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Could Roberts reclaim second base for O's?

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Could Roberts reclaim second base for O's?

The Orioles may have themselves a new second baseman to start the season. We’re not necessarily talking about new acquisition Alexi Casilla. It could be an old, new second baseman, Brian Roberts.

In an interview with MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Roberts sounded optimistic about putting his injury-hampered recent seasons behind him and getting back on the field at full strength.

"I'm doing as well as I've done in the last three years," said Roberts, 35, whose 2012 season lasted just 17 games and who needed surgery on a torn labrum in his hip. "I'm pretty much doing everything. Health-wise, I'm probably ahead of where I'd normally be in the off-season for the first time in a long time. …

“I've been cleared pretty much of any restrictions at this point. Now I'm in my normal off-season training program. And I'm doing more [baseball] stuff now. Not having been able to play as much in the past few years, I'm hitting earlier and doing more baseball stuff than I did in the past to be ahead of the curve."

And feeling well includes not dealing with concussion symptoms.

"It's probably the first time, I'd say, since May 16, 2011, that I don't really think about it anymore," Roberts said. "In the midst of last year, I still had some times where I struggled with some things.”

Some other highlights of Roberts’ interview with Kubatko:

*On the Orioles’ moves to address second base: “I understand that, unfortunately, I haven't been able perform the way any of us would like the last few years. I understand they have to have that covered, but I have confidence in my own ability, and if I'm healthy, my ability will speak for itself once I'm on the field."

*On opting for surgery instead of trying to play through pain in 2012: "If I want to be healthy and I want to play beyond [next] year, it was probably the best move to make moving forward.”

*On the postseason experience at Camden Yards: “The atmosphere was amazing. It makes you hungrier and hungrier to get back there, and it sits in the back of my mind every day when I go to the stadium [in Sarasota]."

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander has a huge outing in blowout loss to the Boston Red Sox

Check out the latest news and notes on the Baltimore Orioles

Player Updates:

Even in a loss, the night belonged to OF Anthony Santander who went 4-for-5 with a homer, triple and two runs scored. Santander tripled and scored during the Orioles' five-run rally in the third inning. He then tagged Rick Porcello for a solo shot in the fifth that pulled the Orioles to within 10 runs at 16-6. It was the first four-hit game of the young outfielder's career. 

SP Thomas Eshelman had a rough day on the mound giving up nine runs (five earned) on six hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander also issued three walks while striking out three. He struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark in this one, giving up home runs to Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers and Mookie Betts before departing in the fourth. 

Due to Pedro Severino's illness, the Orioles optioned C Austin Wynns to Triple-A Norfolk. He has played in 16 games for the O's this year with a .233 batting average, zero homers and three RBI in 47 plate appearances.

Injuries:

C Pedro Severino: Illness, Day-to-day

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Monday 7/22: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Tuesday 7/23: Orioles at Diamondbacks, 9:40 p.m., Chase Field

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news. 

Player Updates:

Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season. 

LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. 

Injuries:

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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