Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard leads the team in hits this spring, and all but two of them are against right-handed pitching, leading to the possibility that an everyday role could recast Rickard as more than a platoon player.
Alex Cobb struck out the first four batters he faced — one apiece on a fastball, curveball and split-change in the first inning — and didn't allow any of his four hits until the Blue Jays’ three-run fifth inning in an eventual 4-3 Orioles win at Dunedin Stadium.
A pair of veterans with eight years of big league service time apiece — designated hitter Mark Trumbo and right-hander Andrew Cashner — hit important benchmarks on their paths to Opening Day in the Orioles' 6-4 Grapefruit League win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo hasn't played in a game all spring, but that's given him unique perspective in getting to face tricky arms like Richard Bleier and Jimmy Yacabonis on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Orioles have passed the halfway point in spring training and they've got a winning record in the Grapefruit League. What that means is unclear, but they seem to be getting comfortable in their own skin.
Orioles top prospect Yusniel Diaz re-incorporated a leg lift in place of a toe-tap to his swing this year, which he said allows him to be more relaxed at the plate and helped him muscle out his first Grapefruit League home run Saturday against the Minnesota Twins.
After one full season at third base, Ryan Mountcastle is learning a third position since he was drafted in 2015, as the Orioles' best hitting prospect worked at first base during Monday's full-squad workout.
Brandon Hyde will be the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Hyde, who was hired away from the Chicago Cubs after spending 2018 as their bench coach and five years on their major league coaching staff, was selected from a group of six candidates.
As the Orioles and Showalter part ways at the end of a 115-loss season, players said the manager who oversaw that collapse was the same who led them to three playoff appearances in five years, for better or worse.
Buck Showalter won't return to manage the Orioles in 2019, according to an industry source, ending what until this season had been a productive relationship with the manager who took over in August 2010 and brought playoff baseball back to Baltimore and an organization that was starved for it.
Orioles veteran slugger Mark Trumbo said there's some peace of mind knowing how he's going to deal with his achy knee, and explained both what the injury is and what he expects to be asked to do when he gets back next spring.
Outfielder John Andreoli, who the Orioles claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, will join the team in Toronto on Monday in the likelihood that Mark Trumbo’s knee injury lands him on the disabled list.
The Orioles could finish with the worst defense by some measurements in major league history. Buck Showalter tried to put that on players playing out of position, but the ideal scenarios he described don't show that.