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Showalter speaks after 2-1 win

It was an opening day at Camden Yards filled with emotion, and it spilled into the interview room, where Monica Pence Barlow’s husband and family stood near the back and greeted manager Buck Showalter as he entered for his postgame session with the media. Showalter embraced Barlow’s mother, Ramona, before taking his usual seat, a poignant ending to the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Red

Closing time for Hunter in 2-1 win

Evan Meek walked two batters and retired two in the top of the eighth today. Brian Matusz replaced him and fielded A.J. Pierzynski’s comebacker for the final out, stranding two runners and preserving a 2-1 lead. Who led off the top of the ninth? Will Middlebrooks. Who came in for the Orioles in a save situation? Tommy Hunter. They have a past. Middlebrooks homered twice

Cruz gives Orioles lead, Britton gives them sinking feeling

Nelson Cruz just delivered his Welcome to Baltimore moment. Cruz homered on the first pitch from Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester leading off the bottom of the seventh, the ball easily clearing the left field fence to break a 1-1 tie. Cruz is 1-for-2 with a walk today and is 11-for-24 with three homers and five RBIs lifetime against Lester. Yes, he’s Cruzing. Or he’s

Orioles take first lead of 2014 (we’re tied and Tillman’s done)

If you’re ready to collect your money today after choosing Delmon Young in the “first Oriole to get an RBI” pool, I’ve got bad news for you. A double play doesn’t produce an RBI. Just a run. Not that there’s anything wrong with it. Young grounded into an unconventional 4-3-6 double play with runners on the corners and one out in the second inning to

The opening day festivities (game update)

The mood at Camden Yards today has taken swings more intense than anything Chris Davis will deliver at home plate. MASN’s Jim Hunter, serving as emcee for the opening day festivities, introduced tributes to former center fielder Paul Blair, public relations director Monica Pence Barlow and author and minority owner Tom Clancy. Blair is the only Oriole to start more consecutive opening days at one

Markakis in today’s lineup

Nick Markakis will bat leadoff and play right field for today’s Orioles opener against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Markakis made it through batting practice without experiencing any discomfort in his neck. Nelson Cruz starts in left field and Delmon Young is the designated hitter For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF Matt

Showalter says Markakis is “viable possibility today” (updated)

The Orioles won’t post their opening day lineup until right fielder Nick Markakis takes batting practice. Markakis’ neck is feeling better and he’s already stopped by manager Buck Showalter’s office twice to campaign for the start, which would be his eighth in a row on opening day. Markakis tried to take batting practice yesterday, “but we caught him,” Showalter said. Nelson Cruz will start in

Opening day at Camden Yards

Happy opening day. And shame on Hallmark if it doesn’t make a card for this occasion. The Orioles have won 11 of their last 13 openers and are 3-0 under manager Buck Showalter. The last time they played in March, they lost 6-2 to the Rays in 2008. Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Albers and Brian Burres pitched for the Orioles. Luis Hernandez, the team’s last rookie

Hearing from Showalter, Schoop, Clevenger, Hunter, Meek and Davis (with update)

Nick Markakis has started in right field for the Orioles on seven consecutive opening days. Whether he makes it eight in a row is up in the air. That’s also where Markakis developed neck stiffness, while on a flight yesterday from Sarasota to Norfolk. “Still a little sore,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Hopefully, it will get better. I’ve got two lineups, one with him in

Belfiore designated for assignment, Escalona placed on 60-day DL

The Orioles finalized their roster this afternoon and created two openings on the 40-man roster for reliever Evan Meek and outfielder Delmon Young. Left-hander Mike Belfiore was designated for assignment and pitcher Edgmer Escalona was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Belfiore allowed one run and five hits in two innings with the Orioles last season and went 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 37

Markakis uncertain about opening day

The Orioles are working out indoors today because of the rain. They haven’t posted a lineup due to the uncertain status of right fielder Nick Markakis, who was scratched from yesterday’s lineup in Norfolk with neck stiffness. Markakis received treatment again today and told me that his neck is “much better than yesterday.” Asked about playing on opening day, he replied, “I don’t know.” Neither

Working out the 40-man roster

I’m heading to Camden Yards this morning for the workout that precedes opening day. Don’t try to stop me. The weather may force the Orioles indoors for batting practice. As long as the clubhouse still has a roof over it, the media will be perfectly fine. I’ll check on Nick Markakis, who was scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to neck stiffness. I’ll check on Nelson

Orioles option Gausman, McFarland and Weeks

The Orioles reduced their roster to 32 players following today’s rain-shortened 4-3 win at Harbor Park by optioning pitchers Kevin Gausman and T.J. McFarland and infielder Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Norfolk. They will get down to the required 25 by putting Manny Machado, Edgmer Escalona, Francisco Peguero, Nolan Reimold, Michael Almanzar and Johan Santana on the disabled list, and by having Troy Patton on the

Still waiting on 25-man roster (and note)

The Orioles continue to check the waiver wire and explore any possible deals before announcing their 25-man roster. They aren’t going to commit to a player and suddenly break the news that he’s actually headed to the minors because someone better became available. The Orioles need to remove 10 players by 3 p.m. Sunday, and the moves are obvious at this point. The only holdup

What’s going on today?

Look at me. Writing a blog entry without a dateline. It feels ... weird. The Orioles are scheduled to play an exhibition game against Triple-A Norfolk this afternoon, but the weather needs to cooperate. A rainout would be a major irritant to the Orioles, who lost four Grapefruit League games for weather-related reasons and don’t want to go consecutive days without working out. They had

Quick Cruz update (Monell clears waivers, Yankees sign Aceves)

TAMPA - Nelson Cruz is fine. Quick enough? Cruz will attend Sunday’s workout at Camden Yards and remains available for opening day. He’s expected to start in left field against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. He probably will serve as the designated hitter in the second game against right-hander John Lackey, with David Lough playing left field. Cruz was hit on the batting helmet last

Last day to camp out

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are off today. The complex is closed and players are told to stay away from it. Half of the remaining beat writers are flying home, with the other half vacating on Saturday. Spring training is drawing to a close. If you blinked, you missed ... nothing. It didn’t go by that quickly. I should probably start packing my bags while

Updating Cruz CT scan and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles went 13-9-4 in the Grapefruit League following tonight’s 4-3 loss to the Rays before the seventh sellout crowd this spring at Ed Smith Stadium. Outfielder Nelson Cruz’s CT scan came back negative and he’s not expected to miss opening day. The Orioles will naturally check him again Friday morning and in subsequent days. “Hopefully, everything’s all right,” said manager Buck

Jimenez on Jimenez, Cobb on hitting Cruz (Rays win 4-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 4, Orioles 3 Recap: Former Oriole Wilson Betemit lifted a sacrifice fly off Troy Patton in the ninth to break a 3-3 tie. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Evan Longoria tied the game 1-1 with a home run in the fourth and the Rays took the lead in the fifth on Yunel Escobar’s

Aceves opting out of contract

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Alfredo Aceves was informed tonight that he won’t make the Orioles’ 25-man roster coming out of spring training. As a result, Aceves will opt out of his contract, according to an industry source. Aceves, 31, allowed five earned runs and 11 hits in 10 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts. The Orioles signed Aceves to a minor league deal on

Cruz fine after being hit in helmet, removed from game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz came out of tonight’s game in the bottom of the fourth inning after being hit on the left side of the batting helmet by a pitch from Rays starter Alex Cobb. Cruz dropped to his knees but quickly stood up as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter ran out of the dugout. Cruz walked

Game update and more Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez has thrown three scoreless innings tonight against the Rays, escaping jams in the first and third. Jimenez, closing the Grapefruit League portion of the Orioles’ schedule, gave up a leadoff double to Matt Joyce in the first inning before retiring the next three batters, striking out Evan Longoria to end the frame. He got three groundball outs in the second

Santana filled with encouragement on full mound

SARASOTA, Fla. - While the Orioles performed pickoff and outfield drills and took batting practice on the replica Camden Yards field this afternoon, Johan Santana quietly threw a bullpen session between two other practice fields, away from the view of his teammates and manager Buck Showalter. Santana advanced to a full mound and drew praise from assistant athletic trainer Chris Correnti and pitching rehab coordinator

Reimold: “I’m ready for these neck issues to be over and done with”

SARASOTA, Fla. - As he waits for the Orioles to officially place him on the 15-day disabled list, outfielder Nolan Reimold wants to stress again that he hasn’t suffered a new injury to his neck. He hasn’t experienced any setbacks. His recovery from corrective surgery in July to fuse two vertebrae in his neck has enabled him to swing the bat without discomfort. The issue

Notes during batting practice

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles may not make any cuts tonight, with the majority coming on Saturday. They’re supposed to play Triple-A Norfolk in an exhibition game at Harbor Park. However, the forecast is calling for a 100 percent change of rain. Doesn’t look promising. Thirty-six players remain in camp and the Orioles need to get down to 25 by 3 p.m. Sunday. The Orioles

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - A light rain continues to fall at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and it’s a familiar sight for the Orioles, who have lost four games due to inclement weather. What’s one more? We’re up to four rainouts and four ties, for those of you keeping score at home. The Orioles are hoping to keep score on the main field and give Ubaldo

