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Chris Davis: “This is very abnormal, very unusual”

Chris Davis is safe at home, feeling blessed that the coronavirus hasn’t touched his family. His wife and three young daughters, including 2-year-old twins, are fine. His friends are healthy. He’s making many of the same adjustments as everyone else in his everyday life while unsure when he’s going to be able to go back to work. Or if he’ll be working in 2020. As

Another spring training memory from the Orioles beat

The regular season for the Orioles should be four games old. A home series against the Yankees completed and the middle game pending in a home series against the Red Sox. The first trip to St. Louis since 2003 was supposed to happen over the weekend, followed by a four-game series in the Bronx. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic has left us wondering if there will

Wondering who’s impacted by expansion to 29-man roster

The competitions for roster spots with the Orioles remain on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. Players are working out at home, a few of them posting clever videos on social media. Small children and pets are coming in handy as alternatives to gym weights. Ever done squats with a German Shepherd draped over your shoulders? These are the dog days of spring. One of the

Memories of some media missteps

Anyone who’s stepped inside a major league clubhouse and posed a question during a pregame or postgame media scrum has probably committed an embarrassing gaffe. The odds increase the longer you’ve worked the beat. Colleagues can sympathize, but it doesn’t prevent us from teasing the guilty party. Boxers don’t land as many jabs as we do. The shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic is intended

Updates on season status and another childhood heartbreak

The constant speculation over Major League Baseball’s return and in what form is doing little besides confusing fans and spreading rumors. Separating truth from fiction is requiring a lot more muscle these days. Implement it into your workouts while gyms are closed. We don’t know if or when baseball will be played. We don’t know how long spring training 2.0 will last and whether teams

Remembering my biggest Orioles heartbreaks as a fan

The sports shutdown has led fans and media to come up with all sorts of lists to provide entertainment and kill a few hours. Twitter is filled with them. You can’t swing a dead opening day article without hitting one. I’m more of a lurker than a participant, but I did name the Colts leaving Baltimore as my most heartbreaking sports moment. No team can

Remembering past opening days while 2020 stays in shutdown mode

The Orioles have made executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde available on separate conference calls during the shutdown. What they can’t do is invent answers. Major League Baseball is pushing back the start of the season. No date has been set for opening day. No assurances have been given that it’s going to happen. No one in the organization can offer

Reflecting on past spring trainings with the Orioles

My scheduled return home yesterday from Sarasota would have been the ideal time to reflect on six weeks of spring training. Something that I’ve been doing in its abbreviated form since my actual return on March 14. There hasn’t been one like it during my tenure on the Orioles beat, which officially began in 1997 after I assisted in coverage of 2,130 and 2,131 in

Orioles should be playing last exhibition game today

I should have been flying home this morning from spring training. Should have been waking up at the Marriott inside the Tampa International Airport - a veteran move to drop off the rental car and switch hotels the night prior to departure - and stumbling to my gate after six weeks in Sarasota with only a single day off. The Orioles would be playing the

Reviewing the Orioles’ 40-man roster and upcoming decisions

While checking eBay to see whether anyone is selling liquid hand soap ... I accepted the challenge on Twitter yesterday of naming five jobs that I held before becoming a sportswriter, and discovered that I couldn’t complete the list. I’ve literally only had five jobs: * “Unskilled labor” for a construction company the summer before college, which I’m certain was suggested by my parents to

Taking an Orioles quiz during the shutdown

With no baseball to be played or watched on a Sunday, what better substitute than a pop quiz on the Orioles? Oh, please, no need to thank me. This is the coronavirus edition. Extra credit awarded for expanding on “none of the above” by making a prediction. The Orioles’ fifth starter will be: A. Tommy Milone B. Kohl Stewart C. A player who wasn’t in

Hyde on Stewart and impact of shutdown on development

The Orioles were supposed to be playing split-squad games tonight against the Twins and Red Sox. The latter would have provided the final division opponent before opening day and the last road trip in the Grapefruit League. I never made it to Fort Myers this spring and that’s got to be a first for me. And I’ve been covering spring training since 1997 in Fort

“We’re in a holding pattern that we’ve never been in before”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he keeps waking up with the mindset that he has “47 things to do” as part of his day. Then reality sets in, a new normal that he can’t escape. There is no baseball for a man who’s never home on this date. He’s supposed to be deciding on the final roster cuts before opening day. Setting his rotation, bullpen

