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Orioles and Tides lineups

The Orioles made it to Norfolk this afternoon, waited out the rain and appear set to play their exhibition game against the Triple-A Tides. Seth Smith is leading off and playing right field, with Norfolk sending right-hander Brandon Barker to the mound. We were told yesterday the opposing starter would be Joe Gunkel or Zach Stewart, but Barker is taking the ball. Adam Jones is

Orioles sign Ryan Ripken

TAMPA - The Orioles are breaking camp later today, but they’re not done making roster moves. The club announced that it signed infielder Ryan Ripken, son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., to a contract with short-season Single-A Aberdeen - which is owned by his father. He’ll report to extended spring training in Sarasota to prepare for his new assignment. This is a reunion

Getting closer to opening day roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles must set their opening day roster shortly before Sunday’s workout at Camden Yards. And then hit the reset button on April 9. And hit it again on April 15. If the lineup hits like this, they’re going to lead the league in runs scored. The Orioles will need to activate Wade Miley from the disabled list on the 9th and

Roster moves and wrapping up the final day of camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles closed the Grapefruit League portion of their exhibition schedule with a 7-3 loss to the Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium, leaving them with a 16-14-2 record that holds little significance. What counts are the current and pending roster moves. Wade Miley goes on the disabled list, but he still can make the April 9 start on the day that he’s

Miley headed to DL, Mancini and Rickard make team

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will put left-hander Wade Miley on the 10-day disabled list and break camp with three starting pitchers. The plan calls for the Orioles to carry eight relievers. Tyler Wilson and Vidal Nuño are part of the group for the moment, though manager Buck Showalter warned again about the possibility of a waiver claim. Miley, limited to 13 innings this spring

Bundy allows three home runs in six innings (O’s lose 7-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Tigers 7, Orioles 3 Recap: Dylan Bundy became the first Orioles pitcher to go six innings this spring, but he allowed five runs and six hits ... Omar Infante had a wind-blown solo home run in the first, Tyler Collins hit a two-run homer to center field in the third and James McCann homered to lead off the fourth ... Chris

Roster intrigue attaches itself to O’s on final camp day (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anyone seeking clarity on the Orioles’ opening day roster may have to wait until Sunday’s workout at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter likes to use the “moving parts” analogy and it really applies in the final days of spring training. The Orioles could put Wade Miley on the disabled list and carry three starters until the veteran left-hander is needed on April

Time change and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced a time change for their May 20 game against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. The game has been moved from 4:05 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MASN2. This is the same day as The Preakness. All fans in attendance will receive Orioles Maryland script replica jerseys featuring the state flag. Players and coaches

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones is back in the Orioles lineup today for the first time since returning from the World Baseball Classic. He’s batting second for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Tigers that closes out the Grapefruit League schedule. Manny Machado is starting at third base after being spared yesterday’s trip to Port Charlotte. Joey Rickard is leading off against Tigers left-hander Matt

Rickard waiting for confirmation on roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - We wake up this morning with the Orioles’ camp roster still technically at 38 players. There could be lots of cuts coming over the weekend, though more moves are possible today as the Orioles close out their Grapefruit League schedule with an afternoon game against the Tigers in Sarasota. The Orioles fly out on Friday morning, bound for Norfolk despite rain in

Wrapping up a 15-6 loss (Tavárez on waivers)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter sensed that it was time to go home, and he knew it long before his team stumbled to a 15-6 loss to the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. It got ugly in the sixth inning, when the Rays sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs off minor leaguers Jefri Hernandez and Brian Moran. A

Orioles down big, Gausman on his outing (O’s lose 15-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 15, Orioles 6 Recap: Kevin Gausman was wild today, walking four batters and throwing two wild pitches in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) and two hits, and he struck out five ... Zach Britton worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with two hits, two walks and one strikeout ... Hyun Soo Kim hit his first spring home

Gausman on the wild side in last spring start

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles gladly will accept having closer Zach Britton replace starter Kevin Gausman in games this season. Just not in the fourth inning. Gausman threw 75 pitches today in 3 2/3 innings, 41 for strikes, before exiting with the score tied 2-2. One run was unearned after Chris Dickerson’s dropped fly ball in the third. Gausman allowed two hits, walked four

Irons in the fire, Tillman’s schedule, Asher’s debut and more

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said again today that executive vice president Dan Duquette has lots of “irons in the fire.” He’s checking the waiver wire and it’s possible that someone else could be claimed before opening day. “The tiebreaker is going to be the people who are here that we know and we know what we’re getting,” Showalter said. The trick

Orioles re-sign Chris Johnson, plus Roger McDowell on pitchers

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles re-signed infielder Chris Johnson this morning and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk. The move comes two days after he was released. Johnson will play for his father, Tides manager Ron Johnson, now that he’s agreed to a restructured deal. He’s primarily a third baseman but also can move across the infield. Johnson batted .269 (18-for-67) with six doubles, three

Alec Asher on trade: “You never think it’s going to be you”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy will start Thursday against the Tigers in the last Grapefruit League game, followed by Vidal Nuño and Darren O’Day in relief. No starter is listed for Friday’s exhibition game at Triple-A Norfolk, which is threatened by rain. Alec Asher spoke to the media in front of his locker this morning after meeting with manager Buck Showalter, still unsure of his

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles make their final Grapefruit League road trip today by sending Kevin Gausman to the mound to face the Rays in Port Charlotte. This is Gausman’s final start before his opening day assignment at Camden Yards. Seth Smith is leading off, and other regulars include J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Mark Trumbo, Hyun Soo Kim, Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo. Zach Britton,

Notes on Johnson, Bourn, Crichton, Drake, steals, Mancini, more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are expected to re-sign infielder Chris Johnson to another minor league deal, perhaps as early as today, after releasing him on Monday. It’s complicated contract stuff, the restructuring of a deal. Johnson still is projected to play third base at Triple-A Norfolk, and he also can move across the infield. Outfielder Michael Bourn also figures to come back after requesting

Wrapping up a 5-4 win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Stefan Crichton picked up his fourth spring save today, as the Orioles defeated the Braves 5-4. Outfielder Austin Hays, a third-round pick last year, recorded the game-winning RBI with an infield hit in the ninth inning that scored Adrian Marin. The ball ricocheted off first base. Marin tagged and took third base on Cedric Mullins’ fly ball to shallow right

Orioles acquire pitcher Alec Asher from Phillies (O’s win 5-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Braves 4 Recap: Wade Miley allowed one run and five hits in four innings, with one walk and four strikeouts. ... Ryan Flaherty gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second with a two-out triple that scored Caleb Joseph, who singled. ... Pedro Álvarez delivered a two-run single in the third off left-hander Jaime García. ... Cedric Mullins,

Miley gives Orioles the required four innings (O’s lead 4-1)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Wade Miley needed to show the Orioles today that he could do more than get outs. He had to stay strong while doing it. Stamina was an important element of Miley’s start, a prolonged scuffle with the flu leaving him weak. He made it through the fourth, striking out two in his last inning while retiring the side and leaving

Notes on Janish, Johnson, Bourn, Tillman, Miley and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Orioles will reassign infielder Paul Janish and reduce their camp roster to 36 players. He’s in today’s lineup at shortstop. Janish is 9-for-44 with two doubles and a home run. He’s going to play shortstop at Triple-A Norfolk, though he also can move to third and second base. The Orioles could re-sign infielder Chris Johnson and outfielder Michael Bourn

Gausman’s next start (Mike Wright optioned)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -The Orioles optioned pitcher Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk before today’s game against the Braves. With this move, the Orioles have 37 players left in camp. Wright still could be the fifth starter on April 15. Manager Buck Showalter will remind the media that optioned pitchers remain in the running. Wright allowed nine earned runs (11 total) and 17 hits four

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are sending left-handed hitters Hyun Soo Kim, Pedro Álvarez and Ryan Flaherty to Lake Buena Vista for this afternoon’s game against the Braves, who are listing southpaw Jaime Garcia as their starter. Alvarez is the designated hitter, with Craig Gentry in right field. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing center field and Trey Mancini is at first base. Caleb

More roster talk as Orioles near end of camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Six more days until the Orioles begin their 2017 season against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Not that anyone is counting here. Asked yesterday what it’s like for the players in the final days of camp, Orioles manager Buck Showalter replied, “I know what it’s like for coaches and managers.” It’s making the final roster cuts and trying not to expand

