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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O's acquire lefty Bleier from Yanks for PTBN

Walker designated for assignment to make room on 40-man roster

O's acquire lefty Bleier from Yanks for PTBN

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles completed their fourth transaction in as many days on Tuesday, trading for Yankees left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier in exchange for a player to be named later.

To create room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated Christian Walker for assignment. Walker was a late scratch at first base for Tuesday's intrasquad game as a result.

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Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

Executive VP of baseball operations shares thoughts on new season

Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

SARASOTA -- With Presidents Day and the start of Spring Training so close together, MLB.com decided to take a look at the state of the Orioles in 2017. And who better for that than executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette?

Duquette, a two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year -- including in 2014 with the Orioles -- has been with Baltimore since November 2011.

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Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles are bringing back Michael Bourn, signing the veteran outfielder to a one-year Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp on Monday night.

The deal, worth a reported $2 million if Bourn makes the team, gives the O's another outfield option along with a much-needed speedster and defense-first player.

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Andino excited about second chance with O's

Andino excited about second chance with O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Robert Andino had always kept it in the back of his mind the possibility of returning to the city that -- outside of his hometown in Miami -- still holds a special place in his heart: Baltimore.

"You never know in this game," said Andino, who signed a Minor League deal earlier this month and is trying to make the club as a reserve. "It's real exciting, and it's a blessing to be back. It took long enough, but I'm just happy to be back."

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Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

12 of Baltimore's Top 30 Prospects are expected to arrive in 2017

Breaking down the Orioles' Top 30 Prospects

It was another successful year for the Orioles, who rattled off 89 wins, good for fourth in the American League, to reach the postseason for the third time in five years. But they were unable to advance past the Blue Jays in the AL Wild Card Game, as Edwin Encarnacion hit a dramatic walk-off home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez in the 11th inning to seal the O's fate. But while the playoff loss may have been difficult to swallow for fans, how Baltimore got there offers plenty of optimism for the future.

After three injury-plagued seasons, Dylan Bundy emerged as a key part of the Orioles' rotation after beginning the season in the bullpen. Though he did wear down late in the year, Bundy showed the promise that had made him the No. 4 overall Draft pick in 2011, as well as the organization's top prospect in subsequent years.

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Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers

SARASOTA -- The Orioles added to their pitching depth on Sunday night, trading for left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Ryan Moseley.

The move, which saw the O's designate lefty T.J. McFarland for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot, gives Baltimore another potential starting or relief option. Nuno, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA and a 4.64 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 55 games, including one start, with the Mariners last season.

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Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

Outfielder focused offseason on learning 'American training and workouts'

Kim on 2017: 'Less pressure, more fun'

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hyun Soo Kim sat quietly by his locker on Sunday morning. The Orioles' outfielder -- whose very presence last spring was a noteworthy event -- is enjoying being out of the limelight and being just another guy at the O's full-squad practice.

"I don't want to go back," Kim joked, in perfect English, of where things were this past year.

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Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

AL Gold Glove Award winner at third may swap spots in Classic

Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado's World Baseball Classic positioning outlook is a lot like his long-term positioning outlook. Third base? Shortstop? We don't know where Machado will play for certain.

But what can be said for certain is that one of the game's great hot-corner defenders is still interested in a full-time return to his native position -- not just in the Classic, but in the Majors. And that's something to keep in mind as Machado's post-2018 free-agent eligibility looms.

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Smith in awe of O's bat strength

Smith in awe of O's bat strength

SARASOTA -- Orioles outfielder Seth Smith said earlier this week he's looking forward to being a part of Baltimore's powerful lineup.

"It is fun," said Smith, who was acquired from Seattle in the offseason trade that sent Yovani Gallardo to the Mariners. "I've enjoy watching the Orioles kind of do their thing for a while now, and to be a part of it is going to be fun."

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Machado focused on present, not future

With free agency looming after 2018, star excited to be part of 'special group'

Machado focused on present, not future

SARASOTA -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado looked around the clubhouse on Saturday morning and smiled.

"We got a couple different faces, but I think we got a real good group here," he said. "A special group that's going to surprise a lot of people."

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