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Showalter happy to see Schoop receive Opening Day opportunity

Posted on 31 March 2014 by WNST Audio

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Orioles option Gausman, McFarland, Weeks to Triple-A Norfolk

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles announced Saturday that they have optioned right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman, left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland, and infielder Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Norfolk.

With this move, the Orioles now have 32 players at major league spring training, including three non-roster invitees.

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Opening Day roster set after Sunday’s deadline

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Opening Day roster set after Sunday’s deadline

Posted on 29 March 2014 by Luke Jones

(Updated: 7:00 a.m. Monday)

The Orioles aren’t required to finalize their 25-man roster for the start of the regular season until Sunday at 3 p.m., but three more cuts were made to officially eliminate any remaining drama.

Baltimore announced pitchers Kevin Gausman and T.J. McFarland and infielder Jemile Weeks were being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, meaning 32 players remained in major league spring training as of Saturday afternoon. However, the remaining seven reductions will come in the form of players being placed on the disabled list and the suspended list.

Of course, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette will scan the waiver wire for potential upgrades, which explains why the Opening Day roster has yet to be announced.

Rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop has made the club and is expected to see time at third base against left-handed pitching and second base against right-handed starters. The short-term audition was largely made possible with All-Star third baseman Manny Machado still working his way back to full strength from offseason surgery. Schoop impressed manager Buck Showalter with a strong spring that included a .385 average with two home runs, five doubles, and eight runs batted in over 39 Grapefruit League at-bats.

Machado (knee), outfielders Nolan Reimold (neck) and Francisco Peguero (wrist), pitchers Johan Santana (shoulder) and Edgmer Escalona (shoulder), and Rule 5 selection Michael Almanzar (knee) are all heading to the disabled list while reliever Troy Patton will begin his 25-game suspension for amphetamine use, accounting for the remaining seven that must be trimmed from the active roster.

Two non-roster invitees have made the club as outfielder and designated hitter Delmon Young and right-handed pitcher Evan Meek will go north to Baltimore. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore for assignment and Escalona was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Here’s a look at where the roster now stands:

PITCHERS
RHP Chris Tillman
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez
LHP Wei-Yin Chen
RHP Miguel Gonzalez
RHP Bud Norris
RHP Tommy Hunter
RHP Darren O’Day
LHP Brian Matusz
RHP Ryan Webb
LHP Zach Britton
RHP Josh Stinson
RHP Evan Meek

CATCHERS
Matt Wieters
Steve Clevenger

INFIELDERS
Chris Davis
J.J. Hardy
Ryan Flaherty
Steve Lombardozzi
Jonathan Schoop

OUTFIELDERS
Adam Jones
Nick Markakis
David Lough
Nelson Cruz
Steve Pearce
Delmon Young

DISABLED LIST (will not count against 25-man roster)
3B Manny Machado (knee)
OF Nolan Reimold (neck)
OF Francisco Peguero (wrist)
LHP Johan Santana (shoulder)
RHP Edgmer Escalona (shoulder)
INF Michael Almanzar (knee)

SUSPENDED LIST (will not count against 25-man roster)
LHP Troy Patton

 

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KFFL’s Minnix says O’s Jones solid first round fantasy baseball pick

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

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Orioles DH Cruz comfortable with familiar faces heading into Opening Day

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Orioles DH Cruz comfortable with familiar faces heading into Opening Day

Posted on 28 March 2014 by WNST Audio

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

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D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction 2014 MLB Predictions

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

With the Orioles scheduled to begin the 2014 season on Monday, The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction offered its Major League Baseball predictions on Friday morning.

For a full breakdown of what Drew Forrester and Luke Jones had to say, click HERE.