Orioles release Bourn and Johnson

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles held an organizational meeting after today’s game and cemented three roster moves. Outfielder Michael Bourn requested and was given his release, the opt-out date on his minor league deal arriving today. Infielder Chris Johnson also was released, and as previously reported, catcher Chance Sisco was reassigned to minor league camp. The Orioles are down to 38 players in major league

Wrapping up an 11-9 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are down to 40 players in camp after reassigning catcher Chance Sisco. However, they may hold at that total today rather than make additional moves. Manager Buck Showalter said following today’s 11-9 loss to the Red Sox - which came after Johnny Giavotella’s leadoff home run in the ninth and catcher Dan Butler’s throw to first base with two outs

Tyler Wilson on today’s outing (O’s lose 11-9)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 11, Orioles 9 Recap: Tyler Wilson stated his case for heading north as a long reliever by allowing one run and three hits over four innings. Steve Selsky homered off him in the third. ... Logan Verrett hurt his case by lasting only two-thirds of an inning and being charged with five runs and four hits, including Sandy León’s

Wilson stretched to four innings, O’s down 10-6

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tyler Wilson appears to have gone from rotation to long relief candidate. Whatever his role, he needs to continuing pitching as he did today against the Red Sox. Wilson held his opponent to one run over four innings, striking out Brock Holt, Hanley Ramírez and Steve Selsky along the way. He allowed three hits and walked one batter. Orioles manager Buck Showalter

Gausman: “A lot of things to be thankful for in my life right now”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made Kevin Gausman the fourth overall selection in the 2012 draft, one year after they used the fourth pick on Dylan Bundy. Now, they’ve made Gausman and Bundy the top two pitchers on their staff. Gausman, out of LSU, starts on opening day with Chris Tillman headed to the disabled list. Bundy, out of Owasso High School in Oklahoma, takes

Showalter on Gausman getting opening day start (plus notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reassigned catcher Chance Sisco to minor league camp and five more cuts are expected later today. Sisco went 7-for-24 with two doubles and a home run, but of greater importance was his improved defense. Kevin Gausman becomes the first Orioles homegrown pitcher to start on opening day since Jake Arrieta in 2012 and the second since Erik Bedard in 2007.

Kevin Gausman named opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. - The anticipated became the stated this morning, with Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirming that Kevin Gausman will start on opening day. Gausman, 26, takes the ball on April 3 against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards - and the assignment that normally goes to Chris Tillman, who’s headed to the disabled list. Tillman’s streak of opening day starts ends at three. He

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim remains on the bench today against a left-hander, with the Red Sox sending former Orioles minor leaguer Eduardo Rodriguez to the mound. Trey Mancini is in right field and Joey Rickard is in left. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter. Craig Gentry gets another start in center field. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF J.J. Hardy SS Manny Machado

Orioles getting closer to 25-man roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’re exactly one week away from opening day at Camden Yards and the 25-man roster should have a more defined look later this afternoon. Manager Buck Showalter said there would be “real movement” regarding the camp roster, to be interpreted that the club is making significant cuts. Forty-one players reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. How many won’t have lockers in

Wrapping up a 2-1 win

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles received key contributions today from minor league players on their travel roster, with Cedric Mullins lifting a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to break a tie and pitchers Stefan Crichton, Jimmy Yacabonis and Cody Satterwhite each tossing a scoreless inning in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays. Satterwhite picked up the save, striking out his final batter, JC

Aquino allows one run in four innings (O’s win 2-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1 Recap: Jayson Aquino allowed one run and three hits in four innings, with one walk, four strikeouts and a hit batter. He threw 63 pitches, 41 strikes. ... Ryan Flaherty tripled to center field with one out in the eighth and scored the go-ahead run on Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly. ... Chris Johnson had a two-out

Pregame notes on Tillman, Miley, Smith, more (updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Chris Tillman threw today from 60-90 feet without any discomfort in his right shoulder. He’ll expand the distance on Tuesday and continue to throw every other day as long as there are no setbacks. Tillman will head north with the team instead of remaining back at extended spring training. Manager Buck Showalter wants him to be part of the opening day festivities

Hardy on how he’s feeling: “As good as I have in a long time”

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was spared today’s trip to play the Blue Jays, his lineup return anticipated for Monday afternoon against the Red Sox in Sarasota. The back no longer is an issue for him. No spasms, no tightness, no doubts about his availability for opening day. Asked this morning how he felt, Hardy replied, “As good as I have in a

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez is in right field for today’s game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Joey Rickard is leading off and playing left field, followed by Craig Gentry in center. Trey Mancini is the first baseman. Chance Sisco is catching starter Jayson Aquino. Relievers Mychal Givens and Donnie Hart are on the trip. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Craig Gentry CF

Orioles revert back to subs after starters last night

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles make their only trip to Dunedin this afternoon to play the Blue Jays. No one celebrates it. Don’t bother checking for starters. The lineup won’t come close to resembling the one posted for opening day. I can only guarantee that nine players will be on the field, including left-hander Jayson Aquino, who gets his turn at trying to claim the

Wrapping up a 6-3 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Wade Miley will start Tuesday afternoon against the Braves in Orlando after being scratched from his last outing because of an illness. Jayson Aquino starts Sunday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin and Tyler Wilson starts Monday against the Red Sox in Sarasota. Oliver Drake served up a long two-out, two-run homer to Niko Goodrum in the ninth inning in

Gabriel Ynoa tosses five scoreless innings (Orioles win 6-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Twins 3 Recap: Gabriel Ynoa tossed five scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. He retired 12 of the last 13 batters ... J.J. Hardy collected his first home run and RBI in the second inning ... Jonathan Schoop homered in the fourth inning in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic ...

Showalter on Lee: “He’s got a chance to help us this year”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have 41 players in camp after optioning left-hander Chris Lee to Triple-A Norfolk before tonight’s game against the Twins. “We’ll keep moving in that direction toward 25,” said manager Buck Showalter. Lee allowed four runs and 12 hits in five appearances over 13 innings, with five walks and 10 strikeouts. But in two starts that led to today’s roster move,

Orioles option Chris Lee (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have optioned left-hander Chris Lee to Triple-A Norfolk. However, he remains a candidate to be the fifth starter. Manager Buck Showalter reminded the media that the club has until April 15 to make a decision. The competition will continue at the highest affiliate. Showalter said Lee needs to work on his secondary pitches and added, “He has a chance to

Jones talks about “the best experience” of his life after WBC

SARASOTA, Fla. - Third baseman Manny Machado, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and catcher Welington Castillo returned to the Orioles lineup tonight upon their return from the World Baseball Classic. However, center fielder Adam Jones isn’t certain when he’ll make his next start after leading Team USA to the championship. “How much do I want to play? How much do I think I’ll play?” Jones said,

Seth Smith returns to Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Seth Smith is in the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since March 8. He’s been unable to play because of a sore hamstring. Smith is joined by Manny Machado at third base, Jonathan Schoop at second and Welington Castillo behind the plate. Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Oliver Drake are listed as relievers behind starter Gabriel Ynoa. For the Orioles

This, that and the other

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

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

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

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

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

Positive early reviews for Welington Castillo

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

Wrapping up a 7-4 win

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

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

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

Orioles make two cuts, Machado talks about WBC experience

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

Machado set for Saturday lineup return (and more notes)

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

Wade Miley says he’s ready for next start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wade Miley isn’t certain about the date of his next start. He only knows that he’s healthy enough to take the ball when it’s given to him. Miley was scratched from Monday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers because of flu-like symptoms that he says have lingered for about a week. Manager Buck Showalter noted that Miley also was under

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez is serving as the designated hitter tonight for the Orioles on MASN and Mark Trumbo is playing right field. Caleb Joseph is catching left-hander Chris Lee. Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez is in center field. Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Tyler Wilson are listed as the relievers. For the Orioles Aneury Tavárez CF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 1B Mark

Kirby updates Álvarez’s transition to right field

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez played right field Saturday and Monday and served as the designated hitter yesterday. He’s being tossed into the deep end of the pool, but also thrown the occasional life preserver. Álvarez isn’t a Swimmies kind of guy. Trust me on this one. The Orioles aren’t leaving him out to dry. Álvarez gets lots of reps on the back fields as

