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Gary Kendall on Dylan Bundy: “He had dominating-type stuff”

The box score says Double-A Bowie pitcher Dylan Bundy turned in his finest start in 2015 yesterday afternoon in Erie, Pa. His manager says it wasn’t the first time that Bundy impressed. The results just happened to match his stuff. Bundy, still ranked as the Orioles’ top pitching prospect, struck out five batters in three perfect innings. Before yesterday, Bundy had allowed four runs and

This, that and the other

The Orioles finally start playing again and now they’re off. This break in the schedule was planned. The Orioles will fly to Tampa later tonight, which wasn’t supposed to happen until the three-game series moved south. Manager Buck Showalter considered holding a workout today at Camden Yards, but he wanted to check whether his team was rusty after back-to-back postponements. The Orioles batted around in

Wrapping up an 8-2 win

A game was played inside an empty ballpark today with the world watching. If it blinked, it missed everything. The Orioles completed their 8-2 victory over the White Sox in 2 hours and 3 minutes. We learned that fans must be the problem with the pace of game. Ubaldo Jimenez allowed two unearned runs and lowered his ERA to 1.59 in 22 2/3 innings. Manny

More on today’s game and quotes from Showalter (O’s win 8-2)

I wonder if it’s out of habit today that first basemen Chris Davis and Jose Abreu have tossed the ball into the stands after the final out. I’m guessing it’s a joke. Earlier today, catcher Caleb Joseph pretended to sign an autograph next to the dugout, then tipped his cap as he jogged onto the field. It’s so quiet inside an empty Camden Yards that

Orioles’ bats making noise in quiet ballpark

A group of fans have gathered at Gate H beyond left-center field today and are offering their support for the Orioles, who batted around in the bottom of the first inning and scored six runs. The fans yelled “O” during the anthem, spelled out O-R-I-O-L-E-S and began a chant of “Let’s Go Orioles.” We can hear every letter and word from the press box. Chris

Adam Jones: “This isn’t a cry that’s acceptable, but this is their cry”

Center fielder Adam Jones had something he needed to say this morning and the Orioles were happy to accomodate him. Jones has been deeply moved by the rioting and protests in the city. He’s watched the footage on television, he’s tried to reach out to people. Today, he spoke up. “The last 72 hours I think in this city have been tumultuous, to say the

A few pregame notes from Camden Yards

I have tons of transcription to pass along today after center fielder Adam Jones and manager Buck Showalter spoke to the media in the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards. Watch for it in my next few blog entries. In the meantime, I’ll just pass along some quick hits here while the White Sox take batting practice in an empty ballpark. The press box is full.

Orioles-White Sox lineups

On what is bound to be a strange day, the Orioles are putting out a pretty typical lineup. Ubaldo Jimenez and White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija will take the mound this afternoon, but will do so with no fans in the stands. Alejandro De Aza will lead off. Adam Jones will bat cleanup, with Delmon Young batting third and playing right field. For the Orioles

A full field and empty seats

In ranking the most potentially bizarre scenes, I’m not sure whether to place a walk-off home run in an empty ballpark ahead of a walk-off home run in a road venue. Nothing make sense to me anymore - on the field and in the streets. The Orioles and White Sox will play today at 2:05 p.m., in a game that’s closed to the public and,

Orioles set time for Wednesday game and move weekend series

The Orioles intend to play the final game of their series against the White Sox at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, and it will be closed to the public but air on MASN. Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. Also, the three-game series against the Rays slated to begin Friday has been moved to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Orioles will serve as the “home” team

Orioles-White Sox game postponed

The Orioles have decided to postpone tonight’s game against the White Sox at Camden Yards after consultation with Major League Baseball and state and local officials. No word on a makeup date, but the team stated in a press release that it would be announced “as soon as possible.” Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information is made available.

Latest update on Orioles-White Sox game

The Orioles are hoping to play today’s game against the White Sox with a 4 p.m. first pitch at Camden Yards, but a final decision is pending. The 10 p.m. curfew that begins tonight eliminated the possibility of playing at 7:05 p.m. The Orioles are examing all the possibilities, including another postponement and relocating to a different venue. The Orioles have been in steady contact

Addressing the uncertainties of tonight’s game

The Orioles are supposed to play the White Sox tonight, just as they were scheduled to do last night before the postponement caused by rioting in the city. Another adjustment must be made. It’s just a question of how it’s done. I’m no longer comfortable using the term “protesters” because it’s insulting to the people who tried to have a peaceful demonstration. You can come

Orioles-White Sox game postponed

Tonight’s game between the Orioles and White Sox has been postponed. An announcement regarding the make-up date will be made at a later date. Fans are encouraged to keep their tickets and parking passes until more information is made available. Players were seen leaving their parking lot shortly before the Orioles made the annoucement after consultation with the Baltimore City Police Department. Orioles manager Buck

Notes on game status, Wieters, Harvey and more

The Orioles have been consulting with the Baltimore Police Department regarding safety issues in the city and will continue to do so throughout the night. They intend to begin their three-game series tonight against the White Sox. Players were watching the televised coverage in the clubhouse this afternoon as protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers at Mondawmin Mall. “I’m not oblivious to what’s

Orioles and White Sox lineups

The Orioles begin a three-game series tonight against the White Sox, with hot-hitting Jimmy Paredes and Delmon Young batting second and third, respectively. The Orioles won the season series last year 5-1, taking two of three at Camden Yards and sweeping the White Sox in a three-game set U.S. Cellular Field. Young (five RBIs), Chris Davis (three), Steve Pearce (three) and Paredes (three) each drove

Tonight’s game and a few thoughts

The Orioles are changing Sox today. See what I did there? The White Sox are following the Red Sox into Camden Yards, as the Orioles finally venture outside of the American League East. They’re done with the division until ... the Rays come to Camden Yards on Friday. Weather issues caused the White Sox to adjust their rotation, with Hector Noesi taking the mound tonight.

Wrapping up an 18-7 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked today whether he placed greater importance on the 18 runs or Bud Norris carrying a shutout into the seventh inning. Showalter didn’t hesitate with his response. “Bud, without a doubt,” Showalter said following the Orioles’ 18-7 win over the Red Sox. “That’s the Bud that pitched well for us last year. This guy won 15 games last year, and

Game update and more from Showalter (O’s win 18-7)

Bud Norris has blanked the Red Sox over three innings this afternoon despite allowing two hits and walking two batters, and he’s now protecting a 1-0 lead. Steve Pearce lifted a sacrifice fly to left field in the second inning to score Delmon Young, who reached second when center fielder Mookie Betts lost his fly ball in the sun and dropped it. Pearce was in

A few notes before today’s game

It’s Little League Day at Camden Yards and there appear to be zero security concerns as kids circle the field in their uniforms and we await the start of the series finale between the Orioles and Red Sox. Orioles manager Buck Showalter estimated that shortstop J.J. Hardy will need three or four rehab games before coming off the disabled list. Hardy is shut down until

Orioles and Red Sox lineups for series finale

After David Lough’s walk-off home run in the 10th inning Saturday night led to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox, the Orioles look to earn the series win this afternoon with Bud Norris on the mound. Jimmy Paredes remains the designated hitter after going 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs last night. Delmon Young will bat cleanup and play right field. Steve

Norris on the hill in series finale

The Orioles close out their three-game series with the Red Sox this afternoon by sending Bud Norris to the mound for his fourth start. Norris is 0-2 with a 17.42 ERA in 10 1/3 innings, and his 20 earned runs were tied last night with Milwaukee’s Kyle Lohse for the most in the majors. Norris has worked three, five and 2 1/3 innings in his

