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Orioles announce 2014 extended Spring Training schedule

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES INVITE PUBLIC TO EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING GAMES IN SARASOTA

The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex beginning today. Gates open 30 minutes before game time. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.

 

ORIOLES 2014 EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING HOME GAMES

 

Day                  Date                Time                Opponent

Monday                 April 7                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          April 9                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 11                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 April 14                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               April 17                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                April 19                 10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 April 22                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               April 24                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     April 25                 1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 April 29                 1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          April 30                 1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 3                     10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 May 6                     1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          May 7                     1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 9                     1:00 p.m.              Rays

Monday                 May 12                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Thursday               May 15                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 17                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Tuesday                 May 20                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Thursday               May 22                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     May 23                  1:00 p.m.              Rays

Tuesday                 May 27                  1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Wednesday          May 28                  1:00 p.m.              Twins

Saturday                May 31                  10:00 a.m.           Rays

Monday                 June 2                    1:00 p.m.              Twins

Wednesday          June 4                    1:00 p.m.              Red Sox

Friday                     June 6                    1:00 p.m.              Rays

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Orioles split squad doubleheader rained out Monday

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TONIGHT’S ORIOLES-TWINS GAME AT ED SMITH STADIUM CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

            Tonight’s Orioles-Twins game at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to rain. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for tonight’s game may exchange their tickets for any of the remaining Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund. (The day’s earlier game against the Philadelphia Philles was also rained out.)

Additionally, the St. Patrick’s Day green and black caps the Orioles were to wear tonight will be worn in Wednesday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Following the game, the caps will be autographed and auctioned online at www.orioles.com/auction, to benefit the animal hospitals at Mote Marine Laboratory.

The Sarasota-based hospitals treat sick and injured dolphins, small whales and sea turtles with the goal of returning them to the wild. Fans can learn more about Mote’s animal hospitals at the OriolesREACH community booth on the main concourse during the game.

On non-game days, tickets may be exchanged at the stadium box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the day of a game, beginning two hours prior to game time, tickets may be exchanged for that game only at the ticket windows. Fans who would like to exchange their tickets for a prime game will be required to pay the difference in cost.

To obtain a refund for paid tickets, fans should send the original game tickets via certified mail to:

 

Baltimore Orioles

March 17 Spring Training Rainout

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street

Sarasota, FL 34237

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Orioles/Rays game Thursday cancelled due to rain

Posted on 06 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TODAY’S ORIOLES-RAYS GAME AT ED SMITH STADIUM CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN

                                                                                                                                     

Today’s Orioles-Rays game at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to rain. There will be no makeup date. Fans holding paid tickets for today’s game may exchange their tickets for any of the remaining Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund.

 

Additionally, today’s OriolesREACH Food Drive to benefit All Faiths Food Bank has been rescheduled for the Thursday, March 27 game at 7:05 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay.

 

On non-game days, tickets may be exchanged at the stadium box office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the day of a game, beginning two hours prior to game time, tickets may be exchanged for that game only at the ticket windows. Fans who would like to exchange their tickets for a prime game will be required to pay the difference in cost.

 

To obtain a refund for paid tickets, fans should send the original game tickets via certified mail to:

 

Baltimore Orioles

March 6 Spring Training Rainout

Ed Smith Stadium

2700 12th Street

Sarasota, FL 34237

 

The refund check for the face value of the tickets will be mailed from Baltimore within six to eight weeks. Tickets must be postmarked no later than thirty (30) days after today’s date.

 

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Orioles to televise six Spring Training games

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, will broadcast six Orioles spring training games during the 2014 Grapefruit League campaign. All games will appear on MASN HD, beginning with the Orioles’ March 1 game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Sarasota, Fla.

The network’s spring training coverage also includes five more games from Ed Smith Stadium, the team’s Grapefruit League home: March 7 against the Philadelphia Phillies, March 8 against the Boston Red Sox, March 15 against the New York Yankees, March 17 against the Minnesota Twins and March 24 against the Red Sox.

All afternoon games will be replayed the same day in prime time on MASN HD.

The complete MASN HD spring training schedule for the Orioles is as follows:

* Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m., Toronto Blue Jays vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Friday, March 7 at 1 p.m., Philadelphia Phillies vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Saturday, March 15 at 1 p.m., New York Yankees vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)
* Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m., Minnesota Twins vs. Orioles
* Monday, March 24 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox vs. Orioles (replay at 7 p.m.)

