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Dariel Alvarez is turning a very important head, pitchers in the AFL get reviewed, and Tommy Hunter digs Japan.

Bud Norris.
Bud Norris.
Gregory Shamus

School of Roch: Decision pending on De Aza
A handy list of all the players the O's still have to make a decision concerning arbitration. There's a lot of them.

School of Roch: Graham on Alvarez: "He could help in the big leagues next year"
"He (Dariel Alvarez) could help in the big leagues next year," Brian Graham, director of player development for the Orioles, said. "He's a talented guy. He obviously performed well at two different levels this year in his first full season. At some point next year he's going to be an option."

Steve Melewski: Mike Griffin on Mychal Givens and Parker Bridwell, plus final AFL stats
Mike Griffin, the O's AA pitching coach in Norfolk, has some observations about the pitchers he worked with in the AFL. Mychal Givens might become a useful pitcher yet.

Hunter values cultural exchange of Japan Series |
"We all have a common goal, and that's to win," said Orioles relief pitcher Tommy Hunter, who is on the team of Major League stars in Japan. "You can take anybody from any kind of culture, but put him on a baseball field, and if they have the same mentality as you, it doesn't matter what kind of language barrier you have. The mentality is there."

Baby Eagles Nest At Orioles Spring Training Stadium " CBS Baltimore
"Where they typically nest in a tree, it’s called branching, they’ll jump from branch to branch," a Sarasota County wild life official told CNN. "Now if they’re doing that up there with all that netting and material and all that, there’s a very strong risk of entanglement and that could be fatal for young eagles." Local officials took down the nest, hoping the birds will rebuild elsewhere nearby.

Miracle League gets $10k donation in honor of Derek Jeter - Sarasota News | and ABC 7: News
"The Baltimore Orioles – who call Sarasota home during spring training – presented the Miracle League with a $10,000 check in honor of baseball great Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees." I can't bring myself to be even the slightest bit annoyed at this, given who is receiving the money.

Dave Wallace Inducted into Waterbury Hall of Fame - Waterbury Observer
Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace was inducted into the Waterbury, CT Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Fernando Cabrera, Buster Narum, and oh, yeah, a certain backup second baseman we don't like to talk about much in these parts.

Absolutely nothing happened on this day in Orioles history, which isn't really a surprise for mid-November.

Consider this your Week Whatever NFL Open Thread.

Come on, pal. If you start crying, I'm gonna cry, and I'll never get through this. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, but I am now. Hey, Open Thread, I am baring my soul here. The least you can do is pay attention!