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March 7, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.
March 7, 2012; Sarasota, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) throws in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium.

Yesterday Jon Heyman was making some noise about the Orioles being interested in Johnny Damon, but given that Damon is a Scott Boras client, I'm not going to bother linking as though it's something we should really be talking about. There is really no reason to sign him.

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen tosses two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut | baltimoresun.com
Money quote: "I’m still a human being, and I’m still nervous when I’m pitching the first time." He's a human being!

Markakis runs sprints, continues to target Opening Day | Britt's Bird Watch
Lots of quotes from Nick Markakis on his progress so far.

The View from Sarasota, 2012 edition | Roar From 34
Lovely Spring Training pictures, the kind that always make me wonder why I've never gone to Spring Training.

Orioles and Korea: Troubling Signs for Baltimore's International Scouting Efforts | Dempsey's Army
DA's commentary on the debacle of Seong-Min Kim.