Showalter speaks following a 5-4, 10-inning win

The mood in the interview room tonight was about as subdued as you’re going to find following a dramatic walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Orioles ended their losing streak at five games with a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox, but David Lough’s first career walk-off home run wasn’t the primary subject. The protests in the city and safety

John Russell on O’s slow start: “We’re not going to panic” (O’s win 5-4)

Protesters returned to Camden Yards during batting practice and police were forced to close the Gate H entrance into the ballpark. A window was smashed at Dempsey’s Brew Pub. This will be a late-arriving crowd tonight with several road closures. The ballpark is about 40 percent full as lineup cards are exchanged at home plate. The Orioles were 9-9 after 18 games last season on

Pregame notes from Camden Yards

The protesters have left Camden Yards, but there’s a heavy police presence around the ballpark. Tonight’s game between the Orioles and Red Sox will be played despite rumors of a possible postponement. The Orioles are taking batting practice and the Red Sox are stretching on the field. It seems to be business as usual here except in the home dugout. Orioles manager Buck Showalter is

Red Sox and Orioles lineups

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is headed back to Baltimore today after taking live batting practice on back-to-back days at Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles could be nearing a decision on where to send Hardy on an injury-rehabilitation assignment. The affiliates will be on the road, which complicates their plans. Everth Cabrera starts at shortstop again tonight as the Orioles attempt to even their series with the

Mistakes and mishaps continue to plague the Orioles

The Orioles didn’t make it through last night without committing two more errors. Their streak of miscues ended at five games Thursday night, but Manny Machado couldn’t get a glove on Allen Craig’s two-out bouncer in the eighth inning last night and Brock Holt followed with a three-run homer to right field. It wasn’t an easy play for Machado, but it’s one that he usually

Showalter speaks after 7-5 loss

The Orioles didn’t lose more than four games in a row last season while winning the American League East and advancing to the Championship Series. They dropped their fifth straight tonight, the longest streak since September 2013. “We knew the schedule,” said manager Buck Showalter following a 7-5 loss to the Red Sox before 37,359 at Camden Yards. “It’s challenging for 162 games. Nothing you’d

Orioles haven’t found same success vs. Porcello (O’s lose 7-5)

Delmon Young’s fly ball to right-center field tonight to end the bottom of the second inning was cause for celebration after Red Sox starter Rick Porcello struck out the first five batters. The streak had to end. Porcello struck out Alejandro De Aza and Manny Machado looking and got Jimmy Paredes, Adam Jones and Chris Davis swinging. Jones thought a 3-1 pitch was down and

More notes and quotes before first pitch

The Rangers designated pitcher Logan Verrett for assignment today after claiming the Rule 5 pick off waivers from the Orioles during the final days of spring training. Verrett would have to be offered back to the Mets, his original team, if he cleared waivers. Before the Blue Jays series, the Orioles hadn’t been swept on the road since Aug. 22-24, 2014 against the Cubs at

Notes on Flaherty, Lough, Hardy, Wieters and more

The Orioles are confident that infielder Ryan Flaherty will be ready to come off the disabled list when he’s eligible. Flaherty was projected to miss five to seven games and the Orioles needed to make a move rather than play a man down. He probably will begin his rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Bowie. The Orioles could have waited on Flaherty if he played the outfield.

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

Rey Navarro is making his major league debut tonight, starting at second base for the Orioles in their series opener against the Red Sox at Camden Yards. Alejandro De Aza is leading off and playing left field, and Delmon Young is in right field. Steve Pearce is on the bench again tonight. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Manny Machado 3B Jimmy Paredes DH

Orioles place Ryan Flaherty on disabled list

The Orioles confirmed their roster move this afternoon, placing infielder Ryan Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin muscle and recalling infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk. The DL assignment is retroactive to yesterday. Flaherty sustained the injury while running to second base on the final play of Wednesday night’s game in Toronto. He was out of the lineup last night,

Orioles hope to find a cure in home cooking

The Orioles are back home tonight after going 2-5 on their road trip to Boston and Toronto and falling two games below .500. I’m hearing from fans who already want the Orioles to make wholesale changes to the roster, including one suggestion yesterday morning that Steve Pearce should be designated for assignment after 15 games. He’s scuffling at the plate, but that’s not going to

Orioles set to recall Rey Navarro (O’s lose 7-6)

The Orioles have summoned infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk, according to sources, and appear ready to place Ryan Flaherty on the disabled list. Navarro went 2-for-4 today with his first home run in the Tides’ 4-3 victory over Gwinnett. He’s 3-for-7 in two games after beginning the minor league season on the disabled list with a groin injury. Navarro was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup,

A few notes before tonight’s series finale in Toronto (Flaherty sits)

The starters are set for the three-game series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards that follows tonight’s game in Toronto. Miguel Gonzalez opposes Rick Porcello on Friday, Wei-Yin Chen opposes Justin Masterson on Saturday and Bud Norris opposes Wade Miley on Sunday. Didn’t these teams just play each other? Since the start of the 2014 season, Chris Tillman has gone 10-1 in 18 road

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

The Orioles are breaking out a different lineup tonight in Toronto while trying to snap a three-game losing streak. David Lough is leading off and Jimmy Paredes is at second base, a position he hasn’t started at since 2013 (he played seven innings there last year). Ryan Flaherty is on the bench, along with Steve Pearce, who’s in a 4-for-41 slump. Pearce is 3-for-8 (.375)

Looking back and ahead

The Orioles and Blue Jays played nine innings last night without any casualties. That’s a win for both sides. Can they repeat it? The harsh feelings haven’t disappeared, they’ve just been put on hold. The bad blood runs deep. Two major issues with the Orioles these days involve a rotation that’s gone 3 2/3, 5 1/3, five, 4 1/3, 2 1/3 and five innings on

Peaceful start to tonight’s game in Toronto (O’s lose 4-2)

The Orioles and Blue Jays have completed four innings tonight without the benches and bullpens emptying. No one has taken a fastball in the ribs. No one has gotten involved in a heated exchange. All I’m saying is they’re giving peace a chance. One pitch from Blue Jays starter Alex Sanchez sailed over Caleb Joseph’s head in the third inning, but it didn’t appear to

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Alejandro De Aza is leading off and playing right field tonight for the Orioles, with Travis Snider moving to left field. Snider had some difficulties in right last night in a 13-6 loss to the Blue Jays. Jimmy Paredes is batting second as the designated hitter and Chris Davis is playing first base. Steve Pearce is on the bench. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza

Jose Bautista out of Jays lineup

Jose Bautista is missing from the Blue Jays’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Orioles at Rogers Centre. Bautista, who exchanged angry words with the Orioles last night after his home run off Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia and slow trip around the bases, is 2-for-29 lifetime against Ubaldo Jimenez. Reports out of Toronto say Bautista underwent an MRI on his right shoulder that revealed

Jimenez on the mound tonight vs. Blue Jays

Ubaldo Jimenez won’t be aiming at the Blue Jays when he starts tonight for the Orioles. He won’t be looking to knock down Jose Bautista or anyone else on the opposing side, no matter how tempting. The guy’s already been ejected once this month. He’s not interested in another early exit. Bautista is 2-for-29 (.069) with six strikeouts lifetime against Jimenez. Attack mode doesn’t include

Looking back at last night’s fireworks

So what’s the over/under for which inning the benches and bullpens empty tonight? Orioles manager Buck Showalter made two smart moves last night that really stood out to me in a game that otherwise should be forgotten as quickly as possible. Erased from memory. Pretend it never happened. Showalter went to the mound to counsel Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia in the seventh inning after

About tonight’s game ... (O’s lose 13-6)

