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Mark Hendrickson retiring and more notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson requested a conference call with the local beat crew today to announce that he’s retiring from baseball after 10 seasons in the majors, the last three with the Orioles. Hendrickson said he’s been in contact with manager Buck Showalter about a future role in the organization. He also has interest in pursuing professional golf. I’m guessing custom-made clubs.

Game update and Kevin Gausman on his outing (O’s lose 4-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 4, Orioles 3 Recap: Kevin Gausman didn’t get through the fourth inning, allowing four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3. He walked one and struck out none. Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double off Gausman in the first and David DeJesus homered leading off the third. The Rays added two more runs in the third on Desmond Jenning’s sacrifice

Tillman on opening day assignment, more notes & quotes (Gausman done)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman threw 20 pitches in the top of the first inning today and fell behind 1-0 to the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. John Jaso drew an eight-pitch walk with one out and scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double to left-center field. Manny Machado got the final out by backhanding James Loney’s bouncer and making the throw from foul territory. It wasn’t

Orioles acquire Audry Perez from Rockies

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles added to their collection of catchers today, acquiring Audry Perez from the Rockies for cash considerations, according to multiple sources. Perez, 26, appeared in three major league games with the Cardinals over the past two seasons and has two plate appearances. The Rockies signed him in November as a minor league free agent and he was 1-for-11 this spring. Perez,

New Orioles lineup, Showalter talks about Tillman

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles sent out a new lineup this morning, with Chris Davis and Manny Machado moving up in the order and Jimmy Paredes dropping down to seventh. The names remain the same. For the Orioles Everth Cabrera SS Steve Pearce LF Adam Jones CF Delmon Young RF Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH Jonathan Schoop 2B Caleb Joseph C

Tillman named opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. - For the second consecutive year, Chris Tillman will take the mound as the Orioles’ starting pitcher on opening day. It’s a streak that could continue to grow, given his progression over the past few seasons. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed this morning that Tillman will start against the Rays on April 6 at Tropicana Field. Tillman, who turns 27 next month, went 13-6

J.J. Hardy on injury: “I think they found exactly what they thought it was”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said he didn’t know before yesterday’s MRI arthrogram that he would be shut down for a minimum of 10 days and he’s unable to provide a timetable for his activation from the disabled list. Hardy was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his left shoulder, an injury sustained during Friday’s game against the Rays that eventually was called

Lough on hamstring injury, Rays lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder David Lough expressed his frustration today over a hamstring injury that’s going to force him onto the disabled list. Lough no longer has back discomfort, but the left hamstring will prevent him from making the 25-man roster on opening day. “My hamstring was sore a couple weeks ago and then we think it went to my back and SI joint

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is getting another start at shortstop today for the Orioles, while J.J. Hardy receives treatment for a strained muscle in his left shoulder. Hardy said the shoulder feels much better, but the team needs to get the swelling down. He expects to field ground balls before he’s cleared to swing a bat. Hardy also said he doesn’t know when he’ll

More on Hardy’s shoulder and Paredes’ opportunity

SARASOTA, Fla.- The Orioles will try to make it through today without another player being pointed toward the disabled list. Outfielder David Lough and shortstop J.J. Hardy have been crossed off the projected 25-man roster over the past two days. Catcher Matt Wieters already was bumped from it. These subtractions won’t destroy the Orioles, but it’s not an ideal way to begin defending their American

Duquette on whether O’s need shortstop: “We signed one just before camp opened”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated tonight that he’s not in the market for another shortstop despite losing J.J. Hardy to a strained muscle in his left shoulder. An MRI arthrogram this morning revealed the injury, termed a “subscapularis strain,” and Hardy can’t perform baseball activities for a minimum of 10 days. Everth Cabrera, signed as a free agent on Feb.

Buck Showalter on J.J. Hardy: “What they expected to find, they found”

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Baseball has a way of thinning out a jammed roster as camp winds down. Look at what’s happening to the Orioles. Within the past two days, we’ve learned that outfielder David Lough and shortstop J.J. Hardy are headed to the disabled list. Lough has hamstring and back injuries, and Hardy was diagnosed today with a subscapularis strain in his left shoulder.

J.J. Hardy expected to go on DL

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is expected to begin the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed today with a strained muscle in his left shoulder. An MRI arthrogram this morning revealed a subscapularis strain - a muscle underneath the shoulder blade - and Hardy is prohibited from doing any baseball activities for 10 days. A trip to the DL would

Zach Davies done in fourth inning (O’s, Rays tie 6-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Rays 6 (10 innings) Recap: Zach Davies allowed one run and five hits in 3 1/3 innings, with two walks and four strikeouts. Evan Longoria led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run off Davies. Mychal Givens struck out two batters to strand two inherited runners. Alejandro De Aza had an RBI triple in the third

Game update and more notes (O’s lead 5-0)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles scored a run off Rays starter Matt Andriese in the top of the first inning today on Nolan Reimold’s walk, a Jimmy Paredes single and Delmon Young’s infield hit. Reimold has drawn eight walks this spring. Paredes is 19-for-48 (.396). Zach Davies walked a batter and struck out two, including Evan Longoria, in the bottom of the first inning.

Arencibia on injury, plus Rays lineup (updated)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Catcher J.P. Arencibia received a cortisone injection in his right forearm this morning and will be shut down for the next few days, further damaging his chances of breaking camp with the Orioles. Arencibia has been diagnosed with a strained right flexor mass. His arm was wrapped in ice this morning while standing at his locker. “Got a shot and wait

J.J. Hardy says shoulder much improved (J.P. Arencibia update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy rushed out of the clubhouse this morning to make his 8:45 a.m. appointment to undergo an MRA on his left shoulder, confident that the results would be positive and he’d be ready for opening day. “I feel much better today than I did yesterday and I felt much better yesterday than I did the day before,” said Hardy,

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is starting at shortstop today for the Orioles, while J.J. Hardy has an MRA on his sore left shoulder. Alejandro De Aza is in center field with David Lough unavailable due to a hamstring injury. Ryan Lavarnway is catching and Ryan Flaherty is starting at first base. Minor league right-hander Zach Davies is starting against the Rays. The bullpen includes

What’s happening with Ryan Webb?

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Ryan Webb said he’s scheduled to pitch again today against the Rays in Port Charlotte. It’s one of the few certainties in his baseball life. Webb is out of options and unsure whether he’s breaking camp with the team. He’s narrowing his focus to getting ready for the 2015 season and letting the front office worry about the composition of

Orioles reassign three players to minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made three cuts tonight, reassigning outfielder Dariel Alvarez, infielder/outfielder Chris Parmelee, and pitcher Chaz Roe to minor league camp. The major league camp roster has been reduced to 37 players, including five non-roster invitees. Alvarez figures to get most of his starts in right field at Norfolk, with Julio Borbon playing center. He was one of the most impressive players

Showalter on Lough and much more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Why do injuries always seem to crop up late in camp? Here’s Orioles manager Buck Showalter following today’s 6-5 loss to the Twins: On David Lough: “Still don’t like where his hamstring is. I was going to play him in the 10:30 a.m. game over at Twin Lakes today, but he’s not going to be able to play tomorrow, either. He might

Lough may be headed to disabled list

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough won’t play on Monday due to a sore hamstring and has become a strong candidate for the disabled list. Lough already was sidelined with back spasms. He was scheduled to start against the Rays in Port Charlotte, but that’s no longer a possibility. Orioles manager Buck Showalter believes the injuries are related and he didn’t sound optimistic that Lough, who’s

Gonzalez goes 5 2/3 innings (O’s split squads split)

ORIOLES GAME WRAPS Score: Twins 6, Orioles (ss) 5 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings, the longest outing by an Orioles starter for a few minutes. Ubaldo Jimenez went six in Dunedin. Gonzalez was charged with five runs and seven hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. The last run off Gonzalez scored when David Hess replaced him and served up a two-run shot

More Rule 5 talk, Jones and Snider homer (O’s down 4-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ cuts later today won’t include Rule 5 pitchers Logan Verrett and Jason Garcia. The evaluations continue, along with the brainstorming on how to keep both of them. Asked if there’s a scenario where the Orioles could carry both right-handers in their bullpen, manager Buck Showalter replied, “Sure. I had one brought up to me a couple days ago. And if

Notes on cuts, Hardy and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to make at least five cuts later today. They won’t be announced until after the split-squad games in Sarasota and Dunedin. The vast majority of players optioned or reassigned will be position players. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said shortstop J.J. Hardy’s left shoulder is much better today. The club is encouraged, but an MRA is still scheduled for

Orioles split-squad lineup vs. Twins in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - With J.J. Hardy unable to play today due to a sore left shoulder, Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop in the Orioles’ split-squad game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Manager Buck Showalter will stay in Sarasota rather than watch Ubaldo Jimenez in Dunedin. The bullpen includes Zach Britton, Darren O’Day, David Hess, Branden Kline and Jon Keller. David Lough is

Orioles and Blue Jays split-squad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have two lineups to post this morning, and they’ve started with the group that’s traveling to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. Nolan Reimold will lead off and play left field. Everth Cabrera is in center field and Steve Clevenger is behind the plate. T.J. McFarland and Chaz Roe are listed in the bullpen behind starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The bench

Two games and more cuts are coming for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing two games today at the same time, leaving me to chose between the Ed Smith Stadium complex and Dunedin. Give me a half-second to decide. I’ll be watching Miguel Gonzalez in Sarasota. The Twins are countering with Ricky Nolasco. I’ll watch him, too. Gonzalez has allowed six runs in 12 2/3 innings, with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Orioles option Tyler Wilson, and more from today’s 10-2 win

TAMPA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned pitcher Tyler Wilson to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 10-2 victory over the Yankees. The camp roster has been reduced to 40 players and more cuts are coming on Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter said the roster will be down into the low 30s. Showalter joked that Wilson never should have given up that one hit in his four scoreless innings.

