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It's cold, and J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones aren't going to play when it's cold right now. And that's OK.

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Once again, inclement weather confounds the Orioles - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles tried to wait out the inclement weather after the Washington Nationals chose to postpone their scheduled afternoon game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. But after the start of the game was delayed for the second time at about 7:39 p.m., the game was postponed."

School of Roch: Hearing from Showalter, Hardy and Matusz (game postponed)
"I’m walking around with no pain. I think I probably could get it going tonight and play, but I think with the cold, everyone’s kind of scratching that idea and I’ll be good to go tomorrow." - J.J. Hardy

Steve Melewski: Kevin Gausman updates his comeback and Darren O'Day talks bullpen depth
Kevin Gausman received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder on March 20 and has been engaged in a throwing program. He threw a two-inning simulated game in Florida on Wednesday, and that sets him up to go about three innings and around 45 pitches at Prince George’s Stadium for the Baysox on Sunday.

Rounding the bases: Getting to know Orioles rookie Joey Rickard - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
"Already a fan favorite, folks at Camden Yards have already taken to chanting "Jo-ey, Jo-ey" whenever he comes to the plate. Besides being the talk of the town, he's also a big Denzel fan, a poor free throw shooter and a momma's boy. But don't our word for it. Take his."

Orioles rookie Joey Rickard experiences magical first week in majors - Baltimore Sun
"I am shocked with how much people have [noticed], the curiosity of everybody," Joey Rickard said. "But I was drafted in 2012. I've been working a lot in this game for the last four years. It's something that I expected, but it's still kind of amazing to see that I'm here."

Family fuels Orioles right-hander Mike Wright | MLB.com
"When I got the first paycheck, it was huge. It's not the Minor League paycheck anymore. I did everything I could to help out and try to take care of those bills," Mike Wright said. "That was awesome. That was probably the best part about getting that paycheck and coming up here, that I could help my family that much."

Orioles draft picks Mountcastle, Stewart, grinding through minors - DelmarvaNow
DJ Stewart and Ryan Mountcastle have a lot in common. And they're sharing the experience of progressing through the Orioles' MiLB system.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Chris Dickerson, Alberto Reyes, Mike Devereaux, Lee Lacy, and Wes Stock. They share it with famous people including 1915 Harry Morgan, actor; 1926 Junior Samples, country singer (Hee Haw); 1929 Max Von Sydow, actor (Star Wars - The Force Awakens); 1932 Omar Sharif, Egyptian actor; 1936 John Madden, NFL coach; 1951 Steven Seagal, actor and MMA coach; 1988 Haley Joel Osment, actor; and 2000 Andrew Duck, musician. Happy Birthday, son! And yes, I'll Let It Go after this one.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

2015 - Mark Buehrle wins the 200th game of his career as the Blue Jays spoil the Orioles' home opener, 12 - 4. Buehrle allows 2 runs in 6 innings, while the Jays bang out 16 hits, including 8 doubles, and collect 4 sacrifice flies in roughing up Bud Norris and three relievers.

On this day in world history...

1407 Lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing and is awarded the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma

1516 1st Jewish ghetto established: Venice compels Jews to live in a specific area

1858 "Big Ben", a 13.76 tonne bell, is recast in the Tower of Westminster

1912 RMS Titanic sets sail from Southampton for her maiden (and final) voyage

1945 Allies liberate 1st Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald (Czech)

1972 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons

1998 The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement for Northern Ireland is signed by the British and Irish goverments

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