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Andrew Cashner on his tough O’s debut and other clubhouse quotes

On a night when the Orioles got just three hits - none in the first seven innings - their starting pitcher gave up three home runs. That was a not a good combination as Minnesota beat the Orioles 6-2 at chilly Camden Yards. Making his Orioles debut tonight, right-hander Andrew Cashner gave up the trio of homers. Over five innings he allowed six hits and

Twins combined no-hit bid comes up short in 6-2 win over the O’s

In the chill of Camden Yards on Saturday night the question became: Would the Orioles be no-hit here again in the second game of the season? It first happened on April 4, 2001 when Boston’s Hideo Nomo did it. They were not, although the Minnesota Twins came within four outs of a combined no-hitter in beating the Orioles 6-2 in front of 17,763. Jonathan Schoop’s

O’s game blog: Andrew Cashner makes his Orioles debut

After the walk-off win in the 11th on opening day, followed by Friday’s off day, the Orioles resume their 2018 season tonight at Camden Yards. They host the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Andrew Cashner makes his official Orioles debut at 7:05 p.m. With Texas in 2017, he went 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA. He had a groundball rate

Saturday night baseball: Will Davis still hit leadoff as Cashner debuts?

Even though manager Buck Showalter would not commit to using first baseman Chris Davis as a leadoff hitter beyond opening day, there seems to be no reason to make a change now. Will Davis hit first again tonight against Minnesota? Why pull the plug after just one game? Why not let this play out for at least a handful of games to start the year?

The Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

After the final minor league exhibition games yesterday and an intrasquad game today at Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles have set the minor league break-camp rosters for their four full-season affiliates, which begin play next week. The players are beginning to head north to play at Triple-A Norfolk, Double-A Bowie, Single-A Frederick and Single-A Delmarva. These rosters are not final, and changes could still be

Dylan Bundy on his outing and more as O’s win opener

Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver used to ask what constitutes a good start for a team. Is it playing well through six games, eight games or 10, 20 or 40? Well, we can debate that, but it is certainly more than one game. Although once again, the Orioles did win their first game. For the eighth year in a row and for the third

Adam Jones on the walk-off homer and win (with clubhouse quotes)

After the Orioles had blown a 2-0 lead in the ninth and then failed to score with the bases loaded and one out in the 10th, it was looking like opening day might end badly. Then one swing changed all of that. Center fielder Adam Jones blasted the first pitch of the last of the 11th over the left-field fence for a 3-2 walk-off win

Walk-off win: Adam Jones homers in 11th for 3-2 victory

Right-hander Dylan Bundy was brilliant and the Orioles finally broke up a 0-0 tie in a seventh inning where they struck out four times. But when the Twins tied the game in the ninth today, the Orioles needed more than that to produce an opening day win at Camden Yards. They needed a walk-off home run from Adam Jones. He connected off Fernando Rodney and

O’s game blog: Dylan Bundy faces Twins in the opener

Right-hander Dylan Bundy faces right-hander Jake Odorizzi this afternoon as the Orioles host Minnesota to begin their 65th season in Baltimore. The Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 in 11 innings on opening day last year. They won it on Mark Trumbo’s walk-off homer. He won’t hit one today as he begins the 2018 season on the disabled list. The Orioles are 42-22 all time on opening

Caleb Joseph said Dylan Bundy’s calm demeanor will be big today

You have to figure that Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy will be very excited to make his first opening day start today. But at the same time, this is a player that rarely shows emotion on the mound. How will he handle pitching on the big stage today against the Minnesota Twins? With no issues at all, predicted his catcher, Caleb Joseph. “He’s fine,” Joseph said.

Adam Jones on another opener, Jonathan Schoop on his spring

When Adam Jones runs out to center field for today’s opening day game, he will tie Brady Anderson for the seventh-most opening day starts in club history. Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. made 20 such starts as an Oriole and Mark Belanger is next with 13. Then come Paul Blair, Eddie Murray and Boog Powell with 12 each. Only those six players have started

Manny Machado: “I live in the moment, I don’t look ahead”

The question has come Manny Machado’s direction several times this spring already. The only thing that was new today was it came at him in his home clubhouse on the eve of opening day. Does Machado feel differently as this season is about to start? It will be his seventh, but possibly his last, in an Orioles uniform. “You know, I live in the moment,

A few takes on Machado and Schoop, the rotation and more

A few thoughts as the hours to opening day dwindle and the excitement builds before the first pitch of the Orioles’ 65th season in Baltimore. * It will be fun to watch the duo of shortstop Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. Clearly, they are energized to play next to each other on the infield. What they can do on both offense and defense

