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If you celebrate Christmas, you hopefully have your shopping done and can relax until midweek and its attendant madness. Have you been more like the Orioles in your shopping or more like the White Sox?

School of Roch: This, that and the other
Yep. Leading off with a Roch Kubatko omnibus post. It's than kind of day.

The exciting future of Cuba's national team. | SportsonEarth.com : Phil Rogers Article
If you're not into the WBC, you can be forgiven. If you are, though, you are probably anticipating a matchup between the Dominican Republic and a Cuban national team that can employ players from MLB.

Orioles' Henry Urrutia on U.S.-Cuba diplomacy: 'I am very happy' - Baltimore Sun The vanguard of Dan Duquette's Cuban invasion speaks on last week's momentous events.

Baseball America Prospect Report (Dec. 22) - BaseballAmerica.com
If you're curious at how some of your Baby Birds are doing in Winter Ball, you should make Baseball America's Prospect Report part of your daily surfing.

Camden Depot: What if the Orioles Don't Actually Do Anything? The sky is NOT falling.

On this day in 1953, the International League Orioles relinquished the rights to the name Orioles so it could be taken on by the in-transit franchise formerly known as the St. Louis Browns.

It' the birthday of legendary Orioles catcher, coach and bullpen fixture Elrod Hendricks. Another bullpen fixture, Zach Britton has a birthday today as do former O's Blake Davis, Chris Jakubauskas, Lonnie Smith and Tom Underwood. Momentary Bird Ryan Freel passed away on this day in 2012.