A review reversed umpire Chad Fairchild’s assertion that a down-and-in slider from White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana had plunked Orioles right fielder Stevie Wilkerson. It took only three pitches for Wilkerson to make Santana wish it had, hitting his first major league home run.
In the days leading up to the Orioles' season opener Monday, manager Buck Showalter considered several different lineups. He polled everyone around him — coaches, players, reporters — before narrowing his Opening Day lineup cards down to three. Rookie Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard was on each one, but Showalter didn't know where to hit him. He strongly considered placing him in the leadoff spot and also the thought about hitting him in the No. 2 hole, but ultimately decided to bat Rickard
It was a crappy day that could easily have turned into a crappy night, which would have been no way to open a new baseball season. Instead, the Orioles waited out two rain delays, overcame the disruption of their pitching staff and celebrated a sudden-death victory over the Minnesota Twins with something else that was not supposed to happen on Opening Day at Oriole Park.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
Now that the Ervin Santana derby is over and the Orioles still have the money they reportedly offered him, it's fair to point out that $13 million would probably knock out the first year of a contract extension for Silver Slugger shortstop J.J. Hardy.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette gave few clues Sunday morning on how involved the club is in acquiring free-agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, but indicated that the team's priority now is looking at its existing staff.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris knows what's going on around him. He knows that the club has been in talks with free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana. And he already knew what it was like to pitch with trade speculation swirling around him.
The Orioles remained in negotiations with free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana on Saturday and -- along with the division rival Toronto Blue Jays -- appear to be among the two finalists to land the 31-year-old right-hander.
The Orioles continued their spring training spending spree on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to an industry source. The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year, $48-million deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market.
On the eve of the first workout for pitchers and catchers this spring, the Orioles once again traveled an international route Thursday in an attempt to improve their pitching staff, agreeing to terms with South Korean right-handed pitcher Suk-min Yoon on a three-year deal, according to an industry source.
This year¿s Major League Baseball general managers and owners meetings open today in Orlando, Fla., where the industry comes together to discuss the game and set the foundation for the offseason and next month¿s MLB winter meetings, which are also in Orlando this year.