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...and slightly more of the former than the latter.

School of Roch: What's happening now? The self-styled Professor of Posts gives us the lay of the land (including Steve-o's handy list of soon to be minor league free agents).

Ripken says managing speculation was 'media-created' | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Yes. Quite.

Chris Davis leads Baltimore Orioles' field for GIBBY Awards | orioles.com: News
"Award season is in full swing, and the Orioles -- who tied for the most in baseball with three 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove winners -- were well represented on the Greatness In Baseball Yearly (GIBBYs) ballot with a handful of players getting recognition for outstanding seasons." I didn't even know this was a thing. How about that?

Camden Depot: Making the Orioles a Champion in 2014: The Moves the Orioles Should Make A nice look at budget scenario, potential signings and trades.

On this day in 1975, Jim Palmer won his second Cy Young Award. In 2002, Rodrigo Lopez finished a distant second in Rookie of the Year voting with nine first place votes to Eric Hinske's 19, but...nine first place votes!

It's the birthday of Brian Roberts bff Larry Bigbie, Doug Corbett and Tito Francona, as well as old timers Sid Gryska, George O'Brien and Jack Enzenroth. Browns Hall of Famer Bobby Wallace was born this day in 1873.