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O’s game blog: Orioles look for a series win in the Bronx

During a season that saw them lose 115 games, the Orioles actually had a winning record last year at Yankee Stadium. They went 5-4 and are 1-1 in the Bronx in the season-opening series that wraps up today. The Yankees won 7-2 on opening day but the Orioles beat New York 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. Jesús Sucre had three hits and three RBIs, Jimmy Yacabonis

O’s use some clutch pitching and more to post first win

The game began with an Orioles pitcher getting out of a big jam and it ended the same way. Nate Karns began the day as an opener and Mike Wright ended it as a surprise closer. They both got big outs and the Orioles got a few in between as well in beating the Yankees 5-3 on Saturday. They provided manager Brandon Hyde with his

O’s game blog: For openers, Nate Karns gets the call

The Orioles will use an opener in right-hander Nate Karns when they face the New York Yankees today in the second game of the 2019 season. On opening day on Thursday, Luke Voit hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Yankees went on to win, 7-2. The Orioles signed the 31-year-old Karns to a major league contract on Feb. 7. Karns missed

Will the O’s be searching for offense this year?

The Orioles were among the Grapefruit League team leaders in runs, hits and stolen bases. And that doesn’t mean much now, obviously, in terms of what might happen in the American League. The Orioles were held to two runs and eight hits on opening day in Thursday’s 7-2 loss to the Yankees. It snapped an eight-game opening day win streak and left the Orioles with

Orioles’ minor league break-camp rosters

Here are the Orioles’ break-camp rosters for their four full-season minor league affiliates, plus their extended spring training team and rehabbing players. The minor league seasons begin next Thursday April 4. These are not final rosters and all teams must get down to 25 players for opening day. The final rosters will be announced possibly as late as next Thursday, hours before the opening games.

Some impressions from the first game of 2019

For the first time since the 2010 season, the Orioles lost on opening day. In their first opening day game in the Bronx since 1962, the New York Yankees scored three runs in the first inning and beat the Orioles 7-2. That snapped Baltimore’s eight-game win streak in openers. A few impressions from Game 1 of 162. The defense was solid: This will need to

O’s game blog: The Orioles 66th season begins in Yankee Stadium

It’s opening day and the Orioles play the New York Yankees in the Bronx this afternoon to begin the 2019 season. Today the Orioles begin their 66th season in Baltimore while the Yankees play their 117th home opener. The Orioles have won the last three opening days with walk-off wins, the last two years in extra innings. Baltimore has won eight openers in a row

Some Orioles opening day notes and quotes

Well, we know one Orioles opening day streak will end today. They have won the last three opening days in walk-off fashion, the last two in extra innings. Adam Jones’ leadoff homer in the 11th last year at Camden Yards provided a 3-2 win over Minnesota. But as the visitors, the Orioles cannot get a walk-off today in the Bronx. The Orioles, who went 47-115

More on the young talent starting on the farm and the early schedule

In another interview with Baltimore reporters yesterday, Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias spoke again about the long-range outlook he has to build up the talent level organization-wide. When asked about a message to fans that are on the fence about attending games in 2019, Elias spoke about trying to put together a “perennial contending organization.” He said he didn’t want a

O’s Andrew Cashner on getting the start on opening day

When Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner made his only previous opening day start, his team beat what would go on to be an eventual division winner as he threw a strong game. It was March 30, 2014 when he started for San Diego as the Padres hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Padres would beat the Dodgers 3-1 to start a year when Los Angeles won

Will the glovework improve this season?

