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JJ Hardy won’t be making acrobatic leaps any time soon.
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Showalter on Hardy: “Nothing’s in jeopardy” - MASN Sports

Dr. Showalter assures us all will be well.

Health issues, the catching situation and Clevenger interest - MASN Sports

Sure enough, the O’s are thinking about bringing back the Tweeter formally known as the Pride of Pigtown.

Orioles notes: Manny Machado might not play shortstop in WBC - The Sun

Adrian Beltre strained his calf, so Manny Machado might play the hot corner for the Dominican Republic after all.

Orioles Lose 1st Arbitration In 22 Years; Brach Gets $3.05M

First time in 22 years. Meh. I have t-shirts older than that. Seriously, I have a 1994 Green Day tour shirt from the Dookie tour. I don’t make these things up, people.

Orioles eager to get started, forget about playoff loss - FOX Sports

Preferable being inconsolable and in despair, I suppose.

Baltimore Orioles: Chris Johnson wants to revitalize his career - BirdsWatcher

Well, I would hope he does sign here and then didn’t decide he sucks after all.

Seth Smith looking forward to contributing to powerful Orioles lineup in any way he can - The Sun

We’re the Wayward Home For Possibly Washed-Up But Hopeful Qualified Major Leaguers, apparently.

Orioles Holding Tryouts For Ballgirls And Ballboys On March 4 - CBS Baltimore

Clear your calendars!

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Walter Young, Chad Moeller, and Jeff McKnight. They share this birthday with famous people including Queen of England "Bloody" Mary Tudor 1516; Enzo Ferrari 1898; actor and one-armed pushup master Jack Palance 1919; actor George Kennedy 1925; author Toni Morrison 1931; famous person Yoko Ono 1933; Styx singer Dennis DeYoung 1947; director John Hughes 1950; actress Cybill Shepperd 1950; actor and Hair Club for Men president John Travolta 1954; famous person Vanna White 1957; actor Matt Dillon 1964; rapper and entrepreneur Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young) 1965; and actress Molly Ringwald 1968.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

2011 - The Orioles clear a spot on their roster for free agent DH Vladimir Guerrero, whose contract is finalized today, by placing P Alfredo Simon on the restricted list. Simon is still in custody in the Dominican Republic following a shooting death on New Year's Eve, but the O's are now cautiously optimistic that he may be released within 10 days as a result of developments in the investigation into the shooting that could clear him as a suspect.

On this day in world history...

1735 - The first opera performed in America. The work was "Flora" (or "Hob in the Well") and was presented in Charleston, SC.

1885 - Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was published in the U.S. for the first time.

1953 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the "I Love Lucy" TV show through 1955.

2001 - NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Sr., was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race. This should be a national day of mourning, by the way. I still remember the President of NASCAR’s press conference when he simply said, “[A]fter the accident in turn four at the end of the Daytona 500, we've lost Dale Earnhardt.”

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Men’s Lacrosse - High Point vs Maryland