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Bundy walks into trouble in season debut (O’s win 7-5, updated)

NEW YORK - Dylan Bundy couldn’t begin to warm up for today’s start, his first of the 2019 season, until the weather turned colder and the rain picked up in intensity. A delay clocked at 3 hours, 17 minutes didn’t provide much relief for a pitcher who wanted to avoid the other kind for a while. The temperature kept dropping, down to 47 degrees at

Martin on first hit, Yacabonis on win (O’s lead 4-0)

NEW YORK - The box score shows that Orioles Rule 5 pick Richie Martin singled yesterday in the sixth inning and later scored on a double steal and throwing error. It doesn’t come with an explanation attached. How Martin sent a blooper over first base that two Yankees chased and couldn’t touch. Maybe it becomes a scorching line drive in the retelling. It still counts

Hyde on lineup, Mullins, Mancini and closer role

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde continues to switch players around the field and in the lineup. Not much has changed since Sarasota except for the weather and the importance of the games. Also, the intent. Trey Mancini is in right field for the first time since making two starts in 2017, the most recent at Yankee Stadium. Joey Rickard shifts over to center

Davis returns to Orioles lineup

NEW YORK - Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup this afternoon after sitting out yesterday’s game at Yankee Stadium. Davis is batting seventh against Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ. Trey Mancini is in right field while Joey Rickard shifts to center, with Cedric Mullins on the bench again versus a southpaw. Mancini made two starts in right field in 2017. Pedro Severino gets his

Notes on Carroll injury, pending roster move, Jackson and Davis

NEW YORK - Reliever Cody Carroll, cut from the Orioles’ camp roster on March 17 and optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, is headed to the injured list. Carroll is dealing with some soreness in his lower back that’s keeping him off the break-camp roster. There didn’t appear to be any health issues with Carroll before he reported to Twin Lakes Park. He recorded his third save

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 5-3 win over the Yankees

NEW YORK - Brandon Hyde’s first managerial win in the majors made him smell like he just rolled out of a brewery. What actually happened is Hyde was rolled into the shower area in a laundry cart and doused in beer, soda, water, syrup and anything else that players could find. Game 2 of the 2019 season felt like Game 7 of the postseason. The

Orioles get aggressive, opener works in 5-3 win

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wants aggression from his team. On the mound and on the basepaths. He’s been preaching it since the first day of camp and the start of the regular season doesn’t alter the message. If they’re going to make a mistake, don’t let it come from being too passive. The Orioles took the lead over the Yankees this afternoon

Hyde on lineup decisions and opener (O’s ahead 5-1)

NEW YORK - The reverse splits that Yankees left-hander James Paxton brings into today’s start couldn’t convince Orioles manager Brandon Hyde to include Chris Davis in his lineup. Davis and Cedric Mullins are on the bench as the Orioles continue their opening series at Yankee Stadium. Davis struck out in all three at-bats Thursday, and Renato Núñez batted for him in the ninth inning against

Cobb on track to start Thursday’s home opener

NEW YORK - Alex Cobb has rejoined the Orioles following yesterday’s start at Twin Lakes Park, which sealed his availability to take the mound for Thursday afternoon’s home opener against the Yankees. Cobb threw five innings against Twins minor leaguers and didn’t experience any discomfort in his groin. He can come off the 10-day injured list and face the Yankees. “Felt great, no issue at

Orioles lineup excludes Davis and Mullins

NEW YORK - Chris Davis is out of the Orioles lineup today against Yankees left-hander James Paxton. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Renato Núñez is the designated hitter. Davis struck out in all three at-bats on opening day and Núñez pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field again and Joey Rickard is in right. Drew Jackson

Today’s opener, wondering about Davis and the Williams signing

NEW YORK - Who’s ready for opener day? The Orioles are breaking out a bullpen game, as it used to be called, in the first week of the season. Three days into it. Nate Karns makes sense as a former starter who didn’t exceed two innings in his spring training appearances and is handled with care after missing the 2018 season with an elbow injury.

Orioles announce Williams signing and trade for Gudino

NEW YORK - The Orioles are conducting more minor league business on their off-day, remaining active in trying to increase the level of talent in the system. The club has announced the signing of outfielder Mason Williams to a minor league deal and the acquisition of infielder Yeltsin Gudino from the Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. Williams is assigned to Triple-A Norfolk and

Orioles to celebrate life of Frank Robinson on April 6 (note added)

The Orioles unveiled more of their plans to honor Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the celebration of his life moving from Sarasota to Camden Yards. The club is dedicating a night to Robinson on April 6 prior to its game against the Yankees, with the ceremony beginning at 6:15 p.m. The program, entitled “A Celebration of Frank,” will include a video tribute and collection of

This, that and the other

NEW YORK - The last visit for Richard Bleier at Yankee Stadium came on July 31 after his follow-up exam in the city. He provided a post-surgery update to the media and watched more teammates get traded at the non-waiver deadline, saying his goodbyes to pitcher Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. No one knew whether Bleier would be back for opening day. Bleier

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 7-2 loss on opening day

NEW YORK - Signs that it wasn’t going to be the Orioles’ day included a ground ball headed to right field that struck a runner’s leg and the moment when four pitchers began to do stretching exercises in the bullpen while in a rush to get loose. David Hess was included in the group. He’s supposed to start Monday night in Toronto, but plans can

Wilkerson outrighted, Orioles down 3-0 (O’s lose 7-2)

NEW YORK - Infielder Stevie Wilkerson has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, the announcement coming this afternoon while the Orioles opened their season at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles designated Wilkerson for assignment on Saturday to make room for catcher Pedro Severino on the 40-man roster. Wilkerson already had been optioned to Norfolk after going 8-for-36. He appeared in 16 games with the

Hyde on rotation, lineup and first opening day as manager

NEW YORK - Let’s get the nuts and bolts out of the way first before transitioning into the emotional. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde confirmed today that David Hess is starting Monday night’s series opener in Toronto. The rest of the rotation to follow. Alex Cobb is making good progress in his recovery from a groin injury and remains in line to start the home opener

Jackson, Martin and Means on first opening day experiences

NEW YORK - The day has finally arrived. On the road, in the cold, but filled with excitement for players experiencing their first opener in the majors. The Orioles have two Rule 5 infielders on the roster, with Richie Martin starting at shortstop and Drew Jackson waiting his turn on the bench at Yankee Stadium. “Right now I’m super excited and obviously there’s nerves, but

Orioles and Yankees lineups for opening day

NEW YORK - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde is going with his best defensive outfield on opening day. Dwight Smith Jr. is in left field this afternoon at Yankee Stadium and Joey Rickard is in right, with Cedric Mullins patrolling the middle. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter and cleanup hitter. Chris Davis is batting seventh after leading off on opening day 2018. Rio Ruiz is

