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Report: Hyun Soo Kim refuses minor league assignment

TAMPA - The Orioles have hit a major roadblock in their attempts to persuade outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to accept an assignment to the minor leagues. Kim’s Seoul-based representatives at Leeco Sports Agency issued a statement tonight saying that the outfielder has informed the club that he won’t agree to the assignment. Word has been passed along via Yonhap News Agency “Kim would like to

Wrapping up a 6-1 win and the Grapefruit League schedule (Drake optioned)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Matt Wieters will catch on opening day. Wieters was behind the plate for today’s 6-1 win over the Braves, reaching on a single, double and walk, driving in a run and also stealing a base. No cuts are being made today. Showalter has given players partial travel schedules, such as flying to Philadelphia on Friday,

Yovani Gallardo on today’s outing (Orioles beat Braves)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Braves 1 Recap: Yovani Gallardo retired 14 of 15 batters, allowing one hit and striking out two. He faced the minimum number due to a double play. Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer off former Oriole Bud Norris in the second inning, his fourth of the spring. Tyler Wilson tossed two scoreless innings before Tyler Moore’s sacrifice fly in

Yovani Gallardo saves his best for last

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo went out on a high note. Gallardo turned in his finest performance of the spring today. Yes, it came against the Braves. It still provided a reminder of what he can bring to the rotation. On the same day that manager Buck Showalter confirmed Mike Wright as the fourth starter, Gallardo pitched like an ace - or at least the

Orioles still trying to convince Hyun Soo Kim to accept minor league assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles met again today with Hyun Soo Kim while trying to gauge whether he’s willing to accept a minor league assignment. It’s the third meeting with the South Korean outfielder, who took batting practice and later will occupy a seat on the bench, his last start coming on Saturday. The sense within the organization is that Kim remains leery of surrendering

Mike Wright named fourth starter, Tyler Wilson makes the team

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have chosen Mike Wright at their No. 4 starter, giving him the ball on April 8 against the Rays at Camden Yards. Tyler Wilson also has been told that he made the club. However, manager Buck Showalter hasn’t revealed his fifth starter. Wilson, 26, could be available out of the bullpen for a few games before making the April 10

Rotation candidates still awaiting their fates

SARASOTA, Fla. - The camp roster remains at 38 players as the Orioles take the field for batting practice this morning, a total that reflects the removal of former starter Miguel Gonzalez. The club hasn’t confirmed it, but Gonzalez is on release waivers. Two pitchers seemingly impacted by Gonzalez’s release, right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson, haven’t been told whether they’ve made the team or

Are the Orioles breaking out their opening day lineup?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles conclude the Grapefruit League portion of their schedule today with Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard leading off and playing left field and Matt Wieters behind the plate for the second time in three games. Pedro Alvarez is batting seventh as the designated hitter. Is this the opening day lineup? For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado

Dylan Bundy: “It’s fun being healthy and out there playing”

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the end of the Grapefruit League schedule. That light at the end of the tunnel wasn’t an oncoming train, though I still feel like I got run over by one. Today’s game against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium may also close out the exhibition schedule if it rains Friday night in Philadelphia. I’m not a meteorologist despite the mistaken

Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard finds out he made the team

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard was summoned into manager Buck Showalter’s office tonight after showering and returning to his locker to get dressed. Hair still wet, he walked down the hallway and into a dark room. The lights were turned on and Rickard found the entire staff waiting for him. Hey kid, welcome to The Show. Rickard was told that he made

Tillman talks about his outing, says little about Gonzalez’s release (Tigers edge Orioles)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Tigers 2, Orioles 1 Recap: Catcher James McCann hit a solo home run off Chris Tillman leading off the second inning. That was the only run off Tillman in four innings. He allowed three hits, walked three and struck out three. The Tigers scored an unearned run off T.J. McFarland in the fourth on a two-out single, passed ball, infield hit

Buck Showalter on the rotation, Hyun Soo Kim and guys on the bubble

SARASOTA, Fla. - While Miguel Gonzalez remains on the waiver wire, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is avoiding the subject until the right-hander’s fate is determined. Showalter seems to have settled on his five starters unless there’s a late change before rosters are set on Sunday. It likely would have to involve an outsider. Gonzalez’s poor outings in the Grapefruit League were part of the reason

Quick hits before tonight’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Yovani Gallardo is the club’s No. 2 starter and will pitch against the Twins on April 6, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez on April. 7. Showalter has figured out the rest of his rotation, but he’s not going to reveal it before informing the pitchers. The club needs a fifth starter on April 10 and it won’t

Orioles place Miguel Gonzalez on release waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t head north with projected starter Miguel Gonzalez, placing the right-hander on release waivers today. He can become a free agent after 48 hours if he goes unclaimed. An industry source confirmed the move, which comes as teams can cut players and not be on the hook for their full salaries for 2016. Players released by opening day receive 45

Early notes on Hyun Soo Kim, Joey Rickard, Paul Janish and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim, through his interpreter, declined an interview request today from the media. Kim sat at his locker with about 10 minutes remaining before the clubhouse closed to the press. The Orioles are waiting for Kim’s decision on whether to accept an assignment to the minors. His contract stipulates that he must give his consent. Meanwhile, Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters is serving as the designated hitter for tonight’s game against the Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium. Nolan Reimold is in left field. Hyun Soo Kim is on the bench. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is tied for first in the American League with 23 hits this spring. His six doubles, 14 runs scored and five steals are tied for second.

More on Hyun Soo Kim and Caleb Joseph on the rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. - Following up on Hunter Harvey, I’m told he has a “slight strain” to his groin and was removed from yesterday’s start at minor league camp as a precaution. Harvey was working his third inning. If Hyun Soo Kim agrees to an assignment at Triple-A Norfolk, which he’s expected to do, he’s going to get lots of at-bats as the designated hitter. Christian

Showalter on Kim and wrapping up a 4-4 10-inning tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he spoke to outfielder Hyun Soo Kim about accepting an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk, and they met again today with executive vice president Dan Duquette. The first meeting took place before Kim sat out three straight games, including tonight’s 4-4 tie with the Braves. Kim must give his consent before playing in the minors, per a stipulation

Hunter Harvey suffers groin injury, Orioles make minor league trade

SARASOTA, Fla. - An Orioles official confirmed tonight that pitcher Hunter Harvey left his start at Twin Lakes Park with a groin injury. Harvey was working his third inning when he apparently strained a muscle. The club will know more on Wednesday. Harvey hasn’t pitched since 2014 due to a strained right flexor mass. He also suffered a fractured right fibula last spring after being

Miguel Gonzalez “focused and confident” tonight (Orioles, Braves tie 4-4 in 10)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Braves 4 (in 10 innings) Recap: Needing a good start to improve his chances of making the club, Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and seven hits over five innings - his longest stint of the spring. He walked none, struck out four and hit a batter. Manny Machado led off the bottom of the first inning with his fifth

Hyun Soo Kim won’t break camp with the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed tonight that Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim won’t be part of the 25-man roster on opening day. Kim is out of the lineup again tonight and hasn’t played since Saturday. He’s in the dugout as the Orioles lead the Braves 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning. “Yes, it looks like he’s not going

Orioles option Dariel Alvarez

SARASOTA, Fla. - The camp roster is down to 40 players. The Orioles optioned outfielder Dariel Alvarez to Triple-A Norfolk before tonight’s game against the Braves, a move that had been anticipated with Mark Trumbo penciled into right field and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard assured of breaking camp with the team. Alvarez, an intriguing prospect with a plus arm, collected only eight hits in

Chris Tillman on getting the opening day start

SARASOTA, Fla. - The rain has picked up in intensity again at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and pretty much the entire state of Florida. The Braves are on a bus headed to Sarasota. I wonder how easily it can execute a U-turn. No word on a cancellation, but I’ll remind fans that they don’t postpone games here or play doubleheaders. It would be washed

Matt Wieters on tonight’s start and Kevin Gausman on starting season on DL

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters said he wanted to catch in two Grapefruit League games before the Orioles break camp. He already had circled Thursday on the calendar. It made sense to also get into tonight’s lineup against the Braves. The weather may not cooperate, but Wieters is ready to get behind the plate in an exhibition game for the first time since playing one

Hyun Soo Kim out of lineup, Matt Wieters catching

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is out of the Orioles lineup again for tonight’s game against the Braves, which is in doubt due to heavy rain. Kim also was held back from the last two games in Bradenton and Fort Myers. He was in the clubhouse this afternoon and spent a few minutes with his interpreter checking the lineup card after it was posted.

The roster, Miguel Gonzalez and Hyun Soo Kim

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are an unsettled team with three games remaining in Florida. We haven’t figured out the rotation beyond Chris Tillman, Yovani Gallardo and Ubaldo Jimenez. We haven’t figured out who’s playing left field, since the club continues to check on available players. We don’t know whether the Orioles are keeping Hyun Soo Kim, though I’ll point out again that he wants

Wrapping up a 5-3 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Tyler Wilson came off the field in the sixth inning today and hugged Mike Wright. Competitors for a spot in the rotation, close friends to the end. Wright allowed one run in five innings in the Orioles’ 5-3 win over the Red Sox, and Wilson followed with two scoreless frames. A decision is pending and it won’t be an easy one.

