New delivery still a work in progress for Ubaldo

New delivery still a work in progress for Ubaldo

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ubaldo Jimenez had hoped his new simplified delivery would lead to more success this season. It didn't start off well on Tuesday.

The inconsistent right-hander recorded four outs in his first Spring Training start against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, and he was charged with six runs (five earned) on two hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. Jimenez, whose throwing error resulted in a run one batter later, also had a wild pitch in the disappointing 42-pitch outing.

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O's announce Thursday's split-squad starters

O's announce Thursday's split-squad starters

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez will start Thursday's split-squad games, manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Tigers.

Chen will pitch the road game in Port Charlotte, Fla., against Nathan Karns and the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET, while Gonzalez will stay at home for the Ed Smith Stadium contest on MLB.TV at 7:05 p.m. vs. Daniel Norris and the Blue Jays. Chen went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA last season, and Gonzalez went 10-9 with a 3.23 ERA.

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Norris turns 30, eyes first 200-innings season

O's righty feels he's in best shape of career

Norris turns 30, eyes first 200-innings season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When asked what number he'd most like to see on his baseball card a year from now, Bud Norris didn't hesitate.

"Two hundred," beamed the Orioles' birthday boy.

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Showalter: Young O's revere Hardy

Shortstop, along with infield mates, sharp in drills

Showalter: Young O's revere Hardy

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Midway through his team's Monday morning infield drills on the field known as Camden Yards South, Orioles manager Buck Showalter shared a tidbit about J.J. Hardy.

"You should hear our younger players when they talk about him," said Showalter of his Gold Glove shortstop. "They speak with reverence. Absolute reverence. That gives you an idea of his standing in the game right now."

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Former big leaguer McKnight dies; played for Mets and O's

Former big leaguer McKnight dies; played for Mets and O's

Former Major Leaguer Jeff McKnight passed away on Sunday after a 10-year battle with leukemia. He was 52.

McKnight spent parts of six seasons in the Majors, with the Mets and Orioles. He primarily played the infield but logged time at every position except center field and pitcher. He hit .233/.284/.304 through 218 career games.

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Wieters gets behind plate for first time since surgery

Major milestone in Tommy John recovery comes in O's intrasquad game

Wieters gets behind plate for first time since surgery

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Matt Wieters crouched behind home plate at Ed Smith Stadium for the first two innings of the Orioles' intrasquad game Sunday afternoon, the first time he's caught a game since May 4. It was, without a doubt, a major moment in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

But Monday might bring an even bigger test.

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Nothing but positives for Showalter as team ramps up

Wieters, Machado return to action for Orioles in first intrasquad game

Nothing but positives for Showalter as team ramps up

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It wasn't exactly a full-blown exhibition game, with a five-out inning, two four-out innings and even a one-out inning -- and it ended in a 0-0 tie -- but manager Buck Showalter was pleased with the Orioles' first intrasquad game Sunday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles saw 12 pitchers take the mound, each of them for one inning, and every position player in camp except outfielder Henry Urrutia had a plate appearance. The defense was solid on both sides, particularly in the infield, and two of the club's stars -- Matt Wieters and Manny Machado -- were back on the field in a game-like setting for the first time in months.

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O's take notice of Garcia in intrasquad game

Rule 5 Draft pick from Red Sox strikes out two in perfect inning

O's take notice of Garcia in intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It was easy to hear the sound of Jason Garcia's fastball popping into catcher Caleb Joseph's glove inside a mostly empty Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It wasn't hard to tell that he piqued a few of his teammates' interest, either.

"He got a couple of our guys from the bench up to the top step," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

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Wright looking to put down roots in O's 'pen

Wright looking to put down roots in O's 'pen

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The numbers and transactions don't totally add up for left-hander Wesley Wright. He's been a solid, durable relief pitcher since 2011, and in that time he's been claimed off waivers once and non-tendered twice.

The Orioles signed the 30-year-old Wright this offseason to bolster their bullpen, adding another left-hander to the mix alongside Brian Matusz and closer Zach Britton. He was available this winter because he was not tendered a contract by the Cubs, who signed him after the Rays non-tendered him last winter.

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PR director remembered by Orioles in camp

Showalter says team "looks ready to play," ok with predictions of struggle for upcoming season

PR director remembered by Orioles in camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles honored late public relations director Monica Barlow on Saturday, one year to the day after she passed away following a battle with lung cancer that lasted more than four years.

Orioles players, coaches and staff took the field Saturday wearing orange shirts for the LUNGevity Foundation, the nation's largest lung cancer-focused nonprofit for which Barlow was a spokesperson.

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Davis gets in right-field reps

Davis gets in right-field reps

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday afternoon that Chris Davis would see some time in right field this spring. Sure enough, Davis spent Saturday's workout with the outfielders.

While most of the Orioles were warming up Saturday morning, Davis split off with first-base coach Wayne Kirby to field ground balls in right field and work on throwing from right to home plate. He rejoined the rest of the team to stretch before going through the rest of the day's drills with Baltimore's outfielders.

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Britton doing his part to help strike out cancer

Britton doing his part to help strike out cancer

SARASOTA, Fla. -- When closer Zach Britton was contacted earlier this month to be the Orioles' representative for the "K Cancer" initiative, it was an easy choice.

Britton's grandmother, on his mother's side, passed away from ovarian cancer, as did his aunt. Then there's former O's public relations director Monica Barlow, who passed away one year ago Saturday due to complications from lung cancer.

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Barry M. Bloom

Duquette's focus remains on building the Orioles

Bloom: After nearly leaving for Toronto, O's vice-president is all about helping them win in '15

Duquette's focus remains on building the Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dan Duquette has four years remaining on his contract as Orioles' executive vice-president of baseball operations, but his talks to take the position of club president in Toronto this past offseason were no mere flirtation. His relationship with the Blue Jays goes back.

"In 2009, I had expressed interest," Duquette said on Friday as the Orioles worked out on the backfields behind Ed Smith Stadium. "That was before I took the job with the Orioles. They were looking for somebody and I was looking for a job. I had expressed interest and had some conversations with them then."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles get loud during camp -- literally

Pumped-in crowd noise during fielding drill raises complaint from neighborhood

Orioles get loud during camp -- literally

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter put a new wrinkle on an old drill on Friday, pumping in crowd noise from last year's postseason as infielders practiced catching pop flies on the main field of Ed Smith Stadium.

"No, I've never heard of a baseball manager doing that before," said Dan Duquette, the Orioles' president of baseball operations, about the NFL-style drill. "I like the idea. It creates the expectation that we'll be playing in October."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles announce Gausman will start spring home opener

Orioles announce Gausman will start spring home opener

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter named his pitchers for an intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday. In addition, he said that right-hander Kevin Gausman would start the second game of the Grapefruit League season on Wednesday, at home against the Tigers.

Showalter had previously announced that Ubaldo Jimenez would get the opener against the Tigers on Tuesday in Lakeland, Fla.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Richard Justice

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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