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First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 pm as the Orioles are slated to take on the Blue Jays in today's home opener. The forecast is dodgy, but we scoff at forecasts. If you, like me, will be chained to your desk this afternoon, I highly recommend the MLB At Bat app for your desktop or mobile link to Fred and Joe. Of course, you can also expect a spirited gamethread here at Camden Chat.

For the Dan Duquette saga alone, go ahead and boo the Jays on Opening Day - I frankly think there are better reasons to boo the Blue Jays, but whatever floats your boat.

Orioles release J.P. Arencibia | HardballTalk
Thanks for all the fish.

Steve Melewski: Kevin Gausman on the pitch he has started to throw again and his bullpen role
The Goose's quest for a viable third pitch continues.

Buck Showalter bought walkie talkies because bullpen phone didn't work -
It's not really news that the Trop is awful...but, eesh.

Frank Robinson has always been a leader of men |
As Gary Thorne mentioned in Wednesday's broadcast, Frank Robinson became MLB's first African American manager 40 years ago. Sure, it was for the Indians, but...Frank Robinson!

On this day in 1985, Cal Ripken, Jr. sprained his ankle during a game against the Rangers, but soldiered on in his march towards history. In 2013, the 820 game sell out streak at Fenway Park was broken in a game against the O's.

Happy birthday to the animated cult hero of 2013, Chris Dickerson. Mike Devereaux also celebrates a birthday today as does less heralded O's outfielder Lee Lacy. Al Reyes has a birthday today, too.