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Machado, Schoop assigned to Double-A Bowie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are in the process of setting their minor league rosters. More tweaking is likely as players in major league camp are reassigned and others in the system are released. At this moment, the Orioles have assigned top position prospects Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop to Double-A Bowie, and No. 1 overall prospect Dylan Bundy to low Single-A Delmarva. Bundy’s current

Jim Johnson with scoreless inning (game ends 6-6)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Jim Johnson made back-to-back appearances for the first time this spring, and the results today were much better. Johnson struck out a batter for the second out of the eighth inning, issued a walk and induced his second ground ball of the day. He threw 19 pitches, 10 for strikes. Walks continue to be an issue for Johnson, though he might have

Comments from Arrieta and Miller, Ward facing suspension (Baker homers)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The downpour has ended, the sun is shining and the tarp is off the field. Yes, we’re in Florida. This game will resume in the top of the seventh inning with the Pirates leading the Orioles, 6-5. Jake Arrieta said he felt good out of the stretch and in his windup today. It’s the final line that looks pretty bad. Arrieta allowed

Paulino and Miller go back-to-back in support of Arrieta (O’s down 6-5)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Jake Arrieta was pretty much cruising along until Alex Presley stepped to the plate with one out in the third inning. Presley homered to right-center field, giving the Pirates a 1-0 lead at McKechnie Field. Arrieta walked the next batter, Nate McLouth, before getting a force at second base and a fly ball to left. Arrieta has allowed one run and three

Tillman optioned to Triple-A Norfolk

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have optioned pitcher Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk, removing him from the remaining camp competitions. Tillman, who will pitch Sunday in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park, allowed five runs (four earned) and 12 hits in 12 1/3 innings, with three walks and six strikeouts. In his last appearance, he allowed one run and three hits in three

Simon talks about being placed on waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Alfredo Simon has left the Ed Smith Stadium complex after working out this morning. His future is still in limbo. Simon confirmed this morning that he’s been placed on waivers. His agent passed along the news last night. “I mean, I know the situation here is a little tough,” Simon said. “They feel like they don’t have any spots for me.

Hoffmann signs minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed outfielder Jamie Hoffmann to a minor league deal, and he’ll stay with the team through the end of spring training before heading back to Twin Lakes Park. The Rockies designated Hoffmann for assignment this spring. He became a free agent and signed with the Orioles yesterday. “I was looking for teams for about a week and then decided

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jake Arrieta makes his final spring start today against a Pirates split squad in the Orioles’ final road game. Seems like a good time for manager Buck Showalter to confirm that Arrieta will be the opening day starter. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez CF Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Johnson DH Wilson Betemit 3B Chris Davis 1B Ronny Paulino C

Simon placed on waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. - An industry source has confirmed that the Orioles have placed pitcher Alfredo Simon on waivers. Simon entered spring training as a candidate for both the rotation and bullpen, but he was slowed by a groin injury and allowed six runs and six hits over two innings upon his return on Wednesday in Dunedin. Simon is likely to be claimed by another team

Showalter speaks after 6-4 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Every kid in Detroit will wake up tomorrow wanting to be Tony Plagman. Plagman didn’t start today, but he was a strong finisher. He tied the game in the seventh inning with a home run off Luis Ayala and won it for the Tigers in the ninth with a two-out, two-run triple off Jim Johnson. Baseball America rates Plagman as the fourth-ranked

Matusz on Matusz (O’s lose 6-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tony Plagman hit a game-tying home run off reliever Luis Ayala in the top of the seventh inning while I was walking to the clubhouse to interview Brian Matusz. Orioles 4, Tigers 4. The Orioles still have a shot at their record-setting sixth exhibition tie of 2012. Matusz settled down after a three-run first inning to blank the Tigers through the fifth

Matusz navigates through early trouble (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first four Tigers reached base against Brian Matusz in the top of the first inning today, and the Orioles’ left-hander didn’t get back into the dugout until he had surrendered three runs and thrown 32 pitches. Matusz’s pitch count rose to 52 after the second inning and 71 after the third, but the Tigers didn’t score again. He threw only five

Showalter won’t confirm opening day starter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter knew it was a slow news day for the reporters in camp, but he wouldn’t throw us a bone and confirm his opening day starter. Is it still being decided? “In my mind, no, but there are some variables that may play into it and are still developing,” he replied. “There are some things that Dan (Duquette) and I

Today’s lineups and a few changes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Taylor Teagarden’s epidural on his lower back has been moved up from Wednesday to Monday. It’s not open to the public, in case anyone wanted to attend. Tsuyoshi Wada’s next start has been moved to Tuesday against the State College of Florida. Also, reliever Matt Lindstrom will pitch in a minor league game in his next outing. He recently tweaked his hamstring.

Teagarden talks about his back and possible return date

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Taylor Teagarden will be eligible to come off the disabled list on April 10, but he conceded today that it’s a “best-case scenario” and he might need an extra week. Teagarden said he no longer is experiencing the same level of discomfort in his lower back, but there’s a lingering sensation that a second epidural on Wednesday should alleviate. “I want

Teagarden headed to DL, and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will place catcher Taylor Teagarden on the disabled list before breaking camp, giving the backup job to Ronny Paulino. The move will be backdated so he can be eligible to return on April 10, and manager Buck Showalter said it’s possible that Teagarden will be ready. Teagarden will receive a second epidural on his lower back at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Jim Johnson addresses loaded questions about the radar guns

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jim Johnson knew what was coming. I approached his locker yesterday and asked about his spring training and whether he’s where he needs to be with opening day almost here. “I’m pretty much where I need to be,” he replied. “I’m looking forward to (today) because this is the first part of the back-to-back. I’ve thrown, day off, thrown, day off, so

Neshek gets the save in 4-3 victory

TAMPA, Fla. - Pat Neshek retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth, striking out two batters in the Orioles’ 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Neshek hasn’t allowed a run in nine spring outings. He’s allowed three hits, walked none and struck out eight in 8 1/3 innings. “He’s getting his confidence in his arm back,” manager Buck Showalter said

Hammel on Hammel (O’s take the lead)

TAMPA, Fla. - If Jason Hammel’s goal was to build his pitch count, he did it tonight. Hammel threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes, in 5 1/3 innings and left with the Orioles leading, 3-1. He was charged with a second run after Troy Patton entered the game in relief. “I felt good. Real good,” Hammel said. “Pretty much everything I was working on, I

Hammel’s last two outings like day and night (updated)

TAMPA, Fla. - See what I did there? In Jason Hammel’s previous start, he lasted only two innings against the Boston Red Sox because he threw 39 pitches in the second and manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to tax his arm. Tonight, he lasted 5 1/3 innings against the New York Yankees and is charged with two runs and five hits, with no walks and

Pregame interviews with Duquette and Showalter

TAMPA, Fla. - Executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter arrived at George M. Steinbrenner Field during the Orioles’ batting practice session, which included one ball launched by Mark Reynolds that slammed halfway up the scoreboard in left-center field. Duquette said he’s had trade discussions with “a lot of teams.” Asked if anything is close, he replied, “Not really. Not really.” “It’s an

Orioles DFA Eveland, claim Z. Wheeler from Brewers (NY lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have designated left-hander Dana Eveland for assignment to make room for infielder Zelous Wheeler, who was claimed off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Eveland allowed three runs and six hits in four innings during yesterday’s start against the Blue Jays. He was 1-2 with a 3.46 ERA and 17 hits allowed in 13 spring innings. The Orioles acquired Eveland from

Hardy, Chavez remain out of lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) and outfielder Endy Chavez (groin) won’t make the trip to Tampa for tonight’s game against the New York Yankees. Hardy could return on Friday. Chavez has been day-to-day for more than a week. Hardy, who received a cortisone injection on Tuesday, will take off again today and attempt to throw Friday morning. If the shoulder feels good, he’ll

Bullpen puzzle still unsolved

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are preparing for their final Grapefruit League game under the lights when they travel to Tampa to play the New York Yankees. The clubhouse opens to the media at 2 p.m., so there’s no morning lineup to post. I’d expect plenty of regulars to make the trip after they were allowed to stay back in Sarasota yesterday, but shortstop J.J.

Postgame chatter after 9-3 loss

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter refused to dismiss Dana Eveland from the rotation competition despite today’s results, but he conceded that it would probably be “a push” for Alfredo Simon to make it. Eveland allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. He hadn’t gone more than three innings this spring and tossed one each in his last two outings. “He was

Updating Britton and Johnson (and Simon and Phillips)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Zach Britton said his left shoulder is feeling good and he could begin to do some light tossing next week after receiving two Platelet Rich Plasma injections on March 21. Dr. James Andrews told Britton it could be a six-week process before he’s cleared to pitch. “I’ve been feeling really good,” Britton said this morning. “The soreness from the shots is gone.

