter saw Hart walking down a hallway

Hearing from Hardy and Showalter after today's workout (with photo gallery)

SARASOTA, Fla. - A few minutes before today's Nelson Cruz press conference, eight of his new teammates walked into the interview room and formed a line before the video cameras. Tommy Hunter found an empty chair and took a seat. Hunter was joined by Adam Jones, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Darren O'Day and hitting coach Jim Presley. "Just kind

Casilla leaves workout with hamstring injury (plus video gallery)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Alexi Casilla left today's workout with tightness in his right hamstring. He walked off the field with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. Casilla estimated that he could miss two or three days of workouts, which would include intrasquad games on Wednesday and Thursday. "I just felt my hamstring a little bit," he said. "We were taking grounders and there was a

Notes and quotes from today's Nelson Cruz press conference

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today's press conference introducing Nelson Cruz to the media lasted about 10 minutes. A group of his new teammates stood in the back to offer their support, including Adam Jones, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Tommy Hunter, Nick Markakis, Darren O'Day and hitting coach Jim Presley. "That means they care about their teammates," Cruz said. "From experience, I know

Morning notes from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Nelson Cruz press conference will start in a few minutes. Cruz worked out earlier this morning and hung around the clubhouse. A bunch of Cruz's new Orioles teammates are standing in the back of the room, including Adam Jones, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, Tommy Hunter and Darren O'Day. Brian Matusz will have a wart removed

Cruising into another press conference

SARASOTA, Fla. - Another day, another press conference. We're not in Baltimore anymore. The Orioles will introduce outfielder Nelson Cruz to the media at 9:30 a.m., with the press conference airing live on MASN HD. Cruz will head to the back fields afterward for his first official workout. Executive vice president Dan Duquette inadvertently stirred up another rumor, and a portion of the fanbase, by

Cruz signing is official (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have their third free-agent signing in a week. Outfielder Nelson Cruz passed his physical and signed a one-year, $8 million deal that includes another $750,000 in possible incentives. A press conference will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning and will include executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter. Same arrangement as the other two press conferences. It's

Showalter talks about Frank Robinson (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Owner Peter Angelos just arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He walked through the media workroom a few minutes ago. We're still waiting for the Orioles to announce the Nelson Cruz signing. Update: Angelos left the complex after shaking hands with manager Buck Showalter, who thanked him for stopping by. Angelos was in Tampa and decided to make the trip with

Quick hits from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz will fly to Philadelphia on Monday to have a wart removed from his left index finger, the same laser procedure he underwent three springs ago. Matusz will start Wednesday's intrasquad game and pitch again later in the week before leaving camp. Manager Buck Showalter estimated that Matusz could miss four or five days. Outfielder Quintin Berry will undergo

Frank Robinson visits camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nelson Cruz won't work out with the Orioles today, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Cruz is listed on the practice sheet, but he isn't on the field. The Orioles are expected to announce Cruz's signing later today, though Duquette said the club is still "working on some things." That probably means the corresponding 40-man roster move. Outfielder Quintin Berry left

A few morning notes (and Cruz update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Suk-Min Yoon is scheduled to make his spring debut for the Orioles on March 6 or 7. Yoon needs to obtain is work visa before taking the mound in a Grapefruit League game. According to Yoon's interpreter, Justin Yoo, the Orioles could find out later today whether it's done. The Orioles were able to spare Yoon a return trip to South Korea

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to announce later today that Nelson Cruz passed his physical and signed a one-year contract. I'd expect the press conference to be held on Tuesday. In a related story, the Orioles are on the verge of shattering the record for most press conferences in one week. Did you know that Ubaldo Jimenez and Alexi Casilla were Little League

Upcoming pitching schedule and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman will each throw one inning as starters in Wednesday's first intrasquad game in Ed Smith Stadium. The game will last seven or eight innings and is closed to the public. Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris will each throw an inning in Thursday's intrasquad game, which will last four or five innings. The Thursday game is open to