(From press release)

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Orioles announce 2014 Spring Training schedule

Posted on 16 October 2013 by WNST Staff

ORIOLES ANNOUNCE 2014 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

                The Orioles today announced their 2014 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Friday, February 28 with a 1:05 p.m. game in Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles’ home opener will be Saturday, March 1 at 1:05 p.m. against the Toronto Blue Jays. 2014 marks the fifth consecutive spring training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the fourth in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

Baltimore will face eight different opponents during their 15-game home Grapefruit League campaign.  The O’s will host the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays three times each and the Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies twice each. The Orioles will square off with the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays once each at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles will play 15 games on the road during the 2014 Grapefruit League schedule. They will make four trips to play the Rays, Red Sox and Twins, two trips to play the Pirates and Yankees and one trip to play the Blue Jays and Phillies.

Fans interested in season plans or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information may call the Orioles spring training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300.

Single game tickets for all 15 of the Orioles’ Grapefruit League Games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale January 25, 2014.

 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2014 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

(opponents, locations, dates and game times subject to change)

Day                  Date                             Opponent                                       Location                                  Time

Friday                     February 28                           at Tampa Bay Rays                                      Port Charlotte                                        1:05

Saturday                March 1                                 Toronto Blue Jays                                          Sarasota                                                1:05

Sunday                   March 2                                 at Boston Red Sox                                         Fort Myers                                              1:35

Monday                  March 3                                 Minnesota Twins (ss)                                    Sarasota                                                1:05

Tuesday                  March 4                                 at New York Yankees                                    Tampa                                                    1:05

Wednesday            March 5                                 at Minnesota Twins                                      Fort Myers                                              1:05

Thursday                March 6                                 Tampa Bay Rays                                           Sarasota                                                1:05

Friday                     March 7                                 Philadelphia Phillies                                    Sarasota                                                1:05

Saturday                March 8                                 at Boston Red Sox (ss)                                  Ft. Myers                                                 1:05

                                                  Boston Red Sox (ss)                                      Sarasota                                                7:05

Sunday                   March 9                                 Pittsburgh Pirates (ss)                                  Sarasota                                                1:05

Monday                  March 10                               at Pittsburgh Pirates                                    Bradenton                                              1:05

Tuesday                  March 11                               Boston Red Sox (ss)                                      Sarasota                                                1:05

Wednesday            March 12                               Philadelphia Phillies                                    Sarasota                                                1:05

Thursday                March 13                               at New York Yankees (ss)                             Tampa                                                    1:05

Friday                     March 14                               at Minnesota Twins (ss)                               Fort Myers                                              1:05

Saturday                March 15                               New York Yankees (ss)                                 Sarasota                                                1:05

Sunday                   March 16                               at Toronto Blue Jays                                      Dunedin                                                 1:05

Monday                  March 17                               at Philadelphia Phillies (ss)                         Clearwater                                             1:05

                                                  Minnesota Twins (ss)                                    Sarasota                                                7:05

Tuesday                  March 18                               OFF DAY                                                        

Wednesday            March 19                               Tampa Bay Rays                                           Sarasota                                                1:05

Thursday                March 20                               at Pittsburgh Pirates                                    Bradenton                                              1:05

Friday                     March 21                               Atlanta Braves (ss)                                        Sarasota                                                1:05

Saturday                March 22                               at Tampa Bay Rays                                      Port Charlotte                                        1:05

Sunday                   March 23                               Pittsburgh Pirates                                         Sarasota                                                1:05

Monday                  March 24                               Boston Red Sox                                             Sarasota                                                1:05

Tuesday                  March 25                               at Minnesota Twins                                      Ft. Myers                                                 1:05

Wednesday            March 26                               at Tampa Bay Rays (ss)                               Sarasota                                                1:05

                                                  at Boston Red Sox (ss)                                  Fort Myers                                              7:10

Thursday                March 27                               Tampa Bay Rays                                           Sarasota                                                7:05

 

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Orioles announce franchise attendance record for Spring Training

Posted on 30 March 2013 by WNST Staff

 

ORIOLES AND SARASOTA SET FRANCHISE SPRING TRAINING

ATTENDANCE RECORD

 

           With today’s crowd of 7,642 for their Grapefruit League finale against the New York Mets at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles set a franchise record by drawing 120,455 fans for their 17 home games.  The figure also represents a new spring training season attendance record for Sarasota, a community which has held spring training since 1924.