Eveland goes four innings, O’s down 3-2 (updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Left-hander Dana Eveland, trying to find a spot on the Orioles’ 12-man pitching staff, allowed three runs and six hits in four innings today against the Toronto Blue Jays. Eveland threw 51 pitches, 34 strikes, and left with the Orioles trailing 3-2. Alfredo Simon has taken his place. Eveland’s pitch count stood at 41 after three innings and the bullpen was busy,

Hardy gets injection in shoulder, new Orioles lineup

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy continues to be bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, and he received a cortisone injection yesterday in an attempt to alleviate the discomfort and get back into the lineup. Manager Buck Showalter said Hardy could play Friday against the Tigers in Sarasota. “He’s a little sore from (the injection) today, but he’s getting there. I’m hoping he’s a

A few pregame notes and Blue Jays lineup (updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - I’m back in Dunedin for the first time since Koji Uehara limped off the mound with a hamstring injury in his first spring training with the team. I can’t say that I missed this place. The Orioles are so fortunate to reside at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. So very fortunate. Today’s lineup has inspired a few quips from the Blue Jays’

Mussina, Dauer, Youse elected to Orioles Hall of Fame

SARASOTA, Fla. - The choice was obvious. How Mike Mussina will be received at Camden Yards remains the mystery. Mussina has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, setting up a reunion that was destined to happen in spite of his final eight pinstriped seasons. Former second baseman Rich Dauer was chosen by the Veterans Committee. And longtime scout Walter Youse was chosen as

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t kidding yesterday when he warned reporters that they’d be watching a “prospects game” today in Dunedin. The Blue Jays aren’t getting the A team. Jai Miller has returned from a knee ailment and will serve as the designated hitter. Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop will work as double play partners. Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty will start

Showalter speaks after 5-0 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter went a lot easier on Tsuyoshi Wada than the Japanese left-hander following today’s 5-0 loss to the Twins. “I thought he pitched good last inning,” Showalter said. “He had trouble getting the ball where he wanted to. Away from his arm slot. But he made some adjustments. I like what I saw with the command, as far as the

Wada says he “feels sorry for the crowd” that watched him pitch

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t be no-hit today. Robert Andino doubled off Twins reliever Glen Perkins in the eighth inning and was thrown out at third base. Tsuyoshi Wada ripped himself after today’s start. Here’s a sampling. I’ll add more later. “It didn’t go that well. I’m not satisfied.” “I wasn’t able to throw correctly with my normal form today. The first-pitch strike with

Wada starts slow, finishes strong (with Chen note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tsuyoshi Wada threw 48 pitches and gave up four runs in the first two innings of his first Grapefruit League start. Troy Patton began warming in the third. Wada looked like he was headed for an early exit. Instead, Wada retired the side in order with two strikeouts in the third. Patton replaced him to begin the fourth, causing Wada to fall

Talking to Arrieta and Showalter (and more)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jake Arrieta’s next start was moved back a day, which puts him on the mound Saturday against the Pirates in Bradenton. What’s he been told? “Pretty much that they want to maximize my off-days and my ability to recover, give me an extra day here and there if it’s available,” he said. “I’m all for that. I like where I’m at physically,

A few pregame notes (and Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alfredo Simon, sidelined with a groin injury, will pitch Wednesday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He’ll throw a couple of innings after starter Dana Eveland leaves the game. Outfielder Jai Miller (knee) will make the trip to Dunedin and is expected to play. Outfielder Endy Chavez (groin) could return to the lineup Thursday night against the Yankees in Tampa. Manager Buck

Neshek’s not worried about his status

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Pat Neshek has pretty much done everything in his power to break camp with the Orioles next week, but he still regards himself as a long shot. And he seems perfectly fine with those odds. Neshek hasn’t allowed a run in seven appearances covering 6 1/3 innings. He’s given up three hits, walked none and struck out six. “Coming in, I

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tsuyoshi Wada makes his first Grapefruit League start, and second appearance, this afternoon against the Twins. Chris Tillman will follow him to the mound. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF Nick Johnson DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Wilson Betemit RF Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino SS Ryan Flaherty 2B Tsuyoshi Wada LHP

Hunter on Hunter (O’s win 4-1)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates scored an unearned run off Jim Johnson after his leadoff walk to Andrew McCutchen in the bottom of the seventh, but Matt Wieters responded with his third hit of the night, an RBI single in the top of the eighth to give the Orioles a 3-1 lead. Tommy Hunter threw 15 more pitches in the bullpen after racking up 70

Hunter brings his best stuff to Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. - Where was Tommy Hunter in 1971 and 1979? The Orioles could have used him in the World Series. Hunter was in total control tonight against the Pirates, shutting them out on one gift double, walking one and striking out five in six innings. He threw 70 pitches, 48 strikes. Alex Presley walked to lead off the bottom of the first inning, but

Bergesen, Berken, Antonelli optioned, five reassigned, two on DL (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - We had a flurry of roster activity this afternoon, with pitchers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken, and infielder Matt Antonelli optioned to Triple-A Norfolk; pitcher Dontrelle Willis, infielder Steve Tolleson, catcher John Hester and outfielder Scott Beerer reassigned to minor league camp; and second baseman Brian Roberts and pitcher Zach Britton going on the 15-day disabled list. One more pitcher will be

Roberts, Beerer and more cuts coming (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Forgive the earlier typo. Matt Wieters is catching and Ronny Paulino is serving as the designated hitter. Here’s more from second baseman Brian Roberts, who will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list and accompany the team to Baltimore for opening day: Is this news an important part of his progression? “Every day is a bigger step than the day before,”

Roberts staying with team, Beerer reassigned, lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Second baseman Brian Roberts will go on the 15-day disabled list and head north with the Orioles rather than stay back at extended spring training. He’ll continue to take batting practice and infield, and expects to accompany his teammates to Toronto and Chicago on the first road trip. He’ll probably skip Anaheim. “That’s the plan now, try to stay with the team

Still seeking roster clarity

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making their first trip to Bradenton tonight, which is pretty unusual. It’s typically one of our first stops. Tommy Hunter will make his second Grapefruit League start after allowing two runs and five hits over five innings against the Blue Jays on March 21. As spring training winds down - only 10 games remain if you count the two

Berken on Berken

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jason Berken finally made it back on a mound today, throwing a scoreless sixth inning in his first spring training game. The hamstring injury is in the past. Now he’s waiting to find out what the future holds for him. “I was anxious and excited to get out there,” he said. “A leadoff double isn’t the way I wanted to start, but

Orioles play to their fifth tie

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Trent Mummey doubled with two outs in the eighth inning to score Steve Tolleson, who singled and stole second base, and Dana Eveland escaped a jam in the ninth in the Orioles’ 5-5 tie with the Phillies. Neither team scored in the 10th, and the Orioles head back to Sarasota with a 9-9-5 record. Five ties actually ties a spring training record,

Matusz on Matusz

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brian Matusz retired six of the first seven batters he faced before the third inning. That’s when his start took a turn for the worse. “Just started leaving the ball out over the plate,” Matusz said after allowing three runs and four hits. “Got a couple guys on base, and (Jim) Thome got up there and he’s the type of hitter in

Rough third inning for Matusz (Neshek replaces him)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brian Matusz had allowed four runs in four starts this spring before today, but the Phillies almost matched that total in the third inning. Matusz gave up three runs and four hits, and walked former Oriole Lou Montanez, in a 27-pitch inning. Freddy Galvis led off with a single before pitcher Roy Halladay struck out. Jim Rollins and Placido Polanco followed with

Chavez, Miller closer to returning (Reimold homers again)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Outfielders Endy Chavez and Jai Miller remain out of the lineup for today’s game against the Phillies, but they’re getting closer to returning from their respective injuries. Chavez hasn’t played since Wednesday because of a strained groin, which happened after he laid down a bunt and raced up the line. “Getting better every day,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I don’t have him

Dontrelle Willis: “I just need more experience”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dontrelle Willis made his first appearance with the Orioles yesterday and walked the first three batters he faced. He also mixed in a wild pitch. He hadn’t pitched in a while, and it showed. “Early on I was a little shaky, but once I got settled in I felt fine,” he said this morning. “That’s the one thing about baseball - you

Orioles and Phillies lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’m heading to Clearwater for the second time this spring. And for the second time, left-hander Brian Matusz will oppose Roy Halladay. Matusz is preparing for his third game against the Phillies this spring. He’s allowed one run and 10 hits in nine innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. In his last three starts, including a March 15 game against the

Showalter speaks after 12-3 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Lindstrom retired the side in order in the top of the ninth inning, striking out one in the Orioles’ 12-3 victory over the Nationals before 6,665 at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles outhit the Nationals 17-4. “This is just about the stage of the spring when you see the bats start to catch up with some of the pitching, and you

Arrieta on Arrieta

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jake Arrieta met with reporters have going five innings and throwing 72 pitches. Here are the highlights: “I settled in a little more as the game went on. Was throwing across my body a little bit at the start of the game. Felt uncomfortable there for a little while, but I was able to get outs. Had that walk in the first.