Cruz taking physical (with camp videos and pictures)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nelson Cruz is taking his physical today in Sarasota, but a confirmation on his signing won't come before Monday. The Orioles are waiting to get the results before announcing Cruz's one-year, $8 million deal, which includes a possible $750,000 in incentives. Dylan Bundy increased the activity in his throwing program today. Not only did he move up from 150 to 90 feet

Davis: "There's something to be said about a guy who owns up to his mistake"

SARASOTA, Fla. - If Nelson Cruz takes his physical today as scheduled, the results may not come back until Monday, which would likely push back a press conference to the following day. One of Cruz's former teammates with the Rangers is glad that the veteran outfielder is joining the Orioles after agreeing yesterday to a one-year, $8 million contract. Chris Davis has been a strong

Notes on union meeting, Bundy, Rodriguez and Gausman (and Cruz)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The clubhouse is now closed to the media while the Orioles have their annual union meeting. Former Orioles filled the place this morning, including Jeffrey Hammonds, Phil Bradley, Bobby Bonilla and Rick Helling, who all work for the Major League Baseball Players Association. Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and former Expos pitcher Steve Rogers also were in the house, along with Mike

How does Cruz fit into the lineup?

SARASOTA, Fla. - During his session yesterday with the media, Orioles manager Buck Showalter challenged me to come up with a starting lineup. That's what happens when you sit in the front row. Showalter won't reference Nelson Cruz by name until the deal becomes official, but he clearly intended for a projected lineup to include the veteran outfielder/designated hitter. Cruz has hit in every spot,

Showalter on Cruz (sort of), plus video/photo gallery

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play intrasquad games on Wednesday and Thursday next week, with the innings tentatively set for eight and four, respectively. No word on whether the games are open to the public. Manager Buck Showalter had to cancel a pop-up drill today because heavy rains soaked the outfield. However, he praised the grounds crew for getting the practice fields in good

Markakis on Cruz: "He's my teammate now, so I've got to be a teammate"

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been one of the more outspoken opponents of steroid use in baseball, accusing cheaters of stealing money and pushing for harsher penalties. With news breaking today that the Orioles reached agreement with Nelson Cruz on a one-year contract, Markakis figured to draw a crowd of reporters at his locker. "It doesn't change my opinion toward anything,"

Quick Cruz update

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Nelson Cruz is flying from the Dominican Republic to Miami this afternoon and is expected to drive to Sarasota tonight. Cruz and the Orioles reached agreement today to a one-year, $8 million contract with another $750,000 possible in incentives based on time spent on the major league roster. In keeping with their policy, the Orioles won't comment on the deal until

O's reach agreement with Cruz

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles were supposed to take the field at 10 a.m. for their pre-workout stretch, but it's been pushed back another hour. Players are still busy with photo day. Executive vice president Dan Duquette walked through the media workroom earlier this morning. I asked whether he had anything to say, my fingers on the home row of my keyboard. "Still working on

Leftovers for breakfast (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - If the Orioles don't sign another free agent, it could rival Super Bowl III or Mike Tyson-Buster Douglas for biggest upset in sports. It just seems inevitable. With all that smoke, there's got to be fire. It also could mean that a new pope has been elected, but I'm going with fire. The Orioles are in on any combination of Kendrys Morales,

Notes on Aceves, Gonzalez, Bundy, Lough, more (Hendriks claimed, plus gallery)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Alfredo Aceves left camp today and is flying home to Mexico to obtain his work visa. The Orioles think Aceves could return in less than a week. Manager Buck Showalter estimated five or six days. "The problem is, he has a meeting in Mexico tomorrow and they can't see him again until Monday. And then there's a period where they have

A few notes following today's workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado took more ground balls at third base during today's workout on the Camden Yards replica field. At one point, he was allowed to move one step to his left, as the Orioles ease him into side-to-side drills. Dylan Bundy threw on flat ground from 150 feet again today, and one person in the organization said the right-hander looked "great." The

Hardy on Jimenez (and another update on Santana)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is 4-for-10 with a home run lifetime against Ubaldo Jimenez. Sounds like he's got a pretty good read on the veteran right-hander, but that's not necessarily the case. Listen to Hardy talk about Jimenez, his new teammate, and it's apparent that numbers don't tell the entire story. "I don't remember what years it was that I was facing