Squeezing the last game out of the Grapefruit League

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the end. It’s the last Grapefruit League game before the Orioles break camp. They’re playing at night again, and they’re playing the Rays again, and they’re facing Alex Cobb again after he struck out 12 Orioles in seven innings Saturday in a game that, yes, ended in a tie. It’s really time to go home. Ubaldo Jimenez makes his last

Showalter speaks after 4-4 tie

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Josh Stinson posted an unusual line tonight. Two innings, no hits, one unearned run, three walks, six strikeouts. The tying run scored in the ninth on Stinson’s throwing error. The Orioles have played to four ties this spring. It’s time to go home. Stinson didn’t allow an earned run in nine innings. “Josh has had a good spring,” said manager Buck

Tillman on Tillman (O’s tie Rays 4-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Rays 4 Recap: In his last start before opening day, Chris Tillman allowed two runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 79 pitches. Zach Britton had back-to-back outings for the first time this spring and struck out the only batter he faced. The Rays scored once off Darren O’Day in

Game update and more notes (Tillman goes 4 2/3)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Rays scored a run off Orioles starter Chris Tillman in the bottom of the first inning tonight, but Delmon Young’s RBI grounder tied the score in the top of the second. Nelson Cruz led off with a single and Matt Wieters doubled before Young tied the game with one out. Wieters is 10-for-26 this spring. Chris Marrero, batting for the

Showalter on DL situations

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Nolan Reimold can swing the bat without any discomfort in his surgically repaired neck. It’s playing the outfield that’s causing problems and has led to the Orioles’ decision to place him on the 15-day disabled list, a move that will be announced before opening day. “The two times he tried, looking up bothered him some,” said manager Buck Showalter. “You’ve probably

Reimold headed to disabled list, and other notes

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold will begin the 2014 season on the 15-day disabled list. Reimold was scratched from tonight’s game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. He hasn’t been able to play the outfield comfortably following corrective surgery on his neck In January to fuse two vertebrae. Reimold played yesterday and collected a hit, so his assignment will be backdated to

Orioles make four cuts, Reimold scratched from lineup

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles have optioned pitcher Steve Johnson and outfielder Henry Urrutia to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla to minor league camp. With this move, the Orioles now have 36 players at major league spring training, including four non-roster invitees. Casilla signed a minor league deal on Jan. 10 and appeared to be the leading candidate

Orioles announce opening day plans (and lineup against Rays)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles defeated the Red Sox 5-4 in their first split-squad game today, and the team bus just arrived at Charlotte Sports Park for the nightcap. While we wait for manager Buck Showalter to arrive and the Orioles to reveal their roster cuts, the club has announced its opening day plans. The Orioles will honor the 13 members of their family

Gonzalez struggling in Fort Myers (Gonzo goes five, Weeks breaks tie, O’s win 5-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 5, Red Sox 4 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez struggled in his last start before the regular season, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out two and surrendered two homers on the way to seeing his spring ERA climb to 3.54. The Orioles blew an early 3-0 lead to fall behind 4-3. But Ryan

Notes on cuts, Bundy, Santana and Norfolk game (Clevenger homers)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jemile Weeks and David Lough opened the top of the first inning today with singles off Red Sox starter Allen Webster before Nick Markakis grounded into a 6-3 double play. Chris Davis struck out to end the inning. Davis provided the best quote of the day during batting practice, a smile spreading across his face as he delivered the line. “Chris

Flaherty at third, Gonzalez on hill for Orioles at Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. - In this afternoon’s split-squad game against the Red Sox, Ryan Flaherty continues to get his reps at third base in preparation for what will likely be the starting role there while Manny Machado is out. Jemile Weeks gets a shot at leading off for the Orioles while playing second base, with David Lough in left and batting second. Miguel Gonzalez makes

While waiting for the Orioles lineup ...

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing two road games today, and I can’t recall the last time they pulled off a doubleheader without taking the field at Ed Smith Stadium. They make another trip to Fort Myers today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox, but they take a left turn at the Daniels Parkway exit off Interstate 75 instead of going

The last cuts are the deepest

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing two games today and the biggest news will come at the conclusion of each one. Cuts will be made. Deep, bloody cuts. The Orioles have 40 players on their camp roster and need to eliminate 15. Four of them will go on the disabled list - Manny Machado, Edgmer Escalona, Francisco Peguero and Johan Santana - and Troy

Orioles option Brach

SARASOTA, Fla. - As Orioles manager Buck Showalter sat in his office following today’s 4-1 loss to the Twins in Fort Myers, he talked about reliever Brad Brach’s impressive spring training and mentioned how he planned on making at least one cut tonight. Showalter indicated that the roster move would involve a pitcher who wouldn’t be scheduled to throw in Wednesday’s split-squad games. As it

Showalter speaks after 4-1 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles are going to make a few cuts later today. Stay tuned. Tommy Hunter and Zach Britton are slated to pitch again on Wednesday, giving them back-to-back appearances for the first time this spring. Left-hander Troy Patton will be eligible to pitch in his first game for the Orioles on April 29 after serving his 25-game suspension. A few pitchers

Norris on Norris (O’s lose 4-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 4, Orioles 1 Recap: The Twins scored twice off Bud Norris after Alexi Casilla’s error to open the bottom of the second. They added another run in the fifth. Norris was solid, with four of the seven hits against him in 5 1/3 innings being bloopers or the infield variety. Zach Britton retired both batters he faced after replacing Norris

Almanzar could be headed to disabled list (updated)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar underwent an MRI on his left knee yesterday and has been diagnosed with patella tendinitis. Executive vice president Dan Duquette, in a text message, indicated that it’s a “possible DL” situation for Almanzar. The Orioles can’t option Almanzar without placing him on waivers and offering him back to the Red Sox. The injury, which occurred while

Flaherty told he’s made club

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter informed infielder Ryan Flaherty that he’s heading north with the team after it breaks camp this weekend. Flaherty could start at third base in Manny Machado’s absence. Showalter hasn’t revealed his plans for opening day. Wei-Yin Chen will start the third game on April 3 against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Showalter is deciding on the

Clevenger confirms he’s made the club (Twins pitching change)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Steve Clevenger says he was called into manager Buck Showalter’s office yesterday and told that he made the club. Clevenger’s agent, Joshua Kusnick, tweeted the news last night, but it’s always nice to get confirmation. “They called me in and told me, but I’m going to continue to play out the spring. You just never know what could happen between now and

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Steve Lombardozzi will make his Orioles debut today, batting second and playing second base against the Twins in Fort Myers. David Lough is leading off and playing center field. Bud Norris is opposed today by Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson. In his last start, Norris held the Pirates to one run and two hits over five innings in Bradenton. He’s been strong in

Cornering the market on third base candidates

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to outrun the rain today, racing down to Fort Myers for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins. Bud Norris will take the mound. Hopefully, he won’t find out how much water the mound can take. Ryan Flaherty will make the trip, perhaps getting another start at third base. Not a bad idea to give him as many

Clevenger wins backup job

SARASOTA, Fla. - It appears that the Orioles have made their final decision on a backup catcher. Steve Clevenger was told that he’s going to head north with the club, according to a tweet from agent Joshua Kusnick. Here it is: “Congratulations to steve clevenger. He officially made the orioles” Sounds legit to me. And it’s the obvious choice, given recent transactions and Clevenger’s performance

Matusz on his fragmented start, Lombardozzi on his fresh start (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brian Matusz had his start last Monday in Clearwater washed away by heavy rains. He lasted two innings today against the Red Sox before the weather caused another cancellation. If the baseball gods are going to keep messing with him, could they at least bring an umbrella? Matusz headed to the indoor batting cage with catcher Caleb Joseph and elevated his pitch

Machado talks about his pending DL assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado hasn’t circled a date on his calendar for his first game of the spring. “Never will,” he said. “That’s not me.” So, what’s next for Machado after being told yesterday that the Orioles would put him on the 15-day disabled list prior to opening day. “Play baseball. That’s all,” he said. “Go out there and get ready

Game cancelled after two innings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s game between the Orioles and Red Sox has been cancelled after two innings due to heavy rains. Brian Matusz threw 29 pitches, 17 strikes in two innings. He allowed one hit, a Ryan Lavarnway single, and walked Jonny Gomes. J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis singled off Red Sox left-hander Drake Britton in the first inning. Hardy is 11-for-33 this spring, and

Notes on game status, Lombardozzi, Gonzalez, Almanzar, more (more quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will attempt to start today’s game at 2 p.m., a delay of one hour caused by heavy rain that continues to fall. Manager Buck Showalter needs to provide innings for his scheduled pitchers. Losing a fourth game this spring due to weather would be a major disruption. Steve Lombardozzi arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex after today’s trade with

Duquette and A. Gonzalez talk about the trade

SARASOTA, Fla. - Executive vice president Dan Duquette stopped by the media workroom this morning to discuss the trade that sent Alex Gonzalez to the Tigers for Steve Lombardozzi. “Steve Lombardozzi is a talented infielder,” Duquette said. “He’s good at second base and can also play third and the outfield. Switch-hitter. Good hands. He’s a hustler, a scrappy player. Has two years experience and he’s

