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Wrapping up 6-2 loss

The Orioles followed a dramatic 11th-inning walk-off home run on opening day by almost being no-hit tonight by the Twins. Kyle Gibson handled the first six innings, walking five batters and throwing 102 pitches. Ryan Pressly retired the first five batters he faced, but he walked Manny Machado with two outs in the eighth and Jonathan Schoop grounded a single up the middle on the

Cashner surrenders three home runs in Orioles debut

Three pitches from Andrew Cashner tonight and his first strikeout with the Orioles was in the books. Three batters into the game and he allowed his first home run. There would be more strikeouts and more home runs for Cashner over five innings, and an unsuccessful debut in front of the home crowd. Cashner was charged with five runs (four earned) and six hits, with

Brach hoping to get another save chance tonight (O’s lose 6-2)

Though the blown save came on opening day, Orioles reliever Brad Brach is treating it like only one game out of 162. Time to move on from it. And if there’s another save situation tonight, he wants the ball. Brach gave up Robbie Grossman’s two-run single in the ninth inning Thursday that erased a 2-0 lead and set up Adam Jones’ dramatic walk-off homer in

Notes on Cobb, Trumbo, Britton, upcoming starters and more

Alex Cobb isn’t expected to debut with the Orioles before April 14. Cobb worked four innings and threw 48 pitches yesterday in extended spring training in Sarasota. He’ll build up to five and six innings in his next two outings. The veteran right-hander must be placed on Double-A Bowie’s roster on April 9, but he probably won’t pitch in an Eastern League game. Cobb isn’t

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

Chris Davis remains the Orioles’ leadoff hitter tonight and Anthony Santander is the designated hitter. Colby Rasmus makes his first start with the Orioles, replacing Craig Gentry in right field. Caleb Joseph is catching. For the Orioles Chris Davis 1B Manny Machado SS Jonathan Schoop 2B Adam Jones CF Trey Mancini LF Colby Rasmus RF Tim Beckham 3B Anthony Santander DH Caleb Joseph C Andrew

Gentry’s latest chance and tonight’s pitching matchup

Craig Gentry is developing a knack for signing minor league deals with the Orioles in February and breaking camp with the team. Not the easiest path to take and certainly not his first choice, but he’s really making the most of it. Gentry’s first start last season occurred on April 9 after coming off the bench in four games with no plate appearances. He was

Orioles hoping to be defensive in 2018

Manager Buck Showalter gets another day to plot his Game 2 lineup after the second-guessers descended upon him in the opener. Chris Davis batting leadoff wasn’t the only move that stirred the masses. Craig Gentry was given the start in right field over Colby Rasmus and switch-hitting spring training darling Anthony Santander. We’ll never know whether Rasmus or Santander would have caught Eddie Rosario’s fly

Showalter on Jones, Bundy, bullpen and 3-2 11-inning win

Adam Jones saw one pitch today from Twins reliever Fernando Rodney leading off the bottom of the 11th inning. That’s all he needed. Jones demolished a 92 mph fastball, sending it into the left field seats to give the Orioles a 3-2 win on opening day and the center fielder his first walk-off hit since a single against the Mariners in 2012. This is the

O’Day’s advice to Araujo: “Don’t trip” (Jones walkoff homer)

Reliever Pedro Araujo, the Rule 5 pick who’s making the jump from Single-A Myrtle Beach to the majors, came out of the Orioles bullpen for the first time this afternoon. It wasn’t a save situation. Araujo didn’t protect a slim lead and no one had to save him. Veteran Darren O’Day played the role of adviser to Araujo, with more tips to come later in

Showalter on roster moves, Davis leading off and more

The Orioles set their 25-man roster today shortly before the noon deadline and the moves included the removals of pitchers Alec Asher, Stefan Crichton, Michael Kelly and Jesus Liranzo from the 40-man roster to accommodate Colby Rasmus, Danny Valencia, Pedro Álvarez and Craig Gentry. Four pitchers for four position players. “Our hope is that they clear and put them back in the system,” said manager

Orioles lineup includes Chris Davis leading off (with 40-man moves)

Chris Davis is leading off today for the Orioles as they open against the Twins at Camden Yards. It wasn’t just talk and speculation. Davis has never batted first during the regular season. He had a handful of chances toward the end of spring training. Craig Gentry is in right field instead of Colby Rasmus, likely a concession to Twins starter Jake Odorizzi’s reverse splits.

More on Bundy, Davis and the catching situation

Dylan Bundy already had expressed his opinions back in Sarasota on being the opening day starter, getting in touch with whatever feelings were circulating inside him. As a light rain fell yesterday at Camden Yards, Bundy again had to sort through his emotions after finishing a pickoff drill. Not much changed besides the weather. Asked if anything seemed different to him now that he was

Workout day notes on Beckham, Mancini, Davis, lineup and more

Today’s rain forced the Orioles inside to take batting practice after the Twins were able to hit on the field. Pitchers squeezed in some defensive drills before heading for cover. “The weather is getting progressively worse,” said manager Buck Showalter. “It’s supposed to be good tomorrow, or better temperature-wise. I’d like for that snow to melt. That’s not a good look.” Showalter won’t reveal his

Bancells chosen to throw out ceremonial first pitch (Mesa update)

Whenever Richie Bancells appeared on the field and play was halted, it usually drew concerns based on his role as Orioles head athletic trainer and the likelihood that somone had sustained an injury. Seeing him bolt out of the dugout was a bad sign. Not anymore. Bancells, who retired after the 2017 season, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Thursday as part of the

Wondering about the lineup as opening day approaches

The Orioles will work out later today at Camden Yards in their final preparation for Thursday’s season opener against the Twins. Unless you count batting practice the following day, of course. But this afternoon marks the last time that the Orioles gather before the games are real. The roster appears to be set. The Orioles aren’t expected to make any late moves to alter it,

More leftovers before the real games start

Pedro Araujo received the news that he made the Orioles’ opening day roster as a Rule 5 pick and promptly served up a home run in his next appearance. Because that’s baseball. It’s unwise to read too much into one appearance in spring training, and that includes how Araujo was burned by Williams Astrudillo’s two-run shot in the ninth inning in a 12-4 loss to

Orioles lineup vs. Norfolk

Chris Davis continues to lead off today as the Orioles close out their exhibition schedule with a game at Triple-A Norfolk. Danny Valencia remains at third base. Tim Beckham is on the travel roster, but not the lineup card, and the Orioles are supposed to arrange a simulated game for him on Tuesday. Anthony Santander is in left field and Pedro Álvarez is the designated