Mike Wright holds Red Sox to one run in five innings (Orioles win 5-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3 Recap: Mike Wright allowed one run and four hits in five innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches before coming out. Chris Young hit a solo home run off Wright in the second. Tyler Wilson allowed two hits in two scoreless innings. Good friends, good outings. Xavier Avery led off the first

Notes on Brian Matusz, pitching and more

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Getting to JetBlue Park is a relatively easy task. Getting into the parking lot is much more complicated if you arrive an hour before first pitch. David Ortiz, who has announced his retirement following the 2016 season, is playing his final game here today. The Orioles are braced for whatever delays are forthcoming, including an on-field ceremony that just started a

Kevin Gausman headed to DL, Odrisamer Despaigne optioned

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this morning that Kevin Gausman will begin the season on the disabled list after being shelved by tendinitis in his right shoulder. Gausman, who went on the DL last May with the same condition, still could be available to start on April 10 against the Rays in Baltimore. His assignment will be backdated to March 25. Otherwise,

Chris Tillman named opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Make it three straight years for Chris Tillman as the opening day starter. Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed this morning that Tillman will take the mound for the April 4 game against the Twins at Camden Yards. Tillman entered camp as the favorite despite the Orioles signing veteran Yovani Gallardo last month to a restructured two-year deal with an option for 2018.

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is at first base for today’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. The Orioles lineup also includes Garabez Rosa at second base and Julio Borbon in left field. Both players came over from minor league camp. Tyler Wilson and Brad Brach will pitch in relief today. Left-hander Brian

Taking another look at the camp roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making more cuts this morning, according to manager Buck Showalter. They’re going to need a sharp knife with 42 players still in camp. Seventeen players must be removed, and it’s possible that the Orioles will pad their total by signing another outfielder or pitcher. This roster remains a work in progress. Starter Kevin Gausman, reliever Brian Matusz and infielder

Wrapping up a 5-3 win

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Hyun Soo Kim isn’t on the travel roster for Monday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Kim was on the list tonight, but he didn’t play in the Orioles’ 5-3 win over the Pirates. The intrigue continues to grow. Infielder Ryan Flaherty isn’t expected to play Monday after being scratched tonight with flu-like

Ubaldo Jimenez on tonight’s abbreviated start (O’s win fourth straight, top Pirates)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Pirates 3 Recap: Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard led off the ninth with a single and scored the tie-breaking run from first base on Garabez Rosa’s single off the scoreboard in left field. Rosa scored on Josh Hart’s single. Ubaldo Jimenez, lined up to be the Orioles’ No. 3 starter, retired only two batters and was charged with three

Ubaldo Jimenez doesn’t make it out of the first inning (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Nothing that happened tonight in Bradenton is going to ease the concerns attached to the Orioles rotation. Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only two-thirds of an inning and was removed after throwing 36 pitches, including 21 for strikes. He headed to the bullpen for more work, so the quick hook must not have been related to his health. Perhaps manager Buck Showalter had seen

Ryan Flaherty scratched from lineup (plus other notes)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The flu bug has bitten Ryan Flaherty. It’s really making the rounds in Orioles camp. Players, coaches, manager Buck Showalter. No one is immune. Flaherty was a late scratch tonight with “flu-like symptoms,” according to the Orioles. Minor leaguer Garabez Rosa will replace him at second base. Here’s the new lineup: Xavier Avery CF Paul Janish SS Pedro Alvarez 1B Nolan Reimold

Orioles continue to strengthen bond with Sarasota (plus tonight’s lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles claimed another victory yesterday and then gave back to the Sarasota community. It’s one of their finer exchanges and it’s become quite familiar over the years. Many of the players returned to the Ed Smith Stadium complex last night along with manager Buck Showalter and his wife Angela, vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson and the coaches, for “Nashville’s

Afternoon notes on Kim, Wieters and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Hyun Soo Kim said today through his interpreter that he hasn’t read the FOXSports.com article stating that the Orioles are holding internal discussions about sending him back to Korea. He didn’t have a comment for reporters who approached his locker. Asked whether he feels good about his chances of making the team, Kim replied, “There’s much more I have to show,

Talking rotation, Rickard and the roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles begin a stretch tonight when they’ll play four of their last six Grapefruit League games at 6:05 p.m. Nothing like being under the lights to get you ready for the regular season. The Orioles travel to McKechnie Field in Bradenton to face the Pirates, which is more like playing under the flashlights. Ubaldo Jimenez will take the mound after making

Could Orioles attempt to part ways with Kim? (Thayer opts out of contract)

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles attempt to shape their roster with nine games left before opening day, they’re deciding whether South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will be part of it. Kim’s two-year contract includes a stipulation that he can’t be optioned to the minors without his consent. Meanwhile, the Orioles have held internal discussions about trying to reach a deal with Kim that

Wrapping up a 16-8 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - It took two touchdowns and a safety today for the Orioles to run their winning streak to three games. Get used to it. The Orioles broke out the heavy lumber again to compensate for another poor statistical outing from their starter, pounding out 20 hits and defeating the Red Sox 16-8 at Ed Smith Stadium. J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Chris Davis and

Orioles option Christian Walker and move him to left field

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned Christian Walker to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 16-8 win over the Red Sox, leaving them with 43 players on the camp roster, including eight non-roster invitees. Walker will be the regular left fielder at Norfolk after playing first base in all 377 of his minor league games since the Orioles selected him in the fourth round of the 2012

Game update and Yovani Gallardo on today’s start (Orioles outslug Red Sox)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 16, Red Sox 8 Recap: Mark Trumbo had a two-run double in the first and delivered another run with a grounder in the fourth, giving him 16 RBIs this spring to go with five home runs. J.J. Hardy hit his third home run in three days, a two-run shot in the third inning. Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Audry Perez

Trumbo shines, Gallardo struggles in early innings (we’re tied)

SARASOTA, Fla. - You want the good news first or the bad news? Mark Trumbo continues to swing a hot bat, producing a two-run double in the first inning that raised his average to .327 and his RBI total to 15. Trumbo, who also has five home runs this spring, scored on Pedro Alvarez’s single into right-center field. The at-bat was impressive. Trumbo fought off

Matt Wieters will catch on Sunday at minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles plan on making their next round of cuts before today’s game against the Red Sox. They have 44 players in camp, including eight non-roster invitees. Matt Wieters will catch in an intrasquad game Sunday at Twin Lakes Park. He hasn’t been behind the plate since March 12 due to right elbow soreness. Wieters threw to the bases this morning on

Morning notes on Wieters, Gausman, Tolleson and Matusz

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will throw to the bases today in potentially the final step before he’s cleared to move back behind the plate. Manager Buck Showalter and bench coach John Russell met with Wieters yesterday to formulate a plan. Wieters hasn’t caught since March 12, leaving the game after the first inning with right elbow soreness. “We’re moving towards it quickly,”

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo makes his fourth spring start today and his third in the Grapefruit League, as the Orioles host the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. Gallardo allowed two runs and six hits in four innings Monday in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. He’s surrendered eight runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings in two starts against the Phillies.

Nolan Reimold with a much-needed slump-breaking day

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold batted .340/.439/.489 in 24 spring training games last year and didn’t break camp with the Orioles. An impressive slash line, two home runs, nine RBIs and eight walks couldn’t sway team officials who were in a bind over his lack of minor league options. Reimold didn’t have his contact purchased from Triple-A Norfolk until June and the wait tested his

Wrapping up an 11-10 10-inning win (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Five home runs almost weren’t enough today for the Orioles. Then their game carried into the 10th inning, they fell behind by two runs and scored three to notch their second walk-off win in two days. Garabez Rosa, back here again from minor league camp, delivered a two-run single into center field off Matt Tracy to give the Orioles an 11-10 victory

Game update and Chris Tillman on today’s start (Orioles win 11-10 in 10 innings)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 11, Yankees 10 Recap: Chris Tillman worked four innings plus one batter and allowed five runs and six hits. He walked three, struck out four and hit a batter. Tillman walked two batters in the second and Chris Denorfia made him pay with a three-run homer. Mark Trumbo hit his fifth home run, Caleb Joseph hit his first, J.J. Hardy

Orioles hit three home runs in four innings (O’s down 7-6)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles rotation didn’t surrender a home run in the first inning today, the streak ending at three games. The damage came later. Chris Denorfia hit a three-run homer off Chris Tillman in the second after a pair of walks, and the Yankees tacked on two more runs in the third to build a 5-1 lead. Mark Trumbo, Caleb Joseph and J.J.

