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Davis homers again, Akin improves (O’s win 12-6)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Don’t fall in love with spring training stats. Pretty sound advice, but what about a crush? Chris Davis is threatening to take back his old nickname. The first baseman with his 25 extra pounds of good weight hit his third home run this afternoon, a three-run shot to right-center field off former Orioles farmhand Stephen Tarpley. Davis walked in the first inning

Is it too late for Orioles to sign a starter? (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the pages of the calendar flip to a new month on Sunday, the chances of the Orioles bringing in a veteran starter could be moving further away from reality. Time is running out to get a pitcher ready for opening day and the preferred scenario doesn’t include innings and arms built up in extended spring training. Manager Brandon Hyde must proceed

Orioles and Marlins lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is batting fifth today for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Marlins in Sarasota. Davis has reached base in seven of his eight plate appearances, with two singles and two home runs. Yusniel Diaz was the designated hitter yesterday and he’s in left field this afternoon. Anthony Santander remains in the designated hitter role when he’s in the lineup. Pedro

Martin taking offense with defense-only reputation

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richie Martin is blocked at shortstop and unsure whether he can claim second base or a utility job. He’s no longer hearing how he should focus only on his defense at short and not worry about what he offers at the plate. Hold the gravy. Spring training 2020 certainly has a different feel and sound for Martin, the former Rule 5 pick

Hays and Mountcastle making spring statements (O’s win 11-4)

BRADENTON, Fla. - Austin Hays didn’t have a seat on the team bus this morning, his workout schedule keeping him back in Sarasota while the Orioles made the 20-minute trek to play the Pirates. Ryan Mountcastle peeled away from his friend and handled first base and cleanup duties at LECOM Park. They both cleaned up yesterday at Ed Smith Stadium. Hays doubled twice and had

Injury updates, utility competition, Harvey and Cervenka

BRADENTON, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde broke out a sheet of paper this morning with the list of players who are recovering from injuries and illnesses and the next stages of their individual progressions. Too many names and tasks to memorize with so many other activities happening at the complex. Hunter Harvey, who’s been able to shake his flu-like symptoms, threw a simulated game

Davis expects Astros discipline to be “handed out between the lines”

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles’ player representative, Chris Davis is ready to offer an opinion on the Astros cheating scandal, the punishments handed down and how opponents might deal with it. “I think the discipline that the players are going to get this year is going to be very interesting, and I say that meaning that a lot of that is going to be

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Rule 5 pick Brandon Bailey gets his first start today, as the Orioles travel to Bradenton to play the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. game. Bailey pitched in relief in Sunday’s home opener against the Red Sox and allowed one run and three hits with no walks and two strikeouts over two innings. Yusniel Diaz makes his spring debut today as the

Yusniel Diaz is healthy again and trying to stay that way

SARASOTA, Fla. - Yusniel Diaz arrived in Orioles camp with the other position players and had his mind set on making the opening day roster. Making the jump from Double-A and sticking the landing. The sticking point, however, has been another health issue that’s delayed his first appearance in an exhibition game. Diaz noticed some discomfort in his left shoulder while taking batting practice a

Hays dazzles in Milone debut (O’s win 13-0)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tommy Milone is new to the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league deal earlier this month. He’s learning about his teammates, and his comfort zone has been expanded in workouts and clubhouse conversations. Today’s start enabled Milone to confirm what he already knew about Austin Hays. Anything hit in his general vicinity is likely to be caught. And the kid can

Looking at the Orioles outfield (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anthony Santander continues to be used as the Orioles’ designated hitter until manager Brandon Hyde feels comfortable easing him into the outfield. The spot waiting for him is becoming more clear. Hyde confirmed this morning that Santander is likely to play left field at Camden Yards while Trey Mancini returns to right, but they could reverse positions at select road venues. Mancini