Reflections on spring training as Orioles break camp

Minor league signings in November tend to be forgotten as spring training nears its conclusion. They provide copy during the offseason’s dead zone. Players given generous amounts of space on websites and in newspapers are footnotes later as camp cuts are announced. There are exceptions, of course, which brings us to left-handed relievers Joely Rodriguez and Josh Edgin. I’ve covered past spring trainings when the

Wrapping up a 6-5 win and Grapefruit League schedule (updated)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles are going to make a few more cuts later tonight following a 6-5 win over the Phillies. Two of the more vulnerable players are outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielder Luis Sardiñas, who can be reassigned to minor league camp while the team inches closer to a set opening day roster. The camp roster will be down to 30 players and

Showalter on roster moves, Beckham and more (O’s win 6-5)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two roster cuts that are coming following today’s game involve players in the Orioles lineup and it’s probably safe to assume that outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielder Luis Sardiñas will be reassigned to minor league camp. Outfielder Alex Presley is exploring opportunities via the opt-out clause in his contract, which explains why he isn’t on today’s lineup card. He could double

Rodriguez and Edgin reassigned to minor league camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles made two more roster cuts before today’s game against the Phillies while providing clarity to their rotation and bullpen Left-handed relievers Joely Rodriguez and Josh Edgin were reassigned to minor league camp despite outstanding work in spring training, which appears to signal that Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. has made the team. Cortes is starting today, but he seems

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - The end is near. The Orioles are down to their last Grapefruit League game today, dragging their meaningless 16-12-2 record to Clearwater for one final meeting with the Phillies. Most of the starters will be rested. Late injuries are a manager’s nightmare. Just take a peek at what’s happening to the Giants. Craig Gentry is leading off and playing right field. Trey

Bullpen won’t provide many options for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Whatever combination of relievers makes up the Orioles bullpen on opening day, it’s not going to offer much flexibility for manager Buck Showalter. The desire for an optionable ‘pen has to be muted. Of the pitchers assured of breaking camp with the team, only Mychal Givens and left-hander Richard Bleier can be sent down and they aren’t the typical candidates to ride

Wrapping up a 12-4 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will make two roster cuts Sunday morning and two more following the game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Manager Buck Showalter was satisfied with Chris Tillman’s outing tonight despite the six runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Eleven batters came to the plate in the second, but he retired 11 of the last 12. “Chris got the six

Orioles option Austin Hays (O’s lose 12-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned outfielder Austin Hays to Double-A Bowie before tonight’s game against the Twins, leaving their camp roster at 34 players. Craig Gentry appears to have made the club as a non-roster invitee. Hays, 22, was stalled in camp due to a sore lat that required a cortisone injection and kept him out of the outfield for an extended stretch. He

Beckham update, roster talk, Davis leading off and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham’s groin injury is improving, but he won’t play Sunday in Clearwater and most likely will be held out of Monday’s game in Norfolk, where the forecast is forcing the Orioles into taking a more cautious approach. Beckham left Thursday’s game after two innings, tweaking the groin while stretching in the weight room and again while fielding a ground ball. Manager

Chance Sisco on making the club

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ spring tradition of leading a player in one roster direction before throwing him a curve and breaking good news resumed yesterday with catcher Chance Sisco. Sisco found out that he made the club as the backup to starter Caleb Joseph, but only after wondering what he did wrong. It began with third base coach Bobby Dickerson and continued with manager

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manny Machado is serving as the designated hitter tonight, Luis Sardiñas is the shortstop and Danny Valencia is the third baseman for the Orioles’ 6:05 p.m. game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Anthony Santander is the right fielder and Craig Gentry is in center. Chris Davis continues to accumulate at-bats as the leadoff hitter. Chris Tillman is starting tonight and

Valencia making Orioles opening day roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter would like to have his opening day roster set in his mind, if not officially on paper, before the team breaks camp and flies to Norfolk for Monday afternoon’s game against its Triple-A affiliate, but there might be some late activity that pushes the final decisions deeper into next week. The 40-man roster is full and space likely

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham’s groin injury, if that’s how you classify a tweak, struck as he continued to impress at third base. Setting aside a recent throwing error, Beckham has been smooth at the hot corner. He looks comfortable at his new position. His actions aren’t robotic. He’s taking good paths to ground balls and making clean pickups. Beckham is athletic and the saying

Araujo makes Orioles roster (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 reliever Pedro Araujo will head north with the Orioles and be part of their bullpen on opening day, news that came to him earlier today via bullpen mates Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens and Brad Brach. The smile on his face looks like it might have a shelf life of six months. Araujo allowed two runs and four hits in 8

Susac and Vielma optioned, Sisco wins job (O’s win 6-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - If the Orioles stick with their camp roster, Chance Sisco will serve as the backup catcher on opening day. The Orioles announced today that they’ve optioned catcher Andrew Susac and infielder Engelb Vielma to Triple-A Norfolk. They already sent out Austin Wynns, leaving Sisco as the last catching reserve standing. Sisco had a two-run double and two-run homer yesterday in a 10-7

Rotation order, Showalter on Bundy and Beckham

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Cashner and Kevin Gausman will follow opening day starter Dylan Bundy for the Twins series at Camden Yards that begins on March 29. Chris Tillman starts the Astros’ home opener on April 2. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn’t committed to a fifth starter and the club continues to check the waiver wire. Bundy was informed yesterday that he’d get the opening

More Beckham and some roster talk

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham downplayed his groin injury this morning and vowed to get into another game this weekend before the Orioles return to Baltimore. Beckham is batting .273/.305/.509 (15-for-55) with one double, four home runs, 10 RBIs, three walks and 14 strikeouts in 19 games. “I’m taking it day to day,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready for the season. A couple

Beckham update and Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham said he expects to play again in Florida after leaving yesterday’s game with tightness in his groin. Beckham was removed after homering in the bottom of the second inning, but he said it was done as a precaution. He actually tweaked the groin in the morning while stretching and felt it again while fielding a ground ball

Gausman and Bundy no longer lonely in Orioles rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The winter line of questioning for Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman revolved around the oddity of being the only two confirmed starters in the Orioles rotation. They heard about it in every interview. They talked about it in phone conversations. They couldn’t escape it. There was no denying it or how unusual the circumstances. And they could joke about it while also

Updating Beckham, Scott optioned and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham left today’s game prior to the top of the third inning after tweaking his groin and he isn’t expected to play on Friday. Manager Buck Showalter said Beckham, who hit a two-run homer in the second, came out as a precaution. He’s hoping that Beckham will get back in the lineup before the team breaks camp. Beckham

Dylan Bundy named opening day starter (O’s win 10-7)

SARASOTA, Fla. - One year after proving to the Orioles that he could stay healthy and in their rotation for an entire season, Dylan Bundy has been chosen as their opening day starter. He’ll take the mound against the Twins on March 29 at Camden Yards. Manager Buck Showalter informed Bundy of his decision prior to today’s game against the Red Sox at Ed Smith

