The Orioles will open a 10-game homestand on Thursday, April 28, when they host the Chicago White Sox at 7:05 p.m. ET. The homestand will feature several special events including the launch of the Birdland Community Heroes Program and a celebration for Mother's Day weekend including Catch on the Field, recognition of the Orioles' 2016 Honorary Bat Girl, and all Orioles uniformed personnel wearing jerseys with pink Orioles script and caps with a pink cartoon bird in honor of Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8. Additionally, two unique giveaways for the first 10,000 female fans 18 and over will be given out that weekend: an Orioles canvas tote presented by MLB Network (May 7) and a Mother's Day infinity scarf (May 8).
The Orioles Birdland Community Heroes program honors and recognizes community heroes who inspire us through their spirited commitment to extend a hand in charity, service, hope, and harmony. This recognition honors the heroism of members of our extended Orioles community from all walks of life, occupations, and diverse backgrounds living in our region, our country, and abroad, who have distinguished themselves by selflessly working or volunteering in fields that care for, serve, teach, protect, and improve the lives of others, around the corner or around the globe, who are most in need.
The Orioles today announced that fans can begin voting to send Orioles players to the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, Calif. This year, the Orioles are encouraging fans to vote early, vote often, and "Vote Orange."
Matusz, 29, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 (retroactive to March 25) with a left intercostal strain. He made five rehab appearances (one start) between Class A-Advanced Frederick and Double-A Bowie and recorded 16 strikeouts in 10.0 innings.
The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action in Sarasota during Extended Spring Training during the months of April, May, and June. There is no charge to attend the games, which will be held on Field 4 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.
Discounted Upper Reserve tickets are available for purchase at www.orioles.com/autism, and $5 for every ticket sold through the site will benefit Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
This week, the Orioles will play a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The brief homestand will feature several special events including the Greater Baltimore Committee's Welcome Home Reception and several pregame ceremonies during the series.
In recognition of the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball, the Orioles will honor Robinson's legacy during tonight's game against the Texas Rangers at 8:05 p.m. ET.
The Orioles today announced that they will host a special Catch on the Field opportunity for parents and their children on both Mother's Day and Father's Day this season. The Mother's Day Catch on the Field will take place on Sunday, May 8, prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Oakland Athletics while the Father's Day Catch on the Field will be on Sunday, June 19, prior to the 1:35 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Aquino, 23, went 5-11 with a 3.28 ERA (50 ER/137.1 IP) over a career-high 24 starts between Class A-Advanced Lynchburg (Cleveland), Class A-Advanced Dunedin (Toronto), and Class A-Advanced Bradenton (Pittsburgh) in 2015.
This week, the Orioles continue the first homestand of the 2016 season with two games against the Minnesota Twins and a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The homestand will feature several special events including the second annual Kids' Opening Day on Sunday, April 10. The celebration will welcome children and their families to a new season of Orioles Baseball with many fun activities and unique gameday opportunities for several lucky kids throughout the day. Kids' Opening Day will feature a kids-only "Eat. Sleep. Orioles." T-shirt giveaway, available to the first 7,500 fans age 14 and under. Additionally, all fans 14 and under will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases, the first of 13 Sunday home games when kids can round the bases like their favorite Orioles.
The Orioles today announced that they have reassigned RHP Pedro Beato, OF L.J. Hoes, INF Paul Janish, RHP Todd Redmond, and INF Steve Tolleson to minor league camp, and have optioned C Francisco Pena to Triple-A Norfolk. Additionally, LHP Zach Phillips and RHP Chaz Roe have cleared waivers and have been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles today announced that RHP MIGUEL GONZALEZ has cleared waivers and has been given his unconditional release. With this move, the Orioles now have 37 players at Major League Spring Training, including six non-roster invitees.