Peña and Perez reassigned, wrapping up a 5-2 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reassigned catchers Francisco Peña and Audry Perez following today’s 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The camp roster stands at 44, including 10 non-roster players. Peña was 1-for-12 and Perez went 1-for-11. Welington Castillo, Caleb Joseph and top prospect Chance Sisco are the only remaining catchers in camp. Castillo returns on Wednesday from the World Baseball Classic. More cuts are

Jiménez says today was “even better” than last outing (O’s lose 5-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2 Recap: Ubaldo Jiménez failed to get past the fourth inning, allowing four runs and throwing 76 pitches. He gave up five hits, walked three batters, struck out four and threw a wild pitch. ... Chris Davis led off the bottom of the fourth inning with his first home run, a shot to left-center field off Aaron

Showalter on Drake, Álvarez, Britton and Joseph (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter always warns against falling in love with September and spring training statistics. They can be the great foolers. Where does this leave reliever Oliver Drake, who isn’t fooling many hitters in the Grapefruit League? Drake was fantastic over the final month of the 2016 season, posting a 1.59 ERA in 11 1/3 innings and holding opponents to a

Dickerson day-to-day with sore shoulder (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Chris Dickerson is day-to-day with a sore left shoulder, the latest setback in his attempt to break camp with the team. “Hopefully, it’s only a day or two. He kind of tweaked it on a throw yesterday,” said manager Buck Showalter. It’s been a difficult spring health-wise for Dickerson, 34, who also missed time after fouling a ball off his

Zach Britton on yesterday’s inning at minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton remains convinced, along with everyone else in the organization, that he’s going to be ready for opening day. Britton struck out the side on 12 pitches yesterday in a minor league game against the Rays at Twin Lakes Park. Britton said he was facing Tampa Bay’s Triple-A team and he didn’t know exactly which hitters were stepping up

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter today and Mark Trumbo is in right field for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Chris Johnson is playing third base while Manny Machado remains out of camp. Machado is expected back on Wednesday, though he might not be in the lineup. Paul Janish is playing second

More roster reduction is coming

SARASOTA, Fla. - Remember that period for pitchers in camp that was similar to “dead-arm,” except manager Buck Showalter was hesitant to use the term? It’s no longer a thing. “I think we’re on the backside of that,” Showalter said following Sunday’s game. “I think you’ll see it pick up some now. At the tail end of that week where you kind of see it.

Wade Miley scratched from today’s start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Wade Miley has been scratched from today’s start against the Red Sox in Fort Myers because he’s feeling ill. Vidal Nuño will make the start instead of pitching in relief. Manager Buck Showalter will have more details for reporters during batting practice. He stayed back in camp as usual before heading over to JetBlue Park with a few of his coaches.

Chris Lee’s next start (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Chris Lee is getting another start in spring training as the Orioles continue their evaluation of him and decide on their opening day rotation. Lee also gets another prime time game, taking the ball Wednesday night against the Rays in Sarasota, a game that will be televised on MASN. His first Grapefruit League start came last Thursday night against the Phillies,

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez gets another look in right field today, as the Orioles travel to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez is in left field and Chris Dickerson is starting in center. Chance Sisco is catching starter Wade Miley. For the Orioles Aneury Tavarez LF Johnny Giavotella 2B Hyun Soo Kim DH Pedro Alvarez RF Trey Mancini

Hart breaking camp story

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Donnie Hart is cementing his spot in the Orioles bullpen by allowing only one run this spring. He would have needed to pitch his way off the team and it hasn’t happened. One run and three hits in eight innings over eight appearances. Eight strikeouts. An 0.63 WHIP and an opponents’ batting average of .115. And the person least impressed by

Orioles make four cuts, wrapping up 7-1 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made four camp cuts today following their 7-1 loss to the Tigers. They optioned pitcher Jesus Liranzo to Double-A Bowie and reassigned outfielder Logan Schafer, infielder/outfielder David Washington and catcher Austin Wynns to minor league camp. The spring roster is down to 46 players, and two more cuts are expected on Monday. There are 12 non-roster invitees remaining. Liranzo gave

Five scoreless today for Kevin Gausman (O’s down 7-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman pitched today like an opening day starter. The Tigers didn’t bring their A lineup, but Gausman still earned a passing grade by tossing five scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed two hits and walked one batter. Gausman struck out five of the first nine batters he faced and threw first-pitch strikes to nine of 11 and 12 of 15.

Showalter on Jones’ WBC catch: “Oh, my goodness”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter stayed up past midnight to watch Team USA’s win over the Dominican Republic and center fielder Adam Jones’ spectacular catch to rob Manny Machado of a home run in the World Baseball Classic. “Oh, my goodness,” he said. “Unfortunately, I saw it live, as you can tell. No, that was a great moment. I loved the way Manny

Early notes on Tillman, Flaherty, Machado, Castillo and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman will wait until next Sunday to begin long-tossing, his throws coming from a distance of 60 to 90 feet. The Orioles first scheduled Tillman to throw on Wednesday, but doctors want to give the cortisone injection a few more days to work. Manager Buck Showalter said there hasn’t been a setback. Tillman will throw every other day once he’s back

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers (plus WBC note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini gets another start in right field today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Tigers at Ed Smith Stadium. The game will be aired live on MASN. The Orioles have Mark Trumbo serving as designated hitter and Paul Janish playing second base. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Craig Gentry CF J.J. Hardy SS Mark Trumbo DH Chris Davis 1B

Mike Wright working to keep his delivery right

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles return home today to host the Tigers after traveling to Bradenton and Tampa for their last two games. A batch of roster cuts are anticipated, though there have been a few false starts over the past week as manager Buck Showalter waits for some of his day-to-day players to get back on the field. Showalter told reporters yesterday that Chris

Santander on elbow: “I feel much better today”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander should get back into baseball activities by Monday, restarting his attempts to make the club and its process of evaluating him. Santander underwent an MRI arthrogram this week, where dye is injected into the elbow, and it didn’t reveal any structural damage. “I feel much better today,” he said this morning through an interpreter. “Just an

Álvarez in right field for today’s game against the Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez gets his first Grapefruit League start in right field today, as the Orioles travel to Tampa for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Yankees. Álvarez played right field yesterday in a B game. Joey Rickard is in left field today and Craig Gentry is in center field. For the Orioles Joey Rickard LF Craig Gentry CF Johnny Giavotella DH Trey

A few thoughts on yesterday

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ll find out this morning whether Pedro Álvarez is getting another start in right field or serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles game against the Yankees in Tampa. It was impossible to truly judge Álvarez in yesterday’s B game besides receiving confirmation that he possesses freakish strength and can make a really, really loud sound when bat meets ball. Álvarez

Ondrusek clears release waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Logan Ondrusek’s departure from the Orioles organization became official this afternoon. The club announced that Ondrusek cleared release waivers and was released from his contract, making him a free agent eligible to sign with any team. Ondrusek appeared in two games this spring and allowed two runs and two hits over two innings. He didn’t pitch until March 3 due to

Álvarez at the plate and in field highlights B game win (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won their B game over the Pirates this morning on the Camden Yards replica field if anyone was keeping actual score. It lasted seven innings, players were pulled off the field or told to stay depending on the situation. Much like an intrasquad game, except the opponent didn’t dress in the same clubhouse. Pedro Álvarez hit a home run to

Tillman on his shoulder, Ondrusek released, B game lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman is waiting to find out when he’s cleared to resume his shoulder exercises and finally get back on the mound. Tillman said his shoulder felt much better before he received a cortisone injection, but he heeded the advice of the medical staff. “Just kind of felt like everyone was recommending it,” he said. “Even the two or three

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is the designated hitter for today’s Orioles game against the Pirates in Bradenton. Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez is in left field and batting ninth. Trey Mancini is playing first base and batting cleanup. For the Orioles Chris Dickerson RF Johnny Giavotella 2B Hyun Soo Kim DH Trey Mancini 1B Chance Sisco C Chris Johnson 3B Logan Schafer CF

