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12 DAYS!

Ugh. It's 58° and raining outside! What am I going to do in this horrible weather? (I hate you zk -Stacey) (Me, too. -duck)

Johnson set for next chapter in O's bullpen | orioles.com: News
Jim Johnson is happy to be returning to a setup role.-zk

Rockies agree to terms with Mora | ColoradoRockies.com: Official Info
The Rockies made it official for Melmo yesterday afternoon. Salary not diclosed, but it has been reported in a few places as being a one-year, $1.275M deal. -zk

'Cheap' Orioles won't be for much longer - MASNsports.com
Steve Melewski reminds us that while the O's have a ton of young, cheap talent now - Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, Felix Pie and Jim Johnson will cost a COMBINED $5 million next year - that talent won't stay cheap when they hit arbitration. -duck

MASNsports.com
The Orioles made a one-year offer to Erik Bedard and later came back with a revision that put them in line with the Mariners' reported proposal, but the left-hander apparently prefers to stay in Seattle. Speculated reasons among industry types include a bigger ballpark, competing in the AL West and pitching for a team with a better chance to contend in 2010. Advantage: Seattle. -zk

On February 6 in Camden Chat history:

I imagine many of you will be staying home today, so pull up a piece of couch and your libation of choice, and join the discussion here.

Wayne Campbell: So, do you come to Milwaukee often?
Alice Cooper: Well, I'm a regular visitor here, but Milwaukee has certainly had its share of visitors. The French missionaries and explorers began visiting here in the late 16th century.
Pete: Hey, isn't "Milwaukee" an Indian name?
Alice Cooper: Yes, Pete, it is. In fact , it's pronounced "mill-e-wah-que" which is Algonquin for "Open Thread."
Wayne Campbell: I was not aware of that.