The Orioles should have known that they’d be in for a rough game tonight when Jimmy Paredes was hit on the right side of the face during batting practice, a grounder from Steve Pearce taking a bad hop at third base. Paredes is fine. The Orioles... not so much. Bud Norris was charged with nine runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, with three

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

Everth Cabrera is leading off for the Orioles tonight in their series opener against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Delmon Young is in left field, Steve Pearce is starting at first base and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter. Jimmy Paredes takes a seat on the bench against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. For the Orioles Everth Cabrera SS Steve Pearce 1B Chris

Notes on Hardy, Norris and Mora

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has moved his workouts to Triple-A Norfolk, where he’s expected to take batting practice and ground balls this afternoon. However, team officials confirmed that Hardy won’t begin his injury rehab assignment. Hardy has been hitting on the field at Double-A Bowie and going through a series of workouts. The Orioles won’t clear him for games until he’s able to get full

Looking at Gausman’s adjustment on the mound

The next time Kevin Gausman takes the mound in a relief role, check whether he’s pitching from the stretch instead of a windup with no runners on base. Gausman has done it in his last two appearances, most recently on Sunday afternoon, when he tossed two scoreless innings against the Red Sox to complete the Orioles’ 8-3 victory at Fenway Park. He entered the game

Wrapping up a rain-shortened 7-1 loss

BOSTON - The Orioles had to settle for a split of their four-game series with today’s rain-shortened 7-1 loss to the Red Sox. The Orioles committed three errors, the first time they’ve had more than one this season. Adam Jones’ hitting streak ended at nine games. This is the second time in 13 games that Jones and Chris Davis were held hitless in the same

Mora, Roenicke, Lowenstein chosen for Orioles HOF (O’s lose 7-1)

BOSTON - Third baseman Melvin Mora and outfielders Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein have been elected into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Roenicke and Lowenstein, the popular platoon duo, will be enshrined as selections of the Veterans Committee. Long-time Orioles scout Fred Uhlman Sr. will be inducted as this year’s Herb Armstrong Award winner. Mora, Roenicke, and Uhlman will be honored at a luncheon at

Flaherty still formidable at Fenway Park (rain delay, O’s down 7-1)

BOSTON - Ryan Flaherty dreamed of playing in Fenway Park while growing up in Maine. Now he practically owns the place. Getting another start at second base today, Flaherty doubled off the Green Monster in left field in the second inning to score Travis Snider and tie the game 1-1. Snider led off with a triple, the ball scooting past center fielder Mookie Betts and

Morning notes before today’s game

BOSTON - It’s another slow news day at Fenway Park. The tarp is coming off the field and we continue to wait for the rain to arrive. The Orioles hope to have first pitch at 11 a.m. We have two new umpires today - Pat Hobert at first base and Tom Woodring at third. Andy Fletcher is behind the plate and crew chief Jerry Meals

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Ryan Lavarnway won’t leave Fenway Park without getting on the field against his former team. Lavarnway is catching this morning’s series finale against the Red Sox, the team that drafted him in 2008. Lavarnway played his first 97 major league games with Boston from 2011-14. This will be his third start for the Orioles. Jimmy Paredes is serving as the club’s designated hitter

Today’s game and random thoughts

BOSTON - We’ve got morning baseball at Fenway Park if the weather allows it. Rain is in the forecast for Patriots’ Day and the temperature continues to drop, though the worst stuff might not arrive until mid-to-late afternoon. The Red Sox won’t need to rely on their players to slow the pace. Mother Nature is all over it. Seriously, the combination of starter Clay Buchholz

Wrapping up an 8-3 win

BOSTON - The Orioles have won four of their last five games and are tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League East following today’s 8-3 victory. The Orioles have won seven of their last eight at Fenway Park. They’re 7-1 this season when scoring first and 7-0 when leading after seven innings. In addition, the Orioles have homered in nine

Jones homer followed by 35-pitch inning for Gonzalez (O’s win 8-3)

BOSTON - Adam Jones hit a ball today that cleared the Green Monster in left field and delayed flights out of Logan Airport. Jones demolished a 91 mph fastball from Red Sox starter Rick Porcello after Jimmy Paredes singled up the middle with one out. The lead didn’t last long. Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer off Miguel Gonzalez with one out in the bottom

Morning notes before Orioles-Red Sox game

BOSTON - Not much news to report today, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Orioles are having a quiet morning, with no other players headed to the disabled list. Fingers remain crossed. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is in Sarasota to begin rehabbing his right knee. Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit off a tee today, but didn’t take live batting practice. He’ll get back in the

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Second baseman Jonathan Schoop flew to Sarasota this morning to begin rehabbing his right knee. Ryan Flaherty gets the start at second base for the Orioles this afternoon. Everth Caberera is leading off. Delmon Young is in left field. Adam Jones ranks fourth in the American League and sixth in the majors with a .415 (17-for-41) average. He’s batting third again today. For

Thoughts on injuries, the roster and today’s game

BOSTON - If defense up the middle is so important, how are the Orioles maintaining such a sunny disposition right now? Catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop are on the disabled list and we’re only two weeks into the season. Wieters and Hardy still haven’t played in a game. Schoop might not return until the second half if he can

Wrapping up a 4-1 win

BOSTON - The Orioles didn’t just win today’s game at Fenway Park, they survived a pace that most closely resembled a moving glacier. Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz took approximately 14 hours between pitches today, forcing Orioles starter Chris Tillman to sit in the dugout for prolonged stretches. A 2-1 game dragged past the three-hour mark and ended with the Orioles ahead 4-1. Tillman came

More notes and quotes before today’s game (O’s win 4-1)

BOSTON - Jimmy Paredes walked onto the field at Fenway Park today with a bat in his hand and a smile on his face. He made it in time for batting practice before serving as the designated hitter. Paredes played only one game on his injury rehab assignment, starting at third base last night at Double-A Bowie. The Orioles intercepted him before he flew to

Showalter and Schoop discuss knee injury

BOSTON - The Orioles made the roster move official this afternoon, placing second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right knee and activating infielder Jimmy Paredes. Paredes’ flight landed in Boston at 1 p.m., and he’s serving as the designated hitter today. Schoop will head to Sarasota within the next few days and have his rehab supervised by minor league

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - Jimmy Paredes is headed to Boston and will serve as the Orioles’ designated hitter for today’s game against the Red Sox. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base and Everth Cabrera is starting at shortstop. Steve Pearce is playing right field today. He started off 3-for-7 with two home runs, but he’s mired in a 2-for-28 slump over his last seven games. For

Jonathan Schoop to DL, Jimmy Paredes activated

BOSTON - Jonathan Schoop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a partially torn PCL and sprained MCL in his right knee, and Jimmy Paredes has been activated from the DL to take his place on the 25-man roster. Schoop’s ACL is clean and he won’t undergo surgery to repair the Grade 1 PCL tear. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he feels confident

Ryan Lavarnway’s return, today’s game and the bullpen

BOSTON - Catcher Ryan Lavarnway figures to make at least one start for the Orioles during their four-game series against the Red Sox. Perhaps it comes today with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. following last night’s 3-2 loss to the Red Sox. Lavarnway is making his return to Fenway Park, having spent parts of four seasons with the Red Sox after being chosen in

Wrapping up a 3-2 loss and a controversial ejection

BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter referred to tonight’s ejection of starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez as “professionally a little embarrassing,” and he hopes that Major League Baseball will take action to make certain that it never happens again. Plate umpire Jordan Baker tossed Jimenez after Pablo Sandoval was hit on the right shoulder with two outs in the fourth inning. It was Jimenez’s first career

Ubaldo Jimenez ejected from game (O’s lose 3-2)