Notes on the rotation, catching situation and lineup possibilities

NEW YORK - A rotation that already is going to be slower to evolve than the standard models became more unpredictable with Alex Cobb’s groin injury and subsequent trip to the 10-day injured list. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has given Andrew Cashner the opening day assignment this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Cashner and Dylan Bundy were supposed to vie for Saturday’s start, but it goes

Revisiting the opener, camp roster decisions and more

The Orioles made it through yesterday’s workout without their tans fading or the front office tweaking the 25-man roster. The same group that flew out of Sarasota headed out to the field in stocking caps and hoodies, then retreated to a clubhouse that added new big screen televisions mounted from the ceiling, a leather sofa and a couple of recliners. Feel the cold outside and

Orioles using Karns as “opener” in second game

Circumstances and a willingness to try something new, at least to their organization, have led the Orioles to introduce the “opener” to their rotation in the second game of the 2019 season. Nate Karns will start Saturday afternoon against the Yankees in the Bronx, following opening day starter Andrew Cashner and the ensuing off-day. Manager Brandon Hyde provided some clarity to his rotation during today’s

Back in Baltimore and inching closer to opening day

Spring training is over and the Orioles have moved into the next phase of their 2019 season. The games are starting to count, even for teams that are focusing on the bigger rebuild picture. The Orioles will visit the Naval Academy today - touring the grounds and facilities as guests of the baseball team and having lunch with 4,400 Midshipmen in King Hall - before

Smith has another big day for Orioles (final roster moves)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dwight Smith Jr. singled today in the fifth inning, came out of the game for a pinch-runner and received a nice ovation. He left on a low note by his standards. Smith hit two more home runs today to give him five in 12 games. Both balls cleared the fence in center field, an impressive display of power from a player who’s

Hyde and Elias on the catching situation and more (tied 6-6)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s news of the likely placement of three Orioles on the injured list finally brings the opening day roster into clear focus unless a late waiver claim or trade muddies the picture again. Splatters happen. Jesús Sucre should be told later that he’s on the club, making his opt-out date insignificant and finalizing the composition of the catching tandem. Sucre, signed to

Cobb headed to injured list as Orioles make final roster moves

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are set to pare down the remainder of their spring training roster via the injured list. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias confirmed this morning that pitcher Alex Cobb likely will miss Thursday’s opening day start due to a strained groin muscle, forcing him onto the injured list and giving the assignment to Andrew Cashner. The rest of

Orioles lineup vs. Mets

SARASOTA, Fla. - The final spring training lineup for the Orioles today includes Dwight Smith Jr. in right field, Rio Ruiz at third base and Pedro Severino behind the plate for his first start with his new team. Chris Davis is lowered to sixth in the order, followed by Renato Núñez as the designated hitter. Rule 5 pick Richie Martin is the shortstop. Is this

Orioles roster close to completion

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will host the Mets this afternoon and bolt Sarasota as if their hair is on fire. They have commitments on Tuesday, including a workout at Camden Yards followed by a train to New York. Final roster cuts could come this morning. The catching picture cleared up last night with Jesús Sucre and Pedro Severino avoided the chopping block. Only another

Sisco and Scott among six players cut from Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles apparently have decided to carry Jesús Sucre and Pedro Severino as their catchers on opening day. Chance Sisco posted a .382 average in spring training, collecting three more hits this afternoon, but he’s included among six roster cuts. Sisco and left-handers Tanner Scott and Josh Rogers were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Catchers Carlos Pérez and Andrew Susac and infielder Jace

Trumbo on knee, Cashner on start (game ends 1-1, updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo will back off baseball activities for a while as part of the reset in his recovery from right knee surgery and, he hopes, eventual return to the lineup. The Orioles will place Trumbo on the injured list and keep him back in Sarasota while they break camp and get ready for opening day at Yankee Stadium. Trumbo met with executive

Trumbo headed to IL, Peterson reassigned (O’s down 1-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo will begin the 2019 season on the injured list, opening up a roster spot and delaying the veteran’s return from September knee surgery. Trumbo is excluded from both split-squad lineups this afternoon and manager Brandon Hyde confirmed the decision to put him on the newly named IL. “Trum’s not going to break with us,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “We’re just

Peterson scratched from lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Jace Peterson has been scratched from the Orioles lineup today for their split-squad game against the Pirates in Sarasota. Zach Vincej has come over from minor league camp and is starting at second base. Peterson may be the latest roster cut following today’s news that the Orioles optioned reliever Evan Phillips. Or it could be injury related. Peterson was hit twice

Orioles option Evan Phillips (plus split-squad lineups)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Evan Phillips didn’t allow a run this spring in 9 2/3 innings. He still didn’t make the opening day roster. Phillips has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, reducing the camp roster to 34 players. Pitcher Gregory Infante is excluded on my list because he never reported due to illness. Two more scoreless innings last night against the Twins couldn’t save

Fry ready to deliver his opening line

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve reached the penultimate day of spring training, with the Orioles breaking camp following Monday afternoon’s game against the Mets at Ed Smith Stadium. Boxes already have been loaded on the truck for delivery at Camden Yards. Player cars already have been removed from the premises via carrier trailers. (Carrier pigeons would have taken too long, PETA would have objected and it

Hyde updates Cobb’s condition after 8-7 loss (with Cobb quotes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said Alex Cobb appears to have sustained a mild groin strain tonight and the club might get a clearer read on the severity of the injury by Sunday. Whether Cobb can make his opening day start won’t be known until later. Cobb retired leadoff hitter Max Kepler on a ground ball to first baseman Chris Davis, who flipped

Cobb leaves game with injury (O’s down 8-7)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb’s final start before opening day lasted only one inning. Cobb retired the Twins in order tonight on 13 pitches, but Jimmy Yacabonis replaced him unexpectedly to begin the second inning. The team announced that Cobb exited with right groin soreness. Head athletic trainer Brian Ebel escorted Cobb to the clubhouse as Yacabonis trotted onto the field. A ground ball, liner

Hyde on Severino and catching situation (Cobb update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde isn’t able to provide much clarity to the catching situation following the Pedro Severino waiver claim earlier this afternoon. Chance Sisco is starting tonight and the club is discussing whether he’d benefit from another stint at Triple-A Norfolk. Jesús Sucre still hasn’t been told whether he’s made the club. And it’s possible that the Orioles attempt to pass

Orioles acquire pitcher Tyler Herb (plus Núñez and Rogers updates)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles consummated a minor league trade this afternoon, obtaining right-hander Tyler Herb from the Giants for outfielder Mike Yastrzemski. Herb made 13 starts last summer at Triple-A Sacramento and went 2-8 with a 5.35 ERA and 1.599 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings. The Harrisburg, Pa., native turns 27 in April. The Mariners drafted Herb in the 29th round in 2014 out

