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Matt Wieters is hitting against a pitching machine, another O's pitcher makes his case for the rotation, and Parker Bridwell will become very familiar with the local eateries in Prince George's County this spring.

The Admiral, Oliver Drake.
The Admiral, Oliver Drake.
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Sabathia Struggles Again as Orioles Beat Yankees 11-2 - ABC News
CC Sabathia is not having a good spring. At all.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters resumes hitting activity - Baltimore Sun
This isn't going to end well. We're all ready for that, right?

Baltimore Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez on the rebound - Fansided
Miguel Gonzalez turned in his best outing of the spring last night for the Baltimore Orioles against New York. He will need to be even better to keep his spot.

Odrisamer Despaigne is the latest starter to make decisions difficult for Orioles - Baltimore Sun
Odrisamer Despaigne makes his case for a rotation spot.

Orioles' Parker Bridwell: Optioned to Double-A -
He should be a ceenterpiece in Bowie's rotation to start the season.

School of Roch: Looking back on last night and Adam Jones' tribute to a mentor
Adam Jones offered sincere thanks to Willie Bloomquist on the news of the retirement of his former teammate.

With eye on majors, Orioles first-rounder DJ Stewart changes stance on his low crouch - Baltimore Sun
Well, that lasted less than a year. Probably for the best.

Orioles' pioneering prospect Xu Guiyuan made hard choice to come over from China - Baltimore Sun
Itchy Shoe's gamble may pay off, and it's a choice he made when he was just 14. Can't even imagine.

Orioles Card "O" the Day: Vintage Fridays: Brooks Robinson, 1969 Topps Deckle Edge #1
Friend of Blog Kevin Brotzman and his family are facing some difficulties from a disease far too familiar to many here at Camden Chat. Do me a favor, go read his journal and offer some moral support. I'm sure he and his wife could use it.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole pitcher Rocky Coppinger. He shares his birthday with famous people including 1742 Tupac Amaru II, Incan revolutionary, who my students tell me is still alive on a Carribean island with Biggie Smalls; 1813 David Livingstone, Scottish explorer, I presume; 1848 Wyatt Earp, American sheriff; 1860 William Jennings Bryan, one of the more fascinating losers in American history; 1891 Earl Warren, Governor of California/Supreme Court chief justice; 1953 Billy Sheehan, bassist (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth band); 1955 Bruce Willis, actor (just don't invite him to Christmas parties on the West Coast).

On this date in Baltimore baseball history... nothing happened of note. Really. Go look it up.

On this date in world history...

1279 A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
1644 200 members of Peking imperial family/court commit suicide in loyalty to the Emperor
1920 US Senate rejects Treaty of Versailles for 2nd time refusing to ratify League of Nations' covenant (maintaining isolation policy)
1932 The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened.
2003 Invasion of Iraq by American and British led coalition begins without United Nations support and in defiance of world opinion

Consider this your discussion space for all things NCAA Championships. I can't wait to see that 285 lbs final of North Carolina State's Nick Gwiazdowski and Ohio State's Kyle Snyder (a Maryland native). I've seen Snyder wrestle, as I've mentioned probably too many times here. And he won a world championship in freestyle last year as a teenager. But Gwiz is riding a 88-match winning streak. This will be one for the history books. The NCAA finals will be on tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m. Gwiz vs Snyder should face off around 10:30ish.

Wait, did you guys think I meant something else?