The Orioles hit four home runs, including three in the final two innings, to come back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit, but lost, 8-7, to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings on Aledmys Díaz’s walk-off single off left-hander Paul Fry.
Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner quickly developed the reputation with the Orioles of someone who will do anything to win. He stuck his foot in front of a 93-mph ground ball to show that Tuesday en route to seven shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The national narrative that developed after the Orioles' dramatic loss in Tuesday night's wild-card game was what the late, great broadcaster Howard Cosell liked to call "a piercing look into the obvious." Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his magic touch at just the wrong moment — when God and a national television audience was watching.
Mike Wright hasn't had many opportunities to prove his worth in the Orioles starting rotation. Sixteen days into the season and Wright was stepping on the mound Tuesday for just his second start, his scheduled starts postponed twice because of weather and pushed back one other time. And even though he posted a quality start in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Wright might already be pitching to save his spot.
Orioles reliever Darren O'Day didn't pitch in Tuesday's All Star Game, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have an on-field moment worth crowing about. "I robbed a home run at the wall in batting practice," said O'Day, who said he shagged a would-be homer by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Albert Pujols. "That was one of my goals."
After taking a tie game into the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles were on the brink of disaster as reliever Darren O¿Day loaded the bases with no outs. Somehow, O¿Day escaped the inning without allowing a run, and the Orioles rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to give them a 5-3 win over the Jays in front of a sellout crowd of 46,018.
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez faced the Toronto Blue Jays on the road for the second time this spring on Sunday afternoon, and he could face them again in the first home series of the regular season.
The Orioles haven't given up on re-signing right fielder Nick Markakis, or as executive vice president Dan Duquette puts it: "We're still working on it. It's in process for the Orioles." But there's no question now that the competition is on.
The competition for the reserve catcher role may not be the most compelling story in spring training for the Orioles, but it was very much on display in Monday¿s 7-6 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.