BOSTON - Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez was ejected from tonight’s game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning after hitting Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the right shoulder. Plate umpire Jordan Baker, in his second season as a full-time umpire, didn’t issue any warnings. He simply moved around the plate and motioned that Jimenez had been tossed. Jimenez, as mild-mannered

Game update and note on Joseph

BOSTON - Ubaldo Jimenez has walked three batters in three innings tonight, bringing back memories of his struggles to locate the plate in 2014. However, he’s held the Red Sox without a run or hit and is holding a 1-0 lead. Jimenez walked Pablo Sandoval and Shane Victorino in the second, but Xander Bogaerts grounded to third baseman Manny Machado, who raced to the bag

Scoring change removes Snider error, update on Wesley Wright

BOSTON - The Orioles have confirmed a scoring change from Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays at Camden Yards. Travis Snider no longer is charged with an error in the top of the third inning on Devon Travis’ line drive to right field with the bases loaded. Travis is awarded a three-run double and Orioles starter Chris Tillman is tagged with another hit and four

Everth Cabrera cleared for Canada trip, and other notes

BOSTON - Orioles infielder Everth Cabrera has been granted permission to make the trip to Toronto for the three-game series that begins on Tuesday. Cabrera’s past legal issues figured to pose a complication and the Orioles were making contingency plans to replace him on the 25-man roster. He was arrested in September for suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and charged two months

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

BOSTON - The Orioles lead the majors with 15 home runs as they begin a four-game series tonight against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Caleb Joseph is batting seventh again after going 3-for-4 Wednesday against the Yankees to improve his average to .375 (9-for-24). The Orioles are 19-1 when Joseph has an RBI dating back to last May. Center field Adam Jones ranks fifth

Ubaldo Jimenez will try to maintain his momentum

If you’re interested in early trends, the Orioles are 5-0 when leading after the seventh inning and 5-0 when leading after the eighth. They’re 0-4 when trailing after the seventh inning and 0-4 when trailing after the eighth. The Orioles are 5-0 when they score first and 0-4 when their opponent scores first. You’re welcome. The Orioles are 1-0 when Ubaldo Jimenez follows up a

Afternoon notes on Hardy, Arencibia, minor league injuries, Parmelee (updated)

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will work out Friday at Double-A Bowie, but he still hasn’t been cleared to play in any games. Hardy’s status remains day-to-day. He took live batting practice at Camden Yards and is nearing a return, but he needs to get full extension on his swing without feeling a twinge in his left shoulder. Hardy is able to take ground balls and

This, that and the other

The Orioles are off today, though manager Buck Showalter says it’s not really an “off-day,” considering that players must report to Camden Yards for the bus ride to the airport and a few guys will be working out. There’s going to be a lot of interest in how shortstop J.J. Hardy’s left shoulder responds to yesterday’s live batting practice session. It’s always the next day

Showalter speaks after 7-5 win

The Orioles used a five-run sixth inning tonight to defeat the Yankees 7-5 at Camden Yards and take the series from their division rival. They’re off Thursday before heading to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Red Sox. Here’s a sampling of the postgame comments from manager Buck Showalter: On using closer Zach Britton on back-to-back nights after a four-out save: “He’s fine.

More Orioles notes and quotes (O’s win 7-5, Britton gets the save)

Alejandro De Aza is leading off again tonight for the Orioles, though manager Buck Showalter remains flexible when choosing a hitter for the top of the order. De Aza has batted first in seven of the nine games, including tonight. He’s 9-for-30 (.300) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs, but he’s also struck out 11 times. Only Chris Davis (12) has fanned

J.J. Hardy taking batting practice today

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is taking live batting practice today in Group 4, another significant step in his eventual activation from the disabled list. Hardy tested his left shoulder by taking dry swings and hitting off a tee and coach soft toss. He’s scheduled for batting practice today and at 3 p.m. Thursday before the Orioles fly to Boston. If Hardy’s left shoulder responds favorably, he’s

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Steve Pearce is out of the Orioles lineup tonight for the series finale against the Yankees at Camden Yards. Pearce is 5-for-31 (.161) with two home runs this season and in a 2-for-26 slump. David Lough is making his first start of the season, patrolling left field and batting eighth. Alejandro De Aza is in right field and leading off. Travis Snider is serving as

Norris tries to stay unbeaten against the Yankees

Is this the night that Bud Norris reverts to his 2014 form? Norris posted a 9.26 ERA in 11 2/3 innings in spring training, and he was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings Friday afternoon in the Orioles’ home opener against the Blue Jays. Three of those runs scored after Norris left the game with the bases loaded, but it didn’t provide much comfort.

Showalter speaks after 4-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was going batter to batter tonight in the seventh inning with starter Miguel Gonzalez, whose pitch count stood at 94 through the sixth. “He wouldn’t let me go get him,” Showalter said following a 4-3 win over the Yankees before 19,283 at Camden Yards. “I thought he had two innings where he really had to exert himself more than usual, but

More pregame notes before first pitch (Gonzalez strikes out 10, O’s win 4-3)

The tarp is off the field at Camden Yards. Players are getting loose, relievers are walking to the bullpen and lineup cards are being exchanged at homeplate. It’s almost time for the anthem and first pitch. The AC/DC song “Let’s Play Ball” is blaring on the PA system. Sounds like a good idea. Wei-Yin Chen is the 11th left-hander in Orioles history to record 400

Injury updates and Yankees lineup

The Orioles expect the rain to clear out of the area tonight by 6 p.m., allowing them to play the Yankees in the second game of their series. Matt Wieters got five at-bats today in extended spring training - three from the left side and two from the right - and threw from 150 feet. “You can tell he’s feeling pretty good,” said manager Buck

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Everth Cabrera is leading off and Alejandro De Aza drops to ninth for the Orioles tonight as their series continues against the Yankees. Manny Machado is batting second and Steve Pearce moves down to the cleanup spot. Chris Davis, who struck out four times last night, is serving as the designated hitter and batting sixth against Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. A light rain is falling

Lawsuit alleging medical malpractice filed on Reimold’s behalf

A lawsuit has been filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City on behalf of outfielder Nolan Reimold alleging negligent medical care at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the continuation of a saga that’s included two spinal fusion surgeries and the derailment of a promising career. Reimold, 31, believes he was cleared too quickly to resume baseball activities following the initial procedure in June 2012 to remove

Gonzalez hoping to take some air out of Orioles’ ERA

Miguel Gonzalez is hoping tonight to eliminate chasing home plate from his cardio routine. Gonzalez walked five batters in 5 2/3 innings in his first start Wednesday against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He allowed only one run and three hits, but the lapses in control elevated his pitch count and shortened his evening. Gonzalez is 2-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 10 career starts

Showalter speaks after 6-5 loss

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a decision to make tonight in the top of the seventh inning. Bases loaded, two outs and left-handed hitting Stephen Drew pinch-hitting for injured Brett Gardner. Left-hander Brian Matusz was ready in the bullpen, but Showalter stayed with right-hander Tommy Hunter, who fell behind 3-1 and surrendered a grand slam that gave the Yankees a 6-4 lead. Drew was 0-for-5

Orioles receive bad news on Wesley Wright’s MRI

Orioles reliever Wesley Wright will be out four to six weeks after an MRI today revealed inflammation in his left shoulder. Manager Buck Showalter delivered the news following the Orioles’ 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards. Wright has made two appearances this season, allowing one run and two hits in 1 2/3 innings. He complained of sharp pain behind his shoulder after his

Chen with an efficient first inning, plus more pregame notes (O’s lose 6-5)