Tyler Wilson: “It was awesome” (Orioles win 10-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 10, Yankees 2 Recap: Tyler Wilson, the 10th-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Virginia, was nothing short of sensational. He retired 12 of 13 batters, allowing a two-out single to Carlos Beltran in the first, and struck out two. Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run homer in the second and added a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Game update and more notes and quotes (O’s lead 7-1)

TAMPA, Fla. - The Orioles found out that Tyler Wilson reacts favorably after sitting in the dugout during a long inning. Wilson watched as the Orioles scored five runs off Yankees starter Scott Baker in the top of the second inning to lead 5-0. Alejandro De Aza capped the uprising with a three-run shot to right field, his second of the spring. De Aza was

Hardy to undergo MRA on left shoulder

TAMPA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will undergo an MRA on his left shoulder Monday in Sarasota and won’t be available to play before the following day. Hardy jammed his shoulder while diving for a ball during Friday’s game against the Rays and the discomfort worsened this morning. He wasn’t scheduled to make today’s trip to George M. Steinbrenner Field. An MRA involves the

Yankees lineup vs. Wilson and more notes

TAMPA, Fla. - Right-hander Tyler Wilson is facing most of the Yankees’ regulars today in his first spring training start. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is sidelined with an oblique injury. Catcher Brian McCann also is missing from the lineup. Otherwise, it’s the A team. The Yankees are starting Scott Baker this afternoon after rain interrupted yesterday’s game and prevented him from pitching. They listed CC Sabathia

Hardy updates shoulder injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy offered an update this morning on his left shoulder. “It’s a little bit more sore today than yesterday,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t have played this afternoon against the Yankees in Tampa if his name appeared on the travel roster. Hardy isn’t sure whether he’ll need to undergo tests on his shoulder. “I think everyone kind of

Hardy update and today’s lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said his left shoulder is more sore this morning after slamming it into the ground yesterday while diving for a ground ball. Hardy will rest today - he wasn’t scheduled to make the trip to Tampa - and be re-evaluated on Sunday. He took his first anti-inflammatory pill and joked that he tried to finally make it through

Wilson’s start, more on the rotation and more on Reimold

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles make their only trip to Tampa today to play the Yankees and minor league right-hander Tyler Wilson escapes the bullpen to make his first start. Bring on A-Rod. Manager Buck Showalter is curious how Wilson will respond to that environment. The Orioles are focused on 2015, of course, but they have 11 pending free agents and want to get a

Norris on outing and Hirschbeck exchange (with note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bud Norris threw 59 pitches today and headed to the indoor batting cage to continue, his day not done despite the heavy rain that forced the game’s cancellation in the bottom of the fourth inning. “I think I did 20-25 more down in the cage to simulate another inning, a couple more hitters. Just wanted to make sure we got to the

Hardy and Schoop collide on infield hit

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy banged his left shoulder today in the second inning while diving for a ball hit up the middle by the Rays’ Jake Elmore. He would have come out of the game if it hadn’t been canceled due to rain. Hardy wanted to keep playing, but manager Buck Showalter wasn’t taking any chances. A run scored on Elwood’s infield

Rain has returned with Orioles leading 4-3 (it’s a rainout)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Rays 3 (4 innings - canceled) Recap: The game was halted at 2:04 p.m. due to rain and canceled 16 minutes later. The stats don’t count. It’s like the game never happened. Bud Norris allowed three runs and four hits in four innings, with two walks, one strikeout and one home run. Rene Rivera hit a solo homer to

Caleb Joseph on his latest opportunity (Reimold homers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The tarp is on the field and it’s pouring. No, wait, the rain just stopped, the sun is peeking through the clouds and the grounds crew is sweeping water off the tarp. Oh, Florida! Caleb Joseph is supposed to catch today. He’ s also expected to be behind the plate for most of the games while Matt Wieters is on the disabled

Buck Showalter updates Kevin Gausman’s pitching schedule and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has Kevin Gausman scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Rays in Sarasota. The pitching schedule will change if today’s game is rained out, but the Orioles are taking batting practice and the storm isn’t expected to arrive until later this afternoon. We’re working off our 12th forecast of the morning. Gausman worked the eighth inning yesterday in

Tyler Wilson on his upcoming start against the Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - For right-hander Tyler Wilson, being named Orioles minor league Pitcher of the Year has its perks. After making five relief appearances this spring, Wilson will get the start Saturday against the Yankees in Tampa. Manager Buck Showalter delivered the news earlier this week and the club announced it yesterday morning. “I’m excited,” he said. “Obviously, to get a chance to start a

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bud Norris makes his fifth start of the spring today and his second against a division opponent. He allowed four runs in one inning against the Red Sox in his Grapefruit League debut. Norris has surrendered 12 earned runs and 13 total in 11 2/3 innings. He has walked nine batters and struck out nine. With Orioles manager Buck Showalter not hiding

The rotation, the bullpen and the questions surrounding both

SARASOTA, Fla. - Less than two weeks remain before opening day and there are still so many questions regarding the composition of the Orioles’ 25-man roster. One complication arises from the one game remaining on first baseman Chris Davis’ suspension. Manager Buck Showalter seems intrigued by the idea of carrying a player who’s out of minor league options, then attempting to sneak him through waivers

Hearing from Showalter, Tillman and Gausman after 6-4 loss

LAKELAND, Fla. - Victor Martinez’s long two-run homer off Kevin Gausman in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Tigers a 6-4 win over the Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium. Jayson Nix had tied the game 4-4 with a home run in the top half of the inning. Gausman struck out two batters in his only inning. Afterward, manager Buck Showalter said the club

Game update and more from Showalter (Orioles lose 6-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Tigers 6, Orioles 4 Recap: Chris Tillman turned in the longest outing by an Orioles starter this spring, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing two runs and five hits. He walked one and struck out four. Tillman threw 70 pitches, 45 for strikes. Tommy Hunter served up two home runs in 1 2/3 innings. Delmon Young had a two-run triple in

Quick hits before today’s game

LAKELAND, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters will return to Sarasota for workouts after joining the Orioles for the three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field that opens the 2015 season. The Orioles want Wieters to eventually begin playing in extended spring training games while he’s on the disabled list. The plan also calls for him to play his rehab games at Double-A Bowie and

Notes on Schoop and Lough, Tigers lineup

LAKELAND, Fla. - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop said he should be able to play Friday against the Rays in Sarasota after having two teeth extracted yesterday. “I have to get a workout in today and I’m ready to go,” said Schoop, who’s 9-for-37 (.243) with two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs. “I feel good. No pain, but the doctor didn’t want me to

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold is getting another start in left field today and Delmon Young returns to right field for the Orioles’ game against the Tigers in Lakeland. Manny Machado is leading off today and Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate. Christian Walker is starting at first base. The reserves include Steve Clevenger, Caleb Joseph, Ryan Flaherty, Chris Parmelee, Mike Yastrzemski, Michael Almanzar, Julio

Today’s game, Young and Pearce

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are using two starters for today’s game against the Tigers in Lakeland, one of the longest trips on the spring training schedule. Not many roads, but lots of miles. I’ll say that the Tigers feed the media quite well, and we mostly use our stomachs to judge the camps. But there may be a revolt if they don’t find more

Orioles acquire Mike McDade

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made a minor league trade tonight, acquiring switch-hitting first baseman Mike McDade from the Rangers for future considerations. The Orioles will assign McDade to Double-A Bowie, according to a team official. McDade, 25, appeared in one exhibition game with the Rangers this spring and received one at-bat. The Blue Jays selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 First-Year

Hearing from Showalter after 5-2 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles had scored 65 runs in their last eight games before being held to two this afternoon in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the ninth by striking out Munesori Kawasaki after falling behind 3-0, but Aaron Loup retired the Orioles in order

Game update and Chen on Chen (O’s lose 5-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 Recap: Wei-Yin Chen joined Ubaldo Jimenez as the only Orioles to go five innings in a Grapefruit League game. He threw 62 pitches, 39 for strikes. Chen allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits, with no walks and one strikeout. Former Oriole Steve Tolleson hit a solo homer off Chen in the third. Caleb Joseph

Showalter on Rule 5 pitchers (Chen goes five innings)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Logan Verrett tossed another scoreless inning yesterday, retiring the Pirates in order in the bottom of the ninth. Jason Garcia is scheduled to pitch today against the Blue Jays in his fourth spring training appearance. One Rule 5 right-hander following another for the Orioles. Can they keep both pitchers in a bullpen that’s already crowded? Can they hold onto at least one?

