Pirates-O's spring game rained out

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Tonight's scheduled game between the Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to inclement weather. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for tonight's game purchased from the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office or Orioles.com may exchange their ticket(s) for tomorrow night’s Spring Training game at Ed Smith Stadium. If you wish to exchange, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your account number and you will be assigned tickets as close to the original location as available. If you cannot exchange to the March 23 game, we will automatically refund your account back to the original method of payment.

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Roster moves include optioning of Kjerstad and Stowers

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Optioned OF Heston Kjerstad and OF Kyle Stowers to minor league camp.
  • Reassigned C David Bañuelos2B/SS Jackson HollidayINF Coby MayoINF/OF Connor Norby, and RHP Albert Suárez to minor league camp.

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 38 players (32+5 NRI+1 IL).

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Brandon Hyde sets rotation, Mike Elias talks roster

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Orioles' manager Brandon Hyde dropped some nuggets of information on his ballclub pregame Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. Before the Orioles played the Red Sox, he announced the order of the starting rotation to begin the year and told reporters that Jorge Mateo would make the Opening Day roster.

We already knew that new ace Corbin Burnes would start the opener on March 28. But Hyde said he would be followed in order by Grayson Rodriguez, Tyler Wells, Dean Kremer and Cole Irvin.

With an off day on the second day of the season, the Orioles could have brought Burnes back for the fifth game of the year. Now he is set to start Game 6 after the first turn through the rotation.

Some are already speculating that Mateo's roster inclusion will make it harder for Jackson Holliday to make it. I don't see it that way just yet. But I guess yes if Ramon Urias makes the roster and there are no injuries or trades, it potentially could be more challenging.

I still see the kid on the roster for the opener.

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Orioles roster uncertainty appears narrowed to two decisions

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The camp roster held at 45 players yesterday. Jorge Mateo is confirmed for Opening Day in Baltimore.

Can the remaining decisions be simplified to, who’s the last reliever and bench player? Are we actually at that point in spring training?

A reduction to two spots with this many players on the major league side is interesting, to say the least.

To say the most, this is the correct math if bullpen locks are Craig Kimbrel, Yennier Cano, Danny Coulombe, Cionel Pérez, Mike Baumann, Dillon Tate and Keegan Akin. And if we’re waiting only to find out whether Jackson Holliday is on the Opening Day roster or the Orioles decide between second baseman Kolten Wong and a fifth outfielder like Kyle Stowers, Ryan McKenna or Heston Kjerstad.

In hindsight, it isn’t that simple. It’s more than just two players going head-to-head for one job, like the good ol’ backup catcher wars of past spring trainings before James McCann arrived.

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Henderson happy to stay at shortstop, Hyde impressed with Kimbrel's changeup, Nevin notches another hit (O's lose 3-2)

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Talent times have changed with the Orioles, and the proof showed again tonight when substitutions in the sixth inning included Coby Mayo at first base, Jackson Holliday at shortstop and Kyle Stowers in center field.

Not the typical replacements in a road exhibition game.

Holliday subbed for Gunnar Henderson, who led off and played the position that now belongs to him in 2024. Sharing is caring, but Henderson can hog it.

Manager Brandon Hyde confirmed it to the media this afternoon. Henderson won’t shift between short and third. Precisely what last year’s American League Rookie of the Year wanted to hear.

“That’s what I was drafted as and what I played my whole life growing up,” Henderson said, “so I’m looking forward to just getting some consistent playing time there.”

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Orioles set five-man rotation, Mateo makes team, Henderson's role is defined

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Orioles set their rotation for the beginning of the season, and they’re ignoring the off-days and going with five starters.

Corbin Burnes is getting the ball for Opening Day against the Angels on March 28, followed by Grayson Rodriguez on March 30, Tyler Wells on March 31, Dean Kremer on April 1 against the Royals and Cole Irvin on April 2. Every game will be played at Camden Yards.

Wells appeared to be a bullpen candidate over the winter, but Kyle Bradish and John Means are headed to the injured list. Trading for Burnes didn’t push Wells back into a relief role.

Results also matter with Wells, who has allowed only two runs in 10 2/3 innings.

“We look at a little bit of everything – opponent, not only opponent first time but in the next few weeks, but also, he’s throwing the ball great,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “One of our best, if not the best starter in the first half last year, and for me he’s throwing the ball like that right now. We want to start him game three.”

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Orioles and Red Sox lineups in Fort Myers

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The 20-win spring training Orioles play their penultimate road game tonight against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.

Albert Suárez makes his fifth appearance and third start, and he needs to avoid the one disastrous inning that has marred his last two games and maybe impacted his chances of going north.

Suárez has logged 11 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs and 13 hits with one walk and 16 strikeouts. He was charged with five runs in the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Gunnar Henderson is leading off and playing shortstop. Jordan Westburg is the third baseman and cleanup hitter.

Colton Cowser is in center field. Tyler Nevin is the left fielder and Kolten Wong is the second baseman.