One area where the Orioles need to improve this year is on defense. Once a solid defensive team that played fundamentally sound baseball, the Orioles have gotten away from that in recent years. They need to get back to it this year. When he met with reporters before yesterday’s spring training finale, executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said: “One of our big

After strong springs, some Orioles will still start in the minors

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles 2019 spring training camp comes to a close today, it’s been a camp where many young players have shown some real talent. They thrived under the relaxed, yet intense atmosphere that manager Brandon Hyde and his coaches created. Frankly, some of the same young players, for whatever reason, could not play as relaxed last year. The new staff gets

Núñez, Pérez and Palmeiro homer as O’s split-squad loses to Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. - It was a spring training game that will be long forgotten very soon and maybe this one should be. The Orioles allowed 18 hits and made three early errors as a Baltimore split-squad lost 11-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies in front of a sellout crowd of 8,349 at Spectrum Field in Clearwater. The Orioles are 0-5-1 over their last six games. The

O’s 2018 fourth-round pick Rom preps for his first full season

SARASOTA, Fla. - He has just a few months of minor league experience under his belt, but his first pro experience in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League went well. So now young lefty Drew Rom awaits the next step. Drafted in round four last June out of a high school in Fort Thomas, Ky., the 19-year-old Rom reported to the GCL after he signed. He

Trey Mancini: “This has become a close-knit team. ... There was a tone set here”

SARASOTA, Fla. - For Trey Mancini, it has happened pretty fast. At 27 and with 308 major league games under his belt, he’s become one of the leaders of a group of mostly young Orioles. He’s not even eligible for arbitration yet, but he’s eligible and ready to be a leader of this team and help anyone he can in any way he can. Young

Save for one wild inning, Jimmy Yacabonis has had a solid spring

SARASOTA, Fla. - After his outing versus Boston on Wednesday night, the spring stats don’t look as solid for right-hander Jimmy Yacabonis. He allowed four runs (three earned) in a messy top of the eighth. But several factors worked against him in the inning - a double play not turned that would have ended a scoreless inning, two passed balls, a throwing error and a

Working on a strong spring, Paul Fry looks to cement roster spot

SARSOTA, Fla. - Lefty reliever Paul Fry is still pitching well for the Orioles. Picking up where he left off last year, he’s having a strong spring in Florida. One that should lead him again to a roster spot in the bullpen when this team heads north next week. After going 1-2 with a 3.35 ERA for the Orioles in 35 games last season, Fry

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark visits Orioles camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - Tony Clark is the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. He heads up the players union and met with the Orioles today at Ed Smith Stadium. After his meeting with the team he took questions from the Baltimore media. He are a few of them and his answers. What is the concern level of so many free agent players

A look at how data and analytics have come to O’s farm system

SARASOTA, Fla. - It’s part of a long-range plan, but it’s now well underway and already the Orioles see signs of progress. The process of bringing data and analytics to their minor league pitchers has begun. And the pitchers at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park are soaking up the knowledge that they hope leads to them being part of a wave

Mychal Givens on his strong outing in Lakeland

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens began yesterday’s ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland with an ERA of 30.38. He had allowed nine hits and nine runs, including three homers, over 2 2/3 innings. But last Friday, during a simulated game in Sarasota, he felt he found something, and it carried over into the game yesterday when he pitched a 1-2-3 ninth,

Carroll impressed before leaving, Hyde on starter usage

SARASOTA, Fla. - Before he was optioned to the minors on Sunday morning, bullpen right-hander Cody Carroll made a nice impression on his new coaches. We certainly should expect to see him on the roster during the 2019 season. Acquired from the Yankees last July 24 in the Zack Britton trade, Carroll was not scored on in six of his seven spring games. Over seven

After solid 2018 debut, Grayson Rodriguez preps for first full pro year

SARASOTA, Fla. - The 2018 season was pretty special for 19-year-old right-hander Grayson Rodriguez. He was taken No. 11 in round one of the draft by the Orioles, signed a large bonus, pitched well in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and now can’t wait to see what comes next. It will be his first full season of professional baseball and could begin with him in

Notes on Chance Sisco, Alex Cobb from the stretch and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb said he’d never done it before and it was, in his words, “a gametime decision” yesterday. What he did was pitch from the stretch for his entire 69-pitch outing. Where he could have chosen to pitch from a full windup with no runners on base, he just stayed throwing from the stretch position. He went out and had

