Pedro Alvarez's story is not a cautionary tale, because others will endure the same experiences in the future. Alvarez has gone from being viewed as one-time savior of a then-depressing Pittsburgh Pirates franchise to being without a job, forced to wait out an entire offseason before joining the Orioles well into spring training on a modest one-year deal.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Miguel Gonzalez was "not where we need him to be" after the right-hander allowed two more spring training home runs and four earned runs in the team's 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh.
SARASOTA, Fla. - For the first time this spring, Orioles starters Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Steve Pearce will make a road trip this afternoon at the O's travel north to Bradenton to play the Pirates at McKechnie Field.
The Orioles nearly survived one of the worst starts in the career of right-hander Chris Tillman, but they ultimately gave up a late run to lose, 9-8, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a sloppy game that featured a combined 24 hits and 16 runners left on base.
The competition for the reserve catcher role may not be the most compelling story in spring training for the Orioles, but it was very much on display in Monday¿s 7-6 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.