Orioles Shelled in Spring Home Opener (With Exclusive Photos)

Your Baltimore Orioles lost 11-4 to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday during the team’s Spring Training home opener at Ed Smith Stadium.

In what might well become a common refrain in 2015, the starting pitching was terrible, but the O’s batters flexed their muscle at the plate. Ubaldo Jimenez recorded just one out in a seven-run first inning while Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop homered in a four-run second inning.

Not everything went by the usual script, however, as Jimmy Paredes relieved Manny Machado at third base and flashed some leather.

From The Baltimore Sun.

Jimmy Paredes, who came to camp needing to show that he has improved defensively at third base and in the outfield, replaced Manny Machado at third in the late innings and handled all three outs in the seventh inning. The first two were fairly routine, but Paredes made a very strong throw from the deepest corner of the infield cutout to end the inning and strand a runner at third.

Paredes played 13 games at the hot corner for the Orioles in 2014 with three errors in 30 chances. In 2015, he played eight games at third base and had three errors in seven chances.

Here are exclusive photos from Wednesday courtesy of Sarasota’s finest, Norm Schimmel. Thanks Norm!

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Manny Machado Warming Up

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Manny Machado

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Chris Davis

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Adam Jones

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Hyun-soo Kim

Related Reading

Davis, Schoop homer after Ubaldo scuffles vs. Braves (MLB.com)

Bird Seed: Observations and analysis from Orioles’ 11-4 loss to the Braves (Baltimore Sun)

Jimenez roughed up for 6 runs, Orioles fall to Braves (Yahoo Sports)

Pitching Struggles in Orioles’ Spring Home Opener (Press Box)

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