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Dylan Bundy dealing with mild elbow issue

Right-hander Dylan Bundy, considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, is dealing with a mild elbow issue, Orioles vice president Dan Duquette confirmed tonight to MASNsports.com “Dylan has some mild tightness in his right elbow which he is resting until it’s resolved, which we expect will be in a couple of days,” Duquette wrote via text. Bundy went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA

Minor league break camp rosters

The Orioles have set break camp rosters for each minor league affiliate. The final and official opening day rosters will be announced later next week. The four opening night starters will be Zach Clark for Triple-A Norfolk, Mike Wright at Double-A Bowie, Devin Jones at Single-A Frederick and Parker Bridwell for Single-A Delmarva. An earlier entry on this was deleted in a brilliant move by

Can the Orioles bullpen repeat late-inning success?

The Orioles, like just about any team, have question marks. Can some of their starting pitchers repeat last year’s success? Can Nolan Reimold and Brian Roberts stay healthy? There are others, but one area of the team that looks very strong again is the bullpen - and particularly the back end of the ‘pen. The Orioles, on many nights, can send out Pedro Strop to

Taking a guess at the minor league rotations and some position player assignments

The Orioles’ four full-season minor league affiliates will open their seasons soon with Single-A Frederick starting next Friday and the other three clubs - at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie and Single-A Delmarva - beginning new seasons on Thursday. Before the rosters officially come out, here are some guesses about some of the pitchers we could see in each rotation and some possible position player assignments.

A look at Roberts batting ninth, another prediction and more

I was asked often during radio show interviews the last few weeks if Brian Roberts should hit first in the Orioles’ batting order. I said I thought he should. But, as usual, Buck Showalter makes perfect sense when he explains why Roberts will begin the season batting ninth. Buck knows best, I need to keep repeating that. He mentioned this may be the best way

O’s ink Freddy Garcia to minor league deal, trade for Scott Proctor

The Orioles have signed veteran major league right-hander Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract. He is expected to begin the year in the rotation at Triple-A Norfolk. In a separate transaction, the Orioles traded with San Francisco to acquire veteran reliever Scott Proctor for cash considerations. Proctor, who pitched in Korea last year, is also expected to begin the season with Norfolk, pitching out

Orioles release Adam Greenberg (updated)

The interesting story of Adam Greenberg possibly playing for the Orioles came to an end this morning when the club released the 32-year-old outfielder. He had been signed as a minor league free agent on Dec. 22. Greenberg’s emotional story led to him getting a one-day contract and one big league at-bat with the Miami Marlins last Oct. 2. An online petition led to the

Egan, Esquivel and Nowak are among eight released from O’s minor leagues

Pitchers Pat Egan and Jaime Esquivel, and outfielder Jeremy Nowak were among eight players released from the Orioles’ minor leagues this morning. Among the released players were four O’s draft picks, three signed out of independent ball this winter and one minor league free agent. The Orioles also released outfielders Chris Pettit, Will Howard and Buddy Sosnoskie, pitcher Chase Johnson and shortstop Chris Wade. Maybe

Orioles can benefit from using six-man rotations for some of the minor league teams

Last season, the Orioles had some of their minor league affiliates at times use six-man starting rotations. This season, the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds and Single-A Frederick Keys are expected to begin the season using six-man rotations and it’s possible that Double-A Bowie may as well, O’s director of player development Brian Graham confirmed recently. Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson said there are several

AL East turned upside down in this prediction

Maybe you thought you’d never see the day when a prominent national baseball writer would not only pick the Orioles to win the American League East, but at the same time would pick New York to finish last. Well, it happened this week and almost happened twice. ESPN’s Buster Olney picks the Orioles first and the Yankees last in the AL East. His ESPN colleague,

Minor league notes on Givens, Beal and more

The transition of Mychal Givens, the Orioles’ second-round draft pick in 2009, from infielder to pitcher has been going well at spring training camp at Twin Lakes Park and Givens is expected to be with a full-season affiliate come opening day. “He’s made a very smooth transition back to pitching and he was a pitching prospect in high school. He’s thrown very well this spring