Updating Stewart and Wells injuries in Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kohl Stewart’s bid to win a spot in the Orioles rotation should get underway within the next few days. Stewart has been sidelined with a sore right biceps muscle, but he played catch yesterday and will repeat the activity this morning. He’s scheduled for a bullpen session on Friday while the team is in Bradenton to play the Pirates. The exhibition debut

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays is leading off again today and Ryan Mountcastle is back in left field as the Orioles host the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. game. Anthony Santander is the designated hitter again. He had a sore shoulder last September and manager Brandon Hyde remains cautious with him. Renato Núñez gets another start at third base, Chris Davis returns to the lineup

Leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Evan Phillips tossed a scoreless inning yesterday against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium to lower his spring ERA to 16.20. He didn’t pass out cupcakes to celebrate it, but the outing was a vast improvement over Sunday’s debut, when he recorded only two outs in the ninth inning and was charged with three runs. He kept going to three-ball

Zimmermann makes debut (O’s win 4-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Bruce Zimmermann used to dream about slipping on an Orioles uniform while growing up in Baltimore. The fantasy didn’t include a first-pitch home run, but it’s spring training and wouldn’t kill the moment. Zimmermann replaced starter Asher Wojciechowski today in the top of the third inning on an overcast and windy day at Ed Smith Stadium. Bryce Ball, sitting at the bottom

Injury updates on Wells, Stewart, Rodgers, Diaz and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Minor league left-hander Alex Wells hasn’t been cleared to pitch this spring due to a sore right oblique muscle, according to manager Brandon Hyde. There’s no timetable for getting him on the mound. Wells is a non-roster invitee to camp who’s likely to begin the 2020 season at Triple-A Norfolk. He posted a 2.95 ERA and 1.07 WHIP last summer in 24

Rutschman on lessons learned in camp and search for first hit

SARASOTA, Fla. - The major league education of Adley Rutschman involves more than his at-bats and reps behind the plate. One of baseball’s top prospects, the first overall selection in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, has to take some teasing when he isn’t behind the dish. (Dish it out, take it. That’s where I was going.) As a small cluster of media members waited this

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are sitting a few of their regulars today for a home game against the Braves, the bench crew including first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop José Iglesias and outfielders Austin Hays, Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander. Ryan McKenna is patrolling center field, with Dwight Smith Jr. in left and Dilson Herrera in right. Herrera played first base yesterday. Andrew Velazquez is

Can’t read too much into a little bit

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trying to detect patterns and search for clues in spring training lineups can be an exercise in futility. Roster crunches of a different sort. Calisthenics that still leave you clueless. Working up a sweat for a bigger waste. You get the picture, but maybe not the pitcher. Manager Brandon Hyde keeps batting Austin Hays in the leadoff spot, but isn’t necessarily showing

Wind whips Means in his spring debut (Davis homers, O’s lose 15-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said earlier today that he wanted two innings from John Means and for the left-hander to come out of the game “feeling good.” Simple goals for the first start. “That’s it,” he said. He got one out of two. The most important component. Means was removed after 1 1/3 innings with his pitch count at 39. Jay Flaa

Notes on Wojciechowski, Mullins, Hays and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - With the blister on his right middle finger healed, Orioles pitcher Asher Wojciechowski will start Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Braves in Sarasota rather than be confined to simulated action on a back field. The live hitters will play for an actual opponent. Wojciechowski arrived at the complex this morning expecting to have his debut start pushed back, but manager Brandon Hyde

A few injury and illness updates

SARASOTA, Fla. - Asher Wojciechowski is being withheld from exhibition games due to a blister on his right middle finger. However, it isn’t keeping him off the mound. Wojciechowski will throw a simulated game Wednesday morning on one of the back fields. The Orioles want him to work two innings. “It’s all good. They’re just being cautious,” he said. “They want me to pitch in

Orioles split-squad lineups vs. Rays and Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing second base again today for the Orioles’ split-squad game against the Rays in Sarasota, and Austin Hays is leading off again and playing center field versus the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Ryan Mountcastle remains in left field against the Red Sox. Chance Sisco is catching Tom Eshelman. Non-roster catcher Bryan Holaday is behind the

Chris Davis: “I feel alive right now”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis is going to be in today’s Orioles lineup for the home split-squad game, again wearing white uniform pants rather than the travel grays. Along with a jersey that’s gotten much tighter around his biceps. The red T-shirt that Davis slipped on after yesterday’s workout clung to him like a needy friend. His arms appeared to be plotting a jail break.

