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Good morning! In case you missed it, there is a Guess The Opening Day Lineup Contest going on now! It ends Sunday.

Melvin Mora career highlights | Hardball Times
Did you know that Melvin Mora played in the Bobby Valentine fake mustache game? Neither did I!

Introduction to The Sun's newest Orioles reporter -
Welcome to Eduardo Encina, the new O's beat reporter for the Sun. He's a local guy, back in Maryland after seven years covering sports in Tampa Bay.

O's sign Amarillo Sox outfielder Lee Cruz.
Woo-hoo!!!! "The 28 year-old was originally drafted in the 10th round of the 2006 draft by the Chicago White Sox....Cruz had a stellar 2011 with Amarillo, leading the team in batting average (.324), home runs (18), RBI (94), hits (144) and doubles (38). Cruz's doubles and hits totals rank second all-time in Amarillo independent baseball history." YOWZA! -zk

O’s Q&A with Jason Parks, Baseball Prospectus | Baltimore Sports and Life
Jason Parks likes Matt Wieters and thinks Dan Duquette is smart.

The Greatest Animated Sports GIFs Of 2011 -
No Orioles-related GIFs, but enjoyable nonetheless.