Notes before today's workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will find out later today whether pitcher Liam Hendriks has cleared waivers. Hendriks was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room for starter Ubaldo Jimenez on the 40-man roster. He walked through the clubhouse this morning, but his locker remains empty. His uniform could return to it later today. Miguel Gonzalez will throw 35 pitches in today's bullpen session

The lowdown on Lough's low body fat percentage

SARASOTA, Fla. - Don't be fooled by the ping pong table, the bumper pool table and the cornhole boards inside the Orioles clubhouse at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The players are here to work. The games just provide another avenue to bond, to blow off a little steam, to pass the time before taking the field or attending meetings. Outfielder David Lough, acquired from

Showalter quotes after today's workout (plus pics and vids)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held a pitchers meeting at 1:15 p.m. today in the same room used for manager Buck Showalter's post-workout sessions with the media. Alfredo Aceves walked through the door at 1:01 p.m. and made a U-turn back into the hallway. "Alfredo's early to the meeting," Showalter said. "Nice going." Aceves is determined to make a favorable impression in camp, and not

Jimenez meets the press

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles introduced pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez at a 9:30 a.m. press conference today, the right-hander flanked by manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette. Agent Fernando Cuza also was in attendance. Here's a sampling: Duquette on Jimenez: "Overall, if you take a look at his body of work, he's one of the top 10 pitchers in the league over the

Early notes from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez remains scheduled to throw a full bullpen session Friday afternoon. Gonzalez's back feels good following yesterday's 25-pitch session. "I feel great. No problems. I'm ready to work with the team now," he said. "I had it before and I knew exactly what I needed to do for a couple of days." Nick Markakis shaved the rest of his facial hair

The week in review

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held their first workout for pitchers and catchers - and the assorted position players who reported early - exactly one week ago. So much has happened since that morning. On the same day that the Orioles signed Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon to a three-year contract, they reached agreement with pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on a four-year deal. Yoon will be the

Orioles make Jimenez signing official (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have announced the signing of pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year contract. He will be introduced to the media in a Thursday morning press conference. Jimenez, 30, agreed to terms on a $50 million deal on Monday. Most of his physical took place yesterday, with the eye and dental exams completed this morning. Jimenez already had a locker set up

More notes from today's workout (and more)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez passed his physical, as expected, and the Orioles will announce his signing later today. The press conference will be held Thursday morning. The Orioles will make a corresponding 40-man roster move, which already has been decided. Outfielder Henry Urrutia participated in the last part of today's workout after his stomach issue subsided. "He made it out after everything got ...

Urrutia withheld from workout (with videos and photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Henry Urrutia didn't work out today because of a stomach illness. Urrutia was late getting on the field, missing the pre-workout stretch. First base coach Wayne Kirby retrieved him from the clubhouse as the outfielders played catch. Urrutia stood on the field for a few minutes before talking to head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and going inside. Kirby passed along an

Yoon and Gonzalez throwing in bullpen today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar is at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles have a full camp roster. Players are finishing up their physicals this morning, undergoing eye and dental exams, and the first full-squad workout may not begin before noon. The Orioles may announce their agreement with Ubaldo Jimenez later today, after his physical is complete, but they aren't expected

Taking another look at the pitching

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reached agreement on a four-year deal with Ubaldo Jimenez, and I still have fans asking whether they also could sign Ervin Santana. They seem set with starters. Let's not get greedy. Manager Buck Showalter can do some maneuvering with his starting candidates due to openings in the bullpen and having guys with options. The only certainties among relievers appear to

Showalter on full-squad workout, Jimenez and Gonzalez (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has set up a team meeting for later tonight. He's expecting Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar and outfielder Francisco Peguero to be in attendance. Almanzar and Peguero were the only two players who hadn't reported to camp by this afternoon. Update: Peguero is here. The first full-squad workout takes place on Wednesday. Will it be anti-climatic, considering that

Notes and quotes from Yoon press conference (plus pics and video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles introduced Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon to the local media this afternoon. Manager Buck Showalter, executive vice president Dan Duquette and agent Tad Hun Yo also attended. Yoon will be the first Korean-born player for the Orioles. Yo served as an interpreter for Yoon, who wore a suit for the occasion. Yoon later put on an Orioles jersey and cap and