Tyler Wilson on his recent struggles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t want to call it a “dead-arm period,” one of the more common terms tossed around in spring training. And if you’ve got it, you should probably limit the amount of tossing. Zach Stewart was the latest hurler to lose the crispness on his pitches, giving up an RBI double and grand slam Wednesday after replacing Ubaldo Jiménez in

Wrapping up a 2-2 tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles were being no-hit tonight until Chris Dickerson singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning. They were being shut out until Sean Coyle, back over from minor league camp, drilled a two-run homer off Michael Mariot. A 2-0 deficit became a 2-2 tie, and that’s how it ended. The Orioles (10-8-2) sent minor league pitcher Stefan Crichton

Chris Lee on how starting “just felt right” (O’s rally for 2-2 tie)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 2, Phillies 2 Recap: Chris Dickerson’s one-out single in the ninth prevented the Phillies from recording a spring no-hitter. Sean Coyle followed with a game-tying two-run homer. ... Left-hander Chris Lee tossed three scoreless innings, but he threw 66 pitches and only 34 for strikes. He allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one ... Ryan Meisinger gave up

Chris Lee goes three scoreless tonight

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette indicated again tonight that the Orioles will stay with their camp candidates while searching for Chris Tillman’s replacement in the rotation Duquette, interviewed on the “Hot Stove Show” on 105.7 The Fan, said the Orioles probably will stay in-house to “fill that job.” He wants to take a longer look at Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Gabriel

Showalter on Rule 5 picks and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will be challenged to carry a Rule 5 pick this season with Joey Rickard and Craig Gentry emerging as favorites to platoon in the outfield corners. A four-man bench also needs a utility infielder and backup catcher. Manager Buck Showalter has challenged reporters to figure out how the Orioles can include Trey Mancini, who’s 12-for-35 (.343) and trying to learn

Santander undergoing MRI on right elbow (and more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander is scheduled to have an MRI arthrogram on his right elbow today at 5 p.m. and will be shut down for at least two or three days. Santander underwent right shoulder surgery before the Orioles chose him from the Indians organization in the Rule 5 draft, but he’s also had an elbow issue in the past. The

Smith and Flaherty provide injury updates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Seth Smith notices some improvement in his right hamstring and infielder Ryan Flaherty’s right shoulder is feeling much better. However, neither player is certain when he will get back into the lineup. Smith hasn’t played since homering on March 8 against the Blue Jays in Sarasota. He’s 1-for-11 in Grapefruit League games and also doubled against the Dominican Republic. “It’s getting

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Joey Rickard is leading off tonight and playing center field for the Orioles and J.J .Hardy is back in the lineup for the third time in four days. Chris Davis is starting at first base and Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter against the Phillies. Seth Smith remains day-to-day with a sore hamstring. Ryan Flaherty said his right shoulder feels “100 percent”

Ripken on picking the WBC and Aberdeen Steamed Crabs

SARASOTA, Fla. - Players who declined to participate in the World Baseball Classic usually cited a reluctance to leave camp, especially the ones coming off injury or battling to head north with the team. Cal Ripken Jr. knew his spot was secure, and though he was a creature of habit and more detail-oriented than anyone - he wore a watch on the field while taking

Wrapping up a 6-5 loss

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Chris Tillman received a cortisone injection today in his right shoulder. Tillman will be shut down for the next few days. “We’re in good shape there,” Showalter said after a 6-5 loss to the Pirates. “I know they’re encouraged where he is and how he’s feeling right now. So we’ll see in a couple days how

Jiménez walks five batters while pitching into fifth (O’s lose 6-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Pirates 6, Orioles 5 Recap: Ubaldo Jiménez was the first Orioles pitcher to retire a batter in the fourth inning and he lasted 4 2/3, charged with three runs, two hits, five walks and five strikeouts. ... Zach Stewart replaced Jiménez and let two inherited runners score on David Freese’s RBI double and Phil Gosselin’s grand slam. ... Paul Janish and

Vidal Nuño on his return to the Orioles (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Left-hander Vidal Nuño is back in camp and ready to resume his fight for a spot in the Orioles bullpen. Nuño made two appearances before leaving for the World Baseball Classic, allowing two hits in four scoreless innings. He pitched twice for Team Mexico. “It was neat, it was something that I took everything in,” said Nuño, who got back into Sarasota

Showalter provides updates on Tillman and Smith

BRADENTON, Fla. - The next move in trying to get Chris Tillman back on a mound is a cortisone injection and another dose of cautious optimism. Tillman may have the shot today. Manager Buck Showalter only could confirm the decision, which was made by Tillman after consulting with the medical staff. He called head athletic trainer Richie Bancells last night. “We put all the options

Tillman receiving cortisone injection (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman will receive a cortisone injection in his right shoulder that shuts him down for two or three days. Tillman may get the shot today while trying to rid his shoulder of the discomfort that aborted Sunday’s bullpen session. Between the injection and ridding his body of the antibiotic that caused joint discomfort, “we think we’ve increased our chances

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez is traveling to Bradenton today to serve as the Orioles’ designated hitter and Chris Davis is playing first base. Gray pants for everybody. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field and Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Chris Dickerson RF Johnny Giavotella 2B Hyun Soo Kim LF Chris Davis 1B Pedro Álvarez DH Chris Johnson 3B Logan Schafer CF

Pedro Álvarez expected to take his bats to Bradenton

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles make another trip to Bradenton today to play the Pirates, the same short drive but with a new player serving as designated hitter. Pedro Álvarez isn’t ready to patrol right field in an exhibition game and it’s certainly not going to happen on his old spring stomping grounds. Álvarez is penciling into the lineup in a more familiar role. Have

Wrapping up a 9-6 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Chris Dickerson homered in the ninth inning today, but the Orioles lost to the Rays 9-6 at Ed Smith Stadium. Paul Janish came off the bench and had an RBI single and solo home run. Richard Bleier tossed two scoreless innings. Logan Schafer was 1-for-22 this spring before going 2-for-2 today. A scout from another organization was checking on Schafer again

Britton and Miley discuss their outings (O’s lose 9-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 9, Orioles 6 Recap: Wade Miley allowed three runs and seven hits in three innings. ... Zach Britton allowed two runs and four hits in his first spring inning, but he felt good physically. ... Joey Rickard hit his third spring home run leading off the fifth. ... Craig Gentry walked and stole a base in the first and had

Orioles sign Bellatti to minor league deal (O’s down 5-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles signed right-hander Andrew Bellatti, formerly of the Rays organization, to a minor league contract and sent him to Twin Lakes Park. He doesn’t receive a spring training invite. Bellatti, 25, made his major league debut in 2015 and went 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 17 relief appearances. He allowed six earned runs and 16 hits in 23 1/3 innings,

Tillman update and whether Orioles stay in-house (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will meet again on Wednesday to discuss the condition of Chris Tillman’s right shoulder and whether he might make another attempt at a bullpen session. “Chris feels better today. That’s encouraging,” said manager Buck Showalter, delivering the news without prompting from the media. “Yesterday it was better than the day before and today he said it was better than yesterday.

Mancini working to feel right at home in right field

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Trey Mancini outfield experiment continues today with another start in right in the Orioles’ game against the Rays. Mancini chased down two doubles yesterday, but didn’t get a fly ball. He seemed to be comfortable at the position, which he hadn’t played since August 2011 in college summer ball. “Every day I go out and shag BP, but it’s not in

Tillman shoulder improving, Flaherty shut down (and more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said pitcher Chris Tillman has reported improvement in his right shoulder for the past two days, leading to cautious optimism within the organization. The club is expected to meet again on Wednesday to discuss the next course of action, including whether Tillman is close to getting back on a mound. Showalter repeated that he expects Tillman to pitch

Gentry back in lineup and continuing to impress

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph isn’t in today’s lineup against the Rays and he’s wearing a protective sleeve over his left elbow. However, he said that he’s available to play and his seat on the bench isn’t due to the Mark Appel pitch that slammed off his arm. Francisco Peña is getting the start today against the Rays. Chris Dickerson did some early hitting

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini is back in right field today, Craig Gentry is in center field and Joey Rickard is in left for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Rays. J.J. Hardy is batting third today, his back allowing him to play on back-to-back days. Chris Davis is back in the lineup. For the Orioles Craig Gentry CF Joey Rickard LF J.J. Hardy

