- Skipper Rick Hanson and his crew aboard the J/109 Rosalita weathered a nasty storm on approach to Block Island to capture the Annapolis to Newport Race.
Chris Davishit his first home run of the spring and right-handerThe Orioles announced a host of minor league signings Tuesday as spring training grows nearer, including Bobby Bundy, Jesus Montero, Sharlon Schoop.Outfielder Dariel Alvarez is putting together another interesting season for the Tides, entering the weekend batting .291/.318/.380 with just one home run, but had 16 doubles in 53 games. The lack of early power is curious, considering 13 of his 16 home runs came before the All-Star break in 2015, and 14 of 15 came before the break in 2014. His only home run came on May 16.There has been no indication on when right-hander Yovani Gallardo will return from the right shoulder tendinitis that put him out of action late last month. When he does, the Orioles believe the wait will be worth it.In one of the highlights of his amateur career, Orioles right-hander Mychal Givens won the Jackie Robinson Award as the nation's top high school baseball player in 2008. Friday marked yet another milestone, he said, as he and the rest of the Orioles donned Robinson's No. 42 on their jerseys as teams across baseball honored the major leagues' first African-American player on the anniversary of his big league debut.One of the Orioles' offseason priorities was improving the club's left-handed relief depth, especially given the prospect of fielding an all right-handed rotation. And now, less than two weeks before the regular season begins, Brian Matusz's nagging back injury has left the Orioles devoid of situational left-handed relief options, and the club is scrambling for bullpen help.Suddenly in need of a left-handed reliever with Brian Matusz's status for Opening Day uncertain, the Orioles have signed left-handed reliever Zach Phillips to a major league deal.After his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Saturday was rained out, Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo will make his next start on Monday in a minor league game.The Orioles ended up traveling to Charlotte Sports Park, but their Grapefruit League game against the Rays lasted just six pitches before a sudden downpour led to the cancellation of Saturday's contest with two outs in the top of the first inning.Orioles catcher Matt Wieters took swings off a pitching machine Friday for the first time since his abrupt exit from Saturday¿s Grapefruit League game after just one inning upon feeling stiffness in his surgically repaired right elbow.Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is slated to make his first spring training start on Thursday in a `B¿ game against a group of Pittsburgh Pirates reserves on the Ed Smith Stadium back fields.It's pretty clear that the Yovani Gallardo deal has not fallen through, at least not yet. Club officials are still evaluating the results of his diagnostic testing and determining whether to go through with the original deal, attempt to renegotiate it to alter the risk/reward equation or just pull out completely.Yovani Gallardo's club physical has hit a snag. Club doctors ordered additional tests Tuesday afternoon after reviewing the MRI of his physical, according to an industry source.Buck Showalter held his first press gathering of spring training in the media workroom of the Ed Smith Stadium complex, and alluded to the fact that he could be in the same room a few days from now for a press conference to introduce a new free-agent signing. The Orioles are still engaged in negotiations to sign right-hander Yovani Gallardo and outfielder Dexter Fowler. Though neither has agreed to terms with the club, the Orioles were still considered the leading candidates for both.Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim has been in the United States for less than a month, but the former South Korean baseball star has already begun making adjustments to the major leagues.With the signing of veteran right-handed reliever Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, the Orioles will have 30 pitchers in camp when pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week in Sarasota, Fla.With a willingness to draw deep into their minor league well for reinforcements over the course of the season, the Orioles know one of the pitchers they least expect will emerge onto the major league roster before long. Pitching coach Dave Wallace said as much last month, but even he knows it's pointless to guess which one.It¿s not often that a nonroster invitee cracks an Opening Day 25-man roster, but the nonroster players who receive big league camp invitations are nonetheless critical to a team¿s success.Orioles manager Buck Showalter said former first-round pick Dylan Bundy was in a ¿great place¿ with the arm and shoulder issues that limited him last season, to the point that they¿re already joking about the injuries.With six bullpen sessions completed under the supervision of the Orioles' major league coaching staff Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said the January minicamp for minor league pitchers was only confirming the promise the club saw in each of the 14 that were invited.Where the 14 pitchers and two catchers attending the Orioles minicamp were in their preparations varied, but in finding out where they stand in January, manager Buck Showalter said they avoid surprises when they arrive for spring training.Delmarva reliever Jimmy Yacobonis has made 15 appearances on the season and not allowed a run ¿ earned or unearned ¿ in 20 innings of work for the Shorebirds.