Prospect Harvey could return by midseason

O's first-round pick in '13 recovering from Tommy John surgery

Prospect Harvey could return by midseason

SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's been a long and bumpy road for Hunter Harvey. Beset by injuries, the Orioles' first-round pick in 2013 has appeared in just 30 Minor League games.

The right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery last July 26, missed the 2015 season after he suffered a broken leg on a comebacker in Spring Training. The year before, he battled elbow soreness.

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Machado honoring mom by playing in Classic

Miami native will proudly pay homage to his family's Dominican roots

Machado honoring mom by playing in Classic

Playing for the Dominican Republic is a way for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado to pay his family back for all of its support.

"It's something that everybody enjoys, to play for our country and represent where I came from, where my family came from," said Machado, who was born and raised in Miami but has many familial ties to the Dominican. "It's going to be pretty cool."

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Wright in 'good place,' happy with progress

Righty allows 2 runs (1 earned) in 2-inning Grapefruit League start

Wright in 'good place,' happy with progress

CLEARWATER, Fla.-- Shortly before the Orioles' 7-5 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday, O's manager Buck Showalter said he had a good feeling about right-handed starter Mike Wright.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Mike today," Showalter said. "Mike's in a really good place."

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Dickerson goes deep to highlight O's bats

Dickerson goes deep to highlight O's bats

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies played a little home run derby Tuesday in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field.

Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph dropped a two-run home run onto the roof of the Tiki Bar in left field in the second inning to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Phillies second base prospect Scott Kingery hit a solo homer in the fifth, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Brock Stassi hit a three-run homer in the eighth to give the Phillies a one-run lead. It was his second game-winning hit in the past week. Aaron Altherr then hit a solo homer to make it a two-run game.
 

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Showalter believes Bundy is ready to step up

Righty set for first Grapefruit League start vs. Red Sox on Wednesday

Showalter believes Bundy is ready to step up

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Dylan Bundy proved he was a Major League starter in 2016 even though he didn't start in Spring Training at all. Bundy, the fourth overall Draft choice in 2011, had Tommy John surgery in '13, and he wasn't put in the starting rotation last season until after the All-Star break.

"Finishing up last year with 14 starts and then getting a start in spring here is a kind of a big step for me in a game here because I haven't done it in a while," said Bundy, who is slated to start Wednesday's Grapefruit League game vs. the Red Sox.

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Flaherty: Shoulder soreness 'nothing serious'

O's utility man expects to play Wednesday vs. Red Sox

Flaherty: Shoulder soreness 'nothing serious'

CLEARWATER, Fla.-- For his first five seasons with the Orioles, Ryan Flaherty routinely made Spring Training road trips. Tuesday's was one he wasn't going on. Flaherty wasn't in the lineup on Monday with a sore right shoulder, and a few days' rest was prescribed.

With Manny Machado preparing for the World Baseball Classic by playing shortstop, Flaherty has been taking more ground balls at third base this spring than anywhere else.

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Orioles ready to begin departing for '17 Classic

Orioles ready to begin departing for '17 Classic

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Six Orioles will leave the team within the next week for the World Baseball Classic. One of them, second baseman Jonathan Schoop, departed after Monday's game to prepare to join the team from the Netherlands.

In Sunday's spring win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Classic-bound players had six of the Orioles' 10 hits. Adam Jones had a long home run and a double, Welington Castillo had two hits, Manny Machado hit a homer, and Schoop had a hit.

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Schoop shows power stroke in O's loss to Yanks

Schoop shows power stroke in O's loss to Yanks

SARASOTA, Fla. -- In his final game before leaving Orioles camp to join the Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic, Jonathan Schoop hit a long third-inning home run as the O's fell to the Yankees, 4-1, on Monday afternoon.

Schoop is 3-for-8 in three spring games. He also has two doubles.

