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Kevin Gausman Limited Early, What is the Baltimore Orioles Plan for the Righty?

March 5th, 2015 at 10:02 AM
By Josh Michael

Kevin Gausman got the start on Wednesday and tossed a scoreless inning on 14 pitches, but if you wondered to yourself why he only threw one inning, don't worry, it's part of the Baltimore Orioles plan.

After his outing on Wednesday, Gausman spoke to Orioles' beat reporters, including MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli and revealed some of the Orioles' plans for him this spring.

The plan appears to be to limit Gausman's action to avoid getting shut down early in the season again in order to limit his innings.

"Every year is a little bit different," Ghiroli quoted Gausman, who is in his third big league camp. "My first year I wanted to come into camp and show what I had. Possibly be an option for later in the year, knowing I wasn't going to make the team [and I] pitched well. Last year I came to camp [and] felt I had a good chance of making the rotation and then we signed Ubaldo [Jimenez]. So, it's one of those things. Every spring is going to be different."

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Baltimore Orioles’ Pitching Much Better on Wednesday, for the Most Part

March 5th, 2015 at 8:08 AM
By Josh Michael

A day after allowing 15 runs to the Detroit Tigers in their spring opener, the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff looked much better as a whole on Wednesday despite a 5-4 loss. Baltimore's young arms looked pretty good on Wednesday as well.

Obviously if the other team scores five runs, then the entire pitching staff did not pitch well. That rings true for the Birds on Wednesday, but if you take out Chaz Roe's two innings and four runs allowed, the rest of the Orioles' pitchers combined for one run allowed over seven innings of work.

Roe had an unfortunate day on the mound, and it came after the Orioles pitchers shutout the Tigers for the first four innings. Roe came on and wound up allowing four runs on five hits, two walks and one home run.

Outside of Roe, the rest of the Orioles pitchers on Wednesday performed fairly well.

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One Spring Start Does not Predict Future for Baltimore Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

March 4th, 2015 at 11:04 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles opened up their spring schedule on Tuesday by taking on the Detroit Tigers and falling 15-2. Pitching was pretty abysmal for the Orioles on Tuesday, including their $50 million man Ubaldo Jimenez, but one spring start does not predict the future.

Jimenez struggled mightily in 2014, his first season with the Birds after signing a four-year, $50 million deal, the richest ever for a free agent by the Orioles. Other than a few starts, the season was pretty much a failure for the right hander. He posted a 6-9 record with a 4.81 ERA, and 1.516 WHIP in 25 appearances (22 starts).

Command was obviously the issue for Jimenez. He allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings, 5.5 walks per nine innings and hit four batters as well.

Jimenez and pitching coach Dave Wallace worked on some mechanical changes in his delivery and some positive results began to show in September of 2014. In three appearances (two starts), Jimenez posted a 3.27 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings, while striking out 12 and holding opponents to a .128 batting average.

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Cal Ripken Jr. to Throw Out First Pitch, Sign New Book at Baltimore Orioles Game Thursday

March 4th, 2015 at 8:54 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles announced that Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. will be throwing out the first pitch of the O's Spring Training game on Thursday, March 5 at Ed Smith Stadium.

The team also announced that he will sign copies of his new children's book, Out At Home, on the lower concourse beginning at 8:00 p.m.

This will be just one stop of many for Ripken. The visit is part of a national book tour for Out At Home, the fifth installment in the New York Times best-selling "Cal Ripken, Jr.'s All-Stars" series. Ripken will autograph the first 300 books, which will be available for purchase at the game for $16.99. Due to time constraints, Ripken will be unable to sign additional items.

Baltimore will be hosting the Toronto Blue Jays and RHP Miguel Gonzalez is slated to start for the Birds on the mound.

The game is one of seven Spring Training games that MASN will be broadcasting this year.

The O's also stated that tickets for the Orioles-Blue Jays game are available and can be purchased at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office, via www.orioles.com/spring, or by phone at 877-222-2802.

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Takeaways from Baltimore Orioles Spring Opener; Some Positives, Tons of Negatives

March 4th, 2015 at 7:50 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles opened up their 2015 spring schedule on Tuesday and it wasn't pretty. Baltimore fell to the Detroit Tigers 15-2 and pitching was a major concern, including RHP Ubaldo Jimenez.

As expected with a score like that, there were a ton of negatives to point out in the game, but believe it or not there were some positives as well.

We will start with the negatives, then follow with the positives, after all it's always better to get the good news last right?

Negatives

  • Ubaldo Jimenez1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 2 SO, 2 HBP. Nothing about that line looks good, including the fact that he had to throw 42 pitches to get to that point. Jimenez said after his start that he felt good and was thought he had good command of his fastball, just a couple slipped and things got out of control in the second inning. He also made an error on a bunt in the game.
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