Orioles claim Pedro Severino off waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have tossed another competitor into the catching mix today, claiming Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals and designating infielder Stevie Wilkerson for assignment. Severino, 25, is out of options and the Nationals were trying to pass him through waivers. The move gives the Orioles six catchers in camp and 35 players overall. Wilkerson already had been optioned to Triple-A

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Renato Núñez is the designated hitter again tonight as the Orioles host the Twins. Núñez popped up and walked last night in two plate appearances after replacing Mark Trumbo as the designated hitter in Dunedin. Dwight Smith Jr. is leading off and playing right field. Rio Ruiz is the third baseman. Chance Sisco is catching tonight. Yusniel Diaz comes over from minor

Rickard waiting for confirmation on roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - The hints keep coming that Joey Rickard will be with the Orioles on opening day, perhaps in right field at Yankee Stadium. Rickard is tearing up the Grapefruit League again and is a virtual lock to break camp with the team, whether as the starting right fielder or a rover of sorts. The competition keeps thinning out, including the Orioles’ decision yesterday

Wright goes four innings, O’s bats muted (O’s lose 4-0, updated)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles didn’t get their first baserunner tonight until Chris Davis drew a walk against Aaron Sanchez leading off the top of the fifth inning. They didn’t have a hit until Jesús Sucre singled up the middle with one out - their only hit through seven innings. They still haven’t scored. Mike Wright turned in a decent outing tonight, but he was

Notes on Sucre, Wynns, roster, Rogers and more (O’s down 4-0)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde isn’t ready to confirm that Jesús Sucre has made the team as a non-roster invite. Not before he actually meets with the veteran catcher. Sucre is in tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He could have opted out of his minor league deal this morning. Shortly before boarding the bus this morning, Sucre said he still

Orioles release Eric Young Jr.

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have released veteran outfielder Eric Young Jr. in the latest spring training cut, a move made despite his impressive showing at the plate and defensively. Young was 10-for-31 (.323) with a double, home run, seven walks, nine strikeouts and two stolen bases after joining the Orioles at the beginning of camp. “Eric has looked and played great this spring,” executive

Orioles and Blue Jays lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles get to again experience the sheer joy of making a trip to Dunedin to play the Blue Jays, and it’s in an extremely rare night game. Under the lights. Hasn’t happened, I’m told, in a very long time. Perhaps the traffic going back to Sarasota will be a little more tolerable. Mike Wright makes his final spring start before learning

More roster rumblings as Orioles near some important decisions

SARASOTA, Fla. - The latest roster cuts yesterday, condensed and earlier than usual, left the Orioles with 35 players in camp. Manager Brandon Hyde has to remove 10 more before opening day while knowing that the waiver wire is a potential complication. In a good way, of course. Mark Trumbo is a wild card because he could go on the injured list. Hyde will be

Hess recovers after slow start (O’s lose 7-5, updated)

BRADENTON, Fla. - As Francisco Cervelli circled the bases today, his fly ball to the opposite field dropping on the other side of the fence, Orioles starter David Hess had to be wondering about his hold on a rotation spot. Six home runs allowed in his last two outings. All of them in 3 2/3 innings. None of them a good look for a guy

Notes on Sucre, the Núñez-Ruiz battle and Trumbo (O’s up 5-3)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Catcher Jesús Sucre appears to have won a job with the Orioles. The opt-out date on Sucre’s minor league deal arrives Friday and manager Brandon Hyde said the veteran has “a good shot to make the team.” “I’ve been playing him every other day,” Hyde said this morning before heading to Bradenton. “He went down and took a bunch of minor league

Orioles make more cuts, Smith continues to impress

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles made two more roster cuts this morning, reassigning infielder Jack Reinheimer and pitcher Josh Lucas to minor league camp. Reinheimer follows Alcides Escobar out the door after the veteran was released yesterday, further reducing the competition for a utility job. Reinheimer was 11-for-28 (.393) with two doubles and a home run while mostly coming off the bench later in games.

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he wants to get an extended look at outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., who’s leading off today and playing left field against the Pirates in Bradenton. Smith hit his second home run last night and is 6-for-14 since joining the Orioles. Trey Mancini is playing first base and Chris Davis is the designated hitter. Renato Núñez remains out

Sucre getting more comfortable in camp as opt-out date nears

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles education of Jesús Sucre continued last night as he caught starter Dylan Bundy for the first time in camp beyond a couple of bullpen sessions. A late arrival following a prolonged work visa issue had Sucre scrambling to learn the staff and make his bid for a roster spot after agreeing to a minor league deal on Feb. 1. “It’s

Mullins and Bundy with big nights for Orioles (O’s lose 6-4, updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Cedric Mullins collected his sixth hit of spring training tonight while leading off the bottom of the first inning. His fifth for extra bases and third home run. And the odd count would continue. Mullins also reached on a bunt single and doubled for his most productive game of the spring, his average climbing to .186. Always at his most dangerous from

Orioles release Escobar, Núñez still out and other notes (tied 1-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have granted infielder Alcides Escobar his outright release this afternoon, a move coinciding with the opt-out date on the veteran infielder’s minor league deal. Escobar, 32, is free to sign with another team and drops out of the competition for a utility infield job in camp. The Orioles reached agreement with Escobar on Feb. 16 and he would have earned

Harvey getting good results in minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The clubhouse filled up this afternoon with numerous officials from the Major League Baseball Players Association, including former Orioles outfielders Jeffrey Hammonds and Bobby Bonilla, making the Ed Smith Stadium complex their latest stop for the annual round of meetings, which attracted players from minor league camp who are on the 40-man roster and therefore included in the discussions. The hugs were

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini is in left field tonight instead of Drew Jackson for the Orioles’ game against the Red Sox in Sarasota. Jackson was supposed to make his debut in left before yesterday’s cancellation. Rio Ruiz is still getting the start at third base instead of Renato Núñez. Jesús Sucre is catching Dylan Bundy for the first time this spring. Mark Trumbo is

Reinheimer raking in reduced at-bats with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jack Reinheimer can remember making one start for the Orioles this spring, though he might not be able to nail down the date. Reinheimer keeps coming off the bench, mainly to play shortstop or second base and to get his daily at-bat. And what often follows is a line drive that finds grass in the outfield. Is there a quieter .407/.429/.593 slash

