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Nine days until Opening Day!

If you're still interested in spring training games, the O's play the Rays at 1:05. The game will be broadcast on WBAL and Gameday Audio.

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez delivers scoreless start in place of Chris Tillman |
MiGo filled in for Tillman, who had a case of the upset tummies (I'm guessing). He pitched six shutout innings and the Orioles beat up on some Braves relievers to win 8-0.

Which Orioles Could Have A Breakout 2014 Season? | Press Box Online
Paul looks at the possibility that David Lough, Ryan Flaherty, or Zach Britton could breakout this year. Of course he's been saying that about Britton since 2012.

Orioles cut minor league campers Jack Cust and Matt LaPorta -
They were two of seven total cuts on the day. I think that'll about do it for Jack Cust.

Is Jonathan Schoop Ready? | Camden Depot
Jonathan Schoop would benefit from more time at AAA. But can the Orioles afford to give it to him?

Today is the birthday of former Orioles Billy Goodman and Mike Morse.

On this day in 1981, A.L. President Lee MacPhail suspended Earl Weaver for three games because Earl took his team off the field in a spring training game. The reason? He was upset that the umpires didn't give him an official lineup after the Royals made substitutions.

Unrelated to the Orioles, on this day in 1976 the groundskeeper for the California Angels found hundreds of marijuana plants growing in the outfield at Angels Stadium. California, man.

Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the open thread. To us, it was better than Citibank.