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Friday Bird Droppings

Real fake baseball starts today!

Jason Miller

The Birds take on the Rays today in thrilling Spring Training action at 1:05 today. Today's game and the rest of this weekend's games will be broadcast on WBAL (and by extension, MLB's At Bat app)...the perfect antidote to such uncivilized weather.

Orioles gear up for first Spring Training test against Rays | News
The Rays have gone back and forth on starters, but it looks like Tillman v. Bedard.

Do spring training radar readings tell us anything? |
"Spring training is generally the most optimistic time of year, filled with stories that tend to give fans false promise. But what if there were one facet of those reports that could pinpoint a legitimate breakout early? It may all lie in the radar gun."

Orioles' Hunter honing strategy of pitching (Sarasota Herald Tribune) Tommy Hunter's ready for his close up.

For Britton, micromanaging is out, quiet is in | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore A little more explanation of the "strings" we keep hearing about...

Camden Depot: Nelson Cruz's Red Flags Not. Elite.

Steve Melewski: Checking in with the man who has three fewer draft picks this June (MASN) How does having your first pick at #91 change your strategy?

It's the birthday of Dallas Williams, Mike Milchin and Dick Kokos.