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Spring Training rolls on...

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The Phillies visit Ed Smith today at 1:05 PM. For you loafers chilling at home, the game's on MASN, also available on, but curiously, no radio coverage from either Baltimore or Philly. Anyhow...

Ervin Santana rumors: Orioles 'maintain interest' in free agent righty -
The rumor that refuses to die!

Ubaldo Jimenez & Nelson Cruz had tough offseasons. |
A former member of the brotherhood of the beats on the trials and tribulations of Cruz and Jimenez.

Z. Britton fine after being struck on right wrist | News
So, you're saying there's still a chance?

Gausman hoping glasses will work wonders | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore I didn't even know Goose wore contacts. Looking forward to seeing him rock the Rec Specs...

Orioles take different angle to teach Darren O'Day to throw changeup - Baltimore Sun
Another time honored Spring Training tradition (though, I like seeing Todd Frohwirth mixing it up with the lads in the 'pen)...

Orioles Bubble Players: One-week Checkpoint (Pressbox)
Count another vote in the aye column for Brock Huntzinger.

Inside Edge Stats on Oriole Fielders | Baltimore Sports and Life
"An analysis of the Orioles fielder from Inside Edge fielding data allows us to get a little better insight into which players are in fact great fielders."

No Orioles birthdays or momentous events in Orioles history to discuss this morning, but a brief shoutout to the late Dr. Frank Jobe who passed away yesterday. Jobe was the pioneering surgeon that developed Tommy John surgery and saved many careers. Jobe was honored by (though not inducted into) the Hall of Fame this past July.