Today’s cancellation delays outfield plans for Jackson (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - A steady rain and unfavorable forecast have caused the cancellation of today’s game between the Orioles and Twins and delayed Drew Jackson’s debut in left field. Jackson made his first professional appearance in right field yesterday in Lakeland and was set to play left today, but the Twins never left Fort Myers, didn’t post a lineup and waited for the inevitable. The

Checking on Orioles camp competitions

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde remains uncertain about numerous aspects of his opening day roster. The final rotation spots, the complete bullpen and outfield compositions, the two catchers heading north. The top three starters always have been Alex Cobb, Dylan Bundy and Andrew Cashner. The only drama involved which one would be on the mound March 28 at Yankee Stadium, with Cobb given

Orioles acquire catcher Lenin Rodriguez from Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - The distribution of international signing bonus slots continues under executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias. The Orioles swung another spring training deal earlier today, sending an undisclosed slot figure to the Phillies in exchange for minor league catcher Lenin Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the latest depth move, and he reaches the low levels of the system. He turns 21 later this

Cashner on his “big step in the right direction” (O’s win 14-1, updated)

LAKELAND, Fla. - Andrew Cashner retired the last 12 batters that he faced today. The Orioles sent 11 to the plate in the fifth inning, with Dwight Smith Jr. collecting two singles. They received back-to-back triples from Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini. Just another day in spring training. Cashner got on a nice roll after Mikie Mahtook singled to lead off the bottom of the

Hyde on Jackson, roster decisions, Núñez’s arm and more (O’s up 8-1)

LAKELAND, Fla. - Drew Jackson’s ability to handle the outfield corners, with today marking his first game in right, could influence manager Brandon Hyde’s roster construction prior to opening day. Jackson figures to make the club as a second Rule 5 infielder along with Richie Martin, but he’s been used in a utility role in camp and the resume is expanding. “He’s so versatile. He

Wynns: “I’m trying to get back as fast as I can”

LAKELAND, Fla. - Austin Wynns remains hopeful that he can get back in the lineup within a few days and continue his fight for a spot on the opening day roster as the Orioles wind down the exhibition portion of their spring training. Wynns hasn’t been able to play due to a strained left oblique. He did some defensive work yesterday on one of the

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Drew Jackson is making his first appearance in right field this afternoon as the Orioles travel to Lakeland to play the Tigers. Ryan Mountcastle is coming over from minor league camp to serve as the designated hitter. He’s batting third. Trey Mancini is starting at first base, Chance Sisco is catching and Joey Rickard is in center field. Andrew Cashner makes his

Early notes on catchers, Rickard, Araujo and Davis

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Austin Wynns provides the latest example of how an oblique injury isn’t a day-to-day situation. Players can’t rush back from them. Can’t test them early without risking a setback. Wynns seems confident that he’ll return this week, but he still has to take live batting practice. He’s been hitting in the cage, which is where the injury happened. Life as

Wright: “Got to keep the ball in the park” (O’s lose 5-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mike Wright’s late push to be included in the Orioles rotation needs more muscle. Wright finished strong today by retiring the split-squad Yankees in order in the fifth inning, but he served up three home runs and the Orioles trail 4-1 in the seventh at Ed Smith Stadium. Luke Voit hit a two-run homer to left-center field with the count full in

Hyde on roster cuts, Wynns update and more (O’s down 4-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brandon Hyde called them into his office one at a time. Eight players sent out of major league camp in the latest round of roster cuts. Always tough conversations for veteran and first-year managers. Outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander, pitchers Yefry Ramirez, Cody Carroll and Branden Kline, and infielder Stevie Wilkerson were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk this morning. Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa

Elias explains roster decisions on Hays, Santander and Carroll

SARASOTA, Fla. - The message delivered by the Orioles this spring regarding the importance of camp competitions and fighting for available jobs clashed this morning with a round of roster cuts that included outfielders Austin Hays and Anthony Santander and reliever Cody Carroll. Executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias explained the decisions and more while meeting with the media for about 10 minutes

Orioles announce eight more roster cuts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays slashed .351/.385/.892 in 12 exhibition games this spring. His 13 hits included three doubles, a triple and five home runs. He scored 10 runs and drove in 13. He proved that his surgically repaired ankle was healed and wouldn’t restrict him on the bases or in the field, where he played a superb center and moved to both corners. Hays

Hays among roster cuts, Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are making roster cuts this morning and the group includes outfielder Austin Hays, one of the standouts in camp. Also leaving the complex are pitchers Branden Kline and Cody Carroll and infielders Stevie Wilkerson and Christopher Bostick. Pitcher Gabriel Ynoa was packing his equipment bag, so I’m assuming that he’s been reassigned. More on this later. Cedric Mullins is in

O’s roster undergoing more changes, Elias on potential additions

SARASOTA, Fla. - The arrival of another Sunday signals a third round of roster cuts. A pattern has developed with reductions the past two Sundays. There could be four or five players optioned or reassigned this morning. Forty-six players remain in camp. Pitcher Gregory Infante never reported and continues to seek treatment in Miami for an undisclosed illness. The Orioles could hold onto all five

Phillips filled with confidence as scoreless innings mount

SARASOTA, Fla. - Players who didn’t make the trip to Dunedin today might have to move their workouts indoors at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The rain that’s been falling all morning picked up in intensity, shifting into downpour territory around 9 a.m. It’s finally let up, but the fields are soaked. Reliever Evan Phillips boarded the bus and is scheduled to pitch against the

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb, named the Orioles opening day starter, is on the mound for today’s 1:07 p.m. game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Cobb has made two starts this spring, allowing four runs in two-thirds of an inning and one run in three innings. Mark Trumbo is the designated hitter, his third appearance in the lineup. He’s 0-for-4. Renato Núñez is back

Martin navigating through first spring slump

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richie Martin didn’t figure to keep his average above .400 for an entire spring training. He was bound to cool off, baseball’s odds catching up to the kid. Martin is handling his mini-slump or whatever it should be termed with the same poise and maturity that’s gotten him this far. No hits in his last four games brings fewer worries, if that’s

Updates on Karns, Wynns and Núñez

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nate Karns and Mychal Givens are staying back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning to pitch in a simulated game. They’re no longer listed on the travel roster for today’s Grapefruit League game against the Twins in Fort Myers. Karns didn’t know exactly how many pitches he’d throw. He intended to incorporate his “slider/cutter” in order to judge whether it’s

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Cedric Mullins returns to center field this afternoon and Chris Davis goes back-to-back with another start at first base as the Orioles travel to Fort Myers again to face the Twins. Davis, recovered from a hip injury, also played yesterday and was 1-for-2 with an RBI single, walk and strikeout. Trey Mancini is in left field and Dwight Smith Jr. gets the