Orioles who stayed back in camp engaged in cage competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles completed their workout Monday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex with rounds of batting practice against a pitching machine, the velocity dialed up but nowhere near the level of competitiveness that suggested there was more at stake than bragging rights. One ball cleared the tall fence on the Camden Yards replica field and bounced off an awning above a

Notes on Iglesias, upcoming pitchers and Bleier’s outing

SARASOTA, Fla. - José Iglesias won’t say that the offseason has treated him much kinder than last winter, offering a shrug of his shoulders and a search for the right words. But there’s still that trace of confusion over having to settle for a minor league contract in late February. It couldn’t have been his defensive credentials, which earn the highest levels of praise. To

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Austin Hays is in center field and batting leadoff for the second time in three games, as the Orioles head to Clearwater to play the Phillies. Renato Núñez is back at third base and Ryan Mountcastle returns to left field. Austin Wynns is catching and Cedric Mullins is playing right field. Alex Cobb makes his first spring start today. For the Orioles

Cobb eager to make today’s start against Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb greeted a visitor to his locker yesterday morning with an elbow tap instead of a handshake to lessen the chance of spreading germs. He joked about pulling the hood of his sweatshirt so far over his head that it would cover his face. Cobb has been checked for the flu because he’s felt a bit under the weather and the

LeBlanc puts up blanks and Orioles cruise to win (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - One start won’t move the needle much in the Orioles rotation competition. Two innings aren’t a sufficient amount to begin placing odds. Three pitchers in the crowded field wanted to make an early impression this afternoon. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc shut out the Red Sox for the first couple of frames, allowing a single to Kevin Plawecki and striking out Tommy Joseph and

Orioles outright Ureña and return him to camp roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richard Ureña exited the utility competition in Orioles camp and has been dragged back into it. Just when a player thinks he’s out ... The club announced that Ureña cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He gets an invitation to spring training that bloats the camp roster to 69 players. It was inevitable. The Orioles designated Ureña for assignment

Notes on LeBlanc, Rule 5 guys, Davis, Velazquez and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Wade LeBlanc will try to go two innings this afternoon, as Chandler Shepherd and Ty Blach did yesterday in North Port. Manager Brandon Hyde has watched the left-hander in bullpen and live batting practice sessions, but today’s game provides a truer evaluation. “He’s just a veteran guy that knows how to pitch, that can command pitches,” Hyde said. “He’s had

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - Stevie Wilkerson is in center field this afternoon for the Orioles’ home opener against the Red Sox. Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing second base. Catcher Pedro Severino is batting cleanup. Shortstop José Iglesias is making his debut. For the Orioles Hanser Alberto 2B Trey Mancini RF Chris Davis 1B Pedro Severino C Dwight Smith Jr. LF José Iglesias SS Rio

Rondón right in thick of utility competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - Absolutely nothing should be read into a spring training lineup in February. And the level of importance scrapes the bottom if it’s an opener and played on the road. The Orioles kept most of their regulars back at the Ed Smith Stadium complex yesterday, including first baseman Chris Davis, shortstop José Iglesias, third baseman Rio Ruiz, infielder Hanser Alberto and outfielder Trey

Shepherd on today’s start against the Braves (O’s lose 5-0)

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Chandler Shepherd got in his work this afternoon and that’s the main point of an exhibition start on Feb. 22. Shepherd, vying for a spot in the backend of the Orioles rotation, completed two innings against the Braves before Ty Blach replaced him. He allowed three runs and two hits with two walks and no strikeouts. The Braves filled their lineup