Updating Mike Wright Jr.’s start, Roberts on O’s Hall of Fame

SARASOTA, Fla. - The door remained open for Mike Wright Jr. to claim the fifth starter’s job. It seemed to widen with disappointing outings last night from Miguel Castro and Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. A solid showing today against the Red Sox might have decided the outcome. Wright retired the side in order in the first inning on only 11 pitches, but he

Orioles option Yacabonis (and other notes, O’s down 5-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 38 players today by optioning reliever Jimmy Yacabonis to Triple-A Norfolk. The cuts will come in waves, according to manager Buck Showalter, who meets with each individual. Yacabonis made eight appearances and allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings. He walked five batters and struck out seven. Showalter intended to meet with his

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is leading off for today’s game against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. It airs on MASN. The Orioles’ lineup also includes Anthony Santander batting ninth as the designated hitter. Chance Sisco is behind the plate. Colby Rasmus is in right field and batting sixth. Relievers listed behind starter Mike Wright Jr. are Mychal Givens, Rule 5 pick Pedro

Roberts and Manfra elected to Orioles Hall of Fame

SARASOTA, Fla. - His new assignment as an analyst on Orioles broadcasts on 105.7 The Fan won’t be the only reason for former second baseman Brian Roberts to come back to Camden Yards over the summer. Roberts has been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame and will inducted prior to the Aug. 11 game against the Red Sox. The 50th overall pick in the

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - Because Alex Cobb won’t be able to break camp with the Orioles, his signing this week doesn’t do much to clear up the pitching picture as opening day approaches. A fifth starter is needed, same as before. It wasn’t going to be José Mesa Jr., designated for assignment yesterday, and Hunter Harvey was more of a temptation than a realistic consideration. Does

Wrapping up a 9-4 loss

TAMPA - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will wait until Thursday morning to make his next round of cuts. The roster currently holds 39 players. Miguel Castro’s struggles continued tonight with five runs (four earned) and five hits allowed over three innings. He also walked three batters and threw 66 pitches, 38 for strikes, in a 9-4 loss to the Yankees. “I felt well despite the

Showalter on Cobb, Harvey and Mesa (O’s lose 9-4)

TAMPA - Alex Cobb worked out at the Ed Smith Stadium complex today and eventually will be throwing at extended spring training and with a minor league affiliate. The Orioles intend to carry 12 pitchers on opening day, including five starters, but Cobb will have to stay back. “Roger (McDowell) and I are going to sit down with him,” said manager Buck Showalter. “He had

Beckham on Cobb: “It’s a good day for the Orioles” (O’s up 1-0)

TAMPA - While Alex Cobb was busy getting to know his new Orioles teammates today and mapping out a plan with manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Roger McDowell following an extremely late arrival in camp, he could lock into a familiar face in the row of lockers set up for infielders and outfielders. At the far left end sits third baseman Tim Beckham, who

Jones on Cobb: “We’ve long searched for someone of his caliber”

TAMPA - Adam Jones only knew about Alex Cobb from the opposite dugout, the batter’s box, the usual chatter that exists in pregame and among friends. He politely asked the media today to wait until he met Cobb before commenting on his new teammate. “I’ve only see him in battle between the lines,” Jones said afterward. “We haven’t said too many words while we were

Hearing from Cobb, Showalter and Duquette

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb has met his new teammates and the media and fulfilled all of his interview obligations. He’s ready to focus on pitching again, whenever he’s able to debut for the Orioles after signing his four-year, $57 million contract. Cobb is expected to stay back at extended spring training and report to a minor league affiliate to build up his innings. There’s

Hunter Harvey optioned, plus Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles optioned pitcher Hunter Harvey to Double-A Bowie this afternoon and will start Miguel Castro in tonight’s game against the Yankees in Tampa. Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. will follow him to the mound. Harvey allowed three earned runs (four total) and nine hits over seven innings in his three starts in the Grapefruit League. He walked four batters and

Alex Cobb passes physical with Orioles (Mesa DFA)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb has passed his physical, according to a source, and is the latest free agent pitcher to join the Orioles rotation with less than a week remaining before they break camp. Cobb agreed to terms yesterday on a four-year, $57 million contract, the largest given by the Orioles to a free agent pitcher. It exceeds the $50 million deal for Ubaldo

This, that and the other (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ deal with pitcher Alex Cobb should be made official later today after he passes his physical. The club has zero concerns about the physical, so let’s not break out the tired observation that everyone fails it. And if we are going down that road, tell me again how they were wrong about Grant Balfour. I’ve been told that $56 million

Orioles nearing deal with Alex Cobb (final update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles played the waiting game again in free agency and are close to scoring with the biggest piece remaining on the free agent market. Right-hander Alex Cobb is nearing an agreement with the Orioles, according to a source, and would become the third starter signed by the club since opening camp. Confirmation could come later tonight. Cobb, 30, spent all six

Wynns on being cut: “It was definitely a shock” (game cancelled)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles and Rays won’t play baseball tonight at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The game has been cancelled due to rain and a tornado watch in the area. There’s no makeup date in the Grapefruit League. Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and Miguel Castro were supposed to pitch tonight, but instead will make the trip to Tampa for Wednesday night’s

Early notes on Davis, Valencia and pitching matchups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis said he received about 12 plate appearances yesterday at the minor league camp and a nasty bruise on his right shin after being drilled by a pitch from Tampa Bay’s Chih-Wei Hu. Davis had the shin wrapped today and said he might wear a protective guard on it, but it won’t prevent him from staying in the lineup. With extra

Taking another look at camp competitions

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis built up his spring at-bats yesterday at Twin Lakes Park, where the spectators included executive vice president Dan Duquette, and he should remain in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rays in Sarasota. MASN is carrying it live, so pull up a sofa and enjoy baseball under the lights. The forecast is calling for rain, of

Santander cementing spot on opening day roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - The absence of Mark Trumbo on opening day due to a strained quadriceps muscle could provide regular at-bats for Anthony Santander in the designated hitter role. He also could get some starts in the outfield as manager Buck Showalter maneuvers players and takes advantage of his roster flexibility. No one is debating whether Santander makes the club and can stay for the

Ynoa on his injury, Araujo on his chances to make club

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t provided an explanation for Danny Valencia’s removal from today’s lineup. Manager Buck Showalter will update the media in Lakeland. Valencia was in the clubhouse this morning. He hit a two-run homer yesterday and is 6-for-29 (.207) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in 11 games after signing a minor league deal on March 2. Gabriel Ynoa