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen needed only eight pitches tonight to finish off the Yankees in the top of the first inning. That’s a significant total, considering how Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez each have thrown 32 pitches in the opening frame this season, four fewer than Bud Norris during his start on Friday. Chen hit Brett Gardner with one out, but Carlos Beltran grounded into a

Notes and Yankees lineup

Reliever Wesley Wright, on the disabled list with a strained left trapezius muscle, had an MRI today at 1:30 p.m. and the Orioles are waiting for the results. Matt Wieters took coach’s and live batting practice today in Sarasota, and he’s scheduled to serve as the designated hitter Tuesday in an extended spring training game. “He was a little sore in the right places,” said

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is back in the Orioles lineup tonight after being scratched yesterday with a sore left quadriceps muscle. Everth Cabrera is starting at shortstop. Alejandro De Aza, who’s batting .304 with 10 strikeouts in 23 at-bats, continues to lead off. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Steve Pearce RF Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Travis Snider DH Manny Machado 3B

David Lough activated from disabled list

Manager Buck Showalter has his four-man bench for tonight’s series opener against the Yankees The Orioles activated outfielder David Lough from the 15-day disabled list today and optioned pitcher Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Norfolk. Lough played in one rehab game at Single-A Frederick, receiving three plate appearances yesterday and going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly. His hamstring is fine. Gamboa was called up to the

Tonight’s game and breaking down Brach

As the Yankees arrive at Camden Yards today to begin a three-game series, the Orioles will attempt to lower their 4.75 ERA and raise the number of quality starts. Chris TIllman and Ubaldo Jimenez have registered the only quality starts. Wei-Yin Chen lasted 4 1/3 innings, Miguel Gonzalez 5 2/3 innings, Bud Norris three innings and Tillman 2 2/3 innings. The Yankees are listing the

Showalter speaks after 10-7 loss

The Orioles scored 19 runs in three games against the Blue Jays and lost twice. Trying to outslug the Jays may be a bad idea. The Orioles are 0-2 in series finales after going 32-21 last season. Chris Tillman snapped a streak of four consecutive decision wins at Camden Yards over eight starts. The Orioles went 8-0 in those games and outscored opponents 39-12. Tillman’s

Travis Snider atones for miscue (O’s lose 10-7)

Travis Snider let three runs score today on his error in the third inning, and he got them back with his home run in the fifth. Have I mentioned that baseball is a funny game? Snider drove a Drew Hutchison fastball over the fence in left-center field after Steve Pearce singled and Adam Jones was hit by a pitch, reducing the Blue Jays’ lead to

Tillman struggling early, note on Gamboa (updated)

Chris Tillman thought he gave up a single and double to the first two Toronto batters this afternoon. It was actually worse than that, with umpires reversing the call on Dalton Pompey’s fly ball to right field and awarding him a two-run homer. The crew chief review lasted 2 minutes, 2 seconds. The scoreless tie didn’t make it that long. Tillman threw 32 pitches in

More notes before today’s game

Ubaldo Jimenez was among five pitchers last night who threw at least seven innings and gave up two hits or fewer, joining Boston’s Joe Kelly, Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels, Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson and Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer. According to Elias, it’s the highest total since Sept. 23, 2000, when the list included Atlanta’s Greg Maddux, Cleveland’s Bartolo Colon, Oakland’s Kevin Appier, the Dodgers’ Kevin Brown and

Schoop scratched from lineup

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was scratched from today’s lineup due to a sore left quadriceps muscle. The Orioles say he’s available off the bench. Ryan Flaherty is starting at second base and batting eighth. Shortstop Everth Cabrera moves up to seventh in the lineup. Schoop has homered in both games of the current homestand. He hit his first career grand slam last night. For the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

Steve Pearce is playing first base and Chris Davis is serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles, as they attempt to take two of three games from the Blue Jays on their first homestand. Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate for starter Chris Tillman. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Steve Pearce 1B Chris Davis DH Adam Jones CF Travis Snider RF Manny

Chris Tillman’s back on the mound for today’s series finale

The Orioles will go for their second series win today in two opportunities, which should satisfy even the harshest critics. OK, maybe not. Situational hitting is lacking. Bud Norris didn’t get an out in the fourth inning of the home opener. Zach Britton threw too many pitches while striking out the side against the Rays. Can’t please ‘em all. Chris Tillman makes his second start

Updating Wright and Hardy and wrapping up a 7-1 win

Reliever Wesley Wright will undergo an MRI on Monday after being placed on the disabled list today with a strained left trapezius muscle. Wright will head to Sarasota to begin rehabbing from the injury “unless something comes up in the MRI that we weren’t expecting,” said manger Buck Showalter. Shortstop J.J. Hardy could report to Double-A Bowie once the Baysox are home beginning Thursday. He

Schoop hits first career grand slam (O’s win 7-1)

If the Blue Jays are going to keep loading the bases with no outs, bad things are going to happen to them. Adam Jones grounded into a double play in the third inning, but Jonathan Schoop hit his first career grand slam in the fifth to extend the Orioles’ lead to 7-0. Schoop also homered last night, but not as dramatically. Todd Redmond threw Schoop

De Aza and Davis homer in first inning (O’s lead 3-0)

Alejandro De Aza celebrated his 31st birthday tonight with a leadoff home run. Some people prefer an ice cream cake. De Aza hit a frozen rope onto the flag court in right field. (See what I did there?) The Orioles’ last leadoff home run came from Nick Markakis on Sept. 25, 2014 in New York. You may remember him. Spent a lot of years in

More notes and quotes before tonight’s game

The Orioles won’t announce their roster move today until making certain that knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa arrives in Baltimore. Gamboa would be making his major league debut if he gets into a game. The Orioles want left-hander T.J. McFarland to make at least a couple of starts at Triple-A Norfolk. He’s on the mound tonight in Charlotte. Mike Wright wasn’t available to replace reliever Wesley Wright

Wesley Wright headed to DL (with Jays lineup)

The Orioles will place reliever Wesley Wright on the 15-day disabled list today due to pain behind his left shoulder and neck area that’s believed to be related to his trapezius muscle. Wright informed the team last night that he’s been experiencing pain for the past few days. Team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs examined him this afternoon and recommended a stint on the disabled list.

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays (Wright update)

Alejandro De Aza is back in the leadoff spot tonight for the Orioles, who continue their home series against the Blue Jays. Steve Pearce is in right field and Travis Snider is serving as the designated hitter. Everth Cabrera, who’s on the field early today taking ground balls, is starting at shortstop. Outfielder David Lough is in Baltimore as expected. He’s taking early batting practice.

Looking back and ahead

I’m not checking the forecast today. Fool me once... It all starts with starting pitching, and Bud Norris’ struggles pretty much took the Orioles out of yesterday’s home opener. The bullpen also shoulders some of the blame, allowing four runs in six innings, plus the three inherited runners who scored after Norris came out of the game. The Orioles totaled five runs and 13 hits,

Wrapping up a 12-5 loss

The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs in their home opener on three occasions in club history, including today’s 12-5 loss to the Blue Jays before a sellout crowd of 45,936 at Camden Yards. They also lost 12-0 to the Brewers on April 4, 1988 and 13-3 to the Yankees on April 14, 1959. I wonder if they had rain in the forecast on

Wesley Wright bothered by pain behind his left shoulder

Reliever Wesley Wright complained of sharp pain behind his left shoulder during today’s appearance and could be headed to the disabled list. No tests currently are scheduled for Wright, who allowed a run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, but he expressed concern and figures to undergo some type of examination. The soreness is in the area of his trapezius, a muscle that covers

Orioles down 11-2 in seventh (O’s lose 12-5)