Rickard and Mancini forcing Orioles to notice them

SARASOTA, Fla. - Want to guess which players will start in the outfield for today’s game against the Rays? Left-hander Blake Snell will be on the mound, which could send Hyun Soo Kim to the bench. Kim and Chris Johnson are tied for the team lead in at-bats with 35. Kim needs to demonstrate whether he can stay in the lineup instead of platoon. You

Gunkel optioned, Joseph update and wrapping up 6-4 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned pitcher Joe Gunkel to Triple-A Norfolk following today’s 6-4 win over the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Gunkel made three Grapefruit League appearances this spring and allowed five runs and nine hits in four innings. The Orioles put him on the 40-man roster to protect him in the Rule 5 draft. Today is the first day that teams can

Gausman not “as crisp” as previous starts this spring (O’s win 6-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Phillies 4 Recap: Kevin Gausman allowed two runs (one earned) and three hits in three innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. ... The Orioles didn’t have a hit off Jeremy Hellickson until two outs in the third inning, when Caleb Joseph delivered his second home run and RBI of the spring. ... Joey Rickard hit a three-run homer

Gausman goes three innings, Mancini fine in right field (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman didn’t break the three-inning barrier today against the Phillies, with Logan Verrett replacing him to start the fourth. However, Gausman got his pitch count up to 62 and was charged with one earned run. Chris Coghlan poked a leadoff double past first base on an 0-2 count, took third on a fly ball and scored on Howie Kendrick’s grounder to

Pedro Álvarez “looking forward” to playing the outfield

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez passed his physical this morning with the Orioles, signed his minor league deal that pays a base salary of $2 million and is loaded with incentives, grabbed his outfielder’s glove and headed to the back fields. He also carried a bag of bats. He’s still a hitter, too. The Orioles announced the signing earlier today and referred to Álvarez as

Orioles quick hits during batting practice

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t have any updates this morning on pitcher Chris Tillman. Tillman is shut down with discomfort in his right shoulder and could receive a cortisone injection. Showalter said the Orioles aren’t contemplating surgery at this time. Pedro Álvarez will work exclusively as an outfielder in camp and will get most of his reps in right. He could slid

Davis gives medical update, plus today’s lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis isn’t in the Orioles lineup today, but he must be feeling better. The Orioles first baseman joked with the media this morning upon returning to his locker, offering an update on his bout with bronchitis in typical Davis fashion, complete with gravelly voice and mock cough aimed near the cluster of digital voice recorders. “How’s it going?” he asked, sounding

J.J. Hardy is in today’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy said he’s in today’s lineup for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Hardy will be making his Grapefruit League debut. He took live batting practice again yesterday and his back is fine. “It’s been a little bit longer road than I thought it would be, but I’m feeling good and now I just

More thoughts on Tillman’s shoulder and how Orioles handle it

SARASOTA, Fla. - Competition is a good thing until it builds because your ace is injured. The Orioles aren’t saying that Chris Tillman definitely won’t be one of the five starters coming out of camp, but that’s the likely result after his bullpen session yesterday was bagged due to more shoulder soreness. He didn’t make it to the mound. Pain on flat ground seems to

More on Tillman and Dickerson, and wrapping up an 8-6 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn’t have an update on pitcher Chris Tillman following today’s game against the Twins. He expects to have a better feel for the situation in the morning. Tillman, as you know, didn’t throw his bullpen session today because of soreness in his right shoulder. “The doctor, they didn’t really spend a lot of time talking to Chris

Dylan Bundy: “Just catching too much of the plate” (O’s win 8-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Twins 6 Recap: Dylan Bundy lasted only two innings and allowed five runs, all of them coming on two home runs ... Trey Mancini hit a solo home run off Phil Hughes in the second inning and Craig Gentry hit a two-run shot in the third ... Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander hit his second home run in

Showalter on Tillman’s shoulder, Bundy done after two innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Whatever optimism that the Orioles held for Chris Tillman making his debut on April 15 pretty much vanished this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Tillman’s third bullpen session never materialized due to the right shoulder discomfort that shut him down earlier in camp. The Orioles hoped that an antibiotic that caused soreness in his joints was responsible for Wednesday’s

Tillman’s bullpen session cancelled due to shoulder discomfort

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Chris Tillman never made it to the mound this morning for his bullpen session and it’s becoming more unlikely that he breaks camp as one of the Orioles’ five starting pitchers. Tillman had to be shut down after about 10 long tosses due to right shoulder discomfort, according to manager Buck Showalter. The club will check on him Monday and decide

Morning notes on Hardy, Britton, Tillman, pitching and more

FORT MYERS, Fla. - While players boarded the two buses this morning for the trip to Hammond Stadium, home of the Twins, closer Zach Britton was preparing to throw batting practice to a group that included shortstop J.J. Hardy. Britton was slated to throw about 20 pitches as he nears his first Grapefruit League appearance. Hardy has been taking batting practice and could play Monday

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Dickerson is leading off for the Orioles today and top prospect Chance Sisco is behind the plate for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Hyun Soo Kim is on another trip. Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander is the designated hitter, still waiting for his first start in the outfield. For the Orioles Chris Dickerson CF Craig Gentry

Bourn’s finger and pointing out the changing outfield picture

SARASOTA, Fla. - A second trip to Fort Myers in three days. If only I had brought gray pants for the occasion. Michael Bourn will stay back in camp as usual while his broken finger heals. He isn’t required to wear pants, but he’s likely to break out a pair of shorts. Hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield examined Bourn on Friday. I’m sure he wore

Wrapping up a 7-6 victory

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Washington hit his second exhibition home run today, a wind-blown two-run shot to center field that gave the Orioles a 7-6 walk-off victory over the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. Craig Gentry singled with one out in the ninth before Washington came to the plate. “He’s put some good swings on balls the last week,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He’s hit

Showalter on starters in current roles, Wright on outing (O’s walk off 7-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Pirates 6 Recap: Mike Wright allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in 2 2/3 innings, with a few flares and ground balls conspiring to spoil his day. ... Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander hit his first spring home run, a two-run shot in the sixth to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead. ... Hyun Soo Kim and

More early notes, Wright’s spring and today’s start (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Could Chris Tillman’s bullpen session on Wednesday have been affected by an antibiotic? And have stranger things happened? Yes to the latter, but the Orioles are withholding judgment on the former. The Orioles switched Tillman’s medication and pushed back his session until Sunday morning. “He was taking an antibiotic and one of the side effects is some soreness in the joints,” said

Orioles reach agreement with Pedro Álvarez on minors deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reached agreement on a minor league deal with Pedro Álvarez, one of the free agent sluggers who stayed on the market much longer than anticipated, according to an industry source. The deal is pending a medical review. The club was interested in a reunion only on a minor league contract, which Álvarez finally agreed to two weeks into March.

Tillman bullpen session delayed (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman’s bullpen session has been pushed back to Sunday after the club discovered that an antibiotic he was taking caused soreness in his joints. The Orioles switched his medication and gave him an extra day to recover. They’re also wondering if it impacted Wednesday’s bullpen session. The original March 17 target date for Tillman to make his first start may be

Bleier turns down WBC, Davis scratched from lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Richard Bleier went with his head instead of his heart. Bleier would have been honored to pitch again for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, as he did in the qualifying round in 2013, and he had a chance this week to fly out to Japan for the second round after being placed in the designated pitcher pool. Waiting, not

Britton update and today’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton said he’s going to throw live batting practice on Sunday and pitch in his first game Tuesday against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Britton kept the Orioles encouraged by yesterday’s bullpen session “I feel good after yesterday, so I’m itching to get in a game,” Britton said. “Definitely feel like I’ve been ready the last few days

The last word from Jason García

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright is back on the mound today for the Orioles, making his third start and attempting to clear four innings live on MASN. As always, it’s dictated by pitch count. Wright has faced the Phillies twice and allowed two earned runs (three total) over five innings. He still hasn’t walked a batter. The Orioles are playing the Pirates for the fourth

Wrapping up a 4-0 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles and Red Sox completed their game tonight in 2 hours and 29 minutes. Everyone wins. The Orioles actually lost 4-0, but Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez went 3-for-3 with a stolen base, Ubaldo Jiménez was much better after the first inning, Chris Lee didn’t allow a run in three innings and Brad Brach and Jesus Liranzo retired the side

