After 3 1/2 O’s & Bucs Scoreless

Not only are the two clubs scoreless after 3 1/2, but neither pitcher has allowed a hit.

All kidding aside about Bedard’s personality issues, he looks great tonight. Tommy Hunter, incidentally with new uniform # 29 on is dueling goose-eggs.

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Pirates Line-up, Sans Complaints

When the Pirates come to bat in thier half of the first, they will face Tommy Hunter with this line-up:


Presley LF, Tabata RF, McCutcheon CF

Walker 2B, Jones 1B, Barajas C

Alvarez 3B, Barmes SS, Bedard P

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Line-ups and Complaints from McKechnie Field in Bradenton

I may not be tweeting and posting on Facebook as much as I usually like to-the working conditions are awful here. Stools instead of actual chairs, make it almost impossible for me to sit much.

Okay, enough complaining…onto the line-ups:



Reimold LF, Hardy SS, Markakis RF

Jones CF, Wieters C,  Reynolds 3B

Beteemit 1B, Paulino DH, Andino

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Buck Plays Grim Reaper

It’s part of the job description, but that didn’t make it any easier today for Orioles manager Buck Showalter to have to notify 7 players (pending an 8th) that, for now their big league dreams for 2012 have been denied.

Obviously, there are varying degrees of disappointment for the initial 7, starting with Brad Bergeson and Jason Berken. Not that either was a star for the big club, but their demotions to Norfolk speak to the higher level of competition and talent currently in the organization.

In addition, joining the aforementioned right-handed pitchers in Norfolk, will be infielder Matt Antonelli, also optioned.

Those reassigned to minor league camp are LHP Dontrelle Willis, C John Hester, OF Scott Beerer and INF Steve Tolleson.

It was also announced that Brian Roberts and LHP Zach Britton have been placed on the 15 day DL. The plan is for Brian Roberts is to come north with his teammates and get more accustomed to the big league environment. No word, on how much if any he’ll travel with the team.

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Mummey Brings O’s Back From Dead to Tie Game at 3

Pardon the pun, but just when it looked as if the Orioles were dead, OF prospect Trent Mummey lashed a two out RBI double off of established major league veteran Jose Contreras.

The game ended as a tie by mutual agreement after 10 innings. The tie was the Orioles 5th of the spring. That ties the 2006 Los Angeles Dodgers and 2010 Chicago White Sox for the most ties in spring training. However records have only been kept since 1996.

Other notes: Tommy Hunter will start tomorrow night in Bradenton against the Pirates, with Tsuyhosi  Wada starting the game at Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday against Minnesota. Meanwhile, Wei-Yin Chez will throw 6 innings in a minor league game on Tuesday.

Manager Buck Showalter says that by tomorrow, the club may have a schedule in place for Brian Roberts’ post-spring training plans.

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After 6 1/2 O’s Trail Phil’s 3-2

Status quo in Clearwater. Once the Phillie’s took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd, Roy Halladay sniffed a win, as if in mid-season form. In innings 3, 4 and 5 the O’s mustered a single by Chris Davis.

The Orioles did finally put back-to-back hits together in their half of the 7th, only to see Manager Charlie Manuel bring in tough lefty Anthony Bastardo, who promptly struck out both Manny Machado and Matt Antonelli to snuff out the threat.

One highlight, Jason berken pitched one shut-out inning, in his first Grapefruit League game of the year.

Brian Matusz’ uneven performance lasted 4 2/3 innings, in which he gave up 6 hits and two bases on balls. Matusz allowed 3 runs, all unearned.

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Matusz, O’s Trail 3-2 after 3

The O’s scored 2 runs in the top of the second, one on a HR by Nolan Reimold, his second in as many days. But the Phillies came battling back in their half of the 3rd, with 3 runs, the last two on a booming first-pitch double by Jim Thome.  For the record, through 3 innings, Brian Matusz has thrown 48 pitches.

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Developing the O’s 2012 Roster

Clearly, the 2012 Orioles are not going to go anywhere too fast. Yet, despite the pundits plight for Buck Showalter’s club, there are going to be some tough decisions made over the next 12 days in Sarasota.

