After solid 2018 debut, Grayson Rodriguez preps for first full pro year

SARASOTA, Fla. - The 2018 season was pretty special for 19-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. He was taken No. 11 in round one of the draft by the Orioles, signed a large bonus, pitched well in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and now can’t wait to see what comes next. It will be his first full season of professional baseball and could begin with him in ... read more

Notes on Chance Sisco, Alex Cobb from the stretch and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb said he’d never done it before and it was, in his words, “a gametime decision” yesterday. What he did was pitch from the stretch for his entire 69-pitch outing. Where he could have chosen to pitch from a full windup with no runners on base, he just stayed throwing from the stretch position. He went out and had ... read more

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 4-3 win over Toronto

DUNEDIN, Fla. - If spring training is for working on things for certain veterans, Orioles opening day starter Alex Cobb sure did that today. And we might see more of his experiment. In a game the Orioles won 4-3, he pitched from the stretch throughout his 69-pitch five-inning outing against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. He was rolling with it, throwing a no-hitter ... read more

Hyde pregame on rotation, opener use and more (O’s win 4-3)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde still doesn’t yet know or is not ready to announce anything for his starting pitching rotation beyond Alex Cobb as opening day starter and that the next two will be Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy in some order. But asked today again if the Orioles would consider the use of an opener, Hyde didn’t say yes or no, ... read more

Brandon Hyde on Mychal Givens’ simulated game plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Struggling in spring training is a new development for Orioles right-handed reliever Mychal Givens. This spring, over four outings, he’s allowed nine hits, nine runs and three homers in just 2 2/3 innings. In four spring trainings combined between 2015 and 2018, he gave up four earned runs over 26 innings. Now he’s allowed nine earned runs. When Givens pitched in a ... read more

Twins bash six homers in 12-9 win over Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles right-hander David Hess began his outing today with a spring ERA of 3.48, a batting average against of .237 and with a WHIP of 1.06 through four spring games. But he leaves with an ERA of 9.00 as Minnesota beat the Orioles 12-9 at Hammond Stadium. The Orioles have lost five of six, two in the last two days to ... read more

Orioles and Twins meet again, this time in Fort Myers (O’s lose 12-9)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the fifth time this spring training the Orioles have taken the interstate south to Fort Myers. They’ve faced Boston and Minnesota twice each in the area and are back today to face Minnesota with David Hess on the mound. The Orioles are playing the Twins for the fifth time among seven matchups this spring. They are 2-2 versus the Twins ... read more

A look at the outfield less than two weeks to opening day

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve seen the Orioles send a few young outfielders like Yusniel Diaz, DJ Stewart and Ryan McKenna to minor league camp, but a few youngsters are still around and the Orioles outfield situation is becoming a bit more clear with opening day approaching. Will the starters be Trey Mancini in left, Cedric Mullins in center and Austin Hays in right? That’s what ... read more