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This weekend's abbreviated series in Texas pretty well encapsulated hopes and fears for the season: power, slick infield defense, mediocre starting pitching and a generally lockdown bullpen that can be exposed when its weak links are overused. The Orioles face the Blue Jays at home and the Royals on the road this week. Good times.

School of Roch: Orioles adjust rotation for Blue Jays series
Mike Wright. Joey Bats. Arncarnarcion. This should go well.

The Orioles' infield defense is a never-ending highlight reel - Capital Gazette Thus far, the infield has been as pleasurable to watch as the outfield's been grim. Does that make sense?

Tangotiger Blog Tom Tango on Manny Machado. The Best or the bestest?

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Sunday Notes: Russell, Rays, Orioles, Barney, Biagini, more | FanGraphs Baseball
An O's heavy edition of David Laurila's indispensable Sunday column.

On this day in 2013, a Matt Wieters grand slam ensured the 17th straight extra innings win for the Orioles dating back to 2012.

It's the birthday of Pete Stanicek and Rich "Bye Bye" Bordi.