Will the O's miss Cruz's 40 homers? (plus a take on Connaughton)

One concern that has come up repeatedly about the Orioles for this year is how will they make up the 40 homers lost when Nelson Cruz signed with Seattle. My answer is this: Don't worry about the Orioles hitting homers. They do that as well as any team in the majors. Over the last three years, there are seven instances of a team having a ... read more

Pat Connaughton tells Boston radio station he may not report to O's this summer

Coming off a college basketball season where he helped lead Notre Dame to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, it looks like Orioles minor league pitcher Pat Connaughton may not yet be ready to put basketball in his rear-view mirror for good. Connaughton was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round last June and signed for a slot bonus of $428,100. He reported to short-season ... read more

MLB Network analysts size up the Orioles

MLB Network made its annual stop at Orioles spring camp in Sarasota, Fla., and its "30 in 30" broadcast on the Birds aired last night. The O's coverage began with former Oriole Harold Reynolds live at Ed Smith Stadium talking about shortstop J.J. Hardy's injured left shoulder. He is expected to have an MRA on the shoulder today. Reynolds speculated whether Manny Machado would move ... read more

The Orioles cut four players from minor league camp

The Orioles have released four players from their minor league camp: Right-handed pitchers Tim Gustafson and Brad Duffy, infielder Tanner Rust and first baseman Casey Haerther. Gustafson, Duffy and Haerther were all in their first seasons in the organization after playing independent ball in 2014. Rust was with the Orioles the past two years. Gustafson was originally drafted in round nine out of Georgia Tech ... read more

Tyler Wilson shows you don't need prospect hype to pitch well (plus AL East notes)

"That's what they look like," Orioles manager Buck Showalter will say from time to time. He's usually referring to a young prospect when using that phrase. While Tyler Wilson is 25, not 21, Showalter certainly could have used the phrase after Saturday's game when Wilson buzzed through a mostly first-string Yankees lineup over four scoreless innings, needing just 43 pitches. Optioned to Triple-A after Saturday's ... read more

What if Kevin Gausman starts the season in the bullpen?

It is the most interesting and perhaps among the most important questions surrounding the Orioles - how will they reduce six starters to five to begin the 2015 season? It appeared we may have gotten a clue on Thursday when Kevin Gausman pitched in relief and manager Buck Showalter said he may be shortened up in upcoming spring training outings. Does that mean Gausman will ... read more

O's release pitcher Matt Price, two others from minor league camp

The Orioles have released three players from their minor league camp: right-handed pitcher Matt Price, outfielder Jake Luce and catcher Zane Chavez. Price was drafted by the Orioles in round seven in 2012 out of the University of South Carolina, where he played on two national championship teams. He was taken three rounds after the O's drafted his college teammate, first baseman Christian Walker. Over ... read more

Adam Jones on new outfielders, chemistry and more (plus over-unders)

During my time in Sarasota, I asked Orioles center fielder Adam Jones what he would need to get done for this to be a successful spring training for him. "Injury-free. It's a successful spring training no matter who you are if you get through it without injuries," he said. Point made. While spring training results may be important for players fighting for roster spots or ... read more