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Hunter passes the first test, Britton on new role and Machado on Schoop

In baseball, you can’t hide. If you have a poor defender playing shortstop or right field, you can almost count on the ball getting hit there often. If you are on the spot and under scrutiny in your new role as Orioles closer, you don’t get to ease into your season. So it was for Tommy Hunter. How the O’s do in the ninth inning

Nelson Cruz on his homer and other clubhouse quotes

The Orioles improved to 39-22 all-time on opening day with today’s win over Boston. They have won 11 of their last 14 openers, including the last four in a row. Here are more clubhouse quotes from the 2-1 victory. Nelson Cruz on his homer off Jon Lester that broke a 1-1 tie: “I was looking for a pitch I could drive, especially a fastball. The

Tommy Hunter: “Our crowd was legit. That was awesome”

Tommy Hunter’s first game as the new Orioles closer was certainly eventful. Just close it out against the defending champions and protect a one-run lead against batters like Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. Well, Hunter did just that, getting a 22-pitch save to preserve the O’s 2-1 win at Camden Yards. In the postgame clubhouse interviews, Hunter repeatedly praised the crowd for helping him in

Cruz with big homer, Hunter the save as O’s win opening day thriller

Nelson Cruz was signed by the Orioles to add even more pop to a power-laden team. He delivered big for his new team today. In his third O’s plate appearance, Cruz homered to left on the first pitch leading off the seventh to give the O’s a 2-1 win today over Boston. He hit it out against Jon Lester and is now 11-for-24 in his

Chris Davis: “We’re ready to roll”

Chris Davis hit a big three-run homer in the seventh inning on opening day last year as the Orioles won on the road against Tampa Bay. Does he have one in him today? Davis said his opening day excitement began to build hours ago. “There is nothing like it,” he said. “Getting ready this morning, driving to the field, you can feel the energy and

Machado updates his rehab and talks about getting Gold and Platinum Gloves today

Before he heads back to Sarasota tomorrow to continue his rehab, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will collect some hardware here today. He will pick up his Gold Glove and also a Platinum Glove, given to the best individual defender in each league. Machado still doesn’t know when he will be able to play in a game. He wishes he did, but said you really

Jonathan Schoop: “I dreamed for this moment”

Will anyone here today be more excited than Jonathan Schoop? The kid found out he made the roster on Saturday in Norfolk and today he will start at second base on opening day for the Orioles. How is his excitement level right now? I asked him earlier in the clubhouse. “I cannot explain, but it’s opening day and you’ve got to be excited. I love

Markakis said decision whether he can play today coming after BP

Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis just told reporters he’s not sure if he can play today. He’ll find out before too long though, after he takes a few swings on the field. “I don’t know, we’ll find out after BP (batting practice) here. I feel a lot better,” he said. “I’ve been here long enough to know which injuries I can baby and which injuries I

Let the games begin

Well, here it is. Opening day, a day just about every fan can’t wait for over the long winter. Today, the Orioles begin their quest to get back to the playoffs and to produce a third straight winning season for the first time since 1992-94. Expectations are high for this club and fans are excited to see what the 2014 Orioles can do. They play

A look at two players, one whose time is now and the other who waits his chance

They are two young players who got their first tastes of big league baseball during the 2013 season. Going into spring training, it looked like one had a better chance to make the Orioles’ opening day roster than the other. Kevin Gausman looked like he could emerge from camp in Florida pitching in the O’s rotation and Jonathan Schoop looked like a player likely to

Showalter on Gausman, Schoop, Meek, Young and more after Norfolk game

NORFOLK, Va. - After today’s game was called due to rain with the Orioles winning 4-3 over Norfolk in six innings, manager Buck Showalter touched on a variety of topics in the manager’s office at Harbor Park. He said he let the position coaches tell players that they had made the opening day roster. So infield coach Bobby Dickerson got to tell Jonathan Schoop he’d

Jonathan Schoop talks about making the opening day roster

NORFOLK, Va. - Jonathan Schoop has made the Orioles’ opening day roster and will likely be in the starting lineup Monday against Boston. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed that after today’s game. It was pretty obvious, but Showalter told reporters that Schoop, Evan Meek, Steve Pearce and Delmon Young had claimed roster spots. The Orioles optioned Kevin Gausman, T.J. McFarland and Jemile Weeks to Triple-A after

