Gausman gets Opening Day nod for O's

Right-hander 'very honored' to start on April 3 vs. Blue Jays

Gausman gets Opening Day nod for O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Before he was officially told, Kevin Gausman had an inkling that he may be the Orioles' Opening Day starter. After all, his spring starts lined up perfectly with the start of the season.

"That's kind of what I told [manager] Buck [Showalter]," Gausman said. "He asked me, 'What did you think about this? Did you see this coming?' I was like, 'Well, I'm not that bad at math. I can figure that out.'"

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Rotation holds key to O's Trade Deadline plans

Rotation holds key to O's Trade Deadline plans

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have enjoyed a nice stretch of still being in the postseason picture at the non-waiver Trade Deadline over the past five seasons, a club actively trying to add talent after years of fielding calls from clubs hoping to poach some of their better performers. They're once again hoping to be part of the rush of postseason-hungry buyers in late July, and not left behind during the 2017 campaign's final months.

But to give O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette an opportunity to work the phone lines in July in search of a boost, a few key things have to happen.

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O's prospect Sisco bound for Minors camp

Rule 5 pick Santander likely starting season on disabled list

O's prospect Sisco bound for Minors camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reassigned top prospect Chance Sisco to Minor League camp prior to Monday's home game against the Red Sox.

Sisco, who remained at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, will head to the Minor League complex at Twin Lakes Park starting on Tuesday. The catcher will leave after making a great impression and staying in big league camp longer than many would have anticipated.

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Aquino states case for last rotation spot

Aquino states case for last rotation spot

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- If this is it for Jayson Aquino this spring, the left-hander made a nice impression.

Facing a tough Blue Jays lineup on the road, Aquino allowed just one run on three hits and a walk, striking out four in his first Grapefruit League start, a 2-1 Orioles win.

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Flaherty triples, scores game-winning run

Flaherty triples, scores game-winning run

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Ryan Flaherty tripled and came around to score the go-ahead run on Cedric Mullins' sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory over a split-squad Blue Jays club on Sunday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Francisco Liriano got the start for Toronto and had yet another solid outing. The left-hander struggled with his control in the first inning, but he quickly settled down and allowed just one run over 4 2/3 innings of work. In his second-to-last start of the spring, Liriano scattered a pair of hits and walked two while striking out seven. The 33-year-old has now fanned a remarkable 25 batters over 14 1/3 innings this spring.

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Tillman resumes throwing program

Tillman resumes throwing program

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Orioles starter Chris Tillman threw from 60-90 feet on Sunday, his first time resuming a throwing program since suffering a setback earlier this spring, and the plan is for him to repeat that on Tuesday.

Tillman, dealing with a right shoulder injury, will not be ready for the start of the season and will be on the disabled list. But manager Buck Showalter said on Sunday that the right-hander will travel north with the team to be part of the Opening Day festivities and continue his rehab in Baltimore. Tillman could return to Florida when the team goes on the road.

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Former MLB pitcher, scout Frohwirth dies at 54

Former MLB pitcher, scout Frohwirth dies at 54

Former Major League pitcher and Orioles scout Todd Frohwirth died Sunday from complications with stomach cancer. He was 54.

"He was a special member of the Orioles family," Baltimore's manager Buck Showalter said. "One of our best scouts and a great human being. He's been a big contributor here."

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Richard Justice

O's hoping young pitchers step up

As ace mends, club counting on youthful arms to stay competitive

O's hoping young pitchers step up

SARASOTA, Fla. -- So what happens to the Orioles if Chris Tillman's cranky right shoulder stays cranky for awhile?

"I look at it as a great opportunity for somebody," manager Buck Showalter said. "There's an opportunity created by fate sometimes. Sometimes, it's a trade. Sometimes, it's an injury."

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Davis, Schoop, Hardy all homer against Twins

Davis, Schoop, Hardy all homer against Twins

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A trio of homers led the Orioles to a 6-3 win over the Twins before a sellout crowd of 8,171 at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday night.

After early solo home runs from J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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O's Jones reflects on experience at Classic

Center fielder helped Team USA win first gold medal

O's Jones reflects on experience at Classic

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones was one of the stars of the World Baseball Classic, though the Orioles outfielder said Saturday he doesn't feel like he's any different after winning a gold medal with Team USA.