D-train slow to get untracked (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dontrelle Willis made his Orioles debut this afternoon, and his control issues weren’t left behind in Phillies camp. Willis walked the first three batters he faced and threw a wild pitch. He almost escaped the jam when Jesus Flores popped up and Corey Brown grounded to second base, but the throw to first was late and a run scored. Third baseman Mark

Big day for Wieters, Jones, Betemit and Arrieta (and more)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles had interest in Edwin Jackson over the winter, but they weren’t willing to give him more than a three-year deal. They gave him quite a beating today. Jackson allowed 10 runs (seven earned) and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings, and the Orioles have built a 10-1 lead over the Nationals. Jackson walked two, struck out four and threw 75

Is Jones cleaning up? (O’s lead 5-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jake Arrieta threw 28 pitches in the top of the first inning today, only 14 for strikes. He allowed two hits and walked a batter, and the Orioles quickly trailed the Nationals 1-0. Arrieta’s fastball was mostly 94 mph. I saw him hit 95 with at least one pitch. The Orioles tied the game in the bottom half on two-out singles by

Pregame notes and Nats lineup (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dontrelle Willis could make his Orioles debut this afternoon against the Nationals. He’s listed as one of the available pitchers, along with Darren O’Day, who’s been sidelined with a strained groin muscle. Reliever Jason Berken will appear in his first game Sunday against the Phillies in Clearwater. He’s been recovering from a hamstring injury. Tsuyoshi Wada is slated to pitch in his

Markakis out of lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Given the choice to play or sit, Nick Markakis decided to stick to his original schedule. He won’t play today against the Nationals at Ed Smith Stadium. Manager Buck Showalter wrote out two lineups yesterday, including one with Markakis serving as the designated hitter. He left the decision to Markakis. “I was supposed to have off today on the original schedule, so

A few postgame notes after the Orioles’ 6-5 victory

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Robert Andino each drove in two runs today, and Zach Phillips retired the side in order in the top of the ninth inning, striking out two, to preserve the Orioles’ 6-5 victory over the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. The Red Sox scored twice against Armando Galarraga over two innings before Phillips entered the game. One

Hammel on Hammel (O’s win 6-5)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Robert Andino’s two-out double in the bottom of the fourth inning scored Mark Reynolds, who also doubled, and increased the Orioles’ lead to 5-2. The Red Sox loaded the bases with one out in the fifth against Brad Bergesen, but a double play ended the rally. Bergesen tossed three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking two. Kevin Gregg has replaced him

Short outing for Hammel (Markakis homers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jason Hammel stuck around for only two innings today, leaving the game with the score tied, 2-2, and his pitch count at 59. Hammel retired the side in order in the first inning, striking out two, but he allowed two runs and three hits in the second, with two walks and two more strikeouts. He needed 39 pitches to get through the

Talking about Tillman (Jones homers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman faced three batters yesterday in Fort Myers, struck out all three and was done for the afternoon. Should we read anything into that one inning against the Twins? Are the Orioles considering him for a late-inning relief role? The safe answer is “not at this time.” Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that the subject has been broached in the past. “That’s

Pregame notes on Hardy, Chavez, Simon and more (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters this morning that shortstop J.J. Hardy will return to the lineup on Saturday against the Nationals in Sarasota. Hardy is taking batting practice despite receiving treatment for a sore right arm. “He wants to play, but I’m going to give him one more day.” Showalter said. “Just want to get it resolved. It’s taking just a

Willis still waiting to pitch

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Dontrelle Willis, signed to a minor league deal earlier this week, is still waiting to get into his first game with the Orioles. “Hopefully soon. I don’t know,” he said. Willis threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and has been playing catch. “I’m just trying to catch up,” he said. “I feel good. I feel like my strength is getting back,

Hardy out of lineup again

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of the lineup again today because of a sore right arm. Robert Andino will make his second consecutive start at shortstop. Hardy didn’t throw yesterday and also will rest today. “We just want to get it under control,” Hardy said, adding that he could play through the discomfort it if were the regular season. “My arm,

Chen and Showalter speak after 11-1 victory

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Trent Mummey hit a two-run homer today to complete the scoring in the Orioles’ 11-1 victory over the Twins at Hammond Stadium. Dana Eveland gave up a hit and struck out two in a scoreless seventh inning. He tossed three perfect innings in his previous outing. Chris Tillman struck out the side in the eighth in his shortest outing this spring

Wada outing (Davis homers, Chen’s done)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - While Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen faces the Minnesota Twins today at Hammond Stadium, Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada is pitching against a collection of Boston Red Sox Double-A players at Twin Lakes Park. Wada was allowed to go three innings and throw 46 pitches, including 31 for strikes. He faced 13 batters under those flexible rules. Wada allowed one unearned run and

Flaherty strengthens his case (Betemit homers)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty drove in two more runs today, increasing the Orioles’ lead to 3-1 over the Twins in the second inning and increasing his chances of making the club. Flaherty tripled to center field, scoring Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis. The Orioles almost hit for the cycle that inning, with Betemit reaching on a single and Davis following

Before first pitch ...

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter got hung up in a huge traffic jam on I-75, so he wasn’t available to the media before today’s game against the Twins. He arrived about 15 minutes before the anthem. I had the same issue, but I left the complex earlier and made it with room to spare. A typical Florida accident, where the car looks like

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’m making another trip to Fort Myers today because I can’t get enough of the Twins. Unfortunately, I’m referring to the baseball team. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen makes another start for the Orioles. He’s allowed four runs and nine hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts, in 10 Grapefruit League innings. Robert Andino makes a start at shortstop. For the Orioles: Xavier Avery

Andino’s happy to be reunited with Willis

SARASOTA, Fla. - When I heard that the Orioles signed pitcher Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract, my first thought was “Florida Marlins.” Actually, my first thought was, “Really?” But then I linked Willis to the Marlins, his first major league team. I joined the pack of reporters at Willis’ locker this morning - and I’m proud to say that I was the first

Britton could miss six weeks, Showalter speaks after 6-3 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitchers Oscar Villarreal and Jon Link also have been reassigned to minor league camp, reducing the roster to 43 players, including 23 pitchers. Pitcher Zach Britton received two Platelet Rich Plasma injections today in his left shoulder, and Dr. James Andrews told him it could be a six-week process before he’s cleared to pitch. The hope, of course, is that Britton returns

Britton shut down 7-10 days, Socolovich and Eyre reassigned

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Zach Britton will be shut down seven to 10 days after receiving an injection in his left shoulder to reduce the inflammation. The good news is Dr. James Andrews didn’t find any structural damage in Britton’s shoulder, so his diagnosis matches the one coming from the Orioles. But as expected, Britton won’t be ready for opening day and figures to begin

Hunter on Hunter (O’s lose 6-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Tommy Hunter says he still has a few things to work on before the Orioles break camp. “Maybe throwing strikes, starting off hitters with strikes,” he said. “That’s probably the first goal.” The guy has a great sense of humor. Hunter was making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game after throwing four innings in a minor league game. He

Hunter solid in Grapefruit League debut (Jones homers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Making his first appearance in a major league exhibition game, right-hander Tommy Hunter allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. The Orioles and Blue Jays are tied, 2-2, going to the top of the sixth. Hunter threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes. His fastball was mainly 89-91 mph. It isn’t always pretty with Hunter,

Roberts more encouraged with each passing day

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been a busy day here in camp, and it doesn’t figure to quiet down. The Orioles might make cuts before or after today’s game. Stay tuned. Also, we’re assuming that Dontrelle Willis threw a bullpen session, but he was doing stretching exercises by the time reporters reached the back fields. Manager Buck Showalter hopped in a golf cart and attempted to

Duquette on Dontrelle Willis and the catching situation

SARASOTA, Fla. - Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed today new pitcher Dontrelle Willis will make the transition to left-handed specialist, and will likely have to begin the season in the minors. Willis held left-handers to a .127 average with the Reds last season. “The idea is to see if he can be a lockdown left-handed reliever against left-handed hitters,” Duquette said. “Our interest in

Teagarden knows he’s “running out of days” to make opening day roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Taylor Teagarden still hasn’t been cleared to start baseball-related activities after receiving an epidural on March 14 to alleviate the pain in his lower back. Teagarden said he hasn’t been given a timetable. “Everything depends on how I respond,” he said. “The doctor told me it could be two weeks longer or it could be two weeks shorter. It all depends