Quick hits before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Chaz Roe will return to camp on Saturday following the birth of his daughter. Roe is trying to occupy one of the open spots in the bullpen. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last six appearances over 6 2/3 innings. However, he’s surrendered a hit in five of them and issued a walk in the other game. The Orioles could

Notes on Brian Matusz, pitching and music event

SARASOTA, Fla. - Unable to determine whether he’s headed to the disabled list, the best that Orioles reliever Brian Matusz can do today is pick up a ball, play catch and wait for a resolution. Matusz will throw for the first time since receiving a cortisone injection in his lower back following Sunday’s outing, when he retired all three batters he faced but didn’t appear

Orioles and Yankees lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez is batting second today behind Manny Machado and playing first base for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium, which will be live on MASN. Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Hyun Soo Kim is in left. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Pedro Alvarez 1B

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are sending Chris Tillman to the mound this afternoon for their game against the Yankees. The right-hander is making his third Grapefruit League start. Will he be the starter again on opening day? In setting up his rotation, manager Buck Showalter is checking how the candidates have fared against the Twins. He’s also checking their numbers against future opponents in

Wrapping up a 6-5 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard won today’s game against the Pirates with a walk-off single against left-hander Eric O’Flaherty that scored Xavier Avery, who led off the Orioles ninth inning with a single. Garabez Rosa doubled to move Avery to third base, and Rickard - in his only at-bat of the day - collected his 19th hit of the spring. Rickard was

Orioles reacquire left-hander Edgar Olmos (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Edgar Olmos is back in the Orioles organization. Olmos was reacquired from the Cubs today for a player to be named. No word yet on whether he’ll report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex, which is the assumption. Update: Olmos will report to Twin Lakes Park. Olmos spent 13 days with the Orioles after they claimed him off waivers from the

Game update and Tyler Wilson talks about today’s start (O’s walk off Pirates)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Pirates 5 Recap: Tyler Wilson allowed one run and two hits in three innings, retiring the last seven batters he faced. Matt Joyce homered with two outs in the first and Michael Morse doubled. Chris Davis had an RBI double in the fourth and Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer, his fourth longball of the spring to go with

Tyler Wilson finishes strong in latest spring outing (plus more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tyler Wilson, making his third spring start today, retired the last seven batters he faced while trying to state his case for inclusion in the Orioles rotation. Wilson was pulled after only three innings. He allowed one run and two hits, walked none and struck out none. The former University of Virginia right-hander threw 43 pitches, 30 for strikes. Wilson retired the

Paul Janish: “I feel like I’ve done what I can do”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish isn’t accustomed to the media hovering around his locker unless it’s to make small talk. He’s one of the nicest guys in baseball. But he was a popular figure this morning after collecting three hits in yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Pirates. The single and double were interesting. The home run was newsworthy, at least by Grapefruit League standards.

Quick hits before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters threw from 120 feet today and seems to be nearing a start behind the plate. Wieters won’t catch until he’s throwing to the bases with maximum force. Reliever Chaz Roe left camp to be with his wife for the birth of their second baby. Left-hander Brian Matusz stayed home today because he’s experiencing flu-like symptoms. It’s another blow

The latest on Kevin Gausman (plus Pirates lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman will do some light exercises for his right shoulder this morning as part of his recovery from a bout of tendinitis. He’s moving in the right direction. “Come in tomorrow and see how it reacts to that and then go from there,” he said. “Might pick up a ball tomorrow, but the first couple days of throwing will probably be

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters is the designated hitter today for the Orioles and Christian Walker is in left field. The Pirates also will find Mark Trumbo in right field. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters DH Mark Trumbo RF Christian Walker LF J.J. Hardy SS Jonathan Schoop 2B Caleb Joseph C Tyler Wilson RHP

The importance of today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s game against the Pirates is important because Tyler Wilson gets the start, and he’s in the running for a rotation spot with Miguel Gonzalez still unable to instill the proper level of confidence in the Orioles after yesterday’s outing in Bradenton. Gonzalez is struggling with his command, as manager Buck Showalter noted after yesterday’s 6-5 loss. He has a minor league

Wrapping up a 6-5 loss

BRADENTON, Fla. - Matt Wieters will return to the Orioles lineup on Thursday as their designated hitter for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates in Sarasota. He hasn’t played since March 12 due to a sore right elbow. The Orioles climbed within a run of the Pirates today in the top of the ninth inning on an L.J. Hoes RBI grounder and a two-out

Gonzalez’s final line and Showalter on Bundy (Orioles fall 6-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Pirates 6, Orioles 5 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez was charged with four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, with one walk, no strikeouts and a hit batter. Andrew McCutchen homered off him in the first and Gregory Polanco took him deep in the fourth. Darren O’Day replaced Gonzalez and gave up a two-run homer to Starling Marte. Rule 5 pick

Game update and lots from Buck Showalter

BRADENTON, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez got off to another rough start today against the Pirates, falling behind 3-0 after two innings. The Orioles right-hander served up a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen with the count full and one out in the first inning. He hit David Freese, who scored on Francisco Cervelli’s two-out double down the left field line. Josh Harrison led off the

Quick hits before today’s game

BRADENTON, Fla. - Kevin Gausman could be placed on the disabled list and still pitch on April 10, when the Orioles need a fifth starter. The confusion has dissipated. Gausman actually would be eligible to return the previous day. He doesn’t need to miss the first 10 days of the season. Manager Buck Showalter said Gausman could pick up a ball for the first time

Updating Matt Wieters, more on today’s game and Zach Phillips

BRADENTON, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters stayed back in Sarasota this morning to catch bullpen sessions with Chris Tillman and Yovani Gallardo. He was a consideration to serve as the designated hitter here today against the Pirates. “I think tomorrow’s on the table, too,” Wieters said. “I think it came down to actually feeling like I can get a little bit more work in here

Orioles sign reliever Zach Phillips

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed left-hander Zach Phillips to a major league deal and designated Chris Jones for assignment, providing an insurance policy for their bullpen. Phillips took his physical last night and was re-introduced to the media this morning in an informal interview session. This is a reunion for Phillips, who pitched for the Orioles in 2011 and 2012 after being acquired

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is making the trip to Bradenton for today’s game against the Pirates. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is leading off and playing center field. Caleb Joseph is serving as the designated hitter. Former Pirate Pedro Alvarez isn’t in the lineup. Catcher Matt Wieters is staying back to catch Chris Tillman and Yovani Gallardo during their bullpen sessions.

Wondering about the roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making their first trip to Bradenton today to play the Pirates. They return to McKechnie Field in four nights. Have they changed the bulbs in the lights? Twenty-five watts aren’t enough. Miguel Gonzalez is making his fourth start. Two have been acceptable, two have been awful. He’d like to break the tie by dominating the Pirates and solidifying his

Wrapping up a 5-1 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dylan Bundy stranded three inherited runners today and shut out the Twins in the sixth inning in his latest impressive outing for the Orioles, who lost 5-1 at Hammond Stadium. Bundy walked one and struck out one in the sixth. He’s allowed one unearned run and one hit in his last four appearances covering 5 1/3 innings. “I thought Bundy pitched

Game update and Mike Wright on today’s outing (O’s fall 5-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Twins 1 Recap: Joe Mauer hit a wind-aided two-run homer off Mike Wright in the first. Wright was charged with three runs and five hits in four innings, with one walk, three strikeouts and a wild pitch. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard had an RBI double in the third inning. Trevor Plouffe hit a two-run homer off Odrisamer Despaigne,

Showalter on whether Matusz goes on DL: “There’s that possibility with him” (updated)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The news on Matt Wieters today is good. It’s somewhat encouraging on Kevin Gausman. It’s pretty bad on Brian Matusz and Jimmy Paredes. As I wrote earlier, Wieters played catch from 90 feet today and his right elbow continues to improve. He also continues to take batting practice and was a consideration for the designated hitter role in Wednesday’s game in

Notes on Gausman, Matusz, Paredes and Wieters

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed confidence that Kevin Gausman will be ready on opening day after receiving a cortisone injection Sunday in his right shoulder. If Gausman isn’t fully recovered from the tendinitis in his shoulder, the Orioles will place him on the disabled list and choose another starter to fill out their rotation. They need a fifth starter on April

Pitching updates and Yovani Gallardo on his Twin Lakes start

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The pitchers listed behind Orioles starter Mike Wright today include Odrisamer Despaigne, Dylan Bundy, Pedro Beato, Todd Redmond, Chaz Roe, Oliver Drake, Richard Rodriguez and Stefan Crichton. Rodriguez and Crichton made the trip from minor league camp, along with infielder Garabez Rosa and outfielders Quincy Latimore, Josh Hart and Julio Borbon. Miguel Gonzalez starts for the Orioles on Wednesday against Pirates

Kevin Gausman updates the condition of his right shoulder

SARASOTA, Fla. - Though Kevin Gausman said his right shoulder feels much better this morning, he can’t be certain that he’s going to be available by opening day on April 4. Gausman received a cortisone injection on Sunday to combat the tendinitis, and he plans on playing catch Friday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. However, his primary goal is to be ready by

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are bringing a decent amount of regulars to Fort Myers for today’s game against the Twins, the list including Manny Machado, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is batting leadoff and playing left field while Hyun Soo Kim plays in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Nolan Reimold is serving

Taking a look at a few spring performances

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Jeff Beliveau made his spring debut yesterday at Twin Lakes Park and threw a scoreless inning against low Single-A Bowling Green. He walked one batter. Beliveau hadn’t pitched since undergoing labrum surgery in April. I wondered yesterday why the Orioles hadn’t brought over first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp from minor league camp. Well, I’ve got my answer. He’s sidelined with a right

