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Jones said he’s not sorry, got support from around the League

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made national news for his comments yesterday regarding the pair of fans who ran onto the field. Jones said he wished he could kick them with his metal spikes on and was incredibly vocal about baseball needing to crack down. (You can read the whole thing here).

Major League Baseball was looking into the comments, although there’s not expected to be a fine or anything for Jones. The outspoken outfielder said that he heard from other players and people around the League applauding him for saying what many think. I’ll have a full story up shortly on Orioles.com, but here is what Jones said today…

[on MLB possibly punishing him]
“No. My comments weren’t malicious or anything like that. That’s just my opinion. I’m pretty sure other people have spoken their opinion got nothing.”

[on if his opinion is universal]
“Yes. The players feel like it’s something you don’t say and I said it.

Oh yeah, my phone has been blowing up. It’s been awesome, with everyone. Friends around the League. Like, ‘Dude, that’s awesome.’ You guys are making a big deal out of it because you have to, I know your overhead is making you come to me so I get it.”

[on if he regrets saying anything]
“No. No. Not sorry. No, people say sorry they don’t mean it. I’m not going to say it if I don’t mean it. Obviously I don’t want to inflict any pain on people but if you put us in harm’s way, got to protect myself.”

[on if player safety is really what his tirade was about]
“That’s all its about. Players don’t pay to come watch the fans, fans pay to come watch the players. Cus us out, badger us, but don’t put our lives, our safety in jeopardy. The second you do that, you are going to get the person who was before the baseball person was.”

[since kicking is not allowed...] “Well if they signed a waiver.”

[on what Jones thinks the punishment needs to be]
“You cant stop them from happening because you would have to put up barriers and that would obstruct the fans. The only thing you can do is make examples of them. Give them real jail time. Fine the hell out of them. Twenty grand. Nobody wants to be find twenty grand. I don’t care who are you. The world’s richest man. So, you are going to have to do something. Obviously the safety of players is utmost important to me and I know Major League baseball feels that way. This is a nine billion dollar industry, you are not going to let someone come on the field and damage your investment. Just looking at it from a business model. So, it is what it is.”

[on if MLB and clubs are taking this seriously?]
“Yeah, they have been, and it’s good to see them come on the field. They ran out there quick. I was laughing because a couple of the security guards ran into each other, which is funny. In Baltimore we’ve got the same thing. I called them out a couple of years ago because we had all the incidents early in the season. It’s stupid. I remember my first beer, too. So what? It doesn’t make me want to go onto the field, so stay away from it. In Baltimore, they increased their security and you see the guys; they’re sitting there waiting. In the dugout we’ve got a guy just sitting there waiting to tackle somebody. It shouldn’t be that way. People want to get on Top 10, so let ‘em.”
 
[on if there have been fewer incidents in Baltimore as a result]
“I haven’t seen it. I haven’t seen it. I appreciate the Orioles taking ownership for that for us because we’re their investment.”
 
[on being outspoken on the issue]
“I don’t care. I’m going to speak my mind. I’m going to tell you the truth. I’m not going to lie to you. What am I going to lie to you about? I’ m just wasting my time. If it’s something concerning my teammates, or the safety of my family, I’ll cuss anybody out of it. I don’t care.”

Jones on on-field perpetrators: ‘they should let us have a shot to kick them with metal spikes on’

NEW YORK— When a pair of fans ran onto the field in Tuesday’s Yankees-Orioles game, center fielder Adam Jones didn’t hold back from hollering his opinion as the duo —taken down by the police in center field and behind second base—disrupted the 14-5 Baltimore win and angered Jones.

“I let them know how I felt, obviously a lot of choice words because I think it’s idiotic for people to run on the field and I think the punishment needs to be a lot harsher,” Jones said. “And they should let us have a shot to kick them with our metal spikes on because it’s stupid.

You look like a [idiot] when you run on the field. We don’t go to any other events. We don’t go to other sporting events and do that to their jobs, but they come to ours and do that. I get it, you’re drunk and you want to be on SportsCenter. Your [butt] is going to jail with a fine, and you might not be allowed to come back to the ballpark.”

Tuesday’s violators came from the left-field corner and made it to centerfield with one hiding by second baseman Ryan Flaherty to avoid being captured.

“I remember a couple of years ago, one dude broke his ankle in Baltimore,” Jones said. “I was laughing at him. I wish he shattered his femur because it’s stupid. It’s just plain old stupid. Anybody who does it, I wish the cops tase the living [crap] out of them. I wish that.”

