Homers power the Orioles

As a team the Orioles hit 214 home runs in 2012, second behind the New York Yankees for the most baseball. (Photo courtesy of Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)

In 2012 the Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world and made the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

To accomplish this, the Orioles had an excellent bullpen, stellar defense and they used the long ball.

The O’s ranked second in all of baseball in home runs last season, belting 214 homers — trailing on the New York Yankees in that category.

In 2013, it seems as though round trippers will once again be the key to Orioles success.

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Finalized Opening Day roster

The Orioles finished 19-9 this spring, second in the Grapefruit league and third best overall. (Photo courtesy of James Gordon/Baltimore Sun)

The Orioles finished 19-9 this spring, second in the Grapefruit league and third best overall. (Photo courtesy of James Gordon/Baltimore Sun)

With Spring Training coming to a close and the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros playing baseball that actually matters last night at Minute Maid Park, the MLB regular season has officially begun.

The Baltimore Orioles are in Tampa Bay, Fla. and are preparing to open the 2013 season against the hometown Tampa Bay Rays.

Below is the Orioles’ finalized 25-man roster by manager Buck Showalter:

Starting Pitchers

  1. Jason Hammel
  2. Wei-Yin Chen
  3. Miguel Gonzalez
  4. Jake Arrieta
  5. Chris Tillman





Early this spring The Birdhouse speculated about the Orioles pitching rotation. It’s a bit of a surprise to see Matusz tabbed as a starter once again after he dominated out of the pen last season.

The Birdhouse posted on March 26 about Pearce and the possibility of him cracking the roster after Wilson Betemit left a Spring Training game against Boston with a knee injury. Pearce did indeed beat out Conor Jackson for that bench spot.

The Orioles and Rays kick off the season tomorrow with a 3 p.m. first pitch at Tropicana Field. Hammel gets the Opening Day start for the O’s and he will match up against David Price.

Checking in with the O’s in the WBC

Adam Jones celebrates with Jimmy Rollins after scoring a run against Canada on March 10. (Christian Petersen / Getty Images)

The World Baseball Classic is nearing the Championship Round and three Orioles are still in the thick of things.

The three members of the Baltimore Orioles organization still playing in the tournament are Adam Jones (USA), Pedro Strop (DR) and Jonathan Schoop (NED).

Schoop has played in seven game for the Netherlands, batting .250 with a couple homers and six RBIs. He played an important role in a stunning 6-2 win over the heavily-favored Cuba. Schoop was 3-6 and drove in four runs, including three on this home run:

Strop has appeared in four games for the Dominican Republic. His record of 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA ranks among the best in the tournament. In his 4.2 innings of work, Strop has allowed two hits while striking out five batters.

Jones has struggled for the United States, collecting just three hits in 14 at bats. Jones has managed to drive in four runs in his four games with the U.S.A.

Strop and Schoop have punched their tickets to San Francisco, the location to the Championship Round of the WBC. Jones and the Americans will play Puerto Rico on March 15, the winner of that game will join the Dominicans, the Dutch, and the Japanese in the Championship Round.