Just as it seemed as if one big swing in the eighth inning from beleaguered first baseman Chris Davis had erased the sting of a letdown start from Alex Cobb, closer Zach Britton allowed a rare home run to level the game at seven in the ninth.
Orioles fans are glad to see that first baseman Chris Davis will remain in Baltimore long term after the 29-year-old slugger made his club-record seven-year, $161 million deal official Thursday, but there are mixed reactions regarding the events that led to his return.
Hijacked in years past by rehabbing major league stars, free-agent rumors and veterans on tryouts, this year's edition of the Orioles' January minicamp seems to be more focused on its core purpose: getting a look at the stock of young, up-and-coming arms in the organization.
There's been little word of movement on the Chris Davis front this week in the Music City, setting up the makings of what's appearing to become an intriguing poker play between the Orioles and Davis' agent, Scott Boras.
The Orioles have been uncharacteristically active early in the offseason, trading for slugger Mark Trumbo, retaining catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year qualifying offer and nearing a deal with relief pitcher Darren O'Day.
The Washington Nationals were eliminated from the playoffs when the New York Mets clinched the National League East title. Less than 24 hours after that the tension building in the Washington clubhouse was front and center for all to see. While the Orioles' possible struggles may be behind closed doors, it was hard to miss the action in the Nationals dugout on Sept. 27 when pitcher Jonathan Papelbon went for the throat of teammate and MVP candidate Bryce Harper.
Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will undergo surgery on the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder on Friday and will require two to three months of rehabilitation, which could put the veteran's availability for Opening Day in jeopardy.