Dontrelle Willis is in the house

SARASOTA, Fla. - There’s a new pitcher sitting in catchers row, and he’s trying to adapt to a new team and a new role. Dontrelle Willis said he arrived here about three hours ago, already passed his physical and is ready to start working out. The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract five days after the Phillies released him and will continue his

Orioles lineup vs. Jays (Willis is here)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter is making his first start today in a Grapefruit League game. Also, Adam Jones is batting fourth again today. Should we read anything into it? For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Wilson Betemit 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Chris Davis DH Robert Andino 2B Tommy Hunter RHP Dontrelle Willis

Orioles to sign Dontrelle Willis to minor league deal (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - In their never-ending search for more starting pitching, the Orioles apparently are on the verge of signing left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract. The Phillies released Willis last week after he allowed five runs and five hits, and walked four batters, in 2 2/3 innings. Executive vice president Dan Duquette confirmed that the Orioles are working on a minor league

Showalter speaks after 4-1 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter addressed two of the most important postgame topics today: Pitcher Brian Matusz and right fielder Nick Markakis. Showalter noted that Matusz wasn’t “as crisp as he was in the two previous outings.” “Obviously, the wind helped him a little bit on the one ball, so there’s two sides of that,” Showalter said. Showalter was impressed with the way Matusz

Teagarden hit by liner, Markakis talks about right field debut

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Phillies scored one run each off relievers Jim Johnson, Willie Eyre and Zach Phillips over the last three innings to defeat the Orioles, 4-1, before a sellout crowd of 7,811 at Ed Smith Stadium. Adam Jones had two of the Orioles’ four hits. Backup catcher Taylor Teagarden, still shut down by discomfort in his lower back, was hit on the back

Matusz on Matusz

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Phillies scored once off Willie Eyre in the eighth, and Erik Kratz homered off Zach Phillips in the ninth to increase their lead to 4-1. So how did Brian Matusz rate today’s performance, when he allowed one run and seven hits, with one walk and three strikeouts, over five innings? “Good,” he said. “Being able to go as deep as I

Matusz allows one run in five innings (O’s trail 2-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz wasn’t especially sharp today, allowing seven hits and walking his first spring batter over five innings, but the damage was minimal. The Phillies managed only one run, on former Oriole Ty Wigginton’s single in the first inning that scored former Oriole Lou Montanez. Matusz was aided by three double plays over the first three innings. Matusz struck out three

Talking injuries with Britton and O’Day

SARASOTA, Fla. - Zach Britton is convinced that he knows what isn’t wrong with his left shoulder. The trick is finding out what’s causing the inflammation. Britton hopes to get a definitive answer on Wednesday when he’s examined by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. “I just want to get someone else to look at it,” he said. “We’ve done treatment since August on it

Britton to see Dr. Andrews on Wednesday

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Zach Britton has scheduled an appointment with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday in Pensacola, Fla. Britton hasn’t pitched since Thursday in a minor league game because of inflammation in his left shoulder. He was scratched from Monday’s start at Twin Lakes Park. Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens has been in contact with Andrews, who will examine Britton’s

Orioles and Phillies lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis is making his first start in right field this spring. That’s a big step from serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF Nick Johnson DH Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP I’ll pass along the other pitchers later.

While waiting for the lineup ...

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are having another meeting this morning, this one involving the Major League Baseball Players Association, so the clubhouse is closed to the media until batting practice ends around 11:30 a.m. Jeremy Guthrie used to be the Orioles’ rep, but he’s gone. We’re not sure who has taken his place. Sidney Ponson was the rep for one year. Seriously. I haven’t

Arrieta goes four innings in minor league game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jake Arrieta recorded 16 outs in four innings in today’s game against the Minnesota Twins’ Single-A team at Twin Lakes Park. He stayed on the mound for two extra outs in the first and third innings to increase his pitch count, which stood at 63 - including 45 strikes - once he was finished. Arrieta gave up two singles in the second

Pitching a fit over the rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are off today for the only time this spring, and unlike last year, manager Buck Showalter hasn’t arranged an intrasquad game to keep us busy. However, Jake Arrieta is scheduled to throw four innings at the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park, so I’ll be heading over there around noon to make sure his arm doesn’t fall off. Would

Britton scratched from Monday’s start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Zach Britton has been scratched from Monday afternoon’s start at the minor league complex because of a sore left shoulder. Britton was supposed to go three innings in a Single-A game at Twin Lakes Park, but he’s bothered by inflammation in the shoulder. Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens examined him today. The Orioles will know more about Britton’s condition and

Simon reinjures groin (O’s lead 6-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alfredo Simon was supposed to throw 60-65 pitches tonight, but he tweaked his groin again in the second inning and didn’t return for the third. Simon was pitching for the first time since March 10. He’s totaled seven innings in three outings. “The thing is my groin was bothering me a little bit in the second inning,” he said. “They asked me

The Wright stuff

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter didn’t bring Mike Wright here to serve only as an extra arm late in a split-squad game. Wright, the third-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina, replaced Luis Ayala to begin the fourth inning tonight and faced Mark Teixeira, Raul Ibanez and Bill Hall. So much for mop-up duty. Wright struck out Teixeira and

Jones and Wieters homer in first inning (O’s lead 5-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Two of the quieter bats in Orioles’ camp cranked up the volume tonight in the first inning. Adam Jones drilled a three-run homer to center field off Yankees starter Ivan Nova to give the Orioles an early lead. After Chris Davis grounded out, Matt Wieters launched a home run to right field on a two-strike pitch. Jones was 5-for-22 with two RBIs

Flaherty is just a glove machine

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty has a nice collection of gloves in his spring training locker, but not because he’s a memorabilia nut. Flaherty is making his first start in right field tonight against the New York Yankees. He’s also played left field, shortstop, second base and third base. The only thing missing is a catcher’s mitt. “I guess if they asked me, I’m sure

Oldest living former Oriole passes away

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dave Philley, who played for the Orioles in 1955-56 and 1960-61 as part of an 18-year major league career, died Thursday in his hometown of Paris, Texas. He was 91. Philley was the oldest living former Oriole. Philley set a record with 24 pinch-hits during the 1961 season - an American League record that still stands. Coincidentally, one of Philley’s best friends,

Orioles and Yankees lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis is starting again tonight as the Orioles’ designated hitter, giving him back-to-back games for the first time this spring. OK, what position hasn’t Ryan Flaherty played? For the Orioles: Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis DH Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Ryan Flaherty RF Robert Andino 2B Alfredo Simon RHP For

Cleaning out my notebook (and lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have two split-squad games again today. They might be approaching a spring training record. I’m skipping the 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves in Orlando, because the clubhouse at the Ed Smith Stadium complex opens to the media at 2 p.m. Also, the Orioles figure to play most of their “regulars” in the 7:05 p.m. game against the Yankees that

Showalter speaks after 3-3 tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles played to their third tie in eight days today, getting a two-out double by Joe Mahoney in the bottom of the ninth and an RBI single from Steve Tolleson to erase a 3-2 deficit. Neither team scored in the 10th, and the Orioles’ record stands at 5-6-3. Zach Phillips retired the side in order in the top of the 10th.

Chen on Chen

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles scored twice in the sixth inning on an error and passed ball to reduce Boston’s lead to 3-2. Way to manufacture those runs! Nick Markakis collected his second hit, a double, took third on an Adam Jones single and came home on an errant pickoff throw. Markakis isn’t running at full speed, and he was cautious breaking back toward second

Chen cruised until the fifth (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles pitcher today to work past the fourth inning, though the fifth didn’t go as smoothly as the rest. Chen took a three-hit shutout into the top of the fifth before allowing back-to-back singles to Ryan Lavarnway and Pedro Ciriaco, and a three-run homer to former Orioles farmhand Nate Spears. His only walk came with two

Pregame notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - I don’t have much to report from manager Buck Showalter’s pregame session with the media, except it’s really, really hot on the field. Showalter received a favorable report on Tommy Hunter’s four-inning, 60-pitch effort in yesterday’s minor league game. He noted that Hunter tired a little in the fourth inning. Showalter confirmed that Hunter will start Wednesday against the Blue Jays in

Hunter: “I’m ready to go”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter threw four innings and 60 pitches yesterday against the Boston Red Sox’s Single-A team at Twin Lakes Park, just as the Orioles wanted him to do. “I felt good,” he said. “They were swinging the bats a lot yesterday. I made good pitches. I was throwing all four of my pitches for strikes.” Hunter still hasn’t pitched in a Grapefruit

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing split-squad games against the Red Sox this afternoon. You’ll notice that the majority of regulars are staying back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. For the Orioles (home): Endy Chavez LF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Nick Johnson 1B Jai Miller RF Robert Andino 2B Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Showalter speaks after 3-1 victory