Assorted scout opinions of Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Spring training games attract baseball scouts in the same way that free food brings sportswriters out of the woodwork. And the media workrooms. Talent evaluators throughout the industry flock to these games, in some cases making trade or waiver claim recommendations to their employers. And they can offer more accurate assessments of players in a particular organization because they don’t have any

Updating Núñez and wrapping up a 7-6 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Renato Núñez is day-to-day with a bruised left shin after being struck by a foul ball while batting in the fourth inning. Núñez stayed in the game and singled into left field. Christopher Bostick pinch-ran after Núñez reached third base. “A little contusion, a bad spot underneath the knee,” said manager Brandon Hyde after a 7-6 loss to the

Bundy completes five innings (Orioles fall 7-6)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Results in exhibition games don’t matter until they suddenly do. Until the pitcher or hitter needs to get a return for the hard work. When concerns or frustrations start to build and need to be hushed. Nobody in Orioles camp was in a panic over Dylan Bundy’s struggles, but manager Brandon Hyde noted this morning that the time arrived to turn in

Hyde on Wynns, minor league camp, Bundy and more (O’s down 4-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Austin Wynns took some swings this morning and could return in a week from his oblique injury. Wynns is falling behind in the catching competition, which intensified with Jesús Sucre’s arrival in camp. But an oblique strain is slow to heal and the Orioles won’t rush Wynns, no matter what’s at stake. Manager Brandon Hyde said the competition remains “wide

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo is in the lineup on back-to-back days with today’s start as the designated hitter against the Twins in Sarasota. Trumbo is batting second again for the Orioles, who also have Chris Davis in the lineup at first base. Trumbo grounded out twice yesterday in his spring debut and his right knee responded favorably. Cedric Mullins leads off and slides over

Are Santander stats good reason to keep him?

SARASOTA, Fla. - Don’t fall in love with spring training statistics. But when is it wrong to ignore them? Anthony Santander has become a fascinating study in Orioles camp. Given virtually no chance of making the club based on his struggles last summer and prospects moving past him. His inclusion in a round of cuts seemingly a matter of when instead of if. Until he

Cobb relishes opening day assignment (plus game wrap)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb knew that it was coming. His first career opening day start. He read the pitching chart on the wall and did the math. All of it added up for him. What remained was the official word from Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, which arrived this morning accompanied by a combination handshake and hug. “I had some ideas,” said Cobb, who takes

Trumbo on knee and debut, Cashner on latest start (O’s win 6-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The process of trying to get Mark Trumbo ready for opening day accelerated this afternoon with his two at-bats in his spring debut against the Blue Jays. No more cages and simulated games. Trumbo batted for the first time with one out and nobody on base in the bottom of the first inning. He got ahead 3-1 in the count, swung through

Orioles name Alex Cobb opening day starter (O’s down 4-1)

SARASOTA, Fla. - One year after reporting late to Orioles camp as his free agency dragged along and suffering through a miserable stretch in the first half, right-hander Alex Cobb has been chosen as the opening day starter March 28 at Yankee Stadium. Manager Brandon Hyde shared the news with Cobb this morning, a conversation that turned emotional for both parties. “He’s real excited,” Hyde

Updates on Orioles starters

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb returns to the Orioles spring rotation Saturday afternoon with his start against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Cobb hasn’t pitched beyond a simulated game since March 5 against the Pirates, when he allowed one run and two hits over three innings. He lasted only two-thirds of an inning in his debut against the Rays on March 1, charged with four

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mark Trumbo makes his spring debut this afternoon by serving as the designated hitter for the Orioles in their 1:05 p.m. game against the Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium. Trumbo is batting second behind leadoff hitter Jonathan Villar. Drew Jackson is starting in center field. Trey Mancini is the first baseman, with Chris Davis out of the lineup following last night’s

Jackson positioned to serve in utility role for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Whatever stigma is attached to the designation of utility infielder can evaporate like a puddle in the Florida sun. Want to be a major league player? Accept any role handed to you. Are you a Rule 5 pick who wants to avoid going back to the minors? Embrace any role handed to you. Squeeze it like a popup - camping under it

Davis returns to Orioles lineup

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis has returned to the Orioles lineup tonight for the first time since March 3, the soreness in his left hip subsiding after rest, treatments and swings in the indoor cage and during a simulated game. Davis is the designated hitter against the Yankees in Tampa. Rio Ruiz is playing first base. Manager Brandon Hyde apparently changed his mind about having

Young embracing leadership role for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The mentoring began right after the introductions. Eric Young Jr. walked into the Orioles spring training clubhouse after agreeing to a minor league deal, sought out the younger players and began the balancing act of competing against them and offering his assistance. This is the reputation that Young brought with him along with his equipment bag. One of the really good guys

Critiquing camp again as O’s creep closer to opening day (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles get their first and only off-day of spring training, closing the Ed Smith Stadium complex and encouraging a mental and physical break from the grind. Cuts may not happen today, but more are coming now that the Orioles moved past Saturday’s split-squad games. They can afford to continue thinning out the camp roster. Five catchers remain and fewer are needed

Diaz and Stewart among latest Orioles camp cuts (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles pared seven players from their spring training roster this afternoon, including outfielders Yusniel Diaz and DJ Stewart. Pitcher Dillon Tate was optioned to Double-A Bowie while Stewart and pitcher Luis Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Diaz, catcher Martin Cervenka and pitchers Sean Gilmartin and Bo Schultz have been reassigned to minor league camp because they aren’t on the 40-man

Hearing from Rogers and Villar during today’s game (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Josh Rogers doesn’t know whether the Orioles are viewing him as rotation material or a possibility for long relief. It won’t change his pace and mission to get as many outs as he can and let the decision-makers wrestle with his role. Rogers was charged with two runs this afternoon in 3 2/3 innings, the last on Drew Butera’s single off minor

Hyde on Cobb, Davis, aggression, outfield and more (O’s down 5-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb threw four innings this morning in his simulated game on Camden Yards South and Chris Davis didn’t report any discomfort in his left hip, which puts him in line to return to the lineup after Monday’s off-day. “(Davis) swung the bat good. Cobb looked great. So yeah, real productive,” said manager Brandon Hyde. Cobb’s next start is put on hold

Cobb throws simulated game (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb threw a simulated game this morning on Camden Yards South in lieu of making his next start. Cobb is having his schedule adjusted after wife Kelly gave birth to a daughter Friday night. In two spring starts, Cobb allowed four runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning in his debut against the Rays, and one run and two

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Jesús Sucre makes his second start for the Orioles today in a 1:05 p.m. game against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Austin Hays is back in center field and Yusniel Diaz is the designated hitter. Stevie Wilkerson continues to move around, starting at first base today, and Rio Ruiz is at third. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing second base,

