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Matusz fares well in Orioles' loss against Twins -
Brian Matusz got his 2011 season underway with two scoreless innings in the Orioles' 2-0 loss against the Minnesota Twins before an announced 4,749 Thursday at Ed Smith Stadium.

Britt's Bird Watch: Matusz "probably" to miss next start
Brian Matusz has a wart. It's on his pitching hand. - Stacey

Orioles Insider: Josh Bell likes feel of first base 
"Playing any other position, it doesn’t matter," Bell said. "I just want to be in the lineup and hit so whatever I have to do to make the team, whatever I have to do to contribute, that’s what I want to do."

Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon freed in Dominican Republic -
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was freed Thursday by an appeals court in Puerto Plata Province in the Dominican Republic after being held more than two months in jail for involuntary homicide, his lawyer told CNN.

Orioles' Uehara given cortisone injection in elbow
The right-hander said through a translator that he wasn't worried about the elbow and expected to be able to pitch "within a week."

Health of several Orioles suddenly a hot topic -
Koji Uehara and Brian Matusz could miss time, while Justin Duchscherer and Derrek Lee are improving.

Orioles Insider: MLB and union open talks 
Here's hoping they have a quicker resolution than the NFL talks.

Orioles Insider: Orioles agreed to terms with all of their pre-arbitration players
Everyone is officially signed, and Jason Berken was the only one unilaterally renewed by the club. Last year, four players were.

Ryan Drese hopes his lengthy comeback trail culminates with Orioles | News
After undergoing a pair of Tommy John surgeries and being away from the Majors for most of five years, Ryan Drese is trying to latch on with the Orioles and win a position as a non-roster invitee.

Duchscherer's left hip feels fine after session | News
Orioles starter Justin Duchscherer threw approximately 30 pitches prior to Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Twins -- including 20 off a regular mound -- and said his sore left hip felt "perfectly fine."

Arrieta continues to push his limits | News
Jake Arrieta wasn't the best high school pitcher around, but his determined approach convinced TCU's coach to take a chance. Now Jake's taking that same mentality as an Orioles' starter.

Sports Bar Nation
This is a new SBN blog about two guys who are gonna travel around the US and tell you all about the best sports bars and tailgates they encounter. I'm jealous. -Stacey

Your ideas for the 2011 Camden Chat Prop Bets Contest - Camden Chat
Submit your best idea for a prop bet question. 

30 Clubs in 30 Songs | Ed Klingenberger
One song for each baseball team, pretty funny. - Stacey

Is it possible, even conceivable, that you've confused me with that gang of backward Open Thread you play tricks on, that you have the same contempt for me as you have for them?