Sunday Bird Droppings

March 24, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles players stand outside the dugout during the national anthem before a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Nationals (3) vs. Baltimore Orioles (12) - Recap - ESPN
"In the last four games, the Nationals have totaled six runs. In the last three, they've given up 26." I'm no statistician, but that doesn't sound good.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 12-3 win
"Jake Arrieta allowed one run and four hits over five innings, walking one and striking out two. "Sometimes, I think he's almost feeling a little too strong," Showalter said. "I thought he settled in and pitched a little better after the first inning. He was up a little bit. Saw the command of his breaking ball get better. Kind of went to the slider a little bit more."

School of Roch: Arrieta on Arrieta
"I feel really good. The main thing I want to do is throw my breaking ball for strikes. Didn't really throw many changeups today. The ones I threw were good ones, and that's really all I want to do from here on out, throw all my pitches. Physical strength is there. Everything is there. It's just a matter of continuing to refine those pitches and get a little bit better out of the stretch and get a little better tempo and really work on keeping that for the entirety of the game."

School of Roch: Is Jones cleaning up?
"Manager Buck Showalter isn't ready to anoint Adam Jones the Orioles' cleanup hitter in 2012, but I'd expect him to be slotted there on opening day. "Jonesy can hit in a lot of places and he's one of our options," Showalter said. "The first thing is you've got to find somebody who wants to. That's part of it, too. But Adam's got a lot of want-to in him. He's going to do what's best for us and he's an option for us."

'A dream come true' for Nicky Delmonico " GoVolsXtra
"If Nicky Delmonico tells you nowadays he's "living the dream," he means it." Hometown boy does good story. I always love these.

Orioles camp report: Likes, dislikes -
"It hasn't really happened yet, but I still believe that this group of young Orioles pitchers is going to produce at least a couple of guys who can compete in the American League East. I'm not sure it will be this year, and I'm not sure it will be enough, but between Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton and Brian Matusz, in particular, there is some talent to work with."

Orioles' Tolleson takes father's advice this spring | The Republic
"Before Baltimore Orioles infielder Steve Tolleson arrived at spring training last month, he received some advice from his father, Wayne, who briefly played for Orioles manager Buck Showalter in the minor leagues. "Try not to worry about tomorrow," Tolleson’s father told him."

Steve Melewski: Are the Orioles shopping Kevin Gregg and Mark Reynolds?
Dear God in Heaven I hope so...

Orioles camp report: Sure is taking a while for 'calvary' to arrive -
"The day I showed up to see the Orioles, they couldn't stop talking about Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman. "You can see the future unfolding in front of us," the manager told me. "The cavalry is coming." The manager was Dave Trembley, and this visit was three springs ago. And it turns out Trembley left out a word: Slowly."

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