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Duchscherer throws two scoreless innings as Orioles lose to Phillies, 4-3 -
Justin Duchscherer threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking one in his first Grapefruit League start and first game action since April 29. The Orioles lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-3, before an announced 9,039 at Bright House Field. They are 4-4-2 on the exhibition season.

Josh Bell drives in two but Orioles fall in ninth | News
Carlos Rivero hit a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth off Adrian Rosario to send the Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels made his third Grapefruit League start and struggled with his command early.

Lee to have MRI  -
Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee will undergo a precautionary MRI on his sore right wrist tomorrow, but Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens has told the club that he doesn't believe Lee has any structural damage in the wrist and that the soreness probably is tendinitis resulting from the resumption of baseball activities after a long layoff to recover from thumb surgery.

Orioles Insider: Buck on Duchscherer
"He had a little anxiety,'' Showalter said. "It was his first time out in 10 months. ... Each time, he'll let it go more. Each time out, he'll get a little more comfortable with it. We'll see how he is tomorrow. See how his side session goes and see if he can go three innings next time."

Orioles Insider: Derrek Lee to see specialist, Roberts misses workout with back spasms, Koji to throw Thursday 
Second baseman Brian Roberts arrived at Ed Smith Stadium and couldn't work out today because of back spasms. Showalter said Roberts started having them a couple of days ago. It didn't stop him from playing last night and sliding headfirst into first base on a bunt attempt. Roberts is still tentatively scheduled to play tomorrow.

Last few days have been unsettling for Orioles -
Maybe Orioles fans will still be feeling the same way three weeks from now, when the O's open the regular season against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, but the last few days have been, well, a bit unsettling.

Baltimore Orioles: Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. thinks Matt Wieters will bounce back in 2011 -
"I haven’t had a chance to know Matt, so I can’t really speak [about] what’s inside his head," Ripken said. "But it seems [as if] he came to the big leagues with high expectations and almost as the savior of the organization. And when they got off to a bad start last year, I think he tried to put more pressure on himself to perform and I think he got himself into a little bit of a funk."

Steve Melewski: After mechanical adjustment, Steve Johnson is excited for the new season
"I can deal with getting hit around a little bit, but the fact was that I was walking guys and then giving up some home runs," Johnson said. "I could give up two solo shots a game and still be fine, but the walks and getting behind in the count was frustrating. I dealt with it, but it was a struggle. The overall season didn't look good, I know that. This is a new year. I want to come back strong and last season won't matter."

Corning native remains Orioles' scout | Star-Gazette |
Dave Clark, who suffers from the effects of post-polio syndrome, has amassed more than 600 wins as a player, coach and manager during a 39-year baseball career that began in the early 1970s.'s Ken Rosenthal chats about the Orioles' farm system, Mark Reynolds' power potential and more -
It’s going to be difficult, but if I had to guess, I would give them between 75 and 80 wins right now, which does not translate to a winning season. Now, granted, I’ll tell you one thing: My prognostications always seem to be wrong, so I wouldn’t take them too seriously. But I could see them going as high as 83-84 wins and as low as 70 if injuries occur and the pitching doesn’t develop. That’s the worst scenario.

Former Chap Buck Britton Makes Orioles Debut - Victory Sports Network
Monday was a big day for the Britton family…or should we say a "major" day for the Britton family. While Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton was preparing for his first start against Major Leaguers in Sarasota, Fla. facing the New York Yankees, younger brother and former Lubbock Christian University Chaparral Buck Britton was making his spring training debut with the Orioles against the Boston Red Sox, as the Orioles split squad scheduling Monday allowed a pair of brothers to unite with debut experiences.

Mechanical flaw will be red flag for Nationals' Stephen Strasburg -
Tom Verducci posits that not only was Stephen Strasburg's injury predictable, he's likely to be injured again unless he changes his delivery.