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Spring training this, that and the other

Spring training this, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. – Coby Mayo received a text message about his line drive Wednesday off the left-center field fence in Fort Myers. How he punctured the padding and left a hole.Only a mild exaggeration given the violence of the collision.Mayo’s ball was clocked at 109.9 mph off the bat. Manager Brandon Hyde marveled at the topspin on it. But recent Mayo talk seems to shift away from his work at the plate.The Orioles are interested in his play at third base, which is getting solid reviews. This is their second look at him in major league camp.“He’s improved his defense, which is great to...
Mar 1, 2024
Wells, Zimmermann, Mountcastle, O'Hearn and Holliday with productive days in North Port (O's win 3-1)

Wells, Zimmermann, Mountcastle, O'Hearn and Holliday with productive days in North Port (O's win 3-1)

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Tyler Wells didn’t know his set pitch count today before stepping on the mound for his first spring start. Two innings seemed to be one of the main goals, along with pounding the strike zone and getting out of it healthy.The day was a success in both regards, with Wells tossing two scoreless innings against the Braves at CoolToday Park.Wells faced the minimum number of batters after Luis Liberato, a late substitution for Ronald Acuña Jr., singled into center field. Jarred Kelenic grounded into a 3-6-3 double play and Austin Riley grounded out, and Wells coaxed three...
Mar 1, 2024
Orioles pregame notes on Henderson, Wong, Cano, Means and more

Orioles pregame notes on Henderson, Wong, Cano, Means and more

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Gunnar Henderson is taking live batting practice this morning back in Sarasota, his first sessions since reporting to camp on a reduced schedule.Henderson felt some tightness in his left oblique in January while long-tossing at home. He’s hit in the cage during regular batting practice.The presence of a real pitcher should be the final step before his exhibition debut. But his return isn’t imminent.“I would imagine wouldn’t be too many more days before I get out there,” he said. “I don’t have the exact day, but I would say sometime this coming...
Mar 1, 2024
Orioles and Braves lineups in North Port

Orioles and Braves lineups in North Port

NORTH PORT, Fla. – Jackson Holliday is in the lineup again today, this time at shortstop against the Braves in North Port.Colton Cowser is leading off and playing center field. Ryan Mountcastle, scratched yesterday due to illness, is listed as the designated hitter.Mountcastle said this morning that he’s feeling a little better.Jordan Westburg is the third baseman today. Tyler Nevin, who’s 7-for-12, is in left field.Anthony Santander is playing right.
Mar 1, 2024
Kjerstad on Cowser:

Kjerstad on Cowser: "It’s good to see him come out of the gate hot"

SARASOTA, Fla. – No one in the Orioles organization is enjoying Colton Cowser’s hot start in exhibition games more than teammate and friend Heston Kjerstad, who doesn’t ponder how it might impact his own chances of making the Opening Day roster.Kjerstad isn’t wired that way. He wants everyone to be electric, to put up good numbers.And he remains confident that he’ll do it, too.Kjerstad received three at-bats yesterday in the Orioles’ 9-8 walk-off win over the Pirates in Sarasota. He flied to left field against Paul Skenes to end the first inning but lined a single into left-center...
Feb 29, 2024
Holliday stands out after Skenes' matchup, Burnes works on cutter and slider (Orioles win 9-8)

Holliday stands out after Skenes' matchup, Burnes works on cutter and slider (Orioles win 9-8)

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles leadoff hitter Jackson Holliday swung at the second pitch from Paul Skenes today and grounded to second baseman Nick Gonzales.The first-overall pick in the 2022 draft retired by the first-overall pick in the 2023 draft, with the assist going to the seventh-overall selection in 2020.And after catcher Henry Davis, the top selection in 2021, hit a three-run homer against Corbin Burnes in the top of the first.This was not your typical spring training game.Skenes’ fastball topped out at 102 mph in his exhibition debut and he hit 100 mph against Holliday, who lost the...
Feb 29, 2024
Hearing from newest Orioles Wong and Teheran on their first day in camp

Hearing from newest Orioles Wong and Teheran on their first day in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles might not be a last-chance stop for pitcher Julio Teheran and second baseman Kolten Wong. However, they’re grateful to be detached from the free-agent market and the uncertainty in their futures, and hope to seize the opportunity as late arrivals in camp.Their minor league deals became official yesterday and they found their lockers this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.Wong, 33, is trying to bounce back from a hugely disappointing 2023 season, when he batted .165/.241/.227 in 67 games with the Mariners and was released Aug. 3. The Dodgers signed him...
Feb 29, 2024
Orioles lineup vs. Pirates in Sarasota