Schoop starting at third base today (and Red Sox lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rain is coming down hard at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, putting in jeopardy today’s game against the Red Sox. Jonathan Schoop will start at third base if the Orioles play. Steve Lombardozzi is listed among the reserves. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF Matt Wieters C Delmon Young DH

Orioles acquire Lombardozzi from Tigers for A. Gonzalez (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - With third baseman Manny Machado set to begin the season on the disabled list, the Orioles made a move this morning to bring in another infielder who can play multiple positions and perhaps start at second on opening day. The Orioles have acquired Steve Lombardozzi, 25, from the Tigers for Alex Gonzalez, a source confirmed. Lombardozzi, a Fulton native who attended Atholton

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is back on the bump today, making his fourth Grapefruit League appearance in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. He most recently tossed five innings in a minor league game. Jake Peavy is starting for the Red Sox, who also are bringing former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill. Manny Machado will find more

Orioles make two more cuts

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made two expected roster moves this afternoon, optioning infielder David Adams to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning catcher Caleb Joseph to minor league camp. Adams was on the major league roster after being claimed off waivers last night from the Indians, but he had no shot at making the 25-man roster on opening day. Showalter indicated during batting practice that Adams

Machado headed to disabled list (with Showalter quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will begin the 2014 season on the 15-day disabled list. Manager Buck Showalter made the announcement following today’s 7-7 tie with the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. Showalter said Machado being on the active roster on opening day is “not realistic.” Machado underwent surgery on his left knee in October. He was cleared to start running again

Game update and Gausman on Gausman (O’s, Pirates tie 7-7)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Pirates 7 (10) Recap: The Pirates scored four runs off Steve Johnson in the sixth to erase the Orioles’ 3-1 lead, but Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the inning and Delmon Young broke the tie with an RBI single in the seventh. Zach Britton gave up the tying run in the eighth, with Jonathan

Gausman gives up home run, Markakis hits one (Gausman done)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s starting pitchers, the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman and the Pirates’ Garret Cole, allowed leadoff home runs in the first inning. How often does that happen? Anyone care to look it up? Starling Marte drove a Gausman pitch to center field. Nick Markakis, who remained in the lineup despite dealing with a stomach issue, cleared the fence in left-center field for his first

Duquette on Ayala and Wallace signings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran reliever Luis Ayala threw a bullpen session today at Twin Lakes Park, and corner infielder Brett Wallace will be cleared to work out there Monday morning. The Orioles announced today that they signed Ayala and Wallace to minor league deals. Ayala, 36, struggled mightily with the Nats this spring. In six innings, he allowed nine runs and 10 hits and posted

Brett Wallace agrees to minor league deal, and other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reached agreement with corner infielder Brett Wallace on a minor league deal, and he’s currently taking his physical at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Wallace will report to Twin Lakes Park if he passes the physical. Wallace was released by Houston on March 12. Wallace, 27, was 2-for-14 with an RBI and eight strikeouts in eight games with the

Notes on Stinson and Tillman

SARASOTA, Fla. - Josh Stinson can’t relax. The Orioles open their season in less than a week, Stinson hasn’t allowed an earned run all spring, and he still can’t relax. Stinson isn’t uptight about his chances of making the club, but he won’t assume anything. His career path steers him away from such security. “I’ve always been the type of guy who, until it’s all

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis is batting leadoff today and David Lough is second for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. Ryan Flaherty is playing third base and Jemile Weeks gets the start at second. The Pirates aren’t using a designated hitter today. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF David Lough LF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson

Gausman eyeing spot in rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are back home today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates. Kevin Gausman takes the mound for his fourth Grapefruit League appearance. Gausman also worked three innings against the Twins’ Triple-A team on Tuesday, but those statistics don’t count because they came in a game that... well... doesn’t count. On the spring training scale, exhibition games rank higher than

Orioles claim David Adams (with Duquette comment)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced a transaction tonight that manager Buck Showalter alluded to earlier today in Port Charlotte. The Orioles have claimed infielder David Adams off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz has been designated for assignment. Adams, 27, appeared in 43 games for the New York Yankees in 2013,

Showalter and Jimenez speak after 3-3 tie

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Alfredo Aceves retired the Rays in order in the bottom of the 10th inning, and today’s game ended in a 3-3 tie. The Orioles are 12-7-2 this spring. Aceves refused to pitch until the Rays’ grounds crew repaired the mound, causing a lengthy delay. Manager Buck Showalter actually took a rake to speed up the process and carried it off the

Jimenez goes six innings (Orioles, Rays finish in 3-3 tie in 10 innings)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Rays 3 (10 innings) Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two runs and five hits over six innings and retired 10 of the last 12 Rays that he faced. James Loney hit a two-run homer off him in the first. Delmon Young hit his first spring home run. Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar had a tie-breaking RBI single in the fifth

Young hits first spring homer (game update)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Delmon Young is getting the start in left field today as he tries to win a spot on the Orioles’ 25-man roster. May as well make the most of it. Young hit a ball off the scoreboard in left-center field in the top of the second inning for his first home run of the spring. Before today, Young was 8-for-33 with

Showalter on Machado, Tillman and Santana

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that third baseman Manny Machado could run on Sunday to test his left knee and calf. Machado had been shut down because of scar tissue breaking up in the knee and a mild strain in his calf muscle. “He was telling me the two days really did the calf well,” Showalter said. “I would bet he’d

Machado encouraged by news on knee, unsure about opening day

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado received the news that he expected Thursday in Los Angeles. Dr. Neal ElAttrache lifted the physical restrictions after re-examining Machado’s surgically repaired left knee. Now what? “I got taken off restrictive on my knee, so that’s good news,” Machado said this morning. “We’re just going to, at this point, take it day by day, how we’ve been

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jemile Weeks is leading off today for the Orioles, who travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays. Not many projected starters in the lineup. Henry Urrutia is in right field and Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter. Alexi Casilla gets another start at shortstop. Josh Stinson, Alfredo Aceves, Evan Meek and Brad Brach are listed among the relievers. For

Leading off the morning with Lough

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are hitting the road today, making their second trip to Port Charlotte to play the Rays. David Lough led off yesterday and doubled in his first at-bat. He manufactured a run by taking third on Adam Jones’ fly ball and scoring on Chris Davis’ sacrifice fly. Lough reached on an infield hit in the eighth to go 2-for-4 with two

Postgame notes and quotes following 8-0 win (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Luis Ayala took his physical today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. However, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said the minor league deal is “still in process” and the club won’t announce it until Saturday at the earliest. As I wrote earlier, Ayala will report to the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park if he passes the physical. Tommy

Miguel Gonzalez talks about his outing (O’s win 8-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 8, Braves 0 Recap: Miguel Gonzalez filled in for Chris Tillman today and looked like an ace, tossing six scoreless innings with three hits allowed, no walks and five strikeouts. He’s the first Orioles pitcher to complete six innings this spring. Chris Davis’ sacrifice fly gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the first and produced his team-leading 10th RBI.

M. Gonzalez and Schlosser dealing in Sarasota (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough had a leadoff double in the first inning today for the Orioles. That’s their only hit. Braves right-hander Gus Schlosser, making only his second spring start, retired 12 Orioles in a row. But he’s losing 1-0 because Miguel Gonzalez is keeping Atlanta off the board. Some serious dealing going on here in Sarasota. Gonzalez is proving to be a good

Notes on Machado, Ayala, Bundy, Tillman and more (game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Third baseman Manny Machado flew back into Sarasota late last night and has been excused from camp this morning. Machado no longer has any physical restrictions after Dr. Neal ElAttrache re-examined his left knee yesterday in Los Angeles. However, the Orioles still haven’t provided a firm date for his spring debut. “I have to talk to the ESPN people to find out

Alex Gonzalez talks about his medical condition

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Alex Gonzalez is back in the Orioles’ lineup today as the third baseman, and he intends to get as many at-bats as possible while competing for a utility job. Gonzalez was shut down briefly and underwent an endoscopy after his pre-spring training physical revealed something in his blood work that drew the concerns of the Orioles’ medical staff. Gonzalez, a 15-year

Orioles and Braves lineups, and update on Ayala

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Luis Ayala arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning, and an announcement of his minor league deal with the Orioles should be coming later today. There’s no word on whether Ayala has been offered an invitation to spring training. I was told yesterday that he’d report to Twin Lakes Park. Stay tuned. The Orioles found a new opponent today.

