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Wei-Yen Chen's strong start lifts Orioles over A's, 3-0 - USA TODAY
"Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Friday night." His change-up was amazing last night. Lots of bad contact.

Orioles' Adam Jones says he needs to 'clean up' defensive miscues -
"(Wayne) Kirby said most of the trouble Jones has had so far this season is easily fixable. He's making minor fundamental mistakes such as bringing his glove up too quickly while running for a ball. The coach, who has worked with Jones for three seasons, said he believes the center fielder's absence for three weeks during spring training to play in the World Baseball Classic has contributed to the defensive malaise, because Jones didn't drill on the fundamentals like he normally does." Lots of quotes from Adam Jones owning up to his defensive lapses. Great. Now fix it, Mr. Jones.

Harrisburg Senators' slide hits six games; future Orioles star OF Henry Urrutia leads Bowie's charge |
"(Henry) Urrutia, who defected from Cuba last summer and joined the Baysox last weekend, clubbed the first pitch he saw for a home run to lead off the second inning and put Bowie up 1-0." It all went downhill from there, as he didn't ht another home run all game. And he didn't even swing at some pitches, I bet. Another failed prospect.

Knuckleball gives Gamboa new life | News
"Eddie Gamboa, a right-handed pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles organization, is in his sixth professional season and fifth with the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Yet he's describing himself these days, in all sincerity, as a "28-year-old rookie." Amazing what one pitch can do for a career.

Steve Melewski: Caleb Joseph will start catching more for the Baysox, plus Kendall on Gausman
After stints at 1B and DH, Caleb Joseph moves back behind the plate for Bowie. "This could be something that goes from now until the end of the season or next month," Joseph said outside the Bowie clubhouse. "They have told me I'll be catching more now. Hey, beggars can't be choosers. I'm just excited I'm in the lineup and I'll be ready. When I am in the lineup every day, you'll hear no complaints from me about anything."

School of Roch: Wieters on Arrieta
Matt Wieters, discussing Jake Arrieta and his difficulties: "For me, it's really feel for Jake. Throughout the course of a game, occasionally he'll just lose the feel for his fastball or even his breaking ball. And that's where he gets himself in trouble. If he goes eight, 10 pitches without the feel, then all of a sudden you've got two guys on and an inning starts."