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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla -- It's finally here. After 10 days of workouts and instrasquad games, the Orioles get to see another uniform. The Grapefruit League season opens this afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Gate will open at 11:05. In advance of the opener, Sun columist Peter Schmuck and I talked a little bit about what to expect from the first few Grapefruit League games. (See video above.)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Left-handed relief pitcher Mike Belfiore has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers , the Orioles announced Thursday before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Belfiore, whom the Orioles acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 2012 as the player to be named later in the trade for third baseman Josh Bell -- was designated for assignment Sunday. That move cleared space on the 40-man roster for right-hander Evan Meek and outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young , who both made the Opening Day roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
The Orioles return home today to host the Yankees for a 1:05 p.m. game at Ed Smith Stadium. The Yankees will play their first game without outfielder Curtis Granderson, who suffered a fractured right forearm in his first at-bat Sunday against Toronto. Granderson is estimated to be out 10 weeks. Regardless, don't expect to see many Yankees regulars here in Sarasota. There are seven non-roster invitees in their starting lineup today. Left-hander Brian Matusz will start and make his Grapefruit League debut.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles can enjoy their final day in Florida. Their Grapefruit League schedule complete and their exhibition game at Triple-A Norfolk in limbo, they can enjoy a day off Friday. The forecast for Norfolk on Saturday doesn't look good, and the Orioles could cancel that game at some point Friday if the weather outlook doesn't improve. If that happens, the team will work out in Sarasota one last time Saturday morning before hopping on a flight to Baltimore later that day. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team can't go two straight days without working out. Showalter planned to meet with executive vice president Dan Duquette about some final roster moves before Duquette travels to Montreal for the reunion of the 1994 Montreal Expos, which had the best record in baseball before a strike cut short the season and which he is credited with building.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will conduct their final full workout this morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex before the Grapefruit League season starts. Tomorrow, the Orioles open the spring schedule with a home game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Most of the starters will take batting practice on the stadium field, which is out of the ordinary. Other than that, it's one more day of full-squad PFP drills and other team defense drills for pitchers. As reported yesterday, Zach Britton will start tomorrow's opener and be followed by Jake Arrieta.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 6, 2010
Orioles projected ace Kevin Millwood had a forgettable debut with his new club, allowing six runs in just two-thirds of an inning in a 9-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday before an announced 6,457 at sun-drenched Joker Marchant Stadium. Millwood, who was hoping to get through at least three innings, retired just two of the 10 hitters he faced. Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas started the first-inning outburst with a long homer to right field and then ended Millwood's afternoon with an RBI single.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles will play their Grapefruit League home opener at 1:05 p.m. today at Ed Smith Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays. The game will be broadcast live on television on MASN and WBAL-AM 1090. Nelson Cruz will make his Orioles spring debut today, hitting second at designated hitter. Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will start today. Here is the Orioles' starting lineup today: Davis Lough LF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF J.J. Hardy SS Matt Wieters C Ryan Flaherty 2B Alex Gonzalez 3B -- Left-hander Mike Belfiore, who has a hairline fracture on the fingertip of his left pinky finger, said it didn't hinder him during his spring debut Friday.
