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Congratulations to duck for winning week eight of CC Pick 'Em! Well, actually he tied with me, so we both won. Duck and I made the same exact picks this week, right down to the MNF score. It was our pick of Pittsburgh over New England that led us to victory. High School Larry is still in first place, but Astronaut Mike Dexter and I are just two points behind in second place. 

The Mobbies are back! Since the Mobbies have come into existence, we have never failed to win the Orioles category, and last year we won Best Overall Blog. You can vote once per day, so please vote for CC as Best Orioles Blog and Best Overall Blog. We're also nominated as Best Sports Blog, but I figure that should be left for a site that covers multiple sports. We're currently in first place for O's blogs and fourth place in Overall Blog. 

In case you weren't hanging around last night, don't forget to scroll down and see the stories on Matt Wieters winning the Fielding Bible Award and the three Orioles that have been selected as Gold Glove finalists. 

And now...links:

Luring free agents to O's a task for new staff | orioles.com
Britt gives the run down on areas of need on the club. At least catcher is covered.

It will take more than one man to fix the Orioles | Steve Melewski
Melewski still seems a little hurt that people are so anti John Stockstill. 

O’s Q&A with Danny Knobler, CBS Sports | Baltimore Sports and Life
Questions on the possible new GM, a new minor league coordinator, Buck Showalter, and more.

O's Targeting Other Japanese Pitchers? | Camden Depot
Speculation and info on Hisashi Iwakuma, Wei-Yin Chen, and Tsuyoshi Wada. 

Washington Nationals Announce Davey Johnson's Return As Manager In 2012. | Federal Baseball
I love Davey, and so I'm happy for him. But I feel a little funny about him being the guy who leads the Nationals into the ways of winning.

Official Elias Rankings | MLBTradeRumors.com
Here are your official type A and type B free agents. 

Orioles bring LaCava in again, but don't appear to be near a decision | baltimoresun.com
Remember yesterday when we were all excited? Peter Schmuck writes: "The only thing that seems clear is that the team does not feel a particularly strong sense of urgency to get the front office put together before the opening of the free agent market on Thursday."