Friday, the Orioles began a nine-game homestand with a 3-10 record in Baltimore. Both manager Brandon Hyde and outfielder Trey Mancini pointed to this season’s slow start at Camden Yards as a case of a small sample size.
Orioles outfielders have spent the first month of the season not only getting comfortable with life in a major league outfield, but also with each other. The Orioles have deployed eight starting outfield combinations through 28 games.
Right-hander Alex Cobb gave up four home runs, including three straight in the first inning, in the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday. The Orioles have allowed 64 home runs through 27 games.
The ball continued to fly out of Oriole Park on Tuesday night, but unlike the previous 11 games here, the home team provided the power, with the Orioles blasting four home runs in their 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Monday night's 12-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, in manager Brandon Hyde's mind, was the proper response to a sweep, one in which the Orioles defended well, ran like mad and collected 15 hits to pull back to .500 at 5-5.
Infielder Jonathan Villar broke a scoreless tie with an RBI triple in the Orioles' two-run sixth inning, then scored on a single by the hot-hitting Trey Mancini to help six scoreless innings from veteran starter Andrew Cashner hold up for his first win of 2019.
Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard leads the team in hits this spring, and all but two of them are against right-handed pitching, leading to the possibility that an everyday role could recast Rickard as more than a platoon player.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he'd be comfortable treating Rule 5 acquisition Drew Jackson as a fourth outfielder, and Jackson said he believes he can be an "elite corner outfielder" as he gets his first ever start in right field Monday.
Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
Orioles catcher Chance Sisco wasn’t available in Monday’s series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays because of a cut on his chin and possible concussion suffered when a foul tip hit him in the mask Sunday.
Outfielder John Andreoli, who the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, will join the team in Toronto on Monday in the likelihood that Mark Trumbo’s knee injury lands him on the disabled list.