Let’s start with the more or less easiest part, who and how many position players/DH’s will come north:

Catchers- Barring a last minute deal or free agent signing (Pudge Rodriguez), it looks as if Matt Wieters and Ronny Paulino will be there April 6th. Dan Duquette’s idea was to have excellent defense in the back-up catching role, in the person of Taylor Teagarden. However, a nagging back injury makes it more likely he’ll start the season on the DL. While unclear on an exact date to expect him back, it seems safe to say he’ll be at least 2-3 weeks into the campaign before he joins the big-league fray. (Let’s say 2)

Infielders- Let’s start with the certainties, like Chris Davis, Robert Andino, JJ Hardy and Mark Reynolds. That’s 4, from 1st around the horn to 3rd. After that it looks like a lock that Rule 5 pick-up Ryan Flaherty will be the utility inf, who can also play a bit in the OF.  (Let’s say 5)

DH’s- While there may be lots of names posted as DH’s over the course of 162 games, it seems a safe bet that Nick Johnson and Wilson Betemit will be the prime residents in this role. (Let’s say 2)

Outfield- Clearly 4 names stand above the rest, and they are obviously Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold and Endy Chavez. Remember Flaherty can be that gut in an emergency. (Let’s say 4)

So, now we get to where the mad scientist, Dan Duquette has worked his magic- as I write this on March 25th, the starting rotation on April 6th looks like Arrieta, Chen, Hammel, Matusz and Hunter (Let’s say 5)

That brings us to a grand total of eighteen of a total of 25. The creation of a staff has changed a lot since the days Earl Weaver would proclaim that “10 pitchers can be too many and 11 isn’t enough”. But, 7 bullpen arms may be as much a process of who the Orioles can move and who has to stay.

Jim Johnson, Luis Ayala, Matt Lindstrom, Troy Patton and Pedro Strop would all seem to be on the winning side of the American Idol couch. Kevin Gregg will not be released or just given away, with the Orioles eating all of his salary. So, for now let’s keep him on board. Then there is Tsyoshi Wada, Duquette’s earliest free agent pitching signee. Let’s say 7, and that closes us out at 25.

That leaves some interesting names not fitting in LHP Zach Phillips, Chris Tillman, Brad Bergeson, Dana Eveland, as well as the two that look headed for the DL Zach Britton and Alfredo Simon.

That leaves just two other names who could crack the positional players list at the expense of yet another pitcher. That would be OF Jai Miller or INF Steve Tolleson. That seems a stretch at this point.

So, despite the predictions of doom and gloom, crafting a 25 man roster isn’t as easy as it might seem.





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Bottom 8th Update-O’s Breezing

Sorry, had to duck outside the stadium to do a radio interview with Gary Stein on 105.7 The Fan. I hear I missed quite an Orioles debut-Dontrelle Willis, exhibiting just how far he has to go to become major league ready again.

After 8 innings O’s 12- Nationals 3. Tomorrow, from Clearwater it’ll be Brian Matusz with yet another crucial game for his status in the 2012 rotation. He squares off again with Roy Halladay.

I should also have something up late tonight or in the morning on

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Arrieta Cruising, Wieters Belts a 3 Run Shot

After a tough first frame, O’s starter Jake Arrieta has pitched like a man intent on grabbing an Opening Day start at Camden Yards on April 6th.

After a bloop RBI single with two outs in the top of the 1st, Arrieta has put down 10 in a row.

The Orioles offense woke up in the bottom of the 3rd, with a 2 out RBI single to right by DH Wilson Betemit, which was followed up by a tough at bat single by Adam Jones. Then, with runners on first and second, Catcher Matt Wieters inside-outted one that got up in the left-field breeze and soared over the LF fence. That blast put the Orioles up 5-1.

In the bottom of the 4th, a one out error by 3B Steve Lombardozzi allowed Nolan Reimold to reach base, that was promptly followed by Robert Andino’s second single of the game. That brought Ryan Flaherty to the plate and he lined an RBI single to right…O’s up 6-1 with two-on and 1 out in the bottom of the 4th.


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