Well, at least it didn’t rain. The Orioles are trailing the Blue Jays 11-2 in the seventh inning. Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia just allowed a run in the top of the sixth on a walk, single and sacrifice fly. Garcia went to a full count on the first two batters, walking Jose Bautista and striking out Edwin Encarnacion on a 93 mph fastball. Josh

Norris trying to rebound from four-run first inning (updated)

Bud Norris threw 36 pitches today in the top of the first inning. Kevin Gausman stood up in the bullpen and began to get loose. This isn’t how the Orioles wanted to start their first home game of 2015. Norris was charged with four runs and four hits, with one walk and a throwing error. Gausman sat down as Justin Smoak bounced out to end

More notes before home opener

The grounds crew continues to get the field ready for the Orioles’ home opener against the Blue Jays and it appears that the game will start on time. Manager Buck Showalter left his pregame session with the media and headed into the rain room for the latest weather update. He wanted to make sure the window to start the game was big enough to keep

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

Everth Cabrera is batting leadoff today for the Orioles in their home opener against the Blue Jays. Alejandro De Aza is on the bench with the Jays starting left-hander Mark Buehrle, opening the door for Cabrera at the top of the lineup. Steve Pearce is in left field and Travis Snider is in right. The Orioles are 41-20 in home openers and 17-6 at Camden

Updating the weather, Hardy and more (with Jays lineup)

The Orioles remain optimistic that they can play today’s home opener despite the rainy forecast. We just may be here a while. Nobody wants to play a doubleheader on Saturday. At least one delay seems inevitable, but the Orioles are taking batting practice. Manager Buck Showalter still hasn’t posted today’s lineup. He’s waiting for a health report on one unidentified player, but said it shouldn’t

No place like home opener for Orioles

Has anyone checked weather.com lately? Warmer temperatures, wetter conditions. That pretty much sums it up. The last time I looked, the heaviest rain arrives at 3 p.m., right around first pitch for the Orioles’ home opener against the Blue Jays. But it eases up later in the day and I’m sure the club will do everything possible to avoid a potential doubleheader on Saturday. Bud

Duquette on trade and more from today’s workout

The Orioles will assign catcher Chris O’Brien to Double-A Bowie after acquiring him and pitcher Ben Rowen from the Dodgers for reliever Ryan Webb, catcher Brian Ward and a competitive balance pick that slots at No. 74. “We have good reports on O’Brien,” said executive vice president Dan Duquette. “He’s an average catcher and he’s got some potential with the bat. He’s also a switch-hitter

Orioles trade Webb and Ward to Dodgers (updated)

The Orioles have traded reliever Ryan Webb and Triple-A Norfolk catcher Brian Ward to the Dodgers and released catcher J.P. Arencibia, according to multiple sources. No word yet on which players the Dodgers are sending to the Orioles. The Orioles designated Webb for assignment on Monday to make room for catcher Ryan Lavarnway on the 25-man roster. He’s owed $2.75 million this season. Webb went

Davis on his return to Camden Yards

The Orioles are braving the cold for today’s workout at Camden Yards. Wool stocking caps have become part of the uniform. Shortstop J.J. Hardy was still scheduled to take some dry swings today, the first time he’s grabbed a bat since being diagnosed with a strained muscle in his left shoulder. The next step would be hitting off a tee. Hardy is expected to go

Saying goodbye to the sunshine state

TAMPA - The Orioles will hold an informal workout today at Camden Yards. By “informal,” I mean players will report to the ballpark and get situated in the clubhouse. Get comfortable with their surroundings. And get out of there at a reasonable hour. Media is invited to watch the grounds crew paint the field logos. Bring an umbrella. “It’s always happy to be home, especially

Wrapping up a 2-0 loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t scored since the second inning of last night’s game against the Rays. They won’t score on Thursday, either, since there’s only a light workout scheduled at Camden Yards. Time to pack up and get out of Florida. The Orioles totaled 12 runs and 13 hits in the first 11 innings of the series and had no runs and

Jason Garcia debuts at The Trop (O’s lose 2-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia made his major league debut tonight and tossed a scoreless seventh inning. Garcia walked Steven Souza Jr. with two outs. Two batters ran the count full. They all seem to run the count full. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway threw out Souza Jr. trying to steal second base while Garcia fell behind 3-0 to Asdrubal Cabrera. The Orioles

Orioles win another challenge (O’s down 1-0)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are 2-0 this season and 2-0 challenging calls. Desmond Jennings was ruled safe at first base tonight with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, allowing a run to score and prolonging Miguel Gonzalez’s stay on the mound. However, replays showed that Jennings was out and it should have been a double play. The umpires eventually got

Pregame notes and quotes before series finale

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters, on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow, began a throwing progression a week ago and was back on the field today before batting practice. Wieters classified it as “light tossing.” “Just kind of trying to get it going again and get a normal throwing progression and kind of pick back up,” Wieters said. “When

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty cracks the Orioles lineup again tonight, starting at shortstop for the second time in the series. He started at second base last night. Chris Davis is starting at first base and Steve Pearce is serving as the designated hitter. Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate. For the Orioles Alejandro De Aza LF Steve Pearce DH Travis Snider RF Adam

Orioles going for sweep tonight

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles will attempt tonight to complete a sweep of the Rays before heading home and stressing over the forecast for Friday’s opener. It’s not promising. Miguel Gonzalez is 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 11 starts against the Rays and 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts at Tropicana Field. Rays starter Jake Odorizzi is 0-2 with a 5.48

Clevenger’s agent wonders what future holds for catcher

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The agent for catcher Steve Clevenger suggests that the Orioles should let the Baltimore native seek a major league job with another organization rather than fight for at-bats at Triple-A Norfolk. Clevenger was optioned yesterday to create room for first baseman Chris Davis on the 25-man roster. He left Tropicana Field without speaking to reporters and headed to Norfolk. The Orioles

Wrapping up a 6-5 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles won’t go 162-0 this season, but they’re keeping the dream alive. Zach Britton struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth inning to preserve a 6-5 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field and assure a series victory. Kevin Gausman allowed two runs and one hit in 2 1/3 innings, with two walks and four strikeouts, to

Kevin Gausman fastball clocked at 101 mph (O’s win 6-5)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Kevin Gausman threw 12 pitches in the fifth inning tonight after relieving starter Wei-Yin Chen. Most of them left a vapor trail. Gausman’s fastball was clocked twice at 101 mph on the Tropicana Field radar gun during Evan Longoria’s at-bat. He routinely hit 99 mph, including the only pitch thrown to Desmond Jennings, who popped up to shortstop Everth Cabrera to

J.J. Hardy on today’s infield drills (O’s lead 6-3)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Outfielder David Lough, on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, participated in baseball activities today and the Orioles hope he can get three or four at-bats Wednesday in an intrasquad game. Infielder Jimmy Paredes, on the disabled list with a lower back strain, may take some dry swings on Wednesday. He’s eligible to be activated on April 16, five days

Pregame notes on Lough, Hardy, Davis and more

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Outfielder David Lough was scratched from today’s intrasquad game in Sarasota, raising doubts that he’s going to be ready to come off the disabled list on Saturday. Lough has been slowed by a hamstring injury. He also had back spasms earlier in camp. Shortstop J.J. Hardy will report to Single-A Frederick sometime after Monday next week to begin an injury-rehab assignment.