From Mexico to the majors: Miguel Gonzalez will try to repeat last year’s success for the Orioles

It probably barely registered at all with Orioles fans when the club signed a right-handed pitcher named Miguel Gonzalez to a minor league contract after spring training had already started last year on Feb. 28. Little did we know how big a role he would play for the 2012 Orioles. How he would become one of their key starters late in the year and how

Orioles minor leaguer Tyler Townsend has retired

Tyler Townsend, a once-promising first base prospect, has told the Orioles he is retiring from baseball. The club’s third-round pick in the 2009 draft out of Florida International often dealt with hamstring issues in his career and had not played in any games during spring training this year due to wrist and hip injuries. After a 2010 season when he hit a combined .325 between

ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” crew throws some praise O’s way

If there is one thing that Orioles fans seem to get fired up about, it is predictions about their team from national writers and analysts. Especially when those predictions are positive. The last two days, ESPN’s writers and broadcasters have been heaping some praise on this team. In a podcast yesterday, Buster Olney picked the Orioles to win the American League East and Jayson Stark

Can Chris Davis top the 33 homers he hit last season?

If some things had gone a different way several years ago, Chris Davis might have been hitting homers for the Yankees rather than against them. Davis was drafted by New York in round 50 in 2004 out of Longview (Texas) High School. He was also taken a year later in round 35 by the Angels. He didn’t sign either time and finally did when the

Addressing some topics with O’s director of player development Brian Graham (updated)

The players on the Orioles’ big league roster spend their mornings working out and playing games at Ed Smith Stadium when the club is home. About 15 minutes away from there, the O’s minor league camp is humming along at the Twin Lakes Park complex. After the release of eight players last week, the Orioles have, by my count, 167 players remaining there. Brian Graham

Impressions from spring training

You probably noticed that as of Friday afternoon, I am no longer writing with a Sarasota, Fla., dateline. Now that I have left Florida and am back in chilly Maryland, where it might snow tonight or tomorrow, I thought I’d pass along some observations from spring training while I hope that snow shovel can stay in my basement collecting dust. * Watching the pitchers step

After 2012 season with Bowie, Schoop is getting closer to his big league dream

Nice return to the Orioles. Rejoining the Orioles Wednesday after playing in the World Baseball Classic, the club’s No. 3 prospect according to Baseball America had a big game Friday. Jonathan Schoop got the start at shortstop against Tampa Bay and went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer off Jeff Niemann. Schoop has some power potential and delivered a huge three-run homer against Cuba in the

Talking basestealing with Alexi Casilla

SARASOTA, Fla. - Buck Showalter likes to say a player should “bring what he can bring” to the team. By that, he means do the things you do well and don’t try to be someone you are not on the field. One thing new Orioles infielder Alexi Casilla brings to this team is the ability to steal bases. That could be a nice addition to

Wieters focused on season at hand, not potential contract talks now

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles fans bring up the topic often. That is, the question about a possible long-term contract for catcher Matt Wieters. The two-time All-Star is clearly a player that any team would have interest in locking up long-term. But when is the time right for those contract talks? It doesn’t seem to be now, as Wieters has three years to go before he

Arrieta makes his case for a starting job

SARASOTA, Fla. - This was a good night for right-hander Jake Arrieta. He kept his scoreless innings streak alive and made another case to be the fifth starter come opening day. Arrieta pitched six scoreless innings tonight as the Orioles and Pirates played to a 10-inning 0-0 tie in front of 6,000 fans at Ed Smith Stadium. Arrieta gave up six hits with two walks

When calling up players, O’s see Norfolk and Bowie as one talent pool

SARASOTA, Fla. - During his pregame interview with reporters today, Buck Showalter was asked how much input he will have on where some of the minor league players will play this year. Is he involved on some of those decisions? He indicated he’ll leave most of that to vice president Dan Duquette and director of player development Brian Graham. Showalter did emphasize that whether a

McFarland keeps putting up zeroes and remains in the hunt for a roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - When asked about his chances to make the Orioles’ opening day roster as a Rule 5 pick earlier today, left-hander T.J. McFarland put it this way. “I just know I’ve come here and thrown as well as I could,” he said. Simple and direct. The rest, he knows, is out of his hands. Soon the Orioles will have to decide if they

Can we read anything into Showalter’s comments on Arrieta?

