Most of the intrigue entering the season for the Tides comes in the crowded outfield. Christian Walker, one of the Orioles' top hitting prospects, is set to be the everyday left fielder as he learns that position. Xavier Avery, who was the last cut from the major league team after a great spring, will play center field. They're joined by outfielders Henry Urrutia, Dariel Alvarez, L.J. Hoes, and Alfredo Marte.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team planned to use iPads in the dugout as resources to replace the mounds of paper scouting reports and matchup information that go into decision-making during a game.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman said he saw his pending trip to the disabled list to begin the season coming when he had his cortisone injection in his shoulder earlier this month, and hopes to be back about two weeks into the season.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold, who struggled badly through the beginning of spring as the team won just five of its first 23 games, is coming around as both he and the Orioles (10-14-4) strive to end the preseason where they want to be.
The Orioles ended up traveling to Charlotte Sports Park, but their Grapefruit League game against the Rays lasted just six pitches before a sudden downpour led to the cancellation of Saturday's contest with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Left-hander Brian Matusz, who has been the subject of trade rumors this spring, delivered another solid performance in a starting role Friday, and the Orioles exploded for six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-5.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
Not only did pitching prospect Hunter Harvey retire four of the five batters he faced in Sunday's intrasquad game, but his fastball also showed impressive velocity in his first time facing hitters in a game situation since last July.
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.
We will finally see some live competition today with the Orioles first intrasquad game, which will be held on the main stadium field starting at 1:05 p.m. Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman will start today¿s game and pitch one inning each.
The Orioles are expected to announce the signing of outfielder Tyler Colvin to a major league deal today, as we first reported last night, pending a physical. He will be the 12th outfielder who will be invited to spring training.
The lobby at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort quickly emptied out as Major League Baseball's winter meetings ended Thursday. While the Orioles only added a pair of Rule 5 draft picks this week, the club continued efforts to land a free-agent closer.