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Sources: Orioles' Alfredo Simon expected to be cleared of charges |
Alfredo Simon could be released within the next week to 10 days from a Dominican Republic jail after ballistics have proven his gun didn't fire the fatal shot in the New Year's Day shooting of his cousin.

LATE ADDITIONWhich Prospects Can Return the Orioles System to its Pre-2010 Status? - Minor League Ball
"While no one is expecting a minor league breakout like the Royals had, there is enough potential within the O’s system to restore them to the top 10 system they once were."

LATE ADDITION: ON Top 50 Prospects – #40: Eddie Gamboa
"He spent about half of 2010 in Bowie's rotation and the other half coming out of the bullpen. The results were much better when he came out of the 'pen."

LATE ADDITIONOrioles 2011 Preview Part II: Outfield « Eutaw Street and Beyond
The outfielders get a look today. Be ready to zoom in your screen, though - wow, is that type size small!

School of Roch: A few parting shots from camp
Vladimir Guerrero's beard may be safe! "[N]o, he hasn't shaved off the goatee. Nobody with the club seems to care about his facial hair. It's up to manager Buck Showalter to enforce the rule, and his focus is elsewhere. We'll see if it happens tomorrow."

Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez has extra motivation this season -
Mike Gonzalez doesn't want to suck as bad as he sucked at the beginning of last year. 'Cause he sucked real bad then. Real bad.

Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold say they have no hard feelings -
Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold once appeared to be on a path toward regular playing time but are now on the roster bubble

Orioles manager Buck Showalter to kick off full-squad workouts Monday -
Everything kicks into gear today, as full-squad workouts begin.

Veteran righty David Riske determined to earn bullpen role with Orioles |
David Riske, a non-roster invitee for the first time in his MLB career, is hungry to prove he belongs in the Opening Day bullpen.

Orioles Insider: Orioles back off Lebron
Luis Lebron has been limited to flat ground work only.

Orioles Insider: Showalter says club will take it slow with Lee, not impossible both Pie and Reimold make club 
Buck says it's possible for both Pie and Reimold to make the roster, but they know, and we know, and Buck knows that just isn't going to happen.

Former Pirates manager Russell has no regrets - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Only former Pirates manager John Russell could be fired from a club and go to the Orioles and it's an improvement in competitiveness. The Pirates haven't has a winning season in 18 years.

Career Profile: Mark Reynolds - Minor League Ball
Everything you've ever wanted to know about Mark Reynolds' career numbers.

Give him a C! O's greet Justin Duchscherer with misspelled jersey - Big League Stew
That's not good. Sorry, Justin Duchscherer. We'll try and always get it right around here.

O’s 13-year losing streak in jeopardy " Columns " Cumberland Times-News
Only a newspaper could frame that as a negative thing. A losing streak longer than a decade is "in jeopardy"? Really?

Steve Melewski: The time of year when hope does spring eternal
"Soon enough, the real games will start. And everything that excites us now like a position player reporting early and a pitcher having a strong bullpen session will be long, long forgotten." Just had to clip this after dfa mentioned it in yesterday's Open Thread. 

Ripken Thinks Pujols Will Stay in St. Louis " CBS St. Louis
Baseball's Ironman says Cards star did the right thing in suspending negotiations.

Kevin Millwood rejects contract offer from Yankees | HardballTalk
I'll have some of whatever Kevin Millwood is drinking, Mr. Bartender...

Spring training preview: AL East - MLB - Sporting News
Perhaps the most perfunctory AL East preview I've read so far. You could probably write it by now: Can the O's keep up what Buck started, they brought in experienced vets, and oh, I like Brian Matusz as a break-out pitcher. See? I just saved you 3 minutes of reading this article.

Well, if you're not going to take this seriously, I will have to appoint the winner as Open Thread