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Wild Card Game - Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays
Chris Davis speaks truth about Jose Bautista
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It’s just 64 days until Opening Day, and 64 is the uniform number (at least temporarily) of such Orioles luminaries as Jayson Aquino; Pedro Strop; Brad Bergesen; Jim Johnson; Bruce Chen and Mark Williamson, at least for a time. It’s also the day after FanFest, which means the beat writers actually have player quotes for the first time in a long time. Tighten your seat belts, this is gonna take a while.

Machado Says Orioles Haven’t Discussed Contract Extension - Baltimore Baseball

But as much as he wants one, he wants a championship even more.

Excitement abounds at Orioles FanFest with uncertain future ahead - The Sun

Cue the “Saved By The Bell” Jessie-on-diet-pills GIF.

Chris Davis tells Orioles fans exactly what they want to hear about Jose Bautista - CBS Sports

"He's actually a pretty good dude -- said no one ever....He's a guy who's easy to dislike."

Orioles' Darren O'Day eager to get back to spring training and start over - The Sun

"I can't wait," he said.

Showalter on Bundy’s innings, Tillman on his right shoulder - MASN

He’s good to go and it’s fine.

Worley no longer pitching option for Orioles - MASN

Signed a deal with the Nats.

Adam Jones calls for better defense in the outfield - MASN

Throws Mark Trumbo and Seth Smith under the bus.

Orioles' Joey Rickard: Resumes hitting - CBS Sports

Expects to be a full-go for Spring Training.

Orioles' Dylan Bundy: Working on cutter - CBS Sports

Been working on it for two weeks now.

Amid powerful lineup, Orioles' on-base guys might be the key - The Sun

Ya THINK, Peter Schmuck?

Looming arbitration hearings for Orioles not bothering either side - The Sun

Kevin Gausman, Brad Brach and Caleb Joseph - not really worried.

Charlotte student section in running to be state's best - USA Today HS Sports

It is the editorial policy of this blog to celebrate the success of all teams named Orioles, and the Charlotte (MI) HS Orioles are up for Best Student Section in Michigan. Go Orioles!

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jair Jurrjens and John Habyan. They share this birthday with famous people including American revolutionary Thomas Paine 1737; Pres. William McKinley 1843; comedian W.C. Fields 1880; actress Katharine Ross 1942; actor Tom Selleck 1945; Oprah Winfrey 1954; Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis 1960; musician Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) 1961; NHL All-Star goalie Dominik Hasek 1965; actor Thomas Jane 1969; actress Heather Graham 1970; and actress Sara Gilbert 1975.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1994 - Free agent relief pitcher Lee Smith is signed by the Baltimore Orioles.

1999 - Fighting shoulder injuries, five-time All-Star pitcher Jimmy Key retires from baseball. The 37-year-old lefthander appeared in the postseason with all the teams he played for, which included the Blue Jays, Orioles and Yankees.

2002 - The Chicago White Sox trade outfielder Chris Singleton to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league second baseman Willie Harris.

On this day in history...

1845 - Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was published for the first time in the "New York Evening Mirror."

1848 - Greenwich Mean Time was adopted by Scotland.

1850 - Henry Clay introduced in the Senate a compromise bill on slavery that included the admission of California into the Union as a free state.

1916 - In World War I, Paris was bombed by German zeppelins for the first time.

1996 - French President Jacques Chirac announced the "definitive end" to nuclear testing.

1999 - The U.S. Senate delivered subpoenas for Monica Lewinsky and two presidential advisers for private, videotaped testimony in the impeachment trial.

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