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Early returns on Rule 5 pitchers (and more)

The Orioles are only seven games into their season, but they don’t have a reason to second-guess the decision to carry two Rule 5 pitchers on the opening day roster. The risk made sense back in Sarasota and it makes sense further north. Tyler Wells surrendered his first major league home run Thursday, but he also struck out three batters in the inning. Franchy Cordero ... read more

Orioles option Pat Valaika

The Orioles announced one half of a roster move this afternoon, optioning utility player Pat Valaika to the alternate training site in Bowie. How they replace Valaika will be revealed prior to Saturday night’s game against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Outfielder DJ Stewart is expected to be activated from the injured list. He hasn’t played since straining his left hamstring on March 5 ... read more

Hyde on Mountcastle: “We’re going to be patient with him”

The sore hamstring that forced Austin Hays onto the injured list again also has removed a plus defender from left field. There are going to be days and nights, as one would expect, when it shows more than the others. Ryan Mountcastle served as the designated hitter in the three-game series in Boston, but he’s back in left, where he made 23 starts last summer. ... read more

Mancini’s return to Camden Yards high point in loss (updated)

Trey Mancini heard his name called, stepped out of the dugout, jogged to the first base line, tapped fists with manager Brandon Hyde and center fielder Cedric Mullins, and gave the crowd what it wanted. Himself. Back in uniform. Back in Baltimore. The Orioles played their first home game this afternoon after a two-city road trip, tweaking the traditional ceremonies as a concession to health ... read more

Hyde on the home opener and Mancini’s return

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde hinted earlier today that ceremonies for the home opener would be adjusted due to the health and safety protocols implemented at Camden Yards. Can’t mute the excitement, however, with fans allowed inside the ballpark at 25 percent capacity. Asked if he’s going to run out of the bullpen and down the orange carpet or come out of the dugout, Hyde said, ... read more

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

Rio Ruiz stays at third base this afternoon and Pat Valaika is the second baseman for the Orioles’ home opener against the Red Sox and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Trey Mancini is batting second, playing first base and set to receive the loudest and most prolonged ovation of the day. Maikel Franco is the designated hitter again and Ryan Mountcastle stays in the cleanup spot. Cedric ... read more

Harvey on hill as fans head to Camden Yards for home opener

Opening day in the traditional sense isn’t happening this afternoon at Camden Yards. However, gates are opening to fans, players will be introduced and the sounds of baseball will mix with real, live crowd reactions. The dugout chatter won’t ricochet off the empty seats. The ballpark can be filled to 25 percent capacity, around 11,000 fans, as the Orioles play their first home series. Matt ... read more

Orioles and Yankees lineups

Maikel Franco is the designated hitter tonight and Rio Ruiz is at third base, as the Orioles try to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium. Ramón Urías is the second baseman. Cedric Mullins stays in center field and atop the order. Mullins is only the third Orioles player to record at least 11 hits in his first five games of the season, joining Adam Jones ... read more