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If you're looking for April's Fools gags, move along. I got nothin. We're headed in to the home stretch...Harold Baines days until Opening Day. According to the wonderful NumerOlogy, Eddie Waitkus was another O's number three and was the inspiration for one of the more peculiar set pieces in Bernard Malamud's The Natural. Waitkus was no Robert Redford, for the record.

As long as I'm at it, I'll give a shout out to Dan Connolly and his new site If you enjoyed his O's coverage at the Sun like I did, give it a shot.

Now for some informative links and such...

School of Roch: Wrapping up a 6-1 win and the Grapefruit League schedule (Drake optioned) Yo Gallardo was actually pretty good. That's...something. Right?

Orioles set franchise record for Spring Training home sellout games |
Also eclipsed the Rays franchise record for regular season attendance, I believe. Sans cowbell.

Jonathan Schoop proving power is for real |
Am I setting myself up for a letdown with all the talk of the impending Jonathan Rufino Jezus Schoop breakout?

Orioles release RHP Miguel Gonzalez; could the Tigers be interested? - Bless You Boys
There's someone for everyone.

What to expect from Baltimore Orioles prospect Joey Rickard - Minor League Ball
Sickels says don't get too excited.

It's the birthday of momentary Oriole Alex Hasan and inconsequential O's Rich Amaral and Mike Kinnunen.