Sisco on his time in Norfolk, Schoop on O’s DP combo and more

NORFOLK, Va. - He was a popular pregame interview on Monday afternoon in Norfolk. That would be 23-year-old Orioles catcher Chance Sisco. He was the Tides’ regular catcher last season, but this time he was just making a visit to Harbor Park. Sisco won the job as the Orioles No. 2 catcher in spring. A lot of the defensive work he put in during his

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 7-6 win in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - The teams combined to score seven runs over the last two innings as the Orioles beat Triple-A Norfolk 7-6 today in front of 9,181 at Harbor Park. For the Orioles, the long exhibition season is over. They finished with four wins in their last five, going 18-12-2. They were happy that no one got hurt this afternoon and they got to spend

Norfolk’s Ron Johnson with big props for O’s skipper (O’s win 7-6)

NORFOLK, Va. - We’ve heard it before, but two managers that greatly like and respect each other are the Orioles’ Buck Showalter and his Triple-A counterpart, Norfolk’s Ron Johnson. Johnson is the winningest manager in Tides history with 422 victories in six seasons. Showalter has often praised Johnson and appreciates his opinions on players over the years as he and the club decide which players

Hearing from Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette in Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. - Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is not expected to play in today’s exhibition finale against the club’s Triple-A Norfolk affiliate. It’s precautionary. He tweaked his hamstring yesterday and will skip today’s game in chilly Norfolk. He is expected to be ready for opening day. So is third baseman Tim Beckham, who will play in a simulated game tomorrow in Florida. Outfielder Austin Hays

The last game that doesn’t count: O’s and Tides meet today

NORFOLK, Va. - With a 25-man roster that is pretty much finalized, barring a last-minute injury or acquisition, the Orioles are set to play one more game that doesn’t count today. Then it’s back to Baltimore to open the 2018 season on Thursday against Minnesota. This afternoon, the Orioles play the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, their top minor league affiliate, in an exhibition game to wrap

After long road back, Branden Kline again is chasing his big league dream

For Orioles pitching prospect Branden Kline, the long road back from Tommy John surgery was even longer than expected. Kline’s last game for an O’s affiliate was with Double-A Bowie on May 20, 2015. He left a start at Trenton after just 1 2/3 innings. It later led to surgery on Oct. 8, 2015. When Kline reported to spring training in 2017, he expected to

MLB Network talks about the Orioles

MLB Network hosts and analysts spent some time this week at the Orioles’ spring training home in Sarasota. And last night, the network aired a “30 Clubs in 30 Days” show on the Orioles. They threw the team some props for the upgraded rotation, spent a lot of time talking about Manny Machado’s move to shortstop and interviewed several players. No one is ready to

Bundy and Gausman no longer need to carry O’s rotation

No doubt the entire Orioles roster will benefit from having right-handers Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner in the rotation this season. They combined to make 57 starts and throw 346 innings in the 2017 season. At 3.40, Cashner finished ninth in the American League in ERA last season and Cobb was 11th at 3.66. Both have been good against the AL East. Cashner has made

After 2017 injuries, Cody Sedlock comes back stronger, determined

For 22-year-old right-hander Cody Sedlock, the 2018 season provides a chance to show he’s healthy and a chance to get back to pitching well again. Taken by the Orioles with their top selection - the No. 27 overall pick - in the First-Year Player Draft in 2016, Sedlock had a solid debut that summer. He pitched to an ERA of 3.00 at short-season Single-A Aberdeen.

O’s get Alex Cobb and the fans may get a contender

So how much better will the Orioles be with right-handers Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb in their 2018 rotation? They’ll be joined by Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman. The best-case scenario for the team would be for Cobb and Cashner to pitch at or close to their track records, Tillman to return to pre-2017 form, and Bundy and Gausman to take steps forward.

O’s rotation overhaul complete with expected Cobb addition

It took a while - quite a while - but a team that last year ranked last in the majors in rotation ERA has remade its starting five for the 2018 season. The Orioles posted a rotation ERA of 5.70 last season. But tonight they are on the verge of adding free agent right-hander Alex Cobb to the earlier signing of Andrew Cashner and the

O’s homegrown talent holds its own, plus Tillman talk

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ll probably overlook some players, but a partial list of Orioles drafted and developed players that showed some talent at major league spring training includes Chance Sisco, Austin Wynns, Hunter Harvey, Tanner Scott, Cedric Mullins, Ryan Mountcastle, Austin Hays and DJ Stewart. This list only includes players with little big league experience and not those from the farm already helping the big