Jiménez on correcting flaws (O’s lose 4-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 4, Orioles 0 Recap: Ubaldo Jiménez was charged with three earned runs (four total) and four hits in three-plus innings, with two walks and three strikeouts ... Chris Lee’s inherited runner scored in the fourth on catcher Francisco Peña’s throwing error, but Lee struck out the side in the fifth and retired the side in order with a strikeout

Jiménez rebounds after bad first inning, but O’s down 4-0

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned this week that none of his starters have come out of games early because they reached their pitch limits, but Ubaldo Jiménez struggled so badly tonight that minor leaguer Luis Gonzalez began to warm up in the first inning. The Red Sox sent eight batters to the plate and scored three runs on three hits. Jiménez

Updating Britton, Tillman, Hardy and more (game update)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles closer Zach Britton threw another impressive bullpen session today and manager Buck Showalter said the reliever is “real close” to pitching in his first game. “Whatever he does next, if it’s not in a game, it will be the last thing he does before he goes in a game,” Showalter said. “Let’s see how he feels tomorrow. I’ll ask Roger

A few early notes and Red Sox lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles brought relievers Brad Brach, Chris Lee and Jesus Liranzo from Sarasota to follow starter Ubaldo Jiménez tonight against the Red Sox. Pitchers Brian Moran, Luis Gonzalez, Stefan Crichton and Jimmy Yacabonis were added from minor league camp. Infielders Adrian Marin and Sean Coyle also came over from Twin Lakes Park. Francisco Peña is behind the plate tonight, and the

J.J. Hardy getting close to making spring debut

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy took ground balls this morning and hit on the field for the first time this spring as he nears his first exhibition start. “Everything is fantastic,” Hardy said, having a little fun with the media’s thirst for back updates. Hardy said he could play “soon.” “I don’t know exactly the day,” he added. “We’ve got a home game

Ondrusek getting second opinion on elbow

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Logan Ondrusek remains shut down except for conditioning drills and will receive a second opinion on his right elbow from specialist Dr. James Andrews after undergoing an MRI-arthrogram on Wednesday. Ondrusek will visit Andrews during the week of March 20 and he’s braced for the worst. Confirming that he had the results of his MRI, Ondrusek said, “I do, but

Minor league news and tonight’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced their minor league managers, coaches and staff earlier today, including the previously reported hiring of John Wasdin as minor league pitching coordinator, Buck Britton as Single-A Delmarva’s hitting coach coach, Mark Hendrickson as short-season Single-A Aberdeen’s pitching coach and Carlos Tosca as Gulf Coast League Orioles manager. Wasdin replaces Rick Peterson, who held the title of director of pitching

Showalter on Bleier, plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - With the first off-day now behind us, we’re ready for the first night game and another opportunity to catch up on sleep. No alarms are set unless you enjoy watching the sun rise. The clubhouse opens to the media at 1 p.m., followed by the traditional posting of the lineup and the drive to Fort Myers for a 6:05 p.m. game against

Random thoughts and observations on an off-day

SARASOTA, Fla. - If the season started today for the Orioles, they would incur a fine for having too many players on their roster. There are rules against carrying 51 guys. But seriously, if it started today, they most likely would have 11 pitchers and 14 position players at Camden Yards for their opener against the Blue Jays. Manager Buck Showalter hinted at it again

Wrapping up a 6-4 win (plus roster moves)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 51 players today by optioning pitchers Parker Bridwell and Jason García to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning left-hander Jed Bradley and catcher Yermin Mercedes to minor league camp. Bridwell allowed three runs and five hits over four innings in four appearances, with one walk, four strikeouts and two home runs. García was much better in his

Wade Miley on start: “A lot better” (O’s win 6-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4 Recap: Wade Miley allowed two hits and struck out three batters in three scoreless innings. ... Craig Gentry hit his first spring home run and it was a three-run shot off Mat Latos in the second. ... Seth Smith was 0-for-10 in Grapefruit League games before his leadoff home run in the fifth. ... Mark Trumbo

Logan Ondrusek to undergo MRA (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles starter Wade Miley stranded a runner on first base today in a scoreless first inning, returning to the mound after being hit on the left forearm and ribcage during Friday’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton. Miley gave up a hit and struck out a batter, throwing 13 of his 18 pitches for strikes. The Orioles will try to get at

More on Dariel Álvarez’s conversion to reliever

SARASOTA, Fla. - Less than two weeks after standing at his spring training locker and saying the idea of pitching wasn’t on his mind, Dariel Álvarez will stand on a mound at the minor league complex and make the conversion to reliever. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Álvarez agreed to try pitching, a role he filled for parts of three seasons in Cuba before

Dariel Álvarez agrees to start pitching program (and more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Dariel Álvarez has agreed to try his hand at pitching and will begin a program at the minor league complex. The Orioles optioned Álvarez yesterday to Triple-A Norfolk in order to start the process of converting him into a reliever. Álvarez, who pitched for parts of three seasons in Cuba, also will be used as a designated hitter in order

Orioles sign 20 pre-arbitration players (plus more notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles agreed to terms with their 20 pre-arbitration eligible players on 2017 contracts. Every player on their 40-man roster is signed. Here’s the list: Pitchers Parker Bridwell, Dylan Bundy, Oliver Drake, Jason García, Mychal Givens, Joe Gunkel, Jesus Liranzo, Logan Verrett, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright and Gabriel Ynoa; infielder Trey Mancini; outfielders Dariel Álvarez, Joey Rickard, Anthony Santander and Aneury Tavárez.

Ondrusek frustrated by latest injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Logan Ondrusek came to Orioles camp trying to make them forget about his struggles in 2016. He just needs to stay on the mound to implement his plan. Ondrusek was shut down during workouts after rolling his right ankle, and he’s been unavailable since Monday due to soreness in his right elbow. The latest discomfort cropped up after Ondrusek surrendered a two-run

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - With the World Baseball Classic taking a chunk out of the Orioles’ spring training roster, four projected starters are in the lineup for today’s game against the Blue Jays, which will be broadcast live on MASN at 1 p.m. Seth Smith is leading off and playing right field. Chris Davis is the designated hitter, Mark Trumbo is the first baseman and Hyun

More on Álvarez and Rodriguez being removed from camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are down to 55 players in major league camp after optioning outfielder Dariel Álvarez to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday and reassigning pitcher Richard Rodriguez to the minor league complex. Here’s the yearly reminder that players on the 40-man roster are optioned and the rest are reassigned and later placed with an affiliate or released. Pitching coach Roger McDowell summoned Rodriguez to

Two roster moves and wrapping up a 5-4 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned outfielder Dariel Álvarez to Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon and reassigned pitcher Richard Rodriguez to minor league camp. They now have 55 players in major league camp, including 16 non-roster invitees. Álvarez went 0-for-7 this spring and the Orioles want to convert him into a pitcher, but he’s been resisting the change. Rodriguez allowed a run and two hits and

Game update and Gausman on his start (Orioles walk off 5-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Dominican Republic 4 Recap: Kevin Gausman retired nine of 10 batters over three innings, walking José Bautista to lead off the second. ... Manny Machado grounded to third against Gausman and went 0-for-2 with a walk before coming out for a pinch-runner. ... Brad Brach walked four batters in the sixth inning and was charged with a second run

Gausman with three scoreless vs. Dominican Republic

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman retired nine of the 10 Dominican Republic batters that he faced this afternoon, the only glitch a five-pitch walk to José Bautista leading off the top of the second inning. Add him to the list of Orioles pitchers who have completed three innings. He’s the first to do it against such a formidable lineup. Manny Machado grounded to third baseman

Machado arrives today as a visitor

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado saw three pitches from Orioles starter Kevin Gausman today in the first inning, grounding out to third baseman Ryan Flaherty and heading back to the visiting dugout. His Orioles teammates made sure he could hear them as he passed. Gausman threw nine pitches, five for strikes, while inducing ground balls to first and third and a chopper to the mound.

