Tuesday Bird Droppings

BRADENTON, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Outfielder Nolan Reimold #14 of the Baltimore Orioles fouls off a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at McKechnie Field on February 28, 2011 in Bradenton, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Vlad makes presence felt in O's opener | orioles.com: News
The Orioles opened their Grapefruit League season with a 6-4 victory over the Pirates at McKechnie Field on Monday.

School of Roch: Bergesen: "I felt good today for the first outing" (updated)
What did you think he was gonna say after two scoreless innings? "Man, I felt like my arm was gonna fall off, I couldn't throw anything for a strike, and I can't believe they swung at the slop I threw up there"?

School of Roch: Showalter time
"You can tell he's in a good place in his life right now. He's gotten back to it." And that's about as close as Buck Showalter will come to saying "Glad he got that baby-mama drama solved."

Accardo savoring fresh start with Orioles | orioles.com: News
Jeremy Accardo is grateful for the clean slate Spring Training with the Orioles offers.

Orioles Insider: Video: Showalter on O's win over Pirates
Yup, that's Buck Showalter on the video. Might as well go watch it.

Orioles Insider: Reimold off to a better start
Nolan Reimold started last spring 0-for-22. After yesterday's game, he's rockin' a 1.000 OBP with a home run.

Orioles' Duchscherer throws, hip feels much better - USATODAY.com
Two days after Justin Duchscherer reported a sore left hip, he was able to throw for a second straight day and told manager Buck Showalter he was much improved.

Orioles' spring training home becomes a swan | Baltimore Business Journal
The $31.2 million renovation of Ed Smith Stadium has transformed the Orioles’ spring training facility from a dumpy ballpark into one of the jewels of the Grapefruit League.

Delaware North Sportservice Names Chefs for Oriole Park at Camden Yards - hospitality-1st.com
You foodie types will glean all sorts of information from this press release.

Read Street: Cal Ripken Jr. writes novel "Hothead" - baltimoresun.com
It's a heart-warming story of a kid who's a bit of a jerk. Really.

Orioles 2011 Preview Part IV: Bench, Bullpen and Wrap Up " Eutaw Street and Beyond
It's Part IV of Zack's series previewing the Orioles.

Steve Melewski: What to make of spring training stats?
The correct answer, of course, is "Not a damn thing", but that doesn't make for much of a column.

Maybe they just bettered who he was. Cleared away his confusion. I know you pride yourself on being the Open Thread, but aren't you tired of pretending to be something you're not? I know I am. 

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