Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
Jonathan Villar reached base three times and scored two runs and Alcides Escobar had an RBI double as the Orioles' middle infield situation came into focus during an 8-5 Grapefruit League loss to Phillies.
In a marathon 17-15 win by the split-squad Orioles over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday that featured 28 hits, nine errors and seven home runs, two sets of professional baseball players spent nearly four hours balancing on the edge of fun and folly.
With Richie Martin and Drew Jackson lined up beside each other on the infield for the first Orioles road game of the spring, manager Brandon Hyde said he had a good impression of the two Rule 5 players.
Versatile infielder Jonathan Villar played both shortstop and second base after the Orioles acquired him last summer. He probably will be slotted at second now that former All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar is in camp.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said his conversations with new shortstop Alcides Escobar have him excited to get the veteran infielder who won the World Series with the Kansas City Royals around his young ballclub and in the clubhouse.
The 2017 Royals dealt with the same problems in the final year of their competitive window as this year's Orioles have. "It's almost like the last year of high school," Kansas City pitcher Jason Hammel said.
Right-hander Tyler Wilson's spot start on Saturday night was by no means an audition — he was placed in the position because it was the best way for the Orioles to protect their bullpen — but Wilson made a strong case to remain in his team's struggling rotation in his first starting opportunity of the season.
The Orioles¿ rotation issues grew deeper on Friday night as right-hander Yovani Gallardo suffered his shortest outing in nearly four years, lasting just two innings in the Orioles¿ 4-2 loss to the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
An Orioles team muddling below .500 with just 20 games left in the regular season -- still six games back of the second American League wild-card spot -- took two of three from a Royals team with the best record in the AL this weekend at Camden Yards.
The Orioles bashed five homers Wednesday ¿ three off Kansas City¿s prized trade-deadline acquisition, Johnny Cueto ¿ in an 8-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals that snapped their season-worst six-game losing streak in front of an announced crowd 33,003 at Kauffman Stadium.
Monday night's series opener ended in an all-too-familiar way, with the Orioles squandering another lead, falling victim to a nightmare seven-run sixth inning in an 8-3 loss to the Royals in front of an announced 27,797 at Kauffman Stadium.
No one should be surprised that center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and right fielder Nick Markakis were honored with Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for their defensive excellence during the 2014 season. They all contributed mightily to the strong team defense that helped the Orioles win the American League East title and advance to the American League Championship Series.
Three Orioles players are finalists for American League Gold Glove Awards, which are scheduled to be announced Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and they all have a good shot at winning. Here's a closer look at the club's three finalists, including a case for why each player will or won't win the award.
For the second consecutive evening, it took more than four hours to determine an outcome in the biggest games at Camden Yards in 17 years. And for the second straight night, it ended poorly for the Orioles, who again saw a formidable bullpen crack in a 6-4 loss to the Royals.
Having spent their entire careers in cavernous Kauffman Stadium and the spacious ballparks of the American League Central, longtime Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon and Billy Butler always have welcomed trips to the comparatively cozy Camden Yards.