Wieters gives Orioles early lead at Norfolk (O’s win 4-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Orioles 4, Norfolk 3 (rain, six innings) Recap: Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer off Zach Davies in the top of the second and the Orioles went on to a 4-3, rain-shortened win over Triple-A Norfolk today. The game was halted by rain after five and a half innings. The homer was Wieters’ first of this spring and he now has

Markakis update and today’s lineups

NORFOLK, Va. - Well, the weather has taken a turn for the worse in Norfolk. It is raining hard right now and the tarp has been put back on the field. An on-time start seems impossible and it could be that this game never gets played. Stay tuned. Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis will not play here today, we know that for sure, due to

A few pregame notes from Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - There are a few notes to pass along today from Habor Park before the Orioles play the Tides in the O’s exhibition finale. Buck Showalter did not announce any roster moves during his pregame press conference today. At this moment, the O’s roster stands at 35. We still could get some cuts later today. Showalter said Nick Markakis was scratched from today’s

It’s Yoon against Wilson today when the O’s meet the Tides in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - The Orioles are scheduled to play the Norfolk Tides, their Triple-A affiliate, here today at Norfolk’s Harbor Park. First pitch is set for 3:05 p.m. At this hour a light rain is falling and the tarp is on the field, but the Orioles are on their way here and they will try to get this game in. The forecast looks a little

Time for predictions

Now it’s that time. The time for your predictions for the 2014 season. Here are mine for the American League East this year: Tampa Bay 94-68 Orioles 91-71 Boston 88-74 New York 82-80 Toronto 78-84 Last season the AL East had four teams winning 85 games or more as the Orioles and Yankees tied for third at 85-77. No other division could claim that and

Minor league break-camp rosters (plus notes on Schoop, Monell)

Here are the break-camp rosters for the Orioles’ four full-season minor league clubs: Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. These rosters are not final. There will be some changes between now and opening day next Thursday in the minors. The final rosters for the openers will not be set until next Thursday. There are, of course, still several players that will be

Howard and Schrader are latest released from O’s minor league camp

The Orioles released two more players today from their minor league camp. The club cut right-hander Clay Schrader and left-hander Trent Howard. Both pitchers were drafted among the top 10 rounds and both have had some good numbers during their time with the Orioles. The 23-year-old Schrader was selected in the 10th round in 2010 out of San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College. Last season with

An interview with Carlos Diaz

They are both young, big, and strong, and the Orioles believe they have bright futures in their organization. On Jan. 30 the Orioles announced the additions of two international players in 16-year-old third baseman Jomar Reyes (who turned 17 Feb. 20) and 17-year-old first baseman Carlos Diaz. When I was at spring training in Sarasota, Fla., I had the chance to meet and interview both

Five questions heading into the 2014 season

With the 2014 regular season now just days away, here are five questions facing the Orioles this year. * How will the rotation hold up? Isn’t this always the key question? As the season begins, the rotation of Chris Tillman, Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris looks solid. There is also plenty of depth as well with pitchers like Kevin Gausman, Steve

Aaron Baker and Sander Beck among latest released from O’s minors

Former University of Maryland Terrapin pitcher Sander Beck and first baseman Aaron Baker were among five players released today by the Orioles at minor league camp. The Orioles also released first baseman Henry Wrigley, and left-handed pitchers Zach Fowler and Steve Garrison, bringing the number of players released since spring training began to 18. A 23-year-old right-hander, Beck went 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA over

More predictions, some odds and a few Chris Davis quotes

If predictions that are unfavorable to the Orioles get you stirred up, then don’t read the ESPN the Magazine’s 2014 MLB preview issue. The magazine’s editors actually used a chemistry element in this year’s predictions. They tried to quantify clubhouse chemistry using three elements they called demographic factor, isolation factor and ego factor. I give them credit for trying, but there are some things in

Orioles release Connor Narron, Aaron Laffey and three others from minor league camp

The Orioles today released five players from minor league camp, bringing the total number to 13 minor league players released since spring training started. The club released infielder Connor Narron, right-handed pitchers Luis Vizcaino, Eric Beaulac and Juan Guzman and left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey, a Cumberland, Md., native. Narron, the Orioles’ fifth-round pick in 2010, hit just .211 in four seasons with the club and

MLB Network takes a look at the Orioles

The Orioles were the featured team last night on MLB Network’s “30 clubs in 30 days.” Analysts Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams talked about the O’s in the studio, while Ron Darling reported from O’s camp in Sarasota, Fla. We’ll save some of their season predictions later, but here is what they said on several O’s topics. Darling on the rotation: “This is the crux