Yoon makes first appearance (with video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon played catch for a few minutes this morning and ran sprints with strength and conditioning coach Joe Hogarty before ducking inside the weight room. Yoon is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Wednesday. There are no bullpen sessions scheduled today. The workout will end earlier than usual, with Yoon's press conference taking place at noon. Yoon seemed

Yoon and Jimenez are in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon arrived in the clubhouse this morning, a big smile on his face, and shook hands with catcher Matt Wieters before unpacking his bag at his locker. Yoon is sitting in between catcher Johnny Monell and pitcher Alfredo Aceves. Two members of the Korean media have camped out in front of Yoon's locker, basically staring at his every move.

Taking another look at the Jimenez deal and the option situation in camp (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back on their normal schedule today following yesterday's golf outing. The only real change comes when they introduce Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon to the media at noon. There also could be confirmation on the four-year, $50 million deal with Ubaldo Jimenez, depending on whether he's taken and passed his physical. That may be ambitious. The announcement, not passing the

Sources: Orioles working to finalize deal with Jimenez (agreement reached)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles' quest to upgrade their starting rotation didn't stop with today's signing of Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon. According to multiple industry sources, the Orioles have made "substantial progress" in negotiations with free agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez and are working to finalize an agreement. It could get done later tonight. The deal is believed to be four years for approximately $48 million,

Orioles designate Paredes for assignment (Yoon signing official)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Though the Orioles still haven't made the signing of Suk-min Yoon official today, they cleared a spot for him on the 40-man roster by designating utility player Jimmy Paredes for assignment. The Orioles claimed Paredes off waivers from the Marlins on Saturday. The Royals claimed Paredes this afternoon, according to a tweet from the organization. We hardly knew him. The Orioles will

Young and DeJesus Jr. report to camp (with video and photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Suk-min Yoon and agent Tad Hun Yo made another brief appearance at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this afternoon. The Orioles will announce Yoon's signing around 1 p.m., with the press conference expected to be held Tuesday at noon. The Orioles will hold their first full-squad workout on Wednesday. As of now, Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar is the only member of

Morning notes from camp (Yoon update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to announce the signing of Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon later today. A press conference wouldn't be scheduled before Tuesday. The Orioles also will announce a corresponding 40-man roster move. Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez will play catch this morning and hopes to throw his bullpen session on Tuesday. Gonzalez's lower back tightened Saturday during a rundown drill and the

Aceves' first day brings first positive signs

SARASOTA, Fla. - The media has early clubhouse access this morning, with the doors opening at 7:30 a.m. The Orioles will hold an abbreviated workout because of their annual charity golf outing, the one formerly spearheaded by Jim Johnson. Third baseman Manny Machado garnered most of the attention yesterday with his first workout of the spring, but eyes also were fixed on pitcher Alfredo Aceves'

Hearing more from Showalter following today's workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew that reporters were waiting for third baseman Manny Machado to enter the interview room today, so he offered to cut short his post-workout session with the media. Machado had to meet with the training staff, shower and put on his street clothes, which gave Showalter a few extra minutes to address a variety of subjects. Let's start

Machado on today's workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado worked out for the first time in spring training today, though he's been on the field for a couple of weeks and has been hitting for more than a month. It just seemed different in an Orioles uniform. "It was the first time out on the field, the first time putting an Orioles shirt on," he said.

Showalter on Aceves and Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes, claimed off waivers from the Marlins yesterday, hasn't reported to camp and we may not see him here. Paredes is a candidate to come off the 40-man roster once the Orioles officially sign pitcher Suk-min Yoon. He could be claimed by another team or outrighted and sent to the minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. We'll see. If the

Machado takes BP, Aceves throws in 'pen (with video and photo gallery)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reported to camp today and took his first rounds of batting practice. Machado has been cleared to hit and do some running. He also took grounders at third base. Also, Alfredo Aceves had his first bullpen session, throwing with Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz. They walked back to the clubhouse together after exchanging fist bumps. Jim Palmer

