The Orioles' organization was well represented this week at Baseball Miracles clinics in Bowie and Baltimore, which brings the game to underserved communities and is built through a grassroots network around the game.
Toby Welk, a Division III standout, and Tom Eller, a hitting coach hired away from Harford Community College, represent the intersection of the Orioles' new drafting and coaching models with good results at Short-A Aberdeen.
The Orioles host the Chicago Cubs for two games in April, and have interleague trips to face the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cubs, according to the schedule announced by MLB on Monday.
Orioles left-handed pitching prospect Keegan Akin has spent the year learning to throw his secondary pitches in any count in preparation for being a dependable part of the major league rotation in the coming years.
The Orioles set the major league record with 10 consecutive multi-home run games at the plate July 27. It overlapped with the beginning of a streak of 10 straight games in which they allowed multiple home runs.
Rookie Dillon Tate has given up three runs in each of his first two major league relief appearances, but manager Brandon Hyde likes what he is seeing from one of last year's top midseason acquisitions.
Former Orioles star Adam Jones downplayed this week's visit of his old club to play his Arizona Diamondbacks. "We've got to handle business first, especially a week before the trade deadline," he said.