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Rey Navarro wants a starting job and is prepared to earn it. Are you?

Mike Mussina.
Mike Mussina.
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School of Roch: Navarro: "I'm going to fight for a job"
"I just feel like I've got a good chance to play there. They made me good offer and they're a winning team. I like it a lot. I just want the chance to play in the big leagues there. I'm happy about it. I'm excited to be with the Orioles. I know they to win. They want to win championships." - Rey Navarro

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter goes undercover working at team store | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
In today's world, it seems impossible for a professional athlete to go anywhere incognito. However, Baltimore Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter was able to pull it off fairly successfully recently when he went undercover as "salesman Ray" at the Orioles official team store in York, Pennsylvania."

Torii Hunter eyeing Orioles, Rangers, Mariners, Twins
"Standing outside the Notre Dame football locker room, waiting for his son after the game against Southern California, Torii Hunter told reporter Mark Whickler of the Orange County register that he's looking at the Orioles, Rangers, Mariners and Twins."

Steve Melewski: After his 2014 struggles, can Ubaldo Jimenez turn it around next season?

School of Roch: Chuck Thompson CD is music to the ears
I can give my mailing address to those wondering what to get me for Christmas.

School of Roch: AL East third basemen second to none
"So how do you like the third basemen in the American League East these days? The roll call includes Manny Machado, Evan Longoria, Pablo Sandoval and now Josh Donaldson ... It also includes Alex Rodriguez, which must make the Yankees dry heave."

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Mark Lewis.

On this day in O's history,

1889 - Baltimore drops out of the American Association and joins the Atlantic Association.

1959 - The Orioles trade P Billy Loes and Billy O'Dell to the Giants for P Gordon Jones, OF Jackie Brandt, and C Roger McCardell. O'Dell will win 56 games for the Giants.

1972 - Twelve transactions, involving 36 players, take place. Among those sent to new clubs is Orioles 2B Davey Johnson going to the Braves.

2000 - The Yankees sign Orioles free agent P Mike Mussina to a six-year contract worth $88.5 million. Mussina says a deciding factor was a call from Joe Torre. Apparently, Mike Hargrove did not yet own a phone.

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