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2 days until Opening Day!

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AL East Position Comparisons: Part I | Press Box Online
Paul Folkemer looks at the A.L. East and how the positions stack up against each other. He picked J.J. Hardy first at shortstop because he knows what's good for him.

Long a weakness for Orioles, starting rotation full of potential this year | baltimoresun.com
If you want to feel good about the O's starting rotation, this is the article for you.

Can Tommy Hunter Replace Jim Johnson As Orioles Closer? | Baltimore Sports Report
This is a decent breakdown of Tommy Hunter, but any report that doesn't address his trouble with lefties is incomplete.

Frederick Keys 2014 Season Preview | Orioles Nation
According to Tucker Blair, three guys to keep an eye on are Parker Bridwell, Adrian Marin, and Lex Rutledge.

MEDIA WATCHDOG: In Defense of "Cakes" | Eutaw Street Report
People who don't like Jim Palmer aren't worth my time, frankly.

Four Norfolk Tides - What I'll Be Looking For | Camden Depot
Thoughts on Mike Wright, Henry Urrutia, Mike Belfiore, and Steve Johnson.

Flying Dog Brewery Continues Partnership With Orioles For 2014 Season | The Full Pint
If you like Flying Dog and you like Camden Yards, this article is for you.

2014 Preview: Baltimore Orioles | HardballTalk
A pretty fair review from Craig Calcaterra, I think. He ultimately predicts the Orioles in fourth place, but his narrative proves that he thinks, if things go right, they could be looking towards the postseason.

Happy birthday to former Oriole Juan Bell! It's also the birthday of Cy Young, which I think deserves a mention. He was born on this day in 1867.