Updating Yovani Gallardo’s minor league start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo got in his work today at the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park. It wasn’t an off-day for everyone on the team. Gallardo, facing Single-A Charlotte in the Rays organization, allowed two runs and six hits over four innings. He walked three and struck out one. The final line was provided by a club official.The media will check with

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have their first and only scheduled off-day, with most players allowed to sleep late, play golf or vacation with their families. I’m guessing that Disney is a popular destination. Meanwhile, Yovani Gallardo must report to Twin Lakes Park for a start in a minor league game. Jeff Beliveau will pitch in relief his first spring inning. This is a good

Wrapping up an 8-8 tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reassigned left-hander Jeff Beliveau and outfielder Alfredo Marte to minor league camp today, leaving 43 players in major league camp, including eight non-roster invitees. Beliveau will pitch in his first game on Monday at the minor league complex. Marte was 7-for-25 with a home run and four RBIs. “Good swing,” manager Buck Showalter said of Marte. “You can see he’s

Game update and Chris Tillman talks about his outing (O’s, Rays tie 8-8)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Rays 8 Recap: Pedro Alvarez’s first home run as an Oriole was a grand slam to left-center field in the second inning. He added a game-tying RBI double in the sixth. Mark Trumbo hit his second home run in two games and third this spring, a two-run shot in the third inning. Logan Morrison and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back

Pedro Alvarez hits grand slam (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez chose an opportune time to hit his first home run with the Orioles. Alvarez also provided another reminder that he can strike quickly, no matter how he’s been faring at the plate. He’s always a threat. Batting with the bases full today and two outs in the second inning, Alvarez drove a Jhan Marinez pitch over the left-center field fence

Buck Showalter on Kevin Gausman: “I don’t know if it’s a big concern”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman is on the shelf for at least a few more days after receiving a cortisone injection this morning in his right shoulder. Manager Buck Showalter informed the media during batting practice that Gausman would miss his next start. “Gausman has had some shoulder tendinitis, just kind of working his way through and decided to take an injection today,” Showalter said.

Kevin Gausman receives cortisone injection for shoulder tendinitis

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman won’t make his scheduled start Monday morning at the minor league complex due to right shoulder tendinitis. Gausman has been on the medical sheet for the past week. He received a cortisone injection in the shoulder earlier today and is expected to be shut down for the next two to three days. Gausman sat at his locker with an ice

Orioles and Rays lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman makes his second Grapefruit League start today, as the Orioles attempt to play more than two-thirds of an inning. Weather permitting, of course. It’s raining this morning, but expected to clear up by first pitch. Pedro Alvarez is batting second as the designated hitter. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Hyun Soo Kim is in left. The game is

A reminder about the magic of sports

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman remains the Orioles’ starter for today’s game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t switch Tillman’s assignment following yesterday’s rainout in Port Charlotte. Jonathan Schoop will start at second base, making at least one young fan extremely happy. He’s not just any fan. He’s a 5-year-old boy fighting T-cell leukemia. Give him Jonathan Schoop. Give him

Orioles game cancelled due to rain (updated)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch this afternoon to Orioles center fielder Julio Borbon and rain began to fall. The dark clouds and flashes of lightning weren’t a tease. Borbon flied to center, Nolan Reimold struck out swinging and the grounds crew unrolled the tarp. Two batters and the Orioles had their first delay of spring training. A few

Notes on Trumbo, Avery, the rotation and Wieters

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is heating up as the Orioles steadily improve their win total in spring training. Trumbo went 1-for-3 with an RBI single on Thursday in Sarasota and was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs last night in Tampa. His average has climbed to .297 in 12 games, with two home runs and eight RBIs. The strikeout total has

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Julio Borbon is starting in center field today for the Orioles after coming over from minor league camp. Borbon was re-signed to a minor league deal last week. Outfielder Xavier Avery injured his right hip two nights ago and said this morning that he needs to take off a couple days. Otherwise, he would have been playing center field today. Pedro Alvarez

Wieters taking live batting practice today (plus Rays lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup, but left-hander Brian Matusz will accompany them to Port Charlotte for today’s game against the Rays. Matusz hasn’t pitched since March 2 due to a strained muscle in his lower back. Other relievers behind starter Yovani Gallardo include T.J. McFarland, Brad Brach, Chaz Roe, Pedro Beato and Todd Redmond. Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim also

Looking back on last night and Adam Jones’ tribute to a mentor

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard had another hit last night, a leadoff double in the first inning, and also walked and scored two runs in the Orioles’ 11-2 victory over the Yankees in Tampa. Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado each drove in four runs and combined for five hits. Trumbo hit a three-run homer. Ryan Flaherty came off the bench and went

Orioles option Bridwell, Lee to Double-A Bowie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made two more roster moves this afternoon prior to their game against the Yankees in Tampa. Pitchers Parker Bridwell and Chris Lee have been optioned to Double-A Bowie, reducing their camp roster to 45 players. Bridwell, 24, went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 6 2/3 innings this spring. Lee, 23, posted a 9.53 ERA in 5 2/3 innings. Lee,

Darren O’Day on his spring and lack of success vs. Buck Britton

SARASOTA, Fla. - A pitcher who rated as the best reliever on the free agent market this winter, who’s posted ERAs of 2.28, 2.18, 1.70 and 1.52 over the past four seasons, would figure to go unchanged in spring training. No reason to tweak. No need to try something new. Then there’s Orioles set-up man Darren O’Day, who’s doing a little experimenting in his side

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Christian Walker is serving as the designated hitter tonight when the Orioles travel to Tampa for a 6:35 p.m. game against the Yankees. Mark Trumbo is starting at first base. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is atop the order and playing center field. Jonathan Schoop is batting second and Manny Machado is third. Miguel Gonzalez needs a strong outing tonight. He’s allowed

Hyun Soo Kim on his “better at-bats”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t posted their lineup for tonight’s trip to Tampa. However, packed bags in front of lockers provide clues. Manny Machado, Mark Trumbo, Jonathan Schoop and Dylan Bundy are hitting the road. Hyun Soo Kim and Pedro Alvarez are staying back at the complex for an early workout. Kim is 6-for-37 this spring, but he’s collected six hits in his last

Duquette on Trumbo, Kim and Wieters

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo started in right field again last night and handled both fly balls hit in his direction in a 4-1 victory over the Twins. The early camp misplays haven’t been repeated. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, appearing last night on the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan, said he’s been “encouraged” by what he’s seen from Trumbo in right.

Wrapping up a 4-1 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will make at least two cuts on Friday as they continue to whittle down their spring roster. Dale Thayer struck out the side in the ninth inning tonight to seal the Orioles’ 4-1 victory over the Twins. The Orioles are 4-12-3 heading into Friday night’s game in Tampa. Mike Wright tossed five scoreless innings, the first Orioles starter to get

Game update and Mike Wright’s comments on his start (O’s win 4-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Twins 1 Recap: Adam Jones broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning with his third home run, a no-doubter to left field on an 0-2 pitch. Jones had an RBI double in the sixth, and Mark Trumbo delivered an RBI single. Mike Wright became the first Orioles starter to work into the fifth. He tossed

Mike Wright had the right stuff tonight (plus quotes from Dan Duquette)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright allowed two one-out singles in the top of the first inning tonight, got a double play grounder and settled into a nice groove. Wright retired nine Twins in a row before back-to-back singles put him in a jam in the fourth. Byung Ho Park fouled out to first baseman Chris Davis, who made a nice catch near the stands. Kevin

More notes before tonight’s game in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles lost their afternoon split-squad game to the Red Sox, 9-5 in Fort Myers. They’re 3-12-3 heading into tonight’s game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. It’s more important that Christian Walker hit a three-run homer and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard singled, doubled, walked and stole a base. The roster could hold both players on opening day. Rickard has

Notes on Jimmy Paredes, Brian Matusz and Chris Davis

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes said his left wrist feels much better, the plastic brace no longer worn, and he hopes to swing a bat within a week. Paredes would be taking dry swings instead of facing live pitching, but it’s a start. Up to this point, he’s only been cleared to swing with his right hand since an MRI didn’t reveal any broken bones

Orioles and Twins lineups for tonight’s split-squad game (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are sending out their regulars for tonight’s split-squad game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Adam Jones is batting second. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Pedro Alvarez is the designated hitter. Caleb Joseph is catching while Matt Wieters continues his recovery from right elbow soreness. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is leading off again today for the Orioles in their split-squad game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Rickard is in center field, with Nolan Reimold in left and Dariel Alvarez in right. Christian Walker is playing first base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard CF Nolan Reimold LF Christian Walker 1B Alfredo Marte DH Dariel Alvarez

Talking about Worley, Wright, Gausman, Schoop, Hardy, Walker, Beato and Britton

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have split-squad games today against two familiar spring opponents, playing the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. in Fort Myers and the Twins at 7:05 p.m. in Sarasota. Vance Worley and Mike Wright are starting for the Orioles. Worley is out of minor league options and especially needs results each time he toes the rubber. Worley tossed two scoreless innings on

