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Jones' HR not enough as Orioles fall short -
"Chris Tillman pitched two perfect innings, Garrett Atkins had two hits and Adam Jones connected for an opposite-field home run in the Orioles ' 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night before an announced 4,187 at Ed Smith Stadium." -duck

Tillman strikes perfect chord in 2010 debut | News
"First and foremost, I felt good," Tillman said. "Got to mix in a little bit of my pitches, mainly fastballs, threw four or five offspeed pitches. I was happy with the location of my fastball, that's what I was working on [Friday night]." -duck

Hobgood could make pro debut Saturday -
Orioles first-round draft pick Matt Hobgood will pitch one or two innings in his professional debut, which is expected to take place Saturday night when Rookie-level Bluefield hosts Johnson City at Bowen Field. -duck

Bell impresses, but Miggi will be O's third baseman -
Peter Schmuck continues to state the obvious. -Stacey

Orioles camp tour: Strange sight as Tejada preps for new chapter - MLB - Baseball
"Even for as many years as you play, for as many teams as you play, you never say you can't come back." Miggi may not always sound like the sharpest tool in the shed, but he's got this one right. And made himself a few extra million, too. -duck

Orioles: Five things to know - MLB - Baseball
CBSSports takes a look at the O's. Nothing new, but written in a way that one can suppose he's actually seen an Orioles game or two. -duck

O's hoping Albers will shape up - Carroll County Times`
Nobody's saying Matt Albers is in the best shape of his life. And I mean nobody. -duck

Giants have options for No. 5 starter spot - San Jose Mercury News
It's starting to look like we may not be a lock to get Steve Johnson offered back to us. He just might stick with the Giants. -duck

Improved Orioles May Be Ready to Rid Camden Yards' 'Fenway South' Nickname - Baltimore Orioles -
The article? A somewhat balanced assessment of the team's direction. The comments? If you didn't hate Pink Hat Nation before, read this. Fenway Mid-Atlantic? Really? Do they even know where the Mason-Dixon Line is? -duck

All eyes on Bonanza slugger Kris Bryant, a likely first-round draft pick - Las Vegas Sun
Kris Bryant is a high school senior expected to be drafted in the first round of the 2010 draft. He is being scouted as a corner infielder and says that the Orioles and Pirates have shown the most interest. -Stacey

Announcing ... the announcer |
Billy Johnson is the new PA announcer for the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium and he sounds like a pretty cool guy. -Stacey

Chilling at the ballpark |
Pretty nice write up of night games in general during Spring Training, and specifically at the Ed. -Stacey

Millar Brings Jinx-Busting Skills to Cubs -- MLB FanHouse
Apparently because Kevin Millar was on the Red Sox when they won the WS in 2004 he's going to help the Cubs bust their curse as well. I guess he couldn't help the Orioles because we're not morons who blame being awful a curse on Babe Ruth or a goat. Although I do still love Kevbo. -Stacey 

Rabid otter mauls Venice walker, 96 |
Ok so this it totally off topic, but I had to share. Holy crap! -Stacey