Notes on LeBlanc opt-out date, minor league compensation and more

The Orioles trimmed their camp roster to 50 players yesterday afternoon and reached an important date involving left-hander Wade LeBlanc. Well, it seemed to carry a lot more significance prior to the opening of camp and baseball’s complete shutdown. LeBlanc’s minor league deal, agreed upon in late January, included a March 19 opt-out clause. He could request his release and the Orioles would have 48

Elias on roster moves, draft, Mancini and more

The Orioles haven’t emptied their spring training complex in Sarasota, but the number of players are dwindling. Executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias indicated this afternoon in a conference call that most of the Orioles returned home due to the coronavirus pandemic. They also were given the choice of going to Baltimore for informal workouts. “The general state of affairs in the Orioles organization is

Orioles option four players

The Orioles whittled their camp roster to 50 players this afternoon while making their first moves since baseball’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pitcher David Hess, infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, outfielder Cedric Mullins and infielder Ramón Urías have been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. No cuts had been announced since left-hander Keegan Akin was optioned to the Tides back on March 10. A few competitions gained

Reviewing the roster during the shutdown

The Orioles would have been making the short drive to Bradenton today for a game against the Pirates if spring training had proceeded without interruption. The trip back always takes twice as long because of the traffic, but it’s still the easiest one. Many of the competitions are unsettled while baseball takes a long break, but shortstop is set. José Iglesias has the position locked

Learning more about Orioles before spring training ended

The Orioles would have been traveling to Fort Myers today for a game against the Twins if spring training had proceeded without interruption. They tried it last Thursday and didn’t get a mile from the complex before the buses pulled back into it. Four left turns and they were exactly where they started. A pretty good hint that Major League Baseball was shutting down due

Learning about the Orioles before spring training ended

The Orioles would have been hosting the split-squad Nationals this afternoon if spring training had proceeded without interruption. More roster cuts would have been made in order to get closer to 26. To at least get out of the 50s, which I’d love to do. Instead, players are returning home or waiting for the next directive. Workouts turned informal and then became discouraged. Trying to

Orioles facing longer wait for opening day

Opening day has been pushed back again. Major League Baseball, maintaining a dialogue with health officials and the Players Association, has determined that it should follow the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. The initial decision to move back opening day at least two weeks due to

Williams exhibiting patience again while in holding pattern

Mason Williams had a chance to audition for the Orioles in September until crashing into a wall and injuring his knee. He made it through only 11 games. Williams had an opportunity in spring training to convince the Orioles that he should make the club as an extra outfielder, and perhaps the starter in right until Trey Mancini returns, but exhibition games were stopped and

Latest on Orioles’ spring fleeing and roster decisions

SARASOTA, Fla. - Night turns to day and there isn’t much clarity to the Orioles’ plans moving forward since Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association provided three options for teams on Friday. As it pertains to the Orioles, they can: * Stay in Sarasota for informal workouts* Return home* Head to Baltimore for informal workouts Or can they? Personnel on the minor league

New version of spring training removes formal workouts

SARASOTA, Fla. - Players were told to stay yesterday and then encouraged to leave. Because spring training wasn’t going to conclude without making another run at crazy. Teams aren’t holding formal workouts, a stunning reversal from where we were led earlier in the day. The benefits of keeping everyone together seemed to crumble before our eyes. Getting ready for the season is a secondary concern

Elias: O’s plan is “to keep players, staff members here” (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are remaining at their spring training complexes through the weekend while executives wait for further guidance from public officials and Major League Baseball. Placed on a conference call with local media this afternoon, executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias provided an update on the situation, including how players and staff were kept away from the facility while it underwent a

Orioles still figuring out what’s next (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - We wanted answers and we got them yesterday. But a whole new set is on the table. One step up and two steps back, as Bruce Springsteen sang on the “Tunnel of Love” album. And because I’m a sportswriter, I’m required to quote him. Spring training games won’t be played. They’re done. But spring training itself won’t necessarily stop. The Orioles are

Mancini has malignant tumor removed from colon

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles announced this afternoon that outfielder Trey Mancini underwent “successful” surgery earlier today to remove a malignant tumor from his colon. The tumor was discovered last week during a colonoscopy. The team’s statement also said lab results and the timetable for his recovery won’t be known until next week. “The outpouring of love and support I have received has made an

