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All the day's news about the Orioles and baseball quickly found way too early in the morning.

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Nick Markakis says he would have been playing if Orioles made World Series -
When asked at Buck Showalter's 5K benefit yesterday how's he doing, he mentioned the World Series and said, "I'd be playing."

Buck Showalter's fundraiser becomes another chance for Orioles fans to show their appreciation -
"The guy who came dressed as Nick Markakis actually turned out to be Nick Markakis, who showed up with his family to watch the race and add a little more Oriole starpower to the event."

What should the Orioles do with Mark Reynolds?
"At the plate, the Orioles know what they’re getting from Reynolds if they do pick up his option; some dark hours, and some really good times."

Mahoney honored to be entering local baseball Hall of Fame -
"Joe Mahoney is enjoying the offseason, relaxing at home and chilling. The Baltimore Orioles first base prospect won’t mind today’s interruption, though, when he’s inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame."

Orioles still waiting on Cuban defector | CSN Baltimore
"In July, the Orioles signed Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia to a minor league contract. Because of Visa issues, they’re still waiting for him to enter the U.S."

School of Roch: Tillman's time is now
"As we attempt to piece together the Orioles rotation for 2013, we must keep in mind that Chris Tillman is out of minor league options. Tillman can't be sent down if he isn't deemed worthy of a starting job, and he's never pitched in relief. Fifty-one major league appearances, 51 starts."

Baltimore's promise for Tampa |
"The Tampa group spent two-and-a-half days in Baltimore earlier this month on the chamber's annual benchmarking trip, which scrutinizes other communities for ideas that can help Tampa prosper ... And one takeaway from the Baltimore trip was that Tampa — with or without a baseball stadium — is doing many things right."

A 'Field' for dreams: Jerome Walton teams up to open baseball training facility in hometown - The Times-Herald
"Described by former Orioles manager Dave Trembley as a prospect with "a great arm, could run like the wind, had light-tower power," the former East Coweta star [Kieron Pope] had been trying to figure out the next stage of his career when he ran into Walton’s daughter, who was working at his local dentist’s office." In case you wanted to know whatever happened to Kieron Pope.


Giants one more shutout from matching ’66 Orioles’ World Series record | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
"The Baltimore Orioles tossed a World Series record three straight shutouts to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966. After they beat the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Saturday night in Game 3, the Giants are nine innings from matching those O's."

Disappointing Television Ratings are a Legitimate Concern for Major League Baseball - Forbes
Apparently, almost no one is watching the World Series. I know I plead guilty to that charge.