Gonzalez will skip bullpen session

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will delay his next bullpen session until Monday or Tuesday due to the back spasms that forced him out of yesterday's workout. Gonzalez said his back tightened up while covering first base in a rundown drill. It feels much better today, but he won't throw as a precaution. "I haven't been stretching as much as I was used

Orioles entering the third day of workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - So what's on the agenda today? Barring something unforeseen, the Orioles will announce that they've signed Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, who has passed his physical, according to sources. It just hadn't been made "official" as of late last night. A press conference is expected to be held on Monday. Otherwise, it's Day 3 business as usual. Players will take the field at

Quick Yoon update

SARASOTA, Fla.- It's all good. Quick enough? OK, I'll elaborate a little bit. The Orioles won't announce the signing of Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon tonight, according to sources, but confirmation will come on Sunday. Remain patient. It won't be much longer. The results of Yoon's physical aren't official, but one source said they're "good." As expected all along. The shoulder injury that prompted Yoon's move

More chatter and notes from Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - The biggest news to come out of Orioles camp today involved reliever Kelvin De La Cruz's hamstring and a waiver claim on utility infielder Jimmy Paredes. Not much going on here at the moment. Miguel Gonzalez cut short his workout because of back spasms, but it's not considered serious. He's already left the complex for the day. "We decided not to take

Orioles claim Paredes, and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have claimed utility player Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Marlins. They now have a full 40-man roster. Paredes, 25, batted .192/.231/.248 with one home run and 48 games with the Astros last season. He's a career .234/.274/.311 hitter in three major league seasons. The Marlins selected Paredes off waivers in November. Paredes is a switch-hitter, but he's posted a

Notes on Yoon, Bundy, De La Cruz and more (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles still haven't announced the signing of Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, but he was sitting in the lobby outside of the clubhouse a few minute ago. One of his representatives from the Boras Corporation, Tad Hun Yo, sat next to him. Yo said they're also waiting for the results of yesterday's physical, adding that Yoon prefers to work out in Sarasota

Early Orioles notes on second official day of spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - There's nothing new to report on pitcher Suk-min Yoon. The Orioles may announce his signing later today. However, it doesn't appear that he will be introduced to the media before Monday. Pitcher Tim Alderson reported to camp this morning after experiencing travel issues related to the snowstorm. He had to fly through Dallas after the cancellation of his connecting flight in Charlotte.

This and that

SARASOTA, Fla. - Welcome to the second day of spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Clubhouse opens to the media at 8:45 a.m. Players will take the field around 10 a.m. The Orioles could announce Suk-min Yoon's signing today. No promises, though. A report out of Korea last night stated that Yoon will stay with the Orioles instead of returning home, and will

More from Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy has reported to camp. He stopped by the media workroom a few minutes ago while waiting for his rental car. Orioles manager Buck Showalter wore the usual path between practice fields today, fungo bat in hand. He participated in a pitchers fielding drill by standing at the plate and squaring to bunt. He watched four groups throw bullpen sessions.

Orioles notes from second day of spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon took his physical today and left the complex. The Orioles aren't expected to make an announcement on his signing before Saturday. The Orioles are trying to obtain a work visa for Yoon without him making another trip to south Korea. Manager Buck Showalter isn't certain whether Yoon will work out as a starter or reliever. He still needs

Aceves, Monell the only no-shows at first official spring workout (plus photo gallery)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles took the field an hour earlier than scheduled for today's first official workout. Four of the back fields were used for pitchers fielding practice. Now it's time to hit. The only no-shows are pitcher Alfredo Aceves and catcher Johnny Monell, who had weather-related travel issues. Non-roster pitcher Fabio Castillo got a late flight last night out of the Dominican. Brian

Another round with Reimold

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will conduct their first workout today beginning at noon, but it seems anti-climatic. They gathered for a mini-camp last month. Most of the team has already reported to camp this week. It's not just pitchers and catchers. Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon will take his physical today after agreeing to a three-year deal, inching the Orioles closer to their most significant

Wrapping up the first day of spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first workout will be held Friday afternoon, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter can't recall a larger turnout of players reporting early to camp. "It's the most I've ever had in 30-something years this early," Showalter said. "The facility is one (reason). It's a great facility that the ownership and the city of Sarasota... This place buzzes the whole offseason, and Baltimore

