The Orioles outfielders could¿ve been picking daisies like they were back in Little League for most of Monday and it wouldn¿t have mattered. There wasn¿t much action past the infield with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on the hill.
One run was enough to stand on Monday against a Phillies team that has scored the fewest runs in baseball, as Wei-Yin Chen threw eight scoreless innings in a 4-0 win in front of an announced 23,730 at Camden Yards.
It only took two weeks and 15 exhibition games, but the Orioles finally erupted at the plate Monday afternoon in a homer-happy 16-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies before a sellout crowd of 8,047 at Bright House Field.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this spring that infielder Everth Cabrera would likely see time in the outfield this spring, and Cabrera will make his first Grapefruit League start this afternoon, starting in center field and leading off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field.
As a free-agent outfielder playing in Venezuela last winter, Adam Loewen hoped to show enough to earn a chance in spring training. And then he realized that his best shot to get back to the major leagues might be what originally got him there: his prized left arm.
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher.
Dan Connolly has been talking to several baseball people outside of the Orioles organization for the past week or so about the club's trade possibilities as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. And everyone basically says the same thing: Dan Duquette will do something.
Lefthanders Mitch Horacek, Steven Brault, and Luis Gonzalez are among the Oriole¿s best pitchers halfway through the minor league season, with each ranking among the South Atlantic League leaders for starting pitchers so far.
Another Flacco could be playing professional sports in the near future. Tom Flacco, the youngest brother of Ravens quarterback Joe, was selected Saturday in the 32nd round (the 952nd overall pick) of the MLB Draft by his hometown Philadelphia Phillies.
Former Phillies pitcher and MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams was in Maryland this weekend to coach his son¿s under-10 baseball team at a Ripken Baseball tournament in Aberdeen, and according to a report by Deadspin, got ejected for arguing with the umpires
How does this year's squad stack up through three games against successful Orioles teams of the past? With high expectations this season, we'll try to track how the club is performing through each game compared to previous years in which they made the playoffs.