Notes on Means, Davis, Velazquez, Núñez, Mountcastle and more

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Left-hander John Means is going to start one of Tuesday’s split-squad games, when the Orioles host the Rays and travel to Fort Myers to play the Red Sox. He won’t be shielded from a division opponent in the first week of the exhibition schedule. The Orioles are known to send pitchers to Twin Lakes Park or arrange simulated games as an

Orioles lineup vs. Braves (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first exhibition game today against the Braves at the new North Port facility, and they’ve got Austin Hays leading off and playing center field and Ryan Mountcastle in left. Mountcastle is the cleanup hitter, slotting between third baseman Renato Núñez and catcher Chance Sisco. Richie Martin is the shortstop. Chandler Shepherd gets the start and Ty Blach follows,

Wynns on Rule 5 picks: “They have great big league stuff”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Internet makes pitching statistics easily accessible to the public and there are multiple sites offering full scouting reports. Video can be found in only a couple of keystrokes. It’s reached the point where leaving your couch no longer is a prerequisite. Then there are those opportunities to hang out at a catcher’s locker and pick his brain. Still one of my

Notes on spring rotation, Davis, Cobb, Stewart and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde announced today that left-hander Wade LeBlanc will start Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox in Sarasota and Alex Cobb will start Monday versus the Phillies in Clearwater. We’ve already learned that Chandler Shepherd is starting Saturday’s opener against the Braves in North Port. “I think a few days ago I was asked ‘Are we ready yet? and I

Shepherd on making first exhibition start (and other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Andrew Velazquez has reported to the Orioles’ spring training complex, taking Richard Ureña’s 40-man roster spot and his locker. Velazquez, who’s wearing No. 88, joins the utility competition. Chandler Shepherd found out yesterday that he’d get the start in Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Braves in North Port. Félix Hernández is starting for Atlanta. “I knew coming into camp that I

Santander breaking language barriers

SARASOTA, Fla. - The player stood at his locker and greeted a visitor who wanted a few minutes of his time. The interpreter, meanwhile, had moved to the other side of the clubhouse while assisting someone else with an interview. Anthony Santander was on his own. The way he’s wanted it to be in 2020. Tiny gains in confidence have blossomed to where Santander is

Orioles to play Mets at Naval Academy

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t be done playing exhibition games after leaving Florida. There’s room for one more. The Orioles will face the Mets on March 24 at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium on the grounds of the United States Naval Academy. First pitch in Annapolis is slated for 2:05 p.m. The game will be carried live on 105.7 The Fan and

Chandler Shepherd named starter for first exhibition game

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chandler Shepherd is starting Saturday’s exhibition opener against the Braves in North Port, marking the end of the workout grind and moving spring training into its next phase. Left-hander Ty Blach will follow Shepherd, who’s supposed to work two innings. “He’s one of the guys that we’re stretching out and it just kind of fell on that day,” said manager Brandon Hyde,

Hess gaining information in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The workout that’s unfolding later this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex includes live batting practice sessions from 13 pitchers and regular bullpen sessions from 13. David Hess is in the latter group while he awaits his first Grapefruit League assignment. The opener is Saturday against the Braves in North Port and he hasn’t been told whether he’s involved in it.

Orioles utility competition keeps changing

SARASOTA, Fla. - Utility competitions generally do not elicit much excitement and drama in a spring training camp. The backup infielder ranks pretty low on the meter. More yawns than yippees. The Orioles, however, are turning the battles into a game show of sorts - but without the car or jet skis as a grand prize. Richard Ureña had been deemed a favorite to break

Orioles announce broadcast team for 2020 season

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are adding three new voices to their expanded broadcast team for the 2020 season, with the announcement coming earlier today. Scott Garceau, longtime broadcaster in Baltimore who’s been hosting the “Scott and Jeremy Show” on 105.7 The Fan, will handle some of the play-by-play duties as he enters his 40th year in the area’s sports landscape. He had spent 13

