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Ripken Says His Desire to Manage Baseball Is Growing -
Cal Ripken is getting the itch to get back in the game. He's always said he wanted to wait until his kids grow up and it looks like they're almost there. -Stacey

Orioles' Ernie Tyler plans comeback despite family wishes -
"As of now, I'm planning to be out there if I can get my legs back in shape," he said this week. "As you can see, I still have legs." Ernie Tyler is the man, people. -duck

Players have no hard feelings on contract renewals -
Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand why people think that players will be upset by getting renewed. That's baseball, as the saying goes. It happens all the time. -Stacey

Dempsey's Army takes a look at Matt Hobgood
Heath from DA spent some time in Spring Training last week. He took some videos of 2009 first round draft pick Matt Hobgood and liked what he saw. -Stacey

Orioles worry that Roberts might not be ready for Opening Day -
"Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail acknowledged that the club is concerned that second baseman Brian Roberts might not be ready for the start of the season." This isn't good., -duck

Brian Matusz, Matt Wieters lead Orioles' youth movement - Joe Lemire -
SI's spring training postcard from Sarasota. -duck

The Associated Press: Niemann, Longoria lead Rays over Orioles
Really, really short game story of yesterday's debacle. -duck

Orioles share tips at baseball clinic | Section Sports |
I'm a sucker for stories of MLB players and kids, especially with cute pictures attached. -duck

Remember Matt Wieters? He's on the newest Sports Illustrated - Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Yahoo! Sports reminds us why Matt Wieters is on the SI cover. -duck

Highly drafted catchers who can hit and play defense come - SI Vault
Here's the SI cover story on Matt Wieters. I'm waiting until my issue comes in the mail tomorrow, but you can read it now. -duck

Q&A with MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. - MLB -
Cal Ripken spoke to SI, and got exactly one Orioles-related question. -duck

Roundup - No. 1 Pick Strasburg Has Strong Spring Debut for Nationals -
Stephen Strasburg didn't suck for two innings yesterday. -duck

Baseball: Twins' Joe Nathan has elbow-ligament tear - San Jose Mercury News
The closer could miss all of this season and possibly 2011, too. Damn. -duck


2006: Way to go, guys (Team USA win over South Africa in WBC), SC listed three members of the Orioles Top 40 of all time (No. 12 - Bobby Grich,  No. 13 - Rafael Palmeiro (2006), and  No. 35 - Mike Boddicker)

2007: Cards blank O's, 4-0

2008: SC compiles the Community Projection '08: Ramon Hernandez , yurizanow gives the Best Orioles-related news I've heard in awhile (rumors of O's dumping Jay Gibbons), Dave at Bottomfeeder Baseball wants to know did Anyone else see this? (B-Rob trade rumors) and jobe led a discussion OT: The Wire Finale (Spoiler Alert).