Friday Bird Droppings

For the third time in the last four seasons, Jeremy Guthrie will get the Opening Day nod for the Orioles | MLB.com
"The Orioles named Jeremy Guthrie their Opening Day starter prior to Thursday's game, and manager Buck Showalter also confirmed the team would break camp with just four starters."

AL East preseason All-Star team - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
David Schoenfield names two Orioles to his AL East All-Star team, Matt Wieters and Nick Markakis. The Yankees and Red Sox each get four representatives, the Rays also get two, and the Blue Jays get a big fat zero.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter downplays comments about Derek Jeter, Theo Epstein - baltimoresun.com
"We were sitting down at a table laughing about different stuff, and three or four months later, somebody brings it up as a quote and it's newsworthy," Showalter said. "I can't remember if I said it or not, but I am 55 years old, I probably did." Somewhere, someone in the Orioles press office is writing a memo on the differences between "off the record," "on background" and "on the record."

Weaver's Tantrum: Spring Training Blues
Dave from Weaver's Tantrum is here to [tick] in your spring baseball cornflakes.

Camden Depot: Orioles Franchise Value: 1990 - 2010
An analysis of the Orioles' financial standing has changed during the Angelos era. With graphs!

Roar from 34 - A Baltimore Orioles Blog
For the wrestling nerds out there.

Baltimore Orioles Baseball Blog - Covering the Baltimore Orioles
Dempsey's Army presents an alternate history, in which we never make the Glenn Davis trade and Curt Schilling remains an Orioles.

Is Showalter poking the AL East bears or pumping up his Orioles? - Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Yes, this is still a story, apparently. Mr. Casselberry points out in his piece that Buck managed Jeter in his rookie season and therefore may be in some way responsible for the "underhanded tactics" that [tick] him off. As if every time he steps into Yankee Stadium, he's in a hell of his own making. 

105.7FM The Fan to launch Orioles pregame and postgame shows | Jim Williams | Watch This | Washington Examiner
Feel free to treat this as another opportunity to snark on Royle in the comments. Please don't make fun of Joe Orsulak, though. I liked that dude when I was a kid.

The Earl Weaver Effect: Bunting Edition | Beyond the Box Score
BtB shows how Earl Weaver took the Orioles from a bunch of bunting pansies to a bunch of non-bunting burly men.

Spring season rewarding for Oriole's Johnson | HeraldTribune.com
Spring Training is almost over, so let's have a warm and fuzzy article about Jim Johnson. You might be interested to know that if he strikes someone out, it's probably by accident.

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