Orioles: Hooked on Bass (updated)
Remember early in spring training when pitching coach Rick Kranitz said he had a "sleeper" in mind for the starting rotation, but wouldn't reveal who it might be? Well, I'm pretty sure the guy he was thinking about was Danys Baez, but I bet if you forced him to make a prediction right now it would be Brian Bass.
Bass just went through a pretty good Boston Red Sox lineup and gave up just a hit through his first three innings. He allowed a walk and a hit in the fourth before giving way to reliever Wilfrido Perez, and would end up being charged with one earned run over three-plus innings, raising his spring ERA slightly to 2.76.
WBC update: Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to pitch Wednesday in the World Baseball Classic, but Team USA would have to win two games between now and then for him to pitch again in the tournament. USA plays the surprising team from the Netherlands tonight.