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All-Star pitcher Cuellar passes away | News
"Mike was a monstrous part of the great teams we had from 1969 to 1971," Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver told the paper. "He was an artist on the mound and a player [whose acquisition] put us over the top. Several times, down the stretch, he pitched with two days' rest, when we needed it." -duck

Jones excited about O's chances in 2010 | News
"This is my third year here, and the excitement has definitely changed in the clubhouse." -duck

Arangure: Keep an eye on the Baltimore Orioles' Brian Matusz - ESPN
Asked to describe his arsenal of pitches, Baltimore Orioles 23-year-old left-hander Brian Matusz politely declined to answer, and instead acted coy. Matusz feared that revealing too much could give hitters an advantage. "I'm still trying to get some guys out," he reasoned. -duck

Pie taken out after getting hit on ankle -
Orioles outfielder Felix Pie had to be removed from Friday's exhibition game against the Yankees after he was hit on the right ankle by a pitch from New York closer Mariano Rivera. He suffered a bruised lower leg, but X-rays came back negative. -duck

Right off the bat, Rays, O's begin East play | News
In the competitive American League East, every game counts. This couldn't be more true for the Orioles and Rays who, in addition to the Red Sox, Yankees and Blue Jays, have to contend with each other, and they'll meet on Opening Day on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. The season opener is the first of 18 matchups between the two AL East rivals, who will both lean heavily on their young pitching staffs this season.

Lugo expects to see plenty of playing time -
New infield acquisition Julio Lugo arrived in the Orioles clubhouse Friday and made it clear that he expects to play. -duck

Pitch, Hit & Run (now to include softball division for Girls) | Kids
MLB has decided to give girls their own Softball division for PH&R. About time! -duck