In their final road game of the spring, the Orioles lost, 9-5, while playing in a fierce wind blowing out in right field. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and Twins left fielder Josh Willingham both hit homers that caught in the wind and drifted out.
There's a lingering question as to whether Nate McLouth can regain his past form for an entire season. The Orioles think he can and that he can provide more quiet leadership. That's why they made re-signing McLouth a top priority this offseason.
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez learned on Saturday night that he would be getting the start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon because Chris Tillman is dealing with abdomen soreness.
The Orioles hit a spring-high four homers off Pittsburgh Pirates pitching Friday afternoon in a 6-5 win at Ed Smith Stadium. It was the Orioles' sixth victory in seven Grapefruit League games this spring.
It isn't even March 1 yet, so the Orioles are a long way away from choosing which 25 players will start out on the Opening Day roster, let alone which hitter will bat first in the order when the season opens in Tampa Bay. But one of the interesting subplots of spring training will be discovering which player will lead off. Brian Roberts appears to be the frontrunner, but Nick Markakis and two others could be in the mix.
The Baltimore sports scene is blessed with a bunch of talented bloggers who bring their unique perspective to the conversation. Each week, Matt Vensel of The Baltimore Sun hopes to chat with one of them in a regular feature called Blogger on Blogger. This week, he exchanged emails with Daniel Moroz, who writes about the Orioles for his blog, Camden Crazies.
SOrioles second baseman Brian Roberts hit a par of doubles and scored two runs, while left fielder Nate McLouth added a two-out, pinch-hit double in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium.
Under the bright Florida sun on Tuesday afternoon, Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold took his first swings against a pitcher since last April. Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada tested his surgically repaired left-elbow with a long-toss session that is part of a tedious throwing progression to strengthen his arm.
In case you missed it last night, Orioles utility man Danny Valencia was linked to a now-defunct South Florida clinic, Biogenesis, that allegedly provided performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, among others.
We're a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to the Orioles' spring training camp in Sarasota, Fla. Here's a look at what some of the national media outlets have been writing about the Orioles in the recent days.
Jair Jurrjens, who was a National League All-Star just two summers ago, is Duquette¿s latest undervalued asset. And now with just more than two weeks before spring training, we take a look at other low-risk, high-reward additions and ask which one could be Duquette¿s ¿Get of the Year.¿
The talk about the Orioles' interest in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is again gaining steam, and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will always inquire about a power bat like Kubel, who hit 30 homers last season and averaged 25 homers his past four full seasons.