Because You Asked - Passion of the Crust

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s the Florida edition of our popular mailbag sequel, which means it’s tanned, doesn’t drain after a heavy rain and thinks the fast lane is only for cars going 25 mph or 125 mph. It also writes checks at the grocery store and becomes confused during elections. You’ve got questions. I’ve got answers. You’ve got the same questions. I’ve got the same

Showalter speaks after 4-2 win (with Ayala note)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Left-hander T.J. McFarland allowed a run in the eighth inning tonight and faced three former Orioles in a row in the ninth - Omar Santos, Robert Andino and Travis Ishikawa. A fourth, Chris Dickerson, stood on deck. Dickerson never made it to the plate. Ishikawa grounded to McFarland, and the Orioles defeated the Pirates, 4-2, at McKechnie Field. Manager Buck Showalter thought

Game update and hearing from Norris (O’s win 4-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Pirates 2 Recap: Bud Norris became the second Orioles starter to complete five innings, joining Chris Tillman. Andrew McCutchen homered off Norris in the first inning for the only run off the right-hander. Nelson Cruz doubled twice and drove in a run, and Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar lifted a sacrifice fly to score Jemile Weeks and break a

Updating Norris in Bradenton (Norris goes five innings)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Bud Norris has produced much better results tonight in his fourth start of the spring than in his previous outing in Tampa. Norris has held the Pirates to one run and two hits over four innings, with one walk and five strikeouts. He’s thrown 60 pitches, 37 for strikes. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-out, opposite field home run off Norris

A few notes before tonight’s game (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t received an update on third baseman Manny Machado’s knee exam today in Los Angeles. Manager Buck Showalter has stated that it’s up to the team to determine when Machado can start playing in games. Official word won’t come from Dr. Neal ElAttrache’s office. Showalter said the Orioles could wait until the March 29 exhibition game in Norfolk to decide

Orioles and Pirates lineups (with Ayala update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones is making another road trip tonight, a short drive to Bradenton to face the Pirates. Jones played in Dunedin Sunday after returning from Baltimore following the birth of his son. Alexi Casilla, in more need of at-bats, is batting leadoff and playing shortstop. For the Orioles Alexi Casilla SS Nolan Reimold DH Adam Jones CF Nelson Cruz RF Steve Pearce

Orioles nearing agreement with Ayala (agreement in place)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to keep close watch on the waiver wire, and he’s on the verge of signing a reliever discarded yesterday by the Nationals. The Orioles are nearing an agreement with veteran right-hander Luis Ayala, according to sources. An announcement could come later today, after final details are worked out. I’m just confirming multiple reports here. Was

Orioles practicing their night moves

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing under the lights at McKechnie Field tonight, which is basically like playing in candlelight, except without the dripping wax and the romance. And honestly, you can’t have romance without dripping wax. OK, I’ve said too much. Manager Buck Showalter would prefer playing day games against the Pirates in Bradenton, but we always end up with at least one

Showalter on moves and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t ready to declare a winner in the battle for the backup catching job. He did, however, point out the obvious. Steve Clevenger is the current leader inside the clubhouse after the Orioles optioned Johnny Monell to Triple-A Norfolk. “Stevie’s presented himself well,” Showalter said. “We’ll see what happens between now and the end of spring, what other

Orioles option Monell and reassign Paul (Yoon optioned)

SARASOTA, Fla. - There’s no longer any doubt that Steve Clevenger is the leading in-house candidate to back up catcher Matt Wieters. The Orioles optioned catcher Johnny Monell following today’s 7-4 loss to the Rays. They also reassigned outfielder Xavier Paul to minor league camp and will make one more roster move. Clevenger hasn’t won the job at this point in camp. The Orioles continue

Chen removed in fourth (O’s lose 7-4, plus pictures)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Rays 7, Orioles 4 Recap: Wei-Yin Chen didn’t make it out of the fourth inning today, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 frames. The Rays collected five doubles and homered twice off him. On the plus side, Chen didn’t walk anybody. Suk-min Yoon served up a home run to Jayson Nix, but retired six of seven batters in

Pregame quotes from Showalter (with game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Darren O’Day is throwing two innings today at Twin Lakes Park. Grant Balfour is facing the Orioles today - in a minor league game. Do they have brushback pitches at the Charlotte Sports complex? Bud Norris starts Thursday night’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton. Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland and Alfredo Aceves also are scheduled to pitch. Chris Tillman faces the

Hearing from Lough, Bundy and Santana

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder David Lough is taking an impact test now as the final step in being cleared to play Thursday in a Triple-A game. Lough had been experiencing dizziness and eye floaters that may have been related to neck stiffness. He said the symptoms occurred after he was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch a triple into an inside-the-park home run

Updates on Machado and Lough (with videos and pictures)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a 12:30 p.m. appointment on Thursday with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, and he will take a red-eye flight back to Sarasota that evening. Machado is scheduled to depart at 6 a.m. Manager Buck Showalter said Machado still hasn’t run the bases due to scar tissue breaking up in his left knee, but he’s doing

A few morning notes (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Francisco Peguero, who remains shut down with a strained right wrist, must wear a brace for two weeks due to inflammation and most likely will begin the season on the disabled list. Peguero is out of minor league options and the Orioles wanted to take a long look at him this spring. He’s appeared in only six games, going 4-for-15 with

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough is at the Ed Smith Stadium complex today, but he remains out of the lineup while dealing with neck stiffness. Alexi Casilla is starting at second base and batting ninth. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF Matt Wieters C Delmon Young DH Ryan Flaherty 3B Alexi Casilla 2B

Let the games continue

SARASOTA, Fla. - And down the stretch we come. The Orioles have 10 games remaining on their Grapefruit League schedule, including split-squad games March 26 against the Red Sox in Fort Myers and the Rays in Port Charlotte. They also play their Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, on March 29 at Harbor Park. They’re home today against the Rays at 1:05 p.m., with Wei-Yin Chen

Offering a few thoughts on the off day

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are supposed to be off today. It says so on their spring training schedule. However, manager Buck Showalter arranged for the Triple-A and Double-A games against Minnesota to be moved from Twin Lakes Park to two fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. It’s being done to provide work for pitchers Brian Matusz, Kevin Gausman and Steve Johnson, whose games

Showalter and Tillman on the opening day assignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - On the day that the Orioles traded for pitcher Chris Tillman, the thought never crossed his mind that he would start for them in an opener. He didn’t ponder the idea of being anointed as the staff ace. “I had no idea,” he said today. “My first thought when it happened was, ‘Crap, I’ve got to get to learn everyone again and

Orioles-Twins game canceled

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles were supposed to play twice today. They got shut out without taking the field. Scheduled games against the Phillies this afternoon in Clearwater and the Twins tonight in Sarasota have been canceled due to inclement weather. There are no makeup dates. Steve Johnson will join Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman Tuesday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, where they will

Tillman named opening day starter (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman will break camp on the Orioles’ 25-man roster for the second time in his career. He also will take the mound on opening day for the first time. It just keeps getting better for Tillman. Orioles manager Buck Showalter made the announcement this afternoon, confirming what everyone had anticipated all along. Tillman, 25, will get the call on March 31

Orioles lineups vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s raining hard here in Sarasota and a cancellation of tonight’s game is likely, but here is the Orioles’ lineup for the game against the Twins. For the Orioles: Jemile Weeks 2B J.J. Hardy SS Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF Matt Wieters C Delmon Young RF Ryan Flaherty 3B Nolan Reimold DH Steve Johnson RHP Brian Matusz and

Casilla starting, Yoon in bullpen (game vs. Phillies canceled)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alexi Casilla is starting at shortstop today in the Orioles’ split-squad game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Casilla was scratched from yesterday’s lineup due to swelling in his left knee, same as Friday’s game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Suk-min Yoon is on the travel roster after making his debut Saturday against the Yankees. Yoon threw 11 pitches in one inning.

Phillies using DH today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters a few days ago that the Phillies weren’t allowing his team to use a designated hitter for today’s game in Clearwater. The Phillies posted their lineup this morning and Keven Frandsen is listed as the designated hitter. Did they just take the bat out of pitcher Brian Matusz’s hands? Here’s the Phillies lineup Ben Revere CF

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing split-squad games today if the weather allows it. Lots of rain is in the forecast. Brian Matusz gets the start against the Phillies in Clearwater, followed by Kevin Gausman. Ubaldo Jimenez was supposed to get the start tonight against the Twins in Sarasota, but manager Buck Showalter told reporters yesterday that the right-hander will pitch in a Triple-A

Casilla scratched from lineup (with Lough update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - A frustrating spring continues for infielder Alexi Casilla. Casilla is sitting at his locker instead of making the trip to Dunedin for today’s game against the Blue Jays. He’s been scratched from the Orioles lineup because of swelling in his left knee. “They pushed me off the bus,” Casilla said. A rare moment of levity from a player who is irritated to

Updating Markakis and Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis has an ice pack on his left shoulder this morning, the standard treatment for tendinitis. However, Markakis said he will start in right field for the Orioles Monday afternoon in Clearwater in a split-squad game against the Phillies. “Just a little spring training arm soreness,” said Markakis, who served as the designated hitter yesterday. “Nothing too alarming. It’s been pretty

Jones in center field in Dunedin

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t kidding. He’s taking Adam Jones to Dunedin for today’s game against the Blue Jays. Jones is starting in center field. Alexi Casilla is the shortstop after being scratched from Friday’s lineup with a hyper-extended left knee, and Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar moves across the diamond to first base. For the Orioles Jemile Weeks 2B Alexi Casilla

Alex Gonzalez continues to make a favorable impression

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making their only trip to Dunedin today to play the Blue Jays. Miguel Gonzalez gets the start. Other Orioles scheduled to pitch include Alfredo Aceves, Steve Johnson and Brad Brach. Gonzalez limped to his locker yesterday morning with a huge ice pack wrapped around his lower left leg. Reporters drifted over to his locker to make sure that Gonzalez