Rogers ready for first spring start

SARASOTA, Fla. - Josh Rogers is starting today for the Orioles, so turn off the pitch clock. The spring’s fastest worker doesn’t need any prodding. Manager Brandon Hyde loves Rogers’ pace, but there’s more to him. There’s also performance and personality. “Besides the tempo, which is unbelievable, aggressive. Attacks hitters. Multiple pitches,” Hyde said, rattling off some of Rogers’ other appealing qualities. “Unpredictability in what

Bleier: “I feel great right now” (O’s lose 6-1, Hyde quotes added)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The wait is over for Richard Bleier. So, too, are the requests for updates on his recovery from lat surgery and progress toward getting back on a mound. Bleier made his spring debut tonight by starting the top of the fifth inning against the Yankees. He allowed three runs - only one earned - and three hits with one strikeout. Manager Brandon

Updates on Davis, Cobb, Wynns, Trumbo and more (O’s down 5-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis did some hitting this afternoon in the indoor cage at the Ed Smith Stadium complex after undergoing an MRI yesterday on his sore left hip. Tests came back clean and Davis passed along the improvements to manager Brandon Hyde. “He hit today and he feels a lot better and I think he’s going to be in there

Dwight Smith Jr. “ecstatic” to join Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dwight Smith Jr. has reported to the Orioles after yesterday’s trade and is waiting for his first chance to get in the lineup. Smith was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays earlier this week and the Orioles acquired him for international signing bonus slot funds. He’s wearing No. 35. “I was surprised when it happened,” he said. “When I heard the

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chance Sisco is the designated hitter for the Orioles and Carlos Pérez is catching in tonight’s split-squad game against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. Chris Davis remains out of the lineup with a sore left hip. Jace Peterson is starting at first base. Richie Martin is the shortstop and Hanser Alberto is playing second base. Cedric Mullins is leading off and

Orioles and Rays lineups for split-squad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Mountcastle is starting at first base today and Drew Jackson is at second for the Orioles’ split-squad game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Austin Hays is in center field and Jonthan Villar is playing shortstop. Dylan Bundy is making his third start. He’s allowed four runs and nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts in five innings. Andrew Susac

Is Hays outrunning the outfield competition?

SARASOTA, Fla. - As Austin Hays broke toward a fly ball in right-center field Thursday afternoon, he fought the elements but already had conquered his fears. The potential damage to a surgically repaired left ankle never crossed Hays’ mind as he made a sprawling catch against the Pirates. A sprint and landing on the rock-hard warning track produced a highlight play and a broadest of

Orioles acquire Dwight Smith Jr. from Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles turned more international signing bonus slots into a trade acquisition, landing outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. from the Blue Jays. The announcement came this afternoon. Smith has slashed .293/.365/.467 in 47 games with the Blue Jays over the past two seasons. He was selected in the first round (53rd overall) of the 2011 draft out of McIntosh (Ga.) High School. “Dwight

Wrapping up a 4-2 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Gabriel Ynoa became the first Orioles pitcher this spring to work four innings. Did anyone pick him in the pool? How many people remembered that he was still in camp? Ynoa was the fourth pitcher used by manager Brandon Hyde in today’s 4-2 win and he blanked the Red Sox on one hit. He walked none and struck out three. “I was

Davis has MRI on hip (plus other pregame notes, O’s win 4-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis underwent an MRI on his left hip this morning, marked absent at the complex as teammates arrived and readied for pregame stretch and drills. Davis hasn’t played since Sunday because of a strained hip flexor, which occurred after he reached for a throw up the line. He’s been labeled as day-to-day with slight improvements. “He is feeling

Kline says he can learn from yesterday’s walk-off home run

SARASOTA, Fla. - The walk back to the clubhouse stings, no matter the date or relative insignificance of the game. Branden Kline is a competitor. He’s a proud young man. And he really wishes that he could undo the pitch he threw yesterday to the Pirates’ Cole Tucker leading off the bottom of the ninth inning at LECOM Park. A fastball in a 2-0 count

Sucre debuts today for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla.- Catcher Jesús Sucre makes his Orioles debut this afternoon, batting sixth against the Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Sucre is jumping into the catching competition after reporting late due to visa issues in Venezuela. Trey Mancini is in left field, his left pinky finger healed. But still no Chris Davis, who’s day-to-day with a sore left hip. Renato Núñez is at first

Many points to consider when trying to project 25-man roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Before I can get a stronger grip on the 25-man roster that will be unveiled on opening day in the Bronx, I still need to know how many pitchers are heading north. Is it a 12- or 13-man pitching staff? Does manager Brandon Hyde envision carrying four starters until a fifth is needed on April 10? The mocks are murky without this

Hart claimed by Dodgers, wrapping up 5-4 loss

BRADENTON, Fla. - Left-hander Donnie Hart, designated for assignment by the Orioles on March 1, has been claimed off waivers by the Dodgers. The Orioles designated Hart to make room for infielder Hanser Alberto. He posted a 5.59 ERA and 2.224 WHIP in 20 appearances with the Orioles last summer. In his only spring inning, Hart retired the side in order with two strikeouts. The

Wright stays on roll while unsure of role (O’s lose 5-4)

BRADENTON, Fla. - No matter what role fits Mike Wright in the eyes of manager Brandon Hyde, the most important point is how the right-hander has done everything needed to stay with the club. Leaving nothing to chance. Wright is out of options but he hasn’t run out of time. Three more scoreless innings today against the Pirates raised his total to 10. If there’s

Notes on Sucre debut, injuries, starters and more (O’s up 3-2)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Jesús Sucre will make his Orioles debut by catching the first three innings of Friday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox in Sarasota. Sucre, a late arrival due in camp to issues obtaining his work visa, also will catch Sunday against the Phillies in Sarasota. “I’ll progress him as we go along, for sure,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “He’ll be in there.”