Wrapping up a 9-3 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard hit his first spring home run this afternoon to cap the scoring in the Orioles’ 9-3 win over the Pirates. The kid also played a smooth center field after replacing Adam Jones. He really does look like a keeper. Hyun Soo Kim collected two hits and is now 5-for-34 this spring, with one walk and two hit

Schoop and Walker hit three-run homers, Gausman on outing (O’s roll 9-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 9, Pirates 3 Recap: Jonathan Schoop hit a game-tying three-run homer in the fifth and J.J. Hardy stroked a go-ahead RBI double in the sixth. Christian Walker hit his team-leading third home run, also giving him a team-high 11 RBIs. Kevin Gausman tossed three scoreless innings before Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Cole Figueroa lifted

Kevin Gausman update and notes on rotation and Pedro Alvarez (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t allow any runs in the first inning today for only the fifth time in 17 spring games. Kevin Gausman surrendered a two-out single to Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, but he retired Starling Marte on a line drive to third baseman Manny Machado. He threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes. Gregory Polanco worked Gausman for 10 pitches leading off

Notes on Wieters, Matusz, Britton and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews examined Matt Wieters’ MRI and concurred with team physicians who said there were no signs of structural damage. More good news for the Orioles, who held obvious concerns about Wieters after he exited Saturday’s game with right wrist soreness. Left-hander Brian Matusz could get into a game this weekend after being sidelined with a strained muscle in

Walker: “I’m in and committed to doing what the team needs me to do”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander T.J. McFarland is listed among the Orioles’ available relievers today. McFarland hasn’t pitched since leaving a March 6 game against the Red Sox with elbow discomfort. X-rays came back negative. Other relievers behind starter Kevin Gausman are Dylan Bundy, Pedro Beato and Oliver Drake. Pirates pitchers today include Arquimedes Caminero, Montana DuRapau, Dovydas Neverauskas and ... Josh Smith. One of these

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez has moved up to second in the order today as the Orioles face his former team, the Pirates, at 1:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. This is the fourth straight game for Alvarez, who’s serving as the designated hitter. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Mark Trumbo is in right. Caleb Joseph is catching today. Matt Wieters said

Thoughts on the rotation and Rickard

SARASOTA, Fla. - The assumptions that the Orioles’ five starters are set beyond determining the order have been shattered after yesterday’s game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Manager Buck Showalter delivered the quote heard ‘round the rotation when he told the media, “There’s some competition here that people haven’t grasped.” We get it now. Orioles starters have allowed first inning runs in 12 of

Matusz on his bullpen session and more from Wieters

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz indicated that his back responded favorably after yesterday’s bullpen session, his first since being shut down with a strained muscle in his lower back. “It was good,” he said. “I threw about 25 pitches and felt good.” Matusz has worked only one inning this spring, on March 2 against the Braves. He’s been eager to resume throwing, but also

Wieters: “Today’s better than yesterday and yesterday was better than the day before”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said he “couldn’t be more excited” about the results of yesterday’s MRI on his right elbow. The MRI didn’t show any structural damage to the elbow, which became sore after he made a throw to second base in the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Twins in Sarasota. “MRI results look great,” Wieters said this morning after

Christian Walker starting in left field today (with Jays lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Christian Walker is starting in left field for today’s game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin, a spot he could occupy this season at Triple-A Norfolk. Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that Walker could get some reps in the outfield, though it wasn’t known whether it would happen in camp. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is making another trip today. He’s batting third,

Jeff Beliveau: “As of right now, everything’s been going great”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Jeff Beliveau continues to make impressive strides in camp after undergoing labrum surgery in April. Beliveau, signed as a minor league free agent, has thrown live batting practice four times. He took only one day off after Saturday’s session before throwing in the bullpen yesterday. He previously had waited two days, but is recovering at a quicker pace. The Orioles haven’t

Orioles encouraged by MRI results on Wieters’ elbow (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles received good news on Matt Wieters’ MRI this morning. Manager Buck Showalter said the MRI didn’t reveal any structural damage in Wieters’ right elbow. Nothing that contradicted an earlier X-ray, according to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Leigh Ann Curl. “It looked good,” Showalter said following an 8-7 win over the Phillies. “Dr. Curl, she’s been with us a long time, said

Slow start for Gallardo (Machado and Jones homer, O’s win 8-7)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Phillies 7 Recap: Xavier Avery drew a bases-loaded walk off Daniel Stumpf in the eighth and Paul Janish stroked a two-out, two-run single on an 0-2 pitch to give the Orioles an 8-7 lead. Yovani Gallardo served up three home runs, two to Maikel Franco, in 2 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs and four hits, with two walks

Notes on Wieters MRI, morning roster cuts and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - There seems to be improvement in the condition of Matt Wieters’ right elbow, but the Orioles scheduled a 10 a.m. MRI for their catcher with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs. “He said he’s lost some of the soreness and the swelling is gone for the most part,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s gotten better every day. He felt better today than he

Caleb Joseph on Matt Wieters: “My heart dropped for him”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz will try to throw off a mound today in the next step in his recovery from a strained muscle in his lower back. Matusz has made only one appearance, allowing a run and two hits in one inning against the Braves on March 2. Matusz session comes one day after left-hander T.J. McFarland threw about 25 pitches in the

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez, who had an RBI double yesterday in his Orioles debut, is serving as the designated hitter this afternoon versus the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Ryan Flaherty is leading off and playing second base. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Nolan Reimold is in left. Caleb Joseph is catching in back to back games. For the Orioles Ryan Flaherty

Gallardo’s a popular figure among the other starters

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to make a bunch of roster cuts today. They didn’t send out anyone yesterday, which came as a bit of a surprise, but they should be active this morning and perhaps following the game. I’d expect Hunter Harvey to be reassigned to minor league camp. Not as a punishment after allowing five runs yesterday in one-third of an

McFarland ready to start pitching again

SARASOTA, Fla. - T.J. McFarland threw about 25 pitches in his bullpen session this morning and said his left elbow felt good. “Threw a good side and no problems. Everything was good, coming out all right,” he said. “Tomorrow, we’ll reassess it. I’m not anticipating any problems, but tomorrow they’ll reassess it in the morning and we’ll go from there. I think I feel good

Wieters on elbow: “Nothing too bad, but definitely a little sore”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters said this morning that his right elbow is “a little stiff, a little sore” and he can’t give a timetable on his return to the lineup. Wieters was removed for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the first inning of yesterday’s game against the Twins due to discomfort in the elbow. He had X-rays that came back normal. “Nothing

A few morning notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Matt Wieters’ right elbow is a little better this morning. Wieters was examined by team physicians. He didn’t appear at his locker during the hour that the media was allowed inside the clubhouse. Wieters left yesterday’s game after the top of the first inning with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow. He wasn’t scheduled to make the

Orioles lineup today includes Pedro Alvarez

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez makes his Orioles debut this afternoon, batting cleanup and playing first base against the Twins in Fort Myers. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Jonathan Schoop is at second base. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. Matt Wieters wasn’t scheduled to make the trip, and he’s out indefinitely after leaving yesterday’s game with a sore right elbow. For

Orioles and Twins meet up again today

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing the Twins again today. It’s getting stalkerish. This is the fourth game between the teams in 13 days and they’re going to meet again March 17 and 22. The back-to-back games are coming against the same team that the Orioles will face to open the season, beginning on April 4 at Camden Yards. It’s a bit strange, not

Showalter provides updates on Wieters and roster cuts following 8-1 win (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - X-rays taken this afternoon on Matt Wieters’ right elbow didn’t raise any concerns among the Orioles, according to manager Buck Showalter, who met with the media following an 8-1 victory over the Twins. The Orioles no longer are winless in the Grapefruit League, but all of the attention fell upon Wieters, who left for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the first

Game update and Ubaldo Jimenez on today’s outing (O’s win 8-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Twins 1 Recap: The Orioles won their first game and are 1-10-2, but Matt Wieters left after the top of the first inning with right elbow soreness. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings, with one walk and two strikeouts. Manny Machado had two doubles, an RBI and a run scored through two innings.