Postgame comments from Showalter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alexi Casilla will start at shortstop for the Orioles in Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Center fielder Adam Jones is a surprise addition to the travel roster after getting back to Sarasota today. Left fielder David Lough is day-to-day. He was sent home after lunch today to “take it easy,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Get away from some of

Yoon on Yoon (O’s win 2-1)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 2, Yankees 1 Recap: Chris Tillman allowed one run in five-plus innings, a leadoff home run by Francisco Arcia in the sixth. Darren O’Day put runners on second and third with no outs in the eighth and struck out the next three batters. Evan Meek got the save, hitting a batter with two outs before inducing a ground ball. Chris

Tillman’s terrific today (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman became the first Oriole this spring to pitch into the fifth inning today, and he wasn’t done. Tillman came back out for the start of the sixth and gave up a leadoff home run to Yankees first baseman and No. 9 hitter Francisco Arcia. That was the only run allowed by Tillman, who surrendered three hits, walked two and struck

Showalter on Machado and other injuries

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter won’t rule out third baseman Manny Machado for opening day. However, the news today that Machado’s final knee examination won’t take place on Tuesday as tentatively scheduled presents a serious obstacle in getting him in the March 31 lineup. Machado hasn’t run in five days due to scar tissue breaking up in the knee, a common occurrence following

Updates on Machado, Lough and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won’t have his knee examined on Tuesday in Los Angeles, further reducing his chances of being ready on opening day. Machado hasn’t run in five days because of scar tissue breaking up in the knee. It’s nothing serious, but Machado can’t undergo an exam by Dr. Neal ElAttrache until he’s able to run. Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t

Injury updates on Wieters and Casilla, and Yankees lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters still expects to be back in the Orioles lineup Monday night at Ed Smith Stadium. Wieters is being held out of today’s game against the Yankees while continuing to receive treatment on his sprained right ankle. He wouldn’t have made the trip to Dunedin on Sunday regardless of his health situation. “In spring training, you don’t want to hurt

Lough out of lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough is out of the Orioles lineup today after being scratched yesterday with neck stiffness. Lough had a 3 p.m. doctors appointment yesterday after leaving Fort Myers. I’ll pass along an update later. Alexi Casilla is unavailable today due to a hyperextended left knee. Matt Wieters continues to receive treatment on his right ankle and should play on Monday. Nick Markakis,

No longer making a case for Casilla

SARASOTA, Fla. - As soon as the Orioles signed Alexi Casilla to a minor league contract in January, I penciled him onto the 25-man roster as a utility infielder. No doubt in my mind. Casilla would back up at second base, short and third. He was a necessity with Ryan Flaherty projected as Brian Roberts’ replacement at second. He offered more versatility than Jemile Weeks.

Showalter speaks after 2-2 tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles had enough pitching to play the 10th inning today, but the Twins were running short due to split-squad games. They also were playing the Rays in Port Charlotte. Former Orioles farmhand Brandon Waring homered off Orioles left-hander Troy Patton with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to account for the 2-2 tie. Patton walked the leadoff hitter

Chen on Chen (O’s, Twins end in 2-2 tie)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 2, Twins 2 Recap: Wei-Yin Chen has turned in two straight impressive starts, holding the Twins to one run and three hits over four innings today. He threw 41 of his 61 pitches for strikes. Tommy Hunter replaced Chen and retired the Twins in order with a strikeout. T.J. McFarland tossed three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. Henry Urrutia

Game update and quotes from Showalter (Chen update, Urrutia homers)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning against Twins starter Mike Pelfrey, but they scored only once on Quintin Berry’s sacrifice fly to the warning track in right field. Steve Clevenger led off with a single, making him 8-for-17 this spring. Nolan Reimold walked and Jonathan Schoop lined a single into left field, making him 10-for-21.

Notes on Casilla, Wieters, Markakis, Yoon, Bundy and more (Lough scratched)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Alexi Casilla was scratched from today’s lineup with a hyperextended left knee. Jonathan Schoop has replaced him at shortstop. Casilla had recently been cleared to play after being shut down with a right hamstring injury. He’s 0-for-5 in three games. Manager Buck Showalter learned of Casilla’s injury via a phone call from bench coach John Russell as he prepared to make

Upcoming pitchers and Twins lineup (O’s scratch Casilla)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Today’s game against the Twins at Hammond Stadium is another instant replay game. The Orioles may have challenged a call here during their last visit, but a replay wasn’t available to them. That qualifies as a flaw in the system. Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium will air at 1:05 p.m. on MASN. The Orioles will start

Yoon ready to make debut (Bundy optioned)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Zach Britton said he is being given an extra day to rest and will pitch Saturday against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Britton would have been used for the fourth time in nine days. Suk-min Yoon will make his Orioles debut Saturday after obtaining his work visa in Ottawa. He’s sitting at his locker this morning. Yoon said “everything went

Orioles lineup against Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough is leading off and playing left field for the Orioles today in their 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Not many regulars on this trip. Not a big surprise, either. Henry Urrutia is in right field. His defense has improved, but his baserunning mistakes are being noticed in the dugout. Not a good sign. Nolan Reimold is

The catching situation and Johan Santana’s role as mentor

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making another trip to Fort Myers this afternoon to play the Twins. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound for his third start after shutting out the Pirates on one hit over three innings in his previous appearance. Overall, Chen has permitted two earned runs and six hits in five innings, with one walk and three strikeouts. Zach Britton,

Showalter speaks after 6-0 loss

TAMPA - Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar walked to lead off the top of the ninth today and would have scored on Dariel Alvarez’s two-out double if the ball hadn’t hopped the left field fence. Mike Yastrzemski struck out to complete the Orioles’ 6-0 loss to the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Manager Buck Showalter offered up his opinion on a few players, including

Norris on Norris (O’s lose 6-0)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Yankees 6, Orioles 0 Recap: Bud Norris left today’s game after 1 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and throwing 60 pitches, but he felt good physically. Kevin Gausman gave up one run over two innings. Ryan Webb gave up two runs in the eighth. Alex Gonzalez and Henry Urrutia each had two hits, as the Orioles dropped their third consecutive game.

Norris removed after 1 2/3 innings (updated)

TAMPA - Orioles pitcher Bud Norris didn’t make it out of the second inning today in his worst start of the spring. Norris had tossed five scoreless innings over two starts before today, with three hits, one walk and six strikeouts. However, he gave up three runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Yankees, with two walks and two strikeouts. Norris threw

Pregame notes in Tampa (updated)

TAMPA - Orioles pitcher Mike Wright has been shut down with tendinitis in his right elbow. Wright, one of the Orioles’ top pitching prospects, didn’t reveal the discomfort until reporting to the minor league complex at Twin Lakes Park. Wright wasn’t sharp this spring, allowing one run and three hits in three innings, with three walks and two strikeouts, before being optioned. Center fielder Adam

Update on Johan Santana and Yankees lineup

TAMPA - Johan Santana, signed to a minor league deal earlier this month, remains encouraged by the condition of his left shoulder and the progress he’s making in his throwing program. “Once I get into the routine of baseball and doing everything with the team, but also with the trainers, it’s definitely much better,” he said. “I’m feeling good so far.” Santana is throwing off

Orioles lineup against Yankees (with Wieters note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Quintin Berry is leading off and playing center field today for the Orioles, who return to Tampa for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Yankees. Jonathan Schoop gets the start at second base. He’s 9-for-18 with three doubles, a home run, five RBIs and six runs scored in 10 games. For the Orioles Quintin Berry CF Alex Gonzalez SS Henry Urrutia LF

Hunter hunting for ways to retire Middlebrooks

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’re heading back to Tampa today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Yankees. This time, we won’t stake out Brian Roberts in the home dugout. That ship has sailed. This time, we won’t be subjected to the torturous rush hour traffic on the way up there. We’ll hit it on the way back to Sarasota. Bud Norris and Kevin Gausman will

Rodriguez and DeJesus Jr. reassigned to minor league camp (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made two more roster moves today, reassigning left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. to minor league camp. The Orioles now have 47 players at their major league camp. Rodriguez allowed two runs in two innings today. He’s expected to be assigned to Double-A Bowie. Rodriguez surrendered eight runs and 12 hits in six spring innings, with two walks,

Reimold homers, Jimenez talks about his outing (O’s lose 6-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Phillies 6, Orioles 5 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez lasted only two innings in his second start, allowing four runs and four hits in two innings. He also walked three and threw 50 pitches. Eduardo Rodriguez gave up two runs in the fourth inning. Nolan Reimold singled and hit a two-run homer on the day that he was expected to play at the

Game update and more Ripken

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Zach Britton worked only one inning today, throwing all seven of his pitches for strikes while retiring the side in order. Not sure why it was such an abbreviated outing. The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the third on Nolan Reimold’s single and stolen base and two hit batters. Chris Davis grounded into a double play to end

Jimenez update and a few minutes with Ripken

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez’s second start with the Orioles looks a lot different than the first. Jimenez threw 36 pitches in the opening inning, walking two batters and surrendering a three-run triple to Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown with two outs and the count full. Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis had back-to-back triples in the second after a leadoff walk and double play. Jimenez

Huntzinger reassigned, and other notes (with quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Brock Huntzinger has been reassigned to minor league camp, leaving the Orioles with 49 players at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The Orioles will make at least one more cut after the game. Huntzinger, 25, allowed one run and two hits in 3 2/3 innings, with no walks and four strikeouts in three appearances. He picked up the save against the

Wieters updates his ankle

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters stood at his locker today with his right ankle heavily wrapped. “They do it right here,” he said. Wieters is in good spirits despite sustaining a mild sprain of his ankle during yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. Steve Clevenger is starting behind the plate today. Wieters rolled the ankle while rounding third base and came out after

Orioles and Phillies lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez makes his second start for the Orioles today in a 1:05 game against the Phillies. Matt Wieters is out of the lineup after rolling his right ankle yesterday at third base and coming out of the game. Nolan Reimold is serving as the designated hitter. He will go to the minor league complex Thursday while the Orioles are in Tampa.