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers (Valencia scratched)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ projected regulars are staying back today as the team travels to Lakeland to play the Tigers. Austin Hays is in right field and batting third and Pedro Álvarez is playing first base and batting fourth. Danny Valencia is starting at third base and Anthony Santander is the designated hitter. Chance Sisco is catching. The list of reserves includes Mike Yastrzemski,

Tillman on the spring training balancing act

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman is toeing more than the pitching rubber. There’s also a fine line beneath his spikes. Use spring training to work on various things, but also understand the importance of achieving results. Throw pitches in sequences that contradict your approach in the regular season, but also record outs and lower your ERA. It’s the type of balancing act that can make

Wynns optioned and wrapping up a 5-4 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made a bold statement about their backup catching situation today by optioning Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. The remaining candidates are down to Chance Sisco and Andrew Susac. Wynns batted .222/.391/.556 (4-for-18) with two home runs, three RBIs, five walks and seven strikeouts. His work behind the plate earned him high marks, but couldn’t prevent him from heading to minor

Updating Dylan Bundy’s latest start (O’s lose 5-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy today became the first Orioles starter to clear five innings. He got his pitch count up to 96. His arm continues to feel good. Cling to the positives and divert your eyes from the stat line. Bundy was charged with four earned runs and five total in 5 2/3 innings, with five hits, one walk, six strikeouts, one home run,

Hart optioned, Showalter on backup catchers (O’s down 5-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reduced the competition among left-handed relievers in camp this afternoon by optioning Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk. Hart allowed three runs and 10 hits in eight innings, with three walks and 11 strikeouts. He appeared in 51 games with the Orioles last summer and was 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.397 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings. Joely Rodriguez and

Pregame notes on Davis, Britton, roster, Rodriguez and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis will go from leadoff hitter today at Ed Smith Stadium to playing Monday afternoon in a minor league game at Twin Lakes Park. Manager Buck Showalter is going to find ways to get Davis more at-bats now that the Orioles first baseman is able to play without discomfort in his right forearm/elbow. A few other players will join Davis at

Orioles lineup vs. Mets

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is back in the lineup for today’s game against the Mets at Ed Smith Stadium. Davis is leading off and playing first base. He’s been out since March 2 due to a strained right forearm/elbow. Cedric Mullins is in left field and Colby Rasmus is in right. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter. Available relievers include Brad

What’s left for Orioles to consider in bullpen?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The composition of the Orioles bullpen on opening day hinges on a variety of factors. Which candidate for the fifth starter’s job slips into a relief role? How many Rule 5 picks make the roster? How many left-handers will manager Buck Showalter choose to carry? Showalter doesn’t appear to have a set number of southpaws in mind. “All scenarios are in play

Wrapping up a 5-2 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will withhold making more roster cuts until Sunday morning. They still have 42 players in camp. Closer Zach Britton and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa are out of their protective boots. Britton already is on the 60-day disabled list and Ynoa is expected to go on the 10-day DL. Left-hander Tanner Scott worked another inning in relief today in a 5-2 loss

Updating Mike Wright Jr.’s latest start (O’s fall 5-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles turned three double plays this afternoon to provide assistance to Mike Wright Jr. in his latest bid to make the rotation, but he couldn’t turn back the Blue Jays in a three-run fifth inning that marred his outing. Wright was charged with four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked a batter, struck out two and committed

Notes on Davis, Valencia, Wright and more (O’s down 4-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is sticking to his plan of starting Chris Davis in Sunday’s game against the Mets in Sarasota. Davis campaigned for today’s game, which fell on his 32nd birthday, but he gets one more day in his recovery from a strained right elbow/forearm. “He tried to talk me into playing today, but we have a plan and a process

Trumbo on remaining patient in recovery from quad injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo isn’t going to rush the process in his recovery from a strained right quadriceps muscle. He won’t create a specific timetable for his return, seeing no benefit in setting himself up for disappointment. Trumbo is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 2 strain, opening up the designated hitter slot while closing his chances of playing on opening day.

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter is resting some of his regulars today who made the East Coast trip, with Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop listed as reserves for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. First baseman Chris Davis won’t play until Sunday. Trey Mancini gets another start at first base. Danny Valencia is the third baseman today

Brach on bullpen, Britton’s progress and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles return home today after two games on the East Coast to face the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Mike Wright Jr. is on the mound and first baseman Chris Davis wants to be in the lineup. Manager Buck Showalter could make him wait until Sunday, also in Sarasota, but the return is coming. Reliever Brad Brach threw two innings Thursday

Davis ready to return to lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - If it’s left to Chris Davis, he will be in the Orioles lineup for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays and celebrate his birthday with a home run and animated trip around the bases. Davis is confident that he’s avoided a trip to the disabled list. The stiffness and discomfort in his right elbow/forearm has subsided and he’s performing full baseball activities

Orioles lineup vs. Mets

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham is leading off today for the Orioles as they conclude their East Coast swing with a 1:10 p.m. game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Colby Rasmus is playing center field, Austin Hays is in right and Trey Mancini is in left. Danny Valencia is the first baseman. Pedro Álvarez is serving as the designated hitter, a role he

Wondering about the roster impact of Trumbo injury

SARASOTA, Fla. - The news that Mark Trumbo is headed to the disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right quadriceps muscle paints a different picture of the projected opening day roster. Pedro Álvarez, signed last month as a “what-if” insurance policy, appears to have a better shot at breaking camp with the team, though manager Buck Showalter didn’t run with the idea

Cortes still making his pitch for rotation spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles clubhouse didn’t have many occupants this morning with most of the team headed to Jupiter for today’s game against the Cardinals. Chris Tillman and Brad Brach played table tennis, and Richard Bleier and Joely Rodriguez had the next game. Chris Davis made a brief appearance at his locker, but not long enough for two reporters to reach him. Andrew Cashner

Orioles and Cardinals lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini is leading off again for the Orioles as they make the trip to the East Coast to play the Cardinals in Jupiter. Mancini also batted first yesterday and appears to be a legitimate candidate for the role. Colby Rasmus is batting second, followed by Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop. Kevin Gausman is making his third Grapefruit League start. He retired

Utility competition loses player but doesn’t gain much clarity

SARASOTA, Fla. - Among the most unsettled competitions in Orioles camp is the job of utility infielder, which ideally requires the player also to have outfield skills. Not a deal-breaker, but a sweet bonus. No one within the current group of candidates has seized the opportunity. There are absolutely no indications that the Orioles will head north with Luis Sardiñas or Engleb Vielma and they

Two more camp cuts and wrapping up a 7-4 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reduced the competition for an extra outfielder and utility infielder today by optioning Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning Ruben Tejada to minor league camp. The moves leave the Orioles with 42 players on the roster. Rickard didn’t play today and was 5-for-33 (.152) with 10 strikeouts. He was trying to become part of a right field platoon with

