Ubaldo tabbed for Grapefruit League opener

Using simplified delivery, right-hander eyes bounce-back season

Ubaldo tabbed for Grapefruit League opener

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ubaldo Jimenez will start the Orioles' first Grapefruit League game on Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla., against the Detroit Tigers, manager Buck Showalter announced on Thursday.

"Last year was tough," said Jimenez, who went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract with Baltimore. "This is the beginning of 2015, and I'm excited to be part of the first game."

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Jones shares thoughts on Markakis' remarks

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It didn't take long after Adam Jones walked in Thursday morning for the media to follow and ask for his reaction to former teammate Nick Markakis' comments in Wednesday's USA Today. The subject wasn't new -- it was widely reported this offseason that Baltimore didn't want to go more than three years on a contract for the free-agent outfielder because of concerns for his neck -- but clearly Markakis, who ended up signing with the Braves, is still harboring some resentment about the subject.

"Don't believe a word they say," Markakis told USA Today. "It was all because of my neck. They can say what they want to make them look good. It's all B.S."

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Davis believes he has something to prove in 2015

Orioles slugger attempting to rebound from down '14 season cut short by suspension

Davis believes he has something to prove in 2015

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis' therapeutic-use exemption for the 2015 season is for the drug Vyvanse -- not Adderall -- the first baseman said Wednesday morning, confirming an earlier report by FOXSports.com.

"It's basically a more sophisticated version of Adderall, and it's kind of the new thing, the way it's introduced to the body," Davis said. "I like the way it works and I think it's something that's helped me away from baseball, and hopefully it will continue to help me."

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Cabrera ready to prove his worth to Orioles

Cabrera ready to prove his worth to Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles infielder Everth Cabrera has reached a plea agreement stemming from a resisting arrest charge in September, and will be eligible to play in 2015 while on probation.

Cabrera, who will wear No. 1, paid a fine and will have to do community service, according to Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

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Machado's right knee OK, a full-go in camp

Third baseman has no restrictions, anxious to get numerous at-bats this spring

Machado's right knee OK, a full-go in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado was one of numerous Orioles who arrived in camp early, and the 22-year-old is incredibly anxious for Spring Training to begin. Coming off his second consecutive season-ending knee surgery, Machado is a full-go in camp this time around and there isn't anything baseball-wise he isn't allowed to do.

"I see it like my first Spring Training again," Machado said to the media scrum that gathered around his locker on Tuesday. "I'm that excited."

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O's could move Pearce around to maximize value

O's could move Pearce around to maximize value

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Steve Pearce could see some playing time at third base this spring, though manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday it won't be early in camp.

After a career year in 2014, Pearce figures to get consistent playing time this season. But he could move around the field, presenting himself in the corner-outfield spots, first base and as a designated-hitter option.

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Orioles complete deal with veteran Cabrera

Orioles complete deal with veteran Cabrera

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles on Wednesday announced the signing of infielder Everth Cabrera to a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.4 million, plus incentives. Alex Hassan was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Cabrera, who was expected to meet with the media on Wednesday afternoon.

Part of Cabrera's deal includes a Minor League option, but he will be given every opportunity to make the O's out of camp and contribute significantly. The plan is for Baltimore to use Cabrera, who has predominantly played shortstop over his career, in the outfield at times this spring to present a utility option for the team. He will also get a majority of his reps at second base.

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Showalter looking forward to team-bonding event

Showalter looking forward to team-bonding event

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In advance of the Orioles' first full squad workout on Wednesday, the team will have their annual movie night on Tuesday, a tradition under manager Buck Showalter.

"It's interesting to go back and look through the message you are trying to get across each year," Showalter said of the team-created short film. "You can't get too predictable. Got to throw a little hitch in the giddy-up."

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Preparing for '15, Lough reflects on up-and-down year

Concussion last spring slowed Orioles outfielder, who rebounded in second half

Preparing for '15, Lough reflects on up-and-down year

SARASOTA, Fla. -- David Lough was quietly one of the Orioles' most consistent contributors during the second half of last season, batting .337 from June 1 on. But it was hard to rebound from a slow start, and Lough, who suffered a concussion last spring, said Monday morning that the issue lingered at the start of the season.