Chris Davis talks about his return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Steve Clevenger, optioned to Triple-A Norfolk today, cleaned out his locker and left Tropicana Field. He wasn’t available to reporters. Clevenger was removed from the 25-man roster to make room for Chris Davis, who’s playing in his first regular season game since Sept. 10 in Boston. “It feels good,” Davis said. “Obviously, watching the game, everybody’s having all the fun, hitting

Clevenger optioned, O’s-Rays lineups, opening day notes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -The Orioles made the anticipated move today and optioned catcher Steve Clevenger to Triple-A Norfolk to create room for first baseman Chris Davis on the 25-man roster. Clevenger is the fourth catcher placed on Norfolk’s roster, including J.P. Arencibia, Brian Ward and Aubry Perez. Davis is in the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since Sept. 10 in Boston, having served

Hardy participating in fielding drills at The Trop

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is engaging in fielding drills this afternoon before batting practice, another sign that he’s ahead of schedule. Hardy was supposed to be shut down for a minimum of 10 days due to a strained muscle in his left shoulder, keeping him off the field until Friday at the earliest. He’s eligible to return from the disabled list

Looking back and ahead

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are making another roster move today with first baseman Chris Davis coming off the restricted list. The suspension finally is behind him. Steve Clevenger figures to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles have been checking the trade market. The Tides don’t need four catchers. Clevenger won’t be happy about being sent down. Reliever Ryan Webb isn’t happy that

Wrapping up a 6-2 victory on opening day

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles are 5-2 against the Rays on opening day and have won 13 of 20 games between them since the start of last season. They’ve held Tampa Bay to three runs or fewer 13 times and now lead the all-time series 149-148. Here are a few more fun facts after a season-opening 6-2 win: * The Orioles’ three home runs

De Aza and Snider filling in just fine (O’s win 6-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles lineup on opening day is missing Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, which doesn’t qualify as breaking news. Stay with me here. Alejandro De Aza is playing left field instead of Cruz. He’s leading off instead of Markakis. And he’s having one heck of a day. So is Travis Snider, who’s playing right field instead of Markakis. De Aza reached

Game update and Flaherty on playing shortstop (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Alejandro De Aza is the first Oriole to reach base and score a run in 2015. Travis Snider collected the first RBI. Manny Machado drew the first walk. Steve Pearce was the first to strike out. Delmon Young was the first to strike out swinging. I’m just trying to cover all the prop bets, so to speak. The run was unearned

Hearing from Duquette, Showalter and Lavarnway

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to explore trades, in part to get the pitching staff down to 12 players and give manager Buck Showalter a full four-man bench. The Orioles also are trying to move Ryan Webb, who was designated for assignment earlier today. Webb was in uniform and signing autographs for fans beside the visiting dugout. “We’re just

Ryan Webb confused by roster move

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Ryan Webb walked out of manager Buck Showalter’s office this morning just as confused as when he entered it. Webb was designated for assignment today to make room for catcher Ryan Lavarnway on the 25- and 40-man rosters. The Orioles are down to 13 pitchers. The Orioles have been trying to trade Webb, who’s set to earn $2.75 million no matter

O’s opening day lineup at Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With Chris Davis serving the last game of his suspension, Steve Pearce is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Orioles on opening day at The Trop. Pearce has made five career starts batting fourth, but none last season. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop with Everth Cabrera on the bench, which could have something to do with matchups

O’s select Lavarnway, DFA Webb (plus Rays lineup, update)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles have officially added catcher Ryan Lavarnway to the roster, selecting his contract while creating space by designating right-hander Ryan Webb for assignment. Lavarnway, 27, hit .283/.389/.370 in 62 games for Triple-A Pawtucket last season. In 301 major league plate appearances since 2011, Lavarnway has batted .201/.249/.315 with five home runs. Webb, 29, went 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in

Let the real games begin

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The games count starting today. No more Grapefruit League statistics and starters leaving early and interviews taking place outside the clubhouse before the final out. No more players busing over from minor league camp. No more Puerto Rico Development Program. Chris Tillman gets the opening day assignment for the second consecutive season, and it’s assumed that he won’t have a contract

Orioles will add Lavarnway to opening day roster

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla - The Orioles aren’t done tweaking their 25-man roster before opening day. According to multiple sources, the Orioles will purchase catcher Ryan Lavarnway’s contract on Monday. He accompanied the team to St. Petersburg despite being reassigned earlier today. The corresponding roster move could involve reliever Ryan Webb, a surprise addition to what’s become a 14-man pitching staff. Webb could go on the

Duquette and Showalter discuss roster decisions

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles submitted their 25-man roster this afternoon, which should be viewed the same as any day during the regular season. It’s subject to change. They won’t carry 14 pitchers for long. In fact, they could get down to 13 before the first batter steps into the box Monday at Tropicana Field. Trades and other moves still are possible despite today’s

Orioles keep 14 pitchers on opening day roster (updated)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t announce any trades by the 3 p.m. deadline, but they did pull off a few surprises. Steve Clevenger is on the 25-man roster as the backup catcher. The Orioles reassigned Ryan Lavarnway to minor league camp. And reliever Ryan Webb remains on the team after clearing waivers. The Orioles are carrying 14 pitchers on opening day. One will

Looking ahead to roster deadline and back at various spring performances

SARASOTA, Fla. - The countdown continues until the Orioles must set their 25-man roster for opening day. I’m checking out of my hotel later this morning and heading to St. Petersburg. The Orioles are conducting a workout at Tropicana Field that’s closed to the media, but they’re making executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter available in the afternoon to discuss the roster

Reimold informed that he’s not making roster

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla - Outfielder Nolan Reimold has been told that he’s being reassigned to minor league camp unless the Orioles make a trade that creates a spot on the roster. Manager Buck Showalter wouldn’t confirm other moves because executive vice president Dan Duquette is engaged in talks with multiple teams. However, Reimold is headed to Triple-A Norfolk barring a late deal. The opening

A few pregame notes (Orioles lose 5-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Braves 5, Orioles 3 Recap: Zach Davies allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, with two walks and one strikeout. Freddie Freeman hit a solo home run off Davies in the first, and Pedro Ciriaco and Phil Gosselin had RBI singles in the second. Glynn Davis’ throwing error in right field allowed a run to score

Minor leaguers facing Braves in final exhibition

SOMEWHERE ALONG INTERSTATE 4, Fla. - The Orioles have announced their lineup for today’s final Grapefruit League game against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista. And there aren’t a lot of familiar names. A collection of minor leaguers will comprise the starting nine, as Orioles manager Buck Showalter gives the projected 25-man roster players a mandatory day off. Zach Davies makes the start against the

Last spring game, Gonzalez as No. 3, roster ramblings

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the final game of the exhibition schedule. Nothing left after today except a workout that proceeds the opening day festivities at Tropicana Field. Raise the roof. The Orioles are breaking camp but they’re not heading north, unless you count the drive from Sarasota to St. Petersburg. And if you really want to get technical, they’re heading south from Lake Buena

Orioles reassign Paul Janish and Jayson Nix

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reassigned infielders Paul Janish and Jayson Nix to minor league camp following tonight’s 3-2 win over the Braves in the final home exhibition game of 2015. Both players will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. Janish is projected as the starting shortstop and Nix as a utility infielder. The camp roster is down to 33 players. The deadline for setting the

Ubaldo Jimenez all smiles after latest start (Orioles win 3-2)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Braves 2 Recap: Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run and three hits in four innings, with one walk and five strikeouts. He threw 61 pitches, 43 for strikes. Eric Young Jr. singled in the first and scored on Jace Peterson’s double, but Jimenez retired the last eight batters he faced and 11 of 12. Brad Brach retired the Braves in

Jimenez hit on ankle, but stays in game (Jimenez goes four innings)

SARASOTA, Fla. - With the injuries piling up late in camp, the Orioles almost lost starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez tonight. Jimenez was hit on a right ankle by a sharp bouncer from Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt leading off the top of the second inning. Manager Buck Showalter and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells raced out of the dugout as Jimenez limped around the mound. Jimenez

