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Sunday Bird Droppings

There's plenty of news today. You might want to ration it out over the next few days. Who knows how long it will be before we have actual Orioles news again?

Tommy Hunter really enjoyed that Japan series in November.
Tommy Hunter really enjoyed that Japan series in November.
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Chris Davis discusses Adderall use for first time | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"I took it a couple of times. It was a moment of weakness," Chris Davis said. "I wish I could go back and undo it."

Duquette puts Toronto in past, focuses on improving Orioles - Yahoo Sports
''A lot of times, players will be a trade rumor and sometimes managers get traded,'' Dan Duquette said. ''It's even more rare that executives get traded, but occasionally it happens. It's a unique experience. I think when you have a good team and you do well, people take notice.''

Orioles' Buck Showalter declines to name leadoff hitter yet - Baltimore Sun
"Buck Showalter said there wouldn’t be an "audition" for the role, but instead the team would choose "what fits our batting order and what best fits the opposing pitcher and the bullpen that night."

Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez optimistic for rebound year in 2015 - Baltimore Sun
"Whatever happened in 2014 is in the past. There’s nothing I can do about it now. I can just look forward and now I’m going to do everything in spring training to get myself ready the best I can for the season and help the team." - Ubaldo Jimenez

Orioles' Matt Wieters, Manny Machado healthy and restless ahead of spring training - Baltimore Sun
"The season got over last year and I’m heartbroken, the whole team is heartbroken, but I think I was the only guy in the clubhouse that, as soon as we got back home, I was ready to go for spring training," Matt Wieters said. "Normally, I enjoy that first month of the offseason being able to decompress. This year, I was kind of itching to get back to spring training already."

Steve Melewski: Jonathan Schoop plans to be lighter and faster in 2015, plus FanFest and prospect notes
"My weight is lower than last year. I want to have more range and be faster. Trying to steal some more bases and be faster for the team on the bases to help put more pressure on the defense. I worked on everything (this winter). I want to get faster. You have to work on all of it, speed, defense. I want to be a better player than last year." - Jonathan Schoop

Mark Hendrickson Inks Minor League Deal - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
"The deal comes with an invitation to Spring Training for the 40-year-old. His last MLB appearance marked the 64th-consecutive season Washington State had an alumnus in MLB, tied for the fourth-longest streak in history for a collegiate program." You have to love college Sports Information Directors.

Steve Melewski: Quick Machado update
"I'm dying to get back on the field. Spring training is key for a lot of players to get your at-bats and your reps. I think some take it for granted, but it's a very big key for success for the year." - Manny Machado

Seriously, don't try and digest that all at once. You may hurt yourself or others.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Joe Mahoney, Rich Becker, Kent Mercker, and Paul Blair.

On this date in Orioles history, in 2010,  "Jon Miller, who has been broadcasting San Francisco Giants games since 1997, is this year's Ford Frick Award winner. Widely respected for his work, Miller broadcast games for four teams prior to working for the Giants, including those of the Baltimore Orioles from 1983 to 1996."

In 2011, "A judge in the Dominican Republic denies bail to P Alfredo Simon, who has been detained for a month for his implication in a fatal shooting on New Year's eve. The decision means that Simon is likely to stay in jail for another year while the investigation continues." (SPOLIER: He didn't - he was released a month later.)

Buff worn leather furniture with shoe polish. Scrapes and scuffs will disappear.

Consider this your Super Bowl XLIX (and its attendant commercials) discussion space.

Alright, newbies. Quit clowning around. I'll have you know that tampering with the Open Thread is punishable by banishment.