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The O's won't start Kevin Gausman today, the team's first-round draft pick signs, and just the cutest story ever about a kid who loves Travis Snider.

Rain, rain, go away...
Rain, rain, go away...
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Cleveland Indians-Orioles rained out Saturday; play doubleheader Sunday |
"Trevor Bauer, who was scheduled to start Sunday before the rain, will start Game 1 of the doubleheader. The Indians will add Japanese right-hander Toru Murata from Class AAA Columbus to start the second game." And who is Toru Murata, you ask? Keep reading.

Cleveland Indians spring surprise starter on Baltimore Orioles - RHP Toru Murata |
"This kid wasn't necessarily on the radar, but he's pitched so damn good that he deserved to be and he's going to get a start for us," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. "So good for him. I know we're looking forward to watch him."

"Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, will start Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader and right-hander Chris Tillman, initially Saturday's starter, will start Game 2, the Orioles announced Saturday."

School of Roch: More on Sunday's doubleheader (Gausman update)
"Mike Wright will follow Kevin Gausman to the mound Sunday. The Orioles are limiting Gausman's pitch count so he remains an option to start Thursday against the Rangers." So there's Thursday's starter.

Rain postpones Orioles’ Buck Showalter garden gnome giveaway day (Updated) - The Washington Post
"Do people get up in the morning and they go, ‘Honey, are we going to the game today? … They’ve got that gnome tonight. Pack up the kids. We’re going?’" Buck Showalter said during spring training."

Former FSU OF DJ Stewart signs with Orioles - Tallahassee Democrat
"Former Florida State outfielder DJ Stewart signed his contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday. Stewart, who was selected with the 25th pick in the MLB draft, is expected to receive a signing bonus of $2,064,500 from the Orioles."

Johan Santana suspends comeback bid -
"Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana has suspended his bid to pitch in the majors and will try again in 2016, a source told" This time, a toe infection is the culprit.

Orioles Travis Snider to reunite with his No. 1 fan - Baltimore Sun
"Wyatt Anthony, who can stake claim to the title of being Orioles outfielder Travis Snider's biggest fan, will get to reconnect with his hero." This is just the cutest thing ever. Just go read it already.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Don Baylor.

On this date in Orioles history, in 2000 - "The Orioles nip the Red Sox, 8 - 7 in 11 innings, as B.J. Surhoff goes 5 for 6 for Baltimore, stretching his hitting streak to 21 games."

Programming note: Both of today's Orioles games will be televised on MASN2. Set your DVRs accordingly.