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Henry Urrutia reminds us just 51 more days until Opening Day.
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It’s a mere 51 days until Opening Day, and that’s the uniform number of players like Henry Urrutia, Official Playoff Hero Joe Saunders, and Michael Gonzalez, whose tenure with the Orioles is best forgotten as completely as possible. Let’s get to the news...

MASN to air seven Orioles spring training games - MASN

Not eight, not nine, not just six, but seven!

After RBI-less season, Caleb Joseph welcomes a fresh start - MASN

I bet he is!

Orioles add Gabriel Ynoa and designate Pena — what these moves mean

I think it means Caleb Joseph’s job security just got a big lift.

Orioles expect to welcome a familiar cast to spring training - USA Today

By which they mean players. The folks from “Hamilton” aren’t going to greet them at Spring Training.

Nevada sportsbook expects Orioles to win fewer games in 2017 - The Sun

Sure, you could go with that depressing headline, or you could say “Vegas bets Orioles to destroy PECOTA projections for fifth time in six years.” But maybe that’s just me.

As he nears his prime, what more can the Orioles expect from Manny Machado? - The Sun

He’s probably going to get a little bit better.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Cesar Cabral, Brian Matusz, and Matt Lindstrom. They share this birthday with famous people including businessman and alleged inventor Thomas Alva Edison 1847; actress Eva Gabor 1921; Sen. Lloyd Bentsen 1921; Naked Gun actor Leslie Nielson 1926; actress Tina Louise 1934, best known as Ginger on "Gilligan's Island"; actor Burt Reynolds 1936; failed POTUS candidate Jeb Bush 1953; singer Sheryl Crow 1962; failed VP candidate and half-term Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin 1964; actress Jennifer Aniston 1969; Linkin Park member Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda 1977; Kelendria "Kelly" Rowland of Destiny's Child, 1981; and "Twilight" actor Taylor Lautner 1992.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1900 - The Baltimore Orioles of the National League sell their stars, third baseman John McGraw, catcher Wilbert Robinson and infielder Bill Keister to the St. Louis Cardinals. McGraw, the team's player-manager, batted .391 in 1899, but the Orioles are being contracted out of the National League.

On this day in world history...

1752 - The Pennsylvania Hospital opened as the very first hospital in America.

1937 - General Motors agreed to recognize the United Automobile Workers Union, which ended the current sit-down strike against them.

1990 - Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

1990 - In Tokyo, Japan, James "Buster" Douglas knocked out Mike Tyson in the tenth round to win the heavyweight championship.

1993 - Janet Reno was appointed to the position of attorney general by U.S. President Clinton. She was the first female to hold the position.

2016 - It was reported that scientists had detected gravitational waves. The waves had been detected on September 14, 2015 by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Livingston, LA, and Hanford, WA

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Women’s Softball: Maryland vs Colorado State in the Texas Invitational.