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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles option Austin Hays to minor leagues

With Opening Day for the Baltimore Orioles just a week and a half away, here are the latest updates from Spring Training. 

Player Updates:

Outfielder Austin Hays has had a stellar spring with the big league club, but he was optioned Sunday to spend some time in the minor leagues to start the season. His injury and resulting struggles in 2018 led the Orioles to want to see him find regular season success before rejoining the Major League squad. 

Starting rotation hopeful Mike Wright allowed four runs in five innings against the Yankees Sunday. Three of the eight hits he allowed to New York left the park, and the home runs accounted for each of the four runs he gave up.

Catcher Austin Wynns is getting closer to a return. Wynns has battled an oblique issue for much of Spring Training, but manager Brandon Hyde says he could return to action next week.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Monday 3/18: Orioles @ Tigers, 1:05 p.m., Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

Tuesday 3/19: Orioles vs. Twins, 1:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Wednesday 3/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 6:05 p.m., Ed Smith Stadium 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: O's hit four home runs in blowout win over White Sox

The Orioles won 9-1 behind Andrew Cashner and an explosive offense. It was just the second home win of the season for the Orioles. Here are the news and notes surrounding the team.

PLAYER NOTES:

ORIOLES:

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. made a nice grab near the fence early in the game to save a run, but his biggest moment was a three-run home run to extend the Orioles lead. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Andrew Cashner had a nice start, allowing just one run on five hits over seven strong innings. The Opening Day starter issued just one walk and struck out five. 

Chris Davis stayed hot, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first home run at Camden Yards this season. 

WHITE SOX:

Ivan Nova had a brutal start Tuesday night, allowing nine runs and eleven hits over four innings. He allowed four home runs and issued three walks, while striking out just four hitters. broke out of his slump Monday night by crushing his 150th career home run in the 7th. It was part of his three-hit, 5 RBI night for the White Sox. 

Yoan Moncada continued his breakout season, going 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot and scoring the only run of the night for the White Sox. 

INJURIES:

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

COMING UP:

Wednesday 4/24: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Friday 4/26: Orioles @ Twins, 8:10 p.m., Target Field

Saturday 4/27: Orioles @ Twins, 2:10 p.m., Target Field

Source: Rotoworld

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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