Lombardozzi addition creates even more infield possibilities for the Orioles

Now that we know Manny Machado is going to miss opening day, the O’s infield possibilities without him are getting interesting. There are certainly plenty of them. Today, the Orioles exchanged infielders, acquiring switch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi from Detroit in exchange for Alex Gonzalez. The Tigers needed a shortstop, Gonzalez had a strong spring and now is headed for Detroit. So who starts at second and

A look at how the Orioles will handle MLB’s new home plate collision rule

The 2014 season will be interesting for catchers around Major League Baseball due to the new experimental rule involving home plate collisions. This MLB.com story outlines the highlights of experimental rule 7.13: * A runner may not run out of a direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or any player, covering the plate. If he does, the umpire

Schoop and Wright try to make the majors, become O’s minor league success stories

There are many reasons for O’s fans to be excited about Jonathan Schoop. He just may be the club’s opening day second baseman and is sure stating his case with his strong spring. Beyond that, Schoop is from Curacao and the Orioles have produced few international players that made the majors, but the club is clearly getting better on that front. Also, Schoop first played

After losing a clubhouse friend, O’Day looks to find old magic vs. lefty hitters (plus minor league notes)

For the last two seasons, Darren O’Day has been a rock in the Orioles bullpen. Dependable, reliable and talented. Over those two years, he is a combined 12-4 with an ERA of 2.23. During that time, he has averaged 8.9 strikeouts per every nine innings with just 2.0 walks. But last season - when he went 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA - one area stood

After losing a clubhouse friend, O’Day looks to find old magic vs. lefty hitters

For the last two seasons, Darren O’Day has been a rock in the Orioles bullpen. Dependable, reliable and talented. Over those two years, he is a combined 12-4 with an ERA of 2.23. During that time, he has averaged 8.9 strikeouts per every nine innings with just 2.0 walks. But last season - when he went 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA - one area stood

Orioles release Cust, LaPorta, five others from minor league camp

Jack Cust’s attempt at a comeback with the Orioles ended today when he was released by the club. He signed a minor league deal Feb. 5 and had been working out at the minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. Cust was one of seven players released today from minor league camp. The list included Matt LaPorta, a first-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in

An interview with Jomar Reyes

In the ongoing search to add young talent to the organization, the Orioles added two international prospects Jan. 30 when they signed 16-year-old third baseman Jomar Reyes and purchased 17-year-old first baseman Carlos Diaz from the Mexico City Reds. They are two big kids that the Orioles believe show good power potential. Diaz, a lefty batter and first baseman from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, stands

More with the O’s Dan Duquette

SARASOTA, Fla. - Here is the second part of the interview with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. The Orioles minor leagues are obviously improved. There have been some solid rankings of your players individually and the system collectively. What is the state of the O’s farm right now? “I’m encouraged by some of the improvement in the rankings from some of the major publications

One-on-one with Dan Duquette (plus minor league notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is about to begin his third season running the team’s on-field operations. After producing winning teams in Montreal and Boston, Duquette’s first two O’s clubs have had winning records, and the 2012 team ended the Orioles’ string of 14 straight losing seasons with its first playoff appearance since 1997. The native of Dalton,

Postgame comments from Steve Clevenger and Suk-min Yoon

SARASOTA, Fla. - Steve Clevenger’s main competitor for the backup catcher’s job, Johnny Monell, was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after today’s game. That leaves three catchers at big league camp with Matt Wieters, Clevenger and Caleb Joseph. After today’s game, manager Buck Showalter referred to Clevenger as “the leader in the clubhouse” for the No. 2 catcher’s job. Clevenger said today’s news won’t change much

Johnny Monell talks about the backup catcher roster battle

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles catcher Johnny Monell looks at this spring training as a fresh start. He spent seven seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization until the Orioles acquired him for cash on Nov. 30. Soon he will find if his destination will be Baltimore or Norfolk come opening day. “Oh, it’s a beautiful fresh start for me,” Monell said this morning. “Just being

Several young pitchers are off to good starts at minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - We are still very early into the minor league exhibition games - they just started one week ago - but a few of the Orioles’ top pitching prospects are putting up good numbers so far. The club’s 2013 first-round draft pick, 19-year-old right-hander Hunter Harvey made his second start for the Single-A Delmarva squad yesterday. Over three shutout innings, he gave up

