For the first time as visiting players Tuesday afternoon, Baltimore natives Steve Clevenger and Steve Johnson walked through the hallway under the Camden Yards concourse that leads to the clubhouses and had to fight off a strong impulse. Now members of the Seattle Mariners, they had to resist the urge to go into the Orioles clubhouse.
By the time the Orioles¿ 15-2 loss to the Twins ended well after midnight, only about 200 of the announced 20,109 remained to witness the entire battering. The PA announcer¿s voice echoed through the seating bowl. Fans chased for foul balls through empty rows of green seats.
When the Orioles recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk last Friday, it seemed like a temporary move until Matt Wieters was healthy enough to catch again. But six days later, Wieters was in the lineup for the second time since returning from a hamstring injury and Clevenger was still with the big league club.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
It was easy enough to round up the usual offensive suspects after the Orioles tied their all-time single-game record with 26 hits on Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics, but it was the unusual suspects who carried the day.
Matt Wieters was able to rest during Thursday's day off and said it feels looser. He will go through treatment Friday and will see how it feels Saturday. He won¿t take batting practice Friday, but said he doesn¿t expect the injury to require a stint on the disabled list.
To make room for catcher Steve Clevenger on the big league roster, the Orioles designated outfielder David Lough for assignment Friday ¿ another member of the Opening Day squad, and specifically the outfield - that has been jettisoned during this season.
Wieters, who is starting his final step in returning from Tommy John surgery last June, will likely catch every other day at Bowie and will also have the option of starting at designated hitter on days when he doesn¿t catch, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
The Orioles set their Opening Day roster Sunday, with a couple mild surprises. Catcher Steve Clevenger beat out Ryan Lavarnway for the backup catcher job and right-handers Ryan Webb and Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia are among 14 pitchers that made the 25-man roster.
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched three strong innings on Sunday morning in the Orioles¿ B game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium, a game that ended in a 2-2 tie after seven innings.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters won't throw from the catching position in today's minor league exhibition game against the Puerto Rico development team today but before the game, Wieters' throws were times during a pregame workout.
¿One day after Orioles reserves orchestrated a late-inning rally that fell just short, they again came back late and this time beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-2, for the club's first Grapefruit League win of the spring on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Orioles will play their first split-squad games of spring training Thursday when they travel to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. and then play host to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
For the fourth straight year, the Orioles are holding a minicamp at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., geared at getting an early look at some of the organization's top young pitchers.
According to sources, dialogue continues between the Orioles and the San Diego Padres. The Padres need to move some outfielders, and left-handed hitters Seth Smith and Will Venable are drawing the most interest from the Orioles.
Most players has already cleared out of the Orioles clubhouse by Friday afternoon when reporters were allowed inside. The team arrived home from Kansas City ¿ swept by the Royals on four games in the American League Championship Series -- on Thursday evening so most players packed up their lockers then.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday's game that he faced some difficult choices in selecting the team's American League Division Series roster, but he said the decision to add right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gives his 11-man pitching staff a dynamic that he likes.
Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. It'll likely be known later today, though manager Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning.