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Cashner delivers strong outing; Orioles get 18 hits; Jackson’s on the move

Drew Jackson
Photo Credit: Joy R. Absalon

LAKELAND, Fla.-What’s happening? – Dylan Bundy starts against the Minnesota Twins today in Sarasota. Jimmy Yacabonis, Mychal Givens, Evan Phillips and Josh Lucas are also scheduled to pitch.

Third baseman Renato Nunez was out because of a sore right arm.

The weather forecast isn’t a positive one for Sarasota. The Orioles haven’t had a rainout and had one game halted in the bottom of the eighth because of rain.

“It’s not a horrible thing,” manager Brandon Hyde said about a possible rainout. “Some players could use days. For the pitching, it kind of screws you up a little bit.”

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Hyde said that with less than a week to go before the team leaves Florida, positions haven’t been secured.

“I haven’t told anybody they’re on the team,” Hyde said. “There’s a waiver wire that happens every single day, and in our position, always looking to try and add talent. I haven’t made any promises to anybody.”

The Orioles acquired minor league catcher Lenin Rodriguez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for internatioonal bonus money.

What’s happened?— Andrew Cashner allowed one run on three hits in five innings as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers, 14-1.

Cashner, who lowered his spring ERA to 6.08, gave up a one-out home run to Nicholas Castellanos and retired his final 12 batters. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

“It finally all came together today,” Cashner said. “I thought I slowed my pace down a little bit. I thought I spun the ball a lot better today. I made some tweaks on my curveball.”

Cashner said he hadn’t thrown his curveball often this spring.

“I told them I was ready to go today,” Cashner said. “Today was a big step in the right direction as far as all my pitches coming together.”

Nate Karns, Miguel Castro, Richard Bleier and Mychal Givens combined to throw four perfect innings.

“Cash was outstanding,” Hyde said. “All of our pitchers. No walks on the day in spring training? Cash working ahead, really good four-seamer today. Kept his velocity through the five innings, which is fantastic. Off-speed stuff for strikes, was aggressive, attacked hitters.”

The Orioles scored six runs in the fifth, three in the seventh and four in the eighth.

Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini had back-to-back triples in the fifth. Villar’s scored three runs.

Dwight Smith Jr. had three hits, including a two-run home run.

Hyde brought Ryan Mountcastle to the game from minor league camp. Mountcastle, who served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-5, had been cut from the Orioles’ roster on March 10.

“I think it’s good experience for him,” Hyde said.

What’s up with? Drew Jackson. He played right field for the first time after playing second base, shortstop, third base and center field.

The Rule 5 draft choice doesn’t find it strange to change positions.

“No, it’s fun. I like it,” Jackson said. “It makes baseball more exciting when you go out there and you get a new look from a different position every day. When you’re a kid, you always wonder what it’s like to play a different position. I was always a shortstop. Now, I’ve got to go around and see what I’ve got at every position.”

It’s not a surprise for Jackson (pictured above) that he’s been asked to play so many positions.

“I knew it coming into camp,” Jackson said. “They asked me, how comfortable in the outfield? I told them, very comfortable. I’ve played there dating back to high school, a handful of games every year. It wasn’t until…a couple of weeks ago that I started getting more reps in the outfield, which is great because I’m feeling even more comfortable every outing.”

The Orioles will need an emergency catcher. Jackson may have to be that guy, too.

“I can’t say I have,” Jackson said. “I don’t know my knees want me to, but I guess I can do it. Definitely pitch. Definitely throw some heaters.”

What’s what? Hyde says that it’s no big adjustment for him to manage with a designated hitter. He jokes that in his only game as a big league manager when he filled in with the Miami Marlins, it was against the Tampa Bay Rays.

There are other variables in the National League, Hyde points out.

“Bullpen usage, when your pitcher’s coming up in the sixth with two guys on, double switches,” Hyde said.  

What’s the word? “At this point, you’re ready to get your 25 and go play somebody with 40,000 in the stands. When that day comes, I’ll be excited about it.”-Hyde on being eager to start the season.

What’s the number. 18. The Orioles had 18 hits.

What’s the record? 12-11-2. The Orioles play the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

Follow Rich Dubroff on Twitter @RichDubroffMLB

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Orial

    March 19, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Bundy and a pending rainout. Could be a blessing in disguise. Sorry couldn’t resist. Nice to see that #6 on Jackson. The number of a keeper. I will never quite understand the usage of this International slot money. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out it goes off track. What’s more compelling than the O’s getting rid of it is a team(Phillies) acquiring it at this point. Any theories Rich?

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 19, 2019 at 9:19 am

      Sometimes a team has too many players, and they just want to get something for it, Orial. Maybe the Phillies will flip the money to another team for prospects or maybe they have some international players they think are worth signing.

  2. Tony Paparella

    March 19, 2019 at 9:53 am

    From what I have read Lenin Rodriguez was rated as the 4th best catcher in the Philly organization which is encouraging considering he is still so young and a ways from the Bigs.Drew Jackson’s versatility (able to play infield and outfield) probably will get him a spot and he has had a decent spring. The team seems to have a lot of good outfield talent and I am worried they will get rid of someone down the line.i say that because you can’t keep all those guys that are ready like that down too long in my opinion.I think Dwight Smith could turn into a decent player as he showed some promise with the Jays.I believe they would like to get Mancini to first base but believe it or not, in my opinion anyway, he could end up being a trade possibility.

  3. Bhoffman1

    March 19, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Boy are the Orioles a better and more exciting team without Trumbo and Davis clogging up the middle of the order

  4. 5brooks5

    March 19, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Astro Ball is great. I have to say I’m more excited about the direction of this organization, than I’ve been in years. I know it will take years, but As a fan , I’m all in!

  5. Jbigle1

    March 20, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Who’s our DH? I imagine it’s Mullins, Mancini, and Trumbo in what projects to be another ugly defensive outfield. Trumbo has whined before that he can’t hit while DH’ing though I think that’s really the only spot any team would be interested in playing him at after this year. (Besides a few starts at 1B) If he doesn’t want to DH moving forward I really domt think he’ll land a ML deal. I think better players have setttled for less this offseason. But enough of that.

    Maybe we finally realize Mancini should be at 1B/DH full time instead of pretending he can cover LF. That leaves guys like Smith Jr, Rickard, Ruiz , Peterson etc. for that role. I can’t imagine we DH any of that bunch. Hopefully it is Davis/Mancini/Trumbo at DH. Jace Peterson or the like as the DH would probably be the most humiliating thing in baseball.

    • Rich Dubroff

      March 20, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Jbigle, i would say Mark Trumbo is the primary DH for now.

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