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Twins put the tying run on base against left-hander Troy Patton in the bottom of the ninth, but Oscar Villarreal replaced him with one out and retired Luke Hughes and J.R. Towles on ground balls to secure the Orioles’ 3-1 victory. Manager Showalter addressed the following topics: On Chris Tillman: “Tilly’s stuff has been good. He’s had a problem in

Tillman on Tillman

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Chris Tillman made his first start today after two relief appearances, this time working ahead of left-hander Dana Eveland instead of following him. Tillman was charged with one run in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed four hits and walked two batters. Of his 51 pitches, only 28 were strikes. His fastball routinely hit 94 mph. It was a mixed bag. “I

Tillman goes 3 1/3 innings (Andino homers)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Chris Tillman was charged with one run today, and it scored after he left the game, but his command was shaky in his third spring outing. Tillman allowed four hits, walked two and struck out one in 3 1/3 innings. He threw 51 pitches, 28 for strikes. His pitch count was elevated in part because of his throwing error in the

Revisiting the health issues

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter brought a cheat sheet with him for today’s pregame media session in the visiting dugout at Hammond Stadium. There wasn’t enough room on his arm. Showalter was nice enough to give reporters the pitching and playing schedules of the guys we’d find most interesting. For instance: Jake Arrieta threw a bullpen session today and will go four innings

Gregg scheduled to pitch Saturday ( with Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg hasn’t pitched since last Sunday’s B game, when he threw one inning and gave up a home run, but he’ll take the mound Saturday against the Red Sox in Sarasota. The Orioles have split-squad games that day, but he’ll avoid the trip to Fort Myers. Gregg insists that he’s fine physically, though he’s only appeared in two Grapefruit

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman and Dana Eveland take the mound today, though not at the same time, when the Orioles travel to Fort Myers to play the Minnesota Twins. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B Wilson Betemit LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Mark Reynolds 3B Ronny Paulino DH Jai Miller RF John Hester C Chris Tillman RHP

Backing Bergesen

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you haven’t seen Brad Bergesen pitch in a while, you’re going to notice a change in his delivery. My older readers might be reminded of Luis Tiant. Bergesen is reminded of the way he used to throw. Bergesen has added a twist that momentarily leaves his back turned to the hitter. It’s an element of deception that makes it a little

Socolovich leaves with groin injury

LAKELAND, Fla. - Miguel Socolovich came out of today’s game against the Tigers with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning because of tightness in his groin. Jon Link allowed all three inherited runners to score, and Socolovich was charged with the loss. “He wanted to continue, but we’re not going to take the chance,” manager Buck Showalter said after a 4-2

Matusz on Matusz (and Britton update)

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after Brian Matusz left the game, and they tacked on another run in the seventh to increase their lead to 4-2 over the Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium. Detroit loaded the bases with one out against Miguel Socolovich, and he was removed for Jon Link. Socolovich walked into the clubhouse

Matusz with back-to-back gems (updated)

LAKELAND, Fla. - Left-hander Brian Matusz tamed an impressive Tigers lineup this afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium. Matusz blanked the Tigers on two hits, walked none, struck out six and hit a batter in four innings. He threw 60 pitches, 41 for strikes. Matusz’s fastball was 92-93 mph on the stadium radar gun. He hit 93 mph four times in the third inning, when he

Drake optioned, Joseph to be reassigned (Chavez homers)

LAKELAND, Fla. - The Orioles have reduced their camp roster to 47 players by optioning pitcher Oliver Drake (Navy) to Double-A Bowie. Catcher Caleb Joseph has been informed that he’ll be reassigned to minor league camp, but he’s likely to stay with the team through the weekend. Drake and Joseph are here for today’s game against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles are keeping tabs on

Teagarden unsure about opening day (Tigers lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Taylor Teagarden received an epidural yesterday to alleviate the pain in his lower back after a CT scan revealed a slightly torn ligament that supports a disk. Now he must wait a few weeks and wonder whether he can be ready for the April 6 opener. “I’m not really sure what the timeframe is,” he said. “It’s not as serious, ...

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are headed to Lakeland today to play the Detroit Tigers, with left-hander Brian Matusz looking to build on his impressive outing against the Philadelphia Phillies. Ronny Paulino, suddently the favorite to be the backup catcher on opening day, gets his first start behind the plate. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez CF Nolan Reimold LF Nick Johnson DH Chris Davis 1B

More cuts coming, Johnson on Johnson (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles lost to the Pirates today, 11-5, but nobody sang “We Are Family.” The day wasn’t a total bust. The Orioles will make two or three more cuts later this afternoon. “Nothing earth-shattering,” manager Buck Showalter said. “Just another note. Nobody that would surprise you.” Alfredo Simon’s schedule is being altered a bit because of some groin tightness. Kevin Gregg hasn’t

Game update and some quotes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Lindstrom, pitching for the first time in a week after suffering from lower-back stiffness, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the sixth inning. Willie Eyre, making his spring debut after being sidelined with a groin injury, was charged with four runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning. Casey Fossum replaced him and recorded the final

Arrieta leaves game after recording eight outs (Johnson debuts)

SARASOTA, Fla. - I have to assume that the initial plan called for Orioles starter Jake Arrieta to go three innings today, but he exited with two outs and nobody on base in the top of the third. Arrieta threw 44 pitches, 29 for strikes, and manager Buck Showalter didn’t want to push him any further. Arrieta is charged with four runs and five hits,

It’s been Miller’s time this spring (game tied)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Managers always issue the same warning about not falling in love with spring training numbers, but it’s pretty easy to crush on Jai Miller. Miller leads the Orioles with seven RBIs, two more than Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty. He’s batting .333 and is one of only three players on the team with a home run (Chris Davis and Flaherty are the

Wada looks good in simulated game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tsuyoshi Wada threw 33 pitches in a two-inning simulated game on the Camden Yards field. Jai Miller, Scott Beerer and Brady Anderson took some swings against him. The next step for Wada is pitching in a real game Sunday or Monday. Most likely, he will be used in Monday’s minor league game at Twin Lakes Park, which also will include Zach Britton

Back injury puts Teagarden “in jeopardy” for opening day

SARASOTA, Fla. - A CT scan on catcher Taylor Teagarden’s lower back revealed a slight tear in a ligament that supports a disk. Teagarden received an epidural this morning to reduce the inflammation. He’ll mostly be shut down for a week, though he could begin hydrotherapy in three days. The recovery time for Teagarden’s injury is roughly three weeks. Asked if Teagarden will be ready

Eyre talks about his daughter

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you want to see a reliever with a look of relief on his face, check out Willie Eyre today. Eyre was given quite a scare yesterday when informed that his 3-year-old daughter, Lily, had fallen into a hotel pool and was being rushed to a local hospital. Eyre was told during warmups to call his wife, and she gave him the

Markakis in Orioles’ lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis will make his spring debut today against the Pittsburgh Pirates, serving as the designated hitter and batting third. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis DH Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Nick Johnson 1B Mark Reynolds 3B Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Jake Arrieta RHP Jim Johnson, Willie Eyre, Luis Ayala and Kevin Gregg

Major scare for Eyre family turns into huge relief

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’m relieved to pass along news regarding the 3-year-old daughter of Orioles reliever Willie Eyre. Reporters were told following today’s game that Eyre was pulled off the field during warmups and informed that Lily had fallen into a pool and was found by her mother. She apparently did not lose consciousness and was rushed to a local hospital, and X-rays taken on

Updates on Teagarden and Markakis after 7-7 tie (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays scored five runs in the top of the ninth against relievers Oscar Villarreal and Stu Pomeranz to take a 7-5 lead, but Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty responded with a two-out, two-run homer to send the game to the 10th. Steve Johnson retired the side in order, striking out the last batter, and the Orioles failed to score

Hammel on Hammel (and game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brad Bergesen tossed three scoreless innings today, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out one. Miguel Socolovich replaced him in the top of the seventh with the Orioles leading, 4-1. Socolovich gave up a run in the seventh. Orioles 4, Rays 2. Jason Hammel started for the Orioles and allowed one run and one hit, walked one and struck out two.