New Orioles lineup and more notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis will serve as the designated hitter today in the new Orioles lineup against the Blue Jays. Steve Pearce remains at first base and Jimmy Paredes goes to the bench. Manager Buck Showalter said he didn’t want Davis sitting for two straight days, and the veteran isn’t going to Lakeland on Thursday. Could the Orioles also be shielding Paredes from the

Notes on lineup, Schoop and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - A lineup change is coming for the Orioles. Chris Davis was listed among the reserves, but he’s going to play first base or serve as the designated hitter. Steve Pearce will move into the DH role if Davis is in the field. Jimmy Paredes was supposed to DH, but he’s headed to the bench. It’s not a health issue. Davis won’t travel

Delmon Young on why he arrives early each morning

SARASOTA, Fla. - Delmon Young isn’t a guy who’s accustomed to having reporters around his locker in spring training, which explained his reaction today when a few members of the media approached him. He glanced up, saw us and got a puzzled look on his face. It’s just nice to catch up, no matter how brief the conversation. Young routinely is the first Oriole to

Lough provides update on back

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough said he hopes to get back on the field within the next few days after being scratched from yesterday’s Orioles lineup with back spasms. Lough isn’t listed among the reserves today and may not play on Thursday against the Tigers in Lakeland. He was supposed to start in center field yesterday against the Pirates in Bradenton, but his back tightened

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis isn’t in the lineup today for the Orioles after making the trip yesterday to Bradenton. Steve Pearce is starting at first base. Everth Cabrera is leading off and playing second base. Caleb Joseph is catching and Jimmy Paredes is serving as the designated hitter. The bullpen behind starter Wei-Yin Chen includes Brian Matusz, who’s made two starts. Other relievers include

Today’s game and more on the rotation and catching competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - The next three Orioles starting pitchers have been confirmed, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen taking the mound today against the Blue Jays in Sarasota, Chris Tillman going Thursday against the Tigers in Lakeland and Bud Norris getting the ball Friday against the Rays in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t announced Saturday’s starter against the Yankees in Tampa, but the assignment may go to

Buck Showalter and Ubaldo Jimenez following 9-2 win

BRADENTON, Fla. - Logan Verrett had another impressive outing today, retiring the Pirates in order in the ninth inning with a strikeout to seal the Orioles’ 9-2 victory at McKechnie Field. Verrett, a Rule 5 pick from the Mets, has allowed two runs in 11 innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts. “Yeah, he’s thrown the ball good,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Dave (Wallace) was

Orioles increase lead in seventh inning (O’s win 9-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 9, Pirates 2 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez was superb, shutting out the Pirates on four hits over five innings. He walked none and struck out three. The Orioles broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the fourth inning. Steve Pearce hit his fifth home run of the spring. Jimmy Paredes had another hit, a double in the fourth. Ryan Flaherty

Lavarnway getting defensive today, Reimold impresses Showalter (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Ryan Lavarnway is trying to separate himself from the pack of catching candidates with the Orioles. He’s doing it today at McKechnie Field. Lavarnway has thrown out both Pirates runners attempting to steal, cutting down Gregory Polanco in the first inning and Jordy Mercer in the third. He was 1-for-6 this spring. Lavarnway also has grounded into one of the Orioles’ three

Lough sidelined with back spasms

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles outfielder David Lough was scratched from today’s lineup due to back spasms. He’s listed as day-to-day. Lough was supposed to start in center field against the Pirates. He was hitting off a tee this morning in Sarasota, bent down for a ball and felt his back tighten. Lough is 5-for-27 as he attempts to make the club as an extra outfielder.

Catching up with Lavarnway

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles brought four catchers to McKechnie Field today, including Ryan Lavarnway, who’s starting behind the plate. Lavarnway’s chances of making the club improved with news that Matt Wieters would begin the season on the disabled list. He could back up Caleb Joseph, who figures to make most of the starts due to his plus defensive skills. “I’ve been happy with my

Lough scratched from lineup

BRADENTON, Fla. - David Lough has been scratched from today’s lineup. The Orioles haven’t provided an explanation, but one is coming. Everth Cabrera moves from second base to center field. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second. Lough was sidelined for a few days with a sore hamstring. Perhaps it flared up again. We’ll find out. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Steve Pearce RF

Wieters: “I want to be ready as quick as possible”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters, headed to the disabled list while continuing his recovery from elbow surgery, is unsure whether he’ll be in Baltimore for opening day or stay back in Sarasota. Wieters caught only one Grapefruit League game, on March 17, before developing tendinitis in his elbow. “The latest is we’re still letting it rest,” he said this morning. “We’re seeing improvement and

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate today for the Orioles and Paul Janish is getting another start at shortstop in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates in Bradenton. First baseman Chris Davis also is making the trip. Zach Britton, Wesley Wright, Brad Brach and Logan Verrett are in the bullpen behind starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The bench includes Steve Clevenger, Chris Parmelee,

Hardy on Janish: “He struck me out in ‘09, so use that”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles return to the field today after taking a break yesterday, the weather cooperating long enough for many players to get in a round of golf. Heavy rain early in the morning gave way to mostly sunny skies. The schedule consists of a second and final trip to Bradenton, where the Orioles will play the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. They get

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles don’t have a game scheduled today. The complex is closed. The media also is discouraged from wandering over to Twin Lakes Park. This, my friends, is the one off-day of spring training. Too bad the forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms. We haven’t had rain all spring and it arrives today. Back in my Fort Lauderdale days,

Showalter speaks after 8-6 loss to Cardinals

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t upset by the news that No. 2 pitching prospect Hunter Harvey may be sidelined four to six weeks with a slight fracture of his right fibula. Harvey was hit by a comebacker yesterday in a minor league game against the Twins in Fort Myers. An X-ray came back clean, but a CT scan today revealed the injury.

Norris on Norris and game update (O’s lose 8-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Cardinals 8, Orioles 6 Recap: Adam Jones hit two home runs and drove in four runs. Bud Norris retired the last six batters he faced, but he threw 71 pitches (by my count) in four innings, only 41 for strikes, and left with the Orioles down 3-2. He allowed two earned runs and three hits, walked four and struck out five.

Harvey’s CT scan reveals fracture (game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed this afternoon that a CT scan on Hunter Harvey’s right fibula revealed a slight fracture. Harvey will be on crutches for a month. The recovery time is expected to be four to six weeks, “and then it’s back to work,” Duquette said. Harvey was struck by a comebacker yesterday during a minor league start against

Game update and more Showalter on Wieters (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado hit his first spring home run today, a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. The Cardinals tied the score 1-1 in the second inning on a Machado error, a walk, a double steal and Jon Jay’s RBI bouncer. The run was unearned. Bud Norris has thrown 45 pitches in two innings, including 26 for strikes. The first

Morning notes before today’s game against the Cardinals

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on his right ankle after an X-ray yesterday came back clean. Harvey was hit by a comebacker during a minor league game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Manager Buck Showalter said he was told Harvey is walking around today as if nothing happened. The Orioles don’t seem concerned about

Orioles and Cardinals lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alejandro De Aza returns to the Orioles’ lineup as the leadoff hitter and right fielder for today’s game against the Cardinals at Ed Smith Stadium. Steve Clevenger gets the start behind the plate. The lineup card lists Zach Britton, T.J. McFarland, Ryan Webb and Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett in the bullpen, though they pitched yesterday in Fort Myers. Verrett recorded the

The catching situation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will attempt to win their fifth game in a row today when they play the Cardinals at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles totaled 11 runs during a five-game losing streak. They’ve scored 50 while winning five of their last six. Their only loss in that stretch was 10-9 to the Twins. It looks like the offense is catching up to

Hunter Harvey’s X-ray negative

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles received good news today on pitching prospect Hunter Harvey. An X-ray taken on Harvey’s right ankle came back clean. He didn’t sustain a fracture after being hit by a comebacker during a minor league game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Harvey would have gone two innings for Single-A Frederick, but he was forced to leave the game. A team

Buck Showalter speaks after 5-3 win over Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is having precautionary X-rays taken on his shin after being hit by a comebacker today in a minor league game in Fort Myers. The Orioles ran their winning streak to four games today with a 5-3 win over a Twins split-squad. Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett earned the save by stranding a runner at second base

Steve Pearce on home runs, Miguel Gonzalez on outing (O’s win 5-3)

ORIOLES QUICK RECAP Score: Orioles 5, Twins 3 Recap: Steve Pearce launched a three-run homer in the top of second inning to break a 1-1 tie. Caleb Joseph doubled to score Jonathan Schoop and Paul Janish singled before Pearce’s at-bat. Delmon Young hit his first spring home run with two outs in the fifth for a 5-2 lead. He absolutely crushed it. Miguel Gonzalez threw

Game update and more from Showalter

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez failed to complete four innings today, but he definitely increased his pitch count. Gonzalez threw 80 pitches, 57 for strikes, and left with the Orioles ahead 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. T.J. McFarland stranded Kurt Suzuki, who doubled with two outs. Gonzalez was charged with two runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings,

Matt Wieters appears headed to disabled list (with quotes and game update)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said today it’s “unlikely” that catcher Matt Wieters will start the season on the 25-man roster. Wieters is expected to be placed on the disabled list. He would be eligible to return on April 11. Showalter said Wieters hasn’t experienced a setback and is on or ahead of schedule. However, the recovery from ligament-reconstructive surgery on an

Notes on Alejandro De Aza, Tim Berry, Mike Wright and Steve Johnson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - In my last blog entry, I wrote that outfielder Alejandro De Aza returned to Sarasota yesterday after flying to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday for his grandfather’s 99th birthday party. “It was awesome,” De Aza said this morning. “It’s always good to see family, especially a granddad who’s 99. He was happy for me to be there.” The last time De

Orioles option Henry Urrutia

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles optioned outfielder Henry Urrutia to Triple-A Norfolk this morning, leaving 42 players in camp, including nine non-roster invitees. Urrutia went 8-for-25 with two doubles, a home run, seven RBIs, three runs scored, three walks and two strikeouts in 15 games. He also showed improvement in the outfield. There’s no doubt that Urrutia, 28, made a favorable impression in camp.