More from Showalter on Reimold’s trip to Twin Lakes Park (Santana update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - A.J. Burnett returns to Ed Smith Stadium today, where the Orioles battered him for six runs and seven hits in three innings on Friday. It’s like Michael Spinks asking for a rematch with Mike Tyson. Of course, it’s only an exhibition game. And the Orioles have moved on from their failed negotiations with Burnett over the winter. Not that they’re done trying

Wieters removed from game after rolling ankle (and Peguero note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Matt Wieters came out of today’s game in the top of the fifth inning after rolling his ankle at third base. The removal was done as a precaution, according to manager Buck Showalter. The club hasn’t scheduled an X-ray. Wieters, who earlier had drawn a bases-loaded walk and advanced on a wild pitch, was running to third base on Ryan

Game update and more from Duquette (O’s lose 6-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 6, Orioles 5 Recap: Former Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves gave up two runs in the top of the seventh inning, which began with the score tied 3-3, and Ryan Lavarnway homered off him leading off the eighth. Aceves surrendered two home runs in his previous outing. Brian Matusz retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. The

Orioles make three cuts (game update and Gonzalez quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reassigned three players to minor league camp - pitcher Eddie Gamboa, infielder Cord Phelps and outfielder Julio Borbon. The moves leave the Orioles with 50 players in camp, including 12 non-roster invitees. Gamboa didn’t allow a run in 4 2/3 innings over five appearances. He walked one and struck out six. The Orioles want to stretch out Gamboa and

Hearing from Matusz and Machado (game update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez retired the Red Sox in order in the top of the first inning today, getting a line drive to short and two ground balls. He threw 13 pitches, eight for strikes. A.J. Pierzynski doubled leading off the second, but Gonzalez retired the next three batters. By my unofficial count, he threw nine of his 10 pitches for strikes.

Orioles sign 19 players and renew Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced today that they signed 19 of their pre-arbitration players to 2014 contracts and renewed third baseman Manny Machado. Players signed today include pitchers Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Miguel Gonzalez, Steve Johnson, Josh Stinson, Chris Tillman, Mike Belfiore, Tim Berry, Zach Britton and T.J. McFarland; catchers Steve Clevenger, Johnny Monell and Michael Ohlman; infielders Michael Almanzar, Ryan Flaherty, Johnathan Schoop

Notes on Matusz, Peguero, Jones, Reimold, Paul and cuts

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been a noteworthy day in Orioles camp. Left-hander Brian Matusz suffered an allergic reaction to peanuts Sunday night and may not pitch today. He’s scheduled to follow starter Miguel Gonzalez. Matusz went to the emergency room and had a second reaction. My guess is he pitches today. From what I’ve been told, he’s fine and expects to take the mound against

Jones not in lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adam Jones will be leaving camp to head back to Baltimore today for the birth of his first child. David Lough gets the start in center field for the Orioles. Alexi Casilla is starting at second base in his first action of the spring. Outfielder Xavier Paul is listed among the reserves after taking a fastball off his right hand yesterday and

Gonzalez note and Red Sox lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ask any manager about starting pitching, and he’ll reply that you never have enough of it. The Orioles are in that mode despite appearing to have an ample supply, and Miguel Gonzalez has unintentionally provided a shining example. Gonzalez was slowed early in camp by back spasms, which occurred while he covered first base in a fielding drill. And he needed X-rays

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles take the field to stretch at 9:30 a.m. today and the clubhouse is closed to the media until players return to it two hours later. No morning access due to a meeting. Miguel Gonzalez will make his first start since taking a comebacker off his left shin, spinning and landing behind the mound. The Red Sox are starting right-hander Allen

Gamboa gets save in 7-6 win

BRADENTON, Fla. - How many closers can float a knuckleball while recording a save? Eddie Gamboa registered one today in the Orioles’ 7-6 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field. He picked off Chase d’Arnaud after a leadoff single and struck out former Oriole Robert Andino. Gamboa hasn’t allowed a run in 4 2/3 innings over five appearances this spring. He’s walked one and struck

Tillman on Tillman (O’s win 7-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Pirates 6 Recap: Johnny Monell singled with two outs in the eighth to score Reimold and break a 6-6 tie. Steve Clevenger and Steve Pearce homered for the Orioles, who keep mashing at the plate. Jonathan Schoop came off the bench and delivered a game-tying RBI double in the seventh for his ninth hit in 16 at-bats. Chris Tillman

Clevenger homers, former Orioles drive in runs against Tillman (updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pride of Pigtown put the Orioles on the scoreboard today at McKechnie Field. Steve Clevenger, fighting Johnny Monell for the backup catching job, lined a home run over the right field fence leading off the top of the second to reduce Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-1. Clevenger is 5-for-13 with one home run and five RBIs this spring. Monell is 4-for-11 with

More cuts on Tuesday, Orioles could break camp with 13 pitchers

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles will make two or three more cuts on Tuesday, according to manager Buck Showalter. Showalter said he’s toying with the idea of taking 13 pitchers north when the Orioles break camp. The alternative, of course, is going with a four-man bench. “I haven’t ruled any of that out,” he said. “There’s a lot of different matchups here. This time of

Orioles make three roster cuts

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles announced three more roster cuts today. The club has optioned left-hander Tim Berry and catcher Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie and reassigned catcher Brian Ward to minor league camp. With these assignments, the Orioles now have 53 players at major league spring training, including 15 non-roster invitees. Berry and Ohlman are on the 40-man roster for the first time and

Orioles and Pirates lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles take their 8-2 record, the best in the Grapefruit League, to Bradenton today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates. It’s the shortest trip of the spring. It also means sitting on a bar stool with an obstructed view in the press box, and the Pirates don’t feed the media. But it’s a short drive and a fair tradeoff.

Can Meek inherit a bullpen spot with the Orioles?

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the final minutes ticked away during last month’s FanFest in Baltimore, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti walked across the street to watch a free agent throw at Camden Yards. It was done discreetly. A tryout that didn’t draw the attention of reporters preoccupied with the day’s events. Later, I heard that the Orioles might sign a player

Postgame notes and quotes following 9-2 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will make one or two more cuts this afternoon, with more likely coming in the morning. Manager Buck Showalter was asked again about free agent pitcher Ervin Santana and replied that he spoke with executive vice president Dan Duquette about the right-hander today and nothing was imminent. Showalter confirmed that Mike Wright, reassigned earlier today, will be in Triple-A Norfolk’s

Game update and quotes from Chen and Showalter (O’s win 9-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 9, Pirates 2 Recap: After scoring 20 combined runs in the split-squad games yesterday, the Orioles put three on the board after three batters today and never looked back. Chris Davis came within a triple of the cycle in three at-bats, driving in three runs and scoring three. J.J. Hardy hit a three-run homer and Wei-Yin Chen allowed one hit

Orioles announce three cuts, take early lead on Pirates (Hardy homers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reassigned pitchers Mike Wright and Fabio Castillo and first baseman Chris Marrero to minor league camp. The moves leave the Orioles with 56 players in major league camp, including 16 non-roster invitees. Wright is regarded as one of the better pitching prospects in the organization and could start the year at Triple-A Norfolk. Chris Davis belted an opposite-field two-run

Marrero reassigned, Duquette addresses Santana speculation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reassigned first baseman Chris Marrero to minor league camp due to an oblique injury that has kept him out of workouts and games. Marrero could return once he’s finally healthy and get some at-bats in Grapefruit League games, but he’s off the camp roster. More cuts are coming later today. Center fielder Adam Jones will leave camp on Tuesday

Notes on Gonzalez and Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Gonzalez’s shin keeps changing color. The red mark has turned to purple and the soreness has increased. Just as you’d expect after a baseball slams off a tibia. Gonzalez will throw a light bullpen session today - 15 to 20 pitches - and remains hopeful that he can make his next start. The Orioles have him scheduled to take the mound

Orioles and Pirates lineups and Yoon update

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles conclude a stretch of four consecutive scheduled home games today with a visit from the Pirates, who will serve as hosts Monday afternoon in Bradenton. Heavy rains forced the cancellation of Thursday’s game, so it’s three in a row at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles are 7-2 after taking both split-squad games yesterday. The standings are meaningless during the Grapefruit

Notes on Markakis, Rodriguez, Reimold, Meek and Weeks

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis doubled twice and tripled Friday afternoon as part of a four-hit day. He doubled and scored yesterday. All that training over the winter and the extra muscle added to his arms and legs haven’t gone to waste. Markakis is 8-for-13 with four doubles, a triple and four runs scored in four spring training games. He’s running the

Change is good for O’Day (Gausman update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Former reliever Todd Frohwirth is leaving camp Sunday morning and heading to Arizona, where he will resume his scouting duties for the Orioles. His work here is done. Frohwirth has been tutoring Darren O’Day on refining his changeup. O’Day threw four or five of them today while retiring the Red Sox in order in the fifth inning on a strikeout and two

Orioles lineup for second split-squad game against Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - David Lough is leading off and playing center field in the Orioles’ second split-squad game tonight against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Nolan Reimold gets the start in left field and Henry Urrutia is in right. Mike Yastrzemski makes another trip to JetBlue Park as a reserve. Most of the bench is comprised of players summoned from the minor league camp.