Wrapping up Tillman’s outing and the O’s 4-2 victory

LAKELAND, Fla. - When the first two hitters in what could be the Detroit Tigers’ opening day lineup singled today, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was in immediate trouble. But soon he would finish a scoreless first going through the heart of the Detroit batting order. It was the start of a good day for Tillman, one that produced better radar gun readings on the scoreboard

Pregame notes from Lakeland (Tillman quotes, O’s win 4-2)

LAKELAND, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Danny Valencia was scratched from today’s lineup against Detroit due to a sore calf. He’s being held out as a precaution. “Danny felt some soreness in his calf. Been playing a lot. Trainers felt like it would be a good idea to give him a day and not take any chances. I think he’ll be fine,” the

Susac on his time with the Orioles and the catching competition

LAKELAND, Fla. - The competition to serve as the Orioles’ No. 2 catcher is now down to two after Austin Wynns was optioned to Triple-A on Sunday. It includes Chance Sisco and Andrew Susac, who was acquired by the club on Feb. 2 from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash considerations. Susac has played in 11 Orioles spring games, going

Tim Beckham works to grasp new position, new chance with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles third baseman Tim Beckham has a few things to look forward to this season. The challenge of playing a new position in third base for one. For two, he has a chance to get everyday at-bats for a team for the first time through a full season. He knows playing time is not guaranteed, but Beckham looks forward to the chance

Dylan Bundy on his start today against the Mets

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy wanted to get some work on his curveball today. He was able to do that while getting his pitch count up in a start against the New York Mets. Bundy pitched 5 2/3 innings, his longest spring outing, and allowed five hits and five runs (four earned) with one walk and six strikeouts. He gave up one homer,

Yacabonis makes his pitch to earn some time in the ‘pen this year

SARASOTA, Fla. - It seems there are times we don’t hear his name mentioned when it comes to earning a bullpen spot for the Orioles. But maybe we should. After he had a decent September for the Orioles, 25-year-old right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis has had a solid spring training, as well. In seven games, he has allowed three runs and seven hits with five walks and

Rasmus enjoys fit with the Orioles, now looks to make roster

SARASOTA, Fla. - Outfielder Colby Rasmus signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Feb. 21. Just over a month later, he could find himself in the starting lineup on opening day. Rasmus seems to have an excellent shot to break north with the club and possibly be the left-handed batting side of a right field platoon. For now, he’s enjoying his first few

Mike Wright Jr. on his outing today versus Toronto

SARASOTA, Fla. - Making his fifth spring appearance, Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. had a pretty good outing working. That was until the bottom of the Toronto Blue Jays order got to him in the top of the fifth inning today at Ed Smith Stadium. Wright took the mound in a 1-1 game that inning, but two singles, a balk and No. 9 hitter Roemon

With shoulder now sound, Austin Hays looks to earn a roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - After a stellar 2017 season, one that started with him in the Carolina League and ended in the American League, Austin Hays’ chance to make the Orioles opening day roster was briefly derailed this spring. The Orioles’ 22-year-old outfielder dealt with a sore shoulder early in camp. An MRI showed some inflammation behind his right shoulder. Hays got a cortisone injection Feb.

Machado on a few topics, Showalter on Machado and Schoop

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ East Coast road trip produced a win, a tie, some good starting pitching and more good hitting from shortstop Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles’ double play duo looks ready to start the year. Machado is batting .425/.465/.775 this spring, going 17-for-40 with three homers and 15 RBIs. He had a double in Friday’s 4-4 tie in

Wrapping up O’s 4-4 tie with Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - After each team scored twice in the ninth inning today, the New York Mets were out of pitchers, and the Orioles and Mets played to a 4-4 tie. The Orioles have not lost since March 9 and are 7-0-1 over the last eight games. They are 13-8-2 for the Grapefruit League season. Anthony Santander’s two-run homer in the top of

Machado on Judge’s comments, playing with Schoop and more

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - For the first time since it happened on Wednesday in Sarasota, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado today discussed the comments made to him that day by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. Judge told New York reporters that he told Machado he’d “look good in pinstripes.” Major League Baseball issued a statement saying Judge’s comments “were not appropriate and not authorized by

Andrew Cashner faces Mets in second spring start (4-4 final)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Making his second Orioles start of spring training this afternoon, right-hander Andrew Casher held the New York Mets to a run through five innings as New York leads Baltimore 1-0. The Orioles were blanked through their first five at-bats by Mets righty Jacob deGrom. Making his second spring start, he fanned eight O’s in the first five innings, allowing just