Orioles reassign Aquino (O’s win 7-4, Castro quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reassigned left-hander Jayson Aquino to minor league camp before today’s game against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. The camp roster is down to 44 players, including 21 pitchers. Closer Zach Britton is on the list, but he’s also on the 60-day disabled list. Aquino made three appearances this spring and allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits

Showalter on Davis as DL candidate: “We’re not there yet”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles haven’t reached the point where the disabled list becomes a consideration for first baseman Chris Davis, but manager Buck Showalter didn’t dismiss the possibility. Davis continues to make gradual progress after receiving a cortisone injection Saturday to alleviate the inflammation in his right elbow. “We’re not there yet,” Showalter said when asked about the DL. “I still have confidence that

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo returns to the Orioles lineup today as promised now that he’s recovered from a sore right quadriceps muscle. And Trey Mancini is batting first in a 1:05 p.m. home game against the Yankees on MASN. Anthony Santander gets another look in left field. The bullpen behind starter Miguel Castro includes Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr., Darren O’Day and Joely

Bits on Brach, Britton and the bullpen

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will meet with his relievers shortly and map out what constitutes roles for them. He’s big on just making sure guys are ready when the phone rings, but he also wants them to know what he’s planning while closer Zach Britton is on the 60-day disabled list. Showalter said Brad Brach is a “potential closer,” but only because

Wrapping up a 7-5 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. - James Teague notched his fifth save today, earning his role as Grapefruit League ninth-inning specialist, and the Orioles defeated the Twins 7-5. Teague, a 37th-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Arkansas, hasn’t allowed a run in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up a one-out double today and struck out the next batter on a 96 mph fastball. Chris

Tillman walks six of 14 batters in debut (O’s win 7-5)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jorge Polanco had just let go of his bat after drawing the Twins’ latest walk, this one with the bases loaded, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter was out of the dugout and signaling to his bullpen. Chris Tillman’s first Grapefruit League start after a couple of simulated games ended with no outs in the third inning and the bases still full.

Davis could play this weekend (and other notes)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis expects to be in the lineup this weekend as he recovers from tightness in his right elbow/forearm. The cortisone injection is bringing the desired result. Davis took top-hand swings yesterday and two-handed swings today without any discomfort. He hasn’t been in the lineup since leading off in a March 2 game against the Pirates. Mark Trumbo

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham, Trey Mancini and Manny Machado are wearing the gray pants today as the Orioles travel to Fort Myers to play the Twins. Beckham is leading off. Austin Hays is back in the outfield, starting in right field. Danny Valencia is starting at first base. Relievers listed behind Chris Tillman, making his first Grapefruit League start, include Donnie Hart, Josh Edgin,

Hart on his quest to make the club, O’s negotiations with Lynn

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ spring training strikeout leader heading into yesterday’s game was left-hander Donnie Hart, a reliever with five innings under his belt. He was scored upon in just his first outing. Surface stuff that presents an argument for his inclusion in the opening day bullpen. However, Hart still can be optioned to the minors and the Orioles continue to sort through their

Wrapping up an 8-5 win

BRADENTON, Fla. - The spring stats meant nothing to manager Buck Showalter. The runs and hits allowed by Dylan Bundy didn’t reflect his readiness to break camp. Improvement today? For Showalter, Bundy has always been on his game. The numbers just didn’t support it. Bundy today became the first Orioles starter to go five innings this spring. He allowed one run and seven hits, walked

Notes on Trumbo, Rule 5s, Mountcastle and more (O’s win 8-5)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed today that Mark Trumbo will return to the lineup Wednesday as the designated hitter against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Trumbo has been out since Tuesday with a sore right quadriceps muscle. Showalter indicated that final decisions on Rule 5 pitchers Nestor Cortes Jr., Pedro Araujo and José Mesa Jr. could be withheld until the end

Orioles remove Mountcastle, Stewart, Asher from camp roster

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Orioles made three more cuts this morning to get their roster down to 45, optioning pitcher Alec Asher to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigning infielder Ryan Mountcastle and outfielder DJ Stewart to minor league camp. Mountcastle, 21, will continue to play third base, though he’s also been taking fly balls on the back fields. His bat delivered two tape-measure home runs, including

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. - Austin Hays is leading off today and serving as the designated hitter and Colby Rasmus is batting second and playing center field for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game against the Pirates. Pedro Álvarez is playing first base against his former team. Mike Wright Jr. will follow starter Dylan Bundy today. Brad Brach also is scheduled to pitch and the Orioles brought Luis

Trumbo ready to get back into lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo’s right quadriceps muscle has healed and he’s going to be in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against the Yankees in Sarasota. “I feel back to normal,” he said. Trumbo said he won’t be restricted to serving as designated hitter if the club wants him in the outfield or first base. “They did a real nice job getting the swelling out

Who’s batting leadoff for Orioles?

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tim Beckham led off for the Orioles last night in their split-squad game against the Phillies and nothing can be read into it. Manager Buck Showalter hasn’t decided on a leadoff hitter. He doesn’t know whether it will be a regular or if he’ll need two depending on the platoon. Maybe he’ll really buy into the theory that a team’s best hitters

Wrapping up a 4-0 split-squad win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Cashner gave the Orioles four scoreless innings tonight and also gave manager Buck Showalter further confirmation that the club handled the right-hander properly after he signed late. The two simulated games on Field 4 were a nice platform for tonight’s debut, with Cashner allowing only a bunt single by the Phillies’ Pedro Florimón in the Orioles’ 4-0 split-squad victory at Ed

Cashner tosses four scoreless innings in debut (O’s win 4-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Cashner became the first Orioles starter this spring to go more than three innings, and he did it in his first appearance on a stadium mound. Making his debut against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium, Cashner tossed four shutout innings and allowed only one hit, with three walks and two strikeouts. The hit came on a bunt by former Orioles

Chris Davis provides latest update on elbow

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis must be shut down for 72 hours after receiving a cortisone injection yesterday in his right elbow to reduce the inflammation and hasten his recovery and eventual return to the lineup. However, he reported this afternoon that his condition is improving and expressed a desire to start playing again. The cautious approach will remain in order before

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays is the designated hitter and Trey Mancini is batting second and playing first base for the Orioles’ split-squad game against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Tim Beckham is leading off. Anthony Santander is in left field. For the Orioles Tim Beckham 3B Trey Mancini 1B Manny Machado SS Adam Jones CF Jonathan Schoop 2B Craig Gentry RF Anthony Santander

Orioles and Red Sox lineups for split-squad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing split-squad games against the Red Sox this afternoon in Fort Myers and the Phillies tonight in Sarasota, and the pitching creates interest in both halves. Hunter Harvey makes his third start today after allowing two runs over four innings against the Rays and Twins. Andrew Cashner has graduated from simulated games and makes his first appearance tonight in