Hyde on Rutschman: “He’s come here and he’s not been afraid”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Adley Rutschman took batting practice this morning on Field 3 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, his audience including Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde, and he threatened to bust a few windows in the homes beyond the right field fence. Across the street. Easily within his reach. Rutschman, taking his swings from both sides of the

Martin at third, Harvey back, Rutschman enjoying camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richie Martin arrived at the complex this morning, glanced at the board and found out that he’s working out at third base. The rotating of Orioles infielders in camp is putting Martin at the hot corner. Manager Brandon Hyde indicated yesterday that Martin would be kept at shortstop and second base, but the former Rule 5 pick is going to take ground

Dillon Tate on role: “Just get these guys out”

SARASOTA, Fla. - The most successful of the three pitchers acquired by the Orioles in the Zack Britton trade in July 2018 posted a 6.43 ERA last summer in 16 appearances, his first in the major leagues. Dillon Tate wasn’t a huge smash statistically, but there were moments that suggested his stuff would play at this level. That he could be a weapon with his

Sisco on revamped hitting approach, Conine on new role with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The changes that Chance Sisco is making in the batting cage actually bring him back to his old form, the return ignited by his offseason work in California. Sisco, who turns 25 next week, underwent intensive sessions with hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock, with particular emphasis on his lower body. “Just to put it in simple terms, I’m trying to load correctly, trying

Hyde on Mountcastle, Martin, Sisco, Conine and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Mountcastle was grouped again with the outfielders on the stadium field as the Orioles held their second full-squad workout at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. There are no plans to try him at second base, according to manager Brandon Hyde, but he’ll also get plenty of reps at the infield corners. “We definitely want to expose him in the outfield,” Hyde

Orioles back on field for second day of full-squad workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini has returned to the field this morning after sitting out yesterday’s workout due to the illness that’s knocking down Orioles like bowling pins. Mancini is dressed in a t-shirt and shorts. This is a light workout for Mancini, who isn’t back to full strength. But at least he made it out of the clubhouse and wasn’t sent back home. The

Tanner Scott aiming for more aggression

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tanner Scott is vowing to be more aggressive on the mound this season as a possible solution to his high walk rate. Attack the problem by attacking the hitters. Scott averaged 6.5 walks per nine innings in 2019 and the Orioles responded by giving him the yo-yo treatment between their roster and the minors. He had four stints on the club and

Hyde on Davis: “I thought he looked great”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Davis took grounders at first base today on the Camden Yards replica field, fielding balls hit directly at him and later working on gloving them to his side and starting an imaginary double play. He hopped on a golf cart and rode to the main stadium field for rounds of batting practice, getting down in an exaggeratedly low crouch as his

Chris Davis on his offseason, thoughts of quitting and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis spoke with the media for about 10 minutes this morning at his locker before heading out to the field for the first full-squad workout. He discussed how he put on 25 pounds of weight in order to increase his strength. He talked about how he doesn’t want to become a part-time player, one who’s been, in his

Are Orioles starting to feel settled with their rotation candidates?

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles no longer appear to be in an aggressive mode to find a starting pitcher as the first full-squad workout is held later today. They’ll keep checking the market, but it’s possible that left-hander Tommy Milone is the last candidate to join the fray. One phone call can swing the momentum. However, the Orioles seem satisfied with their pitching numbers in

Manfred: “I think there is ... a good future for baseball in Baltimore”

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred expressed no concerns this afternoon while speaking at the annual Media Day about the decline in Orioles attendance and the club’s future as it goes through a painful rebuild process. He probably enjoyed the break from all of the Astros questions. “I have spent a considerable amount of time with the Angelos family during this

Núñez hoping for more opportunities to play defense

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he expects everyone in camp for Monday’s first full-squad workout. No visa issues or unexcused absences. No unwanted drama. “Haven’t heard of a situation where anybody’s not going to show up,” he said, “so I think everybody’s going to be ready to go tomorrow.” Catcher Pedro Severino took batting practice on the Camden Yards replica field this