Miller homers off Price (Hammel and Reimold updates)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ bats must be thawing out today. They scored four runs in the second inning off Rays left-hander David Price, their biggest uprising in an inning this spring. They’ve scored more than four runs in a game only once this spring. Jai Miller crushed a three-run homer to straightaway center field with one out in the second to give the Orioles

Showalter on Teagarden and more

SAROSOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter had his usual pregame session with the media today while his team took batting practice. Here are a few highlights: On Taylor Teagarden seeing a back specialist: “An MRI would show something with everybody unless you take it before 15 years old or something. But there are some things we want him to take a look at there and

Roberts takes another step in his progression

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rather than take batting practice on one of the back fields after teammates retreated to the clubhouse, Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts hit from both sides of the plate today against minor league pitching coach Alan Mills on the Ed Smith Stadium field. Once his round was completed, he moved to second base and scooped up ground balls from minor league instructor

Teagarden seeing back specialist

SARASOTA, Fla. - I wanted to pass along a few items before heading back to the Orioles’ clubhouse. I’ll pass along quotes later. Catcher Taylor Teagarden is seeing a back specialist in St. Petersburg today to determine whether his MRI reveals any structural damage. So far, surgery is not being discussed. The Orioles are simply trying to determine the source of his discomfort. Brian Roberts

Patton pitching today, Berken still rehabbing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Troy Patton is scheduled to pitch today for the first time since Thursday, when he recorded the last three outs to pick up the save against the Braves. I suggested that the Orioles were holding him back for the next time they needed another lead protected in the ninth, but he wasn’t buying it. Actually, Patton was supposed to take one

Reimold batting leadoff, Luke Scott faces former team

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Rays are bringing plenty of regulars to today’s game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Luke Scott is back in Sarasota as their designated hitter. Nolan Reimold is batting leadoff today for the Orioles, and Ronny Paulino is serving as the designated hitter. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF Robert Andino 2B Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B

Reimold ready for return

SARASOTA, Fla. - The swelling in Nolan Reimold’s left cheek is almost gone. Though he’s not ready to devour a steak - too much chewing - he’s progressed from shakes to soft foods. And he’s taking hard swings in the batting cage. Reimold will return to the Orioles’ lineup tomorrow afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays, only four days after being drilled in the face

Checking on Chen (O’s lose 4-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Over in Dunedin, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run in three innings to the Toronto Blue Jays and has been replaced by Armando Galarraga. Chen gave up two hits, walked a batter and struck out two. He threw 52 pitches, 29 for strikes. The run scored on a Colby Rasmus double. In two spring starts, Chen has allowed one run and three

Lindstrom completes bullpen session without a hitch

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Matt Lindstrom threw 30 pitches from a bullpen mound this morning and is tentatively set to pitch Wednesday against the Pirates in Sarasota. Lindstrom said he threw everything, first from a windup to get his rhythm and then the stretch. “I’m not trying to throw 100 percent, obviously, since I haven’t been on a mound since four or five days ago,”

Talking to Tillman and Paulino

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado is on the travel roster today. Manager Buck Showalter just can’t quit him. Nolan Reimold is still scheduled to play Tuesday. The swelling on his left cheek has gone down considerably. Chris Tillman was ambushed by reporters this morning after throwing three scoreless innings yesterday against the Red Sox and hitting 95 mph with his fastball. “I enjoyed it. It

Updating a few injuries

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter is scheduled to throw four innings Friday, but the location hasn’t been determined. Hunter, who’s no longer bothered by lower back soreness, will throw 60-65 pitches against the Twins in Fort Myers or in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. The smart money is Twin Lakes. No sense making Hunter travel that far. Hunter threw 42 pitches yesterday

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jai Miller is starting in center field today for the Orioles, which is a switch. He’s been a corner outfielder. Also, Wei-Yin Chen gets the start against the Blue Jays, a decision that manager Buck Showalter confirmed after yesterday’s game. And John Hester is behind the plate again today instead of Taylor Teagarden, who’s been receiving treatment for lower back stiffness. For

Orioles option three players and reassign five

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made their first round of cuts today, reducing their camp roster by eight players and leaving them with 49. The Orioles optioned infielders Ryan Adams and Josh Bell to Triple-A Norfolk, and pitcher Dylan Bundy to Single-A Delmarva. Also, outfielders Xavier Avery and LJ Hoes, catchers Michael Ohlman and Brian Ward, and pitcher Steve Johnson were reassigned to minor league

A few comments from Showalter after 6-1 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’m still waiting for the Orioles to send out the names of the players who were involved in the first round of cuts. There won’t be any major surprises. Maybe one name will make you say, “Wow, already?” But I’ll wait until it’s official. So what did manager Buck Showalter think of left-hander Dana Eveland today? “You can see why he’s had

O’Day scratched, five cuts confirmed

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Darren O’Day was supposed to pitch the ninth inning today, but he was scratched because of some tightness in his groin. Oliver Drake worked the ninth and gave up a run in a 6-1 loss to the Red Sox. The Orioles were held to three hits, including Steve Tolleson’s leadoff double in the ninth. Tolleson was thrown out at the plate

Eveland’s assessment of himself today: “Not very good”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Dana Eveland was charged with only one earned run in two innings today. A run wouldn’t have scored in the first if he gloved Ryan Sweeney’s comebacker with two outs. He would have been spared two unearned runs in the second if Chris Davis made a better throw to second base. None of that mattered to Eveland, who allowed six

Eveland done after two innings

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Red Sox brought a few of their top players to Ed Smith Stadium today, perhaps their way of jabbing at manager Buck Showalter for the lineup he posted at their Fort Myers complex. Just a hunch. Dana Eveland allowed three runs in two innings today, but only one was earned because of Chris Davis’ throwing error with one out in the

B game, Reimold, Wada, Wieters, etc. (corrected)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter went three innings and recorded 13 outs in today’s B game against the Red Sox on the Camden Yards field. The Orioles want to increase his pitch count, so they kept him on the mound for the extra batters. Hunter threw 42 pitches. He gave up two hits, though the second one came after he had retired the first three

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing two games today. Here are the lineups for the “real” one that begins at 1:05 p.m. For the Orioles: Robert Andino 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Wilson Betemit LF Chris Davis 1B Jai Miller RF Ryan Adams DH Dana Eveland LHP For the Red Sox: Spears 3B Pedroia 2B Ellsbury

Showalter speaks after 1-0 victory (and contract note)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles blanked another opponent today, getting four scoreless innings from Brian Matusz, three from Alfredo Simon and one each from Oscar Villarreal and Miguel Socolovich in a 1-0 victory over the Phillies. Matusz’s fastball was clocked anywhere from 87 mph to 94 mph. He made huge strides from his initial outing in terms of command. “He threw well today,” manager Buck

Hearing from Matusz, Davis and Wieters

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Many scouts had Brian Matusz’s fastball in the 90-91 mph range today, but at least one scout clocked him at 93-94 mph. I guess it depends on the gun. “I didn’t know that,” he said, his eyes widening and a smile creasing his face. “I felt like it was coming out pretty good. I wasn’t sure exactly how hard it was, but

Matusz goes four scoreless, Davis homers

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Brian Matusz turned in an impressive outing today against the Phillies, blanking them on three hits over four innings and striking out four batters - including Jim Thome and Hunter Pence to end the fourth. We assumed that Matusz was done after three innings and 37 pitches, including 25 for strikes, but he returned for the bottom of the fourth. Didn’t see

Reimold, Paulino, the B game and more

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Nolan Reimold has a dentist appointment Monday and could return to the lineup Tuesday. Showalter contemplated putting Reimold in the lineup for Sunday’s B game, but decided against it. He won’t take Reimold to Dunedin on Monday. Life is a little crazy for Reimold right now. His wife is due with their second child next week.

Reimold and Teagarden updates (and Phillies lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold has so much swelling on the left side of his face, it looks like he stuffed a grapefruit in his jaw or went 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. Reimold is fine besides the swelling and a chipped tooth in the back of his mouth. The Alex Cobb fastball that drilled him in the face yesterday didn’t break any bones. And

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’re on the road again, this time making the drive to Clearwater for today’s game against the Phillies. Nolan Reimold just walked into the clubhouse at Ed Smith Stadium. He was smiling and appears to be fine, but I’ll attempt to talk to him before leaving the complex. For the Orioles: Ryan Flaherty SS Wilson Betemit 3B Nick Johnson DH Matt Wieters

Showalter speaks after 3-3 tie

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Rays rallied in the bottom of the 10th against Steve Johnson, getting singles from Hak-Ju Lee and Chris Gimenez to put runners on first and second with one out. But Johnson struck out the next two batters, including Stephen Vogt to end the game. Vogt’s at-bat lasted eight pitches, which were clocked at 67, 90, 88, 76, 68, 91, 90

Reimold’s CT scan negative

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The best news to come out of today’s 3-3 tie reached us after the final out, when manager Buck Showalter informed reporters that Nolan Reimold’s CT scan didn’t reveal any broken bones in his face. Reimold is bruised and he has a loose tooth. That’s apparently the extent of the damage from an Alex Cobb fastball that nailed him on the

Arrieta: “I’ve really never felt this good” (updated twice)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Seven months after having a bone spur removed from his right elbow, Jake Arrieta says he’s never felt better. The results today backed up that claim. Arrieta didn’t allow a ball out of the infield in two innings and topped out at 97 mph multiple times. He walked one batter, struck out one and threw 17 of his 24 pitches for

