Josh Michael: Breaking down a pair of promising pitching prospects

Josh Michael: Breaking down a pair of promising pitching prospects
The 2018 minor league season will kick off Thursday, and I for one am extremely excited because the state of the Orioles' farm system has vastly improved over the past few years. Today, I want to highlight two pitchers that most O's fans are not very familiar with, but are prospects that I am very excited about. First up is a lefty who almost wasn't even an Oriole. Cameron Bishop, 22, was selected by the Orioles in the 26th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Cal-Irvine. His...
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"MASN All Access" podcast: Chance The Bunter, bats vs. pitching and schedule

"MASN All Access" podcast: Chance The Bunter, bats vs. pitching and schedule
What's the first weekend of the season without a little controversy? As if it hadn't been talked about enough, Paul and I discuss Chance Sisco's now infamous bunt in the ninth inning against the Twins on Sunday to start off this week's Orioles episode of the "MASN All Access" podcast. Was Sisco in the wrong, or did he do the right thing when he bunted during José Berríos' one-hit shutout? We'll weigh in with our thoughts and hear from MASN analyst and Orioles Hall of Famer Rick...
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Andrew Stetka: How Orioles could extend recent positivity

Andrew Stetka: How Orioles could extend recent positivity
There's no question it's been a positive few weeks for the Orioles. After an offseason that looked bleak and disconcerting, the team made a few moves on and off the field that helped spring things to life. There was the announcement of the "Kids Cheer Free" program, which allows adults to bring children 9 and under to a game for free. Then the team backed up its signing of pitcher Andrew Cashner by bringing in another free agent starter, Alex Cobb. The O's also announced new pricing...
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Zach Wilt: Arms will dictate Orioles' success in 2018

Zach Wilt: Arms will dictate Orioles' success in 2018
In 2018, the Orioles will go as far as their starting pitching will take them. I think I've been writing that same sentence for the last seven years. It's basic, but it's true. The O's offense is strong and should be even better this season. Last year, the team fell out of contention because its starting pitching struggled. The Birds' rotation ranked last in ERA (5.70), 27th in walks per nine innings (3.74) and gave up more hard contact (35 percent) than 26 of the 30 teams in baseball. The...
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"MASN All Access" podcast: Opening day, the rotation and expectations

"MASN All Access" podcast: Opening day, the rotation and expectations
A new baseball season means a new podcast! If you've been following along with MASNsports.com's previous Orioles podcast "Yard Work," we hope you continue to follow along with the new "MASN All Access" podcast. This new podcast will be all-encompassing under the umbrella of the "MASN All Access" Facebook Live show. "All Access" co-host and producer Paul Mancano will join me, "All Access" and social producer Bobby Blanco, twice a week for brand-new episodes all season long. Orioles...
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Orioles introduce family-friendly, affordable concessions lineup

Orioles introduce family-friendly, affordable concessions lineup
The logos on the Camden Yards field are painted. The bunting hang along the baseline walls. Opening day is just hours away. There are many questions that fill the minds of Orioles fans on the dawn of a new season. How will the starting rotation perform? Who will bat leadoff? How will the bullpen hold up without Zach Britton? But here's another offseason question that may get overlooked during the excitement of opening day: What's new to eat and drink at the ballpark this year? Just under 24...
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Opposite dugout: Twins out to prove 2017 wasn't an anomaly

Opposite dugout: Twins out to prove 2017 wasn't an anomaly
Manager: Paul Molitor (4th season) Record: 85-77 (2nd in AL Central in 2017; captured 2nd AL wild card) Last 10 games: Season opener Who to watch: 2B Brian Dozier (.271 average, 34 HR, 93 RBIs); 3B Miguel Sanó (.264 average, 28 HR, 77 RBIs); CF Byron Buxton (.253 average, 29 SB); RHP José Berríos (14-8, 3.89 ERA); RHP Lance Lynn (11-8, 3.43 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: First meeting (5-2 in 2017) Pitching probables: March 29: RHP Jake Odorizzi (10-8, 4.14 ERA) vs. RHP Dylan Bundy...
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Orioles pledge $300,000 to local charities as part of Birdland Community Heroes Program

Orioles pledge $300,000 to local charities as part of Birdland Community Heroes Program
The Orioles continue their charitable endeavors with the announcement of a $300,000 pledge to local charities in support of their Birdland Community Heroes program. This pledge will include a combined donation of $100,000 from the Orioles Charitable Foundation to the 2018 season's Birdland Community Heroes' related charities and another $200,000 to the charities of those Heroes honored in previous seasons. Since the program's launch during the 2016 regular season, the Orioles have honored 80...
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MASN revealing exclusive new T-shirts, other prizes on opening day

MASN revealing exclusive new T-shirts, other prizes on opening day
Baseball is almost back! Opening day is coming up in just two short days, and MASN is giving you the chance to celebrate the return of baseball with new prizes and swag! Visit the MASN tent on Eutaw Street and try your hand at our prize wheel! Select fans will be taking home exclusive new T-shirts with Gary Thorne's signature home run call. In addition to tons of prizes - including koozies, tumblers and schedule posters - MASN will also be hooking you up with "social snapshots." Round up...
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Orioles to honor UMBC men's basketball team's historic upset on UMBC Pride Night