Wrapping up the Orioles’ 4-3 win over Toronto

DUNEDIN, Fla. - If spring training is for working on things for certain veterans, Orioles opening day starter Alex Cobb sure did that today. And we might see more of his experiment. In a game the Orioles won 4-3, he pitched from the stretch throughout his 69-pitch five-inning outing against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin Stadium. He was rolling with it, throwing a no-hitter

Hyde pregame on rotation, opener use and more (O’s win 4-3)

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde still doesn’t yet know or is not ready to announce anything for his starting pitching rotation beyond Alex Cobb as opening day starter and that the next two will be Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy in some order. But asked today again if the Orioles would consider the use of an opener, Hyde didn’t say yes or no,

Brandon Hyde on Mychal Givens’ simulated game plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - Struggling in spring training is a new development for Orioles right-handed reliever Mychal Givens. This spring, over four outings, he’s allowed nine hits, nine runs and three homers in just 2 2/3 innings. In four spring trainings combined between 2015 and 2018, he gave up four earned runs over 26 innings. Now he’s allowed nine earned runs. When Givens pitched in a

Twins bash six homers in 12-9 win over Orioles

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Orioles right-hander David Hess began his outing today with a spring ERA of 3.48, a batting average against of .237 and with a WHIP of 1.06 through four spring games. But he leaves with an ERA of 9.00 as Minnesota beat the Orioles 12-9 at Hammond Stadium. The Orioles have lost five of six, two in the last two days to

Orioles and Twins meet again, this time in Fort Myers (O’s lose 12-9)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - For the fifth time this spring training the Orioles have taken the interstate south to Fort Myers. They’ve faced Boston and Minnesota twice each in the area and are back today to face Minnesota with David Hess on the mound. The Orioles are playing the Twins for the fifth time among seven matchups this spring. They are 2-2 versus the Twins

A look at the outfield less than two weeks to opening day

SARASOTA, Fla. - We’ve seen the Orioles send a few young outfielders like Yusniel Diaz, DJ Stewart and Ryan McKenna to minor league camp, but a few youngsters are still around and the Orioles outfield situation is becoming a bit more clear with opening day approaching. Will the starters be Trey Mancini in left, Cedric Mullins in center and Austin Hays in right? That’s what

Cedric Mullins on his homer today and his spring

SARASOTA, Fla. - When spring training began, some may have assumed that Cedric Mullins would the Orioles’ opening day starter in center field. But Mullins said today that he was not thinking that way. He felt like he’s been fighting for a roster spot since the first day. “I felt like that coming in,” he said. “I had my time when I played center every

Michael Baumann on his strong 2018 season on the farm

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles selected him in the third round out of Jacksonville University and he might have a real bright future with the club. Yes, we could be talking about outfielder Austin Hays, but also pitcher Michael Baumann. In 2016, the O’s selected Hays No. 91 overall out of Jacksonville. A year later, they selected Baumann No. 98 overall from Jacksonville. In his

After walk-off homer, Branden Kline came back strong

SARASOTA, Fla. - Eventually, it happens to all pitchers. They give up a big hit that contributes to a loss and have to bounce back in their next outing. Last Thursday in Bradenton, Orioles right-hander Branden Kline allowed a walk-off, solo homer to Cole Tucker on a 2-0 pitch as the Orioles lost to the Pirates 5-4. It came on the third pitch of his

Jace Peterson looks to make roster, help his teammates in O’s camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - He’s played in 479 major league games with over 1,500 career plate appearances for four teams, but 28-year-old Jace Peterson finds himself in familiar territory as this spring training is winding down. He’s trying to make a team. After batting .195/.308/.325 in 235 plate appearances for the 2018 Orioles, the versatile Peterson is in a real battle - maybe an uphill battle

Mychal Givens struggles again as O’s fall to Yankees

TAMPA - The Orioles built an early four-run lead tonight, but right-hander Mychal Givens struggled again as the New York Yankees rallied against him in the last of the eighth for an 8-7 win. The Orioles fell to 9-8-2 in front of 9,743 at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Givens, who had allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings in his first three outings, entered with

