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Manny Machado goes under the knife, the O's future payroll continues to be a topic of discussion, and the postseason continues. All that and more in today's exciting installment of Bird Droppings!

Is this the O's Opening Day 3Bman in 2014?
Is this the O's Opening Day 3Bman in 2014?
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Manny Machado's knee surgery successful, but Orioles third baseman could miss start of 2014 season - baltimoresun.com
Get well soon, Manny!

ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell on Manny Machado's surgery and recovery - baltimoresun.com
So...what kind of odds are you laying on who will be the O's 2014 Opening Day 3Bman?

School of Roch: Some of this, some of that
Manny news, off-season predictions, and AFL updates.

Orioles' payroll is higher than many fans think | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

More odds to lay: how much do you think the O's Opening Day payroll will be in 2014?

Camden Depot: Making the Orioles a 2014 Champion: 1B, Chris Davis

The O's have a core of three now. As goes any of Manny, Jonesy, or Davis so goes the O's offense.

2013 League Top 20 Prospects Index - BaseballAmerica.com

Here is the updated list of BA's Top 20 prospects per league. 3 O's cracked the various lists, with Eduardo Rodriguez earning nods for his performance in both the Carolina and Eastern Leagues. Keep in mind, some players (such as Hunter Harvey) did not make any of the lists since they did not reach the qualification threshold.

VORG Baseball Puzzle #10 | Value Over Replacement Grit

Kill some time during the workday with a crossword puzzle.

On this date in 1970 the Orioles win their 2nd World Series title after defeating the Reds 9-3. Brooks Robinson is awarded the series MVP award. In 1997 the O's strand 14 runners on the bases and waste a brilliant performance from Mike Mussina in the final game of the ALCS. The Indians advance to the World Series via a HR by Tony Fernandez in the 11th inning, the only run of the game, off Armando Benitez.