Orioles, Rays game washed out

Game was postponed in the middle of the fourth inning by rain

Orioles, Rays game washed out

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles and Rays game was called off due to inclement weather in the middle of the fourth inning.

Baltimore was leading the contest, which was not long enough to be an official game, 4-3, with home runs by Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold.

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O's monitoring Hardy's shoulder after collision with Schoop

O's monitoring Hardy's shoulder after collision with Schoop

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy collided with second baseman Jonathan Schoop in the top of the second inning on Friday and manager Buck Showalter said the team will monitor Hardy's left shoulder over the next day or two. 

"I was kind of falling, diving at the same time just to knock that ball down and keep it in the infield and then I think [Schoop] was doing the same thing," Hardy said of the play. "We kind of collided. It wasn't bad. My glasses came down, my hat, all that stuff, ... It was no big deal."

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Norris not concerned about his spring struggles

Norris not concerned about his spring struggles

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles starter Bud Norris' stats didn't count in Friday's canceled game, but the right-hander was still able to get his work in, throwing four innings and finishing up with 20-25 more in the indoor cages.

Norris gave up three runs -- including a solo homer from Tampa Bay's Rene Rivera in the third -- as he continued to have what he called an "interesting" spring campaign.

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Wilson gets opportunity to make an impression

O's 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year will make his spring starting debut

Wilson gets opportunity to make an impression

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tyler Wilson, the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2014, will get his first Grapefruit League start on Saturday against the Yankees. 

"I'm excited," Wilson said. "Obviously, to get a chance to start a game is great. That's all I've ever done in the Minor Leagues. It's good to be able to have a few days to get back in that routine a little bit."

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Gausman to start Tuesday vs. Rays

Gausman to start Tuesday vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Kevin Gausman will start on Tuesday against the Rays, manager Buck Showalter said, a day after Gausman went one inning in Thursday's game, a 6-4 loss to the Tigers.

Showalter said after Thursday's game the club shortened up Gausman because they want to make sure he can do both things: pitch as a reliever or a starter.

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Tillman's arm, Young's bat not enough as O's fall to Tigers

Tillman's arm, Young's bat not enough as O's fall to Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ten months after Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead home run off Tommy Hunter at Camden Yards, the slugger led a Tigers comeback with a game-tying drive off the Orioles reliever. However, it took a Victor Martinez home run in the eighth inning to break the tie and send Detroit to its second straight victory by a score of 6-4 on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Martinez's home run restored Detroit's lead after Jayson Nix homered off a hanging slider from Joe Nathan in the top of the inning to tie the game. Add in a Yoenis Cespedes homer, and the power display broke up a pitching duel between aces David Price and Chris Tillman.

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Orioles have tentative rehab schedule for Wieters

Orioles have tentative rehab schedule for Wieters

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have mapped out the tentative rehab schedule for catcher Matt Wieters, who will remain with the team through its season-opening series at Tampa Bay.

"He's gonna be ready for extended spring," manager Buck Showalter said of Wieters, who will not have those games in Sarasota count against him on the rehab clock.

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Orioles want Gausman ready to be both a starter and reliever

Orioles want Gausman ready to be both a starter and reliever

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Kevin Gausman pitched just one inning in the Orioles' 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Thursday and manager Buck Showalter said he could shorten up the right-hander as a potential bullpen option in the final two weeks of camp.

"Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman, who allowed two earned runs, both of which came on Victor Martinez's homer on Thursday.

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Tillman, Orioles have not talked contract extension

Tillman, Orioles have not talked contract extension

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles starter Chris Tillman said after Thursday's start, a 6-4 loss to the Tigers, that there's been nothing new in the past few months regarding a contract extension with Baltimore.

"I'm always open to it," Tillman said. "I think I'm in the same position as I was [in] when we talked last time [in January]. I'm letting [my agent] do all the work. I hear about, read about it. But I told him not to come to me unless we've got something for sure."

