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O's open '10 on road, host Jays on April 9 - News
With one schedule winding down, it's time for the next one to appear. The Orioles will spend a rare Opening Day on the road in 2010, when they will start off their season April 6 in Tampa Bay. Baltimore has spent 16 of the past 18 season openers at home, with 2007 and 1995 standing as the lone exceptions. -duck

Easier start for 2010 O's? Schedule looks that way - The Schmuck Stops Here
Am I the only one who thinks the Orioles' 2010 schedule is front-loaded with a lot more soft teams this year. I'm comparing this year's April and May schedule with next year's and I'm starting to think the O's could get off to a pretty decent start if the young pitchers are for real. -duck

Breaking down managerial status - Jon Heyman -
SI's Jon Heyman is the latest to notice that Dave Trembley's chances of surviving as manager of the O's may not be all that good. He connects the dots of the trades of George Sherrill and Aubrey Huff and the shutdown of the young pitchers (while omitting the injuries to Adam Jones and Melvin Mora and Felix Pie), while reminding us Andy MacPhail didn't want to see another end-of-season swoon. Yeah, about that... -duck

Pie's return clears up lineup issues | News
The Orioles saw their outfield dilemma disappear on Tuesday, when Felix Pie returned to the lineup and slotted in immediately as center fielder and leadoff man. -zk

Short hops | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Melvin Mora played his 793rd game at 3B for the Orioles last night, moving him into 2nd place in Orioles history at the position. Something tells me Brooksie's record of 2870 games is safe for awhile. -Stacey

Blame SI's Tom Verducci for the 30+ IP shutdown phenomena - Weaver's Tantrum
Verducci postulated that pitchers under twenty five years old who increased their total annual workload by over thirty innings were at risk. The next year they were likely to experience a loss of velocity or even a serious injury. -duck

Wanted: firm to oversee stadium | | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida's Information Leader
Companies vying to oversee the $31.2 million rebuilding of Ed Smith Stadium for the Baltimore Orioles have experience across the sports spectrum, from the rehabilitation of Yankee Stadium to the renovation of Charlotte -zk

Right Off Russell | Norfolk Tides Wrap-up with Bob Socci
The voice of the Tides, Bob Socci, gives a season summary for the O's AAA team. -Stacey

Waring living large as a Baltimore minor leaguer | | Spartanburg Herald-Journal | Spartanburg SC
He’s already switched organizations during his young career and recently changed levels of minor league baseball, but Brandon Waring keeps on hitting. That’s what the Wofford product does best, and he did it so well this summer that Baltimore named him its minor league most valuable player. -zk

The Frederick News-Post Online - Frederick County Maryland Daily Newspaper
Frederick Keys catcher Caleb Joseph was named the winner of the Baltimore Orioles' Elrod Hendricks Award for Community Service. -zk

2009 in the minors (with names you probably missed along the way) - Dempsey's Army
An 11th round draft selection out of Florida Atlantic in 2007, OF Robbie Widlansky won the Carolina League batting title with a .340 average and showed some good gap power. At 24, Widlansky was a bit old for the league too but he and Waring should make the Baysox lineup a bit more formidable in 2010. There's lots more on players a lot of haven't heard of in this entry. -duck