Matt Wieters leaves game with right elbow soreness

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters came out of today’s game against the Twins with right elbow soreness. The Orioles made the announcement a few minutes ago. We’ll learn more about the severity of it after the final out. Henry Urrutia pinch-hit for Wieters in the bottom of the first inning. Wieters stayed in the dugout until the completion of the top of the second and

Matt Wieters leaves game in first inning (O’s lead 4-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters was removed for a pinch-hitter today in the bottom of the first inning and we’re waiting for the Orioles to provide an explanation. Wieters caught the top half of the inning and made a throw to second base that sailed as Eduardo Nunez slid in safely. Henry Urrutia pinch-hit for Wieters after Mark Trumbo’s two-run single gave the Orioles

Hearing from Buck Showalter before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Still no word on the next round of cuts as we wait for first pitch. “We’ll have some more between now and the end of the day,” manager Buck Showalter said during batting practice. “Do some at lunch, maybe some after the game. Hopefully, by the end of Sunday I think we’ll have a lot of those out of the way.” Caleb

Pedro Alvarez making Orioles debut on Sunday (and more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez will make his Orioles debut on Sunday against the Twins in Fort Myers. His one-year deal included a pair of gray pants. Alvarez took batting practice on the main field and got in some extra swings while Jeff Beliveau threw live batting practice on a back field. Earlier in the day, Alvarez and Chris Davis shared first base and performed

Notes on Joseph, McFarland, Tillman and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Caleb Joseph is back in the clubhouse this morning after experiencing flu-like symptoms that swept through his spring training home. Joseph wasn’t on yesterday’s trip to Tampa due to his illness. “They wanted me to come in today because I’m feeling more normal,” he said. “Yesterday, I probably could have come in, but still kind of speculating in terms of contagiousness. It

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (plus notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim isn’t in today’s lineup, as the Orioles host the Twins at 1:05 p.m. Nolan Reimold is in left field and leading off. Mark Trumbo is in right field and Alfredo Marte is serving as the designated hitter. It’s another workout day for Pedro Alvarez. The Orioles didn’t announce any cuts, but left-handers Cesar Cabral and Andy Oliver no longer

Pedro Alvarez and the “brotherhood” on the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will load up on the roster cuts today after putting it off again last night. They need to whittle down the pitching to a more manageable number. Meanwhile, I’m trying to learn more about Pedro Alvarez as he shows up each morning at the complex. He wasn’t sitting at his locker yesterday morning during the one hour that the doors

Caleb Joseph out sick again today (and other postgame notes)

TAMPA - The first round of cuts for the Orioles are coming later today. They’ll probably arrive while the beat crew is back on the road after the Orioles’ 7-1 loss to the Yankees. The cuts will continue through Sunday. “It’s a pretty good number,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Same (list) I’ve been carrying around for three or four days. “The innings are going away

Mike Wright: “As far as I’m concerned, I felt pretty positive” (O’s lose 7-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Yankees 7, Orioles 1 Recap: Mike Wright was charged with five runs in 2 2/3 innings, the last two scoring after he left the game. Mitch Horacek allowed two inherited runners to score and two of his own without retiring a batter. Odrisamer Despaigne threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Mychal Givens threw two scoreless innings. Christian Walker’s

Orioles sign Julio Borbon to minor league deal (Wright update)

TAMPA - The Orioles have re-signed outfielder Julio Borbon to a minor league deal. He’s expected to report tonight to Twin Lakes Park. The contract doesn’t include an invitation to spring training. Borbon, 30, has spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Norfolk. He batted .269/.299/.321 in 114 games last season and occasionally was praised by Orioles manager Buck Showalter for his defensive excellence, though

A few morning notes

TAMPA - Pedro Alvarez was working out early today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex while his new teammates filed into the clubhouse. Alvarez was on the half-field, named after Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, at 7:42 a.m. He carried an equipment bag and one of his bats. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson met up with Alvarez, who later was joined by infield instructor

Orioles and Yankees lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim, fresh off his first hit and RBI yesterday, is in left field today for the Orioles’ game against the Yankees in Tampa. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is leading off and playing center field. Nolan Reimold is in right field and Christian Walker is playing first base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard CF Ryan Flaherty 2B Nolan Reimold RF

Francisco Pena trying to get it right

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first round of cuts are coming today unless there’s an unexpected change in plans. Barring an injury, the Orioles will go north with catchers Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph. They currently have six catchers in camp, including Francisco Pena, Audry Perez, Chance Sisco and Jonah Heim. Pena will take an interesting story with him whenever the Orioles decide to option him

Wrapping up a 4-4 tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to make their first round of cuts on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter has a list prepared. “It’s coming shortly,” he said. “Not today. We’ve got too many people going in different directions. So that leaves tomorrow, right? “I’m ready. Been ready.” Today’s game ended in a 4-4 tie after nine innings. The Yankees ran out of pitchers, preventing

Showalter on Alvarez: “He’s a good fit for us” (O’s, Yankees tie 4-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Yankees 4 Recap: Adam Jones hit his first spring home run, an opposite-field shot in the first inning. Hyun Soo Kim was hit by a Kyle Haynes pitch in the fourth, the first time he reached base in 23 plate appearances. He reached on an RBI infield single with the bases loaded in the seventh, making him 1-for-24. Steve

Notes on Tillman’s start, Alvarez’s press conference and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman felt good physically today after his B game start, his right hip no longer sore. Brian Matusz should start throwing Sunday or Monday, his back no longer hurting. T.J. McFarland could start throwing before Matusz, his elbow no longer swollen. Ozzie Martinez could start playing soon, his neck no longer aching. Pedro Alvarez could make his Orioles debut on Sunday

Updating Tillman and Gausman in the B game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman threw 30 pitches in two innings today in his spring debut against the Pirates in a B game on the Camden Yards replica field. Nineteen were strikes. Tillman struck out two batters and stayed on the mound after recording three outs in the second. Reese McGuire singled off him, but was thrown out by left fielder Alfredo Marte trying to

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing a doubleheader of sorts today with their B game at 10 a.m. and a Grapefruit League game at 1:05 p.m, the latter airing on MASN. The lineup for the main game includes Mark Trumbo in right field and Hyun Soo Kim serving as the designated hitter. L.J. Hoes is playing left field. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B

Orioles sign Pedro Alvarez and release Andrew Triggs (with B game lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ deal with Pedro Alvarez became official today. He passed his physical, signed his contract and is expected on the field for workouts. Alvarez agreed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $5.75 million. It includes incentives that potentially could add another $1.25 million. Unable to secure another right fielder for their lineup, the Orioles intensified their pursuit of Alvarez as

Hardy on his shoulder: “I’ve been swinging as hard as I can and I haven’t felt it at all”

SARASOTA, Fla. - It should be a busy Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles are playing a 10 a.m. B game against the Pirates on Field 4, also known as the Camden Yards replica field. Chris Tillman will make his first spring start and go two innings if he keeps his pitch count under control. Kevin Gausman could be stretched to three

Wrapping up an 8-4 loss (updated)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles are winless and Hyun Soo Kim is hitless. Now you’re caught up. The Phillies defeated the Orioles today 8-4 at Bright House Field. Manny Machado and Xavier Avery homered. Avery and Jonathan Schoop had two hits. Caleb Joseph threw out three runners attempting to steal. Yovani Gallardo and Vance Worley each gave up three runs in two innings, but Zach

Gallardo: “I think the guys in this clubhouse, they’ve made it easy for me” (O’s lose 8-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Phillies 8, Orioles 4 Recap: Yovani Gallardo allowed three runs and four hits in his first inning with the Orioles before retiring the Phillies in order in the second. Manny Machado hit a long two-run homer in the third after Xavier Avery singled. Zach Britton retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the third. Vance Worley allowed three runs

Gallardo update and more notes (O’s down 3-2)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo’s first inning with the Orioles this spring didn’t go as planned, unless it’s mostly about getting in his work. It’s mostly about getting in his work. Gallardo allowed three runs and four hits to the Phillies at Bright House Field. He threw 23 pitches, 14 for strikes. Gallardo will return for the second inning before the Orioles go to their

Pedro Alvarez taking physical today (plus pitching notes)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Pedro Alvarez is taking his physical this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex while the Orioles are in Clearwater to play the Phillies. As I’ve written, the club is home on Thursday and could set up a press conference if the results come back and there are no issues. Otherwise, they’re in Tampa on Friday to play the Yankees and home

Orioles and Phillies lineups (and McFarland update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yovani Gallardo makes his Orioles debut this afternoon against the Phillies in Clearwater. Manny Machado is leading off and playing third base, followed by Jonathan Schoop at second base. Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold also are on the trip. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Hyun Soo Kim

More thoughts on Pedro Alvarez and his impact on the roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Why did it take so long for a team to sign Pedro Alvarez? Concerns about his defense limited his market to American League suitors. There’s been talk that his agent, Scott Boras, pushed for assurances that Alvarez would play half of his games in the field. Money usually is a factor, though Dexter Fowler and Austin Jackson would like a minute for

Wrapping up a 5-1 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed their remaining non-arbitration eligible players to 2016 contracts. Everyone on the 40-man roster is under contract, a list that includes pitchers Parker Bridwell, Odrisamer Despaigne, Oliver Drake, Jason Garcia, Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens, Chaz Roe, Andrew Triggs, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, Chris Jones, Chris Lee and T.J. McFarland; catchers Caleb Joseph and Francisco Pena; infielders Jimmy Paredes, Jonathan

Miguel Gonzalez shows improvement in second start (O’s lose 5-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 5, Orioles 1 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and three hits in 2 2/3 innings before reaching his pitch limit. Brock Holt, the second batter of the game, homered off Gonzalez. Darren O’Day gave up one run in the fourth after Boston loaded the bases with no outs. Nolan Reimold doubled to lead off the bottom of the

More morning notes before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t comment this morning on Pedro Alvarez reaching agreement last night on a one-year deal. The move was referenced, the addition of a left-handed power bat implied, but nothing more. “You know, as we’ve been down this road a few times, let the process run its course,” he said. “Then, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about

