An Orioles offense that broke out a day earlier reverted to its old ways Sunday at Fenway Park, collecting just five hits and getting shut out for the first time this season in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Infielder Jonathan Villar broke a scoreless tie with an RBI triple in the Orioles' two-run sixth inning, then scored on a single by the hot-hitting Trey Mancini to help six scoreless innings from veteran starter Andrew Cashner hold up for his first win of 2019.
If there's anything worth taking away from the Orioles' series win in New York to start the season, it's not how often they'll be able to replicate it, but that they're unburdened from anything but that day's game and can actually enjoy it.
The Orioles claimed Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals. Reliever Paul Fry will start against the Phillies in Sunday's split-squad game in Clearwater. He'll be the "opener" and he says he will welcome the opportunity if he's needed in that role during the season.
Projecting the Orioles' Opening Day roster after a round of cuts including Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, and Cody Carroll provided plenty of clarity into Mike Elias and Brandon Hyde's reasoning as they build the 25-man roster.
Jonathan Villar reached base three times and scored two runs and Alcides Escobar had an RBI double as the Orioles' middle infield situation came into focus during an 8-5 Grapefruit League loss to Phillies.
For all the turnover the Orioles bullpen experienced last summer with their trades of Zack Britton, Brad Brach, and Darren O'Day, things stayed relatively stable this offseason at the back end of the bullpen.