A few thoughts on the rotation alignment

SARASOTA, Fla. - Manager Buck Showalter has reached the point in Orioles camp when he begins to field questions about his opening day starter and the alignment of his rotation. It’s an annual drill that usually unfolds during batting practice. He wanders over to the dugout area, provides injury updates and waits for it. Showalter won’t tip his hand this early. He’s usually inclined to

Wrapping up a 13-5 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pick your favorite Orioles home run in the first inning. Manager Buck Showalter issued the challenge to the intimate media gathering following today’s 13-5 win over the Pirates, then pointed out how Trey Mancini’s two-run homer was hit into the wind in left-center field and bounced on the platform tower next to the batter’s eye. A big-boy shot for sure. Manny Machado

Orioles get 28 pre-arb players under contract (O’s win 13-5)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced today that they reached agreements on one-year deals with 28 players who aren’t eligible for arbitration. It’s that time of the spring. Here’s the list: Right-handers Pedro Araujo, Alec Asher, Dylan Bundy, Miguel Castro, Stefan Crichton, Mychal Givens, Hunter Harvey, David Hess, Jesus Liranzo, José Mesa Jr., Yefry Ramirez, Mike Wright Jr., Jimmy Yacabonis and Gabriel Ynoa. Left-handers Richard

Davis receives injection in elbow (Mariñez reassigned, O’s up 11-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis received a cortisone injection this morning in his right elbow in an attempt to reduce the inflammation and accelerate his return to the lineup. Manager Buck Showalter emphasized that Davis hasn’t experienced a setback. “Nothing that’s going to stretch that out any more, and if anything, we hope it shortens it,” Showalter said. According to Showalter, he

Updating Trumbo and Hays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is optimistic that his return to the Orioles’ lineup is coming soon after a sore quadriceps muscle forced him into the training room. Trumbo felt the discomfort last weekend and it increased while he was playing in Tuesday’s game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Manager Buck Showalter, after talking to head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, said the injury could

Orioles and Pirates lineups and Trumbo update

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anthony Santander gets another start in left field today and Colby Rasmus is leading off and playing right, as the Orioles host the Pirates. Chris Davis remains out of the lineup. Trey Mancini is starting at first base. Left-hander Jayson Aquino is making his first start as Gabriel Ynoa’s replacement. Ynoa has been diagnosed with shin splints and will be unavailable for

Another look at roster competitions

SARASOTA, Fla. - With the season opener less than three weeks away, the Orioles aren’t any closer to deciding on a fifth starter for their rotation. However, the slim chances of Gabriel Ynoa winning the job turned to zero with yesterday’s news that his shin splints will keep him out for at least two weeks. The in-house candidates remain Mike Wright Jr., Miguel Castro and

Upcoming starters and wrapping up an 8-5 loss

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Chris Tillman will make his first Grapefruit League start on Tuesday against the Twins in Fort Myers. He’s thrown a couple of simulated games. Manager Buck Showalter has been shielding his main starters from division teams and the Twins, who provide the opposition on opening day at Camden Yards. With Tillman taking the mound on Tuesday, it’s safe to assume that he

Ynoa out at least two weeks (and other notes, O’s lose 8-5)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Gabriel Ynoa will be out a minimum of two weeks with a “stress reaction” in his shins, likely eliminating him from consideration for a roster spot on opening day. “It’s not a stress fracture, just some inflammation,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Luckily, they took the MRI and caught it. Could have turned into a stress fracture. But that’s probably going

Wojciechowski and Melville reassigned, another Britton update

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles have reduced their camp roster to 49 players this morning by reassigning right-handers Tim Melville and Asher Wojciechowski to the minor league complex. Melville allowed two runs and four hits yesterday in 1 1/3 innings after two scoreless appearances covering four frames. Wojciechowski also pitched yesterday against the Blue Jays and surrendered two runs and four hits in two innings.

Gabriel Ynoa scratched from Saturday start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa is unable to make his scheduled start on Saturday against the Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium. An MRI on Ynoa’s shins revealed a “stress reaction,” which we’re told shouldn’t be confused with a fracture. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that Ynoa has been bothered by shin splints, which led the team to arrange an MRI in the late

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Castro makes his first start today in the Grapefruit League and the Orioles make their only trip to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays. Tim Beckham, Trey Mancini, Danny Valencia, Pedro Álvarez and Caleb Joseph also are on the trip. Valencia is starting at first base. The bench includes Joey Rickard, Ryan Mountcastle, DJ Stewart, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, Austin Wynns,

Stewart’s adjustments to right field and the bench

SARASOTA, Fla. - I’ve learned over the years that spring training exists to get players ready for the upcoming season, to determine how to plug holes in the roster and to give sportswriters a chance to post grainy photos and pretend to sympathize when it snows back home. It also sharpens our skills at fitting a bar tab into our per diem. Managers use the

Wrapping up a 9-3 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will make two or three roster cuts Friday morning before their game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. There’s no update on Gabriel Ynoa’s MRI because it isn’t scheduled until 5 p.m. He’s bothered by shin splints. Kevin Gausman will throw a simulated game Friday morning on Field 4, just as Andrew Cashner, Dylan Bundy and Chris Tillman have done

Cortes: “I wasn’t making them hit my pitch” (O’s lose 9-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Lacking a fastball that pops a catcher’s mitt and pokes holes in bats, Nestor Cortes Jr. has to be extremely fine with his pitches. He has to hit his target, change speeds and arm angles, and rely on deception and a pitching IQ that’s enabled him to win at various levels of the minors. Cortes didn’t miss many bats this afternoon and

Orioles reassign Garner, more on right field situation (O’s down 3-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have reassigned reliever Perci Garner to minor league camp before today’s game against the Blue Jays. The camp roster is down to 51 players. Garner tossed three scoreless and hitless innings in his three appearances, with two walks and two strikeouts. He made the trip to Port Charlotte yesterday and escaped a jam after a pair of two-out walks. The

Trumbo sidelined by quad injury, Ynoa having MRI on leg

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman threw 61 pitches over three innings in this morning’s simulated game. The crowd included Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton. Mark Trumbo is unavailable due to a sore right quadriceps muscle. Manager Buck Showalter estimated, after talking to head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, that Trumbo could be out for three to seven days. “We’re probably going to

Orioles lineup vs. Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini gets another start at first base today with Chris Davis unavailable, and Pedro Álvarez is serving as the designated hitter for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays in Sarasota. Colby Rasmus is leading off and playing right field. Chance Sisco is catching. Mark Trumbo isn’t in the lineup today and he isn’t listed among the reserves. Rule 5