Player reaction to Pedro Alvarez

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty couldn’t resist, but he sure tried. Flaherty was asked earlier today about the Orioles reaching agreement with Pedro Alvarez, his close friend and former Vanderbilt teammate. He immediately shot a glance toward Adam Jones, a clear reference to the Dexter Fowler debacle. The Orioles thought they had an agreement with Fowler, who spoke to Jones on the phone and expressed

X-rays on McFarland’s elbow come back clean (and other injury updates)

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been a busy morning for the media at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Injuries needed updating and players were asked for their reactions to the Orioles’ agreement with Pedro Alvarez on a one-year, $5.75 million contract. Reliever T.J. McFarland said the X-rays on his left elbow came back clean and he feels great this morning. He isn’t sure when he’s going

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is in left field today and Mark Trumbo is in right for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium, which will air live on MASN. Nolan Reimold is leading off and serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold DH Manny Machado 3B Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF

Two years removed from cancer diagnosis, Don Werner embraces each birthday

SARASOTA, Fla. - Don Werner is celebrating his 63rd birthday today and it’s unfortunate if the name brings little or no recognition to fans. He’s a valued behind-the-scenes member of the Orioles organization, a roving catching instructor also known for his skills at throwing batting practice. He’s a former major leaguer who’s highly respected in the industry. But he’s something much more important. Don Werner

Sources: Orioles agree to terms with Pedro Alvarez on one-year deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - Failing to secure a new right fielder in spring training, the Orioles decided to go after another home run bat. The club has agreed to terms with Pedro Alvarez on a one-year deal, multiple sources confirmed tonight. Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune was first with the news. Alvarez will receive $5.75 million, plus another $1.25 million in incentives, per Jon

Wrapping up a 3-0 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles put two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning today on singles by Ryan Flaherty and Dariel Alvarez, but Paul Janish grounded into a double play to give the Twins a 3-0 victory at Ed Smith Stadium. The winless streak has reached eight games. Flaherty, who entered as a pinch-runner and played third base and second base,

Ubaldo Jimenez goes three scoreless against the Twins (O’s lose 3-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 3, Orioles 0 Recap: Nice recovery for Ubaldo Jimenez, who followed a poor debut with three scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out three. Hunter Harvey allowed a run in 1 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one. Andrew Triggs had a walk and strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Mychal Givens allowed a

Showalter on Matusz: “I think he’ll rejoin us here before long”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are waiting for the results of X-rays taken on reliever T.J. McFarland’s left elbow. They’re hopeful that he’s dealing with a minor muscle issue instead of anything related to a ligament. Reliever Brian Matusz played catch yesterday and didn’t report any discomfort in his lower back. “He’s coming along,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I think he’s going to be sooner

Hearing from T.J. McFarland and Dylan Bundy before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - T.J. McFarland sounded confident this morning that X-rays taken later today on his left elbow won’t reveal a serious injury. The Orioles reliever came out of yesterday’s game against the Red Sox after 1 1/3 innings due to discomfort in the elbow. He was charged with two runs and four hits, and he walked two batters. “Until I really know anything, I

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (with McFarland update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is playing first base today and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter for todays’ game against the Twins. Henry Urrutia is in right field. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis DH Mark Trumbo 1B Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Hyun Soo Kim LF Jonathan Schoop 2B Henry Urrutia RF Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

Today’s health checklist and notes on Bundy, Flaherty and the outfield

SARASOTA, Fla. - While planning my day leading up to a 1:05 p.m. home game against the Twins, I’ve made notations about checking on T.J. McFarland’s left elbow and Ozzie Martinez’s head. The Orioles aren’t expected to know more about Jimmy Paredes’ left wrist until Wednesday, but I can’t ignore it. It’s doubtful that anything has changed with Brian Matusz’s strained serratus muscle in his

McFarland also an injury concern today in 8-7 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Reliever T.J. McFarland exited today’s game with tenderness in his left elbow, manager Buck Showalter revealed after the Orioles’ 8-7 loss to the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. McFarland came out a few pitches earlier than planned after allowing two runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings. He also walked two batters. “Mac had a little tender elbow there at

Ozzie Martinez leaves game with injury

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles are losing again today and another player came off the field with an injury. Double-A shortstop Ozzie Martinez collided with second baseman Garabez Rosa while trying to field a bouncer from the Red Sox’s Travis Shaw in the bottom of the sixth inning. Martinez ranged beyond the bag and appeared to get hit in the head by Rosa’s elbow.

Mike Wright talks about his second exhibition start (O’s lose 8-7)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 8, Orioles 7 Recap: Mike Wright allowed two runs and four hits in two innings. Christian Walker had a two-run double in the first off Clay Buchholz and L.J. Hoes followed with an RBI single. Reimold walked with the bases loaded in the second after Jorge Marban replaced Buchholz. Oliver Drake pitched a scoreless third, but T.J. McFarland gave

Game update and notes on Tillman, Wilson, Beliveau, Paredes and Rickard

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Christian Walker delivered a two-out, two-run double today in the top of the first inning and L.J. Hoes followed with an RBI single. The Orioles are jumping on Clay Buchholz early, tagging him with three unearned runs. Ryan Flaherty walked with one out, Nolan Reimold reached on an error and they executed a double steal. Hyun Soo Kim struck out on

A few pitching notes before today’s game

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles are taking batting practice back in Sarasota this morning after playing a night game. The bus is far behind the beat writers who drove to JetBlue Park. Mike Wright is starting today, and other pitchers on the trip include Dylan Bundy, Brad Brach, T.J. McFarland, Chaz Roe, Oliver Drake, Chris Jones, Andy Oliver, Joe Gunkel and David Hess. Reserves

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim makes another start in left field today, searching for his first hit as the Orioles play the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Kim is 0-for-13 in Grapefruit League games. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is starting in center field. Nolan Reimold, in his first road game, will serve as the designated hitter. For the Orioles Joey Rickard CF Ryan

Andrew Triggs waiting for his next chance to impress

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles hit the road again today, returning to Fort Myers to face the Red Sox, before playing back-to-back home games. They can’t seem to get enough of I-75. Mike Wright will make his second spring start after holding the Braves to one hit over two scoreless innings in Lake Buena Vista. Andrew Triggs will return to the mound in a few

Wrapping up a 10-6 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles were outscored 23-8 today while losing both split-squad games to the Twins in Fort Myers and the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Now comes the glass that’s half full. “The guys that look like they’ve got a chance to be on our club are pitching well. That’s good to see,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Zach (Britton) threw the ball well

Game update and comments from Kevin Gausman (O’s lose 10-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 10, Orioles 6 Recap: Kevin Gausman allowed one hit and struck out three batters in two scoreless innings. He threw 20 of 31 pitches for strikes. Todd Redmond was charged with four runs and Jon Keller with three. Zach Britton, pitching the seventh, allowed one run and three hits. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard had two doubles, an RBI and

Notes on Nolan Reimold and Parker Bridwell before tonight’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold sat at his locker this afternoon, a cup of coffee in his hand and a few members of the Orioles beat crew gauging his excitement over starting in right field for the split-squad game against the Rays. It barely registered. The low-key personality didn’t change, even with his first spring appearance in the outfield. Manager Buck Showalter has chosen to

Brian Matusz on lower-back injury (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - If the doctors are correct in their estimations, Orioles reliever Brian Matusz should be able to resume full activities within one to two weeks following an MRI on his lower back. Matusz has been diagnosed with a strained serratus muscle, an area located on the lower right side of his back. Full activity is defined as “being able to get back on

Orioles and Rays lineups for tonight’s split-squad game in Sarasota (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold makes his outfield debut tonight in a split-squad game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Reimold is starting in right field and Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter. Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is playing left field while Hyun Soo Kim starts against the Twins in Fort Myers. Kevin Gausman is on the mound for the Orioles,

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is on the road again today, starting in left field in a split-squad game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Byung Ho Park, also from South Korea, is serving as the Twins designated hitter this afternoon. They haven’t faced each other since the KBO playoffs in October. Kim is hitless in nine at-bats this spring. He’s starting for the

Despaigne gets second chance to make an impression

SARASOTA, Fla. - There’s no doubt that Ubaldo Jimenez would like a do-over after his first exhibition start on Wednesday, but what about Odrisamer Despaigne? Almost forgotten is how Despaigne followed Jimenez to the mound and allowed three inherited runners to score and two of his own in a 11-4 loss to the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium. Despaigne was charged with two runs and

Wrapping up a 4-3 loss (updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - My rental SUV got a flat tire in Clearwater, causing me to arrive here less than an hour before first pitch, I’m headed to the airport to exchange vehicles and express my disappointment with the agency. Before I pack up, I’ll pass along some comments from manager Buck Showalter following the Orioles’ 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays, which lowered their exhibition

Game update and Vance Worley on today’s outing (Orioles lose 4-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3 Recap: Mark Trumbo singled and homered in his first two at-bats as the designated hitter. Vance Worley tossed two scoreless innings, with one walk and one strikeout. Andrew Triggs allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings, including solo homers by Russell Martin, Justin Smoak and Dalton Pompey in the fourth. Oliver Drake retired all three batters