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Schoop has two teeth removed

Second baseman pushing for Friday lineup return

Schoop has two teeth removed

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jonathan Schoop had two teeth removed Wednesday, one of which was a wisdom tooth, and said he will get two more removed in the offseason.

The pair that they took out had to be done now or he would have been sidelined at some point later this season.

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Arencibia scratched with right flexor mass injury

Arencibia scratched with right flexor mass injury

SARASOTA, Fla. -- J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Thursday's Minor League game with a right flexor mass injury.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't sure how it occurred. He said Arencibia took regular batting practice and was fine when he left for the Major League game in Lakeland, Fla.

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Chen hones changeup in solid outing vs. Blue Jays

Southpaw allows one earned run in five innings; Young hits second spring homer

Chen hones changeup in solid outing vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A pair of homers paved the way for Toronto on Wednesday, with Steve Tolleson and Kevin Pillar each going deep in the Blue Jays' 5-2 win over the Orioles.

After an early unearned run, Tolleson homered in the third off O's starter Wei-Yin Chen to push the Jays' lead to 2-0. Pillar went deep off Orioles righty Ryan Webb in the sixth, connecting for a two-run shot, and Toronto extended its lead with a sacrifice fly by Ezequiel Carrera in the eighth.

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Lough day to day, but back improving

Lough day to day, but back improving

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Outfielder David Lough, who was scratched from Tuesday's lineup, said his back is slowly improving and he's considered day to day right now.

"I'm not concerned," Lough said Wednesday morning of the injury. "It's a lot better today than it was yesterday so it's a good sign, knowing it's already healing."

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Schoop absent to undergo dental work

Schoop absent to undergo dental work

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Jonathan Schoop was unavailable for Wednesday's game, as the O's second baseman was undergoing dental work.

"He needs all four wisdom teeth out, and he needs two teeth extracted," manager Buck Showalter said. "They're going to try and hold off on the wisdom teeth, but he's going to be down for a few days."

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Young working hard in preparation for season

Young working hard in preparation for season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- One of the first Orioles at the Ed Smith Stadium complex every morning is outfielder Delmon Young, who arrives around 6 a.m. ET to get in a workout before the sun comes up.

"I've been doing this since 2004 [as a Devil Ray] with Carl Crawford. It's just something I've always done," Young said of his early-morning habits. "He was the leader of the team when I first showed up at big league camp, so I followed him around everywhere. He would show up early, so I'd show up early."

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Wieters focuses on health, not Opening Day

Wieters focuses on health, not Opening Day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With Opening Day all but officially out of the question for Matt Wieters, the Orioles' catcher has simply set his sights on a healthy return.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Wieters had been on track to be ready for Opening Day against the Rays until the O's shut him down last week, one day after his Spring Training debut behind the plate.

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O's offense, Jimenez lead way in win over Pirates

O's offense, Jimenez lead way in win over Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Steve Pearce ignited a five-run fourth inning with his fifth homer of the spring on Tuesday and the Orioles went on to defeat Pittsburgh, 9-2, in Grapefruit League play.

Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen played four innings in his return to the lineup after a 12-day layoff with "lower-body soreness." McCutchen went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and smoothly fielded several balls hit his way.

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Ubaldo's strong start has him in running for O's rotation spot

Ubaldo's strong start has him in running for O's rotation spot

BRADENTON, Fla. -- High walk totals have plagued Ubaldo Jimenez throughout his career, but especially last season, when he walked nearly 14 percent of the batters he faced.

But Jimenez has seemingly turned a corner this spring, walking only one batter over his last 13 innings spanning three Grapefruit League starts. He was at his best Tuesday, throwing five scoreless innings without issuing a free pass as the Orioles beat the Pirates, 9-2, at McKechnie Field on Tuesday.

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Lavarnway ready to step up and be O's backup catcher

Lavarnway ready to step up and be O's backup catcher

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The news about Matt Wieters' elbow likely pushes Caleb Joseph into the role of starting catcher for the Orioles come Opening Day. It also opens up the backup catcher competition until then.