A few early notes from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Though the Orioles have reached agreement with south Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon on a three-year contract, he won't be reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today. It may take a while. One estimation placed his arrival at seven to 10 days, assuming he passes the physical. He probably will need to go back home. As I wrote previously, I've heard from

Orioles reach agreement with Yoon on three-year deal (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The selfie didn't lie. The Orioles have reached agreement on a three-year contract with south Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, according to an industry source. The team most likely will withhold confirmation until getting back the results of his physical. Yoon will receive $5.75 million guaranteed over three seasons. The deal also includes performance bonuses for games started. Yoon got the rumor mill

The official report date for pitchers and catchers has arrived

SARASOTA, Fla. - My flight out of Baltimore departed yesterday at 1:45 p.m. I arrived at my hotel in Sarasota around 10 p.m. Not quite the way I drew it up. In between, there was an unexpected landing in Orlando, complications with my rental car and an hour-long drive from Tampa. Upon arriving at my hotel, I was reminded how the internet is slower than

Ripken Jr. on Jeter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Greetings from rainy Orlando. My flight to stormy Tampa has been diverted, and passengers on my Southwest flight are now in two states. Florida and limbo. Eventually, we'll be allowed back on the plane. That's the idea, though the fine folks at Southwest are clearly working without a solid plan. They keep changing it on the fly - and now the ground.

2014 Orioles broadcast schedule announced by MASN

The 2014 Orioles broadcast schedule was released today by MASN, and all the action begins with the regular season and home opener on Monday, March 31 at Camden Yards against the world champion Boston Red Sox. In all, 156 Orioles games will be broadcast in crystal-clear high definition on MASN - 94 on MASN and MASN HD and 62 on MASN2 and MASN2 HD. Six

Orioles' top spring training storylines (updated)

One more day before pitchers and catchers report to spring training and the Orioles still haven't found that elusive veteran starter. The targeted trio remains unsigned - A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. For that matter, so do outfielder Nelson Cruz, designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales and infielder Stephen Drew. Anyone surprised that they're still on the market on Feb. 12? Think the draft

Does Yoon tweet offer a hint? (updated twice)

Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon tweeted a photo of himself tonight wearing an Orioles cap. Is he trying to tell us something? No one from the Korean media has reported an agreement between Yoon and the Orioles, and I haven't received confirmation from anyone in the organization. Three prominent members are unaware of any agreement. A tweet from @MyKBO explained that the caption with the photo

Is Bonifacio a fit for Orioles?

The Orioles maintain interest in veteran utility player Emilio Bonifacio, but not at his current price. Bonifacio becomes a free agent at 2 p.m. Wednesday if he clears waivers, and teams seem reluctant to pick up his $3.5 million contract. The Orioles won't touch it, according to sources, but he's long been a favorite of manager Buck Showalter and there's definite interest in him. The

My dark horse candidate with the Orioles

Two more days until Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Seems like the right time to name a dark horse candidate to break camp with the club. The Orioles signed pitcher Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal on Jan. 15. He received a spring training invite. He's my guy. Aceves will work out as a starter in camp, according

Time is running out for Orioles to bring a starter to camp

Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Thursday. By my math, that's three more days. Do I remain supremely confident that executive vice president Dan Duquette will sign a veteran starter? Supremely may be a reach. FOXSports.com confirmed last night that the Orioles and Blue Jays remain in contact with Ervin Santana's representatives. The one holdup for the Orioles, of

Debating whether Orioles should hold onto draft pick

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette stated multiple times during FanFest that the club's best players would come via the farm system rather than free agency. The ol' draft and develop strategy toward building a winner. The organization has improved its depth, as evidenced by various ratings from national baseball sites, but should the Orioles stay the course and horde their top pick in the

Taking the rotation for another spin

Anyone tired of reading and talking about the Orioles' quest to sign a veteran starting pitcher? If so, my apologies. I'm actually tired of writing about it, but here I go again, checking the list of remaining free agent starters that's provided by MLBTradeRumors: Erik Bedard (35) A.J. Burnett (37) Chris Capuano (35) Odrisamer Despaigne (27) Jon Garland (34) Tommy Hanson (27) Aaron Harang (36)