Hardy on Hardy

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and outfielder Adam Jones are two of just four players last season to win both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award. The others are Yadier Molina and Paul Goldschmidt. That is a nice double of defense and power, two elements that can help any team win. Hardy leads all major league shortstops with 77 homers and 224

After some tweaks to his pitches, T.J. McFarland is battling for an O’s roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - When I interviewed pitcher T.J. McFarland on Saturday morning in the Orioles clubhouse, I asked the left-hander a question. And I pretty much knew what answer I would get. I asked McFarland if he would rather pitch out of the bullpen for the Orioles or get starter innings at Triple-A Norfolk? “That’s an easy one,” he said. “I don’t know what is

A question for Chris Davis: Can you top last year? (plus minor league notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Now what does he do for an encore? We’re talking about Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who bashed his way through American League pitching last season on his way to finishing third in the American League MVP vote. Davis batted .286 with 42 doubles, one triple, 53 homers, 138 RBIs, a .634 slugging percentage and an OPS of 1.004. He hit nine

Showalter on pitching plans, injury news, third base and more (updated)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Today’s rainout cancellation here at Bright House Field has the Orioles again trying to set their pitching plans for the next couple of days. Brian Matusz and Kevin Gausman were to pitch in this game. It’s possible they will pitch tonight in Sarasota if they get that game in, but when reporters talked to manager Buck Showalter earlier it sounded more likely

Ubaldo Jimenez pitches shutout ball in Fort Myers

CLEARWATER, Fla. - To no one’s surprise, today’s scheduled game at Bright House Field between the Orioles and Phillies has been rained out. It will not be made up. The Orioles team did bus up here, get set up in their clubhouse and now they will shortly head south back to Sarasota. Nothing to see here, but a few things to report from a session

Update from Clearwater (today’s game rained out)

CLEARWATER, Fla. - It’s pouring here at Bright House Field at this hour and it looks unlikely that the Orioles and Phillies will get this game in. There has been no announcements on anything yet, but the tarp has been on the field all morning and the lights have been on. We heard the O’s team bus left at 10 a.m. from Sarasota so the

Talking about opportunity, Hardy’s nickname and championship rings

SARASOTA, Fla. - Has the Orioles’ organization become a land of opportunity for the fringe major league player? The answer may well be yes. The 2012 playoff Orioles used 52 players and made a whopping 178 roster moves. That was just the second time in club history an Orioles team had used 50 or more players and was the most since the 1955 team used

Showalter’s postgame comments after O’s lose to Toronto

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Minor league outfielder Dariel Alvarez had a chance to be a hero today for the Orioles with a homer in the top of the 10th. But Toronto scored twice off Kelvin De La Cruz in the last of the inning to beat the Birds, 4-3 in 10 innings at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. The Orioles almost lost this game in the last

Gonzalez happy with his outing against Toronto (O’s lose 4-3)

ORIOLES QUICK WRAP Score: Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3 in 10 innings Recap: Making his fourth spring outing, Miguel Gonzalez allowed just five hits and one run over four innings. It was his longest outing this spring. He gave up a run in the fourth but pitched out of a bases-loaded jam. Steve Clevenger had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two

Showalter with injury updates, Jones comments (game update)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - The Orioles took a 2-0 lead on Toronto today on RBI doubles by Steve Clevenger and Ryan Flaherty in the top of the fourth. Clevenger is 2-for-2 today with a pair of opposite field doubles to left and he is now 11-for-21 this spring. Miguel Gonzalez has rolled through the Jays lineup through three innings allowing just one hit, a one-out single

Monday Florida weather forces O’s to change some pitching plans

DUNEDIN, Fla. - With the threat of heavy rain tomorrow in parts of Florida, the Orioles are changing some of their scheduled pitching plans for Monday. Ubaldo Jimenez was scheduled to make his third O’s spring start Monday night in Sarasota against the Twins. But with the chance of a rainout of both of the O’s split-squad games on Monday, Jimenez will be sent to

Still quiet on the contract talk front for the Orioles and Chris Davis

SARASOTA, Fla - The Orioles and slugging first baseman Chris Davis, still have yet to get too far in any talks of a new contract for the player who led the majors in homers, RBIs and extra-base hits in 2013. Davis said this morning there is not much happening on that front right now. “Not that I know of and you guys are pretty good