Reimold hit in face by pitch (Arrieta and Reimold updates)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was hit on the left side of his face by a pitch from Rays starter Alex Cobb in the top of the first inning. Reimold grabbed his head and fell to the ground. He laid on his stomach as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter rushed on the field. Reimold stayed down for

More notes from pregame session with Showalter

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Travis Adair, the son of Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, has been hit in the head three times this spring. Fortunately, he seems to be fine, but he must be questioning his luck. The latest incident took place last night on a pickoff throw at first base. Adair dived back into the bag and ... bam. Adair was hit by a

Lindstrom scratched, Berken hurting and other notes

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Reliever Matt Lindstrom was scratched from Saturday’s game against the Phillies in Clearwater because of lower-back discomfort. Manager Buck Showalter said four or five players are dealing with the same health issue, including third baseman Mark Reynolds and catcher Taylor Teagarden. They’ve being pushed back a day. Teagarden was supposed to catch today, but John Hester gets the start. Showalter is

Nick Johnson in the field today

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - I arrived at the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring complex ahead of the Orioles’ bus this morning. It’s one of our shortest drives. I made it from Sarasota in under an hour. The Rays are on the field for batting practice. Though I’m sitting in the third-level press box, I’m pretty sure I spotted former Oriole Luke Scott playing catch in the

Orioles lineup vs. Tampa Bay

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Johnson will play his first game at first base today, as the Orioles travel to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays for the second time this spring. We’ll also see Jake Arrieta for the first time. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF Robert Andino 2B Nick Johnson 1B Chris Davis DH Nolan Reimold LF Ryan Flaherty SS Josh Bell

Showalter speaks after 2-1 victory

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Troy Patton was handed the ball in the ninth inning today, and he picked up the save by retiring the side in order and striking out one in the Orioles’ 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Manager Buck Showalter touched on the following topics: On Jason Hammel: “He was good. He’s facing a team that obviously knows him and has seen

Talking to Hammel and Markakis (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel says he was more amped up for Friday’s intrasquad start than today’s Grapefruit League outing against the Atlanta Braves. Hammel retired the side in order in his only inning on Friday. Today, he allowed two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings. “Honestly, for the first time out, considering all things, the results were good,” he said.

Hammel goes two scoreless innings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jason Hammel provided quite a contrast to yesterday’s starter, Wei-Yin Chen, and not only for the obvious reasons. Chen was a strike-thrower yesterday. Hammel had trouble finding the plate this afternoon. However, Hammel also gave the Orioles two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking a batter. Hammel walked Braves leadoff hitter Luis Durango on four pitches and fell behind, 2-0, to

Duquette on Damon, Ohlman update

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette may have delivered the final blow to the ongoing rumors that the club might sign free agent Johnny Damon. The following exchange took place this morning as Duquette walked past a small group of reporters outside the clubhouse. Reporter: “Are you going to sign Johnny Damon?” Duquette (laughing): “I don’t think so. I already signed Johnny

Markakis set to make spring debut on March 14

SARASOTA, Fla. - Now that Nick Markakis is running sprints, the Orioles are able to map out his schedule in an attempt to get him ready for opening day on April 6. Markakis is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter on March 14, his first game action since undergoing surgery in January to repair a torn abdominal muscle. Markakis has been taking batting practice,

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jason Hammel makes his first spring start today. For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF J.J Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Wilson Betemit 1B Jai Miller RF Ryan Adams DH Robert Andino 2B Jason Hammel RHP Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that he wanted to see more of Miller, who had a three-run double yesterday, and the

Showalter speaks after 6-0 victory

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Nick Markakis ran sprints today for the first time and continues to feel good. He’s making a nice recovery from the abdominal surgery and continues to believe that he’ll be ready by opening day. As Showalter loves to say, “So far, so good.” “That’s a good sign,” he said. Nick Johnson will play first base tomorrow.

Chen finds comfort and strike zones (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wei-Yin Chen seemed more relaxed today in his exhibition debut against the Minnesota Twins. It didn’t matter that a crowd was watching. Pitching in front of empty seats for the intrasquad game didn’t do much to soothe his nerves. “Last time, I didn’t feel comfortable on the mound, but today I adjusted a lot and I felt more confident to throw the

Chen much more impressive in exhibition debut

SARASOTA, Fla. - The last time we saw Wei-Yin Chen, he was throwing 31 pitches in two-thirds of an inning in an intrasquad game. He allowed one run and two hits, walked one and struck out one. Fast-forward to today’s exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins. Chen was much more effective, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings and striking out the side in the

Wada and Eyre complete their bullpen sessions

SARASOTA, Fla. - The injury news is good concerning pitchers Tsuyoshi Wada and Willie Eyre. Wade (elbow) and Eyre (groin) looked good during their bullpen sessions this morning. “Obviously, Willie Eyre is healthy, and Wada was outstanding,” said pitching coach Rick Adair. “The ball’s coming out of his hand much better. I think we’re always concerned to a certain degree until you know and they

Ohlman escapes serious harm in vehicle accident

SARASOTA, Fla. - Minor league catcher Michael Ohlman was involved in an accident yesterday while leaving the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Manager Buck Showalter told reporters that Ohlman appeared to be fine, but doctors were checking the catcher’s right shoulder. “He’s got some discomfort there,” Showalter said. “We’re just happy that it isn’t anything life threatening.” Ohlman, who played in 105 games with Single-A Delmarva

Roberts remains the same

SARASOTA, Fla. - Second baseman Brian Roberts said he’s having more good days than bad days, but he still can’t provide a timetable for his exhibition debut this spring. Nothing much has changed with Roberts. He’s still taking ground balls and running sprints and taking batting practice from coaches. “It’s a pretty systematic approach,” he said. “I don’t just go and do whatever I want

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Wei-Yin Chen makes his first exhibition start for the Orioles today after lasting two-thirds of an inning in last week’s intrasquad game. Hopefully, he’ll be more comfortable on the Ed Smith Stadium mound this afternoon. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Wilson Betemit DH Nolan Reimold LF

Matusz and a special guest

SARASOTA, Fla. - Before retiring for the night, I wanted to pass along a note regarding a tour that Brian Matusz will be giving Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, thanks to the Casey Cares Foundation. The foundation is sending Carly Shulman - a 15-year-old Hodgkins Lymphoma patient from Hampstead - her parents, brother, and care-taker to the Orioles’ spring training camp tomorrow morning.

Showalter speaks after 5-4 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to tie today’s game, but the Red Sox reclaimed the lead in the seventh inning against Oliver Drake and held on for a 5-4 victory at JetBlue Park. Most of the postgame chatter centered on Dylan Bundy, who settled down after a four-pitch walk to blank the Red Sox in the fifth inning in

Hearing from Bundy, Teagarden, Eveland and Tillman

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The four Baltimore-based reporters who made the trip to JetBlue Park today also made the rounds inside the cramped visitors clubhouse in the middle of the game. (Hard to believe this place is new. It’s got some nice features and it holds almost 10,000 fans, but Ed Smith Stadium kicks its butt.) Here’s Dylan Bundy, who walked one batter in a

Orioles rally in fifth (Bundy update)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles waited until the fifth inning to collect their first hit of the day. Two more followed, including a two-run single to center field by Double-A outfielder Xavier Avery that cut Boston’s lead to 4-2. Avery was picked off first base by Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson. Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty grounded a single into right field with one

Notes on Johnson and Lindstrom (and Reyes)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - I finally made it to the JetBlue Park after being stuck in one of the worst traffic jams in history. It’s a nice facility, but you need to arrive a few hours before first pitch. I’m thinking 12 hours to be safe. Anyway, here are a few quotes from Jim Johnson regarding today’s simulated game: “It feels good. It feels a

Simulated game, Wada and international signing (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles just completed their simulated game on the Camden Yards field. It technically lasted two innings, with Tommy Hunter working the two top halves and Zach Britton and Jim Johnson each working a bottom half. Hunter threw 37 pitches. I counted 20 pitches for Johnson, though the official total is 17. Britton threw 16. Nick Markakis took two cuts against Johnson

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have a 1:35 p.m. game against the Red Sox today in Fort Myers. Once again, most of the regulars will stay back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF Ryan Adams 2B Nick Johnson DH Wilson Betemit LF Joe Mahoney 1B Taylor Teagarden C Ryan Flaherty SS Josh Bell 3B Xavier Avery CF Dana Eveland

Hearing from Matusz, Gregg and Lindstrom (and Showalter)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Let’s start with left-hander Brian Matusz, who allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three over two innings. “I felt really good,” he said. “It felt nice to be back out there on the mound and let it fly a little bit. I felt strong. Threw a lot of strikes, attacked the zone. It felt really good to be back

