Aside from the Astros, the only other team to execute a similar rebuilt recently is the Chicago Cubs, and new Orioles manager Brandon Hyde spearheaded their player development operation early before joining the major league coaching staff through a rebuild that netted the 2016 World Series title.
Robert Andino and the Orioles are not stopping to look back at last year's walk-off win over the Red Sox in the regular-season finale. As the team faces Boston for the first time since Andino's big hit, it says its focus is on 2012.
Robert Andino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Red Sox on Wednesday night. Fewer than five minutes later, down in St. Petersburg, Evan Longoria hit a walk-off home run to officially knock Boston out of the playoffs.
The Orioles' four-man rotation is set. Brian Matusz will start Saturday and Chris Tillman gets the nod for Sunday. ... Earl Weaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday's home opener and Thurmont¿s Richard Troxell will sing the National Anthem. ... Jennifer Royle from The Fan has filed an $800,000 defamation suit against WNST owner Nestor Aparicio and two of his hosts. ... A four-member Towson entourage expects to conclude interviews at the Final Four and announce a new basketball coach next week.
The choice of "Kegasus," a partying centaur, as the mascot for Preakness raises eyebrows and questions. ... Maryland center Jordan Williams has tentatively filed to enter the NBA draft. ... Maryland started spring football practice Tuesday with a new head coach, a new playbook and significantly stricter team rules. ... The Orioles have set their 25-man roster. ... The Orioles finished up their spring training schedule with a loss to the Blue Jays. ... The Capitals lost to the Hurricanes.
Monday's roster cuts clarified the Orioles' roster picture, but an injury to Brian Matusz muddied it back up. ... Zach Britton authored another impressive performance in Monday's win over the Tigers. ... The Ravens are taking a closer look at Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski wants to box in Baltimore, and these are some potential venues. ... Jordan Williams earned honorable mention All-America honors.
The Orioles' regulars rallied to top the Red Sox on Sunday and the reserves fell to the Blue Jays. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Red Sox manager Terry Francona to address his comments about Boston G.M. Theo Epstein. ... VCU shocked Kansas and Kentucky beat North Carolina to set this year's Final Four.