"I see myself as the same player, same person, same teammate," Jones said. "I'm going to push the guy behind me and the guy in front of me to do the job, if I didn't get it done. I'm going to be on the top step cheering you on. That's how I always played the game.

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Mancini, Johnson homer to force 9-inning tie

Mancini, Johnson homer to force 9-inning tie

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Trey Mancini hit a three-run homer and Chris Johnson hit a solo shot to help the Orioles mount a late comeback and force a 5-5 tie with the Twins on Friday night at Hammond Stadium.

Mancini tied the game with a three-run homer in the seventh off reliever Drew Rucinski. It came after Johnson hit a solo homer off right-hander Michael Tonkin in the sixth.

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Wright frustrated by 5-run outing vs. Twins

O's rotation candidate struggles with command of sinker

Wright frustrated by 5-run outing vs. Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Mike Wright was hoping to be better than he showed on Friday night. The right-hander, who allowed five earned runs over two innings in a 5-5 tie with the Twins, is still in the mix for the Orioles' final rotation spot, but opportunities are dwindling this spring.

"'Feeling good' and 'my stuff is there' isn't going to get me on the team," said Wright, who allowed all five runs in the second inning. "So yeah, it stings a bit being this late in camp, but it's still camp. It's not going to affect my record or change anything with the regular season, so that's still a positive."

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Classic fuels Schoop's enthusiasm in return

After semifinals appearance with Netherlands, 2B ready to win with Orioles

Classic fuels Schoop's enthusiasm in return

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop said Friday he's "200 percent" ready for the regular season after returning from a stint in the World Baseball Classic. Schoop was part of the Netherlands team that advanced to the semifinals.

While Schoop wasn't in Friday night's lineup on the road against the Twins, the infielder said he'd be ready to play over the weekend.

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O's have questions before Spring Training ends

Club still has to address Tillman's absence, bullpen spots and more

O's have questions before Spring Training ends

SARASOTA, Fla. -- As the Orioles head into their final week of Spring Training, there are still some questions to be answered and roster decisions to be made. Here, in no particular order, are three of the biggest looming questions as the O's head into the homestretch before coming to Baltimore.

1. What will the Orioles do without Chris Tillman?
The O's had already known early in camp that Tillman wouldn't be the Opening Day starter. Then they conceded that he wouldn't be part of the starting rotation at all to start the season, which opens it up to a group that includes Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Chris Lee, Gabriel Ynoa and Jayson Aquino. There's also Vidal Nuno, who got a spot start Monday but didn't fare particularly well. Baltimore acquired him thinking he'd be used more as a reliever.

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PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win

PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win

As if Adam Jones needed any extra motivation. As the leader of Team USA on its run to the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold, Jones took center stage with some huge plays during the tournament.

Still, before the United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in Wednesday night's championship game at Dodger Stadium, Jones and his teammates got some bulletin-board material, courtesy of rumors that Puerto Rico already had a celebration planned.

• Buy Team USA champions gear

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Machado savors World Baseball Classic run

Orioles 3B returns to camp, looks forward to next tournament in 2021

Machado savors World Baseball Classic run

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado is back from the World Baseball Classic, and he had a delightful time playing for the Dominican Republic.

"It's fun to be back and be back with the guys and get ready for the season. It was an exciting time at the World Baseball Classic and something I'll never forget," Machado said. "It was a great experience; great memories taken from that. But now I'm excited to get back and try to create some new ones this year with the team that we've got here."

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Rich Dubroff is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sisco among top prospect performers

Sisco among top prospect performers

J.D. Davis is heating up at the perfect time. As the season draws near, hits are coming in bunches for the Astros' No. 13 prospect.

The 23-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4, his first three-hit game of Spring Training, in Houston's 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

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Statcast Podcast: Analyzing Jones' catch

Statcast Podcast: Analyzing Jones' catch

This week on the Statcast™ podcast, MLB.com columnist Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers dissect the biggest play of the week through the lens of Statcast™'s newest feature: catch probability.

Using data to drive the conversation, the hosts break down Adam Jones' amazing World Baseball Classic catch, talk to two former MLB outfielders about what it takes to make a catch like that, and whether or not it was as difficult as it looked.