Alberto among position players reporting today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Position players are due to report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex today and arrivals spotted during the media’s clubhouse access included Hanser Alberto, Yusniel Diaz, Dilson Herrera and Richard Ureña. A backpack was placed on a chair in front of Stevie Wilkerson’s locker, so perhaps he’s also here. Or maybe it’s similar to Ronny Paulino’s car sitting in the lot. Still

How Eshelman, Shepherd and Blach fit in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The maneuvering that’s going to be necessary by April to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk won’t involve only prospects as pieces. The Orioles are prepared to hold onto a veteran or two and figure out later how it’s going to work. I’ve heard the six-man rotation idea and I’ve heard the word “piggyback.” It’s a bit complicated. Because they aren’t

Hyde on illnesses, Milone and Carroll

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Pedro Severino had a light workout today, finally able to get on the field after reporting to Orioles camp with a stomach virus. Severino hit in the cage and threw, and he also watched the bullpen sessions while the other six catchers took their positions behind the plate. “He’s getting better every day,” said manager Brandon Hyde. Relievers Hunter Harvey and

Notes on illnesses, Rodgers and Milone before today’s workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hunter Harvey and Mychal Givens, who didn’t throw yesterday due to illness, aren’t scheduled for bullpen sessions this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Manager Brandon Hyde sent Harvey and Givens back home yesterday after they reported to the complex. They weren’t in the clubhouse this morning during the media availability. Catcher Pedro Severino, who also has been under the weather,

Bleier back to bullpen form in Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richard Bleier made it through his second bullpen session yesterday morning as the sun finally managed to pierce the clouds that suggested rain might be headed to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. The heat was turned up. The kind that doesn’t require a radar gun to confirm. Bleier doesn’t really care about the temperature or whether the sky is blue. He’s in

Harvey and Givens unable to throw due to illness (Milone update)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles aren’t worried about running out of innings for their pitchers in camp. They’re more liable to run low on hand sanitizer. Hunter Harvey and Mychal Givens didn’t throw bullpen sessions in their respective groups this morning after reporting to camp with the same illness that’s beginning to spread through the clubhouse. Manager Brandon Hyde said both relievers were “a little

Cobb confident so far in his health (plus guest instructor note)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb arrived in Orioles camp this week with a neatly groomed beard, much shorter than his usual look. Almost as if he forgot to shave for a couple of days. The veteran right-hander simply wanted to try something different. Something that might improve his luck and keep him on the mound this season, his third with the Orioles after signing a

Kline relieved to remain with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Branden Kline joined the first group of Orioles pitchers yesterday morning for an 11:25 a.m. bullpen session, his initial appearance on a mound since arriving in camp. And since he came off the 40-man roster and was lumped in with the other invitees. Kline was designated for assignment on Jan. 30 after the Orioles claimed infielder Pat Valaika on waivers for a

Orioles agree to terms with Milone on minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles found a veteran pitcher to compete for a spot in their rotation and it didn’t cost them a major league contract. Left-hander Tommy Milone has agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to an industry source. Milone, who turns 33 later this month, has pitched for six teams since debuting with the Nationals in

Hyde on Cobb, LeBlanc, Lakins, position players and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have completed their second day of workouts, with two players still unable to participate. Pitcher Brady Rodgers was supposed to throw in the bullpen with the second group, but he’s being held back due to soreness in his right arm. Pedro Severino hasn’t caught due to an illness. Severino arrived in camp yesterday wearing a mask. But not the kind

Learning more about LeBlanc in Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Before the Orioles assigned Wade LeBlanc a uniform number, he already had done his research on another set of digits. LeBlanc turned 35 years old in August. Chris Davis celebrates his 34th birthday next month. There’s no debating which player is the senior member of a rebuilding club. “I’m definitely the oldest,” LeBlanc said this morning, clearing up any confusion. “I’ve got

