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Weekly Wrap: Cruz’ing into spring games

Well, the Orioles haven’t slowed down. After signing both Suk-min Yoon and Ubaldo Jimenez last week, the O’s kept going by signing free agent slugger Nelson Cruz this week. Although Cruz was the subject of controversy after serving a suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal last season, many Orioles, including Chris Davis and Nick Markakis, said that they will welcome Cruz. In addition,

Throwback Thursday: Power, power, power

Last season, the O’s led the majors with 212 home runs. Only 36 of those blasts came off the bats of players no longer in the Orioles organization, leaving them with plenty of power returning to the lineup for 2014. In fact, with the addition of Nelson Cruz, the Orioles arguably have a more power-packed lineup than last season. Cruz is coming off of a

For Nats-O’s interleague games, no more combined MASN broadcast teams

It’s more than four months before the Nationals and Orioles will meet in four days of interleague action. But when those games occur - at Nationals Park on July 7-8, and 35 miles up the Baltimore-Washington Parkway at Camden Yards on July 9-10 - viewers on MASN will notice a major change. MASN is eliminating the combined broadcast booth featuring talent from both the Nationals

Bird Talk: Wieters weighs in on rule change, fantasy tips, and more

The Orioles silenced their critics this past week by signing not one or two free agents, but three. A quiet offseason suddenly became very busy in the last 10 days with the additions of Ubaldo Jimenez, Suk-min Yoon and Nelson Cruz. But that’s not the only thing that happened in baseball. Read more for what those in the national media are saying about the Orioles.

Yard Work: Restocking grounds crew is an annual offseason process

Camden Yards is a gem, a rare baseball cathedral that blends classic, retro style with today’s version of the national pastime. But its lush outfield grass and manicured infield don’t happen by accident. They’re the result of a year-round effort by head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen and her talented grounds crew. Each month during this offseason, Orioles Buzz will check in with McFadyen to see what’s

From selfies to signings: How did we get here?

Less than two weeks ago, everyone was buzzing when Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon tweeted a selfie of himself in an Orioles hat. That late night photo feels like it happened ages ago. Let’s recap how we got here, shall we? At the time, the Orioles still had not made a big offseason move, leaving the Baltimore fan base frustrated as the O’s began spring training.

Weekly Wrap: A week to remember

What a week. After the media and fans spent most of the offseason speculating about how inactive the Orioles were, they had so much to talk about with the addition of two new pitchers this week. Suk-min Yoon was introduced to the media Tuesday. While Yoon was a likely starter for the Orioles, news broke just a few hours after Yoon was announced that has

Jimenez’s demeanor: a little shy, but confident and focused

If you thought new Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez looked a little overwhelmed by all the attention at his introductory press conference this morning, you might be interested in the reason why. During his time with the Rockies, I dealt with Jimenez a couple of times while freelancing for MLB.com. I found him to be a confident, intuitive player, though one who was a little on

Fan creates Wear Orange Wednesdays to unify Orioles supporters

Head to Camden Yards for a packed night game, and you’ll see the stands flooded with a sea of orange and know that you are are surrounded by thousands of Orioles fans. Nancy Cook, creator of Wear Orange Wednesdays, wants to create that sense of community and Orioles pride away from the stadium. She started the grassroots campaign toward the beginning of the 2012 season.

Bird Talk: Ubaldo, Ubaldo, Ubaldo

The Orioles’ offseason heated up right around the time Baltimore was receiving a foot of snow. No, not all of us could be so lucky to go to Sarasota, Fla., and experience warm weather. The Orioles dominated headlines by signing not one, but two free agent pitchers. The first: Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon. The second: right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. Let’s take a look at some national

Weekly Wrap: Baseball’s back

Pitchers and catchers reported yesterday. Baseball is back. All is right in the world. Well, almost. Maybe we could do something with all of that snow. Before the start of spring training, there was still a lot of buzz surrounding the Orioles’ organization. And it all started with a selfie. (Never thought I’d write that.) On Tuesday, Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon tweeted a picture of