Davis says Orioles don’t know whether they’re staying in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles won’t be playing any more spring training games due to coronavirus pandemic, but whether they hold workouts at their facility or head back home is one of the issues that’s unresolved. Player representative Chris Davis said there isn’t much clarity as the team waits for the next set of instructions. “I think a lot of it is up in the

Orioles delaying trip to Fort Myers (spring training suspended)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles boarded two charter buses this afternoon that pulled out of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, bound for Fort Myers and tonight’s game against the Twins. They were back after a couple of minutes, circling the perimeter and dropping off manager Brandon Hyde, his staff and his players. A few Orioles drove their own vehicles, including Anthony Santander, Chris Davis and

Orioles lineup vs. Twins (and notes on Cobb and Wilkerson)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb is throwing his simulated game today on a back field at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, the alternative to having him start tonight against the Twins in Fort Myers. A blister on his pitching hand led to the change in assignments. DJ Stewart, Richie Martin and Renato Núñez are some of the hitters facing Cobb, who’s made only one Grapefruit

Bullpen bringing relief to Hyde despite yesterday’s issues

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are going to be making some tough roster cuts relating to their bullpen. They didn’t get any easier yesterday despite the runs allowed in Dunedin. Mychal Givens tried to work through a second inning against the Blue Jays and surrendered a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk after hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch. He’s on the team. Hunter

Eshelman picks bad time for poor start (O’s lose 14-2)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The auditions for jobs in Orioles camp moved this afternoon to the Blue Jays’ newly renovated spring training complex. Thomas Eshelman made another start while trying to convince the Orioles to keep him as a fifth starter or long reliever. Mason Williams led off and played center field, hopeful that he’ll head north in a bench role or perhaps as Trey Mancini’s

Cobb scratched due to blister on pitching hand

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Alex Cobb hasn’t been slowed in camp by the hip and knee surgeries he underwent in June, but a blister on his pitching hand caused manager Brandon Hyde to remove him from Thursday’s starting assignment against the Twins in Fort Myers. Hyde said it’s a “small, little” blister and Cobb would pitch with it in the regular season. Cobb will be used

Hector Velázquez prepping for Orioles debut

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Hector Velázquez isn’t quite set to make his Orioles debut. Maybe it comes over the weekend. The reliever anticipates a second bullpen session before he’s cleared to pitch in a game for the Orioles, who claimed him off waivers from the Red Sox earlier this week. He’s waiting for manager Brandon Hyde to give him more information. “I think that I’m going

Orioles lineup vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Mason Williams is leading off and playing center field as the Orioles travel to Dunedin this afternoon to play the Blue Jays. Williams is 7-for-20 this spring. Pat Valaika is playing first base and Ryan Mountcastle is the left fielder and cleanup hitter. Yusniel Diaz, who had an RBI triple last night, is in right field. Thomas Eshelman gets the start while

Scott still sending strikeouts with sizzle

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tanner Scott will take the one-pitch outs. Ground ball, fly ball, however they come. He isn’t averse to them. There are those occasions, however, when he can’t stop the strikeouts. It happened again Sunday afternoon against the Yankees. Scott was assigned the ninth inning and fanned the side. Armando Alvarez, Brandon Lockridge and Trey Amburgey took turns flailing at fastballs clocked at

Carroll trying to convince Orioles to keep him (Akin optioned)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Cody Carroll knows the feeling of impressing the Orioles in spring training and failing to make the club. He might be too good to pass up in 2020. Carroll registered another scoreless inning tonight, stranding the Braves’ Yangervis Solarte after a two-out double in the fourth by striking out Alex Jackson with a 96 mph fastball. Drawing praise from manager Brandon Hyde

Notes on rotation, Velázquez, Santander, Holaday and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde held his daily pregame scrum this afternoon outside the dugout and at arm’s length from the media. Not the way he wanted it to happen, but he was going along with the increased safety measures around the ballpark that also eliminate autographs and handshakes for fans. “People know a lot more than I do that are higher up,”

Orioles increasing safety measures in spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ media crew returned from the off-day and walked into a whole new world, with the increase in coronavirus cases around the world leading to closed clubhouses in baseball. Players at the Ed Smith Stadium complex were made available upon request and seated at tables on the patio outside the workroom. Reporters asked their questions from a “safe” distance. Six feet