Spring training leftovers for breakfast

SARASOTA, Fla. - The snapshots from yesterday morning’s media clubhouse availability included No. 1 prospect Adley Rutschman locked into separate conversations with catchers Bryan Holaday and Taylor Davis. Always a smile on his face. Appearing to be comfortable in his new surroundings. No one treating him like a hotshot superstar fresh out of college who doesn’t belong here. The lockers on catchers row are occupied,

DJ Stewart making progress from ankle surgery (plus notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The workout held today for Orioles outfielder DJ Stewart looked simple in nature. He did some light running on the dirt cart path along one of the practice fields, increasing his speed and intensity as the minutes passed. For a player coming off ankle surgery in October and unwilling to surrender the hope of being ready for opening day, each step taken

MASN airing seven Orioles exhibition games

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network is sticking with its usual form in airing seven Orioles exhibition games from Ed Smith Stadium. The logical place to start? The first game at home, to be played Feb. 23 against the Red Sox. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. The network’s spring coverage includes six more games in Sarasota. The Orioles face the Braves on

Notes on Mancini, Carroll, Means and new hires

SARASOTA, Fla. - More position players are rolling into Orioles camp early, the latest batch including outfielders Austin Hays, Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr. “Definitely ready to get it going,” Mancini said. “I always like coming a few days early. Once the new year starts you’re always ready to go. I was definitely ready to get down here at this point.” The

Harvey ready to handle relief role if on team

SARASOTA, Fla. - Hunter Harvey isn’t in Orioles camp so they can check on his health. He isn’t here to get in some work before heading over to the minor league complex. Harvey is expected to be part of an eight-man bullpen on opening day, perhaps assuming the role of closer. High-leverage situations, for sure. Except that he isn’t buying into the hype and assumptions.

Castro: “I’m just thankful to God for an opportunity to be here”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Miguel Castro took a few steps away from his spring training locker this morning, raised his head and smiled. The local media crew was approaching. He knew that he’d be recounting an incident that terrified him, that had him wondering if he’d live through it. But he still managed a smile. No one was happier to be in camp than Castro, who

Hearing from Elias and Hyde (Orioles claim Urías off waivers)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Within the one hour of clubhouse access granted to the media this morning, Orioles pitchers and catchers already had reported in abundance and more were walking through the doors. The roll call included Alex Cobb, John Means and Asher Wojciechowski, who figure to comprise three-fifths of the rotation on opening day. Also present were Rule 5 picks Brandon Bailey and Michael Rucker,

Orioles welcoming pitchers and catchers to camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The real work is about to begin. Pitchers, catchers and position players choosing to report early will be arriving later today at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, where the temperature will climb back into the 80s. Physicals must be passed, and that includes the yearly eye exams. (That last part was aimed at the “he needs glasses” crowd. Everyone gets their vision

Playing a numbers game with the Orioles

The Orioles are one day away from having their pitchers and catchers report to spring training, though the number of early arrivals since they moved to Sarasota makes the official date seem insignificant. Players start trickling into the facility in January. They’ve already been throwing. It’s become more of a report date for the media. My life is broken down into thirds. I have my

How will Orioles make room for Triple-A starters?

While the Orioles work in spring training to round out a rotation that so far holds John Means, Alex Cobb, most likely Asher Wojciechowski and a bunch of questions, they also need to figure out what to do at Triple-A Norfolk. They can’t finish that task until they know which starters are heading north with them. There could be some cuts due to overflow. And

Mancini on Hays: “I think he’s going to be a force in the league”

Trey Mancini made 79 starts in right field last season to lead the Orioles, but he also made 52 at first base to rank second behind Chris Davis (86) and five in left field. He served as the designated hitter in 17 games. The super-utility competition in camp won’t involve Mancini, but he has a tendency to move around in various versions of the lineup.