Updates on Bleier, Wynns and Fry

SARASOTA, Fla. - Left-hander Richard Bleier is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday when the Orioles play split-squad games against the Rays in Port Charlotte and the Yankees in Sarasota. Bleier threw a simulated game yesterday on one of the back fields at the Ed Smith Stadium complex - he said it counted as more than live batting practice because an umpire

Orioles and Pirates lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis and Austin Wynns remain out of the Orioles’ lineup for today’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton. Davis is nursing a sore left hip and Wynns underwent tests on his sore oblique. Stevie Wilkerson is playing first base today and Carlos Pérez is catching. Jesús Sucre’s debut is put off for at least one more day. Jonathan Villar is leading

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - The lessons that are distributed in Orioles camp don’t skip past the manager’s office. Brandon Hyde is finding out a lot about his team, the layers of mystery peeled away as the days pass. “I’ll tell you what, I just like our guys,” Hyde said yesterday while standing in the visiting dugout at Charlotte Sports Park. “I like the way our guys

Wrapping up a 9-6 win

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - What else must Richie Martin do in order to make the Orioles roster on opening day besides stay healthy? Plenty of games remain on the docket before they break camp, but Martin seems to be doing everything right. The slick fielding. The speed and hustle on the basepaths. The hits that keep coming following his breakout offensive year at the Double-A

Means unimpressed with today’s outing (O’s win 9-6)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - John Means will take the box score today with his final line and admire it for the three scoreless innings and five strikeouts. The surface beauty of it. But he won’t be fooled by it. Means was a harsh critic while standing outside the visiting clubhouse, though the results did nothing to hurt his chances of making the club. He allowed

Failure to stretch out Karns could cost rotation spot (tied 3-3)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The need to slow-play Nate Karns through the first half of camp has jeopardized his chances of entering the rotation and potentially opens a second spot for a field of candidates. Karns lasted 1 2/3 innings in his spring debut on Feb. 25 and didn’t pitch again until yesterday, retiring the side in order in the fourth. He was shut down

Mancini with the latest pinky update (plus notes)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Trey Mancini still has wrapping on his left pinky finger, a reminder of an injury that amuses more than frustrates. The rare stolen base on Feb. 24, the head-first slide and an unfortunate collision between hand and Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Removed early from Saturday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Mancini has returned to the lineup

Davis out of Orioles lineup, Mancini returns as designated hitter

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis remains out of the Orioles lineup this afternoon with a left hip flexor strain. Rio Ruiz is starting at first base. Cedric Mullins is leading off and playing center field against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Trey Mancini is the designated hitter, getting back in the lineup after jamming his left pinky finger over the weekend. Anthony Santander is in

Notes on Mountcastle, Young, Yacabonis, catching and coaches

SARASOTA, Fla. - With so much attention given to Ryan Mountcastle’s repetitions and game experience at first base, his slow start at the plate barely drew notice. One hit in 13 at-bats from an upper-tier prospect who usually can roll out of bed and square up a fastball. But what about the glove? How does he look at first? Is he really changing positions again?

Wrapping up a 10-4 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - The level of concern emanating from manager Brandon Hyde today following reliever Mychal Givens’ second spring appearance didn’t register. Nothing above a zero. The needle didn’t move. Givens again lasted only two-thirds of an inning and was charged with five runs and four hits. He surrendered a leadoff home run to J.B. Shuck in the fourth and a three-run shot to Josh

Cobb, Karns and Givens talk about outings (O’s lose 10-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb didn’t make a quick and unexpected exit today. The veteran right-hander finished what he started, completing his scheduled three innings against the Pirates. He gave up one run and two hits, with a walk and strikeout. Cobb threw 43 pitches, 20 more than he totaled in only two-thirds of an inning in Friday’s spring debut versus the Rays. He felt

Hyde on Trumbo’s timetable and Tate’s role (O’s down 6-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - As Mark Trumbo attempts to reach his target date of March 12 to play in his first exhibition game, manager Brandon Hyde continues to exhibit patience and understanding through the process with no intention of rushing it. The desire to have him in the opening day lineup won’t override common sense. “Mark knows how I feel,” Hyde said. “I want him to

Davis removed from lineup with sore hip

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was scratched from the lineup today with a left hip flexor strain. Davis sustained the injury while fielding a throw up the line in Sunday’s game against the Tigers in Sarasota. He batted yesterday against Jimmy Yacabonis in a simulated game at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and persistent discomfort lingered into this morning. The decision was

Notes on Mark Trumbo and David Hess (Davis scratched)

SARASOTA, Fla. - A week remains before Mark Trumbo’s target date to make his spring training debut. Whether he’s ready for it remains an uncertainty, another reminder given this morning that it’s tentative. “We’re trying to work toward that,” he said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to make it or not, but working hard. “It’s a progression. Some days are better than others. Trying

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb makes his second spring start today as the Orioles host the Pirates. Cobb was limited to 23 pitches in two-thirds of an inning Friday against the Rays, and manager Brandon Hyde will try to stretch him out to at least two innings. Jonathan Villar returns to the lineup after taking a spike in his pinky finger Sunday in Fort Myers.

Sorting through spring stats and their relevance

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve been warned in song to never fall in love with a dreamer. Former Ravens coach Brian Billick told the media to never fall in love with a guy in shorts, the message delivered each year in training camp. And every baseball manager preaches the dangers of falling in love with stats derived from exhibition games. Love stinks. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde

Wrapping up a 9-4 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Renato Núñez is a third baseman by trade who had no issues with moving across the diamond this afternoon. He’s just trying to make the club. The glove won’t be a primary reason if it happens. It’s the bat that keeps teams intrigued and Núñez’s might be heating up. Núñez crushed a fastball from Twins reliever Addison Reed in the third

Bundy talks about today’s outing (O’s win 9-4)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dylan Bundy didn’t approach today’s start in a passive state. He wasn’t going to nibble. Bundy attacked the strike zone and challenged the Twins to make solid contact. C.J. Cron did it twice with his first-pitch opposite-field homer with two outs in the first inning and loud two-run shot in the third. The only runs surrendered by Bundy in three innings.

Hyde on roster, catching situation and more (O’s lead 5-3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles have reached the midway point of spring training and manager Brandon Hyde can’t fathom the task of compiling a 25-man roster and settling the competitions that have spread through camp. Much too soon. “I think we’re still really in the heart of the evaluation process,” Hyde said during batting practice. “A lot of these guys have teens at-bats, between

Sucre is safe away from home and trying to win a job with Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nate Karns will pitch in his second spring training game Tuesday while coming out of the bullpen against the Pirates in Sarasota. Karns didn’t experience any discomfort in his right arm following Saturday’s bullpen session and will get back on the mound after Alex Cobb makes the start. The Orioles backed off Karns, skipping him Friday night in Tampa in favor

Mancini remains day-to-day with jammed pinky finger

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini has attempted one stolen base in his major league career, back in 2017. He’s 1-for-1. But a successful swipe of second in his spring debut is costing him games. Mancini remains day-to-day after jamming his left pinky finger, which he had wrapped this morning while standing at his locker. The hand slammed into Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hanser Alberto makes his Orioles debut today against the Twins in Fort Myers after returning to camp via another waiver claim. Alberto is starting at second base, with Rule 5 pick Richie Martin at shortstop. Chance Sisco is batting third. DJ Stewart is in right field, Cedric Mullins in center and Eric Young Jr. in left. Dylan Bundy, working on three days’