SARASOTA, Fla. - In handicapping the fifth starter competition, some have labeled Jake Arrieta the favorite, or at least one of the top pitchers with the best shot to win that job. Arrieta has pitched well during spring training with an ERA of 2.38. Over 11 1/3 innings he has allowed seven hits and three runs with six walks and seven strikeouts. He has pitched

Coffey, Leonora and Smith among eight released from O’s minors today

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles began the process of releasing perhaps as many as 30 or more minor league players when they cut eight this morning from a camp that had 175 players and will be adding more with players coming down from Baltimore. The club released left-handed pitchers Cameron Coffey, Eric Wooten and Matt Bywater, right-hander David Baker, catchers Adam Davis and Kevin Dultz,

Orioles stepping up their game in Dominican Republic and Latin America

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s been a criticism of the Orioles organization for a long time and it seems a valid one. The club has been lacking on the international front, especially in amateur signings and has been lagging behind many teams - well behind some - in producing foreign-born major league talent. Orioles executive vice-president Dan Duquette wants to change that. In a lengthy one-on-one

Checking in with Roberts and Reimold after Orioles’ win over Toronto

SARASOTA, Fla. - After he doubled, walked and delivered an RBI single in his first three plate appearances today, Brian Roberts fouled a ball off his right ankle when batting in the last of the sixth. He went on to strike out and was replaced by Yamaico Navarro when the Orioles took the field for the seventh. But Roberts was slated to exit the game

New season brings good health and new position for O’s minor leaguer Delmonico

SARASOTA, Fla. - He may have ended last year injured, but Orioles prospect Nicky Delmonico is healthy now and off to a good start at minor league camp this year. Delmonico, who was ranked the O’s fourth-best prospect by Baseball America, ended last season with a left knee injury that has now fully recovered. His last game in 2012 was Aug. 1 and in 95

A few Orioles players show their pride as the Dominican wins the WBC

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Dominican flag was displayed proudly above the lockers of Wilson Betemit and Alexi Casilla in the Orioles clubhouse this morning. They watched with pride last night as the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 to win the World Baseball Classic, going 8-0 in the tournament. Betemit is from Santo Domingo and Casilla is from San Cristobal. “Oh yeah, real proud,” Betemit

Machado talks about 2012, possibility of returning to shortstop one day

SARASOTA, Fla. - When Manny Machado came to spring training last year, he was a top prospect on the rise, but his locker was not even in the main clubhouse and he knew he was not going to be a big leaguer on opening day. But after a season where he went from Double-A Bowie to the Orioles to the playoffs, he does admit he

A healthy Hobgood returns to the mound at camp but will begin 2013 in a bullpen role

SARASOTA, Fla. - After pitching just 37 innings total the last two seasons and coming off shoulder surgery last April 2, Orioles 2009 first-round draft pick Matt Hobgood is scheduled to begin this season pitching out of the bullpen. “We want to see that velocity come back and I think we’ll use him out of the bullpen,” O’s director of player development Brian Graham said

Brian Graham talks about Klein’s setback, Townsend and Urrutia

SARASOTA, Fla. - The frustration for one of the Orioles’ top pitching prospects, Dan Klein, continues. Drafted in the third round in 2010 out of UCLA, he was pitching so well during the 2011 season that he seemed to be on a fast track to Baltimore. But now that track has derailed for him. Yet again. Klein had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2009 while with

Tillman and Bundy talk about their outings at minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Two of the Orioles’ top young pitchers were pitching at the same time today on adjacent fields in minor league games against Tampa Bay at Twin Lakes Park. Chris Tillman gave up one run and one hit over three innings, throwing 46 pitches, 30 for strikes in the Triple-A game. He walked one and fanned four. Dylan Bundy gave up a homer

Hobgood to pitch out of ‘pen, Klein suffers setback and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Director of player development Brian Graham provided a number of interesting tidbits on the Orioles’ system at Twin Lakes Park today. First and foremost, the O’s are planning to move former first-round pick Matt Hobgood to the bullpen this year, and the right-hander will likely start at Single-A Delmarva. A goal of the shift is to help the 22-year-old get his diminished

