Another important offseason deadline will approach at the end of this week as teams must tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players by Friday at 8 p.m., otherwise making them free agents. Last year, the Orioles signed catcher Welington Castillo after he was nontendered.
Yovani Gallardo made his Orioles debut on Wednesday night and gave up just two hits over five innings to get the decision in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 12,622 shivering fans at Camden Yards. Chris Davis hit his first homer.
The Orioles entered their night split-squad home game Saturday night still searching for their first Grapefruit League win of the spring following an ugly 13-2 afternoon road loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium.
Two errors, including one by Manny Machado in his first inning as a big league shortstop, gave the Twins a 4-3 win in 12 innings, sending the plummeting Orioles to their fourth straight loss before an announced 35,144.
By the time the Orioles¿ 15-2 loss to the Twins ended well after midnight, only about 200 of the announced 20,109 remained to witness the entire battering. The PA announcer¿s voice echoed through the seating bowl. Fans chased for foul balls through empty rows of green seats.
As Orioles catcher Matt Wieters takes his place behind the plate in a non-controlled game today for the first time since last May 4, he has now overcome the biggest hurdles in his recovery from last season's Tommy John surgery.
In their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins this weekend at Target Field, the Orioles scored just six total runs -- and four of those came on a pair of mammoth two-run home runs by left fielder Nelson Cruz.
After an unsightly April in which he was winless and struggled with control while pitching to a 6.59 ERA, Jimenez turned the calendar to a new month Friday night and dominated a Twins team he¿s had much success against in his career.
Wei-Yin Chen is hoping that the pain in his right side that caused him to leave Sunday's 6-0 Orioles win after five shutout innings was a simple cramp and not a right oblique strain as it was initially diagnosed by the team.