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Orioles hang on to beat Phillies, 6-5 -
Orioles' pitchers Chris Tillman and Zach Britton fought nerves and used some help from Mother Nature to lead the team to a 6-5 victory against the Phillies.

Matt Wieters' big day at the plate carries Orioles past Phillies | News
Matt Wieters went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Orioles to a 6-5 victory over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon at Bright House Field.

Orioles' Zach Britton more mature, more focused on MLB goals -
"I have no idea what happened out there today," acknowledged Britton, who said two days earlier that he had never gotten nervous in any game." Zach Britton may have 4.5 years in the Orioles' farm system, but don't forget that the kid is only 23.

Tillman taking it one step at a time | News
Because taking it four steps at a time will result in a sprained ankle. Trust me, I know.

Phillies third base coach Juan Samuel meets Orioles again -
The former O's manager says his old team should 'score some runs' under Showalter.

Orioles Insider: Lee potentially could play this weekend
Justin Duchscherer (thank GOD for copy & paste) threw off flat ground and felt no discomfort, Derrek Lee wants to play this weekend, and Josh Bell might get more time at 1B this spring.

Mark Reynolds looks for positives after career is thrown a curve | Big League Stew
Mark Reynolds is hoping a change of scenery is just what he needs.

Spring Swing: Renovations turn O's home from pit to palace | Big League Stew
A detailed description of the updated Ed Smith Stadium along with a bunch of really nice photos.

Spring Snapshot: All eyes on Buck and his birds in Baltimore | Big League Stew
BLS previews the 2011 Orioles with five questions that need to be answered.

Matt Wieters: Colossal Disappointment? | Dempsey's Army
DA responds to the assertion by Baseball Prospectus that Matt Wieters is washed up at 25.

Steve Melewski: Jim Callis and Joe Jordan on high school vs. college in the draft
Almost twice as many of BA's Top 100 were drafted out of high school rather than college. And Joe Jordan doesn't have a problem with that.

Camden Depot: Orioles 2010 Expenditures in International Free Agency
If you're a sucker for bar graphs the way I am, CD has a handy one showing the Orioles in relation to the rest of MLB in international free agency spending.

Improving Baltimore Orioles still have long way to go - Ben Reiter -
So we're getting better, but still not good enough. Gee, that's some new insight. Thanks for sharing.

Baltimore Orioles: Orioles mananger Buck Showalter has no complaints about catcher Matt Wieters
Buck Showalter said he has no complaints about Matt Wieters, a .266 career hitter. "I told him, you get four at-bats a night, and you make 100 or 200 decisions behind the plate," Showalter told Reiter. "You do the math. What's more important?"

Open Thread is a torment. It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.