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School of Roch: Game update and more from Duquette (O's lose 6-5)
Roch corners the Honey Badger for some question time.

Ervin Santana likely to sign "within the next day or two" | HardballTalk
Didn't he say this on Saturday also? Hey, Erv..."You better learn it fast; you better learn it young 'cause someday never comes, someday never comes."

After free-agent frenzy, it's time for Orioles to extend core players -
Gonna be tough with the figures being thrown around in this current free agent market.

A Basic Cost Projection For a Dozen 2015 Free Agents | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron attempts to project what 2015 Free Agents could cost. Hooo, dat's a big number for J.J.

Baseball Prospectus | The Lineup Card: 11 of Our Favorite Offseason Moves

One O's signing makes the list. Which one?

Darren O'Day Adds a Change Up | Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life
Could this be the key for O'Day to find more success vs. lefties?

Who Will Be The Best Defenders in 2014? | Articles | Bill James Online
Any guesses, Chatters?

2014 Prospect Watch: Top 20 Orioles Prospects | puts out their list of O's prospects with scouting reports

Pleskoff: How do the Orioles' prospects fit Baltimore's needs? | News's Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at how the prospects in the O's system will fill the holes the major league roster has.

Happy 49th birthday to Steve Finley. You will remember that he was part of the trade that brought Glenn Davis to the O's. A 13th round pick in 1987, Steve saw time with the O's in parts of two seasons before being traded. He would go on to play 17 more years, accrue over 40 bWAR in that time, win 5 Gold Gloves, and make 2 All-Star teams. Glenn Davis, he...uh...well, nevermind that. Fun fact: Finley managed to play for all 5 NL West teams at some point.

If you walk with Open Thread
He's gonna save your soul
Gotta keep the Devil
Way down in the hole