Showalter on Paredes, Norris and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles need to get out of Florida before they run out of players. Or at least break camp before they start breaking bones. Jimmy Paredes hasn’t played since Tuesday and now we know the reason. He strained a muscle in his lower back a few days ago while lifting weights and he’s likely headed to the disabled list. Paredes squatted to

Jimmy Paredes expected to go on DL

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Jimmy Paredes could begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his lower back. The injury occurred a few days ago while Paredes was lifting weights at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. He hasn’t played since Tuesday. Paredes would join catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop J.J Hardy and outfielder David Lough on the DL. However, Paredes wouldn’t

Updating Hardy, Lough and Gonzalez

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy passed along another encouraging report today regarding the strained muscle in his left shoulder. Hardy was told Monday that he would be shut down a minimum of 10 days after undergoing an MRI arthrogram on his shoulder. He’s headed to the disabled list and won’t be eligible to return before April 11, but the swelling has been reduced

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is starting again at shortstop today as the Orioles continue their series against the Braves. Feel free to read everything into it. He appears to be the favorite to replace injured J.J. Hardy on opening day. Today’s lineup could almost mirror the one that manager Buck Showalter will use on April 6 at Tropicana Field, except Jonathan Schoop is listed

Brian Matusz: “I’m just excited to have a role here with the Orioles”

SARASOTA, Fla. - As more players are peeled off the camp roster, left-hander Brian Matusz remains in the clubhouse and the bullpen. Still an Oriole, still a reliever. Matusz, 28, has been the subject of trade rumors and speculation. Scouts have been tracking his appearances all spring, and the Orioles seemed to be showcasing him in two starts. Or maybe they were just letting him

Wrapping up a 6-5 loss

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - T.J. McFarland gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on a wild pitch and Joe Benson’s fourth hit of the night, as the Braves walked off with a 6-5 win over the Orioles. McFarland stranded two inherited runners in the seventh and tossed a scoreless eighth, but he didn’t record an out in the ninth. He’s

Game update and Chen talks about his final spring start (O’s lose 6-5)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Braves 6, Orioles 5 Recap: Travis Snider came off the bench and hit a two-run homer off Chien-Ming Wang in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie. Everth Cabrera followed with a walk, stole second, advanced on a throwing error and scored on Steve Pearce’s second hit of the night. Making his final spring start, Wei-Yin Chen surrendered two runs

Wei-Yin Chen goes five innings in final spring start (Snider homers)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Nick Markakis has singled twice tonight, matching his hit total coming into the game. Markakis singled off Wei-Yin Chen in the fourth and reliever Wesley Wright in the sixth. Chen allowed two runs and six hits in five innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. I’ve got him at 68 pitches, 49 for strikes. Chen’s most difficult inning was his

Reimold stays hot, Showalter on Verrett

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Nolan Reimold led off tonight’s game with a single on the first pitch thrown by Braves starter Alex Wood, a broken-bat liner into center field. Reimold is 15-for-45 (.333) this spring with two home runs, eight RBIs and eight walks. He’s earned a spot on the 25-man roster, but is there room for him? David Lough is going on the

Nick Markakis says no animosity toward Orioles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The No. 22 Braves jersey doesn’t look right hanging in Nick Markakis’ spring training locker. The full beard, neatly trimmed for at least the next few hours, is permitted in his new organization. Which one seems stranger to the former Orioles right fielder? “It’s 22,” he said today after greeting the Baltimore media. “Every time I come up to the

Markakis in Braves lineup and more on bullpen

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Former Oriole Nick Markakis is on the field playing catch today before batting practice. Extra coach Einer Diaz walked over and gave him a hug, and Ryan Flaherty called out to him while heading to the batting cage. Markakis, who still has a full beard, is batting third today and playing right field. For the Braves Eric Young Jr. CF

Verrett claimed off waivers by Rangers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - According to multiple industry sources, the Rangers have claimed Rule 5 right-hander Logan Verrett off waivers from the Orioles. Selected from the Mets in the Rule 5 draft at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the 24-year-old Verrett had impressed in spring training, posting a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings. He walked two and struck out 12. He was one

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is starting in center field tonight for the Orioles’ game against the Braves in Orlando. Ryan Flaherty is starting at shortstop. Nolan Reimold is leading off and playing left field. The bullpen includes T.J. McFarland, Wesley Wright, Logan Verrett and Bobby Bundy. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold LF Everth Cabrera CF Steve Pearce RF Chris Davis 1B Delmon Young DH

Lavarnway and Clevenger on catching competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - Put on your Mickey ears and join me for the drive to Disney for tonight’s game against the Braves. It’s the happiest place on Earth, except for players who train in Sarasota and are making the bus trip to Orlando twice in three days. I’ll ask again: Who makes out this schedule? Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen makes his final spring start tonight. He’s

Wrapping up a 3-3 10-inning tie

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Zach Davies will start Saturday against the Braves in Orlando, wrapping up the Grapefruit League schedule. Davies went 3 2/3 innings against the Rays on Monday and allowed one run on Evan Longoria’s homer. Showalter is taking a handful of regulars to Orlando on Thursday, including Manny Machado, Delmon Young, Everth Cabrera and Steve Pearce. Nolan Reimold

Game update and Tillman on his start (O’s, Pirates end in tie)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 3, Pirates 3 Recap: Chris Tillman allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters. Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer off Tillman in the second inning to break a scoreless tie. Everth Cabrera hit his first spring home run in the third inning, and he

Everth Cabrera hits first home run (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera didn’t short-change himself tonight when hitting his first home run of the spring. Cabrera crushed one to left-center field off Francisco Liriano in the bottom of the third inning to reduce the Pirates’ lead to 2-1. His season-high in home runs is four in 2013. Cabrera is 2-for-6 lifetime against Liriano in the regular season. Expected to get most of

More Orioles notes before tonight’s game (O’s down 2-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will pitch in a minor league game on Friday while Ubaldo Jimenez starts against the Braves. Manager Buck Showalter is carefully lining up his starters as the final days of camp melt away. “It just kind of fits whether somebody ends up in the ‘pen or starting, they’re all available on Monday,” Showalter said. “It keeps everybody in

Ubaldo Jimenez slated to make first home exhibition start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez can put away his gray uniform pants. Jimenez will make his first home start of spring training Friday night against the Braves in Sarasota. Shelby Miller is listed as Atlanta’s starter. The Orioles had Miguel Gonzalez penciled in as Friday’s starter, with Jimenez pitching Saturday against the Braves in Orlando to wrap up the Grapefruit League schedule. However, today’s game

Brad Brach bringing his best to bullpen

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Brad Brach hasn’t been told that he’s made the Orioles’ opening day roster. It’s an assumption based on his performance last season and this spring, and the words of his manager following yesterday’s outing. Brach tossed two scoreless innings against the Rays to lower his ERA to 1.74 in 10 1/3 innings. He’s walked three batters and struck out 10. “Brach’s

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Everth Cabrera is starting at shortstop again tonight for the Orioles in their game against the Pirates. Nolan Reimold is leading off and playing left field. Ryan Lavarnway is behind the plate. For the Orioles Nolan Reimold LF Steve Pearce RF Adam Jones CF Chris Davis 1B Delmon Young DH Manny Machado 3B Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan Lavarnway C Everth Cabrera SS

Roster riddles and Davis weighs in on Hardy injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman won’t throw his first pitch tonight against the Pirates until around 7:05 p.m. because the Orioles finally are playing under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium. This is only the second night game for the Orioles this spring. They have a 6:05 p.m. start Thursday against the Braves in Orlando and a 6:05 p.m. start Friday against the Braves in

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