Norris tosses three scoreless innings (Orioles win 7-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 7, Red Sox 3 Recap: Bud Norris allowed two hits over three scoreless innings, striking out four and not issuing a walk. Nick Markakis collected his third double in two games and scored on J.J. Hardy’s two-bagger. Alex Gonzalez hit a two-run homer. Tommy Hunter and Eduardo Rodriguez each served up a home run. Need to know: Darren O’Day was

Orioles continue to honor Monica Barlow (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are wearing orange Lungevity T-shirts at batting practice today to honor late public relations director Monica Pence Barlow, who passed away Feb. 28 after a prolonged battle with Stage IV lung cancer. The shirts read: Lungevity Find it. Treat it. Live. In memory of Monica A contingent of about 30 Orioles, including manager Buck Showalter, executive vice president Dan Duquette,

Updates on Gonzalez and Casilla

SARASOTA, Fla. - X-rays taken on Miguel Gonzalez’s left shin yesterday came back negative, and he’s hoping to make his next start without interruption. A line drive off the bat of Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp hit Gonzalez just below his kneecap during the fifth inning of yesterday’s game at Ed Smith Stadium. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells rushed to the mound, and Gonzalez was forced

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - As expected, most of the Orioles regulars will stay at Ed Smith Stadium for today’s split-squad game against the Red Sox. David Lough, Ryan Flaherty and Nolan Reimold must be on the trip to Fort Myers for the 7:05 p.m. game, since they’re not listed on the home lineup card. For the Orioles Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 1B

Two games for the price of two

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing the Red Sox today. Twice. Welcome to split-squad city. The Orioles host a 1:05 p.m. game that will air on MASN HD, and head to Fort Myers for a 7:05 p.m. game. Bud Norris will handle home starting duties and Kevin Gausman will take the bus to JetBlue Park. I’d expect most of the regulars to stay at

Orioles make three cuts, Jimenez outstanding in debut (O’s win 15-4)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 15, Phillies 4 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez dazzled in his debut, retiring all six batters and striking out three. Nick Markakis singled, doubled twice and tripled to finish 4-for-4. The Orioles pounded A.J. Burnett for six runs and seven hits in three innings. Maybe a little payback to the Monkton resident. Need to know: David Lough was hit on the foot

Machado clears another hurdle in recovery from knee surgery

SARASOTA, Fla. - Want to get under Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s skin? Keep asking him for a timetable on Manny Machado debuting in exhibition games and the odds of the young third baseman being in the opening day lineup. He’d rather not go there. Showalter can’t say with any certainty whether Machado will be playing in Grapefruit League games in a few weeks after having

Camp cuts coming

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the first roster cuts of spring training could be made today during lunch. Showalter indicated earlier in the week that he’d wait until after Saturday’s split-squad games, but those plans have changed. Players on the 40-man roster for the first time, such as pitcher Tim Berry and catcher Michael Ohlman, can’t be sent out before Monday. I

Aceves note and Phillies lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alfredo Aceves is scheduled to make his second appearance of the spring today after the Orioles provide innings for Ubaldo Jimenez, Brian Matusz and Miguel Gonzalez. Aceves’ debut was delayed because he had to leave camp and obtain his work visa in Mexico. He retired all three batters he faced, with a strikeout. “Basically, every day I’m coming here to work, just

Orioles lineup against Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez makes his Orioles debut today in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. David Lough is leading off, with Nick Markakis batting second. Ryan Flaherty is getting another start at third base. For the Orioles David Lough LF Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz DH Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS

Today’s game, a flight to Virginia, scoop on Schoop’s gloves, reading Ripken

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play an exhibition game today against the Phillies, but it won’t have the normal spring feel to it. Manager Buck Showalter, players and staff will hop on a charter at 4 p.m and fly into Virginia to attend a gathering of family and friends honoring Monica Pence Barlow. They expect to be back in Sarasota by 10:30 p.m. The

More information on canceled game and Yoon note (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles confirmed that today’s game with the Rays has been canceled due to rain and there is no makeup date. That’s the difference between “postponed” and “canceled.” They don’t reschedule Grapefruit League games. Fans holding paid tickets may exchange them for any of the remaining spring games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund. Also, today’s OriolesREACH

Rays pitching change and updates on Britton, Matusz and Casilla (game called)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t posted his lineup for today’s 1:05 p.m. game against the Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Tampa Bay left-hander David Price has been scratched from his start here and will throw a simulated game back in Port Charlotte. The threat of rain has caused manager Joe Maddon to adjust the pitching schedule. Left-hander Braulio Lara will start

Huntzinger in hunt for bullpen job

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are beginning a stretch today of four straight home games, and they’re getting a second look at the Rays. Miguel Gonzalez is starting for the Orioles, while the Rays are countering with left-hander David Price. Brock Huntzinger is 6-for-6 this spring, which is impressive for a hitter or a pitcher. Huntzinger, a non-roster reliever, has retired all six batters that

No X-rays for Britton

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said pitcher Zach Britton is fine after taking a comebacker off the bottom portion of his glove hand. Britton may have a bruise, but he won’t need X-rays. “It got mostly glove,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 11-5 win over the Twins. “It scared the (heck) out of him, but he seems to be all right. Richie

Monell homers in five-run third (Orioles win 11-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 11, Twins 5 Recap: The Orioles entered the top of the third inning down 3-0 and left it leading 5-3. The last three runs scored on catcher Johnny Monell’s long home run to right field. Monell went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Chris Tillman allowed three runs in the second, but only one was earned. Need to know: Zach Britton was

Notes before tonight’s Orioles-Twins game (updated)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - About 30 Orioles, including manager Buck Showalter, are leaving Friday afternoon’s game against the Phillies at 3 p.m. and taking a charter to the Virginia area to attend a memorial service for Monica Pence Barlow, who passed away Friday morning after a long battle with Stage IV lung cancer. The group will return to Sarasota later that night. Bench coach John

Orioles lineup and Casilla note (and Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty is moving around the infield again tonight, starting at third base against the Twins in Fort Myers. Flaherty started at shortstop last night and also has played second base. Nolan Reimold is serving as the Orioles’ designated hitter. For the Orioles Quintin Berry CF Jemile Weeks 2B Xavier Paul RF Steve Pearce 1B Johnny Monell C Nolan Reimold DH Ryan

Johan Santana meets the press

SARASOTA, Fla. - Johan Santana threw off flat ground today, lifted weights and walked over to his new locker with an ice pack on his left shoulder. He was introduced to each reporter who stood in front of him, then was challenged to go backward and recite the names. “It’s going to take time,” he said, smiling. Santana won’t be rushed learning names or pitching

Morning notes from camp (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Johan Santana walked through the clubhouse this morning. He’s got a locker set up and will talk to reporters following the workout. Approximate time is 12:30 p.m. Infielder Alexi Casilla will test his hamstring by hitting outdoors today. He’s making slow progress. First baseman Chris Marrero, who’s been sidelined with an oblique injury for most of camp, will take some dry

Joseph on catching Gamboa and the knuckler

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles like the nightlife. I’m not sure whether they boogie. It’s back-to-back night games on the road. What could be better? Chris Tillman gets the start against the Twins in Fort Myers, and he could be pushed to three innings after working two in his debut Friday against the Rays. Zach Britton and Steve Johnson also will pitch. The clubhouse opens

Showalter speaks after 3-2 win

TAMPA - Brock Huntzinger struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Orioles’ bullpen seven scoreless innings in a 3-2 victory over the Yankees. David Lough and Ryan Flaherty each had two hits for the Orioles. Afterward, manager Buck Showalter commented on the pitchers used in tonight’s game, starting with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. “He was OK,” Showalter said. “He wasn’t as

Chen talks about outing (O’s win 3-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Yankees 2 Recap: Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs and five hits in the second inning, including a solo homer by Francisco Cervelli, but four of the hits were soft singles. The Orioles took the lead in the bottom of the seventh on RBIs by Quintin Berry and Julio Borbon. Need to know: David Lough is a candidate to lead

Brian Roberts: “I’m just trying to move on” (game update)

TAMPA - The Yankees observed a moment of silence tonight for Monica Pence Barlow, just as the Red Sox did Sunday in Fort Myers. I would expect the Twins to do the same Wednesday night at their facility in Fort Myers. The Orioles began the game with back-to-back singles by David Lough and Jemile Weeks, but former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts fielded Delmon Young’s