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado and Adam Jones are making the trip to Fort Myers for today’s game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium. Machado is leading off again and Jones is batting third. Paul Janish is starting at shortstop. He’s been brought along slowly after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. Update: Relievers Zach Britton and Ryan Webb are also on

Miguel Gonzalez, Adam Jones and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back in Fort Myers today because they can’t get enough of I-75 south. Just slow down through the construction zones. The rotation is a work in progress - my idea of a segue - with six starters vying for five spots. Miguel Gonzalez returns to the mound today against the Twins and will attempt to push his pitch count

Orioles option Tim Berry

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles ended up making two camp cuts today with the announcement that they optioned left-hander Tim Berry to Triple-A Norfolk. Earlier in the day, the Orioles optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Norfolk. With these moves, the Orioles have 43 players in camp, including nine non-roster invitees. Berry allowed two runs (one earned) in one inning today against the Red Sox in

Updating Chen and Gausman at minor league complex

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman got in their work this afternoon on adjacent fields at the Twins Lakes Park complex. That was pretty much the goal besides staying healthy. Chen and Gausman were facing Single-A teams in the Red Sox organization. Chen, pitching for the Frederick Keys, allowed one run and two hits in five-plus innings, with one walk and three strikeouts.

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox (Napoli scratched)

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough is starting in center field for the Orioles today after sitting out a few games with a sore left hamstring. Henry Urrutia is in right field one day after hitting a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning. Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate and Steve Clevenger is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Everth Cabrera SS David

Lough update and Red Sox lineup (with note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup and the bus left for Fort Myers a while ago. Guess we’re in a holding pattern. Many of the regulars are staying back, of course. Adam Jones sat at his locker this morning, amusing reporters with various quips. Chris Davis and Manny Machado also are in the clubhouse. David Lough made the trip and said he’s

Matt Wieters: “It was more of the body telling me to slow down”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters remains hopeful that he can return to catching on Wednesday after an X-ray on his elbow yesterday didn’t reveal any structural damage. Wieters is letting the elbow “rest” after being diagnosed with tendinitis following his Grapefruit League debut behind the plate on Tuesday. Asked whether he’s concerned, Wieters replied, “No. It’s a matter of we put in a lot of

Another Brian Matusz start, another road game, the latest on Henry Urrutia

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz is making another start today for the Orioles after throwing three scoreless innings with no walks on March 14 against the Rays. Matusz hasn’t issued a walk in 6 1/3 innings this spring. He’s allowed one run and five hits and struck out eight batters. Whether he stays in the organization is another matter. The trade rumors continue to

Matt Wieters’ X-ray clean and other notes following 6-4 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The X-rays on Matt Wieters’ right elbow came back clean today, according to manager Buck Showalter, who added that no further tests were scheduled. Wieters caught his first Grapefruit League game on Tuesday and was diagnosed with tendinitis in the elbow the following day. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells arranged the X-rays today as a precaution. “There’s no reason to have any

Updating Tillman’s latest start (Orioles win 6-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Pirates 4 Recap: Henry Urrutia homered on the first pitch from Stolmy Pimentel leading off the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and Ryan Lavarnway added an RBI double later in the inning. Chris Tillman allowed one run and four hits in four innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Ryan Flaherty and Adam Jones homered

Buck Showalter continues to evaluate his Rule 5 pitchers (game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s starter for the Pirates, Radhames Liz, hasn’t pitched in the majors since making two appearances with the Orioles in April 2009, allowing 10 runs and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings. Liz, 31, is 6-8 with a 7.50 ERA in 28 appearances (21 starts) over parts of three major league seasons, all of them with the Orioles. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t

Notes on Matt Wieters, David Lough, Alejandro De Aza and lots more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is having his right elbow X-rayed today as a precaution after being shut down with tendinitis. He’s expected back in camp by the start of today’s game. “Just making sure everything’s structurally right,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Richie (Bancells) and them decided by the time I got back (yesterday) they were just going to go ahead and set

Ryan Flaherty returns to Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Steve Clevenger is catching today for the Orioles while Matt Wieters remains shut down with tendinitis in his right elbow. Ryan Flaherty returns to the lineup after being hit on the batting helmet and leaving Tuesday’s game. He was scratched from Wednesday’s trip to Fort Myers. Manny Machado is leading off and Jimmy Paredes is starting in left field. The bullpen includes

Chris Davis on his opposite-field home runs

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back home today to play the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, where they’ve sold out seven of the eight games. Chris Tillman makes his third start, but only the second in a Grapefruit League game. He tossed three scoreless innings against the Puerto Rico Development Program, which didn’t appear to have a player more than five

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win over Twins (plus pictures)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez’s next start falls on Monday, when the Orioles have their only off-day of the spring schedule. Manager Buck Showalter said the right-hander could pitch in a Single-A game at Twin Lakes Park. Jimenez would be spared another trip to Fort Myers for a Double-A or Triple-A game. “I think he’s had enough road travel this year,” Showalter said. Here’s

Jimenez: “I felt good about what I did out there” (O’s win 3-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Twins 2 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez looks a little better each time he takes the mound. He allowed two runs and five hits - the last three of the soft variety - in four-plus innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the second inning and Dariel Alvarez tripled in the third and scored

Ubaldo Jimenez allows two runs in four-plus innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez needed one more out today to become the first Orioles pitcher to go more than four innings. He faced three batters in the fifth, but he couldn’t get it. Jimenez left the game after three consecutive soft hits - a bloop single to center field by Eduardo Escobar, a bloop double to left by Josmil Pinto and an RBI

Wieters has elbow tendinitis (with more from Showalter)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Matt Wieters has been diagnosed with tendinitis in his right elbow and may not catch for a week after making his Grapefruit League debut behind the plate yesterday in Sarasota. The Orioles consulted with Dr. James Andrews, who performed ligament-reconstructive surgery on Wieters’ elbow on June 17, and the decision was made to decrease activity. Wieters could serve as the designated

More morning Orioles notes and Twins lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles continue to list left-hander Brian Matusz as the starter for Friday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Boston is sending Justin Masterson to the mound. Saturday’s starter against the Twins in Fort Myers is listed as TBA, but it would be Miguel Gonzalez’s turn. Matusz is the subject of intense trade speculation. The Orioles are willing to

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (and Webb update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play three of their next four games in Fort Myers, twice facing the Twins at Hammond Stadium. They should be able to get there with their eyes closed, which may be more than just an expression, considering the challenges of this spring’s schedule. Ubaldo Jimenez is making his fourth start, all of them on the road. Anyone remember Mr. Green

Add Hunter to the list of Orioles trying a new pitch

SARASOTA, Fla. - Spring training is a time for preparation, a time for players to reenter their comfort zone and get ready for a long and grueling season. But it also lends itself to experimentation. Ramon Martinez, hired by the Orioles as special assignment pitching instructor, taught left-hander Wei-Yin Chen a new grip on his changeup that more closely resembles a palm ball. Darren O’Day

Hearing from Showalter after 10-9 loss to Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty underwent a SCAT3 test, per standard procedure, after being hit on the batting helmet today by a Brian Duensing pitch in the sixth inning. Flaherty will be reevaluated in the morning. Flaherty left the complex after telling teammates that he was fine. One player said the ball hit Flaherty on the back of the helmet. Orioles manager Buck

Flaherty leaves game after HBP (O’s lose 10-9)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 10, Orioles 9 Recap: The Twins hit for the home run cycle today - solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam. Bud Norris turned in his longest outing of the spring, going four innings and allowing three runs and five hits, with one walk, one strikeout and two home runs. He permitted seven runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings

Bud Norris goes four innings, Orioles down 6-1

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters is hitless in two at-bats this afternoon, making him 0-for-22 in Grapefruit League games, and still hasn’t been tested by a would-be basestealer. The Twins don’t need to run. They’ve brought their power game to Ed Smith Stadum. Trevor Plouffe led off the top of the second with a home run off Bud Norris, making his third start this spring.