Flaherty said nothing like that has happened to him before and he had a much more light-hearted take on it than Jones.

“I wasn’t sure whether to get out of the way of the guy or tackle him,” Flaherty said. “He was there, but it was kind of funny.

The security guys were just saying leave him alone, leave him alone, leave him alone, so I just stayed there and watched.”

Os to make a roster move, Weeks on his way

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club will make a roster move in advance of Wednesday’s series finale against the Yankees and the Virginia Pilot reported that infielder Jemile Weeks has left the team, presumably to join the O’s in New York.

Who goes for Weeks is still unclear, as shortstop J.J. Hardy –who has missed four the team’s last five games– appears to be progressing well and said after Tuesday’s game he hopes to start on Wednesday.

“Not me, I don’t think,” Hardy said of the team’s mysterious DL move. “They haven’t told me anything. I made big strides today. I had spasms in a big area that kind of moved to a small area and that’s normally what happened back in the day. I was really hoping for the SI joint to release today. It didn’t, but when it does, that’s kind of the last step for me.”

Showalter said Hardy was available on Tuesday, though the O’s were fortunate he wasn’t needed in the blowout 14-5 win.

“It would have been tough,” he said. “I could have in an emergency situation. I would have been able to go out there, but it wouldn’t have been easy.”

Weeks, the player involved in this winter’s Jim Johnson trade from Oakland, gives the Orioles another option at second base which has primarily been played by Steve Lombardozzi. He also played centerfield in Norfolk on Saturday and could be a replacement for David Lough, who was the only position player to not get into Tuesday’s game, sparking speculation that he’s the DL candidate.

Orioles @ Yankees Game 2

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Greetings from the Bronx again, where the Orioles will play their fifth consecutive day game. The O’s are coming off a 4-2 loss on Monday and have dropped five of their last six.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy remains sidelined with lower back spasms, although manager Buck Showalter said he’s a lot better today and could be available off the bench.

Hardy being unavailable yesterday severely limited what Showalter could do for late-game substations and it was interesting to see backup catcher Steve Clevenger take ground balls at third base in pre-game batting practice. He did come up as an infielder….

*Johan Santana came through yesterday’s sim game with positive reports, as did Dylan Bundy following his side. Manny Machado continues to progress and Showalter said he did some pool running among his activities today.

*Miguel Gonzalez will make the start for the Orioles tomorrow in the series finale, which marks the five-year anniversary of friend and former Angel teammate Nick Adenhart’s passing. Adenhart was killed by a drunk driver and Gonzalez actually used his glove in his first career Major League start and used to carry it with him, although it got too worn out and he now plans on getting the glove framed.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
Nick Markakis RF
Delmon Young DH
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz LF
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Wei-Yin Chen LHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian McCann C
Francisco Cervelli 1B
Brian Roberts 2B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Ivan Nova RHP

Os acquire Guilmet, Reimold to 60-day DL

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NEW YORK— The Orioles made a minor trade on Monday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet from Cleveland one exchange for Minor League outfielder Torsten Boss.

The O’s optioned Guilmet to Triple-A Norfolk and moved Nolan Reimold from the 15-day disabled list to the 60 to clear a roster spot. Manager Buck Showalter said prior to Monday’s game that Reimold had not been doing baseball activities and had just been receiving treatment on his neck.

Guilmet, 26, was drafted by Cleveland in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and he posted a 1.68 ERA with 20 saves in 49 games for Triple-A Columbus in 2013.

“[He] has command of fastball, slider and split-finger which he mixes to get hitters out,” executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a text message about Guilmet. “We expect he’ll contribute to the Major Lg team this season given his track record and experience closing games.”

Last season in Columbus, Guilmet averaged 10.1 strikeout per nine innings and appeared in four games for the Indians, pitching to a 10.13 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

Orioles @ Yankees, New York’s home opener

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Greetings from the Bronx, where the Orioles will take on the Yankees in their home opener. The O’s are fresh off yesterday’s 3-1 win in Detroit.

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy is not in the lineup as he continues to deal with lingering back spasms.

Hardy said this morning it’s particularly frustrating because this is probably the healthiest Spring Training he’s ever had. He is better today than yesterday and could be used in some capacity, manager Buck Showalter said.

*Johan Santana will throw a two-inning sim game at the team’s spring facility today. As I wrote yesterday, Dylan Bundy is still on for a 30-pitch side and Francisco Peguero will start a hitting progression.

Here are your lineups…

ORIOLES LINEUP
David Lough LF
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

YANKEES LINEUP
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Hardy scratched again

DETROIT— Shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch from Sunday’s game and had his batting practice cut short with another back spasm, this time in a different place.

