After missing the postseason with an 85-77 record in 2013, the Baltimore Orioles begin their 2014 season with a three-game home series against the Boston Red Sox. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
It’s a special day for fans of any baseball team. It’s the beginning of a long 162-game marathon that is the Major League Baseball season.
Each and every one of the 30 teams in MLB begin the new season with a sense of optimism, a clean slate at 0-0.
This season, the Baltimore Orioles begin with a couple of fresh faces and a rejuvenated lineup.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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Pedro Strop was a key member of the Orioles bullpen when they made the postseason for the first time since 1997. (Photo Courtesy of
Keith Allison/ Flickr)
Baltimore Orioles were a selling team in 2011. As they had been for the better part of the last decade and a half, until 2012.
On August 31, 2011, Andy MacPhail sent reliever Mike Gonzalez to the
Texas Rangers for a player to be named later. The next day, that player was Pedro Strop.
The trade didn’t seem like much to Orioles fans then. Strop had a 3.72 ERA for the Rangers in 11 relief appearances. But since the trade, Strop has become an integral part of the Baltimore bullpen.
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