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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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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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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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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O's sticking with Sisco to give him exposure

Club's No. 1 prospect will get plenty of time behind the plate

O's sticking with Sisco to give him exposure

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have made a series of cuts this week, and despite the team trimming two more senior catchers from its roster on Tuesday, rookie Chance Sisco remains with the team.

Francisco Pena and Audry Perez, both with Major League experience, were reassigned to Minor League camp, but the 22-year-old Sisco -- the club's top prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com -- stays on for now.

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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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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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O's optimistic Smith won't start season on DL

O's optimistic Smith won't start season on DL

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Outfielder Seth Smith and infielder Ryan Flaherty continue to be missing from the Orioles' lineup.

Smith, who has a strained right hamstring, hasn't played since March 8, and Flaherty, who is out with a sore right shoulder, last appeared on March 13.

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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.

Alvarez homers, but Miley is scratched

Alvarez homers, but Miley is scratched

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Pablo Sandoval looks like a prime candidate to win the American League's Comeback Player of the Year Award. The third baseman roped two doubles for the Red Sox in Monday's 7-4 victory over the Orioles to raise his Grapefruit League batting average to .349.

"He had some really good at-bats today, particularly left-handed," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He had some deep at-bats using the whole field, the bat speed is there."

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Nuno, back from Classic, endures tough stretch

Nuno, back from Classic, endures tough stretch

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Starting shouldn't be a big deal for Vidal Nuno. The left-hander has started 42 times in his four-year Major League career.

However, Nuno found out a little over an hour before game time that he would be starting against the Red Sox instead of Wade Miley, who had flu-like symptoms.

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Miley scratched due to flu-like symptoms

Miley scratched due to flu-like symptoms

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Wade Miley was scratched from Monday's start against the Red Sox because of flu-like symptoms and was replaced by fellow left-hander Vidal Nuno.

Miley wasn't feeling well after his last start on March 14, but manager Buck Showalter said that he suffered a relapse and was being driven back to Sarasota.

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Gausman dominant; bullpen has rough day

Gausman dominant; bullpen has rough day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in the Orioles' 7-1 loss to the Tigers on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Gausman, who will likely be named Baltimore's Opening Day starter, struck out eight and walked one as he became the first Orioles starter to complete five innings.

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All the best fan reactions to Jones' HR robbery

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All the best fan reactions to Jones' HR robbery

The 2017 World Baseball Classic isn't over yet, but Adam Jones has made a very compelling case to take over the mantle of "Captain America" from David Wright. The Orioles center fielder came up with the game-winning hit against Colombia and hit a home run to keep the U.S. in the game against Puerto Rico -- and then, of course, there was the time that he seemingly wore an entire American flag on his feet. 

But all of that heroic patriotism was mere prelude to what he pulled off on Saturday night. With Team USA clinging to a 4-2 lead in their do-or-die showdown with the Dominican Republic, Manny Machado launched a Tyler Clippard fastball to deep right-center in the seventh inning. The ball looked destined to be a solo homer, pulling the Dominicans to within a run -- until, like some sort of superhero, Jones appeared out of nowhere.

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Showalter revels in Jones' grab on Machado

O's manager stays up late to watch Team USA-DR at WBC '17

Showalter revels in Jones' grab on Machado

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter marveled at the wonderful catch his center fielder, Adam Jones, made for Team USA, robbing his third baseman, Manny Machado of Team Dominican Republic, of a home run Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.

"Oh my goodness," Showalter said. "Unfortunately, I saw it live [after midnight]. It was a great moment. I love the way Manny handled it [by doffing his helmet to Jones]. If you didn't know they were teammates before that game, you know it now."

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Liranzo optioned to Double-A as O's make roster cuts

Schafer, Washington, Wynns assigned to Minor League camp

Liranzo optioned to Double-A as O's make roster cuts

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles made four roster cuts Sunday, optioning right-handed pitcher Jesus Liranzo to Double-A Bowie and assigning outfielder Logan Schafer, infielder/outfielder David Washington and catcher Austin Wynns to Minor League camp.

In his first Major League Spring Training, Liranzo had a 3.38 ERA, allowing three runs in eight innings. Liranzo gave up two runs in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Tigers.

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Jones' WBC '17 robbery already has a Topps card

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Jones' WBC '17 robbery already has a Topps card

Adam Jones delivered arguably the best play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Saturday night, soaring through the air to bring back a Manny Machado home run and preserve Team USA's 6-3 win over the Dominican Republic. Less than 24 hours later, the moment has already become iconic -- Twitter lost its collective mind, and the fans at Petco Park are their very own meme.

And now, Jones' feat has received one of baseball's very highest honors: It's got its very own Topps card.

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Richard Justice

Davis embodies the new 'Orioles way'

Organization hopes to continue track record of defying conventional wisdom

Davis embodies the new 'Orioles way'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In their very first conversation almost six years ago, Orioles manager Buck Showalter told his new first baseman things he hadn't heard in awhile.

Showalter told Chris Davis he believed in him. OK, it was a lot more than that. There was some psychological stuff and some technical stuff. In the end, though, it amounted to one thing.

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Gentry reviving career this spring with O's

Speedy veteran outfielder capitalizing on opportunity

Gentry reviving career this spring with O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- One of the happiest surprises of Orioles Spring Training has been the addition of outfielder Craig Gentry. The 33-year-old was signed to a Minor League contract Feb. 18 to help improve the team's outfield defense.

Two days after the Orioles signed Gentry, much more attention was heaped on the signing of Michael Bourn, who played for Baltimore in the last month of the 2016 season.

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