A few leftovers from yesterday’s win

SARASOTA, Fla. - Cody Carroll was handed the ball and a two-run lead yesterday and retired the side in order to close out a 7-5 win over the Tigers. All it took were three fly balls - from Kody Clemens, Héctor Sánchez and Wenceel Perez - to get the save. Carroll struck out three batters in his previous outing on Thursday, also in the ninth

Wrapping up a 7-5 win

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been a bad weekend for pinkies. Second baseman Jonathan Villar came out of today’s game in the top of the fourth inning with some swelling in his right pinky finger, the result of a head-first slide into second base and an unfortunate collision with an infielder’s spikes. Christopher Bostick replaced Villar, who singled and stole second base in the first inning

Cashner examines his first start (O’s win 7-5)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The second pitch thrown today by Andrew Cashner in his spring debut nailed Tigers leadoff hitter JaCoby Jones. The fourth was lined into left field for a single. The 12th disappeared over the right field fence for a three-run homer. If Cashner is siphoning anything positive out of the start, he can cite his health, how he plowed through the Tigers split-squad

Harvey among eight roster cuts, (O’s acquire Moore, tied 4-4)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has made his first round of cuts today and they include pitcher Hunter Harvey. With the Orioles setting the goal of keeping Harvey healthy through camp and setting him up for a full season, the former first-round pick has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk as the only member of the 40-man roster to be dismissed from the Ed

Pregame notes on Karns, Bundy, Castro and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Nate Karns is close to getting back into the Orioles rotation after informing manager Brandon Hyde this morning that his arm responded favorably to yesterday’s bullpen session. Karns was scratched from Friday night’s start in Tampa due to some arm soreness. Karns said he didn’t bounce back at the usual rate after debuting Monday against the Twins in Fort Myers and lasting

Orioles lineup vs. Tigers

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Cashner makes his spring debut today when the Orioles host the Tigers in a 3:05 p.m. game that airs on MASN. Hot-hitting Austin Hays is in left field today, the least familiar of the three outfield positions he’s played. Jonathan Villar is leading off and playing second base and veteran Alcides Escobar is at shortstop. Joey Rickard is in center field,

Wilkerson willing to play anywhere in super-utility role

SARASOTA, Fla. - On the Stevie Wilkerson bingo card, make sure to mark all of the positions he’s played and hope they fall in a row. Wilkerson started in right field yesterday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers and shifted to second base in the fourth inning. He’s also played left field and first base in exhibition games. The card doesn’t allow for positions

Wrapping up a 9-1 win

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has been waiting for a day when he could boast about the club’s pitching and defense. On the same day. He found it this afternoon in Fort Myers, where the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 9-1. Mike Wright shut out the Red Sox through the third inning. Yefry Ramirez allowed one run, on Xander Bogaerts’ homer, and

Wright hasn’t done much wrong in three outings (O’s win 9-1)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Mike Wright took a sharp grounder off his right foot today with two outs in the third inning and the next batter poked a single up the middle. Another ball that didn’t catch air. Past starts might have crumbled for Wright, but he retired Jackie Bradley Jr. on a fly ball and headed for the clubhouse with three more scoreless innings

Hearing from Rogers and Hyde before today’s game (O’s up 4-1)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde spent part of yesterday’s postgame media session praising left-hander Josh Rogers for setting a rapid tempo rather than lulling everyone to sleep between pitches. Rogers isn’t doing it by accident. He retired all six Rays that he faced in the blink of an eye. “I’m definitely conscious of it,” he said. “It’s something I feel like I

Karns on his “two-day breather,” Means on last night’s start

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nate Karns is scheduled to throw a bullpen session this morning in Sarasota and says that he anticipates getting “back in line” after skipping last night’s start in Tampa. Karns was scratched from his assignment against the Yankees due to some soreness in his right arm that he downplayed earlier today. He hadn’t pitched since going 1 2/3 innings Monday against

Orioles and Red Sox lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Stevie Wilkerson is in right field today, the latest position switch for the utility candidate. The Orioles are going with a Rule 5 double play combination again today against the Red Sox, with Richie Martin at shortstop and Drew Jackson at second base. Cedric Mullins is in center field and Trey Mancini is in left. Jace Peterson is playing first base. For

Orioles notes, quotes and anecdotes

SARASOTA, Fla. - In evaluating young left-hander Josh Rogers, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde can’t afford to become distracted. Not for a second. Divert your eyes and another batter is retired. Another inning is completed. “I tell you what, if you go to get a drink with Josh Rogers on the mound, you better have your head up with your eyes on the field because you’re

Wrapping up a 10-5 loss

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hunter Harvey didn’t flash a 98 mph fastball today, keeping it in Fort Myers, but he tossed a scoreless fifth inning with two strikeouts in an impressive outing. Harvey’s heater was 95-97 mph and he used it to strike out Christian Arroyo and strand Kevin Kiermaier, who walked with one out and moved up on a wild pitch. Former major league closer

O’s reclaim Alberto and DFA Hart, Cobb pulled early (O’s lose 10-5)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have brought back infielder Hanser Alberto, claiming him off waivers this afternoon from the Giants after designating him on Feb. 19 and losing him to a claim three days later. Donnie Hart has been designated for assignment, leaving four left-hander relievers on the 40-man roster. Hart was scheduled to pitch today against the Rays in a split-squad game. The Orioles

Sucre’s arrival, Karns update, Davis’ start and more (O’s down 4-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Jesús Sucre arrived in the Miami late last night, according to Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, and he’s expected in camp today. Sucre finally got his work visa and left Venezuela. Hyde estimated that the veteran might need less than a week of workouts before he’s ready to play. “I’m going to ask him what he’s been doing,” Hyde said. “I don’t

Notes on Sucre and Bleier before today’s game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Jesús Sucre hasn’t reported to Orioles camp, but his locker is back. Set up in the same spot before his nameplate disappeared and Cael Brockmeyer arrived from Twin Lakes Park. Sucre has been detained in Venezuela while trying to obtain his work visa. Manager Brandon Hyde’s latest update this week included how the paperwork almost was finalized. The Orioles inked Sucre,

Orioles split-squad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have posted lineups this morning for both split-squad games, including the afternoon matchup with the Rays in Sarasota that features Alex Cobb’s spring debut. Cedric Mullins is leading off and playing center field. Chris Davis is batting third and Trey Mancini is the cleanup hitter and designated hitter. Chance Sisco, with three home runs and eight RBIs, is catching. Stevie

Hunter Harvey coming out of the bullpen again today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb makes his first spring training start this afternoon in a split-squad game against the Rays, his former team, at Ed Smith Stadium. Meanwhile, Hunter Harvey will come out of the bullpen again and work one inning, just as he did Monday versus the Twins in Fort Myers. A full schedule hasn’t been laid out for Harvey. He’s told the date

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