Peña not sure where Machado will play after today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado walked onto the Ed Smith Stadium field this morning in his Dominican Republic uniform, performed a series of stretching exercises, played catch with José Bautista - hey, Jonathan Schoop isn’t here - embraced his father and stepped into the batting cage. Sort of business as usual except for the jersey and cap and his teammates. Machado is back at third

Ondrusek has sore elbow, Machado playing third base today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Logan Ondrusek is day-to-day with elbow soreness, according to manager Buck Showalter. Ondrusek has been scratched from Wednesday’s game against the Blue Jays in Sarasota. He served up a two-run homer yesterday in the ninth inning in Lakeland. Ondrusek was shut down earlier in camp after rolling his right ankle in a fielding drill. Shortstop J.J. Hardy has amped up

Notes on today’s game and Wynns’ arrival in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are listing Brad Brach, Jed Bradley, Joe Gunkel, Zach Stewart and Logan Verrett today among their relievers behind starter Kevin Gausman. The Dominican Republic is starting right-hander Samuel Deduno, 33, who’s pitched for the Rockies, Padres, Twins and Astros from 2010-15. He appeared in 10 games last summer with the Orioles’ Gulf Coast League team following hip surgery and allowed

Bleier on the WBC and Dickerson on his right foot

SARASOTA, Fla. - Third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Welington Castillo stopped by the Orioles clubhouse this morning as members of the opposing team. Their lockers remain in place with the uniforms and other belongings. They’re just in the other lineup today as the Orioles play the Dominican Republic. Castillo arrived much earlier than his new teammates and said he had no idea who was

Orioles lineup vs. Dominican Republic

SARASOTA, Fla. - Seth Smith is leading off for the Orioles in today’s game against the Dominican Republic. Paul Janish is getting another start at shortstop and Francisco Peña is behind the plate. For the Orioles Seth Smith RF Robert Andino 2B Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Hyun Soo Kim LF Ryan Flaherty 3B Francisco Peña C Logan Schafer CF Paul Janish SS Kevin

Looking back on yesterday’s performances

SARASOTA, Fla. - How are we supposed to miss Manny Machado and Welington Castillo if they don’t go away? But seriously, both Orioles are back at Ed Smith Stadium today with the Dominican Republic team that’s competing in the World Baseball Classic. It should be an enjoyable exhibition, with Kevin Gausman facing teammates that are part of a star-studded lineup. This is one visiting team

Wrapping up a 7-2 win

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Orioles lost their shutout today in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Dominic Ficociello hitting a two-run homer off Logan Ondrusek. Otherwise, the afternoon was a rousing success. Dylan Bundy held the Tigers scoreless for the first three innings and the Orioles erupted for six runs in the top of the third in a 7-2 victory. “Good, good,” said manager

Bundy on his cutter/slider and today’s outing (O’s win 7-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Tigers 2 Recap: Dylan Bundy shut out the Tigers on two hits over three innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. ... The Orioles scored six runs in the third inning on six hits, three walks and a wild pitch, and the Tigers used three pitchers. ... Johnny Giavotella had an RBI single in the third to break a

Bundy with three scoreless innings and lots of support

LAKELAND, Fla. - Dylan Bundy is the latest Orioles pitcher to go three innings, shutting out the Tigers this afternoon at Publix Field. His fastball was topping out at 94 mph, but the secondary stuff defined his start. Bundy retired the side in order in the first on only seven pitches, six for strikes. He threw 12 of 16 pitches for strikes in the second

Notes on Britton, Tillman, Dickerson and more

LAKELAND, Fla. - Zach Britton’s half-mound session went well today, according to manager Buck Showalter, and the left-hander will throw a regular bullpen session on Wednesday. He could make his Grapefruit League debut later in the week. Chris Tillman will throw 20-25 pitches in Wednesday’s bullpen session. Outfielder Chris Dickerson fouled a ball off his right foot a few days ago, but the swelling is

Hardy’s ready to start swinging a bat

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is taking his baseball activities to the next level today, swinging a bat for the first time to further test his back. Hardy has done everything else except field ground balls. He’s been busy on the practice fields while the Orioles play their games. “Pretty much just building up baseball activities now,” he said. “My back feels fine.

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Johnny Giavotella is leading off today for the Orioles’ game against the Tigers in Lakeland. Not a whole lot of projected starters on this trip, but so be it. Hyun Soo Kim is in left field. Caleb Joseph is behind the plate. For the Orioles Johnny Giavotella 2B Joey Rickard CF Hyun Soo Kim LF Trey Mancini 1B Ryan Flaherty SS Chris

Gausman talks about his start against the Dominican Republic

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman’s second exhibition start this spring won’t mirror the first. Not in planned duration and certainly not in opponent. Gausman takes the mound Tuesday afternoon against the Dominican Republic team that’s preparing for the World Baseball Classic. This isn’t the Twins, his first opponent, or a bunch of reserves and minor leaguers that piled into a bus. “Anytime you face a

Showalter, Machado and Castillo on WBC and 3-2 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles scored twice in the seventh inning today to take the lead, with Paul Janish lifting a sacrifice fly and Logan Schafer lining into a fielder’s choice that plated the go-ahead run, and the bullpen shut out the Phillies down the stretch in a 3-2 win at Ed Smith Stadium. Darren O’Day and Donnie Hart each retired the side in order

Wright turns into groundball machine (Orioles win 3-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Phillies 2 Recap: Mike Wright allowed one run and two hits in three innings, with three strikeouts and a hit batter. ... Jayson Aquino surrendered his first run this spring in seven innings on Cameron Rupp’s solo home run. ... Paul Janish collected his first spring hit with a double in the third and he tied the game in

Pregame notes on Tillman, Hardy, Janish and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Chris Tillman’s bullpen session today went well and the right-hander is scheduled for another one in a few days before the club will consider having him face hitters. “We were trying not to jinx ourselves and get ahead of it,” Showalter said. “It’s the plan that we had. Everything’s falling on the calendar that we put up

Britton update and today’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Closer Zach Britton is scheduled to throw off a half mound on Monday and likely a full mound on Wednesday now that he’s no longer experiencing discomfort in his left side. Britton will be cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut after Thursday’s off-day, assuming there are no setbacks. He threw off flat ground yesterday. Chris Tillman remains scheduled to throw off

O’Day wants to show Orioles that he’s “100 percent back”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Darren O’Day has reached the point in his career where spring training numbers won’t determine his placement on the 25-man roster. He can just work toward staying healthy, maybe do a little experimenting. Try telling that to O’Day. It mattered to him that he struck out two batters in a scoreless inning in his debut Thursday afternoon against the Twins. It mattered

Wrapping up a 1-0 win

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Zach Stewart ran his spring scoreless streak to 5 1/3 innings today and the Orioles defeated the Rays 1-0 in Port Charlotte. Stewart covered the last two innings, walking one batter and striking out two. He retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out Jace Conrad to end the game. “He sinks the ball, got a little slider, strike

Ubaldo Jiménez on today’s outing (O’s blank Rays 1-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 1, Rays 0 Recap: Ubaldo Jiménez shut out the Rays over three innings, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out one ... Vidal Nuño followed with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and getting a double play ... Brad Brach retired the Rays in order in the sixth, striking out one ... Logan Schafer had an RBI grounder in

Jiménez throws three scoreless innings (O’s lead 1-0)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles were able to stretch out Ubaldo Jiménez today to three innings and 49 pitches. And Jiménez shortened the anxiety as the game progressed. Jiménez retired seven of the last eight Rays, allowing only an infield hit in that stretch. His scoreless outing was the second-most impressive start of the day, with Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer retiring all nine Orioles

Steve Johnson agrees to minor league deal with Orioles

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Steve Johnson is coming back to the Orioles organization. Johnson, 29, has agreed to terms on a minor league deal that doesn’t include an invitation to spring training, according to an industry source. He’s going to report to Twin Lakes Park after the Orioles receive the results of his physical, but he could join the group of pitchers who occasionally are

Updates on Hardy, Britton and Tillman, plus more notes

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter said shortstop J.J. Hardy will start taking ground balls next week to further test his back. Hardy has been running and performing truck rotations. Showalter won’t put a firm date on Hardy’s debut in an exhibition game, but he said the shortstop only needs to start playing over the final two weeks to be ready for opening day.