Pregame comments from Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn’t anticipate any cuts today. The roster remains at 45 players. “I haven’t talked to Dan (Duquette) yet,” Showalter said. “Unless he has an idea he wants to do, I don’t think so. I’m done for a while. That’s a tough day the last two days.” Reliever Ryan Webb, who was bothered by swelling in his

Garcia not concerned about hamstring or time missed

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia will throw live batting practice today before the Orioles’ game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Garcia tweaked his left hamstring exactly one week ago against the Yankees and has been held out of games. “That last pitch, I kind of felt something in my hamstring,” he said. “Nothing major. It’s just been some ice and

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is behind the plate and batting fifth today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins that airs on MASN HD. Wieters gets to make throws to second base. As many as he wants, or as many as the Twins dictate with their running game. Bud Norris is 0-2 with a 7.18 ERA in two starts, allowing seven

Matt Wieters behind the plate, Dariel Alvarez on the radar, Jimmy Paredes on a roll

SARASOTA, Fla. - The day has arrived. Matt Wieters will be behind the plate for today’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. The opponent won’t be told to treat the stolen base like a felony. The Twins can run and Wieters can fire the ball to second. Just like the good ol’ days. He can’t wait for his first opportunity. Dr.

Wrapping up a 16-4 victory

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brad Brach pitched the ninth inning today for the Orioles and retired the Phillies in order with a strikeout. However, he wasn’t credited with a save. Must be some obscure rule about 12-run leads. The Orioles erupted for 21 hits today in a 16-4 victory over the Phillies. Let’s see if they left anything in the tank for Tuesday’s game against the

Orioles cut three more players from camp roster

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles reduced their spring training roster to 45 players today by optioning pitcher Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie and first baseman Christian Walker to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning pitcher Hunter Harvey to minor league camp. The announcement was made following the Orioles’ 16-4 thrashing of the Phillies at Bright House Field. Bundy allowed a run and two hits in 1 1/3

Game update and more from Showalter (O’s win 16-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 16, Phillies 4 Recap: The bats came out of the deep freeze today, recording 21 hits. Chris Davis hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels in the top of the first inning to give the Orioles a quick lead. Everth Cabrera walked and Steve Pearce singled before Davis came to the plate. Jimmy Paredes and Davis had RBI doubles in

No shortage of runs for the Orioles today (updated)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - It may be tougher for the Phillies to trade Cole Hamels after today’s start against the Orioles, who brought the big bats to Bright House Field and built a 9-0 lead after three innings. The Orioles totaled five runs and six hits off Hamels in two innings. Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in the first and added a run-scoring double in

Mark Hendrickson released and other Orioles notes (Davis homers)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Lots of newsy nuggets from today’s media session with manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles have released veteran left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings this spring, including two yesterday against the Pirates with the score tied 2-2 in the eighth. Showalter met with Hendrickson this morning before coming to Clearwater. The Orioles want to keep Hendrickson in the

More morning notes and Phillies lineup (updated)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles list their next three starters as Bud Norris on Tuesday against the Twins in Sarasota, Ubaldo Jimenez on Wednesday against the Twins in Fort Myers and Chris Tillman on Thursday against the Pirates in Sarasota. The Twins are starting Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana. The Pirates are starting former Orioles right-hander Radhames Liz. The Tuesday afternoon game will air on

Cabrera on playing center field: “That surprises me”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera had no idea that he was starting in center field for the Orioles today until approached by reporters at his locker. “Center?” he asked. “That surprises me.” Yes, laughter ensued. Cabrera hasn’t played center field in the majors and did so in only five games in the minors with Triple-A Tucson in 2012. “I don’t care,” he said. “I’ve been

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is leading off and playing center field today in the Orioles’ game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Chris Davis is making the trip and playing first base. Steve Pearce is in right field. The reserves include Chris Parmelee, Henry Urrutia, Dariel Alvarez, Julio Borbon, Mike Yastrzemski and Jonah Heim. The bullpen includes Brad Brach, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and Pedro

Ordering the rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez makes his third Grapefruit League start today, as the Orioles travel to Clearwater to play the Phillies. Gonzalez has faced the Blue Jays twice this spring and allowed two runs and four hits over five innings. He still hasn’t issued a walk. The Phillies are starting left-hander Cole Hamels unless he’s traded within the next few hours. You never know.

Showalter speaks after 4-2 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Hendrickson allowed two runs in the eighth inning and the Pirates handed the Orioles another loss, 4-2, at McKechnie Field. The Orioles sent Chris Parmelee, Ryan Lavarnway and Jayson Nix to the plate in the top of the ninth and they were retired in order. For folks panicking over another defeat, Hendrickson won’t be working the eighth inning of a tie

Snider has three-hit game, Chen talks about outing (O’s lose 4-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Pirates 4, Orioles 2Recap: Gorkys Hernandez and Alen Hanson had RBI singles off Mark Hendrickson in the eighth to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead. Wei-Yin Chen lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs and seven hits, with no walks, two strikeouts and a hit batter. He threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes, by my count. Chen threw 21 pitches

Chen lasts 3 1/3 innings, Chiti teaching “Sabermetrics for Dummies” (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen didn’t complete four innings today, his pitch count causing his removal from the game with one out in the third following Tony Sanchez’s RBI single. Chen threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes, by my unofficial count. He allowed two runs and seven hits, walked none, struck out two and hit a batter. This was Chen’s longest outing of

Orioles make two more cuts

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles made two camp cuts before today’s game against the Pirates, optioning infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo to minor league camp. The Orioles now have 49 players in spring training, including 11 non-roster invitees. Navarro, who is projected to start at second base at Triple-A Norfolk, was 4-for-12 with a home run and two RBIs.

Notes on Machado and Janish before today’s game

BRADENTON, Fla. - Manny Machado swiped second in Wednesday’s exhibition game at Ed Smith Stadium, which was noteworthy for a couple of reasons. Machado has two surgically repaired knees and he’s never been a prolific basestealer, going 10-for-17 in three major league seasons. Will he be running more often in 2015? “I hope so, I hope so,” he said this morning. “My legs feel great.

Orioles and Pirates B game lineups

BRADENTON, Fla. - I’ve taken my obstructed-view seat in the second row of the McKechnie Field press box. My colleague, Steve Melewski, is in Sarasota for the B game against the Pirates, who are starting left-hander Francisco Liriano. Steve Clevenger is playing third base in the B game and J.P. Arencibia is at first base. Matt Wieters is making another start behind the plate. Manager

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is making the trip to Bradenton for today’s game against the Pirates. This is the Orioles’ shortest trip of the spring. Chris Davis is starting in right field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Steve Pearce 1B Chris Davis RF Adam Jones CF Travis Snider DH Manny Machado 3B Ryan

Verrett: “I knew coming into spring training I couldn’t just be throwing well”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have two more games scheduled for today, with only the one in Bradenton counting in the Grapefruit League standings and stats. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is making his third start. He’s tossed five scoreless innings with only two hits allowed, one walk and three strikeouts. Chen will attempt to join Ubaldo Jimenez as the only Orioles’ starters to complete four innings.

Hearing from Showalter and Russell

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t expected to make any cuts until Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter hustled into the prep room to meet with reporters following today’s 3-2 loss to the Rays. He wanted to get over to Field 4 to catch the remainder of the game against the Puerto Rico Development Program. Speaking of catching, Matt Wieters was behind the plate for six innings

Matusz on today’s start (Rays beat Orioles 3-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 3, Orioles 2Recap: The Orioles offense was stagnant again, with the first 14 batters being retired before Manny Machado reached on an error and Delmon Young walked in the fifth inning. Rey Navarro bounced a single up the middle off Steve Geltz leading off the sixth, and he scored on J.J.Hardy’s one-out double. Steve Pearce hit his first home run

Another Orioles lineup and updating today’s game vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are allowed to play fast and loose with the rules for today’s game against the Puerto Rico Development Program on Field 4. Manager Buck Showalter’s lineup card includes 10 players overall and three designated hitters - Paul Janish, Caleb Joseph and Ryan Lavarnway. Janish also is listed as the shortstop for later in the game. Matt Wieters will catch, in

Showalter on a variety of topics (with photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will make cuts today and Sunday. There will be a significant number of pitchers sent to minor league camp as innings become more precious. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s leaning toward carrying a position player rather than an extra pitcher to fill Chris Davis’ roster spot on opening day. Davis has one more game to serve on his suspension. “If

Wieters on starting behind the plate today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters knows that he’s behind the plate today for the Orioles’ game against the Puerto Rico Development Program and he still isn’t cleared to make throws to second base, but he has no idea whether the opponent will be running. This isn’t an intrasquad game, where the Orioles can dictate the rules. They may, however, make a few polite suggestions. “We’ll

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Steve Clevenger gets the start behind the plate today for the Orioles in their 1:05 p.m. game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. The game will be broadcast on MASN HD. Alejandro De Aza is leading off. Rey Navarro is starting at second base and batting ninth. The bullpen behind starter Brian Matusz includes Darren O’Day, Steve Johnson, Wesley Wright, Tim

Today’s games, Urrutia and the catching situation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back home today to play the Rays at 1:05 p.m on MASN HD. They also have a game scheduled against the Puerto Rico Development Program at 2 p.m. on Field 4. Brian Matusz, Darren O’Day, Wesley Wright, Logan Verrett and Tim Berry are scheduled to pitch in the Grapefruit League game. Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter will pitch against

Matusz has blood pressure under control as he readies for start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz is making his first spring start on Saturday against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. He may have flashbacks to his rotation days. Matusz has allowed one run and three hits in 3 1/3 innings, with no walks and five strikeouts, over two relief appearances. Why is he starting? Manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to stretch out Matusz

