For those who celebrate, Happy Easter! On to the news...
Orioles vs. Twins: Baltimore wins second straight - The Washington Post
"It’s two out of 162, but it’s a good way to start," said Orioles Manager Buck Showalter. "We had good starts to start the season last year, so we’ll see if it continues."
School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 8-2 win
"Third baseman Mark Reynolds fouled a ball off his instep, which is why Ryan Flaherty replaced him at third base in the ninth inning. Showalter says Reynolds should be fine."
Steve Melewski: Postgame comments from Hunter, Andino and Paulino
"Starting pitchers are supposed to go deep into the game, give your team a chance to win," Tommy Hunter said after a strong seven-plus innings as the Orioles beat Minnesota 8-2 to improve to 2-0. "Just throw strikes and let the defense play. They made some plays all night behind me," he said after giving up six hits and two unearned runs."
Minnesota Twins at Baltimore Orioles - April 8, 2012 | MLB.com Preview
"Liam Hendriks was scheduled to make his season debut Sunday, but the Twins right-hander was admitted into the hospital Saturday morning with food poisoning." Man, kinda sucks to be the Twins right about now...
Wei-Yin Chen's upcoming Orioles debut will be big deal in Taiwan - baltimoresun.com
"Taiwanese television network Formosa TV is scheduled to air the Orioles' game live, and two other national networks are expected to do the same. That's why it was such a big deal where Chen would start the year in the Orioles' rotation: The Taiwanese networks wanted to make sure they could broadcast his first start."
Taiwan's Chen likely to be skipped in second start for Orioles - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
"According to The Baltimore Sun, to allow the Taiwanese native to have more time to adjust to the Major League, the Orioles team manager Buck Showalter said he might skip Chen following his MLB debut against the Yankees."
Young Taiwan baseball players dream of making it in the MLB - The China Post
"For this season, however, only one Taiwan native has made it to this year's MLB opening-day roster: the Baltimore Orioles lefty Chen Wei-yin (陳偉殷). Most of the other dozens of Taiwanese players now competing in pro baseball in the U.S. are still making their way in the minor leagues."
Nick Johnson dodges injuries, hopes to contribute for Orioles | pennlive.com
"It's been a long road, and I've been through a whole lot of stuff," Johnson said. "I put a lot of hard work in to get back. I'm excited, and I'm grateful for being given the opportunity."
Hammel ready for debut as member of the Orioles - bellinghamherald.com
"Obviously, debuting for a team is always fun. I am sure there will be a little bit of nerves," said Hammel, who was part of the February trade that sent Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies. "But I've got nothing to prove. I'm just going to try and get deep in the ballgame." (from The Sun via a non-paywall source)
Face Behind the Voice: Meet Orioles' New Announcer - Elkridge, MD Patch
"His voice is a combination of a broadcaster, thespian and of a 26-year-old who gets it: he's not a DJ, he's the voice of a hallowed ballpark that harkens back to baseball's golden ages."
From bowling to bars: Urban baseball parks boost business – USATODAY.com
"Twenty years ago, the Baltimore Orioles did something that at the time ran counter to every trend in baseball stadium construction: They built their new ballpark in the heart of downtown Baltimore."
IN THE MINORS:
Steve Johnson helped the Tides split Saturday twinbill, while the Baysox gave up 8 runs in the 8th inning in a 13-3 loss. In High-A ball, the Keys pounded out 13 hits for 10 runs in a win, and in Asheville, North Carolina, the Shorebirds lost Game 1 of a doubleheader, and won Game 2.