Jonathan Schoop: Bigger, better and chasing an opening day roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - The scoop on Jonathan Schoop is this: At the very least the kid is making a very favorable and strong impression at camp. And it just might lead to him making the Orioles’ opening day roster. Schoop entered camp considered a long-shot to win the job as the O’s starting second baseman. But now, after coming to Sarasota a clearly bigger, stronger

Caleb Joseph talks about Suk-min Yoon’s O’s debut

SARASOTA, Fla. - Caleb Joseph got another start today behind the plate and got to handle a well-pitched game as five Orioles pitchers combined on a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 2-1 win over the Yankees in front of a sellout crowd of 8,602 at Ed Smith Stadium. Joseph was behind the plate for the much-anticipated debut of Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon, who pitched

Tillman talks about his outing against the Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. - Chris Tillman became the first Orioles starter to pitch five innings this spring. He came out for, but didn’t make it through the sixth. After shutting out the Yankees through five, Tillman allowed a leadoff homer to No. 9 hitter Francisco Arcia leading off the sixth and then was pulled for Zach Britton. It was, statistically, easily Tillman’s best outing this spring

After his best season in 2013, Caleb Joseph is trying to make impression at big league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph is in major league spring training for the third time. He is coming off his best offensive season in the Orioles minor leagues and trying to show Buck Showalter what he can do whenever he gets a chance. He got the start Thursday going 0-for-3 against the Yankees and is 1-for-7 with an RBI in six spring games. He

Life on the bubble: Steve Pearce is once again battling for a roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - On opening day last year, Steve Pearce was in the Orioles’ starting lineup. But he knows he’s not a starter on this team and this spring training, he finds himself yet again fighting for a big league roster spot. It’s life on the bubble. We’re not talking about the NCAA tourney and Pearce knows the baseball version quite well. He seems to

Steve Johnson is making his pitch for an O’s roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson is seemingly among a long list of pitchers pitching well at spring camp and fighting for one of the club’s last roster spots with opening day approaching. The 26-year-old Baltimore native is trying to put 2013 in his rear-view mirror. He had four stints with the Orioles, but also two DL trips and injuries were a factor as

Checking in with Hunter Harvey and other notes from O’s minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Hunter Harvey, the Orioles’ first-round draft pick last June, now has one exhibition game outing in the books. The 19-year-old right-hander pitched two innings on Thursday against Tampa Bay. He threw 40 pitches and gave up one run and had three strikeouts. “It felt good to throw to hitters and get back to a live game,” Harvey said. “They’ve said I

Dylan Bundy on being optioned to Double-A Bowie (plus minor league notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles today optioned pitcher Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie. The move doesn’t change much for Bundy, who is not yet pitching in any games. It’s just that his rehab work could shift from Ed Smith Stadium to the O’s minor league complex. “Don’t know if it’s my place to say exactly what we are going to do (with where my rehab

With strong camp, Kevin Gausman is trying to make team

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman went through a few changes last year, his first full season in pro baseball. He ended the year with a second changeup and some tweaking of his mechanics. It would seem surprising that he made some changes during the season, especially for a pitcher that was the fourth overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. After such success in

After strong showing this spring, Gamboa works toward big league shot

SARASOTA, Fla. - Pitcher Eddie Gamboa turned 30 in December. That is an age where some players that have never reached the big leagues probably know it will never happen. But for Gamboa, the dream of pitching in the majors may now be closer for him than ever. He just finished a strong stint in big league camp for the Orioles. In five games, he

Nolan Reimold takes his swings at minor league camp and Mike Wright on his elbow issue

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles sent Nolan Reimold to minor league camp today to get a lot of at-bats as he continues to progress from two neck surgeries that limited him to a combined 195 at-bats the last two seasons. Reimold certainly got his work in. He batted in both the Double-A and Triple-A exhibition games against Tampa Bay, often walking from one field to

With rotation close to set, Zach Britton talks about a possible bullpen role

SARASOTA, Fla. - Zach Britton can do the math. The Orioles have five spots in their starting rotation and right now he doesn’t figure to get one. But he wants to make the team, of course, and if it is as a reliever, that is fine with him. He is out of options, but he certainly doesn’t want to be out of a job with

J.J. Hardy: “The ball is in their court if they want me” (plus minor league notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Last season, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy made his first All-Star game start and won his second Gold Glove. He was one of just four players in the majors to win both a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. Now he is anxious to find out if he’ll be slugging for the Orioles beyond this season. This is the last year on his

Eduardo Rodriguez had some struggles in big league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Most of the national prospects analysts agree that the Orioles’ Eduardo Rodriguez is one of the top young pitchers in baseball. He is the Orioles’ No. 3 rated prospect by Baseball America and has been listed in all the major top 100 lists. Rodriguez comes in at No. 43 on the ESPN list and is rated No. 61 by Baseball Prospectus, No.

