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O's beat the Yanks, Chris Tillman struggles a bit (again), and Matt Wieters is probably not going to be your Opening Day starter (again).

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Yesterday's Game

Orioles top Yanks 11-10; | |
"Trying to win a job as the New York Yankees' fifth starter, Ivan Nova allowed three home runs Friday and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees 11-10 in 10 innings."

Chris Tillman's rough spring continues - Chris Tillman News
"Chris Tillman pitched in his third spring training game today against the New York Yankees. This start, much like the others, ended the same way. Tillman was roughed up for six hits and five earned runs in four innings of work. He now sports a 9.31 ERA through 9 2/3 innings this spring."

Zach Phillips pitches scoreless inning in his Orioles spring debut - Baltimore Sun
"Left-handed reliever Zach Phillips made his Orioles spring debut Friday, pitching one scoreless inning in the team's 11-10 10-inning win over the New York Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium."

School of Roch: Wrapping up an 11-10 10-inning win (plus other notes)
Buck Showalter on yesterday's game: "The ball was flying all over the park today. My gosh. Anything up in the air. It was one of those days. A few strikes called and a normal night game and it's probably 3-2."

Roster Moves Coming?

Orioles' Matt Wieters: Questionable for Opening Day -
"Matt Wieters (elbow) seems highly questionable for Opening Day, MASN Sports reports."

Orioles' Pedro Alvarez: To start at third base this weekend -
"Pedro Alvarez will start at third base in his remaining spring training games,'s Brittany Ghiroli reports." Might Manny Machado see starts at DH to save his knees and Alvarez take 3B? I hope not.

Orioles' Kevin Gausman: Could start April 10 -
Kevin Gausman (shoulder) has a chance to be ready to start April 10 against the Rays, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Orioles’ Kim Hyun-soo ‘on the bubble’ – The Korea Times
Note this article is pure speculation, but does mention that Kim can be asked to go to the minors under his contract. He also has the right to refuse that request.

Mark Trumbo giving Orioles plenty of evidence as they create first evaluation this spring - Baltimore Sun
"As the Orioles get to know right fielder Mark Trumbo, he’s giving them plenty of good by way of a first impression without answering every question the team might have with Opening Day approaching."

How to build Buck's bullpen: Orioles seek 'best' players over 'right' players - Baltimore Sun
Mychal Givens can go ahead an book his ticket on the Norfolk Shuttle right now.

Future Attractions

Walker making strides at first for Orioles - Spring Training
"In camp the Baltimore Orioles have a first baseman having a fine spring. His four home runs trail only the five hit by Mark Trumbo, and his 14 RBI leads the team. And his name isn’t Chris Davis."

Steve Melewski: After tough pro debut, DJ Stewart is determined to use his new stance to improve
DJ Stewart was working on some pretty specific things with his stance and his hitting approach over the winter. Hopefully, it pans out.

Orioles Announce O’s Zone Events For Fans " CBS Baltimore
The Orioles announced dates for their first three O’s Zone events, including the annual "Birds are Back" rally in Westminster, for fans to celebrate the opening of the 2016 season.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jesus Tavarez, Jarvis Brown, Mickey Weston, and Dan Morogiello. Every one of those players has appeared for the Orioles since 1983, and I don't remember any of them.  They share their birthdays with famous people including 1874 Robert Frost, American poet; 1875 Syngman Rhee, First President of South Korea; 1880 Duncan Hines, restaurant guide writer; 1904 Joseph Campbell, mythologist; 1911 Tennessee Williams, playwright; 1914 Gen. William Westmoreland, U.S. commander in Vietnam; 1919 Strother Martin, American actor and skilled evaluator of communication problems; 1923 Bob Elliott, comedian, dad of Chris Elliott and grandfather of Abby Elliott; 1930 Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman Supreme Court Justice; 1931 Leonard Nimoy, actor and all-around cool guy; 1940 Nancy Pelosi, first female Speaker of the House of Representatives; 1944 Diana Ross, singer; 1948 Steven Tyler, singer, Aerosmith; 1950 Martin Short, comedian; and 1985 Keira Knightley, actress.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - A Baltimore Orioles-Cincinnati Reds series scheduled for Havana, Cuba, is moved to Miami, Florida, by Baltimore chief Lee MacPhail. The Reds, with a minor league club in Cuba, want the trip, but the Orioles fear increased political unrest on the island.

On this day in world history...

1027 John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty

1812 Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela; about 20,000 die

1871 Paris Commune founded

1909 In support of Mohammed Ali Shah's coup d'etat against the constitutional government in Persia, a Russian military force invades northern Persia to relieve the siege of Tabriz

1942 First "Eichmann transport" to Auschwitz & Birkenau concentration camps

1945 Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed

1953 Dr Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio

There's Orioles baseball on the television today! We should probably talk about that. Enjoy this beautiful day if you're in the Mid-Atlantic region. I'm too lazy to look up the weather where you are if you're not.