Zach Britton talks about the fifth starter’s competition

SARASOTA, Fla. - This must be a strange time for some of the Orioles’ young pitchers. They are battling hard to win the fifth starter’s job and they are battling against some of their best friends. Players they have known since their minor league days. Zach Britton understands that it’s a weird dynamic. He is trying to put his best foot (or is that arm)

Using the bullpen, holding runners and minor league math

SARASOTA, Fla. - No doubt Orioles manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair should get credit for how they used the bullpen last year. There was not any overuse of pitchers and they always seem to put the right people in the right spots at the right times. Showalter would even seem to know when to give a certain pitcher an outing, even if

Hobgood and Hader on the mound and other notes from minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Hobgood is nearing the one-year anniversary of his shoulder surgery from last April 2 that kept him out all of last season after he was limited to 37 innings in 2011. He’s been dealing with shoulder soreness since he pitched for rookie-level Bluefield in 2009, the year the Orioles made the fifth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Hobgood hopes

The case for the defense at first

SARASOTA, Fla. - For now, it seems no one is talking about Chris Davis and his defensive play at first base. A few weeks ago, it was a prime topic and concern of Orioles fans. But a few weeks of some solid defense at the bag in spring games seems to have put Davis on the right track and is leaving fans less concerned at

O’s comeback in ninth falls short for 5-3 loss to Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Orioles’ reserves tried to produce some magic in the top of ninth today, scoring two runs. But the rally came up short as the Phillies beat an O’s split squad 5-3 in front of a record crowd of 11,100 at Bright House Field. In the ninth, Adrian Marin, Steel Russell and Danny Valencia singled to load the bases. One run scored

Hammel not pleased with his outing today in Clearwater (O’s lose 5-3)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - After throwing 60 pitches in his last outing, which was a simulated game at camp, Jason Hammel gave up four runs today as he bumped his pitch count up to 77 against the Phillies. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, with one walk and three strikeouts. He gave up a two-run homer on a change-up to Freddy

Pearce hits team-leading fourth homer as O’s take lead in Clearwater (Hammel now out)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - An Orioles split squad has taken the early 1-0 lead on Philadephia at Bright House Field in their second meeting this spring with the Phillies. Jason Hammel is making just his third start in an official spring game, but he also pitched in a simulated game earlier to get his innings in. He has retired six of seven batters faced through two

Still on the roster for now, Kevin Gausman looks forward to his next outing

SARASOTA, Fla. - While Dylan Bundy has been officially sent to the minor leagues, the other half of the O’s duo of top pitching prospects is still on the roster. Right-hander Kevin Gausman will get at least one more outing with the Orioles and is next scheduled to pitch on Tuesday in Fort Myers against Boston. “I’m not trying to look into anything. I don’t

Adam Jones returns to the Orioles and talks about his WBC experience

SARASOTA, Fla. - His time at the World Baseball Classic is over and Adam Jones was back in the Orioles’ clubhouse in Sarasota this morning for the first time in two weeks. Jones said if he is asked to play in the next WBC, he definitely would and he just finished playing in six games that he said were played with a postseason-like intensity. “Just

So far, the Bundy-Gausman duo has lived up to the hype

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dylan Bundy got optioned to the minors on Saturday and that was an inevitable move. The kid used his time in big league camp well. He pitched solidly in games while watching and learning from the veterans. It was a positive experience as the process of grooming Bundy into a big league pitcher - maybe even an ace one day - is

Showalter addresses rotation competition after 3-1 win

DUNEDIN, Fla. - For the Orioles, it was another day and another good outing by a starter that is not guaranteed a spot in the opening day rotation. Jake Arrieta pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings today in the Orioles’ 3-1 win over Toronto and the competition for the fifth starter’s job is heating up. Manager Buck Showalter spent most of a 10-minute postgame session with