Reimold on his improving bat and Rodriguez on heading to minor league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - After two neck surgeries that limited him to 56 games total the last two years, Nolan Reimold is trying to make up for some lost time here at spring training and show the Orioles he can be a productive player again. Today was a nice step in the right direction for Reimold. He went 2-for-3 with a single and two-run homer. He

One source rates O’s schedule as MLB’s toughest, plus other notes

The Orioles have the toughest schedule in the major leagues this season. That is according to this story from FanGraphs, which made this list looking at each team’s opponents and going by team-by-team WAR projections. The O’s MASN partners, the Washington Nationals, were rated to have the easiest schedule for 2014. No doubt the AL East remains tough with the Orioles’ schedule ranked No. 1

Bullpen banter and minor league injury notes

For the Orioles, the ‘pen needs to be good again. The O’s bullpen was decent in 2013, but it was outstanding in 2012. During that 93-win season, Jim Johnson recorded 51 saves and went 20-for-21 in save chances against the AL East with an ERA of 0.80. The bullpen’s strong performance was a big factor in a remarkable 29-9 record in one-run games that helped

The Orioles’ good start, more Santana talk and some spring stats

Are the Orioles as good as they look right now? They are 8-2 in exhibition games, have scored 29 runs the last three games and 79 runs over the 10 games. They have the best record in the Grapefruit League and second-best among all American League teams behind Cleveland at 8-1. Yes, these games means nothing and won’t help them even a little bit three

Are the Orioles going to make a pitch for more pitching? (updated)

Once you have given up three draft choices, what is one more? Once you have signed one Santana, why not two? A match between the Orioles and right-hander Ervin Santana might be made in free agent heaven. The big news that came out last night was that Santana now wants to sign a one-year contract for just 2014 and he wants to get it done

How will this winter’s big-dollar deals impact the Orioles?

With the Orioles’ recent additions of pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz, the talk of signing current players to long-term extensions has quieted a bit. But those issues are still facing the organization, and now that most of the 2014 roster is set, the O’s may be able to turn their attention to shortstop J.J. Hardy, whose contract is up at the end of

Orioles score well on one list of 25-and-under talent

Do the Orioles have the best collection of young talent in the American League? Baseball Prospectus says yes, and ranked the O’s first among AL teams this week in its 25-and-under talent rankings. The Orioles are No. 6 in all of Major League Baseball, but tops among AL teams. St. Louis is ranked No. 1 followed by Washington, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Miami. The Orioles have

Good spring start for Schoop: Is the future here already?

If I had a nickel for every time a fan brought up Jonathan Schoop over the last few days, I’d at least have a nice collection of nickels and would be well on my way to a purchase of a cup of coffee. But coins aside, the kid has some of you fans quite excited. Nothing wrong with that. Hey, if you can’t get excited

Ranking the AL East position players

Today, I’m taking my shot at ranking the position players in the American League East, ranking players from first to last in the division at each position, including designated hitter. This is very subjective and your rankings could be quite different. Mostly, I ranked on past performance with not a lot of projecting and that hurts younger players with potential but not a major league

Orioles will need a lot more than the 25 players they’ll have on opening day

Do you remember the 2012 Orioles? Of course you do, and one of the lessons we learned from that 93-win team that made the playoffs is that winning is a team effort. For that club, that specific cliche was maybe never more true. Do you remember that the 2012 Orioles had just one starting pitcher, Wei-Yin Chen, make more than 21 starts or pitch more

Orioles’ minor league spring training roster

With major league spring training now well under way, the Orioles’ minor league camp has also begun at the club’s Twins Lakes facility in Sarasota, Fla. Below is a list of 162 players that already have or will very soon report to the minor league camp. About 30 of the players listed reported Feb. 21 for an early camp. The rest of the minor league

After impressive pro debut, Hunter Harvey looks to take next step in 2014

The Orioles drafted a high school right-hander with their first-round pick in 2011 and the next year, he began his first full pro season in the South Atlantic League. It appears that will happen again with another young right-hander they drafted 22nd overall out of the high school ranks last June. Dylan Bundy was on the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds opening day roster two years ago

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