LUKE JONES

AL East
Tampa Bay 93-69
*Boston 92-70
*Baltimore 90-72
New York 83-79
Toronto 74-88

AL Central
Detroit
Kansas City
Cleveland
Minnesota
Chicago

AL West
Texas
Oakland
Los Angeles
Seattle
Houston

NL East
Washington
Atlanta
Philadelphia
New York
Miami

NL Central
St. Louis
*Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Milwaukee
Chicago

NL West
Los Angeles
*San Francisco
Arizona
San Diego
Colorado

* = Wild Card berth

AL MVP: OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles
NL MVP: C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
AL Cy Young: David Price, Tampa Bay
NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco
AL Rookie of the Year: SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston
NL Rookie of the Year: OF Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati

ALCS: Detroit over Tampa Bay
NLCS: Los Angeles over Washington
World Series: Los Angeles over Detroit, 4-2

See Drew Forrester’s predictions on the next page >>>>>

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Billy Ripken believes four different teams could take AL East this season

Posted on 28 March 2014 by WNST Audio

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Report: Schoop to make Orioles’ Opening Day roster

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Report: Schoop to make Orioles’ Opening Day roster

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

The final major domino appears to have fallen for the Orioles’ 25-man roster and rookie Jonathan Schoop will reportedly get his shot in Baltimore to begin the year.

According to FOX Sports insider Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles plan to keep Schoop on the active roster to alternate at both second and third base while Manny Machado continues to work his way back to full strength after offseason knee surgery. Schoop impressed manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette with a strong spring that included a .385 average with two home runs, five doubles, and eight runs batted in over 39 Grapefruit League at-bats.

The final middle-infield job had been down to Schoop and Jemile Weeks, who was acquired as part of the Jim Johnson trade over the winter.

With Machado not expected back until sometime in April, there had been growing sentiment to reward Schoop’s strong spring with a short-term audition with the Orioles. However, a strong start would certainly go a long way in persuading the organization to keep him in Baltimore for good.

The likely plan for Schoop is to play second base with Ryan Flaherty shifting over to third against right-handed pitching. The Curacao native would then move over to third base with the newly-acquired — and switch-hitting — Steve Lombardozzi handling second base against left-handed starters.

Considered the Orioles’ top positional prospect since Machado was promoted to Baltimore late in the 2012 season, Schoop made his major league debut late last season and homered in his first game. This came after he missed two months of action for Triple-A Norfolk due to a stress fracture in his back.

Schoop hit .256 with nine home runs, 34 RBIs, and a .697 on-base plus slugging percentage over 289 plate appearances with the Tides last season.

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Orioles bullpen appears all but set with Aceves reportedly cut

Posted on 28 March 2014 by Luke Jones

Needing to finalize their Opening Day 25-man roster by 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Orioles are reportedly parting ways with veteran relief pitcher Alfredo Aceves.

According to multiple outlets, the 31-year-old was informed he will not be making the 25-man roster and will exercise the opt-out clause in the minor-league deal he signed in the offseason. Aceves was 0-1 with a 4.50 earned run average in 10 innings of Grapefruit League action this spring.

Aceves’ departure likely leaves the final spot in the bullpen to former Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Evan Meek, who gave up one earned run and struck out 10 in nine innings this spring. Meek was a member of the 2010 National League All-Star team and spent last season in the Texas Rangers organization with Triple-A Round Rock.

The rest of the bullpen is expected to be composed of right-handers Tommy Hunter, Darren O’Day, Ryan Webb, and Josh Stinson and left-handers Brian Matusz and Zach Britton. Veteran southpaw Troy Patton will begin serving a 25-game suspension for amphetamine use at the start of the season and will not count against the active roster.

Though 35 players still remain in major league camp, the Orioles appear to only have one big decision remaining as top position prospect Jonathan Schoop and Jemile Weeks are battling for a roster spot.

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Orioles unveil list of activities for Opening Day

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

PRESS RELEASE

The Orioles have announced plans for the first home game of their 60th anniversary season, this Monday, March 31 at 3:05 p.m. against the Boston Red Sox.

PRE-GAME FUN AROUND THE YARD

To allow fans the opportunity to experience the excitement of Opening Day, the entire ballpark will open at noon on Monday. Each fan will receive a 2014 schedule/car magnet at the gates. Roving musical groups will entertain fans on Eutaw Street and the main concourses.

PRE-GAME CEREMONIES

PLAYER INTRODUCTIONS

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m., when pre-game ceremonies will begin. MASN personality JIM HUNTER will serve as emcee for the pre-game festivities.