Giavotella and Miley confident they avoided serious injuries

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Second baseman Johnny Giavotella said this morning that his left hand and wrist are fine, and he can play whenever manager Buck Showalter puts him on the field. It won’t be today. Giavotella, signed to a minor league deal and invited to camp, didn’t make the trip for today’s game against the Rays. However, he could get back into the action

Miley and Giavotella updates and today’s lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wade Miley said he’s fine this morning after being hit yesterday on the left forearm and rib cage area. The Orioles haven’t scheduled any tests for him and he said it’s just like any other day. Infielder Johnny Giavotella said he could play today if needed, though he’s not on the trip to Port Charlotte. He was hit yesterday on the left

Former Orioles still waiting for jobs

SARASOTA, Fla. - The shelves on the free agent market continue to empty slowly. Players and agents wait for the buyers’ rush, or baseball’s version of Black Friday The former Orioles aisle includes designated hitter Pedro Álvarez, outfielder Nolan Reimold, catcher Steve Clevenger and pitcher Steve Johnson, the Baltimore native and former St. Paul’s standout who appeared in 16 games with the Mariners last season.

Wrapping up a 5-2 loss and updating injuries

BRADENTON, Fla. - Chris Tillman’s half mound session this morning was so encouraging, he’s now scheduled to throw off a regular mound on Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter indicated this morning that the club might wait until Monday. Showalter said he expects left-hander Wade Miley to make his next scheduled start after he consulted with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. Miley was hit on the left

Miley says he’s fine after being hit by liner (O’s lose 5-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Pirates 5, Orioles 2 Recap: Wade Miley was charged with four runs in one-plus innings, leaving the game after being hit by an Elias Díaz line drive leading off the bottom of the second. ... David Hess let an inherited runner score. ... Rule 5 pick Aneury Tavárez, a late replacement at DH for Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander, had an

Miley leaves game after being hit by line drive

BRADENTON, Fla. - Wade Miley left today’s game against the Pirates after being hit by an Elias Díaz line drive leading off the bottom of the second inning. Miley ran the count full to Díaz and was drilled, the ball appearing to hit his arm or shoulder area. There are no video replays available in the LECOM Park press box. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells,

Showalter on Joseph, Gunkel and Drake (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles took batting practice in Sarasota this morning before making the short trip to LECOM Park for their 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates. Infielder Paul Janish is counted among the reserves and should make his first appearance since signing a minor league deal last weekend. Ryan Flaherty is starting at third base after being shut down with a sore right

Broken finger leaves Bourn in holding pattern

BRADENTON, Fla. - Outfielder Michael Bourn said today he’s had no discussions with the Orioles about extending the March 27 opt-out date on his minor league deal. Bourn may not play before the middle of April after breaking the ring finger on his right hand last Friday. “When it’s time, we’ll converse with them,” he said. “They’ll pull me to the side and we’ll talk

Notes on McFarland, Tillman, Jones, injuries, Joseph’s RBI and more

BRADENTON, Fla. - Left-hander T.J. McFarland signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks this morning that included an invitation to spring training. He won’t be returning to the Orioles, who designated him for assignment on Feb. 19 and released him after he passed through two sets of waivers. McFarland is out of options and coming off a poor 2016 that included time spent on

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Wade Miley is on the mound today as the Orioles play the Pirates for the third time in eight days. This is their second trip to Bradenton. Manager Buck Showalter is running out of chances to get his World Baseball Classic players into the lineup. Catcher Welington Castillo and third baseman-turned-shortstop Manny Machado are on the trip, but Adam Jones is

Wilson and Sisco impressing in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing one game today. They won’t need to raid their minor league camp again. Manager Buck Showalter and bench coach John Russell can stick around for the final out. The short drive to Bradenton puts Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Welington Castillo in gray pants. Infielders Ryan Flaherty and Paul Janish are expected to join them now that they’ve

Wrapping up a 6-6 tie and updating injuries

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles were headed toward a split-squad loss today against the Twins, down by five runs with four outs left in regulation. David Washington hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth, Joey Rickard hit a solo shot off reliever Ryan O’Rourke with two outs in the ninth and Ryan Mountcastle launched a two-run shot to tie the game. Neither

Gausman considers today “a win” (Twins, O’s tie 6-6 in 10)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 6, Orioles (ss) 6 (10 innings) Recap: Manny Machado and Chris Davis had back-to-back two-out doubles off Phil Hughes in the first inning to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. ... Kevin Gausman allowed one run and one hit - an Eddie Rosario triple - and struck out two batters in two innings. ... Jason Garcia surrendered three runs in

Gausman allows single run vs. Twins (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman made his exhibition debut today against the Twins, following up on his start exactly one week ago in the second intrasquad game. The extended rest didn’t seem to bother him. Gausman retired six of the seven batters he faced over two innings, with a fly ball down the left field line from Eddie Rosario producing a one-out triple in the

Bourn won’t be ready to play before April (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Michael Bourn no longer is expected to get at-bats in spring training due to the broken ring finger sustained during a Feb. 24 workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He’s officially removed from the outfield competition. Bourn broke the finger while trying to catch a football as part of a conditioning and footwork drill. The Orioles projected that he could

Janish hoping to play within the next few days

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are scrambling to come up with enough infielders for tonight’s split-squad game against the Yankees in Tampa. The minor league camp will be emptied. Ryan Flaherty remains unavailable due to right shoulder soreness, though it’s more of a precaution. He’s playing catch today and wants to get back in the lineup. Paul Janish is still getting in baseball shape after

Tillman says flat mound session “went well”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman is feeling the normal soreness this morning after throwing yesterday off a flat mound. Normal is good. Nothing with his right shoulder, which received a platelet-rich plasma injection in December that is keeping him from making a fourth consecutive opening day start. “It went well,” he said. “It went about as well as a first mound can go, I guess.

Orioles lineup vs. Twins and injury updates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hyun Soo Kim is leading off and Adam Jones is batting second again for today’s split-squad game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Chris Johnson is playing third base and Johnny Giavotella is at second. For the Orioles Hyun Soo Kim LF Adam Jones CF Manny Machado SS Chris Davis 1B Mark Trumbo DH Seth Smith RF Welington Castillo C Chris

Aquino on his curveball and confidence

SARASOTA, Fla. - The early success and signs of a lasting impression by left-hander Jayson Aquino takes me back to that day early in camp when he threw a side session with the sound of ball popping mitt accompanied by whispers from executive vice president Dan Duquette and bullpen coach Alan Mills. Duquette commented on how Aquino’s dedication to improving his breaking ball was evident

Wrapping up a 12-5 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielders Ryan Flaherty and Paul Janish aren’t expected to be ready for Thursday’s split-squad games, leaving the Orioles in a bit of a roster bind as they face the Twins at home and the Yankees in Tampa. Flaherty is recovering from a sore shoulder and the Orioles want to give him one more day. Janish signed a minor league contract over the

Jones has another big day, Bundy benefits from it (O’s win 12-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 12, Red Sox 5 Recap: The Orioles trailed 2-0 after two batters on Chris Johnson’s throwing error and Andrew Benintendi’s two-run homer. ... Adam Jones homered for the second time this spring. ... Welington Castillo had an RBI double in the first and Johnson followed with a two-run double. ... Brad Brach made his spring debut and left the bases

Early notes on Tillman, Harvey, Bundy and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles brought last year’s second-round pick, left-hander Keegan Akin, from minor league camp as an extra pitcher for today’s game against the Red Sox. First-rounder Cody Sedlock worked an inning yesterday in Clearwater and gave up four runs on two home runs. Manager Buck Showalter had a brief conversation with him later and sensed that the kid was fine. “I think

Dickerson taking another swing at the majors

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Dickerson remembers sitting on the MLB Network set as an analyst, checking the monitors for game updates and wondering how he got there. A shoulder injury kept him off the field and moved him into a studio, but he wasn’t ready to make the transition. Not when he truly believed that he still could play, no matter how much his body

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Joey Rickard is leading off today and playing left field and Craig Gentry is getting the start in right field, as the Red Sox make their first visit this spring to Ed Smith Stadium. Adam Jones is batting second. Manny Machado remains at shortstop before leaving for the World Baseball Classic and Robert Andino replaces Jonathan Schoop at second base. For the

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Beyond the injury updates and roster moves, have there been two topics in Orioles camp more popular than Zach Britton’s perfect season and Ubaldo Jiménez’s September surge and whether it can carry over this summer? They approach their lockers each morning at their own risk. A reporter inevitably will saunter over to them with notebook in hand. Manager Buck Showalter had to

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