Chris Davis talks about returning to the lineup tonight (O’s fall 8-7)

TAMPA - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis returned to the lineup tonight here versus the Yankees and went 1-for-2 with an RBI single. It was his first game action since March 3, as he’s been out with a sore left hip. Davis began this game 1-for-12 with a homer and seven strikeouts in spring games. In the O’s first, batting as the designated hitter versus

O’s pregame notes on Trumbo, Davis, Wynns and more (game update)

TAMPA - Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that Mark Trumbo will not necessarily have to play in the field to be on the active roster on opening day. Trumbo, who had right knee surgery in September, will make his spring training debut tomorrow in Sarasota when he serves as the designated hitter for the Orioles against Toronto. “We’re going to give him a couple of

Mark Trumbo is set for his first game action on Wednesday

SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles take the field at Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow afternoon versus Toronto, Mark Trumbo will play in a game for the first time since last Aug. 19 and the first time since his knee surgery in September. Trumbo didn’t play after that August game in Cleveland and underwent surgery on this right knee the following month, a relatively new procedure

A look at the spring training bullpen battles

SARASOTA, Fla. - As the Orioles get back in action tonight at 6:35 p.m. versus the Yankees in Tampa, after the only spring off day Monday, let’s take time to look at the competition for bullpen spots. If the Orioles do proclaim anyone as their closer for 2019 - at least for the start of it - that remains very likely to be right-hander Mychal

Orioles’ preparations heat up on the No. 1 draft pick

SARASOTA, Fla. - For just the second time in their history, the Orioles will pick first overall in the First-Year Player Draft in June. In 1989, the Orioles selected LSU right-hander and current O’s broadcaster Ben McDonald with the No. 1 pick. The process to decide who they’ll take 1/1 on June 3 is well underway, said executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias

Trying to regain previous form, Dylan Bundy struggles early on in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - For a pitcher selected fourth overall in the 2011 draft, who had an ERA of 4.02 in 2016 and 4.24 a year later, pitching to a 5.45 last year and leading the majors in homers allowed was not nearly what he had in mind. “Absolutely. You don’t ever want to see that ERA or that many homers given up. That just gives

Orioles slug four homers in wild split-squad win over Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - In a game where Dylan Bundy gave up six runs and the Orioles made six errors and lost an eight-run lead, they still won today. A Baltimore split squad beat the Tampa Bay Rays 17-15 at Charlotte Sports Park in the wildest game of spring training to date. It was every bit as crazy as the score might suggest. The game

A look at the MLB veteran who is helping an Orioles rookie

SARASOTA, Fla. - It happened on Tuesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Two pitchers from the same high school pitched in the same spring training game. They graduated six years apart from Clayton High School in North Carolina, which is about 30 minutes from Raleigh. But they’ve developed a close friendship and bond, and the star pitcher from Clayton has been trying to

Andrew Cashner on his short outing versus the Red Sox

SARASOTA, Fla. - For Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner, the makings of a strong outing today quickly went south within a span of three Boston batters in the top of the second inning. In his first spring game on Sunday versus Detroit at Ed Smith Stadium, Cashner allowed six hits and four runs over three innings. But today versus the Red Sox he retired the side

Lefty Josh Osich on joining the O’s and his quest for a roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. - After leaving the only organization he has ever known as a professional reliever, pitcher Josh Osich is starting to get used to his new team. He’s been an Oriole since Feb. 19, when they claimed him on waivers from the San Francisco Giants. A lefty reliever with a mid 90s fastball, he’s trying to make the opening day roster against stiff competition.

Getting an update on the O’s analytics efforts from Sig Mejdal

SARASOTA, Fla. - Sig Mejdal is the Orioles’ assistant general manager, analytics. He was hired by Mike Elias in November, five days after Elias was named the Orioles’ executive vice president and general manager. Mejdal was hired by the club to build an analytics department, and also to advise Elias in all baseball operations decisions. Upon his hire, Elias said: “Sig Mejdal is one of

After latest run-scoring hit, is Yusniel Diaz pushing for a roster spot?