Jake Arrieta talks about his outing (O’s win 3-1)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - After pitching 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball today, Jake Arrieta said he may have had his best mix of pitches this afternoon that he’s ever had in a game going back in his memory bank. He also had a top-notch slider in his outing against Toronto. “Today was the best sequence I’ve had from start to finish in a long time,”

Behind Arrieta, O’s take early lead over Jays (Arrieta done)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Playing the Toronto Blue Jays for the fourth time this spring, the Orioles have taken an early 2-0 lead after three innings. The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a Nolan Reimold RBI groundout. It scored Lew Ford who doubled with one out. The O’s made it 2-0 in the second on Danny Valencia’s RBI double,

Showalter on Bundy’s move to the minors, a Reimold update and more

DUNEDIN, Fla. - In his pregame session with reporters here, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about the timing of today’s move sending top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to minor league camp. Bundy was optioned to Double-A Bowie this morning. “Innings,” Showalter said. “Time for him to get stretched out a little bit more and they are not here for him. He’s going to start the

O’s option Bundy to Bowie, Redmond to Norfolk

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles made two roster moves before today’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles have optioned right-hander Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie and right-hander Todd Redmond to Triple-A Norfolk. In four spring training appearances, Bundy went 1-1 with a 1.13 ERA. Over eight innings, he has allowed six hits, two runs (one earned) with six walks and five strikeouts. Bundy

Quiet Flaherty is letting his bat do the talking right now

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ryan Flaherty hit another homer for the Orioles yesterday. It you want him to say much about that, you may be disappointed. He made just a few comments in a brief postgame interview Friday, but his bat is starting to speak loudly. Flaherty hit a two-run homer with two outs in the last of the 10th as the Orioles played to a

Brian Roberts passes another test with head-first slide

SARASOTA, Fla. - Brian Roberts said it was by design that he was not trying to steal many bases in the early spring training games. But that changed today in the last of the first inning. After he singled off Boston’s Clayton Mortensen, he stole his first base this spring. Not only did he steal second but he went into the bag sliding head first,

Revisiting the strange play from Thursday’s game with Luis Exposito

SARASOTA, Fla. - To say the least, it was a confusing play in the ninth inning of yesterday’s game. Dylan Bundy was pitching against Tampa Bay with a man on third and none out of a 3-3 game. He threw a pitch in the dirt. Right after that, the umpire at third base ruled the runner could advance to home. What had happened? A balk?

A look at the process of evaluating the fifth starter candidates

SARASOTA, Fla. - As manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair go about sizing up the large field of candidates to win the Orioles’ fifth starter’s job, you know Showalter must be evaluating a lot of things. For him, it is certainly more than just about the stats. “There’s a lot of things,” Showalter said. “Let’s face it, the first time they throw a

LJ Hoes is soaking up the experience at Orioles’ camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ 2012 winner of the Brooks Robinson Award, which goes to their minor league Player of the Year, is using spring training here at major league camp to do more than just “get his work in.” LJ Hoes is taking advantage of what he calls a “blessed opportunity” every day here at Ed Smith Stadium. Hoes has a locker between Nolan

Trying to win the games 90 feet at a time

SARASOTA, Fla. - When your manager is Buck Showalter, a player knows he has to take care of the little things and always be prepared to best do his job. The latest example came yesterday when Showalter spent a good portion of his postgame interview session talking about pitchers’ times to home plate out of the stretch. It is clear Showalter was not thrilled with

Dylan Bundy talks about his outing today against Tampa Bay

SARASOTA, Fla. - For Dylan Bundy, it was a day when his velocity increased some from his last start, but his command was still not where he wanted it to be. Bundy took the loss this afternoon when he gave up a ninth-inning run as Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 4-3 in Sarasota. Bundy pitched the last three innings, allowing two hits and one run

The injury factor

Maybe Orioles fans shouldn’t take too much glee that the Yankees are dealing with injuries until they make sure their own house is in order. Nick Markakis dealing with a slight herniated disc in his neck. Nolan Reimold with right shoulder soreness. Chris Tillman doing better after a few days of dealing with abdomen soreness. Those are just a few of the nagging injuries that

A closer look at the Orioles’ schedule

With the countdown now on to the start of the new season, today I am taking an in-depth look at the Orioles’ 2013 schedule. Here are some notes on the schedule: * The Orioles will play nine of their first 12 games on the road with series at Tampa Bay, Boston and New York. They will play 20 of their first 32 games on the

Will the Bronx Bombers turn into a Bronx bust this year?