Orioles lineup vs. Braves

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anthony Santander is making his outfield debut tonight, starting in right against the Braves at Ed Smith Stadium. Austin Hays continues to bat leadoff. Hanser Alberto moves down to seventh. José Iglesias is batting second. Bryan Holaday is catching left-hander Keegan Akin. For the Orioles Austin Hays CF José Iglesias SS Anthony Santander RF Chris Davis 1B Renato Núñez DH Dwight Smith

Checking the catching competition in Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are down to five catchers in spring training after the latest round of cuts. The group that held a realistic chance of making the team. None who have been waiting for the inevitable reassignment to minor league camp. Adley Rutschman and Martin Cervenka weren’t jogging down the orange carpet on opening day and they knew it. Pedro Severino still appears

Orioles’ opening day roster remains unsettled as they reach an off-day

SARASOTA, Fla. - Today’s much-needed and celebrated break in the exhibition schedule should have provided a little more clarity to the 26-man roster for opening day. It doesn’t always work out that way. Trey Mancini could begin the season on the injured list, which creates an unexpected vacancy in right field. Manager Brandon Hyde didn’t want to talk about possible alternatives yesterday while meeting with

Orioles claim pitcher Hector Velázquez off waivers (5-5 tie)

SARASOTA, Fla - The Orioles are bringing a relief candidate into camp and filling a vacancy on their 40-man roster. Right-hander Hector Velázquez was claimed off waivers today from the Red Sox to increase the camp roster to 55 players and the 40-man to 39. Velázquez, 31, was designated for assignment on Thursday. He’s gone 11-7 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.428 WHIP in

Hyde on Mancini, K. Stewart, Milone, DJ Stewart and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - The job of a major league manager can expand in unexpected and unfortunate ways. Brandon Hyde, in his second season with the Orioles, is learning about it with Trey Mancini away from the team and facing a non-baseball surgical procedure later this week. Hyde is trying to comfort players and also keep them focused on the task at hand. The business side

Cobb on Mancini’s “heartbreaking” health situation

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are playing their 17th exhibition game later this afternoon, forced to remain focused on preparing for the 2020 season and the various competitions that will determine how the 26-man roster is constructed. They understand the business side of baseball, but their concerns for a teammate and friend keep tugging hard at their emotions. Trey Mancini isn’t in the lineup again

Orioles lineup vs. Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kohl Stewart finally makes his spring debut this afternoon against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium, a sore right biceps muscle no longer limiting his workload. Stewart is trying to stay in the rotation race. He’s got some catching up to do. Yusniel Diaz is playing right field today with Trey Mancini away from the team. Anthony Santander is the designated hitter,

Brandon Bailey: “I believe I’m a big leaguer”

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brandon Bailey didn’t see it coming. In Orioles camp as a Rule 5 selection, Bailey thought he might be heading north with the club instead of making the drive to West Palm Beach. That he’d be on a major league team’s opening day roster instead of returning to the Astros complex and awaiting his minor league assignment. The Orioles included Bailey and

Mancini leaving Orioles to undergo medical procedure

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini has left the club to undergo a non-baseball medical procedure, raising the concerns of his teammates and staff and increasing the possibility that he won’t be on the opening day roster. Manager Brandon Hyde shared the news with the media this afternoon. Details are scarce because the Orioles want to respect his privacy. The procedure isn’t imminent

Zimmermann impresses on road after escaping it

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Bruce Zimmermann bolted out of the visiting dugout today at Charlotte Sports Park and jogged to the mound, eager to begin warming up for his first spring start and third appearance. Zimmermann looked forward to the opportunity but mostly was glad to be off the team bus. He could have gotten here faster from Sarasota if he walked. The Orioles arrived

Santander ready to make his move into the outfield

SARASOTA, Fla. - Anthony Santander is expecting to make his spring outfield debut on Tuesday after serving only as the designated hitter in eight games. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde has been careful with Santander, who didn’t play after Sept. 23 last season due to soreness in his right shoulder. The former Rule 5 pick finally gets to wear a glove for the 6:05 p.m. game