 

The previous record for both the Orioles and Sarasota, set in 2011, was 115,506 in 16 home dates.

 

On March 14, the Orioles drew an Ed Smith Stadium record 8,797 fans for a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, one of nine sellouts this spring.

 

“The Baltimore Orioles are proud to shatter our spring training attendance record in 2013 at the beautifully remodeled Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President for Orioles-Sarasota. “We are grateful for the fans from the Sarasota region, the Mid-Atlantic states and beyond who came out to enjoy the ballpark and support the local charitable causes we spotlighted on game days. This new record not only demonstrates the powerful attraction of professional baseball in Sarasota, but also underscores the positive relationship that continues to grow between the Orioles and the Sarasota County community.”

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Snapshot observations from Orioles’ spring win over Yankees

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Snapshot observations from Orioles’ spring win over Yankees

Posted on 25 February 2013 by Luke Jones

In their first spring meeting with the New York Yankees, the Orioles didn’t exactly face the 1927 Bronx Bombers in a 5-1 win in Sarasota on Monday afternoon.

New York right-hander Vidal Nuno made the start while Brett Gardner, Jayson Nix, Juan Rivera, and Francisco Cervelli were the most recognizable names in the Yankees’ batting order against left-hander Brian Matusz. The Orioles starter pitched two shutout innings to collect the victory while primarily using his fastball against an underwhelming lineup of hitters.

It’s only a snapshot, but here were five thoughts taken away from the Orioles’ first televised spring training contest:

1. You want to knock on wood when you say it — or pinch yourself because you assume you’re dreaming — but healthy versions of Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold at the top of the order would do wonders for this offense. Roberts was the more impressive of the two Monday as he doubled from each side of the plate while hitting in the No. 2 spot in the order behind Reimold. The second baseman is also no longer wearing the double-flapped batting helmet he sported last season, another indication that his concussion-related symptoms might be behind him once and for all. Reimold was 0-for-2 against the Yankees after going 0-for-3 in his spring debut on Sunday, but he continues to build strength and confidence after being declared ready to go at the start of the spring.

Manager Buck Showalter has stated his preference to lower J.J. Hardy in the order after the shortstop was miscast as a top-of-the-lineup hitter in his first two seasons with the Orioles, and Roberts’ .351 career on-base percentage and Reimold’s .338 mark would fit nicely at the top of the lineup as long as you continue to see no health concerns for either player this spring. It would be a welcome change for a lineup that included low on-base percentage options such as Hardy and the departed Robert Andino at the top of the order before Nick Markakis and Nate McLouth moved into those roles out of necessity in the second half of last season.

It feels like a long shot to be able to count on a 35-year-old Roberts — who is trying to bounce back from season-ending hip surgery as well as offseason sports hernia surgery — after three injury-plagued seasons in a row, but the 29-year-old Reimold could still have plenty of good baseball in front of him if he can finally stay on the field.

2. The case of right-hander Tommy Hunter will be one to follow this spring as he is out of options. Hunter allowed two hits and struck out two in a scoreless inning of work on Monday, and it appears the 26-year-old will be eyed as a relief option this spring.

Hunter has made 75 career starts in the big leagues between Texas and Baltimore, but his stuff has never screamed starting pitcher as he’s averaged only 5.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and has a career 4.77 earned run average. In 12 2/3 innings pitched out of the bullpen last September, Hunter allowed one earned run and struck out 12 and featured fastball velocity in the upper 90s.

This becomes more interesting when considering Hunter would need to clear waivers to be sent to Triple-A Norfolk at the end of the spring. Other fringe starters such as Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, and Steve Johnson all have at least one option remaining, making it possible that Hunter could be viewed in a more favorable light in starting the season as the long reliever out of the bullpen while at least some of the others could find themselves pitching with the Tides to start the year.

Showalter has said the club won’t make roster decisions based on option years, but it would appear Hunter would have the inside track on a bullpen role if he has a reasonably strong spring. On the other hand, a poor performance from the right-hander would also mean he’s more likely to pass through waivers unclaimed.

3. If you’re looking for this year’s version of Lew Ford or Steve Pearce, keep an eye on Russ Canzler. The 26-year-old is capable of playing first base and the corner outfield spots and hit 61 combined home runs in his last three minor-league seasons split between Double A and Triple A.

