The candidates brought in to compete for the same scarce opportunity on the big league roster are as varied as the offense-first Alvarez and Mancini, and the defense-first Craig Gentry and Michael Bourn. With that being the case, the question doesn't become who is an outfielder in the modern game, but instead who isn't one? And how does the team evaluate them against each other when each player brings disparate skills to the club?
Ubaldo Jimenez's biggest goal for spring training is to make the mechanical adjustments he's working on in his delivery feel like second nature, so he can concentrate on getting hitters out rather than his form.
In his second spring start, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs over three innings as the Orioles lost, 5-2, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in front of an announced sellout crowd of 7,403, the team¿s fifth sellout in six home games at Ed Smith Stadium.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, making his second start since coming off the disabled list last Saturday, remained maddeningly inconsistent in the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians Saturday night.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who was sent to Triple-A Norfolk following Friday's game to allow the Orioles to add relief pitcher Brad Brach on Saturday, started Monday afternoon's game for the Tides against Indianapolis at Harbor Park.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wanted to get right-handed hitter Delmon Young into the lineup. Young had made just four starts in June, the last coming June 15. He had just one at-bat during the past road trip, a pinch-hit homer Monday at Tampa Bay.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.
The free-agency season is officially underway, and the Orioles made their first pair of roster moves since on Thursday, outrighting infielder Dan Johnson and outfielder Chris Dickerson to Triple-A Norfolk.