Arroyo off the board (updated)

The Orioles' chances of landing a frontline starting pitcher took another hit today. FOXSports.com and ESPN.com are reporting that Bronson Arroyo has reached agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks, removing one of the Orioles' primary free agent targets from the market. Complete terms haven't been disclosed, but the deal is for two years and includes an option, according to ESPN.com. Arroyo's willingness to concede a third

Update on Orioles' search for starting pitcher (K-Rod note)

If odds were placed on which starting pitcher eventually signs with the Orioles, A.J. Burnett currently would be deemed the long shot. The Baltimore/Monkton angle doesn't seem to be working. While negotiations aren't dead, one industry source says it "doesn't look good" because Burnett would rather stay in the National League, where he posted a 3.41 ERA in two seasons with the Pirates. The Orioles

Duquette: "We're trying to win now"

Stop me if you've heard this one: The Orioles are focused on signing a starting pitcher. It could be Bronson Arroyo, now that he's willing to settle for a two-year deal. It could be A.J. Burnett, though the allure of being close to home doesn't have him crawling on hands and knees to the warehouse. It could be Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, but he's not

Wieters on new contract and extension talks

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters celebrated his new contract tonight with dinner at a nice restaurant. Nothing too fancy. He wasn't popping champagne corks over his $7.7 million deal for 2014. He's just glad to avoid a possible arbitration hearing later this month. Wieters had filed at $8.75 million and the Orioles countered at $6.5 million. The sides usually split the difference. "It's nice," Wieters said.

Orioles sign LaPorta to minor league deal

Jack Cust will have some company at Twin Lakes Park. The Orioles have signed former first-round pick Matt LaPorta, 29, to a minor league deal. It does not include an invitation to spring training. The Milwaukee Brewers made LaPorta the seventh overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Florida, but he never met expectations and didn't play in the

Orioles reach agreement with Wieters on 2014 contract (with Duquette quote)

The Orioles have settled with their last arbitration-eligible player, reaching agreement with catcher Matt Wieters on a $7.7 million contract for 2014. Executive vice president Dan Duquette just confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by CBSSports.com. It includes award incentives. Wieters filed at $8.75 million and the Orioles countered at $6.5 million before reaching agreement tonight and avoiding a hearing. Wieters can become a

Rodney off the Orioles' free agent board

Tommy Hunter's chances of closing for the Orioles this season improved dramatically tonight. Reports have surfaced that Fernando Rodney agreed to terms with the Mariners on a two-year, $14 million contract. The deal, first reported by Jonah Keri of Grantland, includes another $1 million in possible incentives. The deal is pending the results of his physical. Those things don't always go smoothly. The Orioles maintained

Taking a closer look at the Orioles' camp roster

The Orioles currently have 60 players on their spring training roster, with the intention of adding at least one more pitcher. They're still trying to finalize a deal with Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon and are heavily involved in negotiations with A.J. Burnett and Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo reportedly is willing to accept a two-year deal, which puts him in play for the Orioles. Meanwhile, there are

What's going on with Orioles bullpen? (Hammonds note)

No matter how many announcements are made concerning minor league signings or new scouts, the Orioles' primary focus remains on finding a veteran starting pitcher. Nothing has changed in that regard. However, the bullpen has not gone ignored. It's not set. The Orioles remain in the running for closer Fernando Rodney. They've stayed in contact with his representative as the market for his services diminished.

Orioles sign Meek and Cust to minor league deals

The Orioles have added to their spring training roster, signing right-hander Evan Meek to a minor league deal, according to a team official. Meek, 30, will report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex, giving the Orioles 31 pitchers in camp. Meek is 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA in 156 major league relief appearances with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008-2012. The Texas Rangers signed Meek as

Orioles hire three for scouting department

The Orioles announced today the hiring of special assignment scout Dave Machemer and amateur scouts Jeff Stevens and Dan Durst. Not quite the same as a starting pitcher or the official list of spring training invites, but I'll take it. Seriously, though, the list of invites should be coming fairly soon, considering that I leave for Sarasota in exactly one week. Machemer managed in the