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Ubaldo aims to reduce long counts, add innings

Ubaldo aims to reduce long counts, add innings

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Ubaldo Jimenez is trying to pick up where he left off at the end of the 2016 regular season. Last September, Jimenez was 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA in five starts, and threw the Orioles' first complete game in two years on Sept. 5 at Tampa Bay.

Jimenez made his first spring start of 2017, allowing one run on three hits in two innings against the New York Yankees on Monday.

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Janish feels 'fortunate' to be back with Orioles

Janish feels 'fortunate' to be back with Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With J.J. Hardy still sidelined and not available to play until at least March 10 and Manny Machado leaving next Sunday for the World Baseball Classic, the Orioles signed another shortstop.

For the third straight season, the Orioles signed Paul Janish to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. In the first two years, Janish was signed before the end of the previous calendar year. This time, it waited until last Saturday.

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Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

O's closer feeling fine, will throw from a mound soon

Oblique no longer an issue for Britton

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Zach Britton's oblique soreness is gone. A day after he threw a bullpen session on Monday, the Orioles' star closer complained of discomfort in his left side.

Britton said on Sunday morning that with the pain gone, he was ready to get started.

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Jones, Machado each belt first spring homers

Jones, Machado each belt first spring homers

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones and Manny Machado each hit home runs as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-3, on Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Jones hit a long home run off of Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon in the first and had a double in the fifth. Machado homered just after Robert Andino, who came in as a pinch-runner for Jones, was thrown out trying to advance to third.

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Miley hoping to build on strong 2016 finish

Left-hander gives up one run in two innings in his spring debut

Miley hoping to build on strong 2016 finish

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Left-hander Wade Miley had a rough beginning when he was traded to the Orioles from Seattle last July 31.

He didn't win in his first four outings, and in his third and fourth starts he combined to allow 12 earned runs on 14 hits in six innings.

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Football injury leaves Bourn in limbo

Veteran is one of 12 O's outfielders competing for roster spot

Football injury leaves Bourn in limbo

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Michael Bourn has caught footballs in conditioning drills "thousands of times." However, on Friday, he snared a pass that went the wrong way, which jammed his right ring finger and broke it. He appeared in the Orioles clubhouse Sunday morning wearing a splint on the finger.

Bourn, who was signed to a Minor League contract on Feb. 20 and hadn't yet played in a game, will be sidelined for four weeks.

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'Good starting point' for potential future star Ynoa

Newly acquired O's pitching prospect shows glimpses in spring debut

'Good starting point' for potential future star Ynoa

BRADENTON, Fla. -- When the Orioles acquired Gabriel Ynoa just before the start of Spring Training, they hoped he would be a piece for the future, and perhaps even this season.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said that Ynoa needed to work on his breaking ball to help the O's this year and next.

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O's could see Alvarez as pitcher; outfielder reluctant

O's could see Alvarez as pitcher; outfielder reluctant

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Orioles have 12 outfielders in camp this spring, and Dariel Alvarez, who was once a touted prospect, is just trying to be noticed.

Alvarez, a Cuban defector who was signed in July 2013, made it to the Major Leagues a little more than two years later, and he hit .239 in 12 late-season games in 2015.

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Jones doubles, scores for Orioles vs. Pirates

Jones doubles, scores for Orioles vs. Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Gregory Polanco had three hits and two steals, drove in two runs and scored another in the Pirates' 6-2 win over the Orioles on Saturday at LECOM Park.

Polanco, playing left field in Pittsburgh's realigned outfield, swatted three singles as he led the Bucs to a split-squad victory in their Grapefruit League opener. Right fielder Andrew McCutchen doubled in his first at-bat and scored, while center fielder Starling Marte walked and stole his first base of the spring.

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Hart to stick with what worked in 2016

O's reliever allowed one run in 22 appearances during first big league season

Hart to stick with what worked in 2016

LAKELAND, Fla. -- It's been an interesting 12 months for Donnie Hart. A year ago, he was an unknown left-hander in Orioles Minor League camp. This year, he's expected to play a big role in the big league bullpen.