It was a crazy offseason for Canzler, who was selected off waivers four different times with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette finally nabbing him from the Yankees on Feb. 5. The right-handed hitter drove in a run with a single in Monday’s 5-1 win and was strongly endorsed by Norfolk manager Ron Johnson prior to the Orioles acquiring him this winter.

It would be an upset to see Canzler break camp as a member of the 25-man roster — he also has two option years remaining — but his .819 on-base plus slugging percentage over nine minor-league seasons is the type of statistic that intrigues Duquette when searching for bargain-basement deals. Canzler was selected in the 30th round of the 2004 draft as an 18-year-old by the Chicago Cubs and spent seven years in that organization before spending a season each with Tampa Bay and Cleveland.

It’s a long shot, of course, that we’ll see Canzler making any tangible contribution to the 2013 Orioles, but no one expected Ford or Pearce to contribute to the Orioles’ first playoff team in 15 years at the start of the season, either.

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How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

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How can Baltimore simply allow the Orioles to rot like this under Angelos’ greed & profiteering?

Posted on 01 April 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

There’s no sense in shirking the responsibility here in Baltimore — the facts that show this community has been complicit in the damage done during this baseball free fall on the field and profiteering being done off the field by Peter Angelos via MASN. The truth is this: we get the government we deserve.

And the truth is that we get the Major League Baseball team that we tolerate as a community.

The Orioles are about to enter their 15th consecutive year of irrelevance and losing. Fans in Baltimore have turned away from the stadium by the millions instead of demanding a better product and an owner with the integrity to run the team in the best interests of the community.

The judges allowed this to happen by allowing television moguls to pass along unavoidable, mandatory charges you never know about and you vote for these judges.

Comcast (or your local cable TV provder) has passed along the “Angelos Tax” to you and you simply keep paying the bill.

The politicians allowed this to happen to the heart of Baltimore on summer nights and you elect the politicians. You elect the politicians who allow Major League Baseball an almost inarguable anti-trust exemption and public financing for stadia while they pad their pockets and Angelos shirks his “sacred responsibility” here in Baltimore to attempt to field a competitive team that stimulates interest and economic impact to the local economy.

Many local businesses and business owners – intimidated for one reason or another – all talk dirty out of the corner of their mouths to me at cocktail parties all over Baltimore yet no one except me and this radio station and web entity that I own have spoken up over the years and reported the dirty facts.

I am very proud of Free The Birds. I’m proud of being the only one to speak the truth and report the facts. I sleep well at night knowing that I’m TRYING to make a difference and get this corrected for the community.

WNST is the only free media company in the marketplace that is banned from covering the team while CBS Radio, The Sun, WBAL, Pressbox, etc. all have continued to exchange corporate media backrubs and “partnerships” while not demanding accountability from Peter Angelos.

 

Many others — from intimidated former Orioles players who need the autograph money to local fans, former season ticket holders and businesses who previously wrote a direct check to the Baltimore Orioles to sponsor the franchise — all now cough and “look the other way” while the city has been emptied of more than 2 million people every summer. The Ravens’ and their everlasting prosperity seems to only make it easier to turn away from the Orioles.

How can it be possible that local businesses downtown and at the Inner Harbor simply await the arrival of visiting fans from Boston, New York and Philadelphia in order to turn a profit off the fortunes of the Baltimore Orioles?

It’s unspeakable, shameful and YOU should be ashamed of our community for allowing it happen.

When all of this cowardice and the collective “turning of the heads” stops, perhaps the fate of the Baltimore Orioles will change?

Here’s what WNST.net is doing about this Thursday and Friday night as we hold a candlelight vigil and an Opening Day protest of the ownership and the way the team has been run into the ground for Baltimore and its baseball fans…

 

You can follow our Facebook page here and follow us on Twitter @FreeTheBirds12

 

Staying away from the ballpark and not contributing by buying tickets and $8 beers has simply not worked to correct the issues with Peter Angelos and improve the baseball team. We’ve been writing about it here at WNST.net and opining at AM 1570 for the better part of a decade.

Sometimes I think that everyone knows the dirty little secret about Angelos and

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Matusz Survives Early Struggles But Orioles Fall to Tigers

Posted on 30 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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Wada Struggles, Orioles Muster Just One Hit in Loss to Twins

Posted on 27 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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