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini remains out of the Orioles lineup today as he tries to shake the flu-like symptoms that have bothered him for much of the camp. Mason Williams is playing right field for the 1:05 p.m. game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Andrew Velazquez is the center fielder. Austin Hays, Chris Davis and José Iglesias are staying back in Sarasota. Dilson

Leftovers from Elias

SARASOTA, Fla. - No matter what happened last night in Tampa, the Orioles were keeping their exhibition record above .500. A 5-1 win over the Yankees left them with an 8-5-2 mark heading into today’s game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. Does it really matter? Absolutely not, except that winning is more enjoyable than losing, and a team going through the painful steps of

Orioles return Bailey and Rucker to their former organizations

SARASOTA, Fla. - The second round of roster cuts for the Orioles this afternoon includes Rule 5 pitchers Brandon Bailey and Michael Rucker, who are being returned to their respective organizations after clearing waivers. Bailey is headed back to the Astros and Rucker to the Cubs. Top prospect Adley Rutschman was reassigned to minor league camp within a series of moves that left the camp

Phillips to start season on injured list (plus O’s lineup)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Ryan McKenna’s locker is empty today, perhaps a sign that the Orioles are making more camp cuts. Evan Phillips received a second opinion on his right elbow yesterday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, and while no structural damage was found, the reliever said he’s going to be shut down for the next two weeks and might not be able

Valaika powering his way into utility role with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - One more home run and Orioles infielder Pat Valaika can match the number of times he hit the waiver wire in the offseason. Baseball is such a crazy game. Valaika began yesterday tied with Chris Davis for the lead in Grapefruit League homers with three, including his two-run shot Wednesday off Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith. He’s equaled his total with the Rockies

Phillips undergoes MRI on elbow (O’s and Twins tie 3-3)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles reliever Evan Phillips underwent an MRI on his sore right elbow this week and was sent out today for a second opinion. Phillips struggled in his debut against the Rays on Feb. 23 with three runs and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. He registered a scoreless inning against the Braves three days later with a walk and strikeout. “We

Injury updates on Milone, Iglesias and Wynns

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Tommy Milone played catch on flat ground yesterday and is waiting to be cleared to throw a simulated game. Milone was supposed to start Tuesday against the Nationals in West Palm, but the Orioles kept him back in Sarasota. He would have worked the equivalent of three innings at the complex. Discomfort in the trapezius/neck area is preventing Milone from

Orioles lineup vs. Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brandon Bailey no longer is starting today’s game against the Twins in Sarasota, with a scheduling change putting left-hander Keegan Akin on the mound. We’re told that Bailey is fine physically. The Orioles just made a switch. Hanser Alberto is starting at shortstop today. José Iglesias was scratched yesterday with cramping in his quadriceps muscle, but said he’s fine and could have

Sister’s motivation moving Mason McCoy toward majors

SARASOTA, Fla. - The pushing started at a young age. Brother and sister inspiring each other to be better in sports. In games played at the family table. Pretty much anything that determined a victor and a loser. Trash talking was optional but pretty much a constant. Verbal jousting also qualified as a sport. Bending the rules was an exercise. Breaking them, as Madison McCoy

Orioles lineup vs. Marlins (updated)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Richie Martin is starting at second base today as the Orioles continue their East Coast trip with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Marlins in Jupiter. Austin Hays is leading off and playing center field - another hint, perhaps, of where he’ll be slotted on opening day. José Iglesias, who had three hits yesterday against the Nationals, is batting second. Anthony Santander

Some Orioles observations halfway through spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - Watching the Orioles play the back nine in spring training allows the observers - tanned unevenly from hours spent on the field and in outdoor media scrums - to draw their own conclusions on a few important subjects and others that might not warrant a mention. Including those that should have been obvious before the first workout. Here are a few: The

Harvey happy with debut appearance and role

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first spring outing for Hunter Harvey confirmed a couple of important points. The illness that shut him down in camp didn’t hurt his velocity, and high winds are murder on a mullet. Harvey tossed a scoreless seventh inning yesterday afternoon against the Rays, a one-out single unable to leave a mark. Brian O’Grady directed a ground ball into right field and

Mancini held back from road trip

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini isn’t making the two-day trip to the East Coast due to flu-like symptoms that he can’t shake. Mancini said he’s going to be fine, but advised a couple of reporters to keep their distance from him. He quipped that they didn’t want the details. Manager Brandon Hyde removed Mancini after two at-bats yesterday because he “isn’t feeling great.”

