Five spring trainings ago,
Manny Machadoand Jonathan SchoopThe O's announce the return of former infielder Robert Andino, signing the 32-year-old to a minor league deal with a major league spring training invitation.Strop allowed multiple runs in his last two outings and owned a 6.11 ERA before going on the DL with a strained lower back. Control has been a struggle for him throughout the season — he has 14 walks and 17 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings.Xavier Avery played 32 games with the Orioles last season and spent the rest of the year with Triple-A Norfolk. But after just a brief look this spring, Avery finds himself at Double-A Bowie.Playing against the Orioles has to be viewed as just another game, Seattle Mariners infielder Robert Andino said before the teams' three-game series at Safeco Field kicked off.The Orioles had a pretty good sense as to what they were going to see against former teammate Joe Saunders on Monday night. They had no idea what they could expect from their own starting pitcher.Because of the surplus of minor league outfield depth the Orioles have, outfielders Xavier Avery and Lew Ford will open the season at Double-A Bowie, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday.Chris Tillman has been put on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal strain retroactive to March 22. He will be able to come off the DL on April 6 and pitch the Orioles' fifth game of the season against the Minnesota Twins.The Orioles make their third and final spring trip to Bradenton today to face the Pirates for a 1:05 p.m. start. Left-hander Brian Matusz will start for the Orioles.Orioles pitcher Steve Johnson, a St. Paul's grad, doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he continues to pitch his way into the rotation conversationOrioles outfielder Chris Dickerson is the CEO and co-founder of Players for the Planet, a coalition of nearly 90 professional athletes who partner to promote environmental awareness.Brian Roberts is making his first spring road trip for the Orioles and Nick Markakis thinks he can resume baseball activities later this week.As the competition for the Orioles' fifth rotation spot begins to heat up, right-hander Jake Arrieta made his case Saturday afternoon, throwing 4 2/3 shutout innings in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen struggled occasionally with his command Friday night, but overall he continued his progression for the regular season.Orioles outfielder Trayvon Robinson is the first major leaguer since Darryl Strawberry to come out of Crenshaw High in South Central Los Angeles.SOrioles second baseman Brian Roberts hit a par of doubles and scored two runs, while left fielder Nate McLouth added a two-out, pinch-hit double in the fourth inning to give the Orioles a 5-1 win over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium.The Orioles rallied with for two runs in the eighth inning for their second comeback win in as many games with a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.Stephen Strasburg surrendered three hits over two innings -- including a single and home run to the first two batters he faced -- in his first action since Sept. 7.Trayvon Robinson's two-run homer in the eighth inning gave the Orioles a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in their Grapefruit League opener at Ed Smith Stadium.Trayvon Robinson suited up for the first time as an Oriole on Saturday and took part in the first official full-squad workout, but the outfielder had hoped to be in camp a lot earlier after being acquired in the November deal that sent infielder Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners.Orioles reliever Luis Ayala, who is listed on Mexico¿s provisional roster for next month's World Baseball Classic, said Thursday that he has yet to decide whether he will pitch in the event.SARASOTA, Fla. -- The rain is currently falling here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the Orioles were able to complete their second workout for pitchers and catchers before the skies opened.It's still three days until the Orioles first full-squad workout, but nearly the entire team has already reported to the Ed Smith complex here in Sarasota.Orioles manager Buck Showalter made it clear Tuesday that top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are part of the club's major league plans for late 2013.When Dan Duquette was introduced as the BAltimore Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations last offseason, he made it clear that he wanted to focus on scouting and signing local talent.