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Trying to answer a few more Orioles questions

The Thanksgiving leftovers are beginning to run out, due to my generosity in sending family home with plastic containers bursting at the lid and my stunning ability to fill a plate every hour as if opening the refrigerator door somehow adds a year to my life. Cold stuffing isn’t just for dinner anymore. Meanwhile, I can’t seem to reach the bottom of my mailbag. I ... read more

Hays on Mancini’s comeback and new hitting coaches

In those sporadic moments when I envision Trey Mancini helping to prepare Thanksgiving dinner, which I’m only assuming is an actual thing, I imagine him reaching inside the turkey for the giblets and pulling out another Comeback Player of the Year Award. There’s always room for fourths. The Sporting News, Major League Baseball Players Association and beat writers at MLB.com chose Mancini in separate balloting, ... read more

A day for giving thanks

The date on the calendar, the 15-pound thawed turkey in the refrigerator and the forced viewing of a Lions game indicate that it’s time again to give thanks, something that should be done on a daily basis, but tends to slip through life’s cracks. There’s the most obvious starting point - canned cranberry sauce. OK, seriously, it’s family. Including my new wife and 14-month-old granddaughter ... read more

Orioles claim Cionel Pérez off waivers

With the Orioles still unsure about the status of the Winter Meetings in early December, including the Rule 5 draft that closes out the annual event, they occupied the final spot in their 40-man roster today by claiming left-hander Cionel Pérez off waivers from the Reds. Pérez was a highly touted pitcher out of Cuba who signed with the Astros as an international free agent ... read more

Hays details core injury sustained in May

The swings that show how Orioles outfielder Austin Hays is making a successful recovery from core surgery also can be done with a hammer. Hays apologized yesterday for being late for a phone interview because he was busy working on the construction of a batting cage at his home in Orange City, Fla., which sits in the middle between Orlando and Daytona Beach. “I have ... read more

Notes on Hall of Fame ballot, Hays’ recovery and Jones’ passing

Thirteen new candidates appear on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, which was released yesterday, but none have ties to the Orioles. Unless, of course, you want to count how fans assumed that Severna Park resident and Mount St. Joseph graduate Mark Teixeira would sign with the Orioles the minute after he became a free agent. Other newbies are infielders Álex Rodríguez, Justin Morneau, Ryan ... read more

Mancini again chosen AL Comeback Player of the Year

The offseason has left enough room for Trey Mancini to receive another honor. Mancini is the recipient of the American League’s Comeback Player of the Year Award, with Major League Baseball making the announcement tonight. The award has been presented annually since 2005, with the 30 club beat reporters from MLB.com choosing the winners in each league from an original list of 30 candidates. Mancini, ... read more

Notes on Gillaspie, new hire, Severino signing and Rombach

Seconds after filing my story on Friday’s additions to the 40-man roster that protected players in the Rule 5 draft, I did a quick search on Logan Gillaspie to make certain that I didn’t completely dismiss his chances. That I didn’t write something like, “He’s in the Arizona Fall League and out of this discussion.” I typed his name as “Conner Gillaspie” the next morning ... read more