Hyde on youth, home opener details and more

The news frenzy yesterday has been followed this afternoon by pregame tranquility, as evidenced by the six minutes that manager Brandon Hyde spent on his media Zoom call.

Nothing worth stopping the real and proverbial presses.

No roster moves or injury updates.

Five Orioles made their major league debuts in 2020. Three earned the honor this season within the first four games - Rule 5 pitchers Mac Sceroler and Tyler Wells and outfielder Ryan McKenna.

More pitchers should walk through the door later in the summer, perhaps with outfielder Yusniel Diaz and infielder Rylan Bannon. There are plenty of candidates, which speaks to the improved farm system and the current state of the rebuilding Orioles.

Hyde-Hoodie-Mask-on-Chin-Sidebar.jpg“We’re young and our organization is growing and we’re going to be getting players to the big leagues,” Hyde said.

“The first couple years, we had a lot of players that didn’t have major league experience, that kind of came from other organizations, either through the waiver wire or trade, but now we’re starting to get guys graduated from our organization and that’s exciting. Started to see that in Dean Kremer and Zim (Bruce Zimmermann) in our rotation, two Rule 5 guys that are making their debuts, McKenna last night. We’re going to continue to be young.

“It’s where we are right now. It’s exciting to watch young players. I was talking to Sceroler on the bus on the way here, how he felt about last night and how nervous he was. Just great experiences for these guys and we’re excited about the talent that we have and we’re excited that we have these younger players to really grow up here in the big leagues and grow together, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Sceroler’s debut last night was one of three in team history with no hits allowed in at least 2 2/3 innings. Bill Dillman went five innings in 1967 and John Miller went three in 1962. Sceroler’s four strikeouts are the most.

The Orioles have not hit a home run in their first four games for the first time since 2001.

Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will start Thursday in Baltimore. Matt Harvey starts for the Orioles in their home opener.

Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott and United States Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Zadia, a multidisciplinary artist and musician born and raised in West Baltimore, will perform her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner’ from the Center Field Roof Deck.

The club’s traditional “10th Man” honor will now be forever known as “Mo Gaba’s Fan of the Year,” in remembrance of 2021 Orioles Hall of Fame inductee Mossila “Mo” Gaba.

The Orioles will recognize frontline workers in a special moment as part of the pregame ceremony.

Gates open one hour before the 3:05 p.m. first pitch.

Click here for more details, including new food options at the ballpark, such as Charm City Diner and Vida Taco Bar.

The team is allowing fans at 25 percent capacity, with hopes of increasing it later in the summer.

“Can’t wait for it,” Hyde said. “Everybody’s looking forward to it. Guys were talking about it in the clubhouse. Can’t wait to go home, see fans in the seats at Camden Yards. It was two months last year of nobody there and hearing ourselves in the dugout, hearing the other dugout, and to hear a buzz in the crowd and here fans cheer for our guys, everybody’s very excited for that day.”

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