Pregame notes on Chris Davis, homegrown pitchers and more

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expects first baseman Chris Davis to return to the Grapefruit League lineup on Sunday when the Orioles host the Mets in Sarasota. Davis has played in just five spring games due to right elbow tightness/inflammation. He is 2-for-13 (.154) with one homer. His last game was March 2. He got a cortisone injection on

O’s notes on Tanner Scott, Kevin Gausman and Joey Rickard

JUPITER, Fla. - For hard-throwing O’s lefty Tanner Scott, maybe it is a case of less is more. The 23-year-old Scott has a fastball that can touch 100 mph. But it seems this spring he’s taken a bit off the heater and it’s producing solid results. The Orioles need a lefty for their bullpen besides Richard Bleier and Scott’s latest chance to state his case

O’s win, but get disappointing injury news on two fronts

JUPITER, Fla. - On a day when five Orioles pitchers combined for a 1-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals, the news was not all good. After the game, we found out that Mark Trumbo will begin the year on the disabled list and that O’s third base prospect Ryan Mountcastle will begin the year on the DL in the minors. An MRI earlier today

Jonathan Schoop’s power surge continues (O’s win 1-0)

JUPITER, Fla. - Like his good friend Manny Machado, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop is swinging a hot bat in Florida. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the West Coast or East Coast of the state. As the Orioles began a two-day East Coast swing today, Schoop homered again. He led off the top of the second with his fifth spring homer as the Orioles took

Mark Trumbo gets an MRI, plus other pregame notes

JUPITER, Fla. - Mark Trumbo was scheduled to be on this two-day trip with the Orioles to the East Coast of Florida. But he stayed back in Sarasota. Trumbo went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter yesterday in his first game since March 6. He was out with a sore right quad muscle. After playing Wednesday, he felt more soreness and stiffness. “He went and got

O’s top pick DL Hall preps for his first full season of pro ball

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles’ 2017 top draft pick, prep lefty pitcher DL Hall, is very excited about beginning his first full season of pro ball. He’s ready for a lot of baseball. “I’ve heard numerous stories about the long grind of the season,” Hall said Wednesday morning during an interview at Twin Lakes Park. “But I could not be more excited to get in

Richard Bleier on his outing at minors camp (plus other notes)

SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles’ minor league spring training games got underway this afternoon at Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles’ two Single-A teams had major league pitchers on the mound. Right-hander Mychal Givens was pitching for the team representing Single-A Delmarva and left-hander Richard Bleier for Single-A Frederick. Both got in two innings, but yielded runs to aggressive young hitters from the Minnesota Twins.

O’s 2016 top pick Cody Sedlock is fully healthy at minors camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - For Orioles 2016 top draft pick, right-handed pitcher Cody Sedlock, his first full season of pro baseball did not go as planned. He spent two stints on the disabled list, injured for the first time in his life. He also could look at a stat sheet that he may not have liked, also probably for the first time in his life. He

Mychal Givens on his connection with Alan Mills and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Let’s just say he will work to keep it pretty basic and not overthink it. Once drafted as a shortstop, right-hander Mychal Givens has become a quality late-inning reliever for the Orioles. After a very good 2017, he will just look to do more of the same this year. “Pretty much will try to keep things simple and just get better,” he

Lefty Tanner Scott finds a mentor during spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you are a young lefty reliever with the Orioles at spring training, one hoping to have a nice big league career, you can do worse when looking for a mentor then closer Zach Britton. Britton might be one of the best relievers in the sport. But right now, he’s out injured, giving him more time to pass on some pointers and

Self critic: Gausman not happy when he looks back on 2017

SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Kevin Gausman knows the Orioles are counting on him. They are counting on him today, tomorrow and hopefully for many years to come as a key member of their pitching rotation. He is a homegrown Oriole - drafted No. 4 overall in 2012 out of LSU - and he’s made 106 career starts in the orange and black. But when you

Dylan Bundy talks about his start today against Pittsburgh

BRADENTON, Fla. - Considering he had yielded 10 runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 in his first two Grapefruit League starts, Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy produced much better results this afternoon at LECOM Park against Pittsburgh. Bundy became the first O’s pitcher to throw five innings this spring and he allowed seven hits and one run with no walks and five strikeouts. He did

Kevin Gausman on Andrew Cashner (DJ Stewart on time in camp)

SARASOTA, Fla. - Kevin Gausman’s spring training has gotten considerably better since his first game on Feb. 26. That day he collided with the Tigers’ Jeimer Candelario backing up at home plate. It left him with a cut above his left eyelid and some soreness in his back. But since then he pitched three hitless and scoreless innings with five strikeouts March 3 versus the

For the Orioles, youth was served in Sunday’s win over Boston

SARASOTA, Fla. - It was in a spring training game that will soon be forgotten, but some of the Orioles promising young pitchers put up some zeros on Sunday in Fort Myers versus the Boston Red Sox. And this is after two of their young guns - Hunter Harvey and Tanner Scott - combined to allow three runs (two earned) over the first four frames.

