"It's a break from the norm," manager Buck Showalter said. "Most of them have been throwing errors, probably the last six or seven have been all throwing errors. Some of them by pitchers, too, which is never something you want to see. An error's an error, but some things that are a little uncharacteristic, I think, that time will shore up."
The Orioles had 110 errors as a team last season, posting a .982 fielding percentage, just under the American League average at .983. Of those errors, 31 were from third baseman Mark Reynolds -- who had the most in the AL - and Baltimore did have two Gold Glove winners in outfielder Nick Markakis and catcher Matt Wieters. J.J. Hardy also had an excellent year defensively, finishing third in the league with just one error as a shortstop, and Showalter said Sunday morning that he believes the overall team defense will get better.
"It falls under the 'no [kidding]' category," Showalter said. "They get it, they are aware of it. We talk about it every day in some form or fashion. Guys [were] out here the last two days early working on things. It's something that we continue to work on. It was one of our strengths last year. Basically, we had a lot of the same people. And it will be a strength again before it's over."
The Orioles, who have seven players with multiple errors this season, started Sunday's game against the Angels with a pair of nice defensive plays. Endy Chavez made a running backhanded grab to rob Albert Pujols of an extra-base hit in left field in the first inning and third baseman Wilson Betemit barehanded a ball to throw out the speedy Peter Bourjos to end the second.