Janish doing full baseball activities (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish remains back in camp today while the Orioles make their latest spring road trip to Dunedin. However, he’s inching closer to his exhibition debut. Janish had bone chips removed from his right elbow four weeks ago. He’s been throwing the past three days and took batting practice on the field for the first time yesterday morning. “That was good,”

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez will make his third start of the spring this afternoon, as the Orioles travel to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. Jimenez allowed six runs (five earned) in 1 1/3 innings against the Tigers in Lakeland, and one run in two innings against the Twins in Fort Myers. Caleb Joseph will catch Jimenez. For the Orioles: Evereth Cabrera SS David

Cleaning out my notebook

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez makes his third spring start today for the Orioles. He really could use a favorable line. Results matter for Jimenez. He’s competing for a spot in the rotation and can’t continue to run up high pitch counts and raise more doubts about his ability to contribute in 2015. Simply getting ready for the season isn’t enough. Jimenez allowed six runs

Showalter on Norris, Bundys and more

JUPITER, Fla. - Hunter Harvey struck out a batter in a scoreless eighth inning in the Orioles’ 8-2 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Henry Urrutia grounded into a double play to end the game, as the Orioles fell to 3-8 this spring. Here’s a sampling from manager Buck Showalter, starting with his critique of starter Bud Norris: “Not where he’s going to

Game update and Norris on outing (O’s lose 8-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Cardinals 8, Orioles 2 Recap: Former Oriole Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off Bud Norris in the bottom of the third inning to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead. Norris was charged with three runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings, with three walks, a strikeout and a hit batter. He threw 54 pitches, 28 for strikes. The Cardinals

Norris lasts 2 2/3 innings vs. Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. - Bud Norris fell an out short of making it three consecutive Orioles starters to work three innings with today’s outing against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Norris took a 1-0 lead into the third before serving up a three-run homer to former Orioles infielder Mark Reynolds following a one-out single and walk. Norris allowed three runs and four hits in 2

Buck Showalter on decision to option Eddie Gamboa

JUPITER, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent last night in a hotel near Roger Dean Stadium, avoiding the three-hour drive this morning. That’s a veteran move. Showalter is hoping that Kevin Gausman can go three or four innings in Sunday’s B game at Ed Smith Stadium. It’s scheduled for seven innings. The next round of cuts aren’t expected before Saturday. The Orioles optioned knuckleballer

Orioles-Cardinals lineups in Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. - The Orioles are sparing the majority of their regulars the long trip to Jupiter today. Jonathan Schoop is at second and Everth Cabrera is playing shortstop while leading off for this afternoon’s game against the Cardinals. Bud Norris is making his second spring start after allowing four runs on four hits in one inning his first time out. J.P. Arencibia will start

Darren O’Day: “I’d like to come back, for sure”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The last time that the Orioles were faced with a decision regarding Darren O’Day’s contract, the reliever avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with an option for 2015. O’Day received $2.2 million in 2013 and $3.2 million in 2014, and the Orioles exercised his $4.25 million option for this season. Here we are again. O’Day is one of

Wrapping up a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays (Gamboa optioned)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. Gamboa allowed two runs in the ninth inning today and six runs in three spring innings. With this move, the Orioles now have 51 players in camp, including 12 non-roster invitees. Gamboa threw 18 pitches today, all of them knuckleballs. “He kind of rushed a

Game update and Gonzalez on Gonzalez (O’s fall 5-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez joined Wei-Yin Chen as the only Orioles starters to go three innings this spring. Gonzalez allowed two runs in the first and retired the last seven batters he faced, striking out one. Wesley Wright retired the first four batters before back-to-back doubles by Josh Thole and Munenori Kawasaki in the fifth increased Toronto’s

Gonzalez goes three innings (O’s down 3-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles now have two starters who have gone three innings this spring. Miguel Gonzalez retired the last seven batters he faced and left with the Blue Jays ahead 2-0. He gave up back-to-back singles to Jose Reyes and Ramon Santiago leading off the first, and the runs scored on a Justin Smoak grounder and Kevin Pillar double. Second baseman Everth Cabrera

More morning notes from Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman is scheduled to start Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against the Puerto Rico Development Program on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles also will be playing the Rays in a 1:05 p.m. Grapefruit League game on the stadium field. Kevin Gausman is expected to get the start. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s not hiding Tillman from the

Morning notes on Webb, Johnson and Cabrera

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Ryan Webb continues to receive treatment on his left knee and said he’s hopeful that the swelling will be gone within the next few days. It may not be realistic to expect Webb to pitch this weekend, considering that he hasn’t thrown a ball since Sunday’s workout. Steve Johnson retired the side in order yesterday after a rough debut against

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez makes his second start of the spring today, again facing the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Gonzalez tossed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his March 5 debut. Chris Davis is back in right field and Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. The bullpen includes Zach Britton, Wesley Wright, Mike Wright, Darren O’Day and Eddie Gamboa. For the

No longer faced with free agency, Hardy wonders if O’s can extend successful run

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy occupies the same locker in spring training this year, at the end of a long row of position players that includes most of the projected starters. He sat in a chair with his arms folded yesterday, scanning the room as he often does. The scene appears familiar, but it’s a much different camp for Hardy after he signed a

Hearing from Showalter after 3-1 win over Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have agreed to terms with 16 players on one-year contracts. All players currently on the 40-man roster are now signed for 2015. The list includes pitchers Brad Brach, Jason Garcia, Kevin Gausman, Logan Verrett, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, Tim Berry and T.J. McFarland, catchers Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph, infielders Manny Machado, Jimmy Paredes, Jonathan Schoop and Christian Walker, and

Chen breaks out new changeup (O’s win 3-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Yankees 1 Recap: The Orioles had scored one run in 22 innings before taking a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Jonathan Schoop doubled to score Ryan Lavarnway and Manny Machado followed with his third hit of the day, an RBI single. Machado also stole a base today. Jonathan Schoop doubled twice and Rey Navarro hit a solo home

Chen with three more scoreless innings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles pitcher today to work three innings this spring, shutting out the Yankees on one hit. Kevin Gausman replaced Chen in the fourth and escaped a jam after allowing back-to-back singles to Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira. J.R. Murphy grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Jose Pirela bounced to short. Gausman will return for the

Pregame notes from Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - Not much news coming out of Orioles camp this morning. Manager Buck Showalter said reliever Ryan Webb remains day-to-day with a sore left knee. The swelling has gone down slightly and Webb could be available to pitch Friday in Dunedin or Saturday in Sarasota. Showalter could make a few cuts later today, depending on whether he meets with executive vice president Dan

Wieters: “I have no idea what the future will hold”

SARASOTA, Fla. - As Matt Wieters keeps progressing toward his first exhibition start behind the plate, he continues to push thoughts of free agency out of his mind. Wieters said there have been no extension talks between the Orioles and agent Scott Boras, which shouldn’t be viewed as a revelation of any sort. It seems a foregone conclusion in the industry, and certainly within the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado is leading off today and Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate for the Orioles in their game against the Yankees. Travis Snider is in left field and Delmon Young is in right. Matt Wieters remains the designated hitter. The bullpen behind starter Wei-Yin Chen includes Kevin Gausman, Jason Garcia, Tommy Hunter, Steve Johnson, Logan Verrett and Chaz Roe. For the

Britton: “I guess if they’re beating the ball in the ground, that’s good”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to locate their offense this afternoon when the Yankees visit Ed Smith Stadium. One run in the last two games won’t bring many wins. How’s that for morning analysis? Don’t slip into a panic. The pitchers usually are ahead of the hitters at this stage, and the Orioles aren’t sending out their A lineup in every game. Matt

Showalter speaks after 1-0 loss to Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have scored one run in their last two games, losing 1-0 to the Phillies today at Ed Smith Stadium. Manager Buck Showalter was impressed again with his pitching. Brian Matusz allowed the only run on Andres Blanco’s homer in the fifth. Matusz threw two scoreless innings before coming back out. Chris Tillman and Tyler Wilson each registered two scoreless innings.

Ryan Webb MRI doesn’t reveal structural damage to knee

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Ryan Webb had an MRI on his left knee today that didn’t reveal any structural damage. He’s got some swelling and is day-to-day. Webb was told that he had an allergic reaction to the ice, which caused swelling in the knee. Lesson learned. The discomfort surfaced yesterday while Webb was throwing on flat ground. “I was just playing catch and it

Game update and quotes from Chris Tillman (O’s lose 1-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Phillies 1, Orioles 0 Recap: Chris Tillman threw 32 pitches in two scoreless innings and headed to the bullpen to increase his count. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one. Brian Matusz followed with two scoreless innings before coming back out in the fifth and serving up a home run to Andres Blanco. Matusz struck out four batters

Orioles make first camp cuts

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made their first round of spring training cuts today, optioning pitcher Oliver Drake to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning catcher Brian Ward, infielder Michael Almanzar and pitchers Chris Jones and Dane De La Rosa to minor league camp. Non-roster players are reassigned. Players on the 40-man roster are optioned. Drake allowed four earned runs over 1 1/3 innings in two appearances.