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Orioles make minor league roster moves

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The Orioles have made the following minor league roster moves:

  • Placed RHP Noah Denoyer on the Triple-A Norfolk Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed LHP Jakob Hernandez and RHP Nathan Webb on the Triple-A Norfolk 60-day Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Jean Pinto on the Double-A Bowie Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Conner Loeprich on the Double-A Bowie 60-day Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Daniel Federman and RHP Reese Sharp on the High-A Aberdeen Full-Season Injured List.
  • Placed RHP Hugo BeltranRHP Wyatt CheneyINF Adam CramptonLHP Andry Mercedes, and RHP Trey Nordmann on the Single-A Delmarva Full-Season Injured List.
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Coca-Cola Consolidated named official beverage sponsor of the Baltimore Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards

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The Baltimore Orioles and Coca-Cola Consolidated, the largest Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., today announced a multiyear partnership designating Coca-Cola as the official beverage sponsor of the Orioles and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

"We are excited to join forces with Coca-Cola Consolidated and their family of brands and flavors," said T.J. Brightman, Orioles Senior Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer. “This partnership represents our shared commitment to providing exceptional products that enhance our guest experience.”

Fans will now have the opportunity to enjoy Coca-Cola beverages as fountain drinks, in bottles and in cans while cheering on their home team – which will begin with MLB’s Opening Day on March 28 when the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park. In addition, spectators will experience several Coca-Cola Consolidated-led community events and drink samplings at select games.

"There's just something special about watching baseball with a Coca-Cola in your hand at Camden Yards, so we are thrilled to be part of creating memories alongside Orioles fans,” said Heather Hucks, Vice President of Consumer Connections at Coca-Cola Consolidated. “As Baltimore’s local bottler, we are excited to positively impact the Baltimore community.”

Coca-Cola Consolidated makes, sells and distributes beverages of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies in more than 300 brands and flavors across 14 states and the District of Columbia, to approximately 60 million consumers. It has served as the region’s local Coca-Cola bottler since 1902. Coca-Cola Consolidated currently has more than 725 teammates and serves more than 640 customers right here in Baltimore.

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Odds and ends as spring training is winding down

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A few odds and ends as there are now just a few spring games left. An odd number of five actually and that will be the end of spring training in 2024.

We are all about ready for a new season to start at this point.

Rookie fav: We don’t even know for sure yet whether the Orioles Jackson Holliday will be on the Opening Day roster. But according to DraftKings Sportsbook, he is the favorite to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award:

* O’s Jackson Holliday at +250.

* Texas’ Evan Carter at +300.

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Wondering about a nine-man bullpen, scouts watching Orioles outfielders, Henderson getting early MVP attention

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SARASOTA, Fla. – With the Orioles committed to keeping 13 pitchers and 13 position players, they’re operating under an assumption that they head north with a set five-man rotation and eight relievers. Roster mocks divide the bullpen into the “locks” and “others” categories, as the club would operate under normal circumstances.,

However, there’s nothing normal about having five off-days before May, including March 29 after the opener against the Angels at Camden Yards.

The schedule could lead the Orioles to begin the season with four starters and keep a ninth reliever who operates as a long man. They’re discussing various scenarios and the factors that could be influencers, such as the number of pitchers who are out of minor league options.

At the risk of being charged with murder by monotony, I’ll share again that I think Craig Kimbrel, Yennier Cano, Danny Coulombe, Cionel Pérez, Mike Baumann and Dillon Tate are the safest bets to go north, and that Keegan Akin has thrust himself onto the frontrunner list.

The eighth spot could come down to Jacob Webb, Bryan Baker, Julio Teheran, Albert Suárez or Andrew Suárez. My mind narrows it to Webb, Baker and Teheran, with Albert Suárez, who starts tonight against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, hopping into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation. Andrew Suárez would be a fourth left-hander, which seems extreme in an eight-man ‘pen.

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Vespi optioned

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Optioned LHP Nick Vespi to minor league camp.

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 45 players (34+10 NRI+1 IL).

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Patience and expectations: Words to keep in mind when young players reach MLB

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When it comes to the Orioles, we have seen it happen in recent years, we have seen it happen last year and we have a historical perspective of it as well.

It is that a young player, even those ranked as No. 1 prospects in the sport, can and often do struggle at the outset of their major league careers.

Two words come to mind - patience and expectations. Patience to give the young player time to settle in and feel comfortable at the big league level and to start to put up numbers. And expectations which must be managed early on for that player. It’s OK to have high expectations, we should for top prospects, but it is also ok to give them time to realize the expectations. Often a lot of time.

Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson are now emerging stars on the Orioles and already considered among the top players in the game. They have at least a couple of things in common in that both shot up to No. 1 in prospect rankings and both had some early career struggles.

Hard to believe it now, but Rutschman, who had his MLB debut on May 21, 2022, was 13-for-74 after his first 20 games with 18 strikeouts and no RBIs. That is zero RBIs. He was batting .176/.256/.257/.513 at that point. Over 113 games on the 2022 season he would hit .254/.362/.445/.806 and finished second for the Rookie of the Year award and 12th in the MVP voting.

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Holliday hustles and homers, Cowser and Norby add to prospect showcase in 13-8 win

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DUNEDIN, Fla. – Jackson Holliday keeps pushing to make the Orioles’ Opening Day roster.

