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Hyun Soo Kim will probably end up on the 25-man roster, the reserves save the day in the last game of Spring Training, and 50 years ago, the Orioles started a pretty magical season.

Nolan Reimold.
Nolan Reimold.
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Orioles highlights: Reserves help Orioles win exhibition finale in Philly - Baltimore Sun
A third inning rain delay gave the starters a short work day, and the Orioles' reserves helped win the team's last Spring Training game. Bring on Opening Day!

Korean outfielder shoving $7M leverage down Orioles’ throats | New York Post
The New York Post weighs in with its typical reserved, thoughtful take.

MLB: Orioles could be a hit in 2016 if pitching comes through - Sports
And I could win Powerball AND the Maryland Lottery today! I'd say my odds are slightly better than the Orioles'.

For Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, 'the sky is the limit' - Baltimore Sun
"This year, I think he's capable of winning the Gold Glove, and he's capable of winning the Silver Slugger," Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop's close friend coming through the organization, said. "He's a special player. He's a very special player, and I think this is the year that everybody's going to see who Jonathan Schoop is."

Taylor Teagarden gets 80-game suspension for violating MLB drug policy - ESPN
As someone commented in yesterday's BD, imagine what his numbers would have been without PEDs. Yeesh.

Remembering 1966, and the Orioles' World Series win that began a remarkable run - Baltimore Sun
Boog Powell recalls looking at rookie catcher Andy Etchebarren during one such display (of Frank Robinson hitting ST homers) and saying, "Who the hell is gonna beat us?"

Baltimore Orioles and Delmarva Shorebirds return to radio in Salisbury - DelmarvaNow
Finally! The Orioles ... are back ... IN SALISBURY!!!! C'mon, it's Wrestlemania weekend, indulge me a little.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Pete Incaviglia, Art Ceccarelli, Gordon Jones and Bobby Avilia. They share it with famous people including  742 Charlemagne, 1st Holy Roman Emperor; 1805 Hans Christian Andersen, author; 1914 Alec Guinness, British actor. Now there's a name I haven't heard in a long, long time. 1920 Jack Webb, actor; 1939 Marvin Gaye, singer; 1965 Rodney King, center of L.A. police brutality controversy; 1983 Martin Shkreli, PharmaBro. May his birthday cake cause intestinal distress.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1869 - Hughie Jennings is born in Pittston, PA. Jennings will be a standout shortstop before making a successful transition to manager. He will lead the Baltimore Orioles National League club to four straight appearances in the 19th century Temple Cup World Championship Series from 1894 to 1897 and the Detroit Tigers to three consecutive American League pennants from 1907 to 1909. Jennings will be elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee in 1945.

2003 - Toronto's Mike Bordick's record streak for games played and total chances without an error by a shortstop ends as Yankees outfielder Bubba Trammell's 3rd-inning grounder tips off his glove. After converting a fielder's choice in the 1st inning, Bordick misplays his second chance of the game, establishing 544 chances and 110 consecutive games without an error as the new major league mark for shortstops.The vast majority of the streak occurred during 2002, when Bordick played for the Orioles.

2003 - Todd Zeile hits a home run in his first at-bat for the New York Yankees, becoming the only major leaguer to hit a home run for ten different teams. In addition to homering with the Yankees, Zeile had also gone deep for the Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, and Rockies. He will add the Montreal Expos to the list before the end of the year.

On this day in world history...

1453 Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29. Fascinating stuff. The leader of Constantinople couldn't afford to buy the the Dardanelles siege gun which was eventually used to help topple the city.

1792 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
1801 Napoleonic Wars: naval Battle of Copenhagen - The British led by Horatio Nelson destroy the Danish fleet.
1917 US President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany
1982 Several thousand Argentine troops seize the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands from Great Britain

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Softball - Nebraska vs Maryland. Game 2 of a three game set, with the Terps pulling the upset yesterday. Can they get the series win today? Hopefully!