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Jason Hammel.
Jason Hammel.

School of Roch: Hammel: "The knee feels great"
"The knee feels great," Jason Hammel said. "I'm very happy with the way things have gone this offseason. I knew that I wasn't going to feel 100 percent or close to that until I got off of it. Coming back early from surgery set me back, but getting off it and not doing anything actively and giving it time to rest really helped. The first month, I didn't do anything other than just going to football games and spending time with my family, and loving it."

School of Roch: Sad news regarding former Oriole Ryan Freel
"The Orioles acquired Ryan Freel, 36, from the Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 9, 2008 for catcher Ramon Hernandez. They also received infielders Brandon Waring, who remains in the organization, and Justin Turner."

Joe Saunders in talks with Orioles, Mariners and Padres | HardballTalk
"Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have also discussed Saunders as an option to replace R.A. Dickey. However, it’s not clear whether they have spoken with his agent or if they are willing to go to multiple years in order to sign him."

Some random Orioles thoughts (40-man roster, Kubel, Pearce) -
"I was also told by a joking member of the organization not to worry: Dan Duquette will use that 40-man spot. Duquette's not one to waste a roster opening. He will find someone for it. It's just that that someone is not earmarked for it at this moment."

Orioles continue to see business increase in wake of surprising 2012 -
"For the first time in more than a decade, Baltimore sports fans wished for orange more than purple as they made their Christmas lists for Robbie Davis Jr.'s memorabilia shop in Timonium."

Baltimore Orioles’ Manager Will Serve as Emcee for Working Warrior Nation Celebrity Fundraiser - Times Union
"The Baltimore Orioles’ Manager will serve as the emcee for the "Roast on the Coast" Celebrity Fundraiser, benefiting the Working Warrior Nation. The "Roast on the Coast" will feature the roasting of MLB player and manager, Frank "Hondo" Howard on Saturday, January 12th at 6pm at the Westin Hotel in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia."