Monday Bird Droppings

Getting it started versus the Pirates | Orioles Insider
The Grapefruit League starts today as the Orioles travel to Bradenton (which is like, across the street from Sarasota) to face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Is this a possible World Series preview?

Orioles at Spring Training | Sports With Coleman
Over the weekend Jerry Coleman posted a number of video and audio clips from Sarasota, including interviews with Brady Anderson, Justin Duchscherer, and Nolan Reimold

Identifying the four biggest position battles at Orioles spring training | baltimoresun.com
The bench! The bench again! The rotation! The bullpen!

Reynolds talks about grand slam; wrapping up intrasquad game | Orioles Insider
Hitting a grand slam off of Chorye Spoone IS very impressive. 

Orioles take rebuilt Ed Smith Stadium out for test drive | HeraldTribune.com
The players give the renovated stadium a thumbs up. There is also a picture of Troy Patton! Consider me unconvinced; some people think they've taken pictures of Big Foot, doesn't mean it's real. 

Observations from the renovated Ed Smith Stadium | Sarasota Herald-Tribune
There are a lot of observations here on the new stadium, but the thing that caught my eye was the description of a sign that has a list of the Orioles and their minor league affiliates and the miles to each location from Sarasota. Baltimore is listed as 983 miles away and Aberdeen 917. How is that possible? Have I had my geography wrong all these years?

ON Top 50 Prospects – #35: Rick Zagone
One of the most consistent pitchers in the O's system, Rick Zagone has posted solid numbers every step of the way throughout his three year minor league career.

Camden Depot: 2011 Homerun King Mark Reynolds?
According to a popular betting site, Reynolds is the 7th favorite to win the home run title this season. 

Is the Baseball America list a sign of trouble for the Orioles? | Steve Melewski
Melewski breaks down the O's recent farm system history in explanation that, while it hasn't been as plentiful as anyone would like, it's not as bad as it looks right now.

Orioles right-hander Justin Duchscherer feeling better after hip soreness | orioles.com
Duchscherer felt fine throwing yesterday. Maybe it'll stick? 

The Crystal Ball 2011: Brian Matusz | Dempsey's Army
How will Matusz fare in 2011? DA picks him to break out.

Power rankings: Red Sox edge out Phillies for No. 1 spot | USATODAY.com
USA Today has released its power rankings going into Spring Training with the Orioles coming in at #24. Each team has a comment, and for the Orioles it is: "Buck Showalter will find out who really wants to play." Excellent analysis. 

Now you just turn away and say, "Open Thread? I think I used to have a scene with him."

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