The Orioles held "Kid's Opening Day" at Oriole Park on Sunday, but the young Orioles were not up to the task of competing with the Yankees. They wilted under a shower of home runs and lost 15-3 as New York swept the series and dropped the O's under .500.
With an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis’ hitless drought dating to last season reached 44 at-bats, two shy of the major league record for a non-pitcher that Eugenio Velez set between the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter dind't know who Wednesday's starting pitcher would be until late Tuesday night, but it didn't matter. Emergency starter Jimmy Yacabonis and his bullpen mates took care of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop was one of the Orioles’ top clutch hitters last year, but in the first two weeks of this season, his struggles at the plate have been compounded by some hapless at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Orioles starter Dylan Bundy pitched a simulated game Wednesday instead of making a Grapefruit League start. That's because manager Buck Showalter wants to limit the exposure of his starters to divisional rivals.
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who agreed to terms on a restructured two-year deal guaranteeing him $22 million, is expected to be at the Ed Smith Stadium complex Thursday and could participate in his first workout as an Oriole the same day. And outfielder Dexter Fowler, whose three-year, $33 million deal is pending a physical, could be just behind him.
Outfielder Nolan Reimold is on his way to Toronto to join the Orioles. He won¿t be activated for today¿s game, but he was slated to start on Sunday against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle. Reimold is hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, one homer and three RBIs in his career against Buehrle.