In a continuation of the Opening Day tradition, Orioles players and coaches will be introduced prior to the game. Orioles players will run through the center field gate on an orange carpet and take their places between first and second base. Manager BUCK SHOWALTER, coaches and staff will be introduced from the Orioles dugout. Members of the Red Sox will be announced and will run from their dugout to line up between second and third base.

OriolesREACH has arranged for 80 youth from Fort Meade to line the orange carpet holding Orioles flags during player introductions. These children are the sons and daughters of some of Fort Meade’s 10,000 service members and nearly 50,000 employees from all branches of military service. Fort Meade is the Nation’s Preeminent Center for Information, Intelligence and Cyber Operations, and has a long-standing relationship with the Orioles.

For the 21st straight season, one fan will be chosen to represent all Orioles fans as the team’s “10th man.” The fan will be introduced as a part of the Orioles starting lineup during the pre-game ceremonies.

NATIONAL ANTHEM AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

American tenor RICHARD TROXELL will perform the National Anthem. Troxell, a native of Thurmont, Maryland, has an extensive resume of film and theater performance experience both in the United States and abroad. Troxell will also sing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch. This year marks the ninth time he has performed the National Anthem on Orioles Opening Day.

During the anthem, a 30’ x 42’ Star-Spangled Banner Flag will be unfurled over the batter’s eye wall in center field. The Maryland Historical Society recreated the Star-Spangled Banner flag this past summer during the same six-week time period that MARY PICKERSGILL did 200 years ago. With the help of more than 250 experienced stitchers and over one thousand members of the public, Maryland Historical Society’s flag was pieced together utilizing the same techniques as found in the original Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore in September of 1814.

Colors will be presented by both the United States Joint Armed Forces Color Guard, provided by the Military District of Washington, and the Fort McHenry Guard.

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ADMIRAL JAMES A. WINNEFELD, JR. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Admiral Winnefeld is a United States Navy four-star admiral and the second highest-ranking military officer in the US Armed Forces.

REMEMBERING THOSE WE LOST FROM THE ORIOLES FAMILY

The Orioles will honor the 13 members of the Orioles family who passed away since last Opening Day during a pre-game video tribute. Special pregame ceremonies will recognize Orioles investor TOM CLANCY, Public Relations Director MONICA BARLOW, and former outfielder PAUL BLAIR, each of whom passed away since the end of the 2013 season.

Additionally, throughout the 2014 season, the club will wear a name patch on the right jersey sleeve for the Baltimore-born Clancy.

GOLD GLOVE AWARDS PRESENTATION FOR HARDY, JONES AND MACHADO

Rawlings established the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1957 to recognize the best fielders at each position. The award has evolved into baseball’s greatest measure of defensive excellence. Every year, managers and coaches of each Major League Baseball team select a squad of the best defensive player at each position in their respective leagues, excluding their own teams.

In 2013, shortstop J.J. HARDY, center fielder ADAM JONES and third baseman MANNY MACHADO were named Gold Glove Award winners at their respective positions. It was the first award for Machado, second for Hardy and third for Jones. In a pre-game ceremony, STEVE COHEN from Rawlings will present all three with their Gold Glove Awards. Additionally, Machado will be presented with the Platinum Glove, given to the best individual defender in each league.

NEW IN 2014

ORIOLES 60th ANNIVERSARY

In honor of the club’s 60th anniversary, the Orioles will wear a 60th anniversary logo patch on the right jersey sleeve for all games (above the Clancy patch). Additionally, for all home games, the Orioles will use special 60th anniversary logo baseballs.

NEW FOOD ELEMENTS COMING TO ORIOLE PARK

The Orioles and their concessionaire, Delaware North Sportservice, have made extensive additions to the food offerings at Oriole Park, highlighted by new menu options at both Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant and ballpark concession stands.