Orioles lineup vs. Pirates in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Fla. – Jackson Holliday is playing second base again and leading off this afternoon against the Pirates’ Paul Skenes, pitting the 2022 first-overall draft pick against the 2023 first-overall selection.The hype keeps building.Adley Rutschman, the first-overall selection in 2019, is catching and batting directly behind Holliday. Heston Kjerstad, the second-overall pick in 2020, is the right fielder and cleanup hitter.Coby Mayo gets another start at third base, Kyle Stowers is in left field and Ryan McKenna is playing center.Corbin Burnes is making his second start after tossing a...
Feb 29, 2024
A few thoughts on Teheran and Wong acquisitions

A few thoughts on Teheran and Wong acquisitions

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles are back home this afternoon to play the Pirates, with baseball’s No. 3 prospect, Paul Skenes, starting opposite Corbin Burnes.Yes, everyone is primed for the expected Skenes-Jackson Holliday matchup - the first-overall picks in the last two drafts going head-to-head. A potential sneak peek of the Spring Breakout game next month in Bradenton that features top prospects from both organizations.  Or, as I call it, “a double header in Bradenton that I didn’t ask for,” but this isn’t about me.Always keep in mind that it’s spring training. This is the...
Feb 28, 2024
Hilliard claimed on waivers to create spot on 40-man (O's win 12-3)

Hilliard claimed on waivers to create spot on 40-man (O's win 12-3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Orioles reduced their 40-man roster to 39 players this afternoon in the latest move - their third in less than 24 hours - by losing outfielder Sam Hilliard on a waiver claim by the Rockies.Hilliard was claimed from the Braves in November and competed for a backup spot with the Orioles, an intriguing possibility with his left-handed bat and ability to play all three spots.He didn’t get many opportunities, going 0-for-3.Hilliard played for the Rockies from 2019-22, so he returns to his original organization.The Orioles have a healthy supply of left-handed hitting...
Feb 28, 2024
Quick Orioles pregame hits on injuries and pitching (Wong signed to minor league contract)

Quick Orioles pregame hits on injuries and pitching (Wong signed to minor league contract)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Gunnar Henderson took batting practice again this morning in Sarasota and remains on track to make his 2024 spring debut in the near future.Henderson was held back in workouts and games due to soreness in his left oblique. He made it through yesterday’s batting practice without incident.“He did a lot of defense yesterday, also, and everything’s going great,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “It’s just a matter of getting him a little bit more on-the-field stuff, and you should see him pretty soon.”Second baseman Connor Norby said the soreness in his left side is...
Feb 28, 2024
Orioles and Twins lineups in Fort Myers

Orioles and Twins lineups in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Orioles brought their starting outfield to Hammond Stadium for today’s game against the Twins, though Cedric Mullins is the designated hitter.Austin Hays is in left field and batting cleanup. Colton Cowser is in center field and Anthony Santander is in right.Jordan Westburg gets the start at shortstop. Ramón Urías is the third baseman and Nick Maton is at second.Maverick Handley is catching Dean Kremer, who’s making his 2024 spring debut.Infielders Coby Mayo and Errol Robinson and outfielders Daniel Johnson, Dontá Williams, John Rhodes and Billy Cook made the...
Feb 28, 2024
Santander's journey from Rule 5 pick leads him to threshold of free agency

Santander's journey from Rule 5 pick leads him to threshold of free agency

SARASOTA, Fla. – It’s the quieter times or moments off the field that can make Anthony Santander imagine his baseball life away from Baltimore. Never when he’s working out with teammates or joking with them in the clubhouse. Never when he puts on the uniform.The games, whether real or in exhibition form, have his full attention. But he knows that free agency beckons. The 2024 season could be his last with the Orioles, who used the 18th pick in the 2016 Rule 5 draft on a 22-year-old Class A outfielder with a surgically repaired right shoulder.The last selection in the major league phase,...
Feb 27, 2024
Report: Orioles sign Teheran to minor league deal

Report: Orioles sign Teheran to minor league deal

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias kept checking the pitching market for rotation depth after players reported to spring training. He’s reportedly made a move tonight.Veteran right-hander Julio Teheran has agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to camp, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Teheran will receive $2 million if he’s in the majors, and his contract includes a $100,000 signing bonus and an opt-out clause.Elias confirmed on Feb. 15 that Kyle Bradish, who evolved into the staff ace last summer and finished fourth in...
Feb 27, 2024
Tate impresses in Orioles return, Rodriguez happy to

Tate impresses in Orioles return, Rodriguez happy to "rip some fastballs" (O's win 5-2)

SARASOTA, Fla. – An exhibition game, with results that don’t really count, meant everything to Orioles reliever Dillon Tate.Tate was back on the mound today after a right flexor forearm strain kept him away from it last spring. He didn’t pitch for the Orioles after experiencing a setback during a rehab assignment, but is in good health again and equipped to head north with the club.Three Detroit hitters faced Tate in the third inning. Wenceel Pérez flied to left field, Ryan Kreidler took a called third strike and Parker Meadows bounced to the mound.“It was just good to be out with my...