Webb injures knee (with Phillies lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Ryan Webb injured his left knee during yesterday’s workout and is unavailable to pitch. Webb woke up with swelling in the knee and could undergo X-rays later in the day. “He’s not real sure how or when he did it, but he’s got swelling. He’s going to be down for a while,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’ll probably get some pictures

Caleb Joseph on trying to make the team: “Baby’s gotta eat”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Caleb Joseph walked through the Orioles clubhouse this morning around 8:30 a.m., a smile stretching across his face as teammates hugged and fist-bumped the newest father on the team. Joseph’s wife, Brooke, gave birth to the couple’s first child Saturday evening. He didn’t make the trip to Fort Myers yesterday, but now it’s time to get back to work. The incentive to

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is starting in right field today for the Orioles in their game against the Phillies. Steve Pearce is starting at first base. Catcher Caleb Joseph is listed among the reserves. Steve Clevenger gets the start behind the plate. Update: Joseph has just arrived in the clubhouse. Alejandro De Aza is batting first and Everth Cabrera is ninth. The bullpen includes

Today’s game, Ubaldo Jimenez and Jimmy Paredes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing the first of three straight home games today, baseball’s way of easing them into that killer Jupiter-Dunedin trip later in the week. Who comes up with this schedule? Chris Tillman makes his first start, earning a little extra rest at the beginning due to the Orioles’ deep run in the playoffs. The Phillies are starting Aaron Harang. I’m

Showalter speaks after 2-1 loss to Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles lost today for the fifth time in seven exhibition games, falling 2-1 to the Twins at Hammond Stadium. The pitching wasn’t an issue, though Ubaldo Jimenez walked three batters and threw 57 pitches in two-plus innings. The Orioles were held to one run on Jimmy Paredes’ RBI single in the fifth that scored Ryan Lavarnway. The Orioles outhit the

Hearing from Ubaldo Jimenez and game update (O’s lose 2-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 2, Orioles 1 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez faced two batters in the third inning, didn’t record and out and was removed for T.J. McFarland, who induced a double play grounder and popup. Jimenez allowed one run and two hits, walked three and struck out five. He threw 28 pitches in the first, only 12 for strikes, and had four three-ball counts.

Jimenez goes two-plus innings in second spring start

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez got through the second inning today and came back out for the third. That’s progress compared to his debut last Tuesday against the Tigers. Take the small victories where you can find them. Jimenez didn’t retire either batter he faced in the third, but left-hander T.J. McFarland doused the Twins’ rally with a double play grounder and

A few notes before today’s game against the Twins (plus pictures)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Caleb and Brooke Joseph are the proud parents of a baby boy, born at 6:40 p.m. last night. Walker Everett Joseph weighs 7 pounds, 15 ounces and is 21 1/4 inches long. No word on whether he bats from the right or left side. Manager Buck Showalter said Joseph could rejoin the team on Monday. The Orioles’ first round of cuts

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Delmon Young is starting in right field today and Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate for the Orioles’ game against the Twins in Fort Myers. The bench includes Henry Urrutia, Rey Navarro, Michael Almanzar, Dariel Alvarez, J.P. Arencibia, Jayson Nix, Matt Tuiasosopo, Christian Walker and Brian Ward. The bullpen includes Tommy Hunter, Mark Hendrickson, T.J. McFarland, Brad Brach, Eddie Gamboa, Mychal Givens,

A few camp observations

SARASOTA, Fla. - In keeping with a spring training tradition, I woke up this morning and had to search for my rental car and the hour of sleep that I lost. My keys only enable me to find one of them. The Orioles are on the road again today, making the bus ride to Fort Myers for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins at

Wrapping up today’s 7-6 loss with quotes from Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph was scheduled to start Sunday’s game against the Twins in Fort Myers. However, he’s been scratched from the lineup while waiting for his son to be born. It would have been Joseph’s first road game this spring. “Everything’s going well,” said manager Buck Showalter, “but it could be a long process.” Ryan Lavarnway is expected to catch starter

Norris: “Physically and mechanically, I think I was going too fast” (O’s lose)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 7, Orioles 6 Recap: Bud Norris lasted only one inning, allowing four runs and four hits, walking one, striking out two and throwing a wild pitch. He threw 30 pitches, 15 for strikes. Former Oriole Jemile Weeks had an RBI triple and Blake Swihart hit a three-run homer. The Orioles scored an unearned run in the first on Chris

Norris allows four runs in one inning (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The plan called for Orioles starter Bud Norris to work two innings today, but the Red Sox wouldn’t allow it. Norris threw 30 pitches, only 15 for strikes, in the first inning and departed with a 4-0 deficit. Chaz Roe replaced him in the top of the second and turned in two scoreless innings. Norris was down 1-0 just two batters into

More morning notes from Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph took wife Brooke to the hospital late last night and manager Buck Showalter is waiting for a baby update. Joseph was in the original lineup today, but Steve Clevenger got the start behind the plate. Joseph called Showalter last night to update him. “He was all excited,” Showalter said. “He said, ‘At this time tomorrow, I’ll be ... ‘

Notes on Joseph, Janish and outfield versatility

SARASOTA, Fla. - There’s no sign of catcher Caleb Joseph in camp this morning. Could this mean his son, Walker Everett, is finally reporting today? Walker was due March 1, but there’s no fine for being late. Joseph hasn’t been able to travel with the team. He’s appeared in one game, striking out in both at-bats. The Orioles are home today, but Steve Clevenger is

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - J.J. Hardy is batting second again today for the Orioles in their game against the Red Sox’s split-squad team at Ed Smith Stadium. Hardy and Steve Pearce are 2-for-5 this spring. Small sample sizes, but nice starts. Alejandro De Aza, who’s leading off again today, is 1-for-9 with a home run. Steve Clevenger is behind the plate. Everth Cabrera is batting ninth.

Today’s game and Arencibia’s offseason training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bud Norris makes his spring debut today, as the Orioles return home for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox. The Orioles will face their second knuckleballer in two days, going from Toronto’s R.A. Dickey to Boston’s Steven Wright. No, not that Steven Wright. “I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.” “A

Showalter speaks after 5-4 loss to Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles lost today for the third time in five exhibition games, falling to the Blue Jays 5-4 at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. It was hardly worth waiting through a 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay, but at least there’s the long drive home in heavy traffic. Manager Buck Showalter said no roster cuts are imminent. He also said Brian Graham, Rick

Orioles take lead, Wright on Wright (O’s fall 5-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 Recap: Steve Johnson, making his spring debut, committed a throwing error on Devon Travis’ comebacker in the eighth inning that let the go-ahead run score. A walk and single ignited the rally. Mike Wright waited through a 1 hour, 40 minute rain delay to make his spring debut and allowed a two-run homer to Chris Colabello

Updating Wright’s start, plus notes on Walker and minor league signing (updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Blue Jays scratched Jose Bautista from today’s lineup due to hamstring tightness. In other words, the outfield is wet and they’re not taking any chances with him. Orioles starter Mike Wright, making his first appearance this spring, served up a two-out, two-run homer to Chris Colabello in the bottom of the second inning to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. Dioner Navarro

Notes on rain delay, Cabrera and individual game tickets (delay update)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The tarp is on the field at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and we’re in a rain delay. The game may not start at all. Update: The Blue Jays are estimating first pitch at 2:45 p.m. Jose Bautista has been scratched from the lineup due to the field conditions. Orioles manager Buck Showalter received a call in his office from Blue Jays manager

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is starting at second base and batting second today for the Orioles, who travel to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. Alejandro De Aza remains atop the order, starting in right field. Travis Snider is in left field and batting cleanup while Henry Urrutia is serving as the designated hitter. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at shortstop. The bench includes

Looking back and ahead

SARASOTA, Fla. - After going from Sarasota to Port Charlotte and back to the Ed Smith Stadium complex yesterday and filing 10 blog entries, I’d expect the pace to slow down a bit today. Famous last words. I’d also anticipate going the entire day and night without writing about Suk-min Yoon except for this one reference. We’ll always have spring training 2014. Time to let

Davis on his home run

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis had a pretty good idea what was coming tonight when he launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning to break a scoreless tie. Manny Machado and Adam Jones singled. Davis stepped to the plate against Blue Jays right-hander Chad Jenkins with two outs. He worked the count to 2-0 and let it rip. “It was a

Davis hits three-run homer, Ripken meets with media (O’s blank Jays 5-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Blue Jays 0 Recap: Chris Davis belted a long three-run homer in the third inning to break a scoreless tie and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the seventh after striking out in his first two at-bats. Manny Machado singled twice from the leadoff spot. Miguel Gonzalez retired six of seven batters faced, just as Wei-Yin Chen did

Duquette on Yoon’s release and game update

SARASOTA, Fla. - Executive vice president Dan Duquette said pitcher Suk-min Yoon’s camp contacted the Orioles about a month ago with a request to release him from the remainder of his contract. The Orioles obliged today, and in return, Yoon released the Orioles from any further financial obligation. The club saved $4.3 million, according to an industry source. “He was one of the top pitchers

More notes and Blue Jays lineup (Yoon released)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Michael Almanzar hit a tie-breaking home run today in the top of the ninth inning, and the Orioles registered their first spring win, 3-2 over the Rays in Port Charlotte. Mike Yastrzemski added a sacrifice fly. The Rays scored a run in the bottom of the ninth off Daniel Rodriguez. If you had Rodriguez earning the Orioles’ first save this spring, go