Showalter on injuries, Johan Santana and Brian Roberts

TAMPA - Orioles manager Buck Showalter expects outfielder Henry Urrutia to be available in a couple of days. Urrutia has been bothered by inflammation in his right shoulder, but told reporters today that he felt much better. Showalter estimated that reliever Edgmer Escalona will be shut down for three weeks due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Escalona had an MRI after Saturday’s game in

Yankees lineup versus Orioles and upcoming pitching matchups

TAMPA - Two former Orioles are in the Yankees’ lineup tonight for their 7:05 p.m. game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Brian Roberts is starting at second base and batting cleanup against Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Russ Canzler is playing first base and batting eighth. For the Yankees Jacoby Ellsbury CF Derek Jeter DH Carlos Beltran RF Brian Roberts 2B Eduardo Nunez 3B Francisco Cervelli

Orioles lineup and more on Santana contract (with Duquette quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette stated today that June 1 is a “reasonable timeframe” for left-hander Johan Santana to be ready to pitch for the major league club. Santana has signed a minor league deal with a base salary of $3 million and another $5.05 million in bonuses based on games started and days spent on the major league roster. He

Orioles sign Johan Santana to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made the Johan Santana deal official today. The left-hander agreed to terms on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Santana, who turns 35 later this month, will be available to the media at his locker Wednesday morning and will work out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is recovering from

Updates on J. Santana, Escalona, Urrutia, Casilla and Reimold

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will sign left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the announcement most likely coming later today. Santana will work out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex instead of being sent to Twin Lakes Park. The Orioles want to monitor his recovery from a second shoulder surgery and keep him with Chris Correnti, the

Orioles working on their night moves, more on Santana and Santana

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play under the lights tonight for the first time this spring, busing to Tampa for a 7:05 p.m. game against the Yankees. It’s possible that Brian Roberts will draw a crowd of Baltimore reporters, and seeing him in a Yankees uniform will be a shock to the system. In case you missed it, here’s my interview with him that

Orioles re-sign Chris Jones (with postgame Showalter)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have signed left-hander Chris Jones to a Triple-A contract. The team announced the signing shortly before the end of a 9-2 loss to the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles designated Jones for assignment to make room for Nelson Cruz on the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and the club released him. The Orioles worked out a new deal

Gausman, Norris and game update (O’s lose 9-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Twins 9, Orioles 2 Recap: Chris Davis broke a 1-1 tie with a long home run in the sixth inning, the ball hitting more than halfway up the video board in center field. Mike Wright gave up the tying run in the eighth and Tim Alderson was charged with five runs in the ninth without retiring a batter. Need to know:

Johan Santana and game updates (updated twice)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Free agent pitcher Johan Santana stopped by the Ed Smith Stadium complex today, and the Orioles are nearing an agreement on a minor league deal. Former executive Jim Duquette, in camp today with MLB Radio Network, tweeted that Santana got into his car and drove away from the complex. Pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez posted a photo of himself with Santana on Instagram. Welcome

Notes on Reimold, Lough, O’Day and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Nolan Reimold contracted food poisoning last night and was sent back to the hotel. “He was sick during the night. Ate something wrong,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He won’t be having the skillet breakfast anymore. I can tell you that. “We make them come in. He came by my office and started opening his mouth, and I said, ‘Go home.’ He

Note on Young and information on services for Monica Barlow

SARASOTA, Fla. - Delmon Young is back on the bench today after collecting two hits for the Orioles yesterday in Fort Myers. Young could get an at-bat or two later, and he’s expected to make the trip to Tampa for Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees. He’s on a typical spring schedule as he attempts to crack the 40-man roster and break camp with the

Hardy leading off today (with Twins lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Shortstop J.J. Hardy is leading off and left fielder David Lough is batting ninth today for the Orioles’ game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Don’t read anything into it. Nelson Cruz is playing right field, with Nick Markakis serving as the designated hitter. This is Cruz’s first start in the outfield. For the Orioles J.J. Hardy SS Nick Markakis DH

A few early spring standouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’re only three games into the exhibition schedule. Much too early to draw any conclusions. Much too early to ... Oh, who am I kidding? Let’s take a look at a few Orioles who have grabbed my attention. Jonathan Schoop came off the bench yesterday and delivered a two-run double in the ninth inning of the Orioles’ 8-6 loss to the Red

Showalter speaks after 8-6 loss

FORT MYERS, Fla. - These Orioles are a scrappy bunch. Jonathan Schoop had a two-run double in the top of the ninth, Buck Britton had an RBI single and Christian Walker added a two-run single, as the Orioles tried to pull off another come-from-behind victory. But Xavier Paul struck out to complete the Red Sox’s 8-6 victory at JetBlue Park. The Orioles batted around in

Updates on Rodriguez, Yastrzemski and Matusz (Orioles fall 8-6)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Red Sox 8, Orioles 6 Recap: The Red Sox scored four runs in two innings off 20-year-old left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez to take a 4-0 lead. Brian Matusz tossed two scoreless innings and was most pleased with his changeup. Need to know: Steve Clevenger has made a strong early push for the backup catching job, driving in a run with a two-out,

Game update and more notes (O’s down 2-0)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz tossed two scoreless innings today against the Red Sox, allowing singles to Dustin Pedroia in the first and Xander Bogaerts in the second. Matusz didn’t walk or strike out anyone. He threw 35 pitches, 18 for strikes. Former Red Sox farmhand Brock Huntzinger replaced Matusz to start the third inning and retired the side in order on

Yaz and Yaz moment in Fort Myers, plus assorted notes

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski found out yesterday during lunch that he would make the trip to JetBlue Park for today’s exhibition game against the Red Sox, the news coming from director of player development Brian Graham. Yastrzemski already knew that he’d have a chance to visit with his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, a minor league instructor with

Quick update on Urrutia

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia remains shut down through Monday because of soreness in his right shoulder. Urrutia is taking anti-inflammatory drugs and resting. He was scratched from today’s trip to Fort Myers. Urrutia said the shoulder began to bother him during Friday’s exhibition opener in Port Charlotte after he made a throw to third base. “I feel better,” he said through his

Orioles and Red Sox lineups (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to stay unbeaten in the Grapefruit League with today’s 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Brian Matusz will start today and fly to Philadelphia Monday morning to have a wart removed from the middle finger on his left hand. He will return to camp later that night. Update: Matusz said he’s delaying his trip

Matusz and Alderson: Rivals, teammates, friends

SARASOTA, Fla. - This spring’s camp has provided a few more reminders that the baseball world is a small one, but I wouldn’t want to paint it. (Hat tip to Steven Wright). We learned that Ubaldo Jimenez and Alexi Casilla played in the same Little League as kids in the Dominican Republic. Probably half of the players in the clubhouse have been teammates of Nelson

Notes and quotes following today’s 9-7 victory

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are shutting down outfielder Henry Urrutia for the next two days due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Urrutia has been scratched from Sunday’s trip to Fort Myers for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Red Sox. Manager Buck Showalter said he will bring minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. That’s an instant note.

Hearing from Davis, Cruz and Jones (O’s win 9-7)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 9, Blue Jays 7 Recap: Reliever Edgmer Escalona gave up five runs in the sixth inning to wipe out the Orioles’ 2-1 lead, but Francisco Peguero’s two-out, bases-loaded triple in the eighth capped a seven-run rally. Steve Johnson retired all six batters he faced, striking out two, in relief of Miguel Gonzalez, who was charged with one run in the

Davis, Lough, Johnson early standouts in second exhibition game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Many of the Orioles are wearing gray wristbands with Monica Barlow’s initials written in black marker. A member of the club’s PR staff said manager Buck Showalter, hitting coach Jim Presley, first base coach Wayne Kirby, bench coach John Russell, first baseman Chris Davis, center fielder Adam Jones, right fielder Nick Markakis, shortstop J.J. Hardy, catcher Matt Wieters, second baseman Ryan Flaherty

Injury updates and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Henry Urrutia received treatment today for a sore right shoulder. He’s still able to swing a bat, but the Orioles will limit his throwing until he’s better. Outfielder Quintin Berry worked out on the back fields today and could play on Sunday. An MRI on his back earlier this week came back clean. “He’s trying to do everything today,” said manager

Lough likes idea of leading off

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s too early to read anything into pitching orders and lineups, but somebody had to bat leadoff today and Orioles manager Buck Showalter chose left fielder David Lough. Nick Markakis is considered the frontrunner to bat first this season, but he easily could drop down if he’s back to driving the ball and considered more valuable in a run production spot. Lough,

Lough leading off today for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has slotted left fielder David Lough atop the order for today’s home exhibition opener against the Blue Jays. Nelson Cruz is batting second and serving as the designated hitter. Alex Gonzalez is playing third base and batting ninth. Today’s game will air on MASN HD and WBAL Radio. For the Orioles David Lough LF Nelson Cruz DH Chris

Orioles playing home exhibition opener today

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will try to make it two in a row today and we’ll all try to make it through the day without shedding anymore tears. Yesterday took a lot out of us. Miguel Gonzalez gets the start for the Orioles after bullpen sessions and live batting practice didn’t bring a recurrence of his back spasms. The Blue Jays will start right-hander

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