The Orioles announced a couple of expected moves Saturday afternoon, officially releasing outfielder Travis Snider from his contract while recalling outfielder/designated hitter Henry Urrutia from Triple-A Norfolk and optioning outfielder Junior Lake to Norfolk.
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.
The Orioles finally designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment Friday after making him a centerpiece of their offseason attempt to upgrade the club's on-base potential and replace popular veteran Nick Markakis. The move was not a surprise, since there was speculation a week ago that he would be clearing some room on the roster soon.
Playing each other for the third straight time, but first at Citizens Bank Park since 2009, the Orioles beat the Phillies again, this time 6-4 thanks to a four-run fourth inning and solo homers by Travis Snider and scalding newcomer Chris Parmelee.
In postgame interviews following the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, outfielders Travis Snider and Alejandro De Aza were already toeing the company line. Both spewed cliches about how it¿s all about the team and not individual accomplishments.
Travis Snider was the driving force in the Orioles' 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon. He had two singles and a double, drove in two runs and became the first Orioles player since Ronny Paulino in 2012 to have three hits in his team debut.
Designated hitter Travis Snider had three hits and first baseman Steve Pearch homered for the second straight game, but the Orioles still came up short, suffering a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.
SARASOTA, Fla. - For the first time this spring, Orioles starters Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Steve Pearce will make a road trip this afternoon at the O's travel north to Bradenton to play the Pirates at McKechnie Field.
The routine of recrdording swings, rare during batting practice, goes unnoticed by most. Travis Snider doesn't do it to bring attention to himself, and his new teammates -- the Orioles acquired Snider in January in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates -- haven't said much.
If there is any upside to the departure of long-time right fielder Nick Markakis, it is that the opening in the outfield has turned manager Buck Showalter loose on another versatility quest this spring. On any given day, just about anybody might show up at either of the two corner outfield positions.
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.
How loud was it during the crowd-noise-enhanced popup drills at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday? Well, Orioles got a noise complaint from someone living in the apartment complex on the far side of the facility.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter can break down a position to its most esoteric aspects and then put it back together in terms anyone can understand, which is what he did Monday when the talk turned to filling the club's unexpected opening in right field.
New Orioles outfielder Travis Snider wasn't around for FanFest because he's a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and he attended the Super Bowl that weekend, so he probably figured he was going to get a question about "The Play" in his first interview session with the Baltimore media covering spring training.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced on Friday that two countdown clocks will be installed in each stadium to regulate the breaks between innings and speed up games. That will be the most visible part of a two-pronged rules revision that also forces hitters to keep one foot in the batters box under most circumstances and modestly expands the video replay protocol.
The flaw in all the happy rationalization from Orioles fans about the quiet offseason is that the club needs just about everything possible to fall into place to stay ahead of an American League East division in which the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays made major roster upgrades this winter.
Travis Snider was once one of the top prospects in baseball, making his major league debut at the age of 20 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent a lot of the past seven years struggling to make good on spectacular minor league numbers.
The Orioles acquired the left-handed-hitting outfielder they had been seeking all offseason, trading a minor league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night for Travis Snider.