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - The competition for backup catcher with the Orioles appears to be a two-man race between Chance Sisco and Austin Wynns, though Andrew Susac remains in camp and is trying to make a push after a staph infection led to a brief hospital stay. Wynns was in the lineup yesterday against the Rays and had a single and walk before striking out with

Mike Wright Jr. on today’s outing (O’s win 7-2, more quotes)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Danny Valencia has an RBI double today off Rays left-hander Anthony Banda and a two-run double off right-hander Yonny Chirinos. He’s trying to demonstrate that he’s an equal opportunity masher and not just a platoon player. Valencia is 4-for-9 with three doubles, a home run and four RBIs since signing a minor league deal with the Orioles and vowing to make

Notes on Cashner, rotation, Britton and more (tied 2-2)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Andrew Cashner will make his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game with Sunday night’s start against the Phillies in Sarasota, which will air live on MASN. Left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. starts Thursday afternoon against the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez at Ed Smith Stadium. The teams meet again the following day in Dunedin with Miguel Castro opposing Marco Estrada. Castro will

Liranzo optioned, Cashner nearing Grapefruit League debut

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Orioles extended their streak of removing players from their camp roster this morning by optioning right-hander Jesus Liranzo to Double-A Bowie. The roster is down to 52 players and more cuts are coming over the next few days. Liranzo, who turns 23 today, was slow-played this spring to protect his right shoulder. He was charged with five runs yesterday against

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are headed to Port Charlotte again today, where they picked up their first two exhibition wins last week, and the regulars making the trip include second baseman Jonathan Schoop and third baseman Tim Beckham. Danny Valencia is playing first base and batting cleanup. Austin Hays is the designated hitter. Other pitchers listed behind starter Mike Wright Jr. include Donny Hart,

Edgin stays in the mix for left-handed relief

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Josh Edgin is expected to leave Orioles camp this week, but not because he’s included among the cuts. It’s probably too early to make a final determination on his status. Edgin will join his wife for the birth of their child. She’s due on Thursday and the doctor may induce labor. His baseball life will beckon and he’ll return to the

Wrapping up a 9-8 loss (Hess and Ferrell cut from camp roster)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t expected to announce their latest roster cuts until later tonight or in the morning. They’ll send out a couple of pitchers. The pitching this afternoon was spotty, to put it mildly. Hunter Harvey earned a passing grade from manager Buck Showalter following a 9-8 loss to the Twins and left-hander Richard Bleier was a groundball machine in the

Valencia hits first home run (and other notes, O’s lose 9-8)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Danny Valencia really loves to hit the lefties. Valencia led off the top of the second inning today with a long home run to left field off Twins southpaw Adalberto Mejía, who tried to get a 91 mph fastball past him. Didn’t work. Hunter Harvey tossed a scoreless first inning, stranding two runners after Miguel Sanó’s two-out double and Eduardo Escobar’s

Orioles announce more roster cuts

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles have reduced their camp roster to 55 today with five more cuts. Pitchers Stefan Crichton, Michael Kelly and Yefry Ramirez have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and left-hander Andrew Faulkner and outfielder Jaycob Brugman have been reassigned to minor league camp. The yearly reminder that players on the 40-man roster are optioned and non-roster players are reassigned. Also, the

Quick update on Chris Davis

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis doesn’t think it’s going to be much longer before he’s cleared to resume throwing and gets back into the Orioles lineup as the final weeks play out in spring training. Davis is sidelined with discomfort in his right elbow/forearm, but an MRI Saturday didn’t reveal any structural damage. He continues to receive treatment and was able to crack a few

Orioles and Twins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini is playing first base and Manny Machado is included on the Orioles’ trip to Fort Myers for today’s game against the Twins. Mark Trumbo is serving as the designated hitter and Caleb Joseph is catching. Relievers listed on the lineup card behind starter Hunter Harvey include Richard Bleier, Joely Rodriguez, David Hess, Jesus Liranzo, Lucas Long, Paul Fry and John

Reviewing the first half of spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have inched past the halfway point of spring training. More players will be removed from the camp roster, the competition for various jobs will be narrowed. Manager Buck Showalter said it’s too early for a noticeable increase in “tempo.” But it’s coming. “After the off-day, I don’t think we’re quite that far into it yet,” he said. “We’ve got 20-something

Random thoughts and quotes as the Orioles enjoy a day off

SARASOTA, Fla. - The one off-day of spring training is here, with the Orioles closing the Ed Smith Stadium complex and being reintroduced to the concept of sleep. No games, no workouts, no media access. Some guys golf or fish. Others race to the airport to spend a day at home with their families or make plans for Disney World. The beach may beckon. A

More camp cuts and wrapping up a 10-8 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have cut their camp roster to 60 players by reassigning pitchers Jason Gurka and Eddie Gamboa and catcher Audry Perez to the minor league complex. None of them were projected to head north with the team. Gabriel Ynoa struck out the first two Red Sox batters today before his start went downhill. He threw 26 pitches in the first inning,

Mountcastle making impression at plate (O’s win 10-8)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made three roster cuts yesterday and infielder Ryan Mountcastle remained in camp, his locker set up across the hall in the auxiliary clubhouse and his swing still producing loud noises. One of the top position prospects in the organization is 5-for-16 with three doubles and a home run this spring. The ball makes a certain sound when it leaves the

Latest roster cuts and updating Gentry, Davis and Hays

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles reassigned infielders Erick Salcedo and Garabez Rosa to minor league camp following yesterday’s game in Clearwater. Salcedo was competing for a spot as the utility infielder. He impressed at second base and shortstop and also went 4-for-8 with a double. Rosa, who was 3-for-16 with a double and home run, played first base and is expected to remain at the

Teammates talk up Tillman’s simulated game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman wanted feedback from his teammates following yesterday’s simulated game at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Give him the good and the bad and don’t hold back. Mincing words serves no purpose as he eases back into competition. Tillman threw 42 pitches in two innings and drew positive reviews. Most important, they were honest reviews. “I thought he had a nice

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Danny Valencia is serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles’ 1:05 p.m. game today against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. He’s wearing No. 47. Tim Beckham is leading off. Mark Trumbo is the first baseman with Chris Davis unavailable due to soreness in his right elbow/forearm. Davis just arrived at the complex. His MRI yesterday came back clean, according

Who’s next after Valencia?

