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Thursday Bird Droppings

Game recaps from yesterday's disappointment can be found here (Ghiroli)here (Zrebiec)here ( and here (Roch).

Most popular question in the press box - MASN Sports
As expected, "Would Pie have caught that" was asked pretty often after the Reimold play. -duck

Orioles-Rays Preview - STATS Editor - MLB - Sporting News
"Baltimore (0-2) has been dismal in the clutch in this series, going 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position." That's your series in a nutshell, right there. -duck

Wrap up: Rays 4, Orioles 3 -
With your daily O's cartoon. -duck

Orioles Insider: Will JJ be OK?
"[Jim] Johnson said that he doesn't think it's that big of a deal and he's hoping to be ready if needed for Thursday's series finale or Friday's home opener. Apparently, he has some inflammation in his right elbow and he first started feeling the effects of it after throwing the first pitch to Carlos Pena in a perfect eighth inning on Tuesday." -duck

O's outright Andino to Triple-A Norfolk | News
"You got to treat it as motivation, I'll go down there and have fun -- that's it," [Robert] Andino said in a phone interview with "Of course it's better to be in the bigs and have fun, but I'm not going to sit back and mope." -duck

More post-game chatter - MASN Sports
"The story for us is the way Guthrie pitched," Trembley said. "That's Guthrie of 2008 right there. He pitched a great game. Located, pitched down, was aggressive with his pitches. You liked the way he pitched and he'll win a lot of games if he continues to go out there like that." Well, it would help if our lineup wasn't performing pathetically. -duck

Reimold talks about the Longoria double - MASN Sports
"It was placed pretty well," he said. "It was like 10 feet out of my reach or so, five or 10 feet, somewhere in there. It was just hit in one of those spots. Tough to get to." Reimold said he felt fine running on the turf. "Nothing unexpected," he said. -duck

Minor League affiliates begin play Thursday - MASN Sports
The Orioles' full-season affiliates begin play tonight. Here's a quick run-down of each team. -duck

Orioles Insider: Workers rush to get Camden Yards ready for home opener
Cool video clip showing workers getting ready for Friday's home opener. -duck

Orioles' opener hits record rating on MASN - Baltimore Business Journal:
Tuesday night’s Baltimore Orioles opener was the most-watched Orioles game in the history of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, another indication the 2010 season is generating buzz among fans after 12-straight losing years. - duck

Minor adjustments |
Ryan Minor is making his own adjustment this spring to being manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. "Before, I would just concentrate on the infielders and outfielders on the defensive side and their hitting. But now you have to worry about the guys who are pitching, everybody on the defense as well as positioning." -duck

Righty hangs a left at Salisbury | | The Daily Times
Matt Hobgood is excited to be with the Shorebirds, and had himself quite the road trip coming north from Spring Training. OK, not really anything exciting, but it was fun for him. -duck

O's concerned about ERA, RBI and R.S.V.P |
"It's a fair question to ask, for the success of your party (or the Orioles' 2010 season, for that matter) depends of the people you invite. And if you're going to commit to another season, you should know who's coming over." Cutely written overview of the O's 2010 lineup. -duck

Baltimore Orioles hope to emulate Tampa Bay Rays - St. Petersburg Times
Better than trying to be like the Pirates, I'd say. -duck

Orioles to Baysox: Keep grooming 'em! - The Capital
"Prince George's Stadium has been the proving grounds it seems over the last four seasons for the guys who are now firmly planted in Baltimore: outfielder Nolan Reimold, Wieters, starting pitchers Brian Matusz, Jason Berken and David Hernandez, and Nick Markakis (though he was with the Baysox a few years earlier than the formers)." -duck

And I always recommend taking a peek at the Baltimore Orioles' Press Pass, the same fact sheet handed out to the media each day.