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The Orioles returned to Baltimore last night and offseason speculation can now begin in earnest. We already know Nelson Cruz will be extended a qualifying offer and the option of Nick Markakis will be declined. Maybe the O's announce they're picking up the options of Darren O'Day and Wei-Yin Chen next?

Fans Welcome Orioles Home After O’Mazing Postseason Ride " CBS Baltimore
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School of Roch: Answering a popular question about Chris Davis
See you soon, bud.

How the Orioles’ Attempt to Contain Jarrod Dyson Backfired | FanGraphs Baseball
Humbug.

Camden Depot: It Wasn't Bad Luck That Ended the Orioles Season I blame society. Still.

Getting Defensive: Catcher Prospects Worth Loving For Their Gloves - BaseballAmerica.com
A little love for some Baby Birds, a former Baby Bird and some...uhhh...discouraging words, too.

On this day in both 1971 and 1979, the Pirates defeated the Orioles in the World Series.

It's the birthday of Ken Dixon, Kelly Paris and Jim Hutto.