The White Sox-Orioles game took two hours and three minutes


One way to reduce average game-times: don’t let anyone in the park.

The White Sox-O’s game just ended. The Orioles won 8-2. There were 15 hits, a couple of errors and sixteen total strikeouts, but only two walks and three double plays. The grand totals:


I’m guessing that the “1” for attendance was some glitchy default, but whatever. The time of game is the interesting thing. There was a lot of first-pitch swinging and it is getaway day for these teams, but it’s rare to see such a short game time for a game in which ten runs were scored.

Shorter between-inning breaks due to the lack of the kiss-cam and other such nonsense? Just dumb luck? Hard to say, but one of baseball’s weirdest games ever was also one of the quicker games this season.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.