Kicking off the exhibition schedule

SARASOTA, Fla. - The first exhbition game is upon us. All it requires is about a 90-minute drive to Lakeland, Fla. Don't bother looking for the regulars. Orioles manager Buck Showalter already confirmed that Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Steve Pearce aren't making the trip. And neither is Caleb Joseph, who's staying in Sarasota until his son is born. ... read more

Norris: "There's a bigger buzz in the clubhouse, for sure"

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is celebrating his 30th birthday today. He's used to being in spring training for the occasion and much prefers spending it in Sarasota after training with the Astros in Kissimmee. "My girlfriend's here and her birthday was yesterday," Norris said. Norris isn't certain when he's scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut, but he's ready. "You work a ... read more

Notes from today's final full workout

SARASOTA, Fla. - Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to work two innings in Tuesday's exhibition opener against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. The travel squad will include infielder Drew Dosch, outfielder Julio Borbon and pitcher Mychal Givens from minor league camp. Manager Buck Showalter said Pat Connaughton, the Orioles' fourth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft who plays for the Notre Dame men's basketball team, ... read more

Morning notes on Janish, Wieters and the pitching schedule

SARASOTA, Fla. - Infielder Paul Janish, who underwent surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will take ground balls for the first time Tuesday and make throws this weekend. Janish's goal is to play in his first game March 20 or 21. "Relatively speaking, it feels about as well as it can up to this point. Probably a little ... read more

This, that and the other

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are down to their final day of strictly workouts before their first exhibition game on Tuesday against the Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. Players have reached the point in camp where they're ready for the competition, ready to do something different besides going field to field for various drills, throwing off practice mounds and hitting in the cage. They want to ... read more

Wrapping up today's intrasquad game

SARASOTA, Fla. - A scoreless tie in an intrasquad game still held a certain measure of significance for a few players beyond facing live pitching and hitting on the first day of March. Matt Wieters caught for the first time since May, though he didn't make any throws to second base. Manny Machado batted for the first time since Aug. 11 and lined out to ... read more

Intrasquad game scoreless in third inning (game ends scoreless)

SARASOTA, Fla. - You know it's an intrasquad game when Orioles pitchers are told to record more than three outs in an inning. The home team was five up, five down against left-hander T.J. McFarland in the bottom of the first, and the visiting team was four up, four down versus left-hander Wesley Wright in the top of the second. Left-hander Zach Britton induced ground ... read more

Orioles intrasquad lineups

SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters is leading off today for the home team in the Orioles' intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium. In a related story, this is not a preview of the opening day lineup. Everth Cabrera is leading off for the visiting team and Steve Clevenger is behind the plate. Zach Britton is starting for the home team and T.J. McFarland is ... read more