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By Eduardo A, Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles outfielder Henry Urrutia received treatment on a sore throwing shoulder before Saturday's Grapefruit League home opener, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's OK to hit, but he went in to get treated about a half-hour ago,” Showalter said today before batting practice. Other items of note: -- Steve Johnson, Edgmer Escalona , Ryan Webb and Evan Meek will follow starter Miguel Gonzalez Saturday against the Blue Jays.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. -- The Orioles roughed up right-hander A.J. Burnett - one of the team's top offseason free-agent targets - for six runs on seven hits over three innings on their way to a 15-4 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Ryan Flaherty blasted a two-run homer to straight-away center field in the second inning off Burnett and Nick Markakis was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Four other Orioles starters had multiple hits, including Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy, who drove in two runs each.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Orioles finally lost a Grapefruit League game. The Twins jumped out to a six-run lead Thursday afternoon, three of them off starter Jair Jurrjens in the first inning, as the Orioles lost their first spring game, 7-1, at Hammond Stadium. The Orioles had won their first five Grapefruit League games. Jurrjens, making his second spring start, struggled mightily through a 34-pitch first inning . Jurrjens, who is trying to earn a rotation spot after signing a minor league contract, allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, battling with his control throughout the outing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was hit in the helmet by a pitch during Thursday's Grapefruit League finale and was forced out of the game, is feeling better today and will be ready for Opening Day on Monday. A precautionary CT scan performed Thursday night at a local hospital was negative and Cruz showed no symptoms of a concussion or any other head injury on Friday. Cruz is expected to start in left field on Opening Day on Monday and bat fifth against Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Before the Orioles' final Grapefruit League game Thursday night, manager Buck Showalter said one of his main goals for the day was to get out of Florida having avoided an injury. The Orioles appeared to dodge a major scare in the fourth inning of their spring finale against the Tampa Bay Rays when designated hitter Nelson Cruz left the game after he was hit in the batting helmet by a pitch from Alex Cobb. Cruz was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary CAT scan, which came back negative, according to the club.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, FlA. - The Orioles finished their Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday night. The Rays plated the winning run in the top of the ninth off left-hander Troy Patton when former Oriole Wilson Betemit's sacrifice fly scored Desmond Jennings, who singled to open the inning and went to third on Jake DePew's single and ensuing errors by right-fielder Mike Yastrzemski. Jonathan Schoop tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, run-scoring double off the bottom of the centerfield wall off right-hander Merrill Kelly.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bud Norris pitched into the sixth inning in his last Grapefruit League tune-up before the regular season, but the Orioles dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Twins. Norris lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned), seven hits and a walk while striking out two batters. “Felt really strong. A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there,” Norris said. “I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone.” For the spring, the Orioles' expected No. 5 starter posted an impressive 2.65 ERA in 17 innings over five spring games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Right-hander Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Orioles fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself. He used the Grapefruit League to make his point, finishing a good spring with a solid effort Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. "Felt really strong. A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there," Norris said. "I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's currently raining heavily here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the Orioles still hope to get this afternoon's 1:05 p.m. game in against the Boston Red Sox . That could be difficult. The forecast is calling for rain throughout the day. The Orioles will try their best to play today's game. This late in spring training , the innings are instrumental to get pitchers ready for the season. Starting pitchers need to continue to be stretched out, and some relievers are starting to work back-to-back days.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, FlA. - The Orioles finished their Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday night. The Rays plated the winning run in the top of the ninth off left-hander Troy Patton when former Oriole Wilson Betemit's sacrifice fly scored Desmond Jennings, who singled to open the inning and went to third on Jake DePew's single and ensuing errors by right-fielder Mike Yastrzemski. Jonathan Schoop tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, run-scoring double off the bottom of the centerfield wall off right-hander Merrill Kelly.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. -- Chris Tillman didn't waste any time reminding everyone why he was the winningest pitcher on the Orioles staff last year. He opened the Orioles' Grapefruit League season by striking out three and giving up just one hit over two innings against a representative Tampa Bay Rays lineup in the Orioles 4-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park. The only hit was a one-out double by Yunel Escobar. Tillman struck out David DeJesus, James Loney and Will Myers and got his other three outs on fly balls.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- With Opening Day one week away - the moving trucks parked outside the Ed Smith Stadium complex and Orioles players preparing to flock north for the beginning of the regular season - manager Buck Showalter has watched third baseman Manny Machado closely in recent days. While it always appeared that Machado might not be recovered from offseason left knee surgery in time for Opening Day, Showalter removed any doubt about the spring's top storyline on Sunday afternoon, announcing that the Orioles' 21-year-old All-Star third baseman will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez overcame a rocky first inning to allow two runs over five hits over six innings in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Jimenez fell behind 2-0 four batters into the game after allowing a towering two-run homer in the first inning to James Loney. Despite going deep into counts early, Jimenez avoided further damage in the opening frame and retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.
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