SARASOTA, Fla. - After his latest important and attention-grabbing hit - a three-run double for the lead yesterday versus the Tampa Bay Rays - the question may be asked again: Can 22-year-old outfielder Yusniel Diaz make the Orioles’ opening day roster, and should he be a strong candidate to start in right field? The young outfielder who is the club’s No. 1 ranked prospect initially

With increased velocity, lefty John Means is chasing a roster spot at O’s camp

SARASOTA, Fla. - After starting and throwing two scoreless innings versus the Yankees in Tampa Friday night, left-hander John Means gets another start on the mound today as the Orioles play the Rays in Port Charlotte. Means, an 11th-round pick out of West Virginia University in 2014, might currently be on the fringes of the fifth-starter competition, but another solid outing could enhance his shot

After whirlwind winter, Hanser Alberto is back with the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. - After a winter that started with him playing for Texas, infielder Hanser Alberto was claimed via waivers by the Yankees, and then by the Orioles, and then by the Giants, and then again by the Orioles. He’d like to stay in one place for a while. The Yankees claimed him Nov. 2 from the Rangers and the Orioles claimed him Jan. 11,

O’s Mike Elias on Martin, Bundy, service time considerations and more

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has, to no one’s surprise, been a very busy man in Florida. He’s checking out the O’s spring roster and watching the team play often. He’s swung a couple of trades since camp started and has taken time to do some amateur scouting as well. Yesterday, when the Orioles beat the Twins 9-4

Rule 5 pick Richie Martin makes a strong first impression

SARASOTA, Fla. - He’s got new teammates here in Birdland since coming over from Oakland as a Rule 5 pick in December. But the process of blending in has been smooth, quick and easy for infielder Richie Martin. “I feel comfortable,” he said. “At the end of the day it’s baseball. Doesn’t matter really what level you are at, it’s the same game. It’s going

Anthony Santander had a big day in O’s win over Detroit

SARASOTA, Fla. - In a situation where several young outfielders are trying to put their best foot forward at Orioles camp and a few are doing it, Anthony Santander can sometimes get overlooked. But today was not one of those times. Beginning the game 3-for-10 in spring training, he went 3-for-3 with a walk in the team’s 7-5 win over Detroit that improved the O’s

Chance Sisco on his hot start in spring training

SARASOTA, Fla. - The seeds for a great start to spring camp for catcher Chance Sisco were planted not long after last season ended. He made some tweaks to his swing, but to hear him tell it, regaining lost confidence is the biggest reason he’s mashing the ball right now. He came to Sarasota with a fresh and confident outlook that got a boost from

Cedric Mullins is adding to his basestealing ability, plus other notes

SARASOTA, Fla. - In an Orioles spring camp where veterans seem to be making themselves readily available however needed for young players, outfielder Cedric Mullins is ready to soak up help like a sponge. And that is in all aspects of the game. But when it comes to one aspect specifically, Mullins has help in infielder Jonathan Villar and outfielder Eric Young Jr. And that

Austin Wynns on catching Hunter Harvey, who pitches today

SARASOTA, Fla. - Among today’s pitchers for the Orioles’ split-squad afternoon game versus the Tampa Bay Rays will be right-hander Hunter Harvey, the club’s 2013 first-round pick. It will be another much anticipated outing after Harvey’s spring debut Monday in Fort Myers versus the Twins, when his fastball was touching 97-98 mph on the radar gun. Plus Harvey is now throwing a splitter as his

Alex Cobb: “We are building the foundation for this organization to grow”

SARASOTA, Fla. - No matter what happens today when right-hander Alex Cobb makes his first spring start for the Orioles, he’s well ahead of where he was at this time last year. This time last year he was a free agent looking for a team. On March 21 he was signed to a four-year deal by the Orioles. The late signing led to a late

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