LeBlanc puts up blanks and Orioles cruise to win (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - One start won’t move the needle much in the Orioles rotation competition. Two innings aren’t a sufficient amount to begin placing odds. Three pitchers in the crowded field wanted to make an early impression this afternoon. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc shut out the Red Sox for the first couple of frames, allowing a single to Kevin Plawecki and striking out Tommy Joseph and ... read more

Orioles outright Ureña and return him to camp roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richard Ureña exited the utility competition in Orioles camp and has been dragged back into it. Just when a player thinks he’s out ... The club announced that Ureña cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He gets an invitation to spring training that bloats the camp roster to 69 players. It was inevitable. The Orioles designated Ureña for assignment ... read more

Notes on LeBlanc, Rule 5 guys, Davis, Velazquez and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Wade LeBlanc will try to go two innings this afternoon, as Chandler Shepherd and Ty Blach did yesterday in North Port. Manager Brandon Hyde has watched the left-hander in bullpen and live batting practice sessions, but today’s game provides a truer evaluation. “He’s just a veteran guy that knows how to pitch, that can command pitches,” Hyde said. “He’s had ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Stevie Wilkerson is in center field this afternoon for the Orioles’ home opener against the Red Sox. Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing second base. Catcher Pedro Severino is batting cleanup. Shortstop José Iglesias is making his debut. For the Orioles Hanser Alberto 2B Trey Mancini RF Chris Davis 1B Pedro Severino C Dwight Smith Jr. LF José Iglesias SS Rio ... read more

Rondón right in thick of utility competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - Absolutely nothing should be read into a spring training lineup in February. And the level of importance scrapes the bottom if it’s an opener and played on the road. The Orioles kept most of their regulars back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex yesterday, including first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop José Iglesias, third baseman Rio Ruiz, infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Trey ... read more

Shepherd on today’s start against the Braves (O’s lose 5-0)

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Chandler Shepherd got in his work this afternoon and that’s the main point of an exhibition start on Feb. 22. Shepherd, vying for a spot in the backend of the Orioles rotation, completed two innings against the Braves before Ty Blach replaced him. He allowed three runs and two hits with two walks and no strikeouts. The Braves filled their lineup ... read more

Notes on Means, Davis, Velazquez, Núñez, Mountcastle and more

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Left-hander John Means is going to start one of Tuesday’s split-squad games, when the Orioles host the Rays and travel to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. He won’t be shielded from a division opponent in the first week of the exhibition schedule. The Orioles are known to send pitchers to Twin Lakes Park or arrange simulated games as an ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Braves (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first exhibition game today against the Braves at the new North Port facility, and they’ve got Austin Hays leading off and playing center field and Ryan Mountcastle in left. Mountcastle is the cleanup hitter, slotting between third baseman Renato Núñez and catcher Chance Sisco. Richie Martin is the shortstop. Chandler Shepherd gets the start and Ty Blach follows, ... read more