"It was more of a mental thing," Lough said. "It was with me, I kind of felt it a little bit. And with baseball, you've got to have a clear mind a little bit. If it's stuck in your mind, it's just going to be worse. And that's how it was for the first half of the season. And after that, I was like, 'You know what? I've just got to get let it go. Play baseball.' And I ended up playing a lot better."

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Snider among O's right-field candidates to replace Markakis

Pearce, Young, De Aza could also be in mix

Snider among O's right-field candidates to replace Markakis

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In a perfect world, manager Buck Showalter would have just one player to replace Nick Markakis in right field. But Baltimore isn't counting on that happening.

"We're equipped to have that be a two- or three-headed player," Showalter said of the Orioles' right-field situation which could include a combination of Travis Snider, Steve Pearce, Delmon Young, Alejandro De Aza and even Chris Davis. "It also allows us to keep everybody in the flow and have everybody make contributions with their skill set. But somebody steps out there and takes off with it … that's why I think Steve [Pearce] graduated a little bit from that [role as a part-time player]."

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Johnson skips bullpen session with jammed finger

Johnson skips bullpen session with jammed finger

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Steve Johnson did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Monday because he jammed his right middle finger during pitchers' fielding practice Sunday.

Johnson was scheduled to get an X-ray Monday afternoon, but didn't think it was anything serious.

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Baltimore's squad built on brilliance

Baltimore's squad built on brilliance

SARASOTA, Fla. -- On a sun-splashed Sunday morning, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is proudly showing off a new bullpen area that was finished just before the beginning of Spring Training.

Showalter designed it himself -- three full mounds and two lower ones for rehabilitating pitchers. Almost as important is its location, near three practice infield areas, so his guys can get their work done more efficiently.

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Veteran Birds taking Harvey under their wings

Veteran Birds taking Harvey under their wings

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter does everything for a reason. So, it's highly unlikely it's a coincidence that veteran pitchers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been in pitching prospect Hunter Harvey's group during Spring Training's early workouts.

"In the PFP [pitchers' fielding practice] groups, having O'Day and Hunter, if they see something I don't do right, they help me," said Harvey, 20, who is the youngest pitcher in camp. "They've helped me a lot with just about everything."

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De Aza has no hard feelings after arbitration loss

De Aza has no hard feelings after arbitration loss

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Alejandro De Aza reported to camp early on Sunday and said there are no hard feelings about losing in arbitration last week.

"Win or lose, life goes on," he said. "Everything is going to be the same."

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Buck notes: Day 3, Sunday, Feb. 22

Buck notes: Day 3, Sunday, Feb. 22

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Caleb Joseph left Sunday's workout early, as his wife, Brooke, was taken to a local hospital. She's due with the couple's first child on March 1 and manager Buck Showalter said the hospital visit isn't anything serious.

Dylan Bundy is slated to start the season at Double-A Bowie, Showalter said. Bundy threw his second bullpen session on Sunday and has no physical restrictions this spring.

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Ubaldo looking for success with simplified delivery

O's righty started working on keeping hands lower late last season

Ubaldo looking for success with simplified delivery

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ubaldo Jimenez was among the Orioles pitchers who threw a bullpen session on Friday, and the right-hander is sticking with the simplified delivery he incorporated last year.

"My mechanics got so messed up. I was going way too far, and I was losing sight of home plate," Jimenez said of last year. "I mean, you are supposed to do that [overhead motion] and stay over. I was going way over, and I didn't know it. I didn't know it until they showed me."

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Prospect Harvey draws a crowd for 'pen session

Tillman, Britton, O'Day among Orioles pitchers who stayed to watch righty

Prospect Harvey draws a crowd for 'pen session

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, was among the pitchers who threw a bullpen session at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Saturday morning.

Not only were the prominent members of the organization on hand, but several players also stayed to watch Harvey, who was in the last group, along with Rule 5 Draft pick Logan Verrett. Chris Tillman and Zach Britton waited until Harvey finished to shake his hand, and Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Miguel Gonzalez also watched Hunter.

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Wieters on track for full clearance in March

Last step for Orioles catcher is throwing full-throttle to bases; Opening Day in sight

Wieters on track for full clearance in March

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Matt Wieters joked Friday morning that he's going to limit the number of interviews he gives this spring. It may not be such a bad idea, as the All-Star catcher, who is coming off season-ending Tommy John surgery in June, will have every step of camp chronicled as he tries to get ready for the start of the season.

