Orioles starters Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright need to develop into pitchers who can get deep into ballgames to save a bullpen that is without closer Zach Britton (sprained ankle) for at least some time. The result will be jumbled and short-handed.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis have different personalities, but when the two take the field together -- as they have on most summer days for the past seven seasons -- they become unified partners for one purpose: capturing the Orioles' first World Series title in 31 years.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday evening that the club has met with numerous teams and agents at this week¿s general manager meetings to lay the groundwork for any trade talk or possible signings in the coming weeks.
The Orioles and Phillies played into the early evening, as the shadows crept over Camden Yards, until Adam Jones -- who snapped a 0-for-18 slump in his previous at-bat -- gave the Orioles a 6-4, 12-inning win with a two-run walk-off homer in front of 46,611 at Camden Yards, giving the Orioles their eighth win in 10 extra-inning games.
There's little debate to the notion that Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has pitched well this spring training — especially considering he's coming off an awful 2011 season — but whether he's dazzled the Baltimore brass enough to earn a starting rotation spot still remains to be seen.
Brian Matusz made easy work of the Phillies early Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field, but the end result left questions about whether the Orioles left-hander will make the team¿s starting rotation.