Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, constantly searching for a way to unlock some consistency in his fifth major league season, made a tweak the day before Wednesday's start against the Detroit Tigers.
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 crowd at Camden Yards — a meager 7,915 — was the smallest in the history of the ballpark, if you don’t count April 29, 2015, when the fans were locked out for a game against the Chicago White Sox in the wake of the Freddie Gray unrest. The previous record low was 9,129.
A 23-year-old St. Petersburg, Fla., resident has gathered more than 8,600 followers on Twitter with an account he made last week on a whim, @SmilingBirdLogo, where he posts his mockups of the Baltimore team’s cartoon bird logo, redesigned as other bird species.
A year ago Saturday, amid a flurry of early-season pitching moves where the Orioles lost Parker Bridwell and shuffled the back end of their roster, executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired right-hander Miguel Castro from the Colorado Rockies.
Any success for the Orioles hinges on whether their one-trick offense can solve the game’s growing trend of pitching backward and adapt its free-swinging approach to a style of pitching meant to exploit it.
Perhaps it was inevitable that the Yankees and Red Sox would re-establish dominance over the rest of the American League East at some point, after the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays each experienced a rise in recent years.
Orioles left-hander Tanner Scott, the organization's No. 6 prospect, is being used as a traditional reliever so far in spring training with short outings, but will still work on a shortened starter's schedule at Triple-A Norfolk when the season begins.
Orioles right-hander Mike Wright Jr. struggled to finish off his outing and allowed four runs on nine hits in Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and acknowledged it did more harm than good to his case to make the Opening Day roster.