Orioles to honor UMBC men's basketball team's historic upset on UMBC Pride Night
There's a reason why the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is also called March Madness. Every year, the tournament is filled with crazy and unexpected upsets. Top seeds struggle to get through their own regions, No. 5 seeds dread their first-round matchups against the No. 12 seeds and national powerhouses get eliminated by mid-major schools. Some would argue it's the best sporting event there is, and if you've been paying attention the last few weeks, you'll know that this year's edition...
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For both Army and Navy, "an incredible experience" at Camden Yards

For both Army and Navy, "an incredible experience" at Camden Yards
The first flakes fluttered from the sky late in the sixth inning of the opening game of Sunday's doubleheader between Army West Point and Navy at Camden Yards. They floated and danced from the clouds, but barely had any effect on what was happening on the field between two rival service academies. Within minutes, however, the ballpark was engulfed in a full-fledged snow squall. And as Navy took the field for the top of the seventh, the umpires huddled as fans strained to see warm-up pitches...
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Setting our lineup of guest bloggers for 2018

Setting our lineup of guest bloggers for 2018
LIke all good teams, we're setting our lineup for the coming season. At MASNsports.com, that means letting you know who our Orioles guest bloggers will be for the 2018 campaign. Since 2011, we've shared our little corner of cyberspace with passionate guest bloggers who write about the O's, giving them an opportunity to share their strong opinions with a larger audience and hopefully introducing new readers to their blogs. This year will be no different, with two returnees and a newcomer...
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Annual "Go Green" auction to feature caps, bases from St. Patrick's Day game

Annual "Go Green" auction to feature caps, bases from St. Patrick's Day game
You already know that Saturday, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, which is reserved for the wearing of the green. It's the one day when the Orioles divert from their typical orange-and-black color scheme to don green caps for the only time during spring training. But you won't want to miss the bidding on the green in the club's annual "Go Green" auction to benefit Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. Orioles players and coaches will wear specially designed green caps when the Orioles...
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Orioles announce "Kids Cheer Free" initiative, new kids programs and family-friendly amenities

Orioles announce "Kids Cheer Free" initiative, new kids programs and family-friendly amenities
Baseball is a family game, and today's young fans are tomorrow's parents coming to the ballpark with their children in tow. Recognizing the importance of family activities and the need to introduce youngsters to the national pastime, the Orioles today announced a new "Kids Cheer Free" initiative, which invites parents to bring children 9 and under free of charge to Oriole Park. Under this new program, every adult who purchases a regularly priced individual game ticket in the upper deck will...
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LOCASH headlines charity concert at Ed Smith Stadium

LOCASH headlines charity concert at Ed Smith Stadium
Who says the end of spring training needs to be a sad time? Yes, the ending of camp means the regular season is about to start. But after training, playing and living in an area for over a month, it can be a little bittersweet to leave your spring home for your regular season home. That can be especially said for the Orioles, who have made a longstanding commitment to the Greater Sarasota community since they moved their big league spring training operations there in 2010. So it's no surprise...
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Orioles to host Army-Navy doubleheader, play 2019 exhibition game in Annapolis

Orioles to host Army-Navy doubleheader, play 2019 exhibition game in Annapolis
It's widely considered that the rivalry between our nation's military and naval academies is the greatest in all of American sports. And while that rivarly is mostly associated with the annual Army-Navy football game, don't think that it doesn't carry over into other sports (or just about anything, for that matter). How cool is it that we have the Naval Academy right in our backyard in historic Annapolis and get to witness this rivalry firsthand year-round? Now that rivalry is being brought...
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Ed Smith Stadium voted top spring training venue

Ed Smith Stadium voted top spring training venue
Anyone who's been lucky enough to watch an Orioles game there understands that Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., is a uniquely wonderful ballpark. It doesn't matter whether you're sunning yourself in the box seats, grabbing something to eat on the concourse or stationed in the left field picnic area awaiting a home run ball to fly your way. Ed Smith Stadium is gem, possessing a retro feel in its comfy configurations and delivering the intimate game-watching experience that fans...
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Orioles generate record $97 million economic impact in Sarasota

Orioles generate record $97 million economic impact in Sarasota
If you make the trip down south for spring training and drive around downtown Sarasota, Fla,, you would wonder if you ever left Baltimore. The lamp posts that line the sidewalks down Main Street are draped in Birdland banners and the people walking around are dressed in orange and black. If you head over to the Ed Smith Stadium complex, you'll find Orioles fans lined up at the crack of dawn to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. The Orioles have made quite the little community in...
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Orioles' charity concert in Sarasota expanded to include weekend full of musical, wellness events

Orioles' charity concert in Sarasota expanded to include weekend full of musical, wellness events
Music and Orioles baseball go together, from the pregame rendition of the national anthem to crowd-pumping between-innings tunes to "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh-inning stretch at Camden Yards. And who doesn't like to hear "Orioles Magic" as a celebratory nod when the Orioles win at home? Furthering the special connection between music and the national pastime, the Orioles will host the third annual Nashville's Music Row Comes to the Ballpark - a one-of-a-kind,...
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"MASN All Access" bringing daily live spring training coverage from Sarasota

"MASN All Access" bringing daily live spring training coverage from Sarasota
The time is here. The offseason is finally over and the new baseball season is underway. If you can't fly south with the Orioles, have no fear. "MASN All Access" will be there to bring all the excitement of spring training straight to you. Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Tuesday, Feb. 13, and for the first few days of camp, "MASN All Access" will be broadcasting live every day around 3 p.m. on Facebook Live with the latest news and updates from...
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