Has the day many Orioles fans have been hoping for finally arrived? Are the New York Yankees finally going to take a step back in the American League East? Have age and injuries finally caught up to this team? I am sticking to my opinion that I will believe the demise of the Yankees when I finally see it. This is a franchise that has

To bunt or not to bunt

It was the top of the second inning of the United States-Canada game Sunday in the World Baseball Classic. Adam Jones came up with runners on first and second and none out, with the USA and Canada in a 0-0 tie. He dropped a sac bunt advancing both runners. Jones did not have one sac bunt last season and has just six in his 786-game

Adam Jones comes up with a big hit as Team USA takes the lead on Canada (U.S. wins)

With Team USA two innings and a few outs away from losing today, and getting eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones delivered what could turn out to be a tourney-saving hit. Jones’ two-run double to left-center off Canada pitcher Jimmy Henderson in the top of the eighth turned a 3-2 USA deficit into a 4-3 lead and was one of

Schoop’s big game has some O’s fans pondering the future for the club’s infield

Even though much of the game was played during the late night and early morning hours when some fans could not or did not watch it live, Jonathan Schoop’s big game against Cuba has certainly created a buzz through the O’s fanbase, a buzz that includes some fans wondering what a future Orioles infield could look like. Will there be a day in the next

Jonathan Schoop’s dramatic homer among biggest blasts in the WBC so far

Orioles minor leaguer Jonathan Schoop took a swing and produced one of the most dramatic hits so far in the World Baseball Classic. Schoop’s three-run homer in the top of the sixth turned a one-run lead for the Netherlands into a four-run edge in a 6-2 upset win over Cuba in a second-round opening game. Schoop also had a single and RBI double in this

MLB Network talks Orioles

I’ll save the final predictions for the end of this blog, but let’s just say the MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” feature last night on the Orioles was real positive. The network spent some time recently with the Orioles in Sarasota and several interviews were featured on the broadcast last night. Analysts Sean Casey, who was in Sarasota, along with Al Leiter and

Has Orioles’ bench competition heated up? (plus WBC note)

Are these the dog days of spring training already? The excitement of the early games is starting to wear off as we all realize there is a long way to go - almost a month - before the fun of a new season will be here. When you see a baseball team with a record of 7-2-1 like the Orioles, you quickly realize it must

Like plenty of others, Mike Trout will have to wait to make the big bucks

The agent for Angels star Mike Trout was not happy over the weekend when the team renewed the contract for its star center fielder. Trout was given a salary of $510,000 - just $20,000 over the big league minimum - for the 2013 season. “During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season,

Don’t sleep on Pedro Strop

It was the ninth inning of an insignificant spring training game last Wednesday night. The Orioles would go on to beat Boston 5-3 and, in that ninth frame, Pedro Strop struck out three batters. Sure they were against players ticketed for the minors and not Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury, but it was the dominant pitches Strop was throwing, or at least it sure appeared

A new edition of 10 questions for O’s fans

Today I present the third edition of 10 questions for O’s fans. I’ll once again throw out some questions and topics and hope you answer and respond to any or all of them. If you number your answers it will be easier to follow the responses. Now on with the latest edition: 1. Is Brian Matusz better suited to be a starter or reliever? 2.

The top 10 Orioles right now

MLB Network this week completed its countdown of the top 100 players in Major League Baseball right now. Their list is, of course, subjective and yours may be different. They ranked the Angels’ Mike Trout as the game’s No. 1 player followed by Detroit’s Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera second and third with the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw fourth and fifth. Four Orioles

Orioles’ minor league spring training camp roster

From A to Z, here is a lengthy list of players reporting to the Orioles’ minor league spring training camp this weekend at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla. I count 83 pitchers, 19 catchers, 32 infielders and utility players and 28 outfielders on the list for a total of 162 players. Also note some players playing in the World Baseball Classic are not on

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