Lineup speculation, pitching decisions and more

The first lineup of 2021 spring training will be posted later this morning, with Trey Mancini the only confirmed player in it. Manager Brandon Hyde said that Mancini will be the first baseman. The rest can be speculated. The Orioles are home, which usually puts more “starters” on the field. They had Hanser Alberto leading off and playing second base last year in the first ... read more

Mancini playing first base in Sunday’s opener (and other notes)

The first exhibition lineup posted Sunday morning by Orioles manager Brandon Hyde will include Trey Mancini at first base. The comeback has reached another important stage. Mancini missed the entire 2020 season after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy treatments for Stage 3 colon cancer. His final at-bats came on March 2 before he left the team. He went 4-for-14 with two RBIs in five games. “I’m ... read more

This, that and the other

Through it all - the injuries, strikeouts, intense criticism from fans and media, reminders of a contract he couldn’t live up to - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has worked to maintain his perspective and count his blessings. They begin at home with wife Jill and daughters Ella and twins Evie and Grace. They include the people on the professional side of his life. Who ... read more

Davis bringing new approach to plate in spring training

Reluctant to make any real changes to his approach at the plate while his production tumbled and the criticism rose, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis decided to bring a different look to spring training in 2021. And it has nothing to do with muscle. Exactly how drastic won’t be known until the exhibition games begin, with the opener on Sunday against the Pirates in Sarasota, ... read more

Kyle Moore on spring training life in the other camp

The reformatted 2021 spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla. has spread out some players to the Twin Lakes side in order for the Orioles to follow health and safety protocols. To avoid overcrowding at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. This is a deviation from the usual minor league setup with the reduction in bodies. Players at Twin Lakes can be summoned to the major league ... read more

Orioles notes and quotes from today’s workout

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has chosen Thomas Eshelman to start Sunday afternoon’s exhibition opener against the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. Hyde wanted to get through a handful of full-squad workouts before making his decision. Eshelman rejoined the Orioles on a minor league deal last month. He made 12 appearances in 2020, including four starts, and tied Travis Lakins Sr. for the team lead with ... read more

Leftovers for breakfast

Making it through spring training healthy is a priority for the Orioles, but so is keeping players away from the injured list through the regular season. Breaking camp with them is important. So is avoiding shutdowns and extended absences later. Reliever Hunter Harvey talks about it every spring. Outfielder Anthony Santander came to the Orioles as a Rule 5 pick recovering from shoulder surgery and ... read more

Jones on trade to Orioles and decision to play baseball

Jahmai Jones is getting most of his reps in Orioles camp at second base, with the occasional shifts coming to the outfield. Jones, the former second-round draft pick acquired from the Angels in the Alex Cobb trade, brings a healthy level of experience at both positions and doesn’t care where he settles. He isn’t worried about the possibility of wearing a utility label. Being a ... read more