In one sense, it was a fleeting snapshot in a forgettable Grapefruit League game. But there also was some significance to it: Andrelton Simmons and Jonathan Schoop are countrymen from the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao, which has become a professional baseball hotbed.
In early December, Jemile Weeks' baseball career was thrown upside down. He was traded away from the only organization he had ever known, the Oakland Athletics, and sent to the Orioles for one of the franchise's most popular players, closer Jim Johnson.
One of the most striking things about Orioles spring training camp this year is the maturation — and, perhaps, metamorphosis — of Jonathan Schoop, who is now 22, speaks fluent English and hopes to make this year's club as the starting second baseman.
Chris Tillman, who is considered the likely favorite to start Opening Day for the Orioles, threw five scoreless innings before giving up a solo homer to Francisco Arcia to begin the sixth. It was the only run and just the third hit allowed by Tillman, who struck out five and walked two.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado began running through first base and landing on the bag last week. Base running is one of the final drills Machado has to perform before he can be fully cleared and return to games.
That was the question posed to manager Buck Showalter on Monday afternoon after top infield prospect Jonathan Schoop delivered another strong offensive performance in the Orioles, 9-2, exhibition loss to the Minnesota Twins.
Francisco Peguero hit a three-run triple with two outs in the eighth inning to cap a seven-run frame to give the Orioles a 9-7 comeback win over the Toronto Blue Jays in their Grapefruit League home opener in front of 6,901 at Ed Smith Stadium.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ The Orioles could make an official announcement on the signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon later today, but a press conference to introduce the right-hander likely wouldn¿t come until after the weekend.
Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who came to the Orioles from Oakland in December's Jim Johnson trade, and catcher Johnny Monell, acquired in a deal with the San Francisco Giants, will likely both have to show their flexibility.
While the Orioles signings of Delmon Young and Alexi Casilla over the past few days aren't groundbreaking -- I know a lot of fans just see it as more frustrating examples of bargain-bin shopping -- and by no means are they going to push the team over the top, they definitely fill some needs.