Ryan Lavarnway is one of the players looking to seize the opportunity. Baltimore's other top internal options include Steve Clevenger, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Ward.

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Inbox: How will catching situation shake out?

Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers questions from fans

Inbox: How will catching situation shake out?

Without Matt Wieters, how do you see the Orioles' catching situation shaking out?
-- Bill F., Arlington, Va.

Manager Buck Showalter made it pretty clear it's safe to speculate that Caleb Joseph will be the primary starter, and defense will continue to be the deciding factor in who earns the backup job. The Orioles' best defensive catching prospect is Brian Ward, whom the club already sent out to Minor League camp. Internal options currently in camp are J.P. Arencibia, Steve Clevenger and Ryan Lavarnway, with Clevenger the only one on the 40-man roster. That's not necessarily an advantage, as the O's have been willing under executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and Showalter to make the roster moves necessary to field the best club. If camp ended today, Showalter said he could make a decision on the catching race. But he hasn't tipped his hand early.

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O'Day takes part in fantasy mock draft

O'Day takes part in fantasy mock draft

Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.

Ten players with an interest in fantasy baseball agreed to take part in a three-round mock draft with the help of MLB.com reporters, who relayed picks across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. Reporting done by Adam McCalvy, Rhett Bollinger, Alden Gonzalez, Mark Bowman, Jane Lee, Brittany Ghiroli, Steve Gilbert, Brian McTaggart and Joe Frisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones' two-homer game powers O's at plate

Center fielder goes deep in consecutive innings in loss to Cards

Jones' two-homer game powers O's at plate

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones homered twice and drove in four runs, but the Orioles fell to the Cardinals, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.

Randal Grichuk's two-run homer off Orioles pitcher Chaz Roe in the top of the ninth inning gave the Cardinals a 7-6 lead, and they added one more.

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Harvey out with right fibula fracture

Harvey out with right fibula fracture

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey is out 4-6 weeks with a slight fracture of his right fibula.

Harvey had a CT scan on the area Sunday after X-rays came back negative. He was hit by a comebacker in a Minor League game Saturday. Harvey was in big league camp this spring and reassigned on March 16.

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O's emphasize defense in choosing catchers

With Wieters unlikely for Opening Day, Joseph could be starter

O's emphasize defense in choosing catchers

SARASOTA, Fla. -- With All-Star catcher Matt Wieters unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, the Orioles will have Caleb Joseph as their likely starter. The team will also continue to place defense as the top priority in evaluating who to have as their second backstop to start the season.

The O's internal options are Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway, J.P. Arencibia and Brian Ward, who is at Minor League camp.

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Showalter watching Connaughton with O's in mind

Showalter watching Connaughton with O's in mind

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter knows who he isn't rooting for during the NCAA men's basketball tournament: Notre Dame.

"I want to see [Orioles prospect Pat Connaughton] get eliminated as soon as possible," Showalter said with a grin. "I'm just being frank. Not in a bad way.

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Showalter on Wieters: Opening Day unlikely

Showalter on Wieters: Opening Day unlikely

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, is "unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, manager Buck Showalter said on Saturday.

Wieters has been dealing with tendinitis in his right elbow, but Showalter remains optimistic about the recovery process. Still, Wieters appears likely to begin the season on the disabled list, which would make him eligible to debut April 11 against the Blue Jays, in the second game of Baltimore's first homestand. He likely would not make the roster as a designated hitter if he isn't able to catch.

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Pearce out to show last year was no 'fluke'

Orioles slugger looks to build on breakout 2014, continues torrid spring with fourth homer

Pearce out to show last year was no 'fluke'

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Steve Pearce enjoyed a breakout 2014 season, but he feels like he still has something to prove this spring.

Pearce ripped a three-run homer in the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Twins on Saturday afternoon at Hammond Stadium, going deep for the fourth time in his last five games. He entered the day tied for third in homers this spring, behind only the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Mets' Michael Cuddyer, and he called getting off to a good start this year "very important."

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