Hunter Harvey on his start today against Boston (O’s win 7-3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After facing the Rays and Twins earlier this spring, today right-hander Hunter Harvey got his toughest test of camp. He faced the two-time defending American League East champion Red Sox and most of their regulars were in the lineup. “It was fun. Been watching this team for a couple of years and it was cool to face them,” Harvey said outside

Harvey expected to get more spring starts (O’s lead 4-3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is making the start here this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox. It is a split-squad game for the Orioles with the other half of their roster taking on the Phillies at home tonight. It will definitely not be his last this spring in the Grapefruit League. Harvey is expected to pitch in a simulated game,

Taking a guess at the minor league pitching rotations

SARASOTA, Fla. - On Friday we took a shot at projecting the rotation for Single-A Delmarva. It seems the Orioles have discussed using seven pitchers as starters with the Shorebirds. They would pitch as part of a five- or six-man rotation. The seven that we could see in Salisbury include include 2017 top draft pick left-hander DL Hall along with fellow 2017 picks Zac Lowther,

More free agent talk and some props for Hays

Even if the Orioles or any other team gets one of the big three remaining free agent pitchers, can any of them even be ready for opening day at this point? We are talking about Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn and the answer is that they probably can’t be ready by March 29. Teams play nearly five weeks worth of spring training games

Projecting Delmarva’s rotation: Young, talented, crowded

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds will very likely have more starting pitchers than rotation spots when the season begins next month. The Orioles have to be excited about a group of seven young and talented pitchers that project to pitch in either a five- or six-man Shorebirds rotation. The Orioles could use one or more pitchers in piggyback situations, when they pitch as part of the

The Rays’ unique starting rotation and O’s that are trending up

Well, it is not a four-man rotation in the traditional sense that the club will use only four starters, but the Tampa Bay Rays will use four starters and then a bullpen game every fifth day this season. This is the plan, according to their manager Kevin Cash. In this story in the Tampa Bay Times, Cash said his four main starters will be Chris

With each day, Hunter Harvey moves farther from surgery, closer to majors

For Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, when he has thrown so far in spring training, the postgame interviews have become more about how he threw rather than how he felt. When the Orioles selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, they dreamt of a day he was among their best starting pitchers. As manager Buck Showalter might say, for a while

After farm apprenticeship, Chance Sisco looks for big league shot

You could once find scouts that felt there was a good possibility that Chance Sisco would never catch in the majors. But he’s already done that. You could also find some that said he is the future catcher of the Orioles. He is still trying to become that. Drafted by the Orioles with the 61st overall pick out of a California High School in 2013,

Be ready early: Orioles’ April schedule is brutal

When the 2018 season begins, the Orioles will be afforded no time to ease into the action. The early season schedule is tough and littered with 2017 playoff teams. Of the 15 American League teams, just five finished over .500 last year and they were all playoff teams. Cleveland won 102 games, Houston won 101 on its way to the World Series title, Boston won

Week in review: Looking back and also ahead with a few questions

The last week of stories in this space featured a look back at a pretty great trade for the Orioles, a look at a prediction for the opening day 25-man roster and a look at improved outfield depth on the farm. I really enjoyed writing this blog entry on Monday. In an interview with long-time Orioles scout Jim Howard, we got some insight into the

With less than a month to opening day, key free agents are still out there

The Orioles could still use a pitcher and three key free agent pitchers are still available in Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. Opening day in Baltimore is now less than four weeks away and that trio is still out there. It has been a strange, bizarre and confusing free agent winter, one that could have long-range ramifications. But that is a story for

Another look back at an aspect of the 2017 O’s offense

When it comes to team offense, the Orioles are about average in the American League. That is in the most important stat of them all - runs scored. And it has been that way for several seasons. In 2015, the Orioles ranked seventh in the AL in runs scored for the season. In 2016, they ranked seventh and last year they ranked eighth with 743

Hays and Mullins head up improved outfield depth on the farm

When Baseball America ranked outfielder Austin Hays at No. 21 on its latest top 100 prospects list, that was a nice, lofty ranking for the youngster who went from Single-A Frederick to the major leagues last year. He was the Orioles’ 2017 minor league Player of the Year, winning the Brooks Robinson Award. In fact, Hays is just the fourth Orioles outfielder since Baseball America’s

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