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The Minnesota Twins scored four runs off Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and held the Baltimore Orioles hitless until the eighth inning in a 5-0 exhibition victory Tuesday.
Making his first start since being signed in the offseason as a free agent, Wada was pulled after three innings because of a high pitch count. He threw 62 pitches, including 30 in a three-run second.
Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract over the winter. He is competing with Brian Matusz for the fifth spot in the Orioles' rotation.
Twins right-hander Anthony Swarzak, making his first start after four relief appearances, pitched 3 2-3 innings.
The Orioles were hitless until Robert Andino doubled off Glen Perkins with one out in the eighth. It was Baltimore's only hit of the game.
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The Minnesota Twins released injured right-hander Joel Zumaya on Wednesday to make room on their 40-man roster.
Zumaya was trying to revive his career after missing the 2011 season because of elbow problems, but the hard-throwing reliever hurt the joint again during his first bullpen session of spring training with his new team, tearing the ulnar collateral ligament. Zumaya was...
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he strives to return from a concussion.
Roberts played in only 39 games last year. He has practiced with the Orioles this spring but has not participated in an exhibition game.
Unlike last year, when the two-time All-Star rehabilitated alone in Florida, he will return with the team...
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from a concussion.Roberts played in only 39 games last year, none after May 16. He has practiced this spring, but hasn't appeared in an exhibition game.The two-time All-Star batted .221 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 2011.
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2012 Outlook: – 31 (29th)
The Orioles would be a long shot to be a contender in any division in baseball, as their young pitching hasn’t emerged as they had hoped and they’ve struggled to find good complementary offensive pieces to surround their best...
The Minnesota Twins officially released injured pitcher Joel Zumaya on Wednesday. Zumaya was already going to miss the entire 2012 season after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in spring training.
The Twins acquired Zumaya this offseason with the hope that he could be a valid right-handed option in the late innings to compliment left-handed setup man Glen Perkins and closer...
Free agent outfielder Vladimir Guerrero has worked out for the Cleveland Indians in the Dominican Republic.
Guerrero, a .318 career hitter with 449 homers in 16 major league seasons, was looked at by Indians scouts on Monday at the team's baseball academy.
ESPN Deportes first reported Guerrero's workout.
The Indians have been looking for a right-handed hitter for months...
RHP Matt Capps (closer), 4-7, 4.25 ERA, 15 saves, 1.20 WHIP in 2011; LHP Glen Perkins, 4-4, 2.48 ERA, 2 saves, 1.23 WHIP in 2011; LHP Brian Duensing, 9-14, 5.23 ERA, 1.52 WHIP in 2011; RHP Anthony Swarzak, 4-7, 4.32 ERA, 1.34 WHIP in 2011; LHP Matt Maloney, 0-3, 9.16 ERA, 18.2 IP, 2.143 WHIP in 2011 (with Cincinnati); RHP Kyle Waldrop, 1-0, 5.73 ERA, 11.0 innings...
With the start of the Orioles’ season less than nine games away, the odds for them on sports betting websites, fans, casual observers and with the media isn’t good. They aren’t simply just expected to bad, but bottom-feeders and a last place team in the division.
The odds are 150-to-1 that they win the World Series. They are 100-to-1 odds to win the American League East.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN, Vladimir Guerrero worked out for Cleveland Indians’ scouts at the Indians’ Dominican academy. Guerrero hit .290/.317/.416 with 13 HR in 590 plate appearances last season with the Orioles.
According to one source cited by Rojas, “There seems to be a genuine interest by the Indians to see if he can help the team.”
If Guerrero cannot latch...
Justin Morneau continued his recent resurgence at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a two-run home run in the Minnesota Twins' 11-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday.
Morneau has spent time at designated hitter the last week, trying to recapture his swing. He's also left the door open for a permanent shift away from first base. It's working. The former American...
Orioles (9-9) at Pirates (8-13)
7:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton
TV: ROOT Sports
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The Bucs will be trotting out their Opening Day lineup tonight against the Orioles. You can watch on ROOT Sports – the last ROOT broadcast of the spring.
Tommy Hunter will start for Baltimore.
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