Gregg not great tonight (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gregg gave up a single to the first batter he faced. Then he gave up a fly ball that put two more runs on the board for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Matt Hague followed Yamaico Navarro’s single with a bomb to left field, increasing the Pirates’ lead to 5-1. Gregg bounced back to strike out the next three batters - Pedro Alvarez,

Matusz down 2-0 in first inning (3-1 after second)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Three of the first four batters reached against Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz tonight, and the Pirates grabbed a quick 2-0 lead. That’s the bad news. Here’s the encouraging part: Only one ball was hit hard - an RBI rope double by Josh Harrison that followed a bloop single by leadoff hitter Alex Presley. Matt Hague delivered the second run with one out

Rick Adair talks about his son’s injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair says his son, Travis, is doing well after being hit in the back of the head during batting practice this morning. A CT scan came back negative, and Travis returned to the Ed Smith Stadium complex with the rest of his teammates following a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte. “I didn’t see

Reimold ready for leadoff duties (O’s beat Rays 3-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold is batting leadoff in tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he accepts with a shrug of his shoulders. Reimold might be the least animated guy in the Orioles’ clubhouse. He isn’t going to get all worked up over any assignment. “I just took a peek over there and saw my name on the top of the lineup, so I’ll

Orioles and Pirates lineups, Simon update

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alfredo Simon threw two scoreless innings today against the Rays in Port Charlotte. He allowed a double to Ben Zobrist and struck out two. Brad Bergesen will replace Simon for the third inning. Nolan Reimold is batting leadoff tonight against the Pirates. Should we read anything into it? For the Orioles: Nolan Reimold LF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Mark Reynolds

Today’s lineups

SARASOTA, Fla, - For the Orioles: Endy Chavez RF Matt Antonelli 2B Nick Johnson DH Wilson Betemit 1B Joe Mahoney LF Taylor Teagarden C Ryan Flaherty SS Josh Bell 3B Xavier Avery CF Alfredo Simon RHP You’ll notice that Mahoney is playing left field. Go get it, Big Irish. Also, Flaherty has a chance to show that he’s adept at playing shortstop. The Orioles are

Let the (almost) real games begin

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve moved past the intrasquad games, at least for now, but we’re still a month away from opening day in Baltimore. The next step in our baseball progression is the start of the Grapefruit League schedule. The Orioles are taking the Ernie Banks approach by playing two. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t thrilled with the idea of a spring doubleheader, but there’s no

Showalter speaks after Sunday workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter said pitcher Zach Britton and reliever Jim Johnson are “right where they need to be.” And he didn’t mean Sarasota. Also, pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada played catch again today and will throw off flat ground from 120 feet tomorrow and throw off a half mound. Exactly one week ago, he had his left elbow drained and received a cortisone injection.

Reyes released, updating Johnson

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have released pitcher Dennys Reyes for failure to report to camp. That’ll do it. Reyes was having visa issues and the club hadn’t been in contact with him. At least they’ve spoken to catcher Ronny Paulino, whose car showed up without him. If you’re keeping tabs on the spring training roster, Paulino is a no-show, Reyes has been released, pitcher

Britton, Johnson and probable pitchers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Zach Britton and Jim Johnson threw their bullpen sessions side-by-side this morning before heading indoors for a team meeting. Both pitchers are progressing as the club had hoped. So far, there haven’t been any setbacks. Britton was throwing off a regular mound for the second time this spring. He pushed his pitch count beyond 30 and mixed in his slider and changeup.

Britton throwing, Chen glowing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Zach Britton will throw his bullpen session this morning, a day earlier than he originally expected. “I was feeling good and they had a couple different plans mapped out, depending on how I felt,” Britton said. “This probably gets me on a mound for a game a little sooner.” Britton will do some light tossing tomorrow and is expected to throw

Quotes from Saturday’s intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - The visiting Orioles swept the home Orioles in this two-game intrasquad series, winning today, 3-2, at Ed Smith Stadium. J.J. Hardy hit 30 home runs last season, and he’s got one this spring with a bases-empty shot off Armando Galarraga in the first inning. It won’t count in the Grapefruit League standings, but we saw it happen. “It’s always fun,” he said.

Bundy shines, Chen doesn’t

SARASOTA, Fla. - I apologize for the lateness of this intrasquad update, but I’m having more laptop issues - and this one is brand new - and I’m unable to tweet on my iPhone inside the stadium. A Twitter glitch, I suppose. Anyway, here are a few highlights and lowlights. I’ll try to file quotes later. Dylan Bundy was outstanding in his debut, striking out

Today’s intrasquad lineups (and Hunter note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - For the visiting Orioles: Xavier Avery CF Matt Antonelli 2B Nick Johnson DH Taylor Teagarden C Joe Mahoney 1B Jai Miller LF Josh Bell 3B Scott Beerer RF Steve Tolleson SS Armando Galarraga RHP For the home Orioles: Endy Chavez RF J.J. Hardy SS Wilson Betemit DH Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C Mark Reynolds 3B Chris Davis 1B Nolan Reimold LF

Reynolds talks defense, injury updates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Most of the regulars had left the Ed Smith Stadium complex by the time yesterday’s intrasquad game ended and the clubhouse reopened to the media, so there wasn’t a chance to speak with third baseman Mark Reynolds until this morning. Reynolds made two sparkling plays at third yesterday, charging a ball and throwing out speedy Xavier Avery, and diving to his left

Another day, another intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to run their winning streak to two games today with another 1:05 p.m. intrasquad game against the Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Luis Ayala and Armando Galarraga are scheduled to start today, though manager Buck Showalter indicated a few days ago that Wei-Yin Chen could get one of the assignments. Either way, they’re all scheduled to

Orioles defeat Orioles 2-1

SARASOTA, Fla. - Double-A Bowie outfielder LJ Hoes tripled off Greg Burke in the top of the eighth inning to score the tie-breaking run and give the visiting Orioles a 2-1 victory over the home Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. “I knew we were going to win today. That’s for sure,” manager Buck Showalter said. Cover the lockers in plastic and pop those champagne corks.

Your intrasquad game update (and more)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Reynolds has made two sensational plays at third base today, charging one ball and making a diving stop to his left on a sharp grounder. Other highlights include Brian Matusz’s second inning, when he retired Adam Jones on a soft liner to first base and Matt Wieters on a fly ball to right, and struck out Reynolds. Pedro Strop disposed of

Hunter update and today’s lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter is still scheduled to throw a simulated game on Tuesday after being scratched from his exhibition start against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Hunter downplayed the discomfort in his lower back, saying, “I’m fine. It’s more of a precautionary deal. I’m not concerned at all. I can still pitch.” Hunter played long-toss this morning and seemed to be throwing

Roberts and Britton progressing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Once restricted to stretching exercises and playing catch, Brian Roberts is now taking ground balls at second base and batting practice in the indoor batting cage. “It’s definitely part of the progression,” he said. “Every day that goes by and you don’t feel worse, you’re encouraged for sure.” The next step is taking live batting practice on the field against one of

A few injury updates (and a note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’m told that a fan drove down here from Baltimore because I wrote that the intrasquad games were open to the public. I did? Was I snacking on vodka-soaked olives? I’m pretty sure I made it clear that the games were closed to the public. Tommy Hunter played long-toss this morning to test his lower back. He was firing the ball from

Let the intrasquad games begin

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you woke up this morning and your heart was racing, it wasn’t the three desserts you ate before bed. The Orioles are playing their first intrasquad game today. It’s like Christmas in March. Jake Arrieta will oppose Jason Hammel, but I’m not sure which one is on the “orange” team and which is on the “black.” Other pitchers will include Kevin

More from Showalter after Thursday’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Zach Britton and Jim Johnson will throw in the bullpen tomorrow. This will be Britton’s first time on a mound. “That’s good news,” manager Buck Showalter said. Showalter also noted that Jason Berken (hamstring) “has made some strides, feeling better.” And Willie Eyre (groin) “is pretty close to rejoining us” after playing catch today and participating in some fielding drills. I told

Wada and Showalter speak

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tsuyoshi Wada will play catch again tomorrow, assuming his left elbow responds favorably to today’s session, and he could return to the mound sometime next week. Wada had his elbow drained on Sunday and received a cortisone injection. He was shut down until today. “I felt very good. I felt much better than I did before I took this rest,” he said

Hunter scratched, Wada throws

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Hunter has been scratched from making Tuesday’s exhibition start against the Red Sox in Fort Myers because of lower-back stiffness. Hunter will stay back in camp and throw a two-inning simulated game. This move is done mostly as a precaution. It’s not like the Orioles are shutting him down. They just want to control his environment - prevent him from having

This and that (and more)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today is Photo Day at the complex, when players in their home whites are paraded in front of photographers from various media outlets. It’s a spring training tradition. It’s also the last thing they want to do, but it’s one of their responsibilities. Players will then head to the back fields as usual for another round of catch, infield drills and batting

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