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Hyun Soo Kim has probably leveraged his way onto the Opening Day roster, Pedro Alvarez won't face the same expectations in Baltimore as he did in Pittsburgh, and Camden Yards hasn't elevated house prices nearby the way other stadiums have.

There's a pretty good chance Xavier Avery is the last cut for the Orioles.
There's a pretty good chance Xavier Avery is the last cut for the Orioles.
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Schmuck: Orioles end spring the same way it began, with roster drama - Baltimore Sun
Can't add much to that headline, actually.

Looking at the Orioles' likely Opening Day 25-man roster - Baltimore Sun
The last two roster spots look to come from the trio of Hyun Soo Kim, Nolan Reimold and Xavier Avery. So who draws the short straw? We'll find out today. But since the X-Man has an option left and the other two don't...

After facing astronomical expectations with Pirates, Pedro Alvarez gets fresh start with Orioles - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles don't need Pedro Alvarez to be THE guy, just a productive guy. That's a huge change from his time in the Steel City.

Take me out to the ballpark, and buy me a house nearby - CNBC
"While the Baltimore Orioles led the field with the stadium building boom in 1992, it doesn't look like a home run for the area. Trulia found home values by Camden Yards were 16 percent lower than the greater metro area; $211,724 near the stadium versus $251,724 for the city." I have no idea how relevant these comparison ares, but I think the answer is "not very."

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Koji Uehara. I still miss that guy. He shares his birthday with famous people like 1783 Washington Irving, American writer; 1823 William M. "Boss" Tweed, American politician and corrupt New York political boss (and will be on the test); 1898 Henry R Luce, publisher (Time, Fortune, Life); 1904 Iron Eyes Cody, actor; 1924 Doris Day, actress; 1924 Marlon Brando, actor; 1928 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA; 1942 Wayne Newton, American singer; 1944 Tony Orlando, singer; 1945 Richard Manuel, rock pianist/vocalist; 1955 Mick Mars, guitarist (Motley Crue); 1958 Alec Baldwin, actor; 1961 Eddie Murphy, American actor; 1968 Sebastian Bach, Skid Row singer.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - The Baltimore Orioles trade second baseman Billy Gardner to the Washington Senators in exchange for catcher Clint Courtney and shortstop Ron Samford.

1997 - Pitcher Jimmy Key makes his debut with the Orioles, beating the Royals, 4 - 2, to run his opening day record to 7-0, the best ever. Previously, Key won three with the Yankees and three with the Blue Jays.

2011 - Orioles P Zach Britton is masterful in his major league debut, giving up a run on three hits while striking out six in as many innings as the Birds complete a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field with a 5 - 1 win.

In world history...

1657 English Lord Protector Cromwell refuses crown

1790 Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) created

1882 American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St Joseph

1917 Lenin arrives in Petrograd from Switzerland

1922 Joseph Stalin appointed General Secretary of the Russian Communist Party by Vladimir Lenin

1948 US President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan

1949 North Atlantic Treaty signed by US, Britain, France & Canada

2012 US President Barack Obama officially secures Democratic presidential nomination

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