Hearing from Martin, Mullins and Rutschman on the Birdland Caravan

The Birdland Caravan made its final stop this afternoon in White Marsh, with two more days of touring ahead. Shortstop Richie Martin knew where he’d be going today based on the schedule laid out by the Orioles, the bus slicing through heavy winds to reach its destinations, but where he starts the 2020 season is a much cloudier forecast. The Orioles signed free agent shortstop

Leftovers for breakfast

By the time that the media descends upon the Ed Smith Stadium complex for spring training, three new coaches on manager Brandon Hyde’s staff will be familiar with every corner of it. The coaches’ retreat that’s folded into the annual January minicamp in Sarasota enabled Fredi González, Anthony Sanders and Darren Holmes to become acclimated with the spacious facility. No need to waste valuable time

Improvement ideas related to Smith, Scott and Armstrong

The report date countdown for Orioles pitchers and catchers has reached five days. Or the amount of time it takes a call to be confirmed or overturned. Which Orioles have something to prove in camp? Plenty of them, but here are a few ideas: Dwight Smith Jr. is viewed within the organization as a left fielder and nothing more. It’s the only position he played

Orioles outright Kline and Wilkerson

The Orioles are keeping pitcher Branden Kline and super-utility player Stevie Wilkerson in the organization. Kline and Wilkerson cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk after the club designated them for assignment last week. Wilkerson had the give his approval based on a previous DFA. The list of camp invites has grown to 66 players, with left-hander Wade LeBlanc also a recent inclusion.

Can the Orioles bullpen provide more relief in 2020?

Will reliever Travis Lakins break camp with the Orioles in late March, be optioned to the minors, be designated for assignment, clear waivers and stay in the organization or disappear? Those are the choices. How you rank them in order is entirely up to you. Lakins is on the 40-man roster after the Orioles claimed him off waivers Friday from the Cubs and designated utility

What to expect at spring training

Pitchers and catchers are reporting to the Orioles’ spring training complex in exactly one week. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 17. I’ve been asked about leaving for “spring break” since December. There’s a difference, including how you won’t find me dancing poolside on MTV. It isn’t all fun and exhibition games. It actually qualifies as work - with only one day off in six

Orioles announce 2020 promotional schedule

Celebrations that commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues, the 50th anniversary of the 1970 World Series championship and the 25th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-breaking 2,131st consecutive game highlight the Orioles’ 2020 promotional schedule. Individual game tickets will go on sale to the general public Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. Birdland Members will receive an email with details on an exclusive pre-sale

Orioles announce LeBlanc signing

The Orioles’ minor league deal with left-hander Wade LeBlanc has moved into its next phase of progression. It’s been announced by the club. Official word came earlier today, including how LeBlanc receives an invitation to major league camp. News broke last week that the two sides had reached agreement. LeBlanc was expected to take his physical in Sarasota, Fla. Today’s news is an indication that

Givens: “I bleed black and orange”

As the Orioles bring in another bullpen candidate in former Red Sox prospect Travis Lakins, they keep holding onto a reliever who wears the trade chip label as if it’s sewn onto his uniform jersey. Mychal Givens hears the description during the July deadline, the Winter Meetings and the ensuing weeks that lead into spring training. He offers a shrug and continues to ignore it.

Looking at an Orioles lineup that could be more settled

The Orioles used a club-record 58 players last season and the lineup was built with moving parts. Injuries were only partly to blame. Nine players made starts in left field, eight in center and seven in right. Joey Rickard, Jace Peterson, Keon Broxton and Drew Jackson are gone. DJ Stewart is recovering from offseason ankle surgery and won’t be ready for opening day. Stevie Wilkerson

Hyde happy to have hefty camp roster

If it’s true that there’s strength in numbers, the Orioles will be able to out-flex the other teams in spring training. The bird logo will be replaced by a biceps muscle. The chalk lines will be drawn with creatine powder. The current number of camp invites stands at 23 and doesn’t include left-hander Wade LeBlanc, who signed a minor league deal that becomes official after

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