The Orioles are getting ready for an early start to spring training. According to springtrainingonline.com., the Orioles will be hosting the Minnesota Twins on Feb. 23 in Sarasota, Fla.
Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team based in Florida to release their spring training schedule. It showed three games with the Orioles, at Sarasota on March 3 and 23, and at Clearwater, Fla. on March 17.
On March 17, the Orioles will play one of several split-squad games. They’ll host the Twins at Sarasota then, too.
Other Orioles games listed on the schedule are: Feb. 24 at Toronto in Dunedin, Fla, Mar. 2 at Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla., March 4 at New York in Tampa, Mar. 8 at Pittsburgh in Bradenton, Fla. Mar. 10 vs. Pittsburgh in Sarasota, Mar 16 at Toronto in Dunedin. Mar. 22 at Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte and Mar. 24 at Pittsburgh in Bradenton.
The Orioles will probably report about two weeks before their first game and open the regular season on Apr. 2 at Tampa Bay.
According to Baseball America, the Orioles officially released Dontrelle Willis. Willis, who signed a minor league contract in spring training left Norfolk because he wanted to start instead of becoming a left-handed relief specialist.
Willis was 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA in four games for the Tides.