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O's win! The Duq' contemplates the gordian knot that is this roster. Seeing an O's game is a tremendous value. And a fangraphs writer may be willing to finally admit the O's are good. All that and more in today's Bird Droppings!

TeamSteve just wants a belly rub. Who's a good boy, TeamSteve?!? You are!
TeamSteve just wants a belly rub. Who's a good boy, TeamSteve?!? You are!
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Pitching? Tillman took care of that. Defense? Joseph and Snider each made significant contributions there. Three-run home run? Well...not exactly, but 3 total home runs works about the same, right? Anyway, it all adds up to an Orioles victory. Just as Earl would like. Let's do that 99 more times in the regular season and then 11 times in the playoffs.

Behind Home Run Power, Orioles Put Rays Away In Season Opener, 6-2
The Orioles remained perfect on Opening Day under manager Buck Showalter, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 6-2, to begin the 2015 season.

School of Roch: Hearing from Duquette, Showalter and Lavarnway
The Duq' continues to try and shed a bullpen arm or two. Seems the Rangers are without a southpaw in their pen now.

A day at Orioles Park a bargain, survey finds | Maryland Daily Record

Credit to the Warehouse for keeping price increases in check the past few years. It costs less than half as much to see a game at OPaCY than it does in either Boston or New York.

Division Preview: AL East | FanGraphs Baseball

In which Cameron finally states what it will take for him to consider the O's something more than just 'an ok team with an inflated record'.

Predictions: Major League Baseball's American League MVP for 2015

Which O does Schoenfield think will garner significant MVP consideration?

It's just one loss, right? Right? | FOX Sports

Rosenthal reminisces on the Orioles 1988 opener. Luckily I was just 8 years old at the time, so the horror is limited to my sub-conscious.

Happy birthday, Tom Phoebus. He pitched 5 seasons with the O's, from '66-70. It's also the birthdate of old-timey O and legendary manager John McGraw; he of the immortal advice to 'rub some dirt on it!' Two once-promising O's pitching prospects of recent vintage share a birthday today as well: Eduardo Rodriguez turns 22, and Josh Hader turns 21. grumblegrumble