Monday Bird Droppings

Orioles' pitching can't match Twins' standard in loss | orioles.com: News
One day after being named the Twins' starting second baseman, Tsuyoshi Nishioka showed off his bat on Sunday afternoon, tallying two hits including an RBI triple in the Twins' 3-0 victory over the Orioles at Hammond Stadium.

Guthrie pleased with command in Orioles' 3-0 loss to Twins - baltimoresun.com
"After his last outing, likely Orioles Opening Day starter Jeremy Guthrie vowed to work on throwing more quality strikes. He said he felt that he accomplished that Sunday against the Minnesota Twins even though his final line wasn't overly impressive."

Orioles pitcher Brandon Erbe working to return from shoulder surgery - baltimoresun.com
"It's not fun sitting here and watching the other players get to do everything while you're kind of sidelined," Brandon Erbe said. "You just have to keep everything in your sights and understand that once you get better, you'll be able to do things hopefully better than before the surgery. It requires a lot of patience."

Orioles first base prospect Joe Mahoney - baltimoresun.com
"It's my first major league camp and I'm trying to keep my ears open and my mouth shut,'' he said. I just want to watch these guys. They've had long big-league careers and I hope to have one, too."

Orioles Insider: Lee out until at least Wednesday; Duchscherer will start Tuesday; Wieters fine
And did you know Zach Britton's brother is also in the Orioles' system. And his name is Buck. How cute.

Cesar Izturis took only a few moments to greet the man who replaced him at shortstop - baltimoresun.com
"[Cesar Izturis] said, 'Listen man, if you need anything, you come to me and you ask me,'" recalled J.J. Hardy. "He couldn't stress it enough. He said, 'Don't feel like you can't come talk to me, don't think I'm mad at you for coming here. I know what my role is.' "

Orioles spring training: Reliever Jeremy Accardo 'couldn't be happier' to be with Orioles - baltimoresun.com
"I'm happy to get a new, fresh start, a fresh look, a fresh mindset. I think I stumbled into something pretty special here," Jeremy Accardo said. "It's one of the better camps I've been in, some of the best coaches I've ever been around. The players, everybody gets along from top to bottom. Hopefully, I can be part of something special."

ON Top 50 Prospects – #34: Michael Ohlman
"Despite knocking just two balls out of the park throughout all of 2010, Michael Ohlman still has the bat speed and power potential to grow into a true 30+ home run hitter."

Steve Melewski: Higher expectations: Brian Matusz or Manny Machado?
You know, I'd be fine with co-MVPs of the 2015 World Series, myself.

School of Roch: VandenHurk struggles with control
Rick VandenHurk not only lost his title of  "Hardest Orioles' Last Name To Spell Consistently Correctly" on this team over the winter, he may soon be out of a job if his performances don't improve.

Jake Fox Making All-Out Bid to Stick with Orioles Heading North - NESN.com
"The Red Sox carried a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning at Sarasota on Saturday. With one out, Jake Fox, a super utility type hoping to stick with the major league roster, hammered an offering from Boston righty Matt Fox (no known relation) to tie it. The game ended in a 4-4 tie, which means nothing to the teams, but the blast could mean plenty to Fox. He is 6-for-12 with three home runs in just five games with Baltimore this spring."

Jones ready for big year in center field - CSN Baltimore
Adam Jones' isn't trying to hear about this year being an important year for him. "Every year is important," Jones said. "If you decline or increase your play, that’s setting you up for the next season. If you go out and tank it, you might not have a job."

Thomas Boswell - After 13-year drought, excitement finally surrounds the Orioles
"All of a sudden, you have a one-through-nine American League East lineup," said MacPhail on Sunday. "Last year, Mark Reynolds had an off year (with 32 homers and 85 RBI), but he would have still led our team in homers and RBI. This year, he'll probably bat seventh or eighth for us. To have somebody that dangerous that far down in the lineup, that's quite a change."

Weaver's Tantrum: Spring Training History
"In the past 13 years the Orioles have recorded seven .500 or better records in the Grapefruit League. During the corresponding regular seasons? You know."

twO lists - the wayward O
One list is who will be on the Opening Day roster. The other? Why Spring Training is better than the regular season.

Roar from 34: Hope Springs Eternal - Jim Palmer's comeback attempt (1991)
A look back at Cakes' ill-fated attempt to come back to the Orioles.

Impressions from Today's Game & Luke Scott - Oriole Post
Great photos from Saturday's game included.

This Week In Twitter: February 27 – March 5 ( duh, #winning) - Eutaw Street Hooligans
And I have a new favorite weekly Orioles feature. Man, wish I'd thought of this first!

Spring Training Updates: Week 1 - Dempey's Army
Because it would be pretty tough to do a Week 4 review right now.

Orioles Card "O" the Day: Garrett Atkins, 2010 Topps 206 #68
Just in case you had a great weekend, here's a reminder it's Monday.

2011 Orioles Projections: Bench - Camden Crazies
Daniel Moroz takes a look at what the Orioles bench could look like. It's guessing it will be wood, probably painted green, and and will have lots of bubblegum under the seats, and some other stuff you probably don't want to touch. Daniel, for some reason, decides to focus on which players will be sitting on it. (ED. NOTE: Now with new, corrected link!)

Just Being Buck Part IV: The Line-Up " Birds Watcher | A Baltimore Orioles Blog
Birds Watcher predicts a lineup that, well, most of us paying a lot of attention to the Orioles have been predicting. But here are some reasons why Adam Jones should be hitting 6th. Although I'm not sold on Mark Reynolds at 7th.

They came and went so fast and so regularly that sometimes we didn't even learn their Open Threads. Truth is, after a while, we sort of avoided gettin' to know them.

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