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Orioles announce 44 of 60 players in initial 60-man player pool

Orioles announce 44 of 60 players in initial 60-man player pool

The Orioles announced 44 members of their 60-player pool Sunday afternoon, issuing another step toward a return to play for both the team and Major League Baseball.

The 44-player list includes 18 right-handed pitchers, eight left-handed pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and four outfielders. The Orioles also announced that Trey Mancini was placed on the 60-day Injured List, leaving the 40-man roster at 38 players. Mancini is currently undergoing cancer treatment. 

While the league required that the Orioles submit a list by the 4 p.m. deadline Sunday, there will still be additional players added to the list in the coming days, according to the Orioles. 

Baltimore added 13 players to the pool that were non-roster invitees.

Of the 60 players allowed in the pool, teams aren’t allowed to exceed that number during training or the regular season. Players can be moved off and on the list, however, leaving room for the Orioles to bring up prospects at the end of camp or the regular season. If a player is removed from the 60-man pool, however, he cannot rejoin that particular team’s pool. 

A few notable players left off the Orioles' 60-player pool are infielder/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle, catcher Adley Rutschman, outfielder Yusniel Diaz and pitcher Keegan Akin. It’s likely, however, that the team will add prospects to continue their on-field work and development.

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MLB rules stipulate that the opening roster will consist of up to 30 players to start the season. Two weeks later, the number will drop to 28. Two weeks after that, it will drop to 26 with a 27th player eligible for doubleheaders. 

The trade deadline will be on Aug. 31, and only players in the 60-man pool are eligible to be traded. If the Orioles will continue to be sellers, and buyers of prospects, they’ll have to do so with players on 60-man rosters across the league. 

The Orioles’ first game of the regular season will happen on either July 23 or 24, with training beginning on July 1. 

Orioles 44-man pool: 

Pitchers: RHP Shawn Armstrong, LHP Ty Blach, LHP Richard Bleier, RHP Cody Carroll, RHP Miguel Castro, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Thomas Eshelman, LHP Paul Fry, RHP Mychal Givens, RHP Eric Hanhold, RHP Hunter Harvey, RHP David Hess, RHP Branden Kline, LHP Wade LeBlanc, RHP Travis Lakins, Sr., LHP John Means, LHP Tommy Milone, LHP Tanner Scott, RHP Chandler Shepherd, RHP Kohl Stewart, RHP Cole Sulser, RHP Dillon Tate, RHP Cesar Valdez, RHP Hector Velázquez, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP Rob Zastryzny

Catchers: Bryan Holaday, Pedro Severino, Chance Sisco, Austin Wynns

Infielders: Hanser Alberto, Chris Davis, Dilson Herrera, José Iglesias, Richie Martin, Renato Núñez, Rio Ruiz, Pat Valaika, Andrew Velazquez, Stevie Wilkerson

Outfielders: Austin Hays, Anthony Santander, Dwight Smith Jr., DJ Stewart.

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Orioles complete rare feat of two series sweeps in less than 24 hours

Orioles complete rare feat of two series sweeps in less than 24 hours

The Orioles’ 2020 season has been remarkably weird. Friday, they added another unique feat to the pile.

After last Sunday’s game was postponed due to a tarp malfunction, the Orioles completed the game five days later with a 6-2 win over the Nationals at Camden Yards on Friday evening. 

With the Orioles leading 5-2 in the sixth inning last weekend, a brief but strong storm came over Nats Park in Washington, causing a brief delay. 

But the grounds crew had trouble handling the tarp, and the infield was soaked and the field became unplayable. Due to a section in the rulebook which allows for a mechanical malfunction the game was postponed and not called off, meaning both teams had to complete the game on Friday at Oriole Park.

The Orioles, for the third time in the 2020 season, were the road team at Camden Yards.

In another weird quirk, Stephen Strasburg started two games that were completed on Friday. He was given a loss in game one before his start in game two.

The win completed the sweep for the Orioles, who have now won six games in a row. If they’d lost, they’d have still been winners of three straight games. Earlier this week, the Orioles swept the Phillies on the road with some standout performances from their bats.

Now 11-7 with their regularly scheduled three-game series against the Nationals still to come, the Orioles are continuing to surprise the league as the season approaches one-third completion.

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Zack Greinke calls pitches out loud, still dominates Giants

Zack Greinke calls pitches out loud, still dominates Giants

Baseball during a pandemic has certainly been different adjusting to a lack of fans and ambient noise. Astros pitcher Zack Greinke filled that awkward silence on Wednesday by telling opposing hitters exactly what pitch was coming – and he got away with it!

With the Giants threatening with two runners on in the 7th inning, television microphones picked up Greinke and catcher Martin Maldonado discussing what pitch to throw next. It worked, as the former Cy Young award winner got Mauricio Dubon to fly out before being pulled.

“I don’t like taking a long time with a man on second base especially,” Greinke told MLB.com. “I’m trying to find a way to speed that up.”

Greinke also gave hand signals to his catcher during 6 shutout innings against the division-leading Athletics last week. Despite the recent unorthodox approach, his manager can only sit back in awe.

“You probably won’t see another Greinke in your lifetime or mine, either,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “This guy sure can pitch.”

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Greinke, who started Game 7 of last year’s World Series against the Nationals and left that game with a lead, improved to 14-3 with a 2.18 ERA in his career against the Giants. He might not want to get that cute against the Orioles though, seeing how he has a 5.32 ERA in 7 career starts versus Baltimore.

The Astros have remained in the spotlight for much of this shortened season, but this headline seemed to go Houston’s way. Greinke is slated to face Rockies and their Major League best .284 team batting average in his next start.

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