Orioles lineup vs. Nationals

SARASOTA, Fla. - Trey Mancini, who was removed yesterday after two at-bats because of some lingering effects from his illness, isn’t in today’s lineup against the Nationals in West Palm. Austin Hays also is sitting out the game, with Yusniel Diaz getting the start in center field. Diaz tripled yesterday for his first spring hit. Hanser Alberto is leading off and playing second base. Mason

Pitching market losing appeal for Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are on a rotation roll of late, with Asher Wojciechowski the latest starter to impress yesterday with three scoreless innings. They’ve got Tommy Milone throwing this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and Wade LeBlanc prepping for Wednesday’s start in Jupiter. John Means retired all nine batters he faced Sunday in Clearwater. Alex Cobb impressed in his simulated game

Velazquez and Valaika in thick of utility competition (3-3 tie)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Andrew Velazquez lined a single into right-center field this afternoon off Rays starter Charlie Morton, who handed the ball to his manager and exited one out short of completing the third inning. At the plate again in the fifth, Velazquez coaxed a walk out of former Orioles reliever Oliver Drake. He’s 4-for-9 with three stolen bases this spring. Velazquez is the last

Hyde on Cobb, Harvey, Hardy and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb is going to wait a little longer before making another start. Cobb will pitch in a simulated game Friday while the Orioles play the Yankees in Tampa. His next start is March 11 versus the Blue Jays in Dunedin. “He threw right around 50 pitches yesterday and looked great and he felt great after,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Actually threw

LeBlanc finally gets chance to make second spring start

SARASOTA, Fla. - The device used by Orioles pitcher Wade LeBlanc to measure his spring training is built with the most basic parts. “They haven’t told me to go home yet,” he said, “so it’s going pretty good.” Sounds pretty accurate. LeBlanc has made only one exhibition start, back in the Feb. 23 home opener. He’s scheduled to take the ball again Wednesday afternoon against

Orioles lineup vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. - Reliever Hunter Harvey is making his exhibition debut today with the Orioles hosting the Rays. Harvey is recovered from his illness and threw a simulated game to pass his final test. Pat Valaika is playing shortstop today and Andrew Velazquez is the second baseman. Martin Cervenka is the designated hitter. Chris Davis is batting third and playing first base and Renato Núñez

Hardy’s former teammates excited about his arrival in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - José Iglesias has video stored in his phone of three at-bats in the same game that concluded in the same fashion. Three outs that remind him of J.J. Hardy’s mastery at shortstop. Grounders in Hardy’s vicinity that appear to be infield hits until Iglesias hears the popping sounds from the first baseman’s mitt. The ball beats him to the bag by a

Five Orioles reassigned to minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Five non-roster players have been removed from the Orioles spring training camp roster, including infield prospects Rylan Bannon and Mason McCoy and left-handers Zac Lowther and Alexander Wells. Infielder Malquin Canelo, a longshot candidate to win a utility job, also has been reassigned to minor league camp. Bannon, McCoy, Lowther and Wells never were in line to head north with the club.

Cobb on simulated game, Stewart on ankle

SARASOTA, Fla. - Alex Cobb was held back in camp this morning and assigned a simulated game on the Ed Smith Stadium field while left-hander John Means traveled to Clearwater. The top two starters in the Orioles rotation got in their work on the same day. Cobb threw a lengthy bullpen session prior to the sim game, with Austin Wynns catching him. The veteran right-hander

Orioles lineup vs. Phillies

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Mountcastle is in left field today against the Phillies and Stevie Wilkerson is playing first base as the Orioles attempt to run their winning streak to five games in a row. Dilson Herrera keeps moving around, with today’s game putting him in right field. Hanser Alberto is leading off and Rio Ruiz is batting cleanup. Mason Williams gets the start in

Ruiz making bid to be regular third baseman, more on Davis

SARASOTA, Fla. - The shifting of players to various positions in camp bumped Rio Ruiz to the bench yesterday after he started at third base the previous afternoon in Bradenton. He’s also played first base in a game. He hasn’t stopped hitting. Ruiz singled twice against the Pirates and is 7-for-12 with a double, RBI and run scored. He’s driving the ball to the opposite

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