Hardy almost missed Friday’s game and had been dealing with a nagging back spasm that he played through on Wednesday and Thursday before taking the series opener in Detroit off. While his most recent spasm is in a different place, it’s still a concern for a struggling Baltimore, who has been without their starting shortstop for two of three games.

Hardy last season became just the fourth player to hit three or more home runs off Sunday’s Tigers starter Justin Verlander in on season and entered the game a career .258 (7-for-31) with three homers and seven RBIs. The Gold Glover is a huge part of the Orioles infield, with Hardy saving a run in Saturday’s game.

Ryan Flaherty moved from third base to take Hardy’s place, with Jonathan Schoop getting the start at third.

Orioles @ Tigers Game 3 (Hardy scratched)

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Greetings from Comerica Park, where the Orioles will try to avoid being swept by the Tigers…

*Shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch and had his batting practice cut short with another back spasm, this time in a different place. Hardy also missed Friday’s game and we should know more post game on this latest injury.

*Manny Machado is scheduled to have another functional baseball day on Sunday as he continues to progress forward. The bigger test after he does all the activities is to see how he feels on Monday, with Machado reporting on Friday –following a day of activities– that he felt great.

“His next step is hopefully running full speed,” manager Buck Showalter said. “The last thing he’s had yet to do is sprint. And to be able to do it the next day and the next day so to speak. I don’t know when that’s going to be.”

*Michael Almanzar (knee) will start light baseball activities on Monday, with Luis Ayala resuming throwing in Triple-A that day as well.

*Dylan Bundy is slated to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday, off a regular mound, with Johan Santana scheduled for a situational side.

*Outfielder Francisco Peguero (wrist) will resume baseball activities and start a hitting progression on Monday.

ORIOLES LINEUP
David Lough LF
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Nelson Cruz DH
Matt Wieters C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Chris Tillman RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera DH
Victor Martinez 1B
Austin Jackson CF
Tyler Collins LF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Bryan Holaday C
Andrew Romine SS

Justin Verlander RHP

Orioles @ Tigers Game 2

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Greetings from Comerica Park where the sun is out, so it feels a little warmer than the 38 degrees on the scoreboard.

*J.J. Hardy is back in the lineup after dealing with some lower back spasms yesterday and said he feels a lot better after taking Friday off.

“I think it was a smart move considering the conditions and everything yesterday and what I was feeling the days before,” said Hardy, who played through the spasms on Wednesday and Thursday.

Hardy missed two games last year with the issue and said it was much worse the other times he’s had spasms than the most recent flare-up.

“Before that it has been 2009 in Milwaukee that I had them,” Hardy said. “It’s been a while, so I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of doing my low back exercises. It could have turned into a two-week thing and so it probably was the smart thing to do, take yesterday off.”

*With Hardy in the lineup, the slumping Ryan Flaherty has the day off and Jonathan Schoop is back at third base. Flaherty is 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts.

“Obviously no one wants to start the season 0-for, you want to help the team”, Flaherty said. “When you are not helping the team it’s no fun.”

“Obviously you get that first one out of the way it makes everything a lot easier. But I don’t think you can try for it too hard, which can be the case a lot of the time. And it has a negative effect. But, you get that first one and then you can get things going.”

Flaherty started last year in similar fashion, going 0-for-17 with nine strikeouts and can’t pinpoint why he’s such a slow starter.

“I wish I knew. If I knew it wouldn’t be the case,” he said. “But it is what it is. I’m going to work, get better and you get out of it and things will start going better.”

ORIOLES LINEUP
David Lough LF
Nelson Cruz RF
Chris Davis 1B
Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis DH
J.J. Hardy SS
Matt Wieters C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Bud Norris RHP

TIGERS LINEUP
Ian Kinsler 2B
Torii Hunter RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Austin Jackson CF
Alex Avila C
Alex Gonzalez SS
Don Kelly 3B
Rajai Davis LF

Rick Porcello RHP

Post-game notes

A couple quick notes following the Orioles’ 10-4 loss to the Tigers…

*Manny Machado (knee) did functional baseball activities Thursday including some running. It came through on Friday’s report that he felt good following all of that.

*Johan Santana had a 35 pitch side session on Friday, using all his pitches, and will throw a “situational” bullpen on Monday.

*Dylan Bundy also threw a 30-pitch side session at the team’s complex in Sarasota, Fla.

*Francisco Peguero (wrist) is getting ready to start a hitting program next week, likely on Monday.

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