Sunday Bird Droppings

Lots of information, if not actual news, out of yesterday's FanFest activities and availabilities.

Strong turnout for Orioles FanFest - Carroll County Times: Local
Adam Jones on the city's passion for the Ravens this weekend: "This just shows that this city is loyal and if we were to win, I think this whole damn place would be full."

School of Roch: Johnson expects to be in bullpen in 2012
"Johnson knew what was coming. Is he going to be a starter or reliever this season? "You guys probably know more than I do," he said. "I'll be in the bullpen. I'm pretty sure about that." As the closer? "We'll figure that out in the spring," he replied."

Steve Melewski: Jones on trade and contract talks
"I like Baltimore. I've planted some roots here and I like working in the city. If I am fortunate enough to be here a long time, I can build trees from those roots. I'm from California, but that doesn't mean anything about my career. I just live in California," he said.

Baltimore Orioles right-fielder Nick Markakis looks to be ready for Opening Day | MLB.com: News
"This could be a good thing," Markakis said of allowing his body time to heal. "I've never actually taken off a full offseason to rest. I talked to Aubrey [Huff] before I had my surgery, and he came off his best year after the surgery, and he was kind of on the same routine I'm on. He rested the whole offseason, and he got back in the swing of things after he had his surgery in January. I'm not saying I'm expecting to go out there and have my best year, but we'll see how things play out, and we'll go from there."

Dan Duquette and the Baltimore Orioles address 2012 team at Orioles FanFest | MLB.com: News
"We should be able to sign a few more players to supplement our roster, players we can at least take a look at in camp," Duquette said. "We'll continue to work on improving our roster. That never stops, really, but I think there's a good opportunity to add a few more players here in the next couple of weeks."

School of Roch: Orioles' international efforts return to Korea
"Anyway, the Orioles apparently signed a 17-year-old high school pitcher from Korea who's rated as its top amateur. And unlike Chong Tae-Hyon, he won't change his mind."

Orioles hope to make inroads in city that’s gone crazy over NFL’s Ravens - The Washington Post
"The Orioles on Saturday held an event designed to create a buzz about the club before spring training begins next month. Unfortunately, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. Not only was city awash in purple on the eve of the Ravens’ appearance in the AFC championship game, but it also snowed overnight."

Arrieta eager to show Orioles that elbow problems are in the past - baltimoresun.com
"Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta said he's progressing well from August surgery to remove a ping-pong ball-sized bone chip from his right elbow."

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