A few thoughts on Davis and Yoon

Once word spread yesterday that the Braves signed first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year extension worth $135 million, you probably wondered how much Chris Davis is worth to the Orioles. Join the club. Freeman is 24. Davis turns 28 next month, a late bloomer who didn't find a regular spot in a lineup until the 2012 season. Freeman is a career .285/.358/.466 hitter in

Russell on collisions, expanded replay and the roster

Now that the Major League Baseball Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate, the question hanging over the sport is how it's going to be enforced. Runners will be required to slide into home plate, not initiate contact with the catcher. And catchers no longer will be permitted to block the plate. Runners must be given a path to the plate, just

Orioles remain in the running for Yoon, expected to scout Castillo

The Orioles continue to work the international market while seeking upgrades, and they remain in the running to sign Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. A member of the organization watched Yoon throw during the weekend on the Cal-Irvine campus, along with a representative for the Giants. It wasn't anyone in international scouting, but the Orioles had a presence. Executive vice president Dan Duquette declined comment on

Norris wants fans to know this Bud's for them

Orioles fans had a chance to watch Bud Norris pitch last season. Or they didn't. Technically, Norris wore an Orioles uniform after the July 31 trade with the Astros. He made nine starts and two relief appearances. But it wasn't the real Norris. The Orioles scratched him from a September start against the Blue Jays because of elbow soreness, a condition that hindered him over

Leftovers from FanFest

Anyone surprised that FanFest drew more than 15,000 people yesterday at the Baltimore Convention Center? Yes, the attendance fell short of the 18,000 in 2013, but judging by a few comments here, I assumed that yesterday's crowd would rival a Tuesday night at Applebee's. Not much news came out of the event. Manny Machado poured a little cold water on the optimism that he'd be

Chris Davis: "I'd love to stay here"

Earlier today, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told season plan holders that the club offered first baseman Chris Davis a long-term deal, but nothing came of it. "Really?" Davis said while meeting with reporters this afternoon. "Did he say anything else? Dang it. Keep me up to speed on that. "I know they talked at the end of last year, but obviously nothing came

Machado uncertain about opening day

Though he's been cleared to start some baseball activities, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado can't guarantee that he'll be in the lineup for the March 31 opener at Camden Yards. Machado is allowed to hit and can start running, but he's not permitted to run the bases or take off after making contact at the plate. "Not full-go yet, but it's a process," he said

Hearing from Markakis, Pearce, Urrutia and Reimold

Today's attendance at FanFest is 15,000, the second-highest total behind last year's 18,000. And more fans are filing into the building. Nick Markakis is entering his final season before free agency unless the Orioles pick up his $17.5 million option for 2015. Brian Roberts already left, signing a one-year deal with the Yankees. Does Markakis think about how he's in similar situation? "That I'm going

More from Duquette

Orioles manager Buck Showalter still figures that third baseman Manny Machado will be ready for opening day as long as he's playing in exhibition games the middle of March. Shouldn't be an issue. Showalter will slow-play left-hander Troy Patton, who must serve a 25-game suspension to start the season. Patton may not find many innings in Grapefruit League games. Nick Markakis is still sporting a

Notes on Chen, Pearce, Reimold and O'Day

Wei-Yin Chen said his right knee feels fine after undergoing surgery in October to remove bone spurs. He expects to be ready when the season opens on March 31. "I was back in Taiwan and I took a rest for three months," Chen said through his new interpreter. "At this point, I feel like I'm pretty good and I will be able to get into

A few early notes from FanFest

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter kicked off a day-long series of fan forums by taking questions from season plan holders, a session that lasted about 30 minutes. J.J. Hardy can become a free agent after this season, and Duquette said the club will attempt to sign him to an extension before opening day, bringing a round of applause from the

Finally time for FanFest

This will be the only blog entry I file today from outside the Baltimore Convention Center, barring late-breaking news as I'm heading back home in the evening. Don't hold your breath for the Orioles to announce a major signing at FanFest. It's doubtful that they would confirm a deal pending a physical - more fallout from the Grant Balfour debacle - and it would be

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