Hart was having a great year in Double-A Bowie and impressed in three July appearances with the Orioles. He came back to the Majors in mid-August and gave up his only earned run in his 19th big league appearance, ending the season with an 0.49 ERA in 22 games.

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O's pitching posts zeros in spring opener

O's pitching posts zeros in spring opener

LAKELAND, Fla. -- American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer opened his 2017 with a scoreless inning, but the Orioles squeaked out a pitching duel in both teams' Grapefruit League opener. Ryan Flaherty's second-inning sacrifice fly put Baltimore on top for good as Tyler Wilson and a slew of relievers shut down Detroit for a 2-0 O's win Friday afternoon.

The duel opened up the Tigers' new-look facility, now known as Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium following a $48 million renovation project. With the wind blowing in for much of the afternoon, and hitters still getting their timing early in camp, there wasn't much offense to be found.

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Hardy says ailing back feels 'much better'

Orioles shortstop receives cortisone shot

Hardy says ailing back feels 'much better'

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy had a cortisone shot in his back on Thursday, and he said the area is responding well.

"Feeling much better," Hardy said. "I think it was to get over the hump. I think that's what it did."

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Bourn likely out 4 weeks; O's bring back Janish

Outfielder breaks finger days after being signed; veteran provides infield depth

Bourn likely out 4 weeks; O's bring back Janish

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Michael Bourn, whom the Orioles signed to a Minor League contract on Monday, broke his right ring finger catching a football in a workout Friday.

Bourn, who was added in an attempt to improve Baltimore's outfield defense, is expected to be out four weeks, manager Buck Showalter said.

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Wilson makes quick work of tough Tigers

Righty throws two perfect innings in O's first Spring Training game

Wilson makes quick work of tough Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Tyler Wilson started off the Orioles' Grapefruit League season perfectly. Wilson retired all six batters he faced in the first two innings of Friday's 2-0 win against the Tigers.

Wilson retired Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera on six pitches in the first. Martinez and Cabrera were retired on fly balls to right fielder Chris Dickerson.

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Better results vs. lefties crucial for Kim

Better results vs. lefties crucial for Kim

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Many of the Orioles' big names were back in Sarasota. The Grapefruit League opener lineup was populated with names that were unfamiliar to casual fans.

One name stood out, and that was Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim, who began last spring with 23 hitless at-bats. Even though Kim had two singles in Tuesday's intrasquad game, many were watching to see when his initial spring hit would come this year. Kim went 0-for-3 in Friday's 2-0 win over the Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Showalter: O's 'Where we need to be'

Tillman on schedule to pitch first week of the regular season

Showalter: O's 'Where we need to be'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has seen his team drill for days, and watched it play two intrasquad games. Now, he's ready for the first game of the Grapefruit League season.

While the Orioles won't send many of their regulars to Lakeland, Fla., on Friday for their game against the Detroit Tigers, Showalter gets to watch his team play an opponent.

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Left-handers Nuno, Bleier arrive at camp

Left-handers Nuno, Bleier arrive at camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added two left-handers this week, and both reported to the team on Wednesday. Vidal Nuno, who was acquired from the Dodgers, and Richard Bleier, picked up from the Yankees, were on hand.

Nuno and Bleier, who will both turn 30 this year, will give the Orioles additional options. Manager Buck Showalter said that he could foresee the team carrying three left-handers, with perhaps Nuno or Bleier coming north with Zach Britton and Donnie Hart.

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Machado, O's give young fan unforgettable day

Machado, O's give young fan unforgettable day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Eleven-year-old Nicole Parker, of Ellicott City, Md., had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Tuesday, as the aspiring sportswriter -- who started an Orioles blog of her own about a month ago -- got to visit O's camp and meet some of her heroes.

Parker, who came down with her father, Alex, to take in a little Spring Training action, wore a Manny Machado Orioles jersey and was surprised when the All-Star third baseman paid a visit to the media workroom to do an interview.

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