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.
By the end of the year, Mike Wright - who opened the season losing nine of his first 10 decisions at Norfolk and posting a 6.42 ERA in 19 starts - had turned around his season, and ended itwith back-to-back near-no-hit bids. In the offseason, he was rewarded when the Orioles added him to the organization's 40-man roster.
Delmon Young, whose pinch-hit double pushed the Orioles to victory in Game 2, received the start in left field in Game 3 against left-hander David Price. Young was expected in the lineup, but the fact he was playing left and Nelson Cruz was the designated hitter was a bit of a surprise. Young had started just 17 games in left this year, and only three in September.
In the past year, Zach Britton considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform. But after getting another chance with the Orioles, the left-hander has found a home in a ninth-inning role as the club prepares for the postseason.
Britton — now 26 — is no longer a prospect. More importantly, he's out of minor league options, so it's either make the major league roster this spring or a likely departure from the Orioles knowing that his potential was never realized here.
The Orioles' search for a new pitching coach brought them a number of impressive resumes full of experience. But when the Orioles made their decision on who would replace Rick Adair, they turned to Braves minor league pitching coordinator Dave Wallace, who has a strong reputation of developing arms at the major league level.
Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair, who took a leave of absence in August for personal reasons and will not return to the club next season, said he's not sure whether he'll be in baseball in 2014.
Sometimes it¿s easier to put these things into a question-and-answer format, and since I¿ve gotten a bunch of questions from readers about what¿s next for the Orioles and their pitching coach situation, that's what we'll do.
The Orioles designated right-hander Jair Jurrjens for assignment Friday to clear room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Jairo Asencio, who joined the Orioles before the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
While Jake Arrieta threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for his second straight scoreless spring outing, Buck Showalter quickly pointed out that Arrieta had seven three-ball counts and threw just eight first-pitch strikes to the 19 batters he faced.
Buck Showalter just wanted to know one thing from Ron Johnson and Mike Griffin. How did they steer the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to a winning record when Showalter spent the whole season stealing their players?
I appreciate a good beard when I see one -- maybe it's because I can't grow one above my neck -- so I am bummed out to see that Orioles starter Jake Arrieta had shaved off his amazing Al Borland beard from FanFest. It was breathtaking.