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Mere hours away from fake Opening Day!

REMINDER! Today is the last day to enter both the Home Run Derby League and the 2014 Pre-Season Contest. Click the link to get details on each one.

Orioles' Bud Norris builds on impressive spring with solid showing |
Bud Norris joins #stafface in the five inning club.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 4-2 win (with Ayala note)
Notes and quotes from the Skip.

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado cleared to resume baseball activities related to reconstructed knee by Dr. Neal ElAttrache - ESPN
"Manny Machado received clearance to resume full baseball activities on Thursday, according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles."

Orioles sign righty reliever Luis Ayala -
Deal's not official, but talk is of a minor league contract with an opt out.

Meek's line for spring; No runs, no hits, no walks | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Evan Meek
was an All Star and worth 2.4 bWAR as a reliever in 2010, but hasn't done much of anything since. Is this his rebound year?

Torrington’s Bierfeldt enjoying his first Spring Training with Baltimore Orioles (Torrington Register Citizen)
In today's edition of hometown boy makes good, 2013 draftee Connor Bierfeldt.

Stadium fits the bill for Orioles (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)
The modifications the Orioles have made to Ed Smith Stadium have gotten good reviews.

On this day in 1995, the Maryland House of Delegates banned the use of scabs at Camden Yards in response to the MLB lockout. In 2009, Suk-Min Yoon pitched four innings as Korea defeated Venezuela in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.

It's the birthday of O's DH Tommy Davis (not Tom Davis).