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.
Jonathan Villar reached base three times and scored two runs and Alcides Escobar had an RBI double as the Orioles' middle infield situation came into focus during an 8-5 Grapefruit League loss to Phillies.
Every February in Sarasota, young pitchers arrive at Orioles camp for spring training with the idea that a big league rotation spot is there to win — until a late-signing free-agent pitcher snatches it up and consigns them to the minors. This year, that isn't expected to be the case.
In becoming the first lefty to start a game for the Orioles this season Tuesday, Josh Rogers will have to prove he's different from another former Yankees farmhand to pass through Baltimore in Nestor Cortes Jr.
Infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 20, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31 for Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, has hits in six of his first seven games entering Saturday since he joined the Shorebirds.