Friday Bird Droppings

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Inching ever so close to Opening Day...

How about that 0-0 Spring Training tie between the Orioles and the Pirates? How about that Jake Arrieta? How about that NCAA Tournament?

How about some links?

The Orioles will be broadcast on WBAL all weekend. You can also see them on MASN tomorrow, MLBN Sunday and ESPN on Monday...if you have not yet succumbed to the Madness which is said to prevail this time of year.

Arrieta closing in on No. 5 starter's job in scoreless tie | CSN Baltimore Some things are illuminated.

Kevin Gausman Talks Being In Orioles Spring Training " CBS Baltimore There's some text here and a link to audio from the Goose's appearance on the Scott Garceau show.

Steve Johnson and his 'Invisiball' forcing Orioles to take notice - baltimoresun.com The first I've seen Johnson discussed as having an "invisiball" outside of my own conjecture. The Redmond effect?

Steve Melewski: When calling up players, O's see Norfolk and Bowie as one talent pool Hrrm...

PressBox: Trade Could Be Solution For Orioles' Pitching Surplus You know...you have a surplus until you don't.

Mechanical Adjustments: A Reference Post | FanGraphs Baseball Kind of interesting. Lot of O's NRIs in here. Wonder how much is at their own initiative or at the suggestion of Buck and Adair.

Major League Baseball’s lawsuit against Biogenesis should be laughed out of court | HardballTalk Stop the madness, MLB. Please..

On this day in 1981, Lee MacPhail suspended Earl Weaver for three games. Weaver had removed the Orioles from a game against the Royals resulting in a forfeit due to umpire conduct. In 2008, Javy Lopez announced his retirement.

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