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Friday Bird Droppings

First things first: as I was putting together this post, I got the press release that the Orioles have officially signed Vladimir Guerrero. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list. 

Ok, now on to the links!

Perennial Doormat Set To Surprise in AL East | The Hoya
Well, if sophomore in the McDonough School of Business John Balkam thinks so, count me in too.

Ripken weighs in on Young drama | Foul Territory
Cal Ripken hopes Michael Young stays in Texas. I'm sure Michael Young appreciates that. 

A new and improved Jake Arrieta | Orioles Insider
Best shape blah blah.

Bad news for beard-lovers: Jake Arrieta has found his razor | Baltimore Sun
But good news for the ladies! 

Brandon Erbe starting from scratch following surgery |
Has there every been a time that Erbe wasn't rehabbing from something?

Atkins sidelined, Guerrero unlikely to play outfield, Riske impresses | Orioles Insider
So, two things. First: Mitch Atkins is not in the best shape of his life. Second: I think I have some kind of PTSD because whenever I see the name Atkins I freak out that they're talking about Garrett.

Dave Johnson Previews the 2011 Orioles | Baltimore Sports Report
Zach Wilt at BSR interviewed Dave Johnson, getting his thoughts on the upcoming season. 

Showalter talks about Wieters | School of Roch
Buck loves Matt Wieters.

Leftovers from today's workout | School of Roch
Notes from ST 

Orioles Look To Build On Strong '10 Finish, Put Together Winning Season |
While Rob Neyer isn't a huge fan of some of the moves the Orioles have made, but acknowledges that they could be much improved from 2009.