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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Renato Nunez not a lock for the Opening Day roster

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

Player Updates:

Infielder Renato Nunez is still sidelined with a sore biceps, and it turns out he may not be the Opening Day roster lock most expected, as the coaching staff wants to see him get more at-bats this spring.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar was released by the Orioles on the day their deadline to keep him for the season. The former Royal struggled, hitting just .219 over 32 at-bats this spring.

Injuries: 

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, day-to-day 

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, day-to-day

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, should be ready for Opening Day

3B Renato Nunez: Biceps, day-to-day

Coming Up:

Thursday 3/21: Orioles @ Pirates, 1:05 p.m., LECOM Park

Friday 3/22: Orioles @ Blue Jays, 6:07 p.m., Dunedin Stadium

Saturday 3/23: Orioles vs. Twins, 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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