Machado: “It’s great to be back out there”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tyler Wilson and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia each threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts today against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Wilson allowed two hits and Garcia permitted one. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when left-hander Mark Hendrickson gave up a run on two hits. The Orioles tied it in the eighth on Rey

Notes on Suk-min Yoon and Bobby Bundy (and O’s lineup vs. Jays)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wei-Yin Chen threw two scoreless innings today against the Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla. He allowed one hit, a double by John Jaso, and struck out one. Miguel Gonzalez also is expected to work two innings tonight if his pitch count allows it. The Orioles are trying to work out a deal to let pitcher Suk-min Yoon out of his contract, which

Showalter on Yoon: “He’s going to be fine”

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t have much to say about pitcher Suk-min Yoon, who has returned to Korea and apparently won’t come back to Sarasota. Yoon has two years left on his contract and is unhappy that he wasn’t invited to major league camp after the Orioles removed him from the 40-man roster in August. Asked for his reaction, Showalter said,

Suk-min Yoon returning to South Korea (with Rays lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - It appears that the Orioles and Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon are parting ways after one disappointing season in the minors. According to a report out of Korea, Yoon has left Los Angeles and returned home. I have confirmation that he’s scheduled to report to minor league camp on Saturday, but it doesn’t appear that he’ll be returning to Sarasota. The Orioles signed

Orioles split-squad lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Most of the Orioles’ regulars are staying back at the complex for tonight’s split-squad game against the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Alejandro De Aza, Travis Snider, Ryan Flaherty and Everth Cabrera have their bags packed for Port Charlotte for the 1 p.m. game against the Rays. De Aza is batting leadoff today, with Cabrera hitting behind him. Steve Clevenger is

Orioles preparing for two games today in latest scheduling challenge

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t been allowed to ease into their exhibition schedule this spring. Rather than stick their toe in the water, they basically have to get a running start and cannonball into the pool. The first day required a trip to Lakeland to play the Tigers. The Orioles already have split-squad games on tap today against the Rays in Port Charlotte and

Showalter speaks after 5-4 loss in exhibition home opener (O’s sign Beato)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bud Norris will make his first exhibition start for the Orioles on Saturday against the Red Sox in Sarasota. Ubaldo Jimenez returns to the mound on Sunday against the Twins in Fort Myers, and Chris Tillman makes his first start Monday against the Phillies in Sarasota. Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Tuesday against the Yankees in Sarasota. I wrote earlier

Orioles hire Ramon Martinez, game update, Gausman quotes (O’s lose 5-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Tigers 5, Orioles 4 Recap: J.J. Hardy had both Orioles hits before leaving the game for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. Ryan Flaherty singled in the seventh. The Orioles scored three runs in the eighth on Dariel Alvarez’s RBI single and Nolan Reimold’s two-run single. Jayson Nix hit a two-out homer in the ninth, the Orioles’ first longball of the

Gausman tosses scoreless inning (with pictures and video)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman worked only one inning today, throwing 10 of his 16 pitches for strikes by my unofficial count in a scoreless first. Gausman’s fastball touched 96 mph on multiple pitches. He allowed a leadoff single to Anthony Gose before getting a double play grounder from Jose Iglesias and striking out J.D. Martinez, who froze on a 96 mph heater. Gausman was

Showalter on Matusz, Rays starters, Arencibia and Jones (with photos)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman and Bud Norris aren’t scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game before the weekend due to the amount of innings they logged last season as the Orioles reached the American League Championship Series. Showalter said he pushed them back and provided extra work days because of the “extra load in October last year.” Tillman told me that he’s starting on

More notes before today’s home exhibition opener

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander T.J. McFarland and right-hander Dylan Bundy will follow starter Kevin Gausman to the mound today in the Orioles’ home exhibition opener against the Tigers. Mike Wright is listed as the Orioles’ starter Friday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Toronto is starting knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Another reminder that left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez are starting the two split-squad games on

Health updates on Matusz and Janish

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Brian Matusz had a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on Monday to alleviate the discomfort caused by a strained AC joint. The concern is minimal because it’s Matusz’s non-throwing arm. However, the pain was affecting his ability to work out. Matusz said the strain occurred about six weeks ago while he was bench pressing as part of his offseason

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alejandro De Aza is leading off and playing right field today for the Orioles in their home exhibition opener against the Tigers. Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter and batting cleanup. J.J. Hardy is batting second. Delmon Young is starting in left field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Still no baby. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza RF J.J.

Orioles trying to rebound today in home opener

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter admitted yesterday that he was scrambling for ways to sound positive about his team’s performance in its exhibition opener. Shovel in hand, he kept digging through the rubble of a 15-2 loss to the Tigers. “I’m sure Jonesy and those guys will have some choice words in the morning,” Showalter said, anticipating the barbs coming from Adam Jones

Showalter speaks after 15-2 loss

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Orioles scored twice in the ninth inning today, but the Tigers proved that some leads are safe for their bullpen. Julio Borbon’s RBI double scored Drew Dosch, who reached on an infield hit, and Henry Urrutia had a run-scoring single in the Orioles’ 15-2 loss at Joker Marchant Stadium. Michael Almanzar was picked off first base by catcher James McCann before

Jimenez: “I don’t have to change anything” (Orioles fall 15-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAPScore: Tigers 15, Orioles 2Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez struck out two in a scoreless first inning, but the wheels came off in the second. He recorded only one out and was charged with six runs (five earned). Jimenez walked two, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. Chris Jones replaced Jimenez with one out in the second and served up a three-run homer

Jimenez records only four outs in spring debut

LAKELAND, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only 1 1/3 innings today for the Orioles and was charged with six runs (five earned), the last three scoring on Ian Kinsler’s home run off left-hander Chris Jones. The Tigers lead 7-0 in the bottom of the third. Jimenez allowed three hits, walked two, struck out two, hit two batters and threw a wild pitch. The strikeouts came

More on upcoming pitching

LAKELAND, Fla. - It’s been a few years since I covered a game at Joker Marchant Stadium. I forgot that press box seating is limited, to put it mildly. One seat for five Orioles beat writers is bad math. When the music stops ... Manager Buck Showalter didn’t plan on leaving the Sarasota complex until around 10:30 a.m. The team bus was behind me as

Orioles’ first exhibition lineup (with Tigers lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is leading off and playing shortstop today in the Orioles’ first exhibition game against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Matt Tuiasosopo is serving as the designated hitter and batting fourth. J.P. Arencibia is behind the plate. Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez are on the trip as reserves. For the Orioles Everth Cabrera SSJonathan Schoop 2BNolan Reimold RFMatt Tuiasosopo DHTravis Snider

Kicking off the exhibition schedule

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first exhibition game is upon us. All it requires is about a 90-minute drive to Lakeland, Fla. Don’t bother looking for the regulars. Orioles manager Buck Showalter already confirmed that Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce aren’t making the trip. And neither is Caleb Joseph, who’s staying in Sarasota until his son is born.

Norris: “There’s a bigger buzz in the clubhouse, for sure”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is celebrating his 30th birthday today. He’s used to being in spring training for the occasion and much prefers spending it in Sarasota after training with the Astros in Kissimmee. “My girlfriend’s here and her birthday was yesterday,” Norris said. Norris isn’t certain when he’s scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut, but he’s ready. “You work a

Notes from today’s final full workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to work two innings in Tuesday’s exhibition opener against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. The travel squad will include infielder Drew Dosch, outfielder Julio Borbon and pitcher Mychal Givens from minor league camp. Manager Buck Showalter said Pat Connaughton, the Orioles’ fourth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft who plays for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team,

Morning notes on Janish, Wieters and the pitching schedule

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish, who underwent surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will take ground balls for the first time Tuesday and make throws this weekend. Janish’s goal is to play in his first game March 20 or 21. “Relatively speaking, it feels about as well as it can up to this point. Probably a little

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are down to their final day of strictly workouts before their first exhibition game on Tuesday against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Players have reached the point in camp where they’re ready for the competition, ready to do something different besides going field to field for various drills, throwing off practice mounds and hitting in the cage. They want to

Wrapping up today’s intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - A scoreless tie in an intrasquad game still held a certain measure of significance for a few players beyond facing live pitching and hitting on the first day of March. Matt Wieters caught for the first time since May, though he didn’t make any throws to second base. Manny Machado batted for the first time since Aug. 11 and lined out to

Intrasquad game scoreless in third inning (game ends scoreless)

SARASOTA, Fla. - You know it’s an intrasquad game when Orioles pitchers are told to record more than three outs in an inning. The home team was five up, five down against left-hander T.J. McFarland in the bottom of the first, and the visiting team was four up, four down versus left-hander Wesley Wright in the top of the second. Left-hander Zach Britton induced ground

Orioles intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters is leading off today for the home team in the Orioles’ intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. In a related story, this is not a preview of the opening day lineup. Everth Cabrera is leading off for the visiting team and Steve Clevenger is behind the plate. Zach Britton is starting for the home team and T.J. McFarland is

Getting into the intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you woke up this morning and wondered why it felt like Christmas without all the decorations and wrapping paper, that’s because I’m going to be posting my first lineups of 2015. Just don’t put your eye out. The intrasquad game doesn’t count today, but it beats bullpen sessions and bunt drills. Important stuff, of course, but not the same as pitchers

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