Wieters won't be cleared to throw full-throttle to the bases until at least March 17.

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O's prevail in arbitration case vs. De Aza

O's prevail in arbitration case vs. De Aza

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles won their arbitration hearing on Friday against outfielder Alejandro De Aza, which means he will make $5 million in 2015. De Aza's side had requested $5.65 million, but he still gets a good raise from the $4.25 million he made last year.

De Aza was the Orioles only arbitration case that went to a hearing and continues the organization's recent success in those cases.

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Orioles report to camp, ready to get jump on spring

Arencibia eager for 2015 as pitchers and catchers get Spring Training underway for Baltimore

Orioles report to camp, ready to get jump on spring

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have officially started Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers reporting as the first sign of a new camp. There will be an informal workout Thursday, as there has been the past few days, with the first actual practice on Friday.

Here are a few early notes from the clubhouse.

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Duquette: Return of Machado, Wieters, Davis 'powerful'

Signing of Nix, impending move with Cabrera will add depth

Duquette: Return of Machado, Wieters, Davis 'powerful'

SARASOTA, Fla -- Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said there are still some "issues" to resolve regarding the pending signing of Everth Cabrera and it may not be done until next week. Nothing has changed on the O's end, it's just a little bit of a slow process.

"There's not a lot that I can say about players while we're in the process," Duquette said. "The rules don't allow it, but we've done a lot of research on this player, and his skill and ability is very good, and we think there may be a fit."

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Wieters could see limited playing time next week

Coming off Tommy John, backstop set to begin throwing full-strength March 17

Wieters could see limited playing time next week

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Matt Wieters could catch in an Orioles intrasquad game -- on March 1 and 2 -- as the backstop has been cleared to do everything but throw full-strength to the bases in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in June.

"We control that," manager Buck Showalter said of the run-game during the team's intrasquad matchups. "I don't want to get to the 17th [of March] and have him catch three innings the first time. I want him to catch, five, six, seven out of the chute. We can do that. We can handle it. Whether it's a 'B' game, intrasquad…we could find games left and right."

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Orioles on verge of signing Cabrera to one-year deal

Veteran infielder likely to compete with Flaherty, Schoop for second-base job

Orioles on verge of signing Cabrera to one-year deal

The Orioles are on the verge of signing infielder Everth Cabrera to a one-year deal, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Cabrera, who has already taken his physical, will be part of the O's 40-man roster, and he presents a speedy option that could alter how the club breaks camp.

The Orioles haven't confirmed the deal.

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Trio expected to make up for O's losses

Baltimore needs big production out of Machado, Wieters and Davis in 2015

Trio expected to make up for O's losses

BALTIMORE -- It will be a tough task to replace both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis in 2015, but the Orioles are relying on having a healthy Manny Machado and Matt Wieters. While Machado will be a full go in Spring Training, Wieters will be watched carefully, with the O's hopeful he will be available for Opening Day.

Slugger Chris Davis will also be counted on to bounce back after a disappointing 2014 season that ended with a 25-game suspension (the suspension will finish on Opening Day). At the top of the order, Alejandro De Aza has the most leadoff experience and is a top candidate to take over for Markakis there, while Steve Pearce is coming off a career year. J.J. Hardy seemed confident at last month's FanFest that he would return to form offensively, and Jonathan Schoop should be more consistent in his sophomore season.

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Will Machado, Wieters be ready for Opening Day?

With camp set to open, three questions loom large for AL East champs

Will Machado, Wieters be ready for Opening Day?

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have started Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Thursday in advance of Friday's first workout.

The O's added some intrigue to camp with Wednesday's news that they were close to signing infielder Everth Cabrera, though there are plenty of other storylines to follow. In an offseason which Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller departed, Baltimore is relying on its current roster to step up.

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Source: O's sign infielder Nix to Triple-A deal

Source: O's sign infielder Nix to Triple-A deal

The Orioles have signed infielder Jayson Nix to a Triple-A deal, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports.

The versatile Nix will be in big league Spring Training and will make $750,000 should he make the team.

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