Jason Hammel gave himself a passing grade in his first Grapefruit League outing with the Orioles. The right-hander rated his two scoreless innings against the Braves as a "B, C-plus" and said he needs to improve his mechanics.
The Orioles' Chris Tillman is fighting to make sure he's not the odd man out. The inconsistent righty has plenty of pitchers ahead of him in the Orioles' rotation competition, but he's still just 23 and is looking to prove he's capable of being the star the team envisioned when they traded for him.
The Orioles are interested in trading for the White Sox's Gavin Floyd and Carlos Quentin. The Orioles, known to be seeking pitchers and an outfielder, have spoken with the White Sox "several times" at the winter meetings, according to Dan Duquette.
His contract set to expire at the end of October, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail is expected to step down from his position after Wednesday's season finale, perhaps as soon as Thursday.
Baltimore Orioles: First baseman Mark Reynolds was out of the starting lineup Sunday for precautionary reasons after he was hit in the head by Los Angeles Angels pitcher Ervin Santana in the third inning of Saturday night's game.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh isn't a fan of the new kickoff rule that has led to an increase in touchbacks around the NFL. ... Marshal Yanda has missed the two practices following the preseason opener with back spasms, so the Ravens shuffled Oniel Cousins to Yanda's spot at right guard. ... The Ravens hope Sergio Kindle's debut on Thursday night was a sign of things to come. ... Jo-Jo Reyes pitched six surprisingly strong innings Sunday and the Orioles strung together 14 hits to defeat the Tigers, 8-5, at Camden Yards. ... Orioles starter Jake Arrieta said he was a little relieved when he found out his elbow surgery went well. ... Joe Jordan believes the Orioles will sign top pick Dylan Bundy before Monday night's midnight deadline.