Orioles fans flocked to the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday morning, a trail of orange and black surrounding the entire building almost an hour before the doors opened for the club's annual FanFest.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to know he was going to be asked during his formal winter meetings media session about the team's relative inactivity while other American League East clubs make moves to improve.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter faces the task of reshuffling a roster that took a severe hit this week in a five-day span in which the club traded All-Star closer Jim Johnson and former Orioles Nate McLouth and Scott Feldman, two of the team's top priorities to resign, signed elsewhere.
And left-hander Brian Matusz, who spent the entire season as a reliever last year, will again among those pitchers competing for a starting rotation spot during spring training, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on Thursday night.
Agent Scott Boras, who represents several Orioles including Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen, Francisco Rodriguez and Zach Britton, was in Baltimore this week to meet with some of his clients. Duquette said he had some preliminary discussions with Boras, but would not go into specifics.
Six of the eight Orioles who played all 18 innings in Friday's six hour, 54-minute marathon were in Saturday's starting lineup. It took them until the ninth to score in Saturday's 5-1 defeat to the Rays.
Former Orioles star and current front office executive Brady Anderson jokes that he began planning how to celebrate Chris Davis' 50th home run about three months ago after Davis hit his 30th homer of the season.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter still believes his team is capable of putting together a lengthy winning streak, something it really hasn't done this season. To date, the Orioles' longest streak of the season is five games.
After lasting just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big league start since July, lefty Zach Britton's next appearance seemed tenuous. It's now expected to happen within the next week for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.
Wilson Betemit has struggled to regain his stroke since returning from a right knee injury that robbed him of most of the season, and as it appears now, his role as the Orioles' designated hitter against right-handed pitching has all but diminished.
CLEVELAND -- While top prospect Kevin Gausman has shined in his brief time in the Orioles bullpen, the club is keeping the door open for the 22-year-old right hander to possibly help them as a starter down the stretch.
Right-hander Jason Hammel will likely make his first minor-league rehab on Thursday for Double-A Bowie. Hammel, who has been on the the disabled list with a right forearm strain, will throw 45-50 pitches. He will likely make two starts before rejoining the club, and he could return in either a starting or relief role.