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Sisco's three-run blast lifts O's over Rays

Sisco's three-run blast lifts O's over Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Rays starter Chris Archer had a rough return from the World Baseball Classic and Team USA, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday.

Rookie catcher Chance Sisco hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning for the Orioles.

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Rich Dubroff and Scott Butherus are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's option Bleier, reassign Stewart

O's option Bleier, reassign Stewart

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles optioned left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier and reassigned right-hander Zach Stewart to Minor League camp on Wednesday.

Bleier, who was obtained from the Yankees on Feb. 19, was 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in five games.

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Jonathan Mayo

Pipeline report: Prospects in Orioles' camp

Pipeline report: Prospects in Orioles' camp

Every Spring Training, prospects get a chance to show what they can do as they prepare for the season ahead. Some are competing for jobs in big league camps, others are prepping for the season as they vie for spots at Minor League affiliates up and down a team's system. MLBPipeline.com is visiting all 30 camps this spring. Today we check in on the Baltimore Orioles.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- By most accounts, the Baltimore Orioles' farm system is not highly rated. They have just one Top 100 prospect, catcher Chance Sisco, and their Top 30 list isn't as deep as many other organizations.

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Mark Feinsand

Q&A: Duquette talks winning formula, hopes for O's

Executive VP of baseball ops discusses past stops, Baltimore's direction

Q&A: Duquette talks winning formula, hopes for O's

Dan Duquette built the foundation for a winning team in Montreal, then put together the core of the Red Sox team that ended Boston's 86-year title drought in 2004.

A strike robbed Duquette of his chance to see what the 1994 Expos could accomplish. He was let go by the Red Sox in 2002, watching from afar as much of his work paid off in Boston two years later.

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Davis knocks first spring HR vs. Blue Jays

Davis knocks first spring HR vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Aaron Sanchez pitched into the fourth inning in his third Grapefruit League outing, allowing just one hit as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

Sanchez, who was a sparkling 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA for Toronto in 2016, walked four and struck out two over 3 1/3 frames. Chris Davis knocked his first home run of the spring in the fourth, the lone blemish for Sanchez.

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Jonathan Mayo

Q&A with O's prospect Cody Sedlock

Q&A with O's prospect Cody Sedlock

As part of MLBPipeline.com's visit to all 30 Spring Training facilities, we'll be sitting down with prospects and getting to know them a little better. At Orioles camp, it was No. 2 prospect Cody Sedlock.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Cody Sedlock was the Orioles' first-round pick in the 2016 Draft, taken No. 26 overall. After two years working out of the bullpen, Sedlock moved into Illinois' rotation as a junior and moved himself into first-round consideration. The right-hander had a solid pro debut and is preparing for his first full season of pro ball.

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Rematch with Blue Jays not on Ubaldo's mind

Rematch with Blue Jays not on Ubaldo's mind

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Nearly six months ago, the Orioles' 2016 season ended when Edwin Encarnacion hit a decisive home run off Ubaldo Jimenez to give the Blue Jays the win in the American League Wild Card Game.

After Jimenez allowed four runs over four innings to the Blue Jays in Tuesday's 5-2 loss at Ed Smith Stadium, he said Toronto wasn't on his mind.

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Trumbo flying under the radar this spring

Trumbo flying under the radar this spring

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For Mark Trumbo, it has been a quiet spring both on and off the field. But after leading the Majors in home runs (47) last season, and signing a three-year, $37.5 million contract in January, Trumbo is happy that he has gone fairly unnoticed in the clubhouse this spring.

"Kind of business as usual, kind of ramping up here," Trumbo said. "We'll probably mix in a few more games as we get going here closer to the season opening up."

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Britton encouraged with rehab progress

No recurrence of oblique discomfort, star reliever says

Britton encouraged with rehab progress

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Zach Britton says the left oblique discomfort that caused his 2017 Grapefruit League debut to be delayed is gone. He's pitched twice, and on Monday was scheduled to pitch a Minor League game.

Britton gave up two runs on four hits in his first outing on March 14, and three days later, threw a scoreless inning against the Pirates.

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Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Orioles on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.