SARASOTA, Fla. - Don’t expect Danny Valencia to be the last player plucked by the Orioles from the free agent market. Their enthusiasm is gaining momentum as they sort through the bin. They’re up to their armpits in it. Players who weren’t a consideration or didn’t fill an identified need early in camp have become more appealing. Pedro Álvarez isn’t a plus defender and the

Good news on Davis MRI and wrapping up a 4-2 win

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The MRI on Chris Davis’ right elbow/forearm today didn’t reveal any structural damage, according to manager Buck Showalter, and the first baseman is projected to be out only three to five days. Concerns about Davis were raised throughout the organization when the discomfort increased and it appeared that the issue may not have been muscular. “Anytime you’ve got something that’s not healing

Nine up, nine down for Kevin Gausman (O’s win 4-2)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Kevin Gausman made it through today’s start without suffering any cuts. He simply tore through the Phillies lineup for three innings. Gausman retired all nine batters with five strikeouts. His fastball was clocked at 94-97 mph on the stadium radar gun, peaking twice to the final batter he faced, J.P. Crawford, who struck out. He was downright nasty while becoming the first

Davis to undergo MRI, Lee optioned and other notes (O’s up 1-0)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said first baseman Chris Davis will undergo an MRI this afternoon on his right elbow/forearm area due to soreness that’s increased in severity over the past few days. Davis has been restricted to the designated hitter role to avoid throwing. He’s 2-for-13 with one home run, three RBIs, three walks and seven strikeouts. “That elbow is not managing

Brach’s debut and Presley’s uniform digit

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Reliever Brad Brach threw a bullpen session yesterday and confirmed that his first exhibition appearance comes Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Brach is fine physically. He’s just on a more deliberate pace, which isn’t uncommon in Orioles camp. Darren O’Day didn’t make his debut until Feb. 28. Closer Zach Britton also is held back each spring, though

Valencia signs minor league deal, prepares for competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - Danny Valencia has arrived at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, hugging teammates from his past who are here and dismissing the idea that his minor league deal will lead him to Triple-A Norfolk. He has every intention of playing in Baltimore this summer. The Orioles announced Valencia’s signing this morning, which includes an invitation to major league camp. Valencia indicated that he’d

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla.- Pedro Álvarez and Tim Beckham are headed to Clearwater today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies. Alvarez is batting third and playing first base. Beckham is hitting cleanup - don’t read anything into it - and playing third base. Joey Rickard is in right field. The utility competition continues with Ruben Tejada at second base and Luis Sardiñas at shortstop. Pitchers

Today’s Orioles agenda and more on Valencia

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making the second of their three trips to Clearwater today to play the Phillies. No split-squad action, however, so I’ll be on the road. I didn’t pack gray pants, but I’m still leaving the home facility. Chris Tillman will throw his two-inning simulated game on one of the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and manager Buck

Pitching updates and wrapping up a 10-8 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Hunter Harvey will make his next start on Tuesday against the Twins in Fort Myers. Dylan Bundy starts Wednesday, though he probably will be hidden from the Rays in Port Charlotte. I wrote earlier today that Gabriel Ynoa starts Sunday against the Red Sox in Sarasota. Chris Tillman is still scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game on Saturday and

Machado: “I’m just going out there and enjoying myself” (O’s win 10-8)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Usually a slow starter in camp, Manny Machado has been on such a tear at the plate this spring that he’s joking about having to tap the brakes and save a little for later. Machado had a single, run-scoring double and three-run homer today in three plate appearances before heading to the clubhouse. A guy on fire to this degree could set

Bundy allows five runs in two innings (with quotes, O’s up 10-7)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy filled the strike zone in the first inning and the bases in the second. The result was another outing that produced an ugly pitching line. The Pirates scored four runs off Bundy in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead, a powerful counterpunch following Manny Machado’s RBI double in the bottom of the first. Colin Moran had an RBI

Orioles agree to minor league deal with Valencia (and notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are bringing back Danny Valencia on a minor league deal pending a medical review, according to a source. Valencia will take his physical on Saturday. By reaching the majors, Valencia will be guaranteed $1.2 million with a chance to earn $3 million in incentives, per USA Today. Valencia, 33, appeared in 130 games with the Mariners last summer and batted

Orioles Grapefruit League lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is leading off today and serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles’ Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. Don’t read too much into it. He won’t bat first on opening day. Davis has some tightness in his right forearm that’s limiting him to DH duty. Colby Rasmus moves down to sixth in the order. Mark Trumbo is playing first

Orioles B game lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles clubhouse is closed to the media today while the players have another one of their annual spring meetings. However, the lineup has been posted for the 10:30 a.m. B game on Field 4. Miguel Castro gets the start, as you read again this morning. Pedro Álvarez is playing first base, Engelg Vielma is at shortstop, Ryan Mountcastle is playing third

More thoughts on the rotation and some of its candidates

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play two games today, but only one counts in the fake standings. Miguel Castro is starting a B game in the morning on Field 4, the Camden Yards replica with the batter’s eye that’s still under construction. So is the rotation and Castro wants to join it, but first he must prove that his knees and back are fine

Wrapping up a 5-2 win

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter noted the progress today made by Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. One run allowed over two innings in both starts, but not a duplication. “I thought he was a little better this time out,” Showalter said. “He can do a lot of things with the baseball. He’s presenting himself as advertised. I thought he was a

Cortes allows one run in two innings - again (O’s win 5-2)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The battle for the fifth spot in the rotation won’t be decided until much later this month, with the possibility still alive that the Orioles sign another starter. In the meantime, Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. can only state his own case and try to gain the trust of the organization’s decision-makers. Cortes allowed one run over two innings for

Pregame notes on Gausman, Cashner, Hays and more (tied 1-1)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Kevin Gausman will make his next start Saturday afternoon against the Phillies in Clearwater. No need to push him back following the home plate collision in his debut. “He’s good, ready to go,” said manager Buck Showalter. “We got lucky there.” Andrew Cashner impressed observers during today’s two-inning simulated game in Sarasota. Cashner faced Mark Trumbo, Tim Beckham and Craig Gentry

Hays shut down from baseball activities for three days

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Austin Hays will be shut down for three days after receiving an injection yesterday behind his right shoulder to alleviate discomfort that’s kept him away from the outfield since the intrasquad game on Feb. 22 in Sarasota. Hays has served as the designated hitter in two Grapefruit League games, with a late switch on Tuesday removing him from right field. He

Orioles and Rays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pedro Álvarez is making his first start today since rejoining the Orioles, playing first base against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Jaycob Brugman is in left field and Éngelb Vielma is playing shortstop. For the Orioles Alex Presley RF Joey Rickard CF Anthony Santander DH Pedro Álvarez 1B Ryan Mountcastle 3B Jaycob Brugman LF Luis Sardiñas 2B Chance Sisco CÉngelb Vielma SS

More mashing expected of Mancini in 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are boarding a bus today for Port Charlotte and if it seems like they were just there, you’ve been paying attention to the schedule and game coverage. Two days ago. Same ride down I-75. Under an hour if the traffic and law enforcement cooperate. Left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. makes his second start of the spring after allowing one run in

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