Two more hits today, including his second home run, and a walk were the latest arguments for it. He can’t be ignored. He won’t let up.

Blue Jays veteran Chad Green served up the homer with two outs in the fifth inning, with Holliday driving a curveball to the bar area beyond the right-center field fence. The average increased to .326 with a .998 OPS.

There must be something about TD Ballpark. Holliday hit a grand slam here in a March 10 split-squad game.

“I do like hitting here,” he said. “Usually the wind blows out, so it’s pretty favorable.”

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Orioles pregame notes on Zimmermann, Stowers, Bradish and more

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DUNEDIN, Fla. – Bruce Zimmermann will head to minor league spring training and jump into Triple-A Norfolk’s rotation.

The Orioles optioned Zimmermann this morning after he allowed three earned runs and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings. His 3.52 ERA was paired with a 1.957 WHIP.

“We need rotation depth and so he’s going to be in the Norfolk rotation to start the year,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “It’s going to take more than five guys. He threw the ball well this spring, but we’re going to start the year with him in Triple-A and continue to build him up as a starter.”

Prospects Cade Povich, Chayce McDermott and Justin Armbruester are expected to join Zimmermann. Albert Suárez could occupy another spot if he doesn’t break camp with the Orioles.

Seth Johnson probably will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. He’s made only one career appearance above High-A.

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Orioles option Zimmermann (plus lineups and notes)

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DUNEDIN, Fla. – The Orioles optioned left-hander Bruce Zimmermann to minor league camp this morning, reducing their major league camp roster to 46 players.

The Baltimore native was competing for a spot in the rotation or the bullpen in long relief.

Zimmermann appeared in three games and allowed three earned runs (five total) and 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings. He walked three batters and struck out seven.

Ryan Mountcastle remains out of the lineup this afternoon against the Blue Jays. He hasn’t played since March 12 due to neck stiffness but said this morning that he’s taking live batting practice in Sarasota and will play Wednesday night against the Phillies in Sarasota.

Austin Hays has been ill but said this morning that he’s feeling better. He also could be in Wednesday’s lineup.

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Orioles option Bruce Zimmermann to minor league camp

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The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Optioned LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minor league camp.

The Orioles’ Spring Training roster currently has 46 players (35+10 NRI+1 IL).

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Decisions, decisions: O's final roster cutdown is challenging to say the least

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We hear big league managers and front office types say something similar early each spring training. They hope there are a lot of tough decisions to make at the end of their camp. They hope a lot of players play well.

It doesn’t always happen. It probably doesn’t often happen.

For the Orioles, this year, it did happen.

Kyle Stowers is batting .297 with an OPS of 1.181 and seven spring homers. Colton Cowser is batting .364/1.246 with four long balls. Coby Mayo is batting .366/1.068. Even a more veteran player like Errol Robinson has gone 6-for-16 this spring. Tyler Nevin has hit .302 and Connor Norby is 6-for-20.

On the mound, the Orioles have nine pitchers with ERAs of 0.00 that have thrown at least three innings.

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Cedric Mullins is motivated and confident he can have another big year

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For a player who had a year where he dealt with multiple groin injuries and finished the year struggling so badly, O’s center fielder Cedric Mullins still had his moments in the 2023 season.

He hit for the cycle May 12, had a five-hit game and also hit two grand slams. On Sept. 18 at Houston, he hit a 425-foot, go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning. And he became the first player to both rob and hit a home run in the ninth inning or later of the same game over the last 10 seasons on Aug. 13 at Seattle. That was according to ESPN Stats & Info and marked his first career go-ahead homer in extra innings.

He sure had some big moments and games but still hit for him what was a less than expected .233/.305/.416/.721 for an OPS+ of 101.

He’s now 30 and two years removed from the first 30-30 season (homers and steals) in O’s history in 2021. He produced an .878 OPS then and was ninth in the MVP voting.

But his last two years were not close to that, and he was 0-for-12 in the American League Division Series last October and just 2-for-45 his last 14 games, counting the postseason.

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MLB's Spring Breakout series is nice showcase for young talent

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The Orioles' Spring Breakout game has come and gone. They lost the seven-inning contest 3-1 on Thursday night in Bradenton to the Pittsburgh Pirates' prospects.

Who expected the O’s pitching prospects to outshine the hitters? But the O’s batters in that game got just one hit in 20 at-bats. And that was a bunt hit by Enrique Bradfield Jr. He blazed his way down the first-base line, showing off his 80-grade speed. Luis Valdez also showed off his speed in stealing two bases, leading to Jud Fabian’s deep sac fly in the Baltimore second.

But Jackson Holliday, Coby Mayo, Samuel Basallo and Connor Norby went a combined 0-for-7.

The O’s chose to use just two pitchers, and lefty Cade Povich and right-hander Trace Bright each gave up one earned run. Each fanned four batters, and Bright in particular showed some swing-and-miss secondaries, including a big breaking curveball, to go with a lively fastball that he could elevate at 95 mph.

The game allowed the O’s to show off 15 of their top 30 prospects, seven from their top 10 and three from the top 100, including the No. 1 prospect in the game, Holliday.

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