Injury, pitching and game updates

DUNEDIN, Fla. - An MRI on Jimmy Paredes’ left wrist this morning revealed a bone bruise. He’ll continue to wear a plastic cast for an undetermined length of time. Manager Buck Showalter said it will “be a while” before Paredes is cleared to play. “He’s real sore,” Showalter said. Asked whether Paredes is done for the spring, Showalter replied, “I wouldn’t say that yet.” Showalter

Jimmy Paredes on his wrist injury (plus Blue Jays lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes tried to force a smile this morning while talking to reporters at his locker, but the disappointment over his latest injury kept pushing to the surface. Paredes began last season on the disabled list with a strained lower back, and now he’s wearing a plastic cast on his left hand today after spraining his wrist. An X-ray taken last night

Paredes update and today’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The X-ray on Jimmy Paredes’ left wrist last night confirmed that he suffered a sprain after attempting a diving catch in the second inning in Port Charlotte. Paredes is wearing a plastic cast on his hand and said he’s unsure how long he’ll be sidelined. Jonathan Schoop is starting at second base for the Orioles in today’s game against the Blue Jays

A few thoughts on Jimmy Paredes and Brian Matusz

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will send another batch of reserves and minor leaguers on the road today with their 1:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Only the short straws board the bus. Hyun Soo Kim will stay back for the first time, challenging manager Buck Showalter to come up with enough “starters” to satisfy the league office. Meanwhile, is it really

Injury updates and wrapping up a 10-3 loss

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Jimmy Paredes sprained his left wrist today while diving for a fly ball from Logan Forsythe in the second inning that fell for a double. He’s scheduled for X-rays later tonight. Reliever Brian Matusz underwent an MRI on his lower back and the Orioles are waiting for a team physician to examine the results. Manager Buck Showalter didn’t provide much information

Game update and comments from Miguel Gonzalez (Orioles fall 10-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 10, Orioles 3 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez was charged with seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. He threw 37 pitches, 27 for strikes. Chaz Roe allowed a run in the third inning and Brandon Guyer homered on Dylan Bundy’s first pitch. The Orioles scored two unearned runs off Dana Eveland in the sixth on two errors and Christian Walker’s sac fly.

Gonzalez battered, Paredes bruised as Orioles fall behind 7-0

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez made it through the first inning today, but he returned to the dugout with his pitch count at 24 and the Orioles losing 3-0. He was done with one out in the second, the Orioles behind 6-0 and Jimmy Paredes injured after attempting a diving catch. It hasn’t been a good day. Dariel Alvarez replaced Paredes, who couldn’t come

Brian Matusz to undergo MRI on back

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will undergo an MRI on his lower back this afternoon, leaving his status in doubt as the club proceeds through its Grapefruit League schedule. Matusz told manager Buck Showalter that he felt tightness in his back during yesterday’s game against the Braves in Sarasota. Matusz served up a home run to Mallex Smith and a double to

Pitching notes and another Chris Tillman update

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Tyler Wilson is the Orioles’ confirmed starter for Saturday’s split-squad game against the Twins in Fort Myers. The Twins are sending Ervin Santana to the mound. Kevin Gausman will oppose the Rays’ Drew Smyly in the night game at Ed Smith Stadium. As for today’s game in Port Charlotte, the Orioles also brought Trey Mancini, Ozzie Martinez, Dariel Alvarez, Xavier Avery

Orioles and Rays lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard is starting in center field this afternoon, as the Orioles travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays. Jimmy Paredes is in right field after getting a few innings at third base yesterday. Ryan Flaherty is leading off again after collecting two hits, including a home run, from atop

Today’s game and yesterday’s leftovers

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on the road again this morning, making their first visit to Port Charlotte to play the Rays. Miguel Gonzalez will work two innings if, of course, his pitch count allows it. Mike Wright went two innings on Tuesday. Ubaldo Jimenez retired one batter yesterday. The Rays are sending Erasmo Ramirez to the mound. He’s 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA

Wrapping up an 11-4 loss to the Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hyun Soo Kim likely will make the trip to Port Charlotte on Thursday before getting a day off. Kim will play three straight days to open the Grapefruit League schedule. Kim has gone 0-for-6 against the Braves. Perhaps he’ll have better luck versus the Rays. As for Ubaldo Jimenez’s abbreviated outing today, Showalter didn’t offer the slightest

Ubaldo Jimenez: “It wasn’t pretty, but I felt good being on the mound” (O’s lose 11-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Braves 11, Orioles 4 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez recorded only one out in the first and was charged with six runs, three scoring after Odisamer Despaigne replaced him. He allowed three hits and walked three batters. Despaigne was charged with a second run in the second inning on Nate Freiman’s RBI single. Chris Davis led off the second with a home run

Ubaldo Jimenez makes an early exit

SARASOTA, Fla. - If baseball allowed a mulligan, Ubaldo Jimenez wouldn’t just take it. He’d squeeze the stuffing out of it. Jimenez faced seven Braves today and retired only one, as the Orioles fell behind 7-0 in the first inning. Six runs were charged to Jimenez, the last three scoring after Odrisamer Despaigne replaced him with the bases loaded and one out. Braves leadoff hitter

Showalter on Tillman, Reimold, Trumbo, Perez and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman worked out this morning after receiving a cortisone injection yesterday in his left hip. Manager Buck Showalter said Tillman continues to feel good and is expected to start on March 9 or 10. “That injection, a lot of times you have to take a day or two after,” Showalter said. “This is like where you’re looking at a monitor and

Pitching notes and Braves lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are performing some early drills on the Ed Smith Stadium field before taking batting practice. Ubaldo Jimenez is starting today’s home opener. Didn’t he make most of his starts on the road last spring? Other pitchers listed for the Orioles include Zach Britton, Odrisamer Despaigne, Mychal Givens, Brian Matusz, Andy Oliver, Todd Redmond and Dale Thayer. Miguel Gonzalez opposes the

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is in right field and Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter today for the Orioles’ home exhibition opener against the Braves. Hyun Soo Kim gets another start in left field and is batting second. J.J. Hardy is batting eighth and Jonathan Schoop ninth. For the Orioles Manny Machado 3B Hyun Soo Kim LF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis

Orioles set to play first home exhibition game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Now comes the home portion of the exhibition schedule. And it’s the Braves’ turn to make the two-hour drive from Disney. Ask them later if it’s really a small world after all. Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound for the Orioles and could go two innings if his pitch count allows it. Mike Wright threw 27 yesterday, but only eight in the second.

Wrapping up a 4-4 10-inning tie

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ first exhibition game is in the books and it goes down as a 4-4 tie in 10 innings. Free baseball on the first day. What more could you want? Hyun Soo Kim hoped for a better debut. He went 0-for-3 in five innings and made one play in the field, catching A.J. Pierzynski’s line drive with two runners

Hearing from Ryan Flaherty, Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson (O’s, Braves end in 4-4 tie)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Braves 4 Recap: Mike Wright allowed one hit and struck out two batters over two scoreless innings. He threw 20 of 27 pitches for strikes. Tyler Wilson allowed two hits and struck out a batter in a scoreless third. Christian Walker hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly. Ryan Flaherty singled and homered to left field. Chris

Updating Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson in today’s exhibition opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Mike Wright worked two scoreless innings this afternoon in the Orioles’ exhibition opener against the Braves. He allowed a Freddie Freeman double in the first and struck out two batters, including former Oriole Nick Markakis. Wright’s fastball was clocked at 94-96 mph. He threw 19 pitches in the first inning, 13 for strikes, and eight pitches in the second, seven

Tillman to receive cortisone injection in hip as precaution

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will receive a precautionary cortisone injection in his left hip this afternoon following his morning bullpen session. Tillman didn’t have any discomfort in the hip and manager Buck Showalter was pleased with the results. Showalter stayed back in camp to watch the bullpen sessions, which also included Yovani Gallardo. “Chris was good and Gallardo was good,”

A few notes before today’s exhibition opener

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Orioles are taking batting practice at Champion Stadium, which is near the happiest place on earth. The sun is scorching and its long reach extends into the press box, where applying sunscreen is advised before filing the next blog entry. Mike Wright is starting for the Orioles, who also brought Tyler Wilson, Pedro Beato, Chris Lee, Parker Bridwell, Chris

Tillman throwing off mound today (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman said he’s going to throw off a mound today to test his hip, which continues to feel better after discomfort forced him to miss Sunday’s intrasquad game. “It’s good, better,” Tillman said. “I haven’t really missed much other than PFPs and team defense. I’m going to go out and throw, get off the mound and see how it feels, if

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim is in today’s lineup for the Orioles as they open their exhibition schedule against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. Kim is starting in left field and batting fifth. The Cuban connection, Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia, join Kim in the outfield, providing a nice international flavor to the game. Ryan Flaherty is leading off and playing

Christian Walker talks about playing the outfield

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing their first exhibition game today while also subjected to their longest bus ride. They’re not going to Jupiter this spring, but they’re kicking off the Grapefruit League schedule with a trip to Lake Buena Vista. That’s no bueno. The Braves are waiting for them, including former Orioles Nick Markakis, Bud Norris, Jim Johnson, Ryan Lavarnway and Kelly Johnson.

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