Chesapeake Crab Roll: Chilled crab salad served on a bed of Bibb lettuce and a fresh Brioche roll. It’s a Baltimore-twist on New England Lobster Roll (seafood kiosk on the main concourse and the seafood stand in the upper deck)

Early Bird Dog: ESSKAY Hot Dog topped with a fried egg, shredded cheese and crispy bacon (Stuggy’s)

Corned Beef Reuben: Sliced corned beef, grilled sauerkraut and Louie dressing served on marble rye (Baltimore Chop House)

Half Smoke Sausage: Roma Sausage with grilled BBQ onions and a fresh hot dog roll (Das Sausage House stands, Jack Daniel’s Grill, and the sausage portable on Eutaw Street)

USE #BIRDLAND AT THE BALLPARK

Fans are encouraged to use social media while at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and share their experiences with friends and followers. By using the hashtag #birdland on Twitter and, new in 2014, on Instagram, fans could have their tweets and/or photos selected to appear on the Oriole Park video board before and during the game. Fans are also encouraged to visit www.orioles.com/connect and sign up to follow all of the Orioles official social media platforms.

SECURITY MEASURES

The Orioles have one of the most liberal food policies in professional sports. Outside food and beverages may be brought into Oriole Park, subject to the following guidelines:

· No hard-sided coolers, thermoses, glass bottles, cans or alcoholic beverages are permitted into the ballpark. You must leave these items in your vehicle before entering the ballpark.

· Non-alcoholic beverages in plastic bottles are permitted into the park. All items will be checked at the gates and any beverage which has been opened or partially consumed prior to entry is subject to confiscation if it is thought to contain alcohol. In addition, no plastic or paper cups of beverages are permitted into the park at the entry gates.

Other security measures include the following:

· All items permitted into the ballpark will be inspected. No bags or items exceeding the maximum size of 16″ x 16″ x 8″ are allowed into the ballpark. Permitted items must easily fit into a 16″ x 16″ x 8″ container. Bags on wheels are prohibited.

· No containers or unauthorized items can be left at any park entrance. You will be asked to return them to your vehicle.

· No re-entry will be permitted. Once you enter the ballpark, you will not be permitted to leave and re-enter the facility. Please make sure you have everything you need with you before entering the ballpark.

· Only vehicles dropping off or picking up guests with disabilities are permitted to stop curbside at the ballpark. No other vehicles are permitted curbside, nor will people be able to stand and wait with their vehicles.

· The Orioles welcome fan support in the form of handmade banners and signs. To ensure that all fans will have an unobstructed view of the ballgame, the Orioles do not permit the hanging of banners anywhere in the ballpark. Banners may only be displayed before and after the game and between innings. Banners are subject to confiscation if the content is commercial, political, and/or in bad taste according to the Orioles’ discretion. The Orioles reserve the right to remove any banner at any time. Banners or signs must be made of a light, flexible material, such as paper or cloth, and cannot be made of wood, metal or other inflexible materials that could be dangerous in a public setting.

· Air horns, cowbells and other noisemakers are not permitted in the ballpark.

· Firearms, knives or weapons of any kind are not permitted at Oriole Park.

BICYCLE PARKING

The Orioles have a designated Bicycle Parking Area to accommodate over 100 bicycles located just outside Gate C along the south side of Oriole Park. While the area will be supervised during games, owners are advised to lock up their bicycles when not in use.

OPENING DAY TIMING

10:00-11:00: Orioles Clubhouse open to credentialed media

11:00: Buck Showalter pre-game availability (Auxiliary Clubhouse)

11:30-12:30: Orioles Batting Practice

Noon: Gates Open

12:30-1:30: Red Sox Batting Practice

1:30-2:30: Field Preparation

2:30: Ceremonies Begin

3:05: Play Ball!

SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED ON THURSDAY, APRIL 3

On Thursday, April 3, three Orioles will receive their 2013 Silver Slugger Awards: first baseman CHRIS DAVIS, shortstop J.J. HARDY, and center fielder ADAM JONES. The three winners represent a single-season club record.

The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award is the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball. Coaches and managers vote for the best offensive producers at each position in the field in both the American and National Leagues. In a pre-game ceremony, TYLER SIBLEY of Louisville Slugger will present all three first-time recipients with their Silver Slugger Awards.

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