Sunday Bird Droppings

March 15, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Endy Chavez (9) plays the ball off the wall as Detroit Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn (not shown) doubles in the fifth inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. The Tigers defeated the Orioles 4 - 2. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Chen throws 5 innings, Orioles and Red Sox tie - MLB -
"Wei-Yin Chen had a couple of firsts on Saturday. He became the first Baltimore Orioles pitcher to throw five innings this spring training and displayed a nifty pickoff move that nabbed two runners during a 3-3, 10-inning tie against Boston."

Orioles prospect thrilled to face Beckett -
"Manny Machado faced Beckett once and grounded to shortstop. "I guess he wasn't a Josh Beckett fan because he sure was taking some hard swings," Beckett said."

Jon Heyman - Arrieta, Matusz are impressing, giving Orioles hope
"Young pitchers Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz have looked terrific this spring, a major boost to the once proud franchise just trying to stay afloat in the impossible A.L. East Division. Arrieta is an organization favorite who's beloved by manager Buck Showalter but Matusz's career was teetering following an all-time bad performance last year, when he went 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA." Hey, it's Sunday, don't kill me for quoting Heyman. There's not much to work with here.

We project who will make the Orioles' Opening Day roster - The Sacramento Bee
"So, with a little less than three weeks left until the Orioles fly north for their Opening Day contest with the Minnesota Twins at Camden Yards, here are our picks to fill the 25-man roster:..." It's The Sun's article from a non-paywall source.

Orioles' Adam Jones says he can be better | The News Journal |
"I need to" get better, Adam Jones said. "I don't have a choice. In baseball, you can't take steps back. I've worked my tail off this offseason. I've worked my tail off this spring."

School of Roch: Cleaning out my notebook
"The Orioles considered holding back Tsuyoshi Wada for Monday's minor league game at Twin Lakes Park, but he wanted to pitch today. It's interesting that the Orioles are sending him to Orlando instead of unveiling him in front of the home crowd and MASN viewers."

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