Let It snow: O’s fans support team in snowstorm

I don’t know about you, but I am over winter weather. Maybe it has something to do with the foot of snow that’s outside my house. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I’m ready for summer nights at Camden Yards. It’s both. Anyway, while I was waiting for warmer weather, a lot of Orioles fans were out embracing the snow. A huge

Throwback Thursday: The first of many to come

While we sit here and bear the snowstorm of the year, pitchers and catchers are reporting to Sarasota, Fla., to mark the first day of spring training. Among those reporting today is right-hander Kevin Gausman. Seen as one of the Orioles’ top prospects, Gausman spent 2013 jumping between Triple-A and the big leagues, where he made 20 appearances for Baltimore. In his sixth appearance, Gausman

Happy spring training: Enter to win a signed Darren O’Day baseball

Pitchers and catchers report today, and Orioles baseball is back! Baseball in Sarasota, Fla., is here, and baseball in Baltimore is right around the corner. While we wait, we’re giving our social media fans a chance to win a signed Darren O’Day baseball. You can enter below. When prompted, be sure to share this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter for additional entries. Good luck, O’s

Bird Talk: Spring training, Santana rumors, fantasy tips and more

As we in Baltimore are preparing for yet another snow storm, I have some news that could warm your heart. Four words: Pitchers and catchers report. That’s right, ladies and gentleman, baseball will officially be back in our lives tomorrow. In case you missed what others have said about the Birds nationally over the last week: * For The Win’s Ted Berg gives fans five

#FeelGoodFriday: MASN showcasing inspiring sports stories

There are so many reasons why I love sports. Growing up, playing sports was such an amazing experience, teaching me the meaning of teamwork and bringing me so many friends. Then, as I grew out of playing sports every day, I realized how strong of an impact watching sports can have on a person’s life. While athletes’ drive, determination and talent are inspirational on their

MASN adds seventh game to Orioles spring training broadcast schedule

MASN has announced that a seventh game has been added to its Orioles spring training broadcast schedule: Wednesday, March 19 at 1 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays from Ed Smith Stadium on MASN HD. The additional game will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. on MASN HD. With this additional game, the Orioles’ spring training broadcast schedule on MASN HD will be as follows: *

Peterson honored with Dr. James Andrews Award

If you thought all the offseason baseball hardware had been handed out, think again. Earlier this week, Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson was honored with the Dr. James R. Andrews, M.D. Award for Excellence in Baseball Sports Medicine. Peterson’s connection to Dr. Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine expert, dates to 1989, when Peterson was with the White Sox organization and

Weekly Wrap: From FanFest to Sarasota

Well, the Super Bowl was nice and all, but guess what? It’s baseball season! Before we talk more about how pitchers and catchers report this coming Thursday, here’s a fun fact: Did you know that quarterback and Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson was once drafted by the Orioles? Anyway, back to baseball. Spring training will officially be under way in just six days. While pitchers

Throwback Thursday: A night of firsts

On September 25, 2013, Buck Showalter started Jonathan Schoop at second base, setting him up to play in his first major league game. In his first at-bat of his career, Schoop connected for a line drive up the middle, giving him his first major league hit. Later in the game, Schoop hit another shot up the middle, but this time it left the yard for

Bird Talk: Organizational overview, spring training trucks and more

With FanFest officially in the rear-view mirror, we are only eight days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Several offseason report cards and organizational overviews are starting to come out. In case you missed any of the latest news about the Orioles, you’re in the right spot. * The Orioles have had perhaps the quietest offseason in the American League East. There’s

That’s a wrap: A final look at O’s FanFest

Orioles fans, you are awesome! We saw more than 15,000 of you come to the Baltimore Convention Center this past Saturday for the annual FanFest event. We were thrilled to be right in the middle of the action, meeting